EA Disabling iPhone Rock Band, Still Selling It Anyway

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  1. Joe Moore

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    UPDATE:

    Apparently, the negative press surrounding this got them to change their mind.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57426660-93/ea-not-killing-rock-band-for-ios-after-all/

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    So glad a game company has the ability to disable the shit I buy without advanced warning or reason.

    And the game is still available for download as we speak. And there is no mention that it will no longer work in four weeks time.
     
  2. Fuzz

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    Wow! That is dirty! I wonder why they're disabling it. Licensing fees, maybe?
     
  3. MetalRyde

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    eh. the music game genre has passed its prime.
     
  4. Cogar

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    The RIAA has been on a tear for many years now (suing grandmothers and the like for supposedly filesharing rap music). I wouldn't be surprised if some "licensing issue" was behind the sudden change.

    Of course, that is no excuse for Apple continuing to sell the service.
     
  5. Orion_Prime48

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    this is EA were talking about here, how is this even the slightest bit surprising?
     
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    What. The. FUCK.

    Disabling games that you paid money for stinks. Is that even legal? Chances are there's something in their terms and conditions in 'section xx paragraph xx line xx subheading xx appendix xx about disabling features on a title, that may or may not include download content or the entire fucking thing haha fuck you noob this is why you should read the T&C's.'

    That pretty much makes me hate DLC bollocks even more.

    Hey, on a related subject I got a question. A while ago I bought some music videos through XBL with some leftover MS points, and now they're all gone from the 360 zune menus. Has MS just removed them from my Xbox without telling me?

    Jeez. If this is the way things are going, then I guess I'll be supporting whatever future format sticks with physical media.
     
  7. Recall

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    If that's the case the entire backlog of console Rock Band games should stop working too.
     
  8. Cogar

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    I've always been old fashioned in that respect as well. Not too fond of the Games for Windows Live type services either that require you to connect to their servers before the game will even launch (PC).

    Now that I think about it, I haven't bought a game since Dragon Age: Origins. :tumbleweed: 
     
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    Not necessarily. I'm sure there are different licensing contracts depending on the console/device.
     
  10. Joe Moore

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    Checked, not only is this still up on the store, so are the DLC song packs. Still no mention of the shutdown on iTunes. People are, rightfully, 1 Star bombing the hell out of the game. Welcome to the world of digital distribution folks.
     
  11. Smasher

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    EA's Rock Band for iOS 'no longer playable' after May 31 | Internet & Media - CNET News

    They're probably still there somewhere.
    Try using the search feature and see if they come up.

    I had to find an old video that I had downloaded that way.
     
  12. Valkysas

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    And this is why I will always prefer physical copies of games. They're yours forever.

    You can apparently get a refund for this game via itunes.
     
  13. -Superion-

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    This is extremely unethnical, especially for a million-dollars corporation. Players should file complains to EA and BBB for this action. Thank goodness I had considered but ultimately decided against purchasing this game for my iPhone.
     
  14. magmatron

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    Not really. The game's DRM has it connects to an online server every time you turn it on to make sure it's a paid copy before it lets you play and now EA decided to turn those servers off, making it impossible to play the game. This isn't the first time EA did this, a few of their old PC games suffered from this problem as well but not many heard of them.
     
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    This is why I will never ever buy a game that is a pure digital copy. This sucks for anyone had has this game.
     
  16. Cogar

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    It would be easy for EA to issue a patch that disables the authentication and allows existing customers to continue using the application.
     
  17. Saberfrost01

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    Pyhsical Copies, Thank You Very Much. :ev: 
     
  18. magmatron

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    Maybe, but they won't. No company bothers with fixing their DRM riddled games.
     
  19. Atomsplitter

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    For everyone saying "physical copies" etc etc, that wouldn't keep you safe.

    They've done this to quite a few games, 1 being the LOTR online game on the 360. You still own the physical copy, sure, but without the ability to play online, what good is it?

    Also the PC games that required a connection to a server to validate them, as was also said earlier, those are physical copies but rendered useless too once the authentication servers are down.

    EA are still d-bags though.
     
  20. Gigatron_2005

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    EULAs that companies include with their software seem to have a very flimsy legality. I hope a class action suit results from this incident if they really are disabling a whole game.
     

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