Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sony Respond To U.S House Of Representatives, Reveal Evidence Points To Attack From Anonymous

In the USA, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.” They asked Sony questions on the cyber attack Sony and the PSN experienced. in reply, Sony's Kazuo Hirai submitted written answers to questions Sony were asked. The full 8 page response can be found here.

One important piece of information was released by Sony. they found a file planted on their servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”. this leads to speculation that in some way Anonymous were responsible for the attack.

Sony has reiterated that for now, no major credit card company has reported any fraudulent transactions as a result of the cyber attack. they have also reiterated that they did not know the scope of the attack until the 25th April, and they subsequently informed customers on the 26th April. but they do say all PSN user accounts were compromised in some way.

Sony have also confirmed they are taking steps to prevent future breaches. This includes enhancing levels of data protection and encryption; enhancing their ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; the establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Source: USA Playstation Blog


Grasshopper Have Released A Developer Video For Shadows of the Damned

EA and Grasshopper have released a developer video for Shadows Of The Dammed. this video features Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami and they talk about the game. they discuss some of the game mechanics, the look and feel of the game, and some of the main characters. they also reveal some weapons and locations in the video.


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Codemasters Have Released A New Dirt 3 Trailer And Announced Pre-Order Incentives

Codemasters have released a new Dirt 3 trailer showing Rally, Rallycross, and Gymkhana style races and the games weather conditions and night/day racing. several different locations are shown in the trailer. Codemasters have also announced a pre-order incentive. the Superteams Pack will be available at certain retails as an pre-order incentive. the pack comes with 4 exclusive teams; Texaco Racing Team, Brembo Racing Team, Team Yokohama and Mobil 1 Performance Team, and it unlocks 14 cars to be used in the game immediately.


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Press Release

3rd MAY (2pm UK ) – Codemasters® has today released a new DiRT 3™ gameplay video, highlighting the breadth of content in its latest release in the acclaimed series. Showcasing Rally, Rallycross, Gymkhana, weather conditions (including snow), night racing and a number of stunning locations, the new DiRT 3 video is playing now at www.facebook.com/dirt3game.

Codemasters has also revealed the Superteams Pack that will be available at selected retailers as a pre-order incentive for DiRT 3 in the build up to its global release on 24th May 2011. The Superteam Pack includes four exclusive teams and unlocks 14 cars for the player to take to the track immediately.

By unlocking the Texaco Racing Team, Brembo Racing Team, Team Yokohama and Mobil 1 Performance Team players will be able to drive for those teams, boosting their driver rep and giving them exclusive team liveries. It will also give immediate access to a host of cool cars including the Ford RS200 Rallycross, Fiat 131 Abarth, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Jun and the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale.

The new DiRT 3 gameplay video is now showing at www.facebook.com/dirt3game where fans can keep up to date with the latest news, screens and videos straight from the studio. Set to raise the bar for authentic and accessible off-road racing again, DiRT 3 is now in development at Codemasters Studios for a May 24th 2011 release for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows® LIVE.

Zero Punctuation - Portal 2

This weeks Zero Punctuation is on Portal 2. Yahtzee loved the first game so can a sequel to something so close to perfection be even better or is it hampered because it has to be compared to Portal...lets watch and find out.




Nintendo Have Released A New Teaser Trailer For The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Nintendo have released a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. this is a teaser trailer that shows in-game action and cutscenes.


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Microsoft Announce Xbox Live Now Has Billing Options For Personnel In The United States Armed Forces


Microsoft have announced there are now Xbox Live billing options that will allow service personnel in the United States Armed Forces to sign up for Xbox Live. these new options can be accessed from the Billing Section of Xbox.com or from your Xbox 360 console. AA (Armed Forces of the Americas), AE (Armed Forces Europe) and AP (Armed Forces Pacific) are now available as credit card addresses.

Source: Major Nelson


Nintendo Announce Wii Select, A Nintendo Wii Price Drop, And A New Nintendo Wii Bundle


Nintendo have announced Wii Select, A New Wii Bundle, and A Price Drop. The Wii Bundle now consists of either a white or black Wii with Mario Kart and Steering Wheel. This bundle will have a suggested retail price of $149.99 and comes out 15th May. The Steering wheel can now be bought separately in white or black for $9.99.

