Batman: Online Pass?

If there’s one development in online gaming that gets our goat, it’s the introduction of the online pass for games released by certain publishers: people buying second hand games then have to pay for the pass, rendering the savings they make buying it second hand redundant. It’s an appalling practice. It was pioneered by EA and appears to be spreading like a digital rash over the gaming universe, with Warner Bros. being the latest culprits.

For now this means that Mortal Kombat will require an online pass (who cares it’s going to be rubbish), but there are rumours that F.E.A.R. 3 could be the next victim, and worse, Batman: Arkham City. We no likey.

‘Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game,' read an email from Warner to its retailers. 'Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network.’

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