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Sony Puts Ads Back Into Wipeout HD

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the we-missed-them-so-much dept.

PlayStation (Games) 7

An anonymous reader writes "After fan outcry over ads that were patched into Wipeout HD (after it was already purchased, ad-free), Sony removed them. Now, Sony has quietly added them back in with patch 2.10: 'The 2.10 Update makes some small improvements to front-end functionality and addresses some minor issues with the audio. In addition, small issues that could affect gameplay or scores in the Eliminator and Detonator game modes have also been corrected. Changes have also been made so that any adverts shown during loading screens will not adversely affect the loading times of the title. As many of you know, the functionality to display adverts during loading screens was first introduced in the 2.0 Update and originally didn't function as intended, leading to extended loading times in some areas of the game. This issue has now been resolved and we understand that a new advertising campaign in Wipeout HD is expected to launch across a number of European territories soon (no word yet on what is happening in North America). In the meantime, a range of PlayStation-specific ads will be making an appearance in the coming days.'"

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The demise of "ownership" (2, Insightful)

CaseM (746707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108292)

This is just another step in a long, long train of rights-withholding by corporations in this generation of console gaming. DLC that can't be shared or otherwise resold; new games that have part of the content withheld and unlocked via codes (thus denying buyers of used games from getting the content without buying it); now Sony inserting advertisements into games I've already purchased. I'd be irate it it weren't so ludicrous to begin with.

Why so hostile? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30109358)

Really, why are people so hostile towards this?
How much are you betting most of the people in here who "hate" this idea benefited from advertising in GETTING half the stuff they got for the console in the first place?
Hypocrisy much?

Quite frankly, i would LOVE to see more gaming related ads during loading screens as long as it doesn't slow the loading down.
I can't count how many game releases i missed simply because i never really checked to see when they were released, or even heard about them in the first place.
The What's New thing in the recent Firmware update has been fantastic for me, and i bet countless others too.

A unified loading screen advertising system would make it much better, more central, less effort from devs designing it or designing a loading screen in general, just reference some system event just like File Management does at the moment.

In-game ads are a different story admittedly, it really requires you to take the context of the game setting in to consideration for how you will place them.
Ads on billboards in GTA for example, perfectly fine, but ads on huge billboards in some fantasy setting probably wouldn't fit.

Re:Why so hostile? (3, Informative)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | more than 4 years ago | (#30112872)

I can't count how many game releases i missed simply because i never really checked to see when they were released, or even heard about them in the first place.

This sounds like a personal problem to me.

If you want to know what video games are coming out, it isn't that hard to figure out. Look at Amazon's Top Sellers list. Look at IGN's recent reviews. Look at the posts on the front pages of Joystiq or Kotaku. Go look at any video game message board on the internet and you'll find topics about whatever's new and popular. Walk into any store that carries games in the country and look at what's sitting on the shelf.

I'd prefer not to have ads in loading screens just because some people are too lazy to do a bit of research on what new releases are available.

Well it's no rootkit... they need to put SOMETHING (1)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 4 years ago | (#30112550)

Well Sony has no incentive in installing a PS3 rootkit... so they have to find somthing else to bug you with... I mean how many options do they have?

6 comments?! (1)

MechGorilla (1611223) | more than 4 years ago | (#30148282)

I guess Sony's strategy paid off. I complained when they first suggested this, but didn't expect to be just one of many - and the uproar caused them to change their minds. I didn't renew my subscription for their pathetic "video magazine", Qore, because despite paying for it I still had to sit through Burger King ads every time I clicked anything. Even M$ don't pull stunts like this... they give 1 Vs 100 away for free, and it is ad-supported... I accept that. But when I've paid for a game, and paid for DLC (something else I resent, being a long-time PC gamer where this stuff has always been free... but that's beside the point), I shouldn't have ads forced on me. But maybe noone cares by now and they'll get away with it. I'd rather delete the game than have an ad forced on me.
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