The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Valve over its Steam refund policy, which it contends is in breach of Australian law.
Valve does not provide refunds for any products purchased on its massive US-based digital distribution platform, Steam. However, Australians are guaranteed refunds for faulty goods under Australian Consumer Law:
The ACCC alleges that Valve made false or misleading representations to Australian customers of Steam that:consumers were not entitled to a refund for any games sold by Valve via Steam in any circumstances; Valve had excluded, restricted or modified statutory guarantees and/or warranties that goods would be of acceptable quality; Valve was not under any obligation to repair, replace or provide a refund for a game where the consumer had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer; and the statutory consumer guarantees did not apply to games sold by Valve.
There are more than 75 million gamers actively using Steam. According to worldwide Steam sales by region, Australia and New Zealand accounted for 5 percent of Steam’s total sales in 2013.
Hardcore strategy game Natural Doctrine will be available from October 2 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, publisher Bandai Namco has announced.
Natural Doctrine is a tactical fantasy RPG developed by Kadokawa Games (Demon Gaze, Lollipop Chainsaw on PC) that was originally intended to be a release title for the PlayStation 4.
It has players defend a kingdom by venturing into dangerous caves to defeat a new type of evil lurking below.
The latest game from The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder developer Ska Studios is another vicious-looking action title called Salt and Sanctuary, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
According to Ska, Salt and Sanctuary is a stylistic, brutal, action-RPG platformer that’s teeming with visceral, satisfying combat, deep, diverse character builds, and incredible bosses.
It casts the player as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries, protected dwellings where travellers can band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside.
You can no longer play GTA Online on a 12GB PlayStation 3, Rockstar has confirmed.
Last week’s Flight School update pushed the game beyond that system’s storage capacity, so now only singleplayer Grand Theft Auto V is available on such machines, and only if you aren’t connected to the internet.
“If not enough space is available on the system, hardware limitations will prevent players from accessing GTA Online,” said Rockstar.
Xbox’s Games with Gold for September are focused on teamwork, and first up is the rather excellent Super Time Force, which will be available from September 1-30 on Xbox One.
Xbox 360 owners are getting Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine – another game we were very fond of. It’s available from September 1-15.
The release of Assassin's Creed Unity has been pushed back two weeks, Ubisoft has announced.
That makes its official European launch date November 13. It was due to launch worldwide on October 28.
The date change means Unity will now arrive in the same week as the last-gen offering Assassin's Creed Rogue.
Escape Dead Island launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC on November 21, publisher Deep Silver has announced.
Escape Dead Island acts as a bridge between the original game and the upcoming new-gen Dead Island 2, and was described by Deep Silver narrative producer Alex Toplansky as a survival mystery game with a fresh perspective on the Dead Island universe.
It’s a third-person single-player title that’s in development at Swedish studio Fatshark (War of the Roses).
Game sale and distribution service GOG.com now traffics in documentaries about video games.
The company, which is a subsidiary of The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, grew its reputation selling older PC games that run on newer systems.
It currently has 21 documentaries up for sale for US$6 each (except one), including Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition, Once Upon Atari, Playing Columbine, and Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.
Standalone Kinect sensors will be available sometime in October for NZ$200, Microsoft has announced.
The sensor comes with a code for the digital version of Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix.
Kinect is used for voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalisation, instant scanning of QR codes, Skype, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark, and more.
Of all console owners, those using Xbox 360 linger on Pornhub the longest each visit, the adult entertainment site reports.
According to PornHub, the average session time of someone accessing the site using an Xbox 360 is 11 minutes and 34 seconds, with the Wii next at 10 minutes and 10 seconds, PlayStation 3 at 9 minutes and 29 seconds, and the PS Vita at 7 minutes and 55 seconds.
However, it is Vita owners that are consuming the most content per visit, with an average of 9.92 page views per visit. Xbox 360 users are next with 8.76 page views, then Wii users with 8.53 page views, followed by PlayStation 3 users with 6.71 page views.
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