Posts by larryfrum

Beyond DRM: New Anti-Piracy Measure

Beyond DRM: New Anti-Piracy Measure

Digital Rights Management, or DRM, has been touted as a piracy preventer by entertainment and gaming manufacturers while being blasted by end users as restrictive and ineffective against illegal downloading and copying of electronic media. One gaming company has heard the cries of the players and is releasing its latest title without DRM. While the firm isn’t inviting pirates to copy its game, it does think it’s found a way to keep its customers...

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Blizzard Addresses Real ID Complaints

Blizzard Addresses Real ID Complaints

With all the commotion surrounding World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment’s announcement to require the use of real names in its forum, then the rescinding of that policy, gamers have been asking more questions about how identities (real or in-game) are going to be used in the future. When the initial policy was announced, there was a backlash from players about invasion of privacy, lack of protections and fear of real-world reprisals for in-game...

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Interactive Ads to Appear with Kinect

Interactive Ads to Appear with Kinect

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), one of the games that was demonstrated with the Kinect motion control system was the racing game Forza. The hands-free Kinect allowed players to examine the virtual cars they were driving, get a look at features and peek inside at the interior. But more interesting still in our opinion is the fact that one car manufacturer is already looking at using that technology to get people to examine its real-world vehicles,...

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Will Civilization V Make History?

Will Civilization V Make History?

Civilization V is the latest incarnation in the successful series of strategy games developed by Sid Meier that allows players to take a tribe of people and attempt to make them the most dominant country in the world. As part of a recent feature for CNN.com, we got an invitation to the Civilization lair at Firaxis Studios to get a look at the new elements of the video game and talk with the brain trust there about what changes they made and how it will all fit...

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3G Coming to Handheld Consoles?

3G Coming to Handheld Consoles?

According to The Wall Street Journal, a Japanese wireless carrier is in talks with game console makers about adding 3G connection capabilities to their handheld gaming devices. NTT DoCoMo in Tokyo would not specify which companies they were talking with in the report. Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP are already Wi-Fi capable, but lack the ability to connect to a 3G network. Both companies declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal and a Nintendo spokesman...

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