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A new joint study by Aalborg University, Northeastern University, and the Copenhagen Business School has found that piracy of video games on BitTorrent networks has been unsurprisingly over-stated by industry
. The study analyzed a the BitTorrent trading of some 173 different computer games across 14 different gaming platforms over a three-month period between 2010 and 2011. "First and foremost, P2P game piracy is extraordinarily prevalent and geographically distributed [at least it was during the period analyzed]," said the researchers. "However, the numbers in our investigation suggest that previously reported magnitudes in game piracy are too high." The full study is available here
The last few months have seen several developer and insider leaks
across several outlets
claiming the next Xbox will require an "always on" broadband connection as a way to counter both piracy and used game sales. Needless to say the rumors angered a lot of possible customers with the botched launches of Diablo 3 and SimCity (both requiring always-on connections) freshly in mind.
Rumors surrounding the next Xbox suggest that the game console may require a constantly running broadband connection to function -- in addition to banning used games. Leaked screenshots
of an Xbox Development Kit (XDK) for Microsoft's next-generation console (currently code-named "Durago") strongly suggest that game installations to the hard drive will be mandatory, after which "play from the optical drive will not be supported."
The last few round of rumors have collectively suggested that Microsoft could be cooking up some incredibly dumb new ideas for their new console:
An installable game requirement backs up claims that Microsoft is developing an anti-used games system that requires activation codes for 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs.
Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google; there have been no limit of companies eager to disrupt the pay TV ecosystem, though every one of them have run face first into licensing restrictions imposed by a pay TV sector that very much doesn't want to be disrupted. That doesn't seem to stop the tech press from getting blindly bubbly and enthusiastic every time another company says they're going to try. story continues..
Nintendo's launch of their new Wii U game console this week was marred somewhat by the fact that new users were greeted with a 1 GB firmware update right out of the box. Worse, if interrupted, some users are reporting
that an interrupted firmware update can result in a bricked (inoperable) game console.
LA Times reporter Ben Fritz is one of the most prominent people to tweet that his system was rendered useless by an interruption during the roughly 5GB download, which took over an hour to complete in our tests.
Time Warner Cable's "six strikes" anti-piracy measures won't include the filtering of any websites, Broadband Reports
has learned. The six strikes plan, scheduled to launch later this year, will vary from ISP to ISP -- with Verizon last week acknowledging they'll be throttling repeat offenders
to an as-yet-unspecified speed.
In addition to the suite of changes coming to Google TV
, Google now says that GoogleTV embedded LG televisions will also come with embedded OnLive gaming functionality. According to an announcement
, this is the first time the software has been embedded in televisions, allowing users to stream top-shelf games without a physical console. From the press release:
With the OnLive Wireless Controller (available at onlive.com/controller), LG G2 TV owners in the United States can go to the Premium Apps menu on their TVs and play hundreds of video games on demand. The OnLive catalog includes games from more than 80 publishers, with everything from blockbuster new releases to classic franchises to family-friendly sports, racing and action-adventure games.
Granted this may not be such a big deal when you consider that that recent data shows that around 50% of connected TVs aren't connected
-- in large part because users just want their TVs to be TVs, with more-easily replaceable DVRs, game consoles, and Roku-esque devices doing the heavy lifting. There's also the question of how long OnLive will survive after their recent fishy smelling financial chicanery
, which resulted in most of the staff being fired without severance (though some were rehired).
Cox, AT&T and Time Warner Cable are all cooking up plans to stream games directly to televisions, anonymous sources tell Bloomberg News
. Trials of these services are expected to begin later this year for possible deployment sometime in 2013 or 2014, and from the report the types of offerings could vary greatly, from casual game experiences to services intended to rival game consoles. The move is particularly of note for AT&T and Time Warner Cable given both companies desire to charge by the byte, something that gets very expensive for the consumer when talking about HD game streams. AT&T was an investor in recently-imploded
game streaming company OnLive.
While it may have had a bumpy beginning, Valve Software's Steam
platform revolutionized the video game industry, and now offers users a huge catalog of (frequently on sale) titles available via broadband to a huge community of dedicated fans. Though they initially denied such a project, every indication is that the company is now considering a push into video game hardware.
Earlier this month streaming game service OnLive suddenly and mysteriously imploded, with the majority of the company's staff released. Later explanations
stated the company had been acquired by a newly-formed company, though the restructuring plan under an "Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors" involved them being unable to retain employees or stock (about half of the employees were hired back).
With services like Onlive
, the recent announcement of Sony buying cloud gaming firm GaiKai
and Microsofts apparent commitment to a could gaming future from an internal leaked slideshow, could we be headed for a cloud gaming future? A better question, however, is will that future satisfy us as gamers. The answer in my opinion would be not yet, but we are close.
Last Friday we noted
that broadband streaming game service OnLive mysteriously and suddenly fired all of their employees with no notice or severance package. Significant additional detail has surfaced since then, with the company announcing that OnLive and all assets have been acquired by a newly formed company, with VC firm Lauder Partners being the new company's"first investor." About half of the fired employees will be hired back, with some additional employees brought in on a consultant basis.
and The Verge
are reporting that broadband game streaming company OnLive is shutting down. Employees were informed today that the company is closing its doors, and that the entire staff is being let go.
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