Edwin Evans-Thirlwell: ''EA has revealed that there are no plans to patch out a Dead Space 3 exploit that allows users to circumvent the game's micro-transaction system - a practice that has been likened to stealing.
The latter sees you paying additional pounds and pennies to unlock items you can also find in-game, by scavenging for resources. This has been seized upon by a number of sites and pundits as an attempt to 'cheat' consumers of the fruits of their purchases, and the discovery of the exploit has, accordingly, been hailed as a low-key form of consumer activism.
Not everybody's as comfortable with this turn of events, however. "If you go into a baker's to buy a bun and they give you the wrong change and you walk away knowing you have been given more change than you handed over in the first place, that's theft," intellectual property expert Sara Ludlam of Lupton, Fawcett, Lee & Priestley told the BBC last week.''