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World of Tanks takes a direct hit from hackers, user information compromised

The popular online tank shooter World of Tanks suffered a security breach recently that could have led to account information being stolen from subscribers. The developer, Wargaming.net, has not released any detailed information on what exactly was stolen, but is advising all users to change their account password to ensure no accounts are lost.

 

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In a statement on the matter Wargaming.net had the following to say:

 

"As a part of usual security practices, we recently became aware that some personal information may have been compromised due to a security incident. We immediately launched an investigation into the incident and can assure you that no financial information was accessed. However, we believe that some password hashes and email addresses were affected by the compromise."

 

As an incentive, the company is giving users who change their passwords 300 in-game gold, which is enough to purchase one day of premium services, resulting in a faster tank and faster research into new tanks.

Nintendo Wii U sales continue to not impress

Nintendo aren't having much luck with the Wii U console, with sales not impressing so far, and here we are with yet another disappointing month of sales for Nintendo's 'next-gen' console.

 

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Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, has said that there is little hope of sales of the Wii U picking up anytime soon. The analyst also adds that "only 55,000 Wii U consoles were sold domestically in March," which is down from February's sales of 66,000 units, and January's sales of 57,000 units.

 

Pachter also doesn't think the Japanese company can do anything to help sales, where he adds "fortunes appear unlikely to improve for several months, even if Nintendo decides to drop [the] price, as there are an insufficient number of core titles that are generating interest in the console".


Bethesda uses Vine video to tease upcoming unannounced game

Bethesda has made use of the video sharing service Vine to tease a previously unannounced game. The Vine, viewable here, is quite cryptic, though several rumors are flying around the Internet. It starts out by showing barbed wire and then some spinning paper, which appears to be sheet music to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on the G-String."

 

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One of the rumors flying around is that it could be a new Fallout game, though Bethesda's VP of Marketing indicated that this isn't the case with a tweet. Other rumors include the possibility that this new game could be a new Wolfenstein game. We'll probably learn more about the game at this year's E3 expo in June.

 

In the meantime, what do you think of the teaser? Any ideas what game it could be for? Let us know!

New Grand Theft Auto 5 artwork gets unveiled

Rockstar have graced us with two more pieces of artwork from their upcoming, sure to break records game, Grand Theft Auto V. The first image shows off a guy on a motorbike holding an uzi, with a helicopter above him in which looks like a hot pursuit.

 

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The second shot is a guy on a jet ski, just smashing through some waves. According to Rockstar though, the images show "two of our three leads, Michael and Franklin getting things done - by sea, or by land. Of course many other modes of transport will also be available to accommodate your travel needs across Los Santos and Blaine County this September".

3DMark ran on the Ouya console, bested by existing smartphones

Ouya developer James Coote ran the new 3DMark for Android benchmark on his Ouya game console, the video of which you can see embedded below. Interestingly enough, the Ouya is easily bested by current generation smartphones and even some previous generation smartphones.

 

 

In fact, the Ouya console is ranked 73 among all Android devices in Futuremark's database for the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. This doesn't exactly make me believe the Ouya will play host to graphically exciting games. The Samsung Galaxy S4 manages over double the score of the Ouya console.

 

This weak performance is likely the best the Ouya designers could manage while still staying within a $99 sticker price.

Continue reading '3DMark ran on the Ouya console, bested by existing smartphones' (full post)

Project Unity sees 15 consoles crammed into one huge box

Project Unity is an interesting beast, a single, unified gaming console made by hardware hacker (among other things) 'Bacteria'. Project Unity crams in a bunch of the best consoles from the past couple of decades into a single gaming box.

 

 

Project Unity includes Sega Master System, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, PS1/PS2, Mega Drive, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64 and Amstrad GX4000 games. The console was made out of authentic hardware and doesn't use any emulators of combo units. It does all of this from a single power supply, video output and custom-built controller - no matter the system selected at the time.

Continue reading 'Project Unity sees 15 consoles crammed into one huge box' (full post)

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's latest trailer will have you click that pre-order button

If you haven't seen or heard about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet, then the trailer (below) will make you want to buy it, right now. The game is set in the "near future" of 2007, and has the main character voiced by 80s action star (The Terminator, Aliens) Michael Biehn.

 

 

There's a bunch of cyborgs, toxic wastes, neon lights and a huge VHS feel to the trailer - which all adds to its awesome feel. It looks like Ubisoft are having a bunch of fun with this game, and by the looks of it, it could've been its own game and dropped the Far Cry 3 name completely. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon launches next month!

Continue reading 'Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's latest trailer will have you click that pre-order button' (full post)

Ouya provides a shipping schedule for their consoles

I received an e-mail today, along with the thousands of other early backers of the Ouya console, detailing the shipping schedule of their consoles. All backers are still set to receive their consoles by May 25, where 25% of which will receive them before the end of April.

 

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Ouya have said that they've changed a partner this week, so they "could shave days off the total shipping timeline". They've hired more people to expand the Ouya team, in both their production house and distribution facility, in which they're already "seeing the benefits of this".

Nintendo to cancel some built-in Wii apps on June 28th

This morning Nintendo officially announced that it will be canceling several services built into the Wii effective June 28th. The apps on the chopping block are ones not featured on the Wii U, and were expected to be canceled at some point.

 

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Wii users will no longer have access to News, Weather, Everybody Votes, Mii Contest, Digital Camera Print and Nintendo channels, as well as WiiConnect24 apps like messaging and exchanging system data.

 

Nintendo has yet to announce if the apps will be removed elsewhere too.

EA lays off many Montreal studio staff, said to be refocusing efforts on mobile and new platforms

This morning the air is thick with sadness at EA's Montreal studio where the company has reportedly laid off most of its staff. The reports have been confirmed by EA, but no official word on how many employees were let go.

 

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Our early findings appear to show that as many as 170 employees got the notice this morning, with once source saying that most of those affected were quality assurance and contract workers. In a statement to gaming site Joystiq, EA said that the layoffs were part of an effort to sharpen their focus on providing games for new platforms and mobile.

 

"These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

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