The era of game keys is coming to an end

Recently Ubisoft signed some kind of deal with Genba Digital and it seems that you won't be able to register standard game keys (CDKeys) on UPlay in the future. You will be able to purchase the desired title to your Ubi account and that's it. The end of game key sites? Pretty much everyone who plays games - especially on PC - used a game key somehow, whether it's from a game bundle, retail copy or some CDKey website. Their goal is to keep their client base on UPlay and that's pretty understandable. For us it means higher prices, no way to sell your own key or no way to give something away unless it's a gift card. Google Stadia, GeForce Now, XCloud/Game Pass and more - Netflix for games is almost here! Its more than possible that in around 5 years some titles are going to be bound to an exclusive platform but maybe thanks to that you won't be stuck with a specific hardware like a console, computer or a phone? Even hardcore Linux fans shouldn't face any problems if they play on streaming services. Nobody believed the guys from Winamp when they wanted to create a streaming…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t come out on PC?

It seems that Rockstar Games decided to release Red Dead Redemption 2 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 first, it isn't all that weird considering they have a history of doing that. The problem is that they might skip PC at all just like they did with Red Dead Redemption back in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 years. Sign the petition at change.org and maybe Rockstar is going to listen. Petitions never worked though, so I guess we can at least show there are a lot of us who want the game out on PC. Watch the trailer below: I don't know about you guys but if they are going to release it on consoles only I'm gonna have to buy one with the game and sell as I complete it.

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Microsoft brings some Xbox One games to Windows 10

Microsoft announced a couple of nice things yesterday, including some games, software and some offers. Check out the list below if you want to know what's going on! Here's a quick summary of the event that happened on March 1st 2016: Those who pre-order Quantum Break On Xbox store will get the Windows 10 PC version for free Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is now available for download on Windows 10 PCs (priced at $29.99) Microsoft today announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is coming to the PC - Windows 10, fully supporting DirectX 12 Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is going to support Oculus Rift Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in April Killer Instinct: Season 3 for Xbox One and Windows 10 coming in few days Xbox team revealed the new updates arriving soon on Xbox One and also in the Xbox app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile Xbox One to receive future hardware upgrades, I think it means that they are just going to create their own small "Steam boxes"? ;) Universal Windows Apps will allow for games to run on Windows 10 PCs, Windows 10 Tablets and Windows 10 Mobile phones in the future, supporting…

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Origin monthly subscription now available!

Apparently Origin has introduced something I've speculated and asked you about over few months ago but I thought that Steam would be the first one! Guess not. The majority of you (60%) voted that you wouldn't buy this Netflix-based subscription model (pay once, use all games for a month without any limits) and 27% would consider it depending on the offer. But I'm pretty sure that this will change a lot in the future, especially if they introduce big AAA titles in the service. Origin Access ($4.99 / £3.99 a month) gives you access to Vault Games such as: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, SimCity, Dragon Age Origins, 2 and Inquisition, Dead Space Trilogy, FIFA15, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, This War of Mine, The Sims 3 Starter Pack, Need for Speed: Rivals. According to Origin's FAQ this appears to only be available for America, Canada, UK and Germany at this time. So basically this is EA Access (from the Xbox One) for the PC, for a membership price, you get access to all the games listed in the title, extra savings on EA games on their storefront and large trial versions of games - currently the service gives you a 10 hour…

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Valve to add extra security to trading, hold items for a period of time, require to use it’s mobile app

Hey guys, first of all thanks to Andrea for telling me about this. Secondly Valve is about to add a new trading security measurements, which holds items in every trade for a period of time likely up to several days, unless both parties have mobile app Steam Guard enabled. This is ridiculous considering the app is not available for my Windows 10 Mobile phone (at least not yet) and what about people without smartphones? I know it is 2015 but not everyone uses smartphones guys. Some people just prefer battery life and a dumbphones. Here is a confirmation of the new security method. This bit in particular: ... 'What is Escrow?', '<div class="escrow_explanation">After a trade has been accepted by both parties, if either party's account has not been secured by the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, then to protect against unauthorized trades, the traded items will be placed in escrow.<br><br>During the escrow period, the items will not be available to either user. This allows users who have not secured their accounts to cancel any unauthorized trades and recover their items.<br><br>Canceling all pending and in-escrow trades will place a trading hold on your account for a few days to prevent any further unauthorized attempts…

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Weekend Deals (11.09.2015)

