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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.
Every time a company comes out with a wacky new controller offering dexterity tangential to the normal hum-drum controller (which by the way, worked fine for me for years), I'm always a little suspect. Remember the Nintendo Glove? Though way ahead of its time and a prophetic shoutout to the Wii, it was a disaster. Anyone remember the short-lived PlayStation Glove controller? The buttons from the regular controller were spread throughout the fingers and you could play one handed? Apocalyptically terrible. So when I heard about Razer and their new Hydra motion sensor PC controllers, I had my doubts. Until I saw the following video:
The dual interface looks amazing! It's like playing with two Wii controllers that talk to each other! Not only that, but this level is part of the Sixense Motion Pack DLC- levels specifically designed for the controllers! They're of course compatible with the regular Portal 2- as well as 125 PC games, right off the bat. And more DLC to come, promises Razer. I'm pretty psyched to (literally) get my hands on these and mess around with compatible games. All you WASD traditionalists should stop hating long enough to give these a try to. Check out their website in the links above for more info.
Brink is just minutes from release and as a last minute tease to anyone buying the game I thought I'd post up the official Launch trailer. Bethesda's team-based first-person shooter is definitely looking mighty fine it's just a shame that Sony still have the PSN issues.
This is going to really hurt Brink sales on the PS3, but, Xbox 360 and PC gamers will be enjoying their Brink any minute now! I hope you've enjoyed my nod toward Come Fly with Me.
Diablo 3 gets external beta testing in Q3 of this year, no official release date but the hope of releasing it this year
Diablo fan? Want Diablo 3 real, real bad? Well, just close your eyes a little bit longer and make that wish and it may come true as soon as July of this year! External beta testing of Diablo 3 is set to start in Q3 of this year. It was revealed in Activision's first quarter investor call where president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, revealed the company-wide beta testing of Diablo 3.
Mike also gave some updates on the status of Diablo 3 saying:
On the 'Diablo 3' front, I'm pleased to report that we began internal, company-wide testing last week. The game is looking great and we are currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing. The development team is working hard to try to launch 'Diablo 3' this year, but I want to be clear. We do not have an official release date or window yet.
Want to feel like a Navy SEAL? Want to re-live the assassination on Osama yourself? Well look no further than this modification for Counter Strike: Source. The compound in which Osama lived in has been recreated in the CS: Source engine and players can run through the compound reliving the moment if they choose.
BioWare's first steps into the MMO world will come in the form of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a new MMO that is in development between BioWare and LucasArts where it pits players in a world that takes place 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and thousands of years before Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Players will have the choice of character roles such as Jedi or Sith and give context to their personal story with the option to follow the light or the dark side of the Force. EA has now reported that its total investment in the new Star Wars-based MMO has reached $80 million, in development alone. Michael Pachter, Wedbush Security analyst says:
Sony were attacked (for what it feels like) months ago now, and even up to today, the PlayStation Network (PSN) is still down. Sony are continuing efforts to confirm the security of the network infrastructure as well as working with other companies to confirm the security of the PSN. Sony have said through their PlayStation Blog that they've begun the process of restoration. Also saying "additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online."
Sony refuse to enable the PSN until they are satisfied with the security in the now-updated networks. PSN users just have to hold their breath a little bit longer.