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Activision Announces Call of Duty Elite Subscription Service

Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Activision Announces Call of Duty Elite Subscription Service The Call of Duty series prepares to enter the next phase of providing content to its fanbase via a new online service, “Call of Duty Elite.” This service will allow fans of the FPS franchise to access extra content not available on the disks and will allow users of the service to chat and communicate with other members through a social media application. The service will also allow users access to player's tools that, according to...

New Threats Aimed at Sony

Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

New Threats Aimed at Sony The culprits behind one of the largest hacking incidents in video game history have announced their attacks on Sony are far from over. LulzSec, the group that took responsibility for the attack on Sony's PSN, attacked the PBS website this weekend, posting a fake story about rapper Tupac Shakur being alive. After the attack, the group updated its Twitter account, claiming the next wave of attacks on Sony are to begin soon. “We're working...

PSN to be Fully Up and Running By End of Week

Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN to be Fully Up and Running By End of Week Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be up and fully functional by the end of this week. Two regions, Hong Kong and South Korea, will not be 100 percent restored by the end of the week but should follow shortly after the other areas are up and running. This Friday will see the return of all of PSN's features including the PSN online store. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has released an official statement: "We have been conducting additional...

Square Enix will announce third MMO by the end of next April

May. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Square Enix will announce third MMO by the end of next April Despite Final Fantasy XIV's recent release and Final Fantasy XI remaining online, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has announced that a third MMO will be announced during the current fiscal year. No specific details or dates were given, but given the length of Square Enix's fiscal year, it should be announced anytime from now until next April. Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/25/square-enix-to-reveal-new-mmo-by-april-2012/

Sony reports fiscal year losses

May. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sony reports fiscal year losses In anticipation of its upcoming end of the fiscal year earnings report, Sony has released a revised financial forecast claiming that the company has lost $3.2 billion. The loss was recorded from the past 12 months, ending March 2011. Sony claimed the hacker intrusion incident was not included in these numbers but commented on the estimated cost of the result of the incident. "As of today," Sony reps said, "our currently known associated costs...

Select PSP Titles to Appear on PS3

May. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Select PSP Titles to Appear on PS3 Sony has recently announced a new line of games to be released on the PS3. The PlayStation Portable Remaster Series will re-release select PSP titles for the PlayStation 3. The games will come with a variety of upgrades, including HD graphics, control pad support, 3-D visuals, online mutiplayer and exclusive new content. Save data will also be cross compatible allowing players, in theory, to take their games on the go or play at home on the...

Ubisoft Forms Movie Studio

May. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Ubisoft Forms Movie Studio Known for famous franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, Ubisoft is preparing to expand those properties to the big screen. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is the newest studio to be introduced under Ubisoft Digital Arts. Combined with the 2008 purchase of Hybride Technologies, the studio behind the effects for 300, Ubisoft hopes to bring big screen versions of its most famous recent titles with the aim of not only...

New Batman FPS Announced: Gotham City Impostors

May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

New Batman FPS Announced: Gotham City Impostors Not only is the caped crusader getting a sequel to the critical and commercial hit Arkham Asylum with the upcoming Arkham City, another Batman-themed game was announced today: a multiplayer-focused FPS called Gotham City Impostors. The game is being developed by Monolith Products for PC, PlayStation 3,and Xbox 360. It plays similarly to the class-based multiplayer Team Fortress 2. In it, two factions -- the Batz and the Jokerz -- are customized...

PSN is Back Down Again in Japan

May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN is Back Down Again in Japan After nearly an entire weekend of active PlayStation Network service, PSN is once again down for maintenance due to a rejection from the Japanese government. According to a Dow Jones report, an official from the Ministry of Economy's Media and Content Industry department has confirmed that the Japanese government has not given full approval for Sony to relaunch the PSN and its associated services. “As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in...

Valve is Done With Episodic Content

May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Valve is Done With Episodic Content Half-Life 2: Episode 1 came out in 2006, two years after the original and was followed by Episode 2 a year later, introducing the concept of episodic gaming. Vavle's idea was to release shorter and smaller games -- but more frequently. Unfortunately, it's been nearly four years since Episode 2's release, and it seems Episode 3 may never see the light of day. Gabe Newell, president of Valve, has told Develop that they are dropping their episodic...

Rumored: Nintendo's Project Cafe's Leaked Game List

May. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumored: Nintendo's Project Cafe's Leaked Game List According to several gaming sites, blogs, and forums, a list was leaked containing details of first- and third-person titles for Nintendo's upcoming console, codename “Cafe.” The list originated at NeoGaf and is supposedly a preview of what is to be revealed at this year's E3 and up to the release of the upcoming console.  Nintendo has not yet commented on the validity of the list.  The following games were included: First...

PSN is Back

May. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN is Back After weeks of downtime, the PlayStation Network is finally back in business. It will be rolled out in phases, country by country, in the following order: The Americas Europe Australia New Zealand Middle East This will begin the recovery stage which will finally result in a full restoration of PSN with all of its included services at the end of May. Sources: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/14/play-on-%E2%80%93-psn-restoration-begins-now...

Sony thwarts third hack attempt

May. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Sony thwarts third hack attempt A CNET report written by Erica Ogg May 5 may have given Sony the chance it needed to prevent yet another attack on its systems that was possibly planned for the past weekend. The as-yet-unknown hackers informed CNET via an Internet relay channel about a third strike they were planning on Sony's servers. They had planned to publicize all or part of the information they had available to them from Sony's servers, which, from the source, included...

