Demon's Souls Gets European Release Date
It's about time. Demon's Souls, From Software's critically-acclaimed PS3 exclusive, has finally been slated for European Release on June 25th. However, it will initially be available only as part of a pricey Special Edition box set (replete with art book, strategy guide and soundtrack CD)- so savvy consumers may still want to take advantage of the PS3's region free compatibility and buy an import copy. Namco Bandai will be dealing with the European distribution.
Demon's Soul's punishing (yet rewarding) difficulty level and suspected niche appeal delayed the title for 8 months; apparently, us Europeans wouldn't consider buying a game without checkpoints, regenerating health and cushy difficulty levels. Luckily, unexpectedly high import sales proved Sony dead wrong. [Gamesindustry.biz]
4-Year Old gets Free Weed with Preowned Game
Any four-year old would be delighted if their father bought them a videogame, but Littlehampton kid Riley Brown ended up getting more than he bargained for. Upon opening the preowned copy of Fight Night Round 4 from Blockbuster, he discovered a small bag of marijuana that'd presumably been left there by the game's previous owner. Whilst Blockbuster has yet to comment on the incident, Riley's Father has explained his panic upon discovering the narcotics to the British press.
"He'd only been playing the game ten minutes when he came down with the bag in his hand and asked, 'Daddy, what's this?'", Andy says. "I checked and realised. I was horrified and took it off him straight away."
"But what if he'd thought it was sweets, and started munching away? It doesn't bear thinking about."
You know what else doesn't bear thinking about? Buying your four year old kid a PEGI 16+ rated game in the first place... but that's a whole different issue. I wonder if a preowned copy of Super Mario Galaxy comes with a free bag of mushrooms? [The Sun]
Gamestation Might've Owned Your Soul. Literally.
If you bought something from gamestation.com on April 1st, you probably signed your Immortal Soul over to them. Hidden deep within the terms and conditions was the following diabolical clause...
By placing an order via this web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul.
We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act.
Classic. Apparently Gamestation was the rightful owner of over 7500 souls, but offered discount vouchers for eagle-eyed consumers who bothered to read the small print (note that the vouchers have now expired). The retailer has now legally renounced their claim to the immortal souls- so don't worry, folks: if you end up going to purgatory, it's your own fault.
Just remember: the devil's in the details. Always read the T&Cs, because the next retailer might not be so generous next time. [Gamestation]