Also coming out 15th May is Wii Select. these are a collection of games that will have a suggested retail price of $19.99. these "must-own" games will start off with 4 titles, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.


In The UK, The 4 Wii Select titles will be Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football and Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City. These titles come out on 20th May, the same time as the new Nintendo Wii Bundle. Wii Select games will cost £19.99, the new bundle will cost £129.99.

UK Information from Nintendo UK and Eurogamer

Press Release

REDMOND, Wash., May 4, 2011 - Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Wii™ system to $149.99 and including a Mario™ game with the Wii hardware. Starting May 15, the newly priced Wii system will come in either black or white with the Mario Kart™ Wii game and a matching colored Wii Wheel™ accessory, replacing the previously included Wii Sports™ and Wii Sports Resort™ games.

Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own games in this collection are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is available for the first time as a separate software purchase. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games.

"From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater numbers of people."

With Mario Kart Wii now included with the Wii hardware, players will be able to enjoy fun go-kart racing with Mario and all his Mushroom Kingdom pals right out of the box. The Wii Remote™ Plus controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Wheel included in the package will all match the hardware, meaning they will be either black or white. The new black Wii Wheel will also be available separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pok√©mon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 3rd May

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The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 3rd May

  • QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Monday 2nd May http://ht.ly/1csR40
  • QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Monday 2nd May http://ht.ly/1csTRE
  • UK Game Charts top 5, Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, Zumba Fitness, Operation Flashpoint Red River, Call Of Duty Black Ops http://ht.ly/4M1vS
  • Mac: Apple have refreshed it's iMac lineup. all come with Thunderbolt and Intel Sandy Bridge. same look + price as before http://ht.ly/4M1ND
  • Wii: its strongly rumoured Nintendo is launching a budget range of Wii Games called Wii Select, $19.99, and a new Bundle http://ht.ly/4M1VS
  • Its rumoured that the new Syndicate game is more like Grand Theft Auto than the original game http://ht.ly/4M1Zb
  • 360: Cliff Bleszinski reveals he approached Microsoft to get Master Chief in Gears Of War 3, but decided against it http://ht.ly/4M1RY
  • Wii: Satoru Iwata, Vitality Sensor not out until its quality is high enough to where 99% of users find it natural http://ht.ly/4Mbvs
  • its rumoured Jerry Bruckheimer Games have 3 games in development for PS3 and 360 http://ht.ly/4MctW
  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Announce Hackers May Have Stolen Information From 24.6 Million Accounts http://ht.ly/1ct1hS
  • PS3: its rumoured a single player demo for Resistance 3 will come with the Bluray release of Battle Los Angeles http://ht.ly/4Mdy8
  • Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack has said they intend on completing the Too Human Trilogy http://ht.ly/4MdFB
  • QTE Blog: Zen Studios Announce A Fantastic 4 Table For Marvel Pinbal Is Coming 18th May http://ht.ly/1ct518
  • Daisuke Ishiwatari says a new Guilty Gear game will happen, just no word on when or what platform http://ht.ly/4MkFp
  • its reported Ubisoft have opened a new division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures, focus on adapting games into shows/movies http://ht.ly/4Ml9F
  • QTE Blog: Nickelodeon And 2K Play Announce Nicktoons MLB For The Xbox 360, Wii And Nintendo DS http://ht.ly/1ct8lz
  • Wii2: rumoured it only has 8GB Flash Memory built in, uses 25GB Discs (bluray?), stream games to touch screen controller http://ht.ly/4MnlD
  • A Resume on Linkedin mentions that Saints Row Drive By has been cancelled. http://ht.ly/4MnrC
  • QTE Blog: This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases http://ht.ly/1ctczj
  • PC: Specs for Duke Nukem Forever released. Minimum, 1GB RAM, 10GB HDD, XP, Vista, 7, Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz + more http://ht.ly/4MoA0
  • Nintendo announce their E3 press conference is on 7th June at 9AM PST/ 12PM EST http://ht.ly/4MoF4
  • Ghost Voice Actor has hinted an announcement is coming in May for a game he's working on, Modern Warfare 3 speculated http://ht.ly/4MoR8
  • 3DS: Shigeru Miyamoto says Nintendo won't rely on remakes, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past would be a good remake http://ht.ly/4MoUt