PC: The Sims 3 will not use SecuROM

I’ve been a Sims fan since the begining and is looking forward to Sims 3. This week it was announced that The Sim 3 will no contain SecuROM or any other DRMs. The game will only have disc-based copy protection, which means you have to only input a serial code like you did in Sims 2. No need for any online authentication, which is very good. I hope EA have learned.

Here is a quote from the news on TheSims3.com:

The game will have disc-based copy protection – there is a Serial Code just like The Sims 2. To play the game there will not be any online authentication needed.

We feel like this is a good, time-proven solution that makes it easy for you to play the game without DRM methods that feel overly invasive or leave you concerned about authorization server access in the distant future.

The game is out on 2-5 June (both PC and Mac), depending on where you live.

Gamespot have put up a Sims 3 interview with Ben Bell.

Wii: Virtual Console Arcade and WiiWare – Europe – Friday March 27, 2009

On Friday March 27, 2009 Europe only got one WiiWare title but we (and the rest of the world) got four Virtual Console Arcade titles two days earlier. So it was a good week.

Texas Holdem Tournament
WiiWare – 27/03/2009 by Digital Leisure – card game – 1 player – 500 points -age 12+

Four Virtual Console Arcade titles was released this week.

Virtual Console Arcade – 1984 by Namco Bandai – shooter – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Virtual Console Arcade – 1983 by Namco Bandai – action – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Virtual Console Arcade – 1985 by Tecmo – shooter – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 7+

The Thower of Dracula
Virtual Console Arcade – 1984 by Namco Bandai – action – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Wii: Firmware update v4.0 for Nintendo Wii

Earlier this week, Nintendo Wii got a long waited firmware update to v4.0. This update will let you use SD memory cards as storage (well you could do that before too) and launch game from the memorycard.

This is what the news said on the Wii Shop Channel:

If you feel that you need more space to store your Wii Channels and Virtual Console and WiiWare titles, then we  have the solution for you!

Following the latest Wii Menu update, you can now not only save your Wii Shop Channel downloaded software on an SD Card but also launch them directly from your Sd Card!

With an Sd Card instered, you can now access your stored content via the newly added SD Card Menu, which is acceddible from the main Wii Menu.

The new Wii Menu update also includes support for high capacity SDHC Cards – giving you even more space to store your collected Channels and games!

I made a small YouTube video of this update.

Also new this week, was the introduction of Virtual Console Arcade at the Game Developers Conference (aka GDC).

This is what the Wii Shop Channel had to say:

Instead of insertin coins, each game feature virtual credits that you can add at will. In some games you can also access a special menu to change settings such as game diffculty or number of lives.

Our Virtual Console Arcade line-up begins with four favourites from Namco Bandai and Tecmo  (Gaplus, Mappy, The Tower of Dracula and Starforce) and other big-name publishers will also be bringing their wares to the Wii Shop Channel in the future, so watch this space!