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Do those scruffy-looking nerfherder freeloaders (like many of us here at Massively) actually contribute value to an MMO? A new article at Gamasutra argues that yes, they do, and in fact are necessary to a free-to-play game's monetary success. "If you are going straight after this demographic at...

March 27th 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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[Ed: Look for an official Funcom statement regarding the anon tipster email at the end of the article.] Scott Jennings ended a blog entry about The Secret World with a telling phrase this past week. "This is why we can't have nice things," he said. This was preceded by what can only be called a la...

August 16th 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Datel's Freeloader for Wii met its sad demise many moons ago. At the time, witnesses at the scene claim they saw Wii Menu Update 3.3 standing over the fallen bootdisk, a bloodied machete in hand. But is there a chance we could see a newer version, allowing us to get back to playing imported titles m...

October 29th 2008 at 6:13pm 0 Comments
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As one would expect, Datel has gone ahead and pulled the Wii Freeloader from its website. No longer are they selling the product, what with Wii Menu Update 3.3 killing the thing and all.Spencer over at Siliconera discovered that you can still access the product's page through Google search, but all...

June 23rd 2008 at 1:15pm 0 Comments
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Usually, the news that Nintendo updated the firmware on your Wii while it's away for repair would hardly count as news at all. Since yesterday, however, when everybody caught wind of how the latest Wii Menu Update knocked the Twilight Hack and Freeloader on the head, Nintendo's meddling hasn't been...

June 18th 2008 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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Turns out the Twilight Hack wasn't the only casualty of the latest Wii Menu Update. Import gamers everywhere are turning on their Wiis to find that the Freeloader disc they purchased to play (for example) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (remember that?) on their PAL Wiis is also rendered useless by the upda...

June 17th 2008 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/nintendo/Homebrew_program_enables_region_free_Freeloader_free_gaming'; This isn't quite the perfect solution yet, but homebrewer Nuke's latest program is pretty damned amazing, if it works like it says it does. Gecko Region Free is a homebrew loader for Wii game...

April 15th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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When NCSX got their shipment of Japanese copies of Mario Kart Wii, they immediately popped a disc into a U.S. system to test the rumor that it wouldn't work with the Freeloader. At first, their experience bore that rumor out: the game boots to a black screen. But what we thought would break Freeload...

April 10th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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If you tried importing the Japanese version of Mario Kart Wii to Europe or the U.S. in order to get your copy early, you may have received this message from Play-Asia: "We received the first small delivery today for testing and unfortunately we have to inform you, that the game is not compatible wit...

April 8th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Solar Technology's Freeloader solar charger was already a pretty attractive option as it was, but the company's now looking to give the portable charger a bit of a boost, with its new Supercharger panel promising to cut the charging time in half. As you can see above, that's possible in part thanks...

April 4th 2008 at 11:57am 0 Comments
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The Freeloader seems to be of primary importance to European gamers who want to play games the year they come out. But a side effect of that functionality is something that many American and European gamers have always striven for: the ability to play Japanese games. And as for Japanese gamers, we'r...

February 29th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Finally! After being rendered useless by an August update (that is, if you could get yours to work at all) Datel's previously Gamecube only FreeLoader disc has been released for Wii, promising region-free gaming without the hassle of modding your console. Available in the US for $19.99 and the UK f...

February 28th 2008 at 5:46pm 0 Comments