Blizzard Announces Diablo III beta later in 2011

May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Blizzard Announces Diablo III beta later in 2011 Blizzard Entertainment announced today that a beta for its upcoming title Diablo III will be available sometime during the third quarter of this year. “The game is looking great,” said Blizzard head Michael Morhaime during Activision's financial results conference call. “A third quarter target would have beta testing for Diablo III launching sometime between July and September of 2011." Currently, Blizzard Entertainment has...

Rumor: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Coming Soon

May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Coming Soon Hot off the release of the recent Hulu Plus application for Xbox 360, it is rumored that Microsoft will be releasing its next dashboard update May 19. According to documents sent to the website Joystiq, the new dashboard update will be released in six separate stages from May 19 to May 30 with a separate download on May 27 for an update titled “Avatar Kinect.” The 360 update will also offer support for a new unspecified disc format...

Call of Duty to enter the micro-transaction market

May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Call of Duty to enter the micro-transaction market The multimillion dollar FPS franchise Call of Duty is planning on making the jump to the MMOFPS (massive multiplayer online first person shooter) market with the release of Call of Duty for PC. The Call of Duty series has been released for PC before, but not in the micro-transaction format planned for release for the Chinese gaming market. Activision president Bobby Kotick talked about a title in the franchise based on a subscription model in...

Rumor: Microsoft's Next Console with EA, at E3?

May. 6, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Rumor: Microsoft's Next Console with EA, at E3? A new rumor has hit the web today via the UK video game magazine Develop. According to the report, Electronic Arts already has an alpha build of Microsoft's next video game console, housed inside a Dell PC case. It is common practice for initial console development kits to be housed inside a PC case with all of the console's hardware included. Cases are usually designed later in the console development process. While Nintendo has already...

Sony's Woes Continue: SOE Hacked Too

May. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Sony's Woes Continue: SOE Hacked Too In another discouraging development for Sony regarding its online security, Sony Online Entertainment confirmed it was also the recipient of a cyber attack on its network. Early yesterday, May 2, 2011, SOE shut down its servers in much the same manner as when Sony shut down the PlayStation Network when it first learned of the hacking attack against that network. Sony confirmed that the SOE network, while separate from the PSN, suffered a similar...

PlayStation Network: Phased Restoration Starting Soon [Updated]

May. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

PlayStation Network: Phased Restoration Starting Soon [Updated] Update: Sorry, folks! It seems that with Sony Online Entertainment also being hit by the hacking, Sony have put back the service restoration, and are only now starting what seems like a massive internal test of the new security systems put in place. This means that, yet again, we have no ETA for PSN and Qriosity service restoration. Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed that a phased restoration of a limited number of PlayStation...

PlayStation Network Blog: Personal Information at Risk

Apr. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

PlayStation Network Blog: Personal Information at Risk As many gamers -- and probably most nongamers -- are aware, last Wednesday, Sony Entertainment group took down the servers for its PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems due to unknown maintenance. Since the services were taken offline, Sony released a blog update stating that the PSN was down due to an "external intrusion," but as to what that defines, the company was vague. Over the course of six days, Sony has been diligent in clarifying...

Valve's Big Announcement: Portal 2 Release is now Flexible

Apr. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Valve's Big Announcement: Portal 2 Release is now Flexible Valve is being cunning with its marketing strategy. Of course, it always has been and always will be. First, it leaked images that only the most savvy geek would be able to get. Recently, a lot of Steam games have received updates that added Portal 2-related content into them. Now? That content's become useful. So, with Portal 2's release in around three days time, the thought of having the game just before everyone else looms in gamers' dreams....

European PS3 Import Ban Lifted

Mar. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

European PS3 Import Ban Lifted Sony announced today that the preliminary injunction set by the International Court of Justice in The Hague two weeks ago regarding the importing of PlayStation 3s into Europe has been lifted. It's been reported that roughly 300,000 imported devices were impounded as a result of the two-week injunction. Many are saying that the injunction could have had wider repercussions, as Sony uses its Dutch facilities to import most of the PS3s into...

Sony dealt a blow to potential PS3 Sales in Europe

Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Sony dealt a blow to potential PS3 Sales in Europe Sony today was dealt a major blow to its European imports when the International Court of Justice in The Hague granted LG a preliminary injunction in a patent infringement case the company has been seeking since last year. Sony originally filed an ITC Complaint against LG stating that eight of Sony's patents had been infringed in certain LG devices, and LG hit back in early 2011 stating that eight of its patents were infringed by the Sony Bravia...

Xbox Live Party Chat - Coming to PS3?

Jan. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Xbox Live Party Chat - Coming to PS3? Games have bugs. We all know that. It's a fact of life. It's not even restricted to games, either. And it's no small fact that many gamers feel that when it comes to Call of Duty: Black Ops, PlayStation 3 gamers are a bit out of the VIP club compared to Xbox 360 owners. After numerous complaints from gamers, Treyarch today released patch 1.06 for the PS3, which, it says, should help bridge the gap between the different consoles. However, patch 1...

Target Welches on $40 PS3

Jan. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Target Welches on $40 PS3 Yesterday, Target accidentally listed the PlayStation 360GB console at $39.99 on its website. This was reported on several websites, such as Nukezilla. I'm not spending any money right now, but this was too good to pass up. $40 for a PS3? The one console I don't own? Hell yes! Speculation then followed across the web as to whether or not Target would simply cancel orders or actually uphold the accidental price. Unfortunately today, we got...

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