The EA server shutdown nonsense is why I will never buy a new EA game again, and if I buy it used I sure as hell won't be paying for an online pass. I like Battlefield but I don't NEED it. Everything else currently with an EA label on it has no appeal for me.
It actually didn't bug me until just recently, I honestly never paid attention to what was being shut down and just figured it was older sports games. Even in that case you can make a strong argument that it's bullshit they shut them down completely, but I can at least see the other side of it.
But once they shut down Burnout Revenge & Game Night last month, that sealed it for me. Now you're fucking with games my friends and I still played occasionally. While they're still mainly in the phase of shutting down games that came out before this goddamn online pass nonsense existed, it won't be long. Wait until EA starts completely killing servers for games that people bought an online pass for - hopefully then there will be some backlash against the fucking bullshit that actually cause a change. I doubt it though. Gamers just forget and move on far too quickly.
As a side note - know what's really scummy? You can STILL PURCHASE Family Game Night on the 360 dashboard. Game is useless without online play. At least have the fucking decency to take it down.
Not tryin' to dictate what qualifies as "news" around here, but I'd really hope GB and other significant sites make sure people know about this - not as a BF3 story but a story about EA's practices in general. Frankly, this should be dwarfing the news/controversy over the ME3 ending. BF3 was a highly successful game that has only been out a little over half a year and they've already done this, why should we have any confidence in EA products that don't sell half as well but contain a heavy emphasis on multiplayer?
EA obviously doesn't think this game is worth putting any more money into (unless it's for an overpriced map pack, of course), so I guess I don't think it's worth putting any more money into. They can shove those map packs up their ass.
Sadly I don't think most gamers will care. On disc DLC is common now, so are online passes and so are annual iterations of games with little originality because everyone has just accepted it. Gaming has become a very expensive hobby as a result of most gamers just accepting such things.
Time and weather can affect my immersion levels and while they won't ruin a game, if I play a game in the right environment I find the game to be much more immersive. For example, playing Silent Hill at night or Skyrim during the winter months.
EDIT: In fact, when the first Lost Planet came out, I used to turn off the heating in the house and open my windows wide during those winter months just to feel cold. Likewise, in the summer, I get tempted to play Red Dead Redemption and dehydrate myself a bit.
Surival horror games need to focus on tension. They can't go making combat fun and exciting like the new Resident Evil games or Dead Space 2, a survival horror game should put you off combat. I remember in the first Resident Evil trying to avoid the hallways with dogs and bracing myself whenever I heard a hunter's metallic nails clacking on the wooden floors because they were tough, you did not even have a machine gun so you could not just run forward spraying a hail of bullets at everything and needed to time your shots well. However, with Modern Warfare 3 being the biggest entertainment launch, it's clear people want action and sadly that means it is safer for developers to just focus on providing action.
It does apparently. I thought it bankrupt, but I don't know anybody who ever buys anything from that store.
In London they went out of business I thought, but moving to Northampton there's one here that gets a lot of activity. It would make sense for them to adopt some HD movie download service and modernise but they don't >_>
Since Infinity Ward can no longer stop this hacking problem I really think they should just unlock everything for everyone. Yeah, some people spent ages getting their fall camo but it's an old game now and will ensure people are on equal footing.