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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the unreplayable-not-yet-a-scrabble-word dept.

DRM 535

Hatta writes "Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand customer gets a second rate experience. If you buy this game used, you will be stuck with the previous owner's progress, unable to start the game fresh."

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Dumbest Idea Ever (1)

Chickan (1070300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595224)

I'm sure this gimic will help sales.

Re:Dumbest Idea Ever (3, Interesting)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595476)

In a way, it might. Cracking games is a long standing tradition and quite a bit of fun.

Gave up on video games myself a long time ago, but I still remember the joy of circumventing copy protection. I bought a copy of Zork once, it came on a floppy that was copy protected. The secret to copying it was to cut a small hole in the top left side of the disk before putting it in. This allowed copying to happen.

Mind you, I was never any good at Zork and got eaten continuously by Grues. I wanted a copy because I had a bad habit of throwing disks for games across the room when I lost. As far as I was concerned, I was buying the game, not the disk, and it was abominable that people were not allowing me to enjoy the game in the manner of my choosing (watching it fly when it beat me). Having a copy was about having a backup, and who were they to tell me no? /me fondly remembers the soft feel of floppies, the slight texture on the 5.5s, the way they used to soar...

Copy II PC was the program I used to copy write protected floppies. I think Wizardry was the first one where I needed to use this. I assumed I was going to be just as bad as I was with Zork and made copies before I played the game. It took me a couple weeks to get down how to use Copy II PC - while I wanted to play the game, I did not want it to end prematurely in a fiasco.

For whatever reason, one of the Wizardry games was protected against Copy II PC, and that made me leave it on the shelf until something better came along. I think it sat there for a year until I got a copy of PC Tools, which I used for making copies and also hex editing. It was with Pool of Radiance where I really learned to shine with that one, tanking around with a party of people with 18 for all their attributes and all sorts of weapons. I am not sure if you can call it playing the game once you have screwed with all the internals, I remember it did not take me long to get bored with the game itself but I was always fascinated by what I could do with the saved game files.

Purhased a lot of games that I really hated just to screw with them. I had no interest in any of the flight simulator games that were popular back then, or the SSI simulators like Panzer Commander, or any of the Sierra games (that came along later), or things like Ancient Art of War. I would buy them to add them to a library, and would spend my time screwing with the disks and data files. I probably spent as much money on floppies as I did on actual games, if you can believe that.

Fun times. If I was a kid again, I would probably buy a copy of this game just to hack it. Hoping there are others who share the same POV.

Re:Dumbest Idea Ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595634)

Mind you, I was never any good at Zork and got eaten continuously by Grues. I wanted a copy because I had a bad habit of throwing disks for games across the room when I lost. As far as I was concerned, I was buying the game, not the disk, and it was abominable that people were not allowing me to enjoy the game in the manner of my choosing (watching it fly when it beat me). Having a copy was about having a backup, and who were they to tell me no? /me fondly remembers the soft feel of floppies, the slight texture on the 5.5s, the way they used to soar...

Of course, you could have just kept a stack of blank disks by the computer and just throw one of them every time you got eaten - added bonus, it's more instant, you don't have to mess about ejecting it and you can go straight back to the game :)

Will anybody buy this lemon? (1)

theVarangian (1948970) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595232)

Nuff said...

Re:Will anybody buy this lemon? (4, Insightful)

AnotherBrian (319405) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595314)

Of course they will. Capcom wouldn't be retarded enough to publicize this anti-feature or disclose it anywhere on the box.

Re:Will anybody buy this lemon? (2)

tomknight (190939) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595346)

Plenty of people will pirate it though. If they actually want to encourage pirating of games they're doing a pretty good job. I now rip DVDs to my PC so I can get rid of all the crap at the beginning, and surely that's only a couple of steps away from full-on pirating...

