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Rovio's famously awesome Angry Birds has reached a very amazing milestone. Downloads have topped 200 million, Apple's iPad and iPhone have contributed to this success by a large portion but the franchise has grown up a little bit. Angry Birds has seem phenomenal success even on Google's Chrome Web Store with 5 million downloads.
Keep in mind that Rovio had more than fifty games before they struck gamers across the globe with the amazing Angry Birds. Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka has shown off Angry Birds hoodies (omg!) and has said that he sees Angry Birds as a huge entertainment platform which isn't just limited to merchandise and movies but he will be experimenting with location-based services and other schemes to blend the game's footprint into the real world. Interesting, huh?
Brink PC issues, affects virtually all NVIDIA GeForce 400 and 500-series owners - makes the game unplayable
Brink made its debut to the world over a week ago now and with the PSN being down at the time - fail number one occurred, Xbox 360 reviews were a bit hard on the game, fail number two occurred. The PC version seemed to be OK, apart from serious frame rate issues (for me at least), FOV issues (console port) but other than that it seemed to be stable. Well, that's what I thought. 5 or so minutes into the game and it's absolutely abysmal FOV (it really is bad) and I get a CTD.
YAY. It was thrilling. Yet another release of a game from a developer where they promise the PC won't get shunted to the side in favor of console releases. I tried tweaking the config, re-downloading my Steam files, downloading the new NVIDIA beta drivers I posted up yesterday but nothing worked. Tried it again last night after I installed the Beta drivers and CTD. This was really pissing me off. I wake up this morning to find "Frustrated Gamer" has e-mailed me with a forwarded e-mail he sent to Kotaku asking them about this issue.
While it seems that everyone is pretty psyched that the PlayStation Network will be back up and running after weeks of being down, Japan is surprisingly not down with that. Japan's government is halting the restoration of the network in their country until Sony can prove that they've taken appropriate measures to avoid a similar incident in the future.
Kazushige Nobutani, Director of Media and Content Industry in Japan's Ministry of Economy reportedly told Dow Jones Newswires:
We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them. The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference.
The second evidently regarded ensuring consumer confidence in the wake of having their credit card information and other personal data compromised in the security breach. As we've seen already today, Sony is answering various usage questions and even giving games away to ensure that users return to the previously-troubled PlayStation Network as they gear up to reboot the entire thing.
PlayStation outlined its "Welcome Back" policy to users in Europe and Australia, offering all sorts of free stuff. Nick Caplin, Head of Communications SCEE wrote today in the PlayStation Blog that users will net up to four games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable for their troubles earlier this month.
Details are below in the full post, but some of the games for PS3 include LittleBigPlanet and WipeoutHD/Fury, and Killzone Liberation for PSP. Doesn't really make up for all that crazy stuff, but hey, it's something.
Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.
Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.
All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:
Two PS3 games from the following list:
Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
Sony has had a rough time these past weeks. Finally, we've heard some answers, some explanations, and they're busily picking up the pieces from the attack that left their network(s) down for a very long time. As you probably know now, the PlayStation Network is up and running, but there are still some unanswered questions for a lot of users. Social Media Manager for PlayStation, Jeff Rubinstein, posted some of those undoubteldy very-frequently-asked-questions.
Q: So what exactly is working right now?
A: Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity (including the resetting of passwords), online gameplay for PS3 and PSP, playback of rental video content on PS3 (if within rental period), Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on PS3 (for current subscribers), access to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and MLB.tv, "Friends" category on PS3 (including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc), in-game leaderboards, and PlayStation Home.
Q: I'm having trouble changing my password/I forgot which email I used on my account/I used a fake email to set up my account.
A: Click here for a set of tips on resetting your password. If you've gone through the process and are waiting for an email from us, please note that the very large number of requests has caused certain ISPs to slow the rate at which recipients get emails from us. Please be patient as the systems work through the backlog.
Warner Bros.' game development studio Monolith Games is reportedly working on a multiplayer first-person-shooter based on the Batman universe- and it's a downloadable game! The game, entitled "Gotham Impostors" allows the player to become ordinary people that pretend to be Batman and/or popular villains. Moviegoers will recall a similar plot device in the film, "The Dark Knight", when Batman enthusiasts took the law into their own hands, dressing as Batman and wielding firearms and kevlar.
Gotham City Impostors will evidently be highly customizable, letting players mess around with their character's body, weapons, and skill sets. Already known about the game is a mode entitled "Psych Warfare", where users defend an energy source empowering a "brainwashing machine", and the opposing team tries to destroy it in classic capture-the-flag meets bomb-the-opponent. The game will be available for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and of course PC.
Interesting game design, but it makes sense. Batman readers and enthusiasts would know how much Batman would (ironically) disapprove of armed vigilanteism- I'm curious to see how Bats is going to figure into this game.
I wouldn't be surprised if executives now compose confidential letters and emails as if they would be leaked anyway. And if they don't- they really should because nothing is sacred on the internet anymore. Industry Gamer leaked an email that Rob Dyer, SVP of Sony PR sent out to publishers regarding the recent troubles with the PlayStation Network, QRocity and the Sony Online Entertainment Network.
77 Million user accounts were compromised by an attack from an unknown source, and Sony will be adding all sort of new security features, including a brand new Chief Information Security Officer. Full email after the break.
Nintendo will be rolling out an important update this summer on June 6 that will allow them to experience some cool new stuff like an Internet Browser and access to the new Nintendo eShop.
I'm pretty psyched to see what Nintendo's internet browser will look like, especially with that active 3D engine. We'll check back on June 6 to see how it goes.
A new system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS system will be available in North America the evening of June 6 Pacific time. By downloading the free update via a wireless broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users can enjoy new features and enhancements, including an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable content.
Google just got done announcing that the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds is coming to the web at the Google IO 2011 Day 2 keynote.
As promised, you can now grab Angry Birds for the web through the Chrome Web Store right now. You'll need an updated Chrome browser (it is coded with HTML5 as a requirement), but I just checked quickly and it did also load fine in IE9 and Firefox 4. Naturally since it has launched first in beta for Chrome, you would expect it to work best in Chrome. We might do some follow-up shortly.
For now kids, go and grab it here.
Today's lesson: in a few hundred years, when we look back on the Singularity and wonder how we came to be driven into underground caves or otherwise enslaved by our robot oppressors, someone may happen upon this post and realize that, I, Trak Lord, predicted that Minecraft was the catalyst. One day, someone's going to build something in Minecraft that can do more than just add numbers- something that can think for itself, that will Von Neumann Machine the internet until we're all at its behest. Until then, keep enjoying the Minecraft mods!
YouTube user MinecraftMapCenter made this beautiful (16-bit) rendition of everyone's favorite robot puzzle-solver. Portal 2 is barely a current game- and we've already made it a retro-game!
Be careful of the spoilers if you haven't played the game. Seriously- not cool, MinecraftMapCenter. But check out the YouTube channel for more of his creations.