New Steam gift restrictions are ridiculous!

Steam applied more restrictions to gifts activation and trading. New rules limit the number of countries gifts could be activated in. Gamers located in some parts of Europe and South America (and regions visible below on the screenshot) are discovering that once a gift has been bought from certain countries, it can only be redeemed in the same countries. If you add those games to your library, it would only be playable within the same…

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SimCity modder removes always online restriction

Here’s a positive story for today. UKAzzer from United Kingdom successfully hacked the game so you don’t really need to be online after all. Check out the story on Gamespot. Bullet points with recent modding discoveries: Players have reverse engineered modding. Significant parts of the game's code is in Javascript. The game can be played without an internet connection indefinitely after modding. Can only stay in one city. SimCity has…

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Origin rejects payments in South America and Africa

Hey guys, couple of people contacted us about this and we decided to post about it asap. As you all realize Origin is having a Battlefield 3 sale right now on their store page. But if you’re from South America or Africa you’re out of luck. It seems that Electronic Arts for some reason decided to block payments from those areas which is not cool. If you have friends over…

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PlayStation 4 won’t block used games, says Sony

Before today's PlayStation 4 announcement, rumors had flown about whether or not Sony would implement a system to block users from playing second-hand games on the console. It wasn't addressed in the company's presentation, but now Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, has denied the reports. In response to a question by Eurogamer, Yoshida said: "[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding=""…

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Diablo 3: Blizzard Locks Down Russian Language Version

Without any warning, Blizzard has locked down the Russian language version of Diablo 3 – which few days ago was just fine in any other country than Russia and obviously it was cheaper from other regional versions of the game. You could even launch the Russian version of the game and select another language such as English and play just fine. However, from today, anyone with this version is being…

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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…

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Steam: Restrictions in Japan…soon rest of the world?

Some unfortunate users of Steam living in Japan have been the first to be introduced to a very nasty new feature of Steam. Basically, games that are not released in your region apparently will no longer EVER be playable over Steam in affected regions. Thus if for example, you purchase DA:O from the US then move to Japan, you will no longer be able to play your purchased game. If…

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