Re:Will anybody buy this lemon? (1)

Stormthirst (66538) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595674)

I also rip my DVDs, partly to get rid of the crap at the beginning (afterall, I paid for the DVD so why should I watch out of date adverts?), but also because I've moved from one region to another and my DVD player won't play discs from the new region. I could region 0 the player, but then I wouldn't also be able to watch the movies in the bedroom where I don't have DVD player.

That indicates a really linear game design (2)

drolli (522659) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595234)

Would the game design allow any substantial choices, then this method would not make sense for the first owner. On the other hand, in this way no first owner can actually experience by himself how limited the game may be in choices. Should actually reduce the production cost. But may make the experience more like watching a movie. So i hope the price is similar to going to cinema.

Re:That indicates a really linear game design (2, Insightful)

rbrausse (1319883) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595302)

not only linear but recognized as rather boring by Capcom - they believe the feature "replayable" will not increase the sales.

I appreciate the warning (5, Insightful)

reimero (194707) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595238)

That kind of move is a deal-breaker for me. I don't buy games often, but when I do, this is precisely the sort of thing that puts a game on my "do not ever buy" list. And it puts Capcom firmly on my "do not buy" list.

Re:I appreciate the warning (1)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595366)

Yep, I agree, Capcom just managed the same for me. Like EA and ubisoft, they've demonstrated that they don't want a penny of mine for the rest of forever.

Re:I appreciate the warning (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595526)

I do buy games often, and enjoyed (most of) the Resident Evil series. Capcom have joined EA, Sony and Ubisoft on my list of companies to avoid at all costs. It's a small list, but that just makes it easy to remember.

Confirmed lost sales due to shafting the customer: 1, and counting.

Re:I appreciate the warning (1)

Gripp (1969738) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595570)

ditto. wtf are they thinking? isn't it the goal of most gaming companies to make the extended play-ability a selling point? not make it so that after 10 hours or whatever the $60 you spent is gone...

but yeah, either way i definitely wont be buying this game, or *anything* from capcom for that matter.

First Sale (5, Insightful)

EricWright (16803) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595240)

No, not the doctrine ... this policy just decreases the likelihood of garnering first sales. What a clever plan. If nobody buys the game in the first place, they've effectively wiped out the after-market.


Re:First Sale (2)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595428)

First sales can always be managed through price. What it effectively means is that they get a cut from every sale, as well as getting more sales because people that grew tired of the game or outgrew it (give it to your kid brother in 5 years?) can't pass it on.

If you were going to buy it for $60 and resell it to Gamestop for $20 who'd resell it for $30 then Capcom can simply start the new game price at $40 and get the first sale ($60-$20). Then they can drop it to $30 to get the second sale. They now get $70 in revenue instead of $60 and the profit from both sales. In no possible way is this bad for them.

Second-hand??? (5, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595252)

What if, uh, the original owner wants to start fresh?

Dear CapCom: DIAF.


Re:Second-hand??? (4, Insightful)

uncanny (954868) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595286)

What do they care? they already have your money!

Re:Second-hand??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595456)

No they don't. And with ideas like this, they will continue not to have my money.

Re:Second-hand??? (1)

Skinny Rav (181822) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595630)

What do they care? they already have your money!

Well, they don't and they will not have.

Fortunately, as others pointed out, they announced this beforehand. Whoever buys this knows he's been warned.

Re:Second-hand??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595392)

Simple, just BUY the game AGAIN! Not only will they get all the cheapskates that buy second hand games, they will also get all the freeloaders that replay games!

Re:Second-hand??? (1)

rbrausse (1319883) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595546)

how is the unerasable storage slot implemented? will a second copy of the game create a new one? I don't think so (but maybe/hopefully/whatever I'm wrong)

Re:Second-hand??? (1)

ais523 (1172701) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595602)

It's a 3DS game, and those generally store the save data on the actual cartridge. So if you buy a second cartridge, it'll likely have its own save slot.

