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Thanks to Jpark for bringing this to my attention, but EA makes some legitatmately smart decisions here by annoucing a new partnership with Valve’s game distributor, Steam. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate EA’s download manager, and how much easier Steam is to use. I used the former for Red Alert 3 and Steam for Left 4 Dead and I have to say, Steam dominates any other PC game downloader in terms of download speed, availability, and usability. I mean, they even link you to MetaCritic so you can check out reviews before you post. Needless to say that I will be uninstalling EA’s downloader as soon as I get home, basically a virtual enema. Need to clear out the bowels of my PC from all of the EA related nonsense, now that I can rely on Steam. So far, Mass Effect, Spore, Fifa 09 manager, Crysis and many more are available. EA plans on releasing its more popular games shortly (Red Alert 3, for example) and all new releases will be availble for download from Steam. Good work EA, you finally figured something out.

More EA news today is that they shitstorm created around the installation cap (at 3, then 5) is getting closer and closer to being settled. Check out this over at PCGamer for a good background on the controversy surronding Spore and what EA has done to fix it. The short version: EA announced today that they will ever so graciously allow its “valued” customers to de-authorize machines to “free up” an install slot. It’s a step in the right direction, EA.

Now what EA doesn’t realize, and what has been protested and written about for billions and hundreds of trillions of years, is that DRM (digital rights management) is not going to be figured out by punishing the people who ACTUALLY BUY THE GAME. I know that every time I know a friend who pirates a game (ahem) they download it via a torrent. Guess what the #1 game of 2008 for torrents was? No, it wasn’t Daniel Negraneu’s World Poker Tour, it was Spore. That’s right! Good work EA, not only did you piss off the people who spent their hard earned cash on your game, but you ALSO managed to push piracy to a whole new level. I think people were downloading and seeding it merely out of spite. And ya know, I’m all for paying for games that I love, that I play, that I want to support. But I can’t blame the people who went out and downloaded a copy of this. Send the right message and everything is illuminated. I mean, EA did get the point, even if it was 3 months late.

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Not much to report today as I have been swamped on this terrible, terrible Monday. Along the lines of awful and hellish, comes this scoop from FT about an upcoming interpretation of Dante’s Inferno by EA. Thanks to MJ at work for the heads up on this one. While the book was pretty tough to read through (I’m not even going to pretend like I’ve finished it, though I’ve tried,) here’s hoping that EA figures out how to make this one playable, since I have no idea how they are going to. I’m looking forward to the fifth circle of hell, personally. Check out their official site here for a teaser video. I have to get back to work now, but I will look more into this and report later if anything comes up. Also be on the look out for more posts from the other members of the bird team.

peace, love, and fruity pebbles.

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Did you like Psychonauts?  Did you find it clever, funny, smart and overall a fantastic platforming experience.  They’re you’re probably going to like this news.

Tim Schafer’s newest game, Brutal Legend, will be published by EA to be released next fall!  Here’s a game summary:

Brütal Legend tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, played by Jack Black, who is drawn back through time to a mythical world immersed in Rock and Roll folklore; where great Metal titans once ruled and power chords rang from the countryside for all to hear. When an oppressed people request Eddie’s knowledge of modern warfare, he pulls from his own experience in the only occupation he’s ever had, a roadie for a Heavy Metal band. From this springs the most hellacious army man has ever seen, and thus brings this ancient world into the Age of Metal.

Sometime in July Activision (after their merging with Blizzard) announced that they would be publishing Sierra’s games and Brutal Legend was left off the list.  The game was called a “very significant creative risk” by EA’s own CEO John Riccitiello, but it looks like despite that, they’ve decided to go ahead and publish it!

This is very exciting.  Psychonauts, despite being on multiple top ten games lists, was under played and overlooked by the masses.  I know Bird and I took turns playing it many a Christmas Break afternoon. You can find the game at any used bargin bin, or purchase the game through Xbox Original Marketplace for 1200 points ($15).  Worth every cent as far as I’m concerned.

The Brutal Legend trailer can be found here. The complete announcement is after the jump.

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