Category Archives: Games

Are Companies exploiting you on DLC Content?

For a long time now video games have had regional releases and you can play Region 1 games (from the US) in Region 2 (Europe) on European machines. This isn’t locked and when you order games off the internet it’s best to be sure you are getting the right region game for your machine otherwise any extra content you buy will most likely not work.

What Xbox and Sony don’t tell you is that extra downloadable content (DLC) is non-refundable and companies such as Ubisoft who make the DLC content for their games will not allow you to change a US code for a UK or European code.

For example a UK citizen can see a PS3 game on Amazon for sale at a very reasonable price. Buy that game, wait a whole month for it to be delivered and realise they can’t play online because the game code is region 1 only and not region 2.

Of course you should be able to return the game and get a refund, but shipping it back to America is pricey and the consumer is out of pocket this way.

So this is more of a warning to make sure you are buying games that are the same region as your console. To check this in a store simply look at the bottom of the spine and make sure the correct graphic is present.

Another interesting point I have thought about and wondered because it’s DLC content, is it taxed? Is the consumer paying any tax in the price? Are governments taxing companies DLC profits? How much is the consumer out of pocket and how many people have lost their money because they are not informed about the regional locking of DLC content?

If the games industry is in the billions and DLC content is in the millions? Could the consumer market already be out of pocket by millions? And considering DLC is non-refundable I am betting these companies have already make a fair few millions off this exploit.

Galaxy Empire on Google Play.

I downloaded the game to give it a try, played a bit and realised I have played a game almost exactly like this on the PC. None other than Empire Universe II.I am wondering how many elements seem to be copied, but Galaxy Empire is more of a dumbed down version with slicker graphics. Still I feel there might be some sort of copyright violation!

I was asking myself how the gameplay goes, but after the tutorial, building the few buildings, building a few ships, exploring a little bit of the galaxy then realising how dull this game really is.

You can’t conquer other planets, they purge guests and user accounts after a very short period. There is a chat room with rules that say you can’t discuss politics, religion and a couple of other things, which also makes that dull.

To be frank, no matter how slick you can make a game look, unless you get the gameplay right, which to me is wrong on a multiple number of levels you haven’t got a good game. To date, Galaxy Empire has to be the most boring game I have ever played.

1 out 5 stars.

Crime City on Google play

You can download this game to your Ipad, Iphone, what ever phone you have running android or other devices. I must say I do rather enjoy it on my breaks and free time I have. It’s a fun little game, it’s accross between Sim City and GTA just without the cars! There is alot to do on the game, and if you do have an account or playing it, feel free to add me! My code is 107 841 303 I could do with some more mafioso’s!!

You can now play Star Wars The Old Republic for free

It took me a while to download all 12GB of the game or what ever it was. It was a big download that’s for sure. I started playing with a Sith character which I am rather enjoying, I have a nice fit sexy slave helping me out, not sure if I really want to take her off the shock coller know!

Graphics are quality and I have put settings on high and have matched my screen res.  At times I am not sure if my computer can cope with the game, it seems to run smooth, then may crash later. So I ran a disk check, seemed okay, clicked on exit after I finished another hour or so of game play and it crashed again.

This game does seem to hog the computer resources, but I am not sure what was going on, but when I am playing without the lag and problems, it’s a great game for sure.

Assassin’s Creed: Lineage

Last night the rain was pouring down and I really didn’t want to go anywhere. There wasn’t much I was interested in on the TV so I browsed throught the Playstation Home¬† network on my PS3.

What court my interest was a short film about 40 minutes long promoting Assassins Creed II. I didn’t know what to expect but the storyline was very well presented. Music and effects were also good. They clearly have spent a fair bit of money on this project.

It seemed to be missing something, or didn’t seem long enough in parts. It did feel very quick know. But gave a good account to the story as a whole.

For those that don’t have a PS3, you can watch the film on youtube. It’s something to enjoy if you’re a fan of the series like me.