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Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story 235

sinij writes "An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: 'We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It's 'stable' now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project." The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company's excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 0) 62

While i agree with your point in principle the other side to the argument is sure I'm also on my 3rd Xbox too but it's also always been plugged into my telly in fairly regular use where as My Wii and PS3 on the other hand are in a drawer collecting dust.

So, yes there was a massive problem with red rings, They responded by increasing the warranty and streamlined the process of replacing/repairing consoles (each time it's happened i had mine back within a week) And to me that's excellent customer service, while we might imagine everything in life should be perfect, it rarely is and as long as your issues are dealt with in a timely and reasonable fashion. Everything else they've done (short of maybe the stupid facebook and twitter apps) has been in my estimation far and away superior to their competition, and thats more of the reason why people "come back" (they're also usually getting a repair for free so its not costing them anything but a trip to the post office anyway)

Comment Not a first.... ? (Score 1) 154

The blurb says this is a first, but I seem to recall maybe 3 years ago so on iphone OS 1.1.1ish was also jailbroken through the browser.. I don't recall all of the details but the URL was the same and i remember at the time watching a clip of Woz jailbreaking Kathy's iphone in the back of a limo with no PC software or tethering.

PC Gamers Too Good For Consoles Gamers? 324

thsoundman sends in a blog post from Rahul Sood, CTO of HP's gaming business, who claims there was once a project in development at Microsoft to let Xbox users compete against PC users playing the same game. According to Sood, the project was killed because the console players kept getting destroyed by their PC counterparts. He wrote, "Those of us who have been in the gaming business for over a decade know the real deal. You simply don't get the same level of detail or control as you do with a PC over a console. It's a real shame that Microsoft killed this — because had they kept it alive it might have actually increased the desire of game developers and gamers alike to continue developing and playing rich experiences on the PC, which would trickle down to the console as it has in the past."

Submission + - Hack Exposes Pirate Bay User Data (

tsu doh nimh writes: Hackers from Argentina recently broke into the database for, the Internet's largest torrent search engine, exposing user names, Internet addresses, and (MD5) hashed password data on more than 4 million users, according to Brian Krebs. He interviewed the leader of the group, which is also marketing a new browser exploit kit called "Impassioned Framework," as saying they briefly considered what the information would be worth to the RIAA and MPAA, before going public with the breach. From the story: "Probably these groups would be very interested in this information, but we are not [trying] to sell it,” Russo told in a phone interview. “Instead we wanted to tell people that their information may not be so well protected.”

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