Update: Added G2A Weekly Sale. Hey!!! Here are the deals - pretty good ones this time, GOG has an amazing sale just check below. Will add more deals as they come... Shelter Anniversary Sale Create Your World Weekly sale featuring FIFA 16 and Rainbow Six Siege, more info here. Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2 Square Enix up to 75% off Paradox Weekend up to 75% off Codemasters Week up to 80% off Sniper Elite Weekend Deal up to 75% off Indie Pinata - deals up to 80% off and mystery games on sale! Shadow of Mordor Bundle (€15.36) Borderlands 2 GOTY 70% off (€12/$13.60/£8.81) The Sims 4 for £19.50 (€26.5/$30)

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Steam went full retard, all games are now region locked

Just like with the sudden currency change 6 years ago, right before the winter holiday season, now Steam decided to region lock ALL games in the catalog. So if you wanted to exchange gifts with your friends from around the world guess what? Look for Steam Alternatives because you won't be able to, especially if you're lets say from Europe or Australia and want to game swap with Russians or Asians. Here's a nice info from reddit: Valve took the effect of AllowCrossRegionTradingAndGifting=No and applied it to everything. Every gift from these regions is now restricted, regardless of publisher settings: Russia/CIS Southeast Asia South America Turkey This pretty much kills trading altogether. Where is your Gaben now?

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Stop pre-ordering games because they suck!

I've had enough of this. I think we all can agree that so far this has been a disappointing year in PC gaming. First of all, Watch_Dogs have been delayed for a few months but they've managed to brake it anyway, it was significantly different from the E3 trailers - although it was somehow playable if you forced yourself on it. However, recent Ubisoft games are just fucking garbage. Assassin's Creed: Unity is a horrible joke, I just can't wrap my mind around this: How can you release such a shitty port to the public and advertise it like it's a major master piece? Don't forget their 30 FPS bullshit excuse. Really? 30 FPS? Go ahead and play that on 120Hz screen and tell me it looks nice. It doesn't and never will. If I ever read about how human eye only sees 24 FPS I will punch somebody. Who the hell cares what human eye sees or not? It's all about the feeling, smoothness of the game, try playing some fast paced shooter at 24 frames per second on a 4K screen you morons. And I'm talking about PCs, if your console can't handle more than 24-30 FPS that's fine, play…

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Maxis (kinda) admits servers are not needed for individual cities

So yesterday Maxis general manager Lucy Bredshaw made a blog post. I guess she had to answer to all the new information that popped up lately
 

So, could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision. We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities. We recognize that there are fans – people who love the original SimCity – who want that. But we’re also hearing from thousands of people who are playing across regions, trading, communicating and loving the Always-Connected functionality. The SimCity we delivered captures the magic of its heritage but catches up with ever-improving technology.

Ok, so they don’t care about their long-time fans… That’s cool though, cause they thought of the people who love always always DRM instead. That’s nice :)
And also, there’s apparently tons of advantages with always-online DRM, compared to offer both a social online experience and a solid single player experience. She names just a few in her blog post:

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Maxis insider: SimCity servers not necessary!

As you all know SimCity have suffered massive server issues since launch.
While players have been begging for an offline mode, EA representatives have been abundantly clear that this simply isn’t possible. Maxis’ studio head, Lucy Bradshaw, has told both Polygon and Kotaku that they “offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers”, and that it would take “a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game” for single player.

A SimCity developer has got in touch with RPS to tell them that at least the first of these statements is not true. He claimed that the server is not handling calculations for non-social aspects of running the game, and that engineering a single-player mode would require minimal effort.

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Steam for Linux open beta coming next week

Steam for Linux will be available for everyone to try next week! The list of available games on Steam for Linux users: Amnesia Dynamite Jack Eversion iBomber Attack Killing Floor Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Serious Sam 3:BFE Sword & Sworcery The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles World of Goo Source: OMG Ubuntu

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Uplay as vessel for malicious software

