EA expands "Online Pass" punishing used game buyers from multiplayer to…

EA expands “Online Pass” punishing used game buyers from multiplayer to single player.

Imagine the outcry if Hollywood tried this sort of thing with used DVDs. Key scenes from the movie are missing on used copies unless you pay ten or fifteen bucks extra to see them. Or perhaps none of the extras are available on used discs unless you’re willing to pony up the cash. Yet the games industry seems hell bent to lock more and more content away if you bought the game used.

Again, this doesn’t affect me as much as I don’t tend to buy used games, but I sometimes receive them as gifts and not everyone can afford to shell out the $60 most new games cost these days. #seb #videogames #EA #Stupidity

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Kingdoms of Amalur’s “Online Pass” continues a slippery slope for used games
Review copies of Electronic Arts’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning are starting to reach critics, who have made a surprising collective discovery: an insert containing a code to download a “House of Valor” content pack featuring “seven additional single player quests.”

EA has confirmed to Ars Technica that this downloadable content will be included free with all new copies of the game, including digital copies purchased on the PC through Origin, Steam, or other services. Players who would rath…

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