Re:Second-hand??? (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595650)

Resident Evil games have always been designed for replay. You can restart from the beginning, or replay any level, at any time. As you progress, you get to start the levels with all the equipment you've acquired. So, original owners will be able to start over any time they wish. The difference is that they won't be able to grind their way into the best weapons and outfits a second time.

No need to be alarmed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595258)

When this sells 75% below expectations because people aren't willing to pay full price for this kind of garbage, it will never be attempted again.

Re:No need to be alarmed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595376)

They'll just blame piracy as usual.

Re:No need to be alarmed... (1)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595450)

And they'll be right! Who would buy that game while a version with the "feature" removed is available on the pirate bay?

Re:No need to be alarmed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595386)

They will blame it on piracy...

Re:No need to be alarmed... (3, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595420)

You're too optimistic.

Some fucked-up suit with his head up his ass came up with this scene. Some other brown-nosing sycophant said "brilliant" and told the programmers to make it happen.

When it doesn't sell well, they'll blame it on the 3DS's poor install base, or "piracy", or a dozen other things rather than admit Crapcom's been fucking up for the past decade. I could give you a list of reasons Crapcom no longer gets my money unless I rented the game to try first, but I'm pretty sure I'd exceed the character limit on posts.

Oh, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595260)

so it's like Pokemon?

Re:Oh, (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595398)

True, Pokemon games have one save slot. But unless this has changed in Black Version and White Version, Pokemon games let the player wipe the save slot and start over.

Re:Oh, (1)

ais523 (1172701) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595638)

There's no obvious way to wipe that single save slot, which may be what the grandparent is confused about. You do it by holding down a particular combination of buttons on the title screen, which is listed in the manual (I can't remember what it is offhand; at least one game uses select+up+B, but I can't remember if it's Pokémon or something else).

Boycott it (5, Insightful)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595268)

Do not support these types of games.

I don't care if this is device-specific or if it's the second time the original person plays it. Just say no.

Oh the irony (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595272)

Second hand customers will get a second rate experience, yet pirates will get an even better experience than the original customer since they will be able to manage their saves from the flashcard.

Good job, Capcom.

Re:Oh the irony (3, Insightful)

Superken7 (893292) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595354)

Plus, stuff like this is what motivates hackers to break security and remove unpopular restrictions, which in turn enables piracy.
It suffices for one hacker to triumph so that anyone can be a pirate.

Well played, Capcom.

Re:Oh the irony (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595474)

Yes. I guess It wasn't until the PS3 took the alternate OS option that it became a real target for some.

No replay value at all? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595276)

What if I bought it and *I* wanted to start over? I can't count the number of games I've played over and over again. If Super Mario Brothers (any of them) had this kind of feature it would have destroyed the game's playability in general. Hell, speaking of Capcom games... If Street Fighter 4 had this "feature" then you could only beat the game once with any character and that's it. WTF would be the point of buying the game at "Full Price" when some of a game's appeal for purchase is secondary+ play-through?

Re:No replay value at all? (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595516)

Replaying an old game when you could be buying a new game is obviously equal to piracy. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Design (1)

Romberg (1041416) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595284)

So, game design has evolved into listing what would make your game great, then doing the exact opposite. Score!

I can't say this strongly enough. (4, Insightful)

Sparx139 (1460489) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595290)

Fuck. That. Shit.

Welcome to the twitter generation. (0)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595550)

Thank you for your insightful comment. I feel smarter for having read it. Do you have any other nuanced, intellectual essays to share with us?

Re:Welcome to the twitter generation. (2)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595682)

And your comment was insightful? Did I become smarter after reading it?

I may be adding to the noise, but at least I'm not berating someone else for doing the same.

sic! (1)

golden age villain (1607173) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595292)

I am sure they are going to sale a lot of them. Even as a first hand customer this will limit the interest of the game.

Re:sic! (1)

Custard Horse (1527495) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595688)

Fortunately Capcom games are basically a various on 3 or 4 themes. If you own a previous version just keep replaying that one for the same experience.

