Thursday, 27 October 2011

GMA sponsors make twats of themselves at awards

What's the old saying: "There's no such thing as bad publicity." Try telling that to Gary Glitter, Lindsay Lohan and, most recently. UK games retailer: Grainger Games.
Before you ask, no, I've never heard of them either. but apparently they're a  chain of games shops based in the North and North East of England and they were the main sponsors of this years gaming media awards (GMA) where games journalists, of all mediums, get together to celebrate their god forsaken industry. I don't much care for who won what, basically  the Guardian's Steve Boxer got the nod and Ready Up and Destructoid didn't, so smart choices by the judges there. As if anyone cared. Well, quite a few people are talking about it now because the people representing Grainger Games made a drunken and/or coked up embarrassment of themselves.

Someone talking about me?

By all accounts, things started pretty shambolically and got worse from there. With Grainger games impressing only the chavviest of people with a bright orange Hummer van with bikini clad booth babes and midgets on hand to give out the awards. Also rather strangely, all the tables at the event were festooned with Grainger branded condoms. What the fuck for? Gaming- so by extension games media- is predominately male, were they expecting he guys from Eurogamer to grab hold of those two twats that make those videos from Xbox LIVE, drag them them into the gents toilets and give them the anal shagging of a lifetime? As the event began it was clear the Grainger crew were totally wasted and heckled everyone, from the host: Greg Davies to all the winners and getting on everyone's tits by shouting quotes from the Inbetweeners and chant's of "toon army!", as described in full by one attendee and -for some reason- giving a slow hand-clap to industry legend, Colin Campbell. It really says something when games journalists think you're twats (or automatically assume you work for Official Xbox Magazine) and just what Grainger thought they were playing at beggars belief. For a kick off, you're meant to get all fucked up AFTER the event, and the journos have spent five minutes writing the rough draft of their report on it. Unless their aim was to piss off the entirety of gaming media in this country as many writers are raging about the behaviour of Grainger games. To the point where GMA head honcho: Stuart Disney publically apologised for said antics
I would post a link to the apology on Grainger's site, but that's down for some reason. Maybe it has  a hangover? Whether this drastically effects business for Grainger Games, is yet to be seen. They're weren't hugely known around the UK and they seemed to go out of their way to alienate anyone who might give them publicity. I very much doubt that means magazine publishers will turn down their advertising (when money concerned, publishers would gladly throw a writer down a volcano full of acid if needs be) but the websites might very well tell them go fuck off. Or ask them who their dealer is?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Before you buy Arkham City on the 360, get your catwoman code first. FREE!

I have a little consumer tip for you. The supermarket: Asda have a little problem with their consignment of Arkham City on the 360. If you weren't aware, WB Games have implemented the catwoman portion of the game (her story and challenge modes as well as two extra costumes) as downloadable content. By means of a code included with new copies of the game. So if you buy Arkham City pre-owned, you'll have to pay to download the catwoman pack from the xbox LIVE marketplace.
However, the copies sent to Asda didn't include the code to activate catwoman. But WB know of this problem and all you have to do is either phone their customer service hotline: 0207 984 6480
or email:
To get your code. All you need to do is tell them you bought Arkham City from Asda, tell them the location of your nearest branch of Asda-and if you're on the phone-your email address. And they'll send you the catwoman code in no time.
So why not take advantage and get your catwoman code, and save it for when you get the game pre-owned? Because frankly, WB games decided to fuck the gamers about with their bullshit pre-order bonus skins, which had everyone runing around, trying to find which shop/website had the specific one they wanted, to the point where even Rocksteady (Arkham City's developer) said WB Games was taking the whole DLC stuff  too far.
So it serves them fucking right! It's a pre-owned game, not a pirate copy. Don't punish gamers because high street game shops score such huge markup on their pre-owned games. So feel free to save some more money when you get round to playing it and fully enjoying the complete game, at no extra cost. And hey, it's what Catwoman would do

Thursday, 13 October 2011

FFS Sony!

To the surprise of everyone, except Playstation 3 owners, Sony has been the victim of yet another online attack.
"We have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database"
 Sony are trying to downplay the attack, by stating that less than 0.1% of their PSN, SEN and SOE userbase may have been affected. Which is much less than the previous hacking debacle, but it's still 93,000 accounts that could be compromised and Sony say no credit card data was stolen but will refund anyone who found any unauthorised activity on their account. So you may want to check your finances, if wanted to play Uncharted and saw this instead:

Wait, I never downloaded Swagga Jagga?

  Sony recommended re-setting your password and, in a slight dick move, said the following:

“We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of fraudulent activity online, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites”
So instead of apologising for letting a few -V mask wearing - fish slip though the net, Sony have a go at the customer. Even though they're right -you really should have smart passwords for any online accounts you use- Sony aren't in any position of laying the remotest amount of blame on the user, seeing the PSN was a open door to hackers anyway, and they didn't bother to notify said users. So just get on with, you know, FIXING YOUR BROKEN NETWORK! And dear reader, don't just use one-word passwords. Use several, and add numbers in there too, then try it out on password checker ok?