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Blu-ray Single Back-up 'Managed Copy' to be Mandatory in 2010

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299w ago - Those who are looking to legally back-up their Blu-ray discs will soon be able to do so, without having to resort to SlySoft AnyDVD of course.

To quote: It was announced today that beginning next year, consumers will be given the ability to make one copy of any Blu-ray disc they buy, a move being forced on studios and content holders by the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator, who went up to the studio owners and said "Come to me, son of Jor-El! Kneel before AACSLA!"

Known as "managed copy," this requirement has been in the works for the Blu-ray format for quite awhile, but was just recently finalized. The order that managed copy be mandatory on Blu-ray discs means that virtually all BDs released after Q1 2010 will offer customers the ability to make a single full-resolution backup copy.

Don't start getting your pirated eBay accounts set up just yet though. Current-gen Blu-ray players don't have the ability to play managed copies, and ones that can aren't expected to hit the market until Q2 2010 at the earliest.

Additionally, content owners will be very much in control of the backup copies, and can elect to charge for the copy made and even offer or sell additional...
 

Walmart is Now Testing Used Video Game Buy Back Kiosks

Walmart is Now Testing Used Video Game Buy Back Kiosks 400°
302w ago - Wal-Mart has stepped up its quest for a slice of the used games market by rolling out a number of used games buy back kiosks.

Essentially the kiosks allow gamers to trade their old games for in-store credit so they can buy whatever they want.

To quote: You'll create an account that you log into every time you go to trade in a game to the machine and this account will presumably be accessible on any Wal-Mart used game kiosk.

There is also a slot to slide your credit/debit card; it's uncertain what role the card plays in you trading in games but my guess it's for some sort of accountability (who traded in what game, etc).

Once you've inserted the used game, the machine will print you a voucher for in-store credit. These kiosks, which accept PS2, PS3, Wii, and 360 games, are only in a few Walmart stores right now but seem to be working their way to more and more locations.
 

EA Asks Journalists: Please Give Us Back Our Illegal Weapons

EA Asks Journalists: Please Give Us Back Our Illegal Weapons 50°
307w ago - Recently GamePolitics expressed its consternation towards EA's Godfather II 'swag kit' containing Brass Knuckles.

The publisher then began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA declined to comment beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.

To quote: The game in question: Godfather II, a Grand Theft Auto-style adventure based on the famous movie. The offending item: a set of brass knuckles, mailed to video games journalists together with other goodies including a cigar, a silk handkerchief, and a book of matches.

But while it nicely complements the game's mafiosi theme, it also had the unfortunate side-effect of turning recipients of the mailing into criminals, as mere possession of brass knuckles is illegal in many states and can carry hefty penalties.
 

Formula One Pushed Back on Sony PS3 And XBox 360 Until 2010

Formula One Pushed Back on Sony PS3 And XBox 360 Until 2010 300°
311w ago - Got a Sony PS3 or XBox 360? Then there'll be no Formula One for you this year.

To quote: The latest issue of the UK Official PlayStation Mag reckons the PS3 version's been pushed back to next year.

And (surprise, surprise) now sources 'in the know' have told us the 360 version won't be out until 2010 either.

Our source said that Wii and PSP F1 games would be released later this year, but only because Codemasters doesn't "want to piss off the rights holders." Which really fills us with confidence.

True? Yeah, probably. Codemasters has shown off most of its 2009 line-up, but has given us nothing on Formula One so far. A delay sounds about right.
 

Secret Message Found on Back of Killzone 2 for PlayStation 3 Box?

Secret Message Found on Back of Killzone 2 for PlayStation 3 Box? 100°
321w ago - Dutch site PS3Life is reporting that the back of the Killzone 2 for PlayStation box appears to contain a secret message.

As images of it make their way to the Internet, it appears to be a fairly standard and ordinary design except for something striking on the back.

Pictured below you will see circled some curious text on the left side (click to enlarge the image). If you look closely you can see a few letters, but a sentence or a word we can not make out.

Whether it's just part of the box's artwork design or a hidden message remains to be seen. Feel free to share your thoughts below!
 

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