Report: Gamers and Hacktivists Big Players in DDoS Attacks

January 27, 2015

A new report from Arbor Networks (cited by the BBC in this report suggests that hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of new (but not necessarily technically sophisticated) attacks to take web sites offline. The new report from Arbor Networks examines 10 years of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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Valve Bans 'Counter-Strike' Pros For Match Fixing

January 27, 2015

Valve has banned a number of high profile professional Counter-Strike players who were caught match-fixing, according to this Eurogamer report. The maker of Counter-Strike punished multiple high-profile players profited from a recent Cevo Season 5 match between teams iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides.com. Read more

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Feminist Frequency Details 2015 Plans

January 27, 2015

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans for Feminist Frequency 2015, which includes an expansion of the videos and topics the organization already makes that focus on the portrayal of women in video games. But what about how men are portrayed?  Sarkeesian will introduce a new series discussing "men and masculinity" in video games in addition to a new miniseries presenting positive examples of female characters in video games. Read more

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New Update To 'Borderlands: The Prequel' Breaks The Game

January 27, 2015

The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel game update that launched alongside the latest DLC The Lady Hammerlock Pack, is causing crashes for some users. The update was released today alongside the latest DLC for the game, but some users have experience serious problems after updating.

Developer Gearbox Software says in this post that when the update is applied, "putting three items of purple rarity into the Grinder has the potential to cause a crash."

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Microsoft Sold 6.6 Million 'Xbox' Systems In The Last Three Months of 2014

January 27, 2015

Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox systems in the final three months of 2014, the company revealed this week as part of its FY15 Q2 earnings report, which covers the quarter ended December 31, 2014. We say "Xbox systems" because Microsoft combined sales of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One during that time period in its financials.

Microsoft also said its Xbox business enjoyed a "strong holiday season", while the Devices and Consumer division saw year-over-year revenue growth of 8 percent to $12.9 billion.

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Report: AOL Will Close Joystiq

January 27, 2015

A report on Re/Code is making the rounds this morning, suggesting that the parent company of popular gaming site Joystiq will shut the site down in the coming weeks and lay off its staff. Citing multiple sources within AOL, Re/Code claims that the company is "likely to shutter" Joystiq and lay off its staff as part of a house cleaning of media properties that are underperforming.

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Layoffs Hit Frontier Developments

January 26, 2015

Frontier Developments, the makers of Elite: Dangerous, have laid off a number of employees this week, according to this VG247 report. At least 15 employees have been laid off at developer’s Halifax, Canada studio, according to a new Investors update. In a section labeled "Operations Update," the company said that 15 content creation roles have been made redundant in Cambridge:

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Sony Corp. Delays Q1 Results By One Month Due To November Security Breach

January 26, 2015

Sony announced today that it plans to delay its first quarter earnings by a month in the wake of its latest security breach at the hands of a hacking group. The company was hacked and had data stolen at the hands of a group called the Guardians of Peace. The hack was supposedly in response to Sony Pictures' plan to release the James Franco and Seth Rogan comedy The Interview.

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Amazon Dominates UK Christmas Entertainment Sales

January 26, 2015

According to new data from analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel (as reported on by MCV), Amazon dominated Christmas entertainment sales in the United Kingdom. For the 12 week period that ended on December 21, one in four pounds spent on video games, physical music and video content in the UK went to Amazon. Ultimately the retailer claimed a 25.6 percent share of the market during the UK holiday season.

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Wargaming.net and Full Sail University Partner for 'Full Sail User Experience Lab'

January 26, 2015

World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net has partnered with Full Sail University to launch the new on-campus Full Sail User Experience Lab. The collaborative effort promises to bring "state-of-the-art UX testing to over 5,000 play testers annually, and will include Full Sail students and graduates, as well as external members of the community." The Full Sail User Experience Lab plans to accomplish 100+ research projects per year for companies from multiple industries, as well as provide a project-based teaching environment.

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CD Projekt RED on the Benefits of Free DLC For 'The Witcher 3'

January 26, 2015

Speaking to IGN, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red expanded on why it has decided to give away 16 different DLC releases after the game is released later this year on various platforms. The short answer? "We owe" our customers who will buy the game.

"Because people just paid full price for our game," CD Projekt Red co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski tells IGN. "We owe them."

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Very First 'Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4' Made Sells For $128K

January 26, 2015

The first special Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 off the production line has been sold in an online charity auction - ultimately raking in $128,000, or ¥15.135 million. The charity auction to benefit Save the Children Japan launched by Sony Japan officially ended over the weekend.

The system is a mighty special prize for whoever purchased it; the limited-edition Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 console went on sale last month for $500 in very limited supply. It sold out almost immediately, with many buying the system to resell on eBay.

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Apple Changes App Store Refund Policy in Europe

January 26, 2015

Consumers in Europe can now get a "no questions asked" refund on purchases they don't like through Apple's App Store. The company quietly changed its policy on refunds in Europe, making it a lot easier for those who want their money back on purchases of apps and music less than 14 days old.

Apple could have taken a stricter stance on this new policy because the law would allow the company to deny refunds on products that have been used; listening to a song, for example would mean that you enjoyed and used the product.