"Wow, look at the difference between Streetfighter XXV and Streetfighter XXVI - Chun Lei now has brown heeled shoes rather than black heeled shoes. However I preferred SF XIV when she wore stripper heels..Those were the days!"

Book? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595322)

Wasn't there an author who tried to auction a book you could only read once? It was some sort of artistic statement about real-life experience IIRC. I keep thinking it was William Gibson for some reason.

Good Luck With That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595324)

It will be cracked.

This reminds me of Seinfeld's "The Wallet" sketch (1)

DMacedo (1989924) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595326)

"I mean, the whole reason you watch a TV show is because it ends. If I want a long, boring story with no point to it, I have my life."

So this means I won't be able to replay the game and try to do it better?

So what if I want to sell it? Shouldn't I be able to?
I mean, if I wanted some unsellable thing I am stuck with, cant "replay" or "re-do" a second time _maybe_ even better, I have my life!

Not what's really happening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595330)

You can start the game from any point you want, including the very start. You can select a chapter from any you have reached. The only thing you can't do is wipe your progress to default.

Totally sensationalist.

Look at it this way (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595336)

The game storyline can only be a tragedy. Though you might end up saving the world (or an alien world), you must sacrifice yourself and it's the only endgame possible. Unless the game happens to be Kobayashi Maru, and your name is James Tiberius Kirk.

It's like when I was younger and I tried playing DOOM without dying, all the way through, all my waking hours, in ultraviolent skill level.

Beyond Baffled (1)

Gryle (933382) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595344)

The only thing I can think of is that someone from the MPAA/RIAA is using Capcom as a test-bed for their new DRM scheme.

Re:Beyond Baffled (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595460)

That's because you're not thinking. So the RIAA/MPAA are evil but the video game industry is just an unwitting gimp being dragged along for the ride? Get real.
I bet you're one of the people who thinks that Political Party X are evil but Political Party Y really have no choice but to be part of their plan? Take the blinders off. You're being sold on false promises and the price is litte more than some rhetoric the rest of us knew as a lie for decades.

Coordinated campaign against used games (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595358)


there seems to be a campaign against used games in progress. In a press release yesterday, a game company called the sale of used games "legalized theft" and decried the moral of such actions.

Another company accused sellers of used games that they would be leeching their intelectual property by keeping all sales profits (from the sale of used games) for themselves and giving none to the devs.

I sit here and watch in wonder, how the gaming industrie is alienating it's main source of income. There must be a real clever strategy behind this...

CU, Martin

Re:Coordinated campaign against used games (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595404)

Can you link to those articles?
I'd like to read them.

Re:Coordinated campaign against used games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595424)

I am just selling my old used Audi, hmm, do I have to give some of the money to VW then...

Its not a bug... (1)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595370)

...its a feature!!!

Re:Its not a bug... (1)

satuon (1822492) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595468)

In various games I've often succumbed to the temptation to replay parts of the game until I've done it right but that made me feel the eventual success has been dilluted. Sometimes I've wished there was just such a 'feature' to help impose discipline on me so I don't replay every time I've make a mistake.

Gamestop Employee's Save (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595372)

Gamestop has a policy of allowing their employees to borrow, play, and return games (which are then sold as new). I feel sorry for the poor sucker who pays full price only to get a cartridge that already had an employee's save game on it.

Re:Gamestop Employee's Save (1)

Lysander7 (2085382) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595590)

You mean they play a returned game before selling it as used. It's illegal to open a game then sell it as new, due to copyright laws.

New = Opened to Gamestop (1)

TimTucker (982832) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595644)

Gamestop's view is that New = Opened

Yes, that's intentionally a "=" and not "==" -- Gamestop does indeed open most of their stock so they can put the empty cases out on the floor for display.

Once again pirates, will get a superior version. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595380)

Pirates will eventually figure out a way to copy 3DS games (if they haven't already, it wouldn't surprise me). When that happens, they will release a version of this game that you can delete the save on. Once again, legit customers will suffer while pirates get a superior version.

