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Halo 4 Bonus Downloadable Content Says It Works One Way, Actually Works Another

With Misty’s order for the Halo 4 Xbox console and a limited edition of the new game, she got a bunch of codes for downloadable content to be used inside the game. In previous editions, some of that kind of content was available to all users of the console it was downloaded to. But no matter what the restrictions actually say, for Halo 4 the content is restricted to the gamertag that downloaded it. She didn’t want one account to hog all of the good stuff. [More]

Why Doesn’t Sony Playstation Network Want My Money?

Why Doesn’t Sony Playstation Network Want My Money?

Jonathan’s sons sometimes want to buy downloadable content for their Playstation 3 games. He’s perfectly happy to buy this content for them, because he’s a nice dad like that. Unfortunately, his money is no good at Sony. He uses his credit card to add $10 to his virtual wallet. Then the same card won’t work immediately afterward. Neither will a different card. [More]

Developer "Disappointed" That People Would Rather Hack Game Than Pay $20 For Content Already On Disc

Developer "Disappointed" That People Would Rather Hack Game Than Pay $20 For Content Already On Disc

When you buy a car and opt to get the basic, no-frills stereo, the really rad sound system isn’t also included somewhere in the vehicle, just waiting for you to plunk down some money to activate it. If that were the case, the car-maker has to know that buyers are going to be tempted to figure out how to turn that better system on without forking over the cash. [More]

Game Publisher Explains Why It Included "Downloadable Content" On Disc

Game Publisher Explains Why It Included "Downloadable Content" On Disc

Most gamers seem to be OK with the concept of paying for downloadable content that isn’t included on the discs they bought. But they get angry when publishers hide the extra stuff on the disc and make customers pay to unlock it. By choosing the latter route, Capcom finds itself defending its inclusion of several currently unplayable characters on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken. [More]

How To Transfer PSP Games To The Vita

Due out Feb. 22, Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld can’t play physical games from its predecessor, the PSP, because the Vita lacks a disc drive. But many of the PSP’s downloadable games will work on the Vita, and you can transfer them over via a relatively simple — if time-consuming — practice. [More]

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Angling to get in on the microtransaction gaming action that’s all the rage online and on mobile devices, Sony and a game developer are reportedly hammering out policies to allow games to nickel and dime players to a greater extent. [More]

How To Find Out If 20 Free Games Are Hiding On Your 3DS

How To Find Out If 20 Free Games Are Hiding On Your 3DS

If you bought a Nintendo 3DS and visited its online download shop before Aug. 12, you can download 20 free old games. Dubbed the 3DS Ambassador Program, it’s Nintendo’s way of apologizing for overpricing for the device at $250 before slashing it to $170. [More]

Sony Clamps Down On Downloaded Games Sharing

Sony Clamps Down On Downloaded Games Sharing

Sony currently lets you store downloaded games on a total of five PS3s or PSPs, but it’s cutting back on those limits. Starting Nov. 18, you’ll only be able to store a game on two PS3s or two PSPs. Some games, such as PlayStation 1 classics and PSP Minis, are playable on both systems, and you can play those on two PS3s and two PSPs each. [More]

Game Publisher Fails To Deliver On Promised "Battlefield 3" Bonus

Game Publisher Fails To Deliver On Promised "Battlefield 3" Bonus

In a press conference at the E3 video game expo in June, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton announced that the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a copy of one of its predecessors, Battlefield 1943. But Battlefield 3 hit stores Tuesday without Battlefield 1943 in tow. [More]

What To Do If Your Batman: Arkham City Game Has No Download Code

What To Do If Your Batman: Arkham City Game Has No Download Code

To give gamers a reason to buy Batman: Arkham City new rather than used, Warner Bros. packed in cards with codes that allow them to download add-ons. The problem is that some of the codes don’t work, and some cards are blank. [More]

Some DSi Download Games Won't Transfer To 3DS

Some DSi Download Games Won't Transfer To 3DS

Nintendo handheld game enthusiasts who bought 3DSs when the system was released in late April have had to hold on to their DSi units for more than a month while the company prepared a system update that will let them transfer downloaded games from the old system to the new one. Now that the update, scheduled for Monday, is upon us, Nintendo says some of the games won’t transfer over due to licensing issues. [More]

Report: Amazon Lost $3 Million By Selling Lady Gaga Album For A Buck

Report: Amazon Lost $3 Million By Selling Lady Gaga Album For A Buck

When Amazon tried a publicity stunt in which it sold Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way for 99 cents for two days last month, it may have had to swallow $3 million due to licensing fees it had to cover. [More]

Next Call Of Duty Will Ask Gamers To Pay Monthly Fee

Next Call Of Duty Will Ask Gamers To Pay Monthly Fee

The publisher of the Call of Duty video game series is attempting to cash in on its massive popularity by rolling out a new service later this year, tied to upcoming game Modern Warfare 3, that will ask players to respond to the call for a monthly fee. The long-rumored service, dubbed Call of Duty Elite, won’t restrict non-payers from online competition, and instead will take the PlayStation Plus route of appearing to offer additional content rather than holding existing benefits hostage. [More]

GameStop Pushes Questionable Download Insurance

GameStop Pushes Questionable Download Insurance

GameStop wants to make sure you’re taken care of if you buy a PC game from its site, then lose it and need to re-download it. The seller is kind enough to add download insurance to your cart automatically, just in case you forget to pick it up yourself before you check out. Sarcasm aside, the pushy salesmanship is no doubt overlooked by those who just want to click buttons until their game starts to download. [More]

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Whether the arena be the Grammys, Oscars or freestyle rap battles, you don’t want to face Eminem as an opponent. That’s a lesson Universal Music Group learned when it took on the rapper in the Supreme Court, which refused to hear its appeal in a lawsuit over downloadable music. The court’s refusal to hear the case, reports the Detroit Free Press, probably means Eminem won between $40 million and $50 million from the publisher. [More]

Microsoft Tells Me I Qualified For Free Online Cash, Then Takes It Away

Microsoft Tells Me I Qualified For Free Online Cash, Then Takes It Away

Scott tried to take advantage of an Xbox Live promotion that would net him 800 points ($10) of bonus money if he spent 2400 points ($30) in a set amount of time. He spent the required amount of money, then received a message from a Microsoft customer service rep that said he’d get the 800 points if he kept waiting. [More]

Microsoft, Sony Pay GameStop To Upsell You Downloadable Add-On Codes

Microsoft, Sony Pay GameStop To Upsell You Downloadable Add-On Codes

GameStop employees now have more than just pre-orders, strategy guides and loyalty cards to pressure unsuspecting customers into buying. The game dealer has moved into selling downloadable content cards, and revealed it’s getting a cut of the action, given it more incentive to convince players their games aren’t complete without an extra map pack. [More]

PC Game Downloads Leave Physical Sales In Digital Dust

PC Game Downloads Leave Physical Sales In Digital Dust

Thanks to rampant piracy, it was probably several years ago that computer gamers started downloading more of their games than they bought on disc, but now even honest gamers are following suit. For the first time in the PC game market, the number of digital sales surpassed those of disc-based games. [More]