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'PlanetSide 2' Community Secures Guinness World Record

January 26, 2015

The PlanetSide 2 community has successfully broken the Guinness World Record for the largest online battle involving more than 1,000 players. The record-breaking event, which took place last week, was organized by PlanetSide community group PlanetSide Battles. Over 1,158 players participated in the event in Sony Online Entertainment's MMO shooter, securing the "Most Players Online in an FPS Battle."

The previous record, 999 players in one online battle, was held by a browser-based game called Man vs. Machine.

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Ubisoft Takes Heat for Deactivating Game Keys Over The Weekend

January 26, 2015

Ubisoft is cracking down on game key resellers like Kinguin and G2Play by deactivating the keys they have sold to customers. Over the weekend Ubisoft began deactivating the keys to games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity bought from these cheaper resellers. Customers who bought games at these sites took to the Ubisoft forums to complain about their games disappearing from their libraries.

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2015/1/27/7921837/grim-fandango-remastered-interview-double-fine-disney-lucasfilm-sony a interesting read, or listen.01/28/2015 - 5:28pm
Wonderkarpyep. but they werent bebop and rocksteady yet. so technically i'm right :P01/28/2015 - 5:00pm
E. Zachary KnightBebop and Rocksteady have already been introduced in the human forms. They were the duo after Shredder's helmet.01/28/2015 - 4:55pm
Wonderkarpmy only complaint is no bluray boxed season sets yet. WTF Nickelodian!01/28/2015 - 4:42pm
Wonderkarpthe voice acting and story telling quality are awesome. Its like they took everything that was great about the original show, and Batman Animated Series'd it but kept it funny too01/28/2015 - 4:41pm
WonderkarpIts Awesome. Bebop and Rocksteady are going to debut this weekend. The new take is Bebop is a thief while Rocksteady is an arms dealer. took 3 seasons to get them on the show.01/28/2015 - 4:41pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I see. I'm afraid I'm too invested in Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The Walking Dead, and Hemlock Grove to notice the new TMNT on TV. :(01/28/2015 - 4:40pm
E. Zachary KnightMy kids love watching the 90's TMNT movies. They love the new TMNT cartoon on Nick. Yet, none of them really enjoyed the the new one.01/28/2015 - 4:39pm
Wonderkarpexecution and if there is a real wanting for something new on the big screen. There is somewhat of a wanting for new Ghostbusters on the big screen, but most people seem to agree that the new film shares little with ghostbusters beyond its original premis01/28/2015 - 4:38pm
Wonderkarpadding homages to classic via good storytelling. The new TMNT movie was just a crappy Bayformers affair that did nothing to develop character, with a mishmash of a story. Nerd Culture can accept new takes on older franchises. It just depends on the01/28/2015 - 4:37pm
Wonderkarpactually, Goth_Skunk, TMNT is a thriving TV show on Nickelodian which has enough old and new storytelling to create a thriving new product. its in its 3rd season and it just gets better as a show. The CGI Show is universally praised for being new yet01/28/2015 - 4:36pm
Goth_SkunkI propose that the new TMNT movie was not about making nostalgic adult nerds smile, but introducing the franchise to a new generation of younger fans. And some of those fans may even be kids of the nerds that grew up with the original TMNT.01/28/2015 - 3:55pm
Goth_Skunk...disservice to the franchise. But when I look at it, I see a franchise fanbase that, the last time anything major happened in the franchise, all its fans were kids. Those kids have now all grown up and are adults.01/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Goth_SkunkRemember how Escapists new EIC was talking about nerd culture being "curmudgeonly?" This ties right into that as well. These people I talked with complained about how the new TMNT wasn't being true to its roots and because of that it was doing a great...01/28/2015 - 3:53pm
Goth_SkunkTake TMNT for example: I recently watched the new movie, and I thought it was decent. But a lot of people I've talked with who grew up in the 80's and 90's on the TV show, the video games, and thecollectible toys all unanimously seem to think it's trash.01/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Goth_SkunkRe: Ghostbusters, I don't care if it's a reboot or a sequel, I'm just happy to see another Ghostbusters movie. But it's fascinating to hear people in our age demographic talk nostalgicly about the things we grew up watching or reading.01/28/2015 - 3:51pm
WonderkarpI have a GBA. I dont need to buy virtual console gba games.01/28/2015 - 3:11pm
MonteI wouldn't care about running emulators on the 3DS if nintendo would just release more virtual console games. There are so many titles they could have up but don't. Seriously, its ridiclous that after 3 years they STILL haven't released GBA titles.01/28/2015 - 3:06pm
Wonderkarphttp://www.gamerevolution.com/news/game-boy-color-games-3ds-browser-exploit-30905 Play Gameboy Color Games on the 3ds using a browser exploit01/28/2015 - 2:39pm
prh99http://io9.com/one-of-our-most-popular-special-effects-originally-came-1682151657 Looks like the 1988 anime, Akira and anime in general has effecting popular culture, at least when it comes to special effects.01/28/2015 - 12:26pm
 

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