For Rent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595382)

I guess you wont be seeing this available for rent either... Very odd.

Hold on a Minute (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595418)

Before everyone flies off the handle, they should know that this game is score attack based, meaning that you can continue to replay it as many times as you want, each time trying for a higher score. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil:_The_Mercenaries_3D)

Not being able to delete the save just means that you can't clear the current high score. You also can't "relock" unlockables. So while still a terrible precedent and not something that should be condoned by gamers, it's not quite as bad as most people will automatically assume. And although Capcom has claimed this "feature" won't impact resale, there are already issues in Japan where game stores aren't paying as much for this game as others.

In summary: crap decision, boycott and don't buy, not as bad as most will assume.

What about multiple devices in the same house hold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595426)

or in your car for that matter. Some house holds have more than one of the same console. Kid wants to finish up his game of what ever but you have to go. Throw him in the back seat with your integrated console and video screen and get going. This is almost as big of a fail from a company as the CCP debacle over this weekend where they are flying in game community members to Iceland to sooth the rage. Capcom won't get this opportunity people will just say scew it.

One of two things will happen.. (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595432)

Either someone hacks this thing and resets it, or it will not sell at all.

IMHO not the brightest idea to have..

Re:One of two things will happen.. (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595488)

Wouldn't be the first time the pirated copy has more to offer than the legit one.

This would be fair... (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595480)

This would be fair, if i get a refund of 50% if i only finished 50% of the game (and have the save game as proof).

The current deal is: i (or someone else) can play the game again, but you get 100% of the money even if i don't finish the game.

They want to cancel this deal, fine with me. But then i want my money back on games which don't hold up to my expectations and don't get played.

CU, Martin

Nice one! (1)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595494)

So ... they're marketing an intentional, crippling flaw in the product as a "feature"? Way to go. This beats marketing unintentional bugs as "hidden features" a thousand times over.

Speculation about how this will work (1)

prionic6 (858109) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595496)

I guess you will be able to replay the "campaign" in the game, but stuff like boni you earned or high scores will always stay with the game. Still bad enough, but probably not what most people here are assuming.

Isn't their some sort of Fair Use law .... (1)

realsilly (186931) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595498)

.... to prevent this sort of crap. That would be like letting someone buy a DVD of a movie and only get to watch it once. Or purchasing a book and only being able to read it once. Oh you want to go back and re-read a section because you put the book down for too long? NOOOO. You don't have permission. That part of the book is deleted....

Why would any company shoot themselves in the foot like that? And what is full price? If a play once game is anything over $1 per play, Fuck it, it's not worth it.

Forget second hand (1)

atomicbutterfly (1979388) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595500)

Assuming this report is accurate (who knows what details have been left out, journalism these days), this even denies the original purchaser a second playthrough. What if you want to play it again on a harder difficulties, or with a different play style? Nope, you're screwed buddy.

FFS. If companies are going to disrespect their customers like this, they shouldn't be surprised when the lack of respect goes both ways (i.e. pirating).

So what? (2)

Lysander7 (2085382) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595520)

Most games nowadays have such a terrible replay value, it might as well not have any at all anyways. Also, it's been mentioned numerous times what kills console game profits is buying used games, as opposed to pirating. Reason being that the video game stores make all the money off selling used games and the video game company doesn't see a dime off of it. As a consumer, why WOULDN'T you buy the used version of the game if you can save five bucks for the exact same thing, with a seven day return policy? Expect to see this and more approaches to this issue (such as an increase in DLC) by video game developers in the future.

Desperate or just plain stupid? (1)

metalmaster (1005171) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595524)

Most, if not all, of the resident evil series plays out a single chain of events, so i dont think theres much replay value in it. That said, would I pick it up to blast some zombies out of boredom?......maybe so. I didnt RTFA, but if this game is toast after the credits roll thats a bunch of bullshit for something i've purchased and "own."

