EA Cutting Prices, Eliminating Online Passes For Existing Games

EA Cutting Prices, Eliminating Online Passes For Existing Games

Reigning two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts recently announced that its future game releases would not include the much-hated Online Pass program, which charges a fee to owners of used games to access online content, but there were still questions about whether it would keep the program alive for existing games. Now we have an answer. [More]

EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

Last month, Consumerist voters chose video game publisher Electronic Arts as the Worst Company In America for the second year in a row. Whether the company listened or not, we have no idea, but it is doing something that will make some gamers happier. [More]

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The Death Of The Great American Automotive Bench Seat

Many of my earliest memories are sitting three or four abreast in the front seat of the family’s powder blue Chevy Nova. Years later, I remember packing friends onto the bench seats of my ’71 Malibu (a lovely hand-painted pickle green) for hours of terrorizing the streets of suburban Philadelphia. So it’s with a tear in my eye that I hear today about the disappearance of this American icon. [More]

Self-Described "King Of Infomercials" Found Dead In Jail Cell

Self-Described "King Of Infomercials" Found Dead In Jail Cell

If, like me, you’re not a stranger to scanning through the meager offerings on late-night TV, you will more than likely recognize TV pitchman Don Lapre, whose numerous get-rich-quick ads became so infamous he was spoofed on Saturday Night Live. They also landed Lapre in an Arizona jail on charges of, among other things, mail fraud and promotional money laundering. And this is where the 47-year-old was found yesterday morning, dead of an apparent suicide. [More]

Report: Microsoft Finally Letting Zune Give Up The Ghost

Report: Microsoft Finally Letting Zune Give Up The Ghost

After half a decade of fruitless attempts to compete with the iPod, Microsoft is said to be phasing out the Zune, apparently no longer planning to release updated versions due to low demand. [More]

Is The Walkman Really Dead Or Not?

Is The Walkman Really Dead Or Not?

Yesterday the Internet seemed to be stepping over itself to break the news that the Sony Walkman — the handheld icon of the mix-tape era — had finally died a quiet death. Only problem is… that’s not exactly true. [More]

Owner Of Segway Company Dies While Riding Segway

Owner Of Segway Company Dies While Riding Segway

The British millionaire and philanthropist who purchased battery-powered scooter-type thing company Segway less than a year ago died yesterday while tooling around his property on one of his own devices. [More]

Creator Of Cheez Doodles Dies At 90

Creator Of Cheez Doodles Dies At 90

In a sad bit of news, Morrie Yohai, the man behind longtime snack fave Cheez Doodles — responsible for millions of orange-stained fingers each year — passed away last week at the age of 90. [More]

RIP: End Of The Road For PT Cruisers

RIP: End Of The Road For PT Cruisers

If you always wanted to roll like Michael Scott on The Office but hadn’t yet gotten around to purchasing a PT Cruiser, you might want to hurry. The last of the once-popular vehicles was slated to leave the factory yesterday. [More]

Sausage King Jimmy Dean Dead At 81

Sausage King Jimmy Dean Dead At 81

This is truly sad news for those of us whose best memories of weekend mornings is waking up to the smell of Jimmy Dean sausages wafting up from the kitchen. The man behind the delicious dishes has passed away at the age of 81. [More]

Inventor Of Box Wine Dies At 92

Inventor Of Box Wine Dies At 92

Days shy of 45 years after he patented the idea of wine in a box, Australian winemaker Thomas Angove has died at the age of 92. [More]

Report: Billy Mays Used Cocaine In His Last Days

Report: Billy Mays Used Cocaine In His Last Days

The Hillsborough County, Florida medical examiner’s office reported this afternoon that toxicology results show boisterous master pitchman Billy Mays had used cocaine sometime in the days before his death. This may have contributed to his fatal heart attack.

Taco Bell Chihuahua Mascot Dies

Taco Bell Chihuahua Mascot Dies

Gidget, the tiny Chihuahua star of Taco Bell‘s “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” ad series in the ’90s, in addition to other ad and film work, died yesterday of an apparent stroke. She (yes, she) was fifteen years old.

Billy Mays Dead At 50

Billy Mays Dead At 50

You have to wonder if before going to sleep last night, pitchman Billy Mays thought of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon, and said to himself one last time, “but wait, there’s more!”