Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Pirate told to pay Nintendo $1.5 million (eurogamer) - An Australian man convicted of videogame piracy has been ordered to pay Nintendo AU$1.5 million in compensation.
James Burt was accused of uploading New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the internet. According to Nintendo, "sophisticated technological forensics" were used to track him down as the source. A Federal Court search order was then obtained for Burt's home and the authorities seized some of his property.
"The legal proceeding resulted in a settlement in which the individual will pay to Nintendo the sum of $1.5 Million dollars by way of damages to compensate Nintendo for the loss of sales revenue caused by the individual's actions," the company said in a statement.
EA Working Up Penalty for FIFA Quitters (Kotaku) - Ragequitting has been a strong topic of discussion as EA Sports Canada looks to FIFA 11's development, with the studio envisioning a system of reward and penalty for those who complete matches versus those who quit from a losing position.
In an interview with Eurogamer, the 2010 FIFA World Cup producer Simon Humber said the team is considering a reward system in FIFA 11. However, it does pose a "complex problem," considering some might leave a game because of a dropped connection, rather than giving up. The game has a "five-minute" rule that allows players to bail in the first five minutes of a game if the uplink proves spotty.
"After that there should be a penalty; just in the online world there are complexities that mean by the time the data comes back to our servers, something there means it doesn't award the win to the right person. So we're always looking to improve that," Humber told Eurogamer.
No such fixes will be made by the time 2010 FIFA World Cup releases on April 30. Any changes made would be implemented with FIFA 11 in the fall.
Blizzard Offers An Updated Look At The New Battle.net (Kotaku) - Big changes are coming to Blizzard's multiplayer service Battle.net, as the StarCraft II beta test and release date edge ever closer. While you wait for Activision Blizzard to bring good news, get caught up to speed on Battle.net's massive overhaul.
Blizzard's official preview covers much of what we already knew about the revamped Battle.net, including cross-game chat, the Real ID service, updated matchmaking and the StarCraft II user mod marketplace. But it looks so pretty in pictures, so nearly tangible that the preview is worth reading, if only to work on your Battle.net actions per minute improvements.
There's a new interview with Greg Canessa, project director for Battle.net, which will give you the high level pitch.
Dragon Age: Origins ships over 3 million units (gamesindustry.biz) - BioWare's Dragon Age: Origin has now shipped over 3 million units, according to EA data.
The game has also won over 30 industry awards, and holds an average review score of 91 on aggregate review site Metacritic. An expansion pack for the game, named Origins - Awakening, is due to launch on March 16.
"This is a tremendous start for the Dragon Age franchise and we are extremely pleased with the great reception the game has already received from critics and fans worldwide," said Dr Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare and group general manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. "Our team is dedicated to crafting high quality, engaging new adventures and stories in the world of Ferelden for our fans!"
The Dragon Age figures come just days after it was confirmed BioWare title Mass Effect 2 had shipped over two million units in its first week on release.
As part of its Q3 2010 financial results, released yesterday, EA also revealed part of its release schedule for fiscal 2011.
Among them is a new Dragon Age title for console, handheld and PC, expected to be released in Q4 2011 - so between January and March 2011.
Other games listed for that quarter were Dead Space 2 on console and handheld, an unnamed shooter from Epic, a Need For Speed title and new Sims and Spore titles.
Q3 2011 games, which will account for this Christmas, include Crysis 2, FIFA Manager 11, The Sims 3 on consoles, two EA Sports Active titles and a new Harry Potter game.
All Points Bulletin (APB) is down for a Q2 release on PC, and other Q2 releases listed are a Medal of Honor title, FIFA Online, FIFA 11 and a MySims title.
Q1 lists Skate 3, Need for Speed World Online, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.
EA reported a 25 per cent fall in revenue in its latest Q3 financials, but also a reduction in profit losses from $641m to $82m.