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Nokia Criticized for Non-transferable N-Gage Games

A major flaw in Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform was uncovered earlier this week. This flaw required any N-Gage user who updated his/her phone to re-purchase all the games on his/her phone.

Terrible news for the fans of Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform—this gaming service suffers from a fatal flaw, which implies that if they upgrade their phones to the new N-Gage phone, they will have to purchase their games all over again!

Earlier, this week the fansite All About N-Gage brought to light this major flaw in Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform; the site said that the activation code of a game is tied to the phone’s unique IMEI number, so if you upgrade your phone, you ‘lose’ the game.

As most cellphone users upgrade their phones annually, they hope that is just an oversight on nokia’s part and that the company will resolve this issue soon.

However, Nokia says that this is not an oversight; in fact, it is part of the company’s strategy to curb piracy.

In an official statement, Nokia said that it is the company’s policy that the N-Gage activation codes work only on the mobile handset they were first activate on; this is the company’s way to deal with piracy and ensure that its partners receive their rightful revenues through the gaming platform.

However, the company also said that if users need to repair their phones, the activation codes will be re-issued to them.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.