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Talk points to piracy as PSN downtime reason

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:02 GMT By Patrick Garratt

It emerged last night that a custom firmware hack may have been the reason Sony took PSN completely offline last week, a move which has kept the service offline ever since.

While links to the firmware running have been posted on YouTube and links have been circulating for days, a “moderator” from PSX-Scene last night posted on Reddit to claim that the software had allowed hackers unlimited access to retail PSN content via fake credit card numbers.

The firmware essentially turns a retail PS3 into a dev kit, and makes PSN believe the machine is part of Sony’s developer network. As it’s a trusted party, the network then fails to check details such as credit card numbers, meaning those using the hack were able, apparently, to download as much content from PSN’s retail servers as they liked.

According to that post, developers have now been told that “only 3.60+ debug firmwares will be allowed on the dev network anymore. All earlier versions will be cut. If you want to retain your access you need to contact Sony and upgrade to 3.60 debug firmware.”

While we’re told it’s true that hackers gained access to PSN retail content through this hack, it is not at all confirmed that this was the reason Sony took PSN offline last Wednesday.

Sony’s developer and retail networks are independent – theoretically meaning the developer network could be closed down, leaving the retail network in action – and patching out the firmware in question is supposedly trivial.

Sony said last week that PSN has been taken offline thanks to an “external intrusion”.

We’ll ask Sony for comment.

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29 Comments

  1. frostquake

    I used to look forward to each week’s update on PSN, but this is getting to be a Headache! Signing in with Error messages constantly, is not worth it. I have pulled my PS3 and put it in another bedroom, until this resolves.

    I guess this is what the Hackers wanted?

    I will tell those Hackers, that when it is fixed, I will pull the PS3 out and continue to buy items from PSN and play games online with friends!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. FeaturePreacher

    This is what happens when there’s no monetary cost to online play. No money available to upgrade security and no monetary punishment when a user name is lost. You get what you pay for.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Schindet Nemo

    @2
    Just because a service is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better.
    I agree that Xbox Live currently has an edge over PSN but no system is foolproof. Remember Christmas 2007? Xbox live was offline for 2 weeks straight during the holiday season.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    A surprisingly long outage. I surmise people are “somewhat cross”?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    Xbox Live went offline back then due to unprecedented demand, not becasue MS took it down themselfs due to severe security issues.
    And also, that was 2007, back when this sort of online service was just starting out.
    You can’t have a poorly set up poorly secured network nowadays. It’s core to the functionality of the consoles and PC. Being connected is the expected standard.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Mr Tom

    As Freek says, the 2007 XBL outage was due to higher than expected demand due to Halo 3 and the holiday season being more successful than they imagined. The service was taken down by pure brute force of everyone trying to connect. It’s been pretty damned stable ever since.

    I’m still waiting to be able to register my PS3 with Steam so I can download Portal 2 on PC :-(

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Benjo1981

    It kinda makes you wonder what kinda thinking goes on at Sony HQ: do they think that because they don’t charge for it, PSN can be substandard? To allow their network to be brought to its knees by an external attack is, in this day and age, ridiculous.

    Seriously, Microsoft must be gleeful: this just strengthens the perception that XBL is, and will remain, the standard for console online services.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Syrok

    Can’t be prepared for everything.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Benjo1981

    @8

    But they can do better. They knew that they were at significant risk of an external attack some time ago when the whole Hotz situation blew up. They should have strengthened the network then, not now. You don’t wait for a car to hit you before you stop, look and listen.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. viralshag

    Personally I do think XBL is the standard for console related online services. I mean, yeah we do have to pay like £30 a year but I do think the service is much better.

    Sony, if you’re listening, please update the dashboard while you update your security. Thanks :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Kerplunk

    #5 & #6 – Letting XBL outages off the hook pretty lightly there. XBL was launched in 2001 so had been online 6 years before the outage in question. Given that Microsoft themselves launched Halo 3 (which is pretty much their ticket to XBL signups) and that Xmas had been occurring at the same time of year for the 2006 years previously. It’s very hard to present a convincing argument that there wasn’t enough time or precedent to anticipate and manage the behaviour that caused the outage. Or even to say that XBL was, 6 years after launch, in its infancy.

    Furthermore, tagetted attacks have resulted in account details getting stolen from the service.

    In that regards, yes, Sony should (and maybe did, but not enough) take steps to strengthen their security. However, you will never find a 100% secure or unhackable network in the same way that a piece of software will never been 100% bug free.

    For any concerned about their details being compromised I would suggest you be pro-active. Just like is being recommended of Sony – don’t wait for the car to crash, take action and speak to you bank. Check your card transactions and take necessary steps. You can do this immediately without waiting on information from Sony. It would be a great shame to see anyone accusing a company of not doing enough to demonstrate they themselves did not do anything either. You are not powerless victims.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. xino

    now…doing something like this is now stealing!
    complete stealing!

    watching pirated movies are bad but not serious.
    but going into PSN server using hack and downloading £10000 contents is rightfully stealing!

    i think Sony switched off the server and are looking at the sources that are doing this.
    I hope they catch them and send them to fucking jail!

