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EA supports White House anti-sexual harassment initiative

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It's easy to dismiss Electronic Arts as a big, faceless publisher concerned only with the bottom line. When we're talking about DLC and microtransactions, that cynical point of view probably isn't far off. But it's also important to note when a company of this size gets behind a good cause like the White House's It's On Us campaign.


Battlefield 4 Fall Patch is "right around the corner"

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Fall is coming, and so too is the Battlefield 4 Fall Patch. It's a big one, with changes to game modes, sight improvements, changes to player movement and a "massive" final fix list, and it's expected to be here by the end of the month.


Bejeweled 3 is Origin's latest On the House freebie

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Is it just coincidence that "three" rhymes with "free," and Bejeweled 3 is now free through Origin's On the House program? The answer, obviously, is yes, it's a complete coincidence. But so what? It's free!


FIFA 15 Ultimate Team loses trade offers as EA continues to combat cheating

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Back in August, with the release of FIFA 15 growing closer, Electronic Arts promised to bring great vengeance and furious anger down upon those who dared to cheat in FIFA Ultimate Team. Now the publisher has gone one step further in its efforts to clamp down on bad behavior by eliminating trade offers from the game entirely.


Battlefield 4: Final Stand DLC promises a chilly trip to Russia

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The final piece of Battlefield 4 DLC has been revealed. It's called Final Stand, a trip to the blustery north of Russia packed with futuristic weaponry including a powerful rail gun and a prototype hovertank.


The Sims 4 gay filter will be fixed quickly, EA promises

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You may have noticed while playing The Sims 4 that if you use words like "gay," "queer," or "homosexual" in your Sim's name or description, you cannot share him or her in the public gallery: Doing so results in an error message stating that "the description contains a forbidden word." But it's not a bug, it's EA's automated, and somewhat overenthusiastic, filtering system in action.


Sims 4 developer warns there won't be a Sims 5 if this one doesn't sell

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Good games get sequels and bad games get dropped. It's a fairly simple sort of math, although not necessarily the most consistent, as demonstrated by my ongoing wait for Arx Fatalis 2. Even so, it's rare that a developer is as blunt as Sims 4 Producer Grant "SimGuruGrant" Rodiek was when he said that if you ever want a new Sims game, you better buy the one that just came out.


The Sims 4 looks like the perfect home for Seinfeld and friends

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The Sims 4 and Seinfeld share one thing in common: they’re not really about anything. So it’s no surprise that one Sims player has recreated the cast and set of the ‘90s TV series in Maxis’ new simulator. The images below come courtesy of Imgur user IanRoach, and will surely please anyone with a love for things about nothing.


Sims 4 "mosaic bug" turns out to be surprise anti-piracy measure

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After a lengthy and satisfying sit-down on the SimCan, your Sim stands, hikes up his drawers and turns to flush. But something odd happens: The "nudity blur" protecting your sensitive eyes from the on-screen SimJunk don't disappear, but instead expand to cover the entire screen—and it doesn't go away. What happened? According to the internet, you're playing a pirated version of The Sims 4.


The Sims 4 launch day patch fixes babies, Death, and the "Big Hat of Shame"

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The Sims 4 launched today, and you know what that means: The day-one patch is here! The first update to the new Sims game fixes a number of oddball issues including problems with Glitter and Abs, hibernating babies, and a Grim Reaper who really just isn't that into you.

Titanfall's Titan-free Pilot Skirmish mode goes live today

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What do you call a game of Titanfall without any titans? It's a question worthy of Bishop Berkeley, who was quite the fan of mech-based multiplayer shooters, as you may recall. Whatever you call it—'Fall', maybe?—Titanfall sans titans is now a thing, at least in the game's new Pilot Skirmish mode, added today. Wonderfully, Update 6 also adds colourblind options and new burn cards to Respawn's game, while removing the penalties for joining a match late.


Titanfall ditches the Titans for "Pilot Skirmish," a new gameplay mode coming in Update Six

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Have you ever played Titanfall and thought to yourself, "This is cool, but it would be even better without the Titans?" If so, then I have some fantastic news: Pilot Skirmish, the new Featured Game Mode coming in Titanfall's Update Six, is exactly that.


Electronic Arts hopes to hit $1 billion in DLC revenues this year

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If you've ever wondered by major game publishers seem so hung up on post-release downloadable content, consider this your answer: Electronic Arts hopes that revenues from DLC will reach $1 billion this year. That's right, one billion dollars.


Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals fast-paced multiplayer action

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We learned about the cooperative multiplayer element of Dragon Age: Inquisition yesterday, a real-time brawl for up to four players acting "behind the scenes" as agents of the Inquisitor. Today, thanks to the release of a new multiplayer gameplay trailer, we can actually see it in action.


The Sims 4 recommended system requirements revealed, hope you have a Core i5

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The Sims 4 is coming, as you may have heard, and as we told you last month, you'll probably be able to run it as long as you actually own a PC. But what if you want to run it well? That's a bit of a different matter.


Dragon Age: Inquisition won't use BioWare Points for DLC purchases

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BioWare Points are essentially a PC version of the Microsoft Points that used to serve as the virtual currency on Xbox Live. If you want DLC for the PC version of Mass Effect or Dragon Age, you purchase BioWare Points and then use that to buy the content online. That won't be the case for Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, or for any other BioWare game in the future.


SimCity 4 Network Addon Mod maker warns against buying the game from Origin

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Update: As of August 27, Origin has updated its version of SimCity 4. It is now compatible with the Network Addon Mod. Original story below.

SimCity 4 is more than ten years old, but given the relative dearth of SimCity games since it came out, it remains a popular way for fans of the franchise to get their fix. But the maker of the Network Addon Mod says gamers should be careful about where they buy it: The version of the game being offered by Origin is the unpatched retail release, and because of changes to its copy protection it cannot be updated, nor can it take full advantage of custom content and mods.

EA Sports promises dire consequences for FIFA Ultimate Team cheaters

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With FIFA 15 just a month away, EA Sports has issued a rather stern warning to people giving thought to cheating in FIFA Ultimate Team. The publisher said it will be "more proactive in taking action" against bots, coin sellers, match cheats and other exploits, and players caught cheating could find themselves permanently banned from the game.


Titanfall returns to Game Time for another free 48 hours

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If you haven't yet strapped on a 30-foot-tall suit of futuristic armor and used it to flatten some poor schmuck into a gooey pancake, now might be a good time to rectify that oversight. The weekend is here, and Titanfall is once again free.


Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is (temporarily) free on Origin

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I was a big fan of Plants vs. Zombies (I literally own at least five distinct versions) but PvZ: Garden Warfare left me cold. As a $30 third-person online shooter, it had the stink of a cash-in, and so I paid it very little attention and ignored it completely at launch. But what I won't touch for 30 bucks, I'll jump all over when it's free.