I usually like titles with a pun or something on those lines, attempting to find a funny side even in a disaster. Not this time. Not when the threat is so dangerous and imminent. According to this article there's a huge hole in Uplay's browsers plugin which lets anybody run potentially anything on the victim's computer. I haven't tested it personally having never installed Ubisoft's Uplay and never planned to do so, but my second hand informations tell me it's scary how easy and smooth is to manipulate Uplay customers through this exploit. Not that I needed some more proof that any DRM system is the Bane (I haven't watched latest Batman yet, I just liked the pop culture reference) of legit customers, but do you now?   Below here is the list of the game which are most vulnerable to this and which you should immediately uninstall before this exploit really goes out of hand.   Assassin's Creed II Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy Assassin's Creed Revelations Assassin's Creed III Beowulf: The Game Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 Call of Juarez: The Cartel Driver: San Francisco Heroes of Might and Magic VI Just Dance 3 Prince of…

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Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a catastrophe

Operating system Windows 8 will be a "catastrophe" for PC game makers, according to Valve Software's boss. Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said the next version of Windows could mean big changes to the PC market. Many took his comment as a criticism of the changed user interface in Windows 8 as well as its built-in Windows Store. The Windows Store could dent the success of Valve's own online market, Steam, through which players buy games. Mr Newell, who worked for Microsoft for 13 years on Windows, said his company had embraced the open-source software Linux as a "hedging strategy" designed to offset some of the damage Windows 8 was likely to do. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well," said Mr Newell. "Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." The arrival of Windows 8 would be likely to drive some PC makers and others out of the business because it put so much pressure on their sales margins, Mr Newell added. He said the success of Valve, known for its Half Life, Left4Dead and Portal…

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Apple DRM update breaks apps

  Simple as that: the latest FairPlay* update made several different apps impossible to use. Also, first help from Apple, "delete, reinstall and it will work fine", was of no use.   Has the problem been tracked down? Solved maybe? I don't care. The money I spend always works, never needs a patch or an authentication to be used. Once again, a DRM does nothing but getting in the way of legit customers.   *: FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Inc. FairPlay? Calling a DRM "FairPlay" is like calling "Sweet Caress of Tenderness" a kick in the nuts. This aside, at least they've been honest, calling thing a thing, instead of "ZOMG! Our new thingie is definitely the latest frontier in digital delivery, social networks and technobabble". Yes Origin and UPlay, I'm talking to you.     Source: Guardian

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Steam should provide buying international titles around the globe

There's a pretty interesting post on Steam Forums (thanks for the info Kossak) about regional versions of Steam games being released in Russia (yep, Russian only). The original poster thinks that "cheap region restricted versions should be optional, not forced". Lets expand the idea a little and say why not release games around the world in two versions, one cheaper (restricted to one language only and even one area only where you can't play it in other country) and one in full price but without any limitations? What do you guys think about that? Do you have forced localized games too? I didn't notice that in Poland (well maybe MAFIA 2...) but I guess if Steam would force me to use Polish version only of most games I would be pissed. Especially while playing multiplayer games. Oh hai btw, Dead Island fucking rocks. I'm back.

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Non-steam Dragon Age II PC DRM has online check

Sad news, all non-Steam versions of Dragon Age II on PC will require an online check "after a select period of days".  But how many days you'll be allowed to play offline before being locked out, BioWare hasn't decided. "We'll have more info on this closer to release," posted BioWare producer Fernando Melo on the official forums. "Not trying to avoid the question, we honestly have not settled on this yet - but also did not want to further delay getting the rest of the information out to you." These bespoke anti-piracy measures don't do a game-disc check and there's no limit on total game installations. You won't be able to start and play Dragon Age II on more than five PCs during 24 hours, though - as if you possibly could. Each time you install Dragon Age II you'll need to log into your EA account to verify game ownership. BioWare forum members are automatically EA account holders. "The login checks are light," Melo added. "It would not be a problem on dial-up, and should not hog up bandwidth or create a noticeable impact on an connection that has a limit imposed by your ISP. You are likely using…

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New digital distributor player emerges: Atomblock

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New digital distributor emerges: Atomblock

Distributor Atomblock is to launch a new download site in UK with 450 titles ready to download from clients including EA, Codemasters, Ubisoft and 2K Games. Atomblock plans to have over 1000 titles by the end of the year.

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R.U.S.E. will not utilize Ubisoft PC DRM

Good news, the PC version of R.U.S.E. will not use Ubisoft's 24/7 always online DRM, instead it will use Steamworks. Aymeric Evennou, Ubisoft senior community developer, stated on the official R.U.S.E. forums: "When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve’s Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players. Consequently, a Steam account and Internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy. For this reason, R.U.S.E. will not use the Ubisoft protection. Single player can be played offline." Hopefully Ubisoft will patch all their old games to no longer use their DRM.

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