Will other publishers follow in Capcom's footsteps to take a stand against the lucrative market of used video games?

Game sales would take a dive if a bunch of publishers jumped onboard here; especially if games were to remain at current prices. Im not going to spend $60 for a game I play through once. Its hard enough to justify $12-15 per ticket when I go to the theatre. Hell, some games are more cinematics than play time. Im not gonna spend $60 for something to watch.

Nintendo why should i buy your hardware (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595560)

I dont own a modern games console, i have set one up and was not that impressed lets just say Sony and Microsoft are not options either. Anyhow the new wii looks interesting but stunts like this make me doubt my idea to buy a Nintendo console which i can live without.

Yes its a different console but what can be done can also be done in another.

Worth maybe $/EUR 10 (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595576)

If they sell it for more, they can keep it. This also means the game has zero replay value.

These people are barking up the wrong tree. Copyright infringement and sale of second hand games are not the problems they are facing. The problems are lack of ideas, lack of storytelling, bad interfaces, focus on graphics instead of the game, too little game for too much money and plain, old-fashioned corporate greed.

Re:Worth maybe $/EUR 10 (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595664)

For $10 you can buy plenty a indie game that is going to be endlessly more fun and probably on-par or exceeding the graphics of this Nintendo game. Look at the Humble Indie Bundle or The IndieGamesPack (http://www.indiegamespack.com/). For $10 you can get 6 games.

Review it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595604)

Here's the link for the Amazon.com product page:

Here it is for Newegg:

1 star review the hell out of this game anywhere you can and hopefully this information will make enough people change their minds about giving their money to Capcom.

It could be worse... (1)

Shrike Valeo (2198124) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595606)

They could pick a game with actual story/plot to do this to. They've clearly chosen a game where this isnt the case for a reason, maybe to test people's reactions. How many times to do you play a game that only has unlockable stuff purely to ulock them from scratch? I'm not defending the idea, but unlockable content doesn't have much replay value in itself, just the feeling of working/grinding towards a goal, you get the reward, and it'll never be as good the second time.

In other news... (1)

JasoninKS (1783390) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595618)

And in other news, Capcom announced they are filing for bankruptcy. Said a senior exec, "We don't know what happened! We had a brilliant business plan. Each game we sell can be played once and only once. We expected players to continually buy games, resellers to go out of business, and piracy to completely end. How could it go wrong?! But I come in this morning to find the doors padlocked!"

Two games in one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595620)

The first game is the ordinary one provided by Capcom. The second game will be betting how many days it will take hackers to fix this annoying "feature".

smurf berries mmm; smurfidy smurf Smurf!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595624)

I'm pretty sure capcom is also the company that said it is 'lamentable' that parents visa's were charged when kids bought smurf berrys through a hole that I think capcom managed to exploit in the ios world, and their main response instead of offering some useful solution was to put online bigger boxes of smurf berries! Cold day in hell before I buy another capcom game as the last thing I want is to have other game manufacturers getting the idea that their ideas are good ideas!

Unwipable eh ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36595640)

Challenge Accepted !

Intentional? (1)

manutter51 (1785060) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595646)

A game that deliberately cripples itself for the sake of a few bucks, and the last two words in the title are "Evil Mercenaries"? Did they do that on purpose?

Pirates have it made... (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595648)

And here I thought we had seen every way in which they could make pirates have a better experience than customers.

But no, they went and invented a new way.

See, pirates use flash carts and have full access to wipe save data at any time... Or back it up, or alter it... But a normal customer usually has to rely on the game to provide any of those functions.

They may have destroyed the aftermarket for this game, but I think they may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Emulators (1)

Meneth (872868) | more than 2 years ago | (#36595680)

Yet another reason to prefer emulators: you can delete or move the SRAM save file, effectively resetting the game, OR giving you multiple save slots. Too bad there's no playable 3DS emulator out yet.
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