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Submitted by ShiftingBits 1170d ago | opinion piece

The Punishment of an Online Pass

With the recent discovery of the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning version of online passes, people have taken up arms on both sides, denouncing or supporting it. Amalur‘s online pass contains access to a series of quests and rewards which would otherwise be locked from the player. The content is rather short and more closely resembles DLC, however, the problem is that the content is already on the disk. And the real kicker is that apparently, that content is unlocked and available in the demo. Normally I would be fine with extra content in new copies, but the quests were removed from the game just to make it into an online pass. Then you get games like Dead Space 2 which have development resources taken away from the single player and diverted to creating a multiplayer no one asked for. All of this just so they can justify and online pass. It is understandable why people would be infuriated, but the greater problem is that the online pass model is severely broken. (Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2, EA, Industry, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

EmperorDalek  +   1170d ago
Ever since they changed it to 2 PS3's per account, online passes have been extremely annoying, even though I buy most of my games new. I can't play on U3 on anymore than 2 PS3's. So even though I got it new, i'm still being punished.

I borrowed BF3, and I couldn't even trial the MP before I bought the pass. I ended up getting the pass because I liked BC2, and I hated BF3's MP. If I could have trialed it I wouldn't have got it. They didn't deserve the sale.

F*ck online passes, F*ck the publshers that use it, and F*ck the people that support them. Remember the rumour that the 720 will not allow used games? That will happen because people defended it.
mrdo  +   1170d ago
The trend seems to be - lets make a game , lock off parts of it to justify online pass , lock more of it to milk some more cash for dlc thats on the frikkin disc , no avatar awards - yet they manage to have avatar stuff for sale on the market place.I can remember when we played through games and got rewarded with unlocks - extra costumes , weapon skins etc - now the games industry is reaching new lows with devious ways to milk gamers for more cash, even having dlc avaliable on marketplace before the games even hit the shelves!!!.Im going to be very choosy about what games i buy this year - fed up with paying £40 to beta test a game thats been rushed / chopped
- waiting for patches and worst of all - the p.r twats games publishers employ to bullshit and make excuses to calm the angry mob - no other industry gets away with it - its about time the games industry gets some type of legislation to protect consumers from getting ripped off.It should be illegal to charge extra for content thats already on the disc and if the games released unfinished there should be a returns/ refund policy i.e - the game is not fit for purpose.

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