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EA fixing The Sims 4 gay name block

An issue that prevents players of The Sims 4 from uploading characters with specific homosexual name references is being remedied by EA. A video by Why Stuff Is Great, seen below, shows that while players can create avatars with words such as ‘gay’, ‘queer’, ‘lesbian’ or ‘homosexual’ in their name …

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Philips is trying to halt Wii U and Wii sales in the US

Electronics firm Philips has asked the Delaware courts to force Nintendo to stop selling Wii U in the US. The demand is part of a lawsuit, as reported by Game Informer, in which Philips is claiming that Nintendo’s console and some of its accessories have infringed two of its motion …

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Porn block threatens UK games firms

UK games execs have expressed concerns over reports that game downloads are being inadvertently blocked as part of a UK crackdown on porn. An automated firewall created by leading UK?internet firms – put in place as part of Prime Minster David Cameron’s child internet safety campaign – has reportedly blocked …

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The Pirate Bay launches censorship-bypassing web browser

UK residents are now able to access The Pirate Bay using a dedicated web browser designed by the controversial organisation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Pirate Bay has released a new download called PirateBrowser. It’s effectively a functional web browser that will allow users to bypass ISP filters that typically …

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Online Passes still possible on PS4

The PS4 will share the PS3’s ability for publishers to lock certain content behind a paywall. This opens up the possibility for the continuation of online passes but will not lead to Xbox One style content blocking. "The Online Pass program for PlayStation first-party games will not continue on PlayStation …

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Publishers may block pre-owned for a period after release – analyst

Most consumers know that when buying a new game they’ll get a good chunk of the cost back if they trade it in within two weeks. Indeed, some retailers even offer discount deals where gamers need pay only 99p for a brand new release as long as the game is …

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UPDATE: Confusion over Xbox One’s pre-owned compatibility and internet requirements

The new Xbox One WILL NOT require a constant internet connection. Sort of. But it WILL limit pre-owned. We think. Wired reports that all games will require installation onto the console. Individual games will be tied to a user’s Xbox Live account. If a disc that has already been installed …

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Retail: Don’t block pre-owned

UK retailers are rallying against reported plans to prevent pre-owned sales on the next Xbox. Website VGLeaks reported last week that Microsoft’s next console will require a permanent online connection and will not need to read optical discs once a game has been installed. The report adds weight to persistent …

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OPINION: SimCity gifts Durango a potential PR nightmare

Whether you like the sound of it or not, at the very least you must understand the motivation behind Microsoft’s online vision for Durango. A machine that is always connected to Microsoft’s servers, is always up to date, monitored, guarded. And it’s also important to admit that such a setup …

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GameStop lobbying platform holders over pre-owned block rumours

Global games retailer GameStop has been lobbying platform holder Microsoft to try and persuade it to abandon its rumoured plans to block pre-owned software on the Next Xbox. "Sony has said publicly that they don’t intend to block used games on their next console. Microsoft has not commented on the …

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