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August 23, 2010
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A few days ago Steve posted an article about the new game from EA called The Sims : Medieval. He clearly stated in that article that he got the ‘inside’ information from EA last year, and was under an NDA. He posted a short review and several in-game screenshots. As always, Steve was bending the truth somewhat!
He actually got the information and the screenshots from a hard copy of a PC magazine available to buy from many magazine outlets in the UK. Not only did he copy their review, he scanned and published THEIR screens without their permission, knowledge or consent. The PC magazine is called PC Format.
Steve wanted to be the first to announce this to the world online, so that TSR could gain all the credit and interest from the announcement, especially by beating EA to the punch. This would also prove once and for all that he is indeed in EA’s rear trouser pocket.
Things came undone when EA asked him to remove it, which he begrudgingly did, however during a TSR meeting ( in which he called EA ‘Shitheads’ 3 times ) HE decided that EA could do nothing about the article as it had already been printed in the real world, TSR was merely reporting on PC Formats article.
EA got in touch again very quickly and whatever they said to him got the article removed and he upgraded their status to ‘Wankers’ Steve was then stomping like a small child and made an ‘official complaint’ to EA about PC Format demanding they lose the right to any EA exclusives in the future. Clearly his theft of their story and pictures got him into trouble so they must be destroyed!
He then made a retraction type post on TSR, admitting he got it from a magazine, but basically blaming EA and their corporate stuff. At least he had the sense to describe their PR as “flapping” and not a “bunch of wankers” this time.
There was no mention of why he lied in the first post about getting the information from EA a year ago and signing a NDA, nor was their any credit to the magazine for the article or pictures he published and took credit for.
Steve is itching to repost when the time is right and again he will feature the article on his ‘special relationship with EA’ - A relationship so special that a UK PC magazine got the story and in-game screens first, and he had to steal, scan and republish them.
The sad thing is that other websites are crediting TSR for the article and screenshots. Full credit should go to PC Format, not to the site that stole their property.
It is also worth noting that TSR not only stole, scanned and republished the pictures from a magazine, they also added their own TSR logo to them, in a pathetic attempt to claim ownership, as seen below.
There seems to be 2 versions of Steve’s initial post, the first one which was up for most of the day, and the second that appeared briefly before EA forced him to remove it again.
I was hesitant to publish the first post yesterday as EA clearly do not want either of Steve’s posts to be viewed online, but the topic here is not about EA’s alleged new game, it is about Steve’s theft of an article and pictures, so I have decided to publish. The second post only came to light today via PMBD, and I will also publish that.
Click ‘more’ to view both posts in full below: