Apparently EA mis-printed a bunch of the serial codes for Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, and missed off the last character.
EA tech support have come up with this wonderfully ingenious solution!
“If you are trying to install Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 and the code is only 19 characters long, then it is missing the last letter or number. This was due to a misprint on a small number or manuals and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
There is currently a work around that may allow you to bypass this issue. Since you have the first 19 characters of the code already, you can basically try “guessing” the last character. To do this, simply enter your existing code, and then for the last character, try the letters A-Z, and then the numbers 0-9. You should eventually get the right combination, and be able to play the game. If this does not work, you can follow the instructions below…”
Genius! I love it!
*sigh* EA… EA… EA… When will you learn… Look, i’m not a DRM hating nutjob. I understand you want to protect your licenses. However, putting a DRM system on the disc that only allow 3 installs… PERIOD, is dumber than a crash test dummy sucking a baby pacifier. Say I have a laptop and desktop. Well, that’s 2 installs. Swap the graphics card or memory out, and that uses another install, and then what?! Ring you, or buy another copy apparently! Clearly, someone in EA has been on the stupid pills with a handful of idiot tablets to go with it.
What did you think would happen when you tried this? Honestly? What?.. Cause i’m kinda struggling to see what you thought you were going to achieve. What you did acheive of course is getting your game 1 starred on Amazon.com by a multitude of angry fans.
There where also a number of similar reviews on amazon.co.uk before they wussed out (presumably after pressure from ‘somewhEre’, And pulled them. There’s now only 1 review with a 5 out of 5 rating… The Customer Discussions however is still up if you want to go nuts!
E.A. annouced it’s European pricing for Rock Band this morning, at a price point most people must have assumed was a late April Fools joke… Sadly it wasn’t. You see, for some bizarre reason, instead of one pack called ‘Rock Band’, in Europe we get 2 packs.
Pack 1 – Rock Band the Game – GBP 49.99 / EUR 69.99.
Pack 2 – Rock Band ‘Instrument Edition’… which doesn’t actually CONTAIN THE GAME… Just the drum kit, guitar and microphone – GBP 129.99/ EUR 69.99.
So, that’s GBP 179.98 / EUR 139.98 for whole game as sold in the USA for $180 US!!
F. U. – E.A!
There’s NO WAY in HELL i’m paying DOUBLE the US price for the same game.
EA have laid into Fox New’s ‘reporting’ on Mass Effect, claiming it shows “full digital nudity and the ability for players to engage in graphic sex.” (if it does, i missed a section of that game!). Also that it “is being marketed to kids and teenagers.” (it’s an M rating in the US meaning over 17yrs old).
Inaccurate reporting from Fox News? Why, that’s so unlike them…
Edit: The story is on digg, and i just wanted to add in WasabiBomb’s quality Comment from the digg thread:
“EA versus Fox? It’s like watching the Borg Collective go up against the Death Star- you don’t know who to cheer for, but you know it’s gonna be a lot of pretty explosions.”
Okay, this is a rumour that’s been around ever since Bioware announced they were getting into the MMO business. However, it’s recently resurfaced and is rampaging through the gaming community like a stampeding Bantha.
The question is of course:
Are Bioware making a Knights of the Old Republic MMORPG?
The latest rumour to stoke the KotOR MMO fire is a press release from LucasArts today claiming “LucasArts and BioWare Corp. to Create Ground-Breaking Interactive Entertainment Product”. The game “…will push the boundaries of the gaming market by utilizing the strengths of both companies to deliver an innovative, high-quality experience.”
Well, that has to be a KotOR game, surely. They’d have to be idiots for it not to be! With all the hype at the moment, i mean, come on?! Look at it this way. We know Bioware are making an MMO. We know they are making a game for LucasArts that “will push the boundaries of the gaming market” (and that doesn’t sound like a straight RPG to me). Plus, what other license is it likely to be if it’s not KotOR? They already have quite a cool looking Indy game in development to coincide with the Indy 4 release. Monkey Island? Great as some of those games were, seems rather unlikely…
EA (who recently bought Bioware) want in on the MMO market, and don’t seem to like it when companies they own spread themselves too thinly. Would EA be happy about them creating an MMO and a separate game for LucasArts?
Plus, you have to add in all the rumours there have been, and all the hype and positive reaction to the idea of a KotOR MMO.
All i’ll say is this…
Bioware/LucasArts – If your aren’t making a KotOR MMO, you flamin well should be!