    People download music, games,movies, applications….all these are bad.
    But not damaging and serious like going into PSN to download £100000 goods!

    go to jail! do not collect money, do not buy houses, do not inherit money, do not collect compensation, gtfo and go directly to jail!
    #next gen monopoly:)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    #11 you also go so lightly on the account issue Sony shouldn’t be storing credit card data for completed transactions neither, as it is illegal to keep those on your records. And for stored “wallet” info, they shouldn’t be keeping the credit card info so readable, they should be keeping it encrypted very stronlgy, therefore it t should require several years of computer power and in order to decode. And that’s one of the most basic security measures a company can take that will means that the PSN is a very insecure network.

    also keep in mind that the key that was given by geo is very different from the keys that were used for decyphered by the hackers for this kind of actions, and also this key and information shouldn’t be stored in the same network (payment systems should be stored in different networks, according to the payment card industry standards).

    So if the hackers could access the payment network, then it was either very poorly built or it had very poor security on sonys court, which is a little but hard to swallow, and furthermore sony didnt know if those were affected by the hack.

    Which lead me to the other point, and the following is my opinion, therefore everyone is entitled to one, if rumours are true and sony dish out free PSN because of this situation it makes me wonder if all this it wasnt plan from the beginning it could easily be Sony’s way of just taking down the PSN completely, first thet put other s on the console making it a computer therefore easy to run piracy, but that was not the case, then the toss it away with no compensation whatsoever, in order to not lose money, then Geo went and release the key in order to install other s, this could be seen beforehand, then they go to court and strangly they settle out of court,knowing that now they have a good user base and they pick up steam, Then they blame it on “hackers”, so Sony can rebuild the PSN, except this time they say they have to charge you for the ability to access it, to provide security against the “hackers”. this scenario has happened yet: No, thank god, It will happen for sure in the near future: i dont know, but if rumours are true it is a possibility, and seeing the ways they are treating their consumers, i highly think so

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Benjo1981

    @12

    Downloading music, games, movies & applications is bad, but not damaging and serious?!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Kerplunk +1, Just out of interest what did MS offer by way of compensation?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Hunam

    They made Undertow free for everyone.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Kerplunk

    @13

    you also go so lightly on the account issue Sony shouldn’t be storing credit card data for completed transactions neither, as it is illegal to keep those on your records.

    Where did I even cover that? How can you say I go lightly on something when you are the only person to mention it? As usual your understanding as to what has been said and what your position is amongst it is utterly without merit.

    Also, who has said this information is stored with Sony other than you? And what authority are you speaking in to state what methods data is stored in and what level of encryption has been used? I take it you’re entirely up to speed with the Data Protection Act and intimately know every bit and byte of the PSN system then?

    Or, is it more likely, that just like every single other argument you’ve ever presented, you’re determined to damn Sony for whatever you can think of and concoct endless straw men and details that you have no ability to substantiate whilst overlooking every detail that doesn’t fit your predetermined view?

    I’m going with option B.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    #17 “Furthermore, tagetted attacks have resulted in account details getting stolen from the service.

    In that regards, yes, Sony should (and maybe did, but not enough) take steps to strengthen their security. However, you will never find a 100% secure or unhackable network in the same way that a piece of software will never been 100% bug free

    based on that you seem to took it lightly, because of the reasoning before mentioned

    As for the rest, is my opinion that sony should compesate users for the PSN +, and for the Other S issue, if thats predetermined view to you, well sorry, but is my opinion, and for the scenario i did put i did mentioned that was a possibility which may or may not occur, if thats also bad, well we can have white , black opinions, and grey for that matter, but no only one like you seem to want. sorry for that too.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Kerplunk

    Erm, my comment and link to support it was in response of the suggestion that XBL’s outage was something to be celebrated or entirely excused. You seem to think I was talking about PSN instead. I’m genuinely quite staggered at how consistently you manage to overlook or misinterpret whatever detail doesn’t suit your agenda.

    I wasn’t taking anything lightly – such as celebrating a 2-week outage of a paid service as something that was a response to “OMG FABULOUS DEMAND!!!” or excusing it as a network system still in its infancy (when it clearly wasn’t). Those reasons by 5 & 6 were prime examples of ‘taking things lightly’ which you obviously don’t care about because they’re not about your perpetual argument about Sony coming into your home, kicking your cat and drinking all your beer.

    So then, all your waffle about “illegal holding of information” is actually based on whatever was in your head and not something you can substantiate. Well, we can all make fantastic air-tight arguments when we make up the details and the rules ourselves. Applying them to the real world is where things start to go a bit wobbly. I’d suggest you stop presenting your guess-work opinion as fact, especially when you’re going to combine that with words like “illegal”.

    You won’t, of course, but you really should.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. ManuOtaku

    #19 i see you didnt read my comment or i didnt explain myself good i mean if sony is not aware if the accounts have been reach by the hackers, means that they have this information on the same system payment and the other running system for PSN (payment systems should be stored in different networks, according to the payment card industry standards), therefore accoridng with the card indusrty standards thats illegal which i guess based on the facts that are on the table right now, when sony state otherwise then i can change my point of view, but thats the whole thing it doesnt stated quite much, only that they dont know, is their system who should now then?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Benjo1981

    @20

    Why do you assume that payment information and PSN are on the same system? Couldn’t the hackers have hacked…both…systems?

    I don’t think Sony has done anything illegal here.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Kerplunk

    @20 I’m not sure you’re in a position to say what facts are on the table or not. Your previous referencing of ‘facts’ doesn’t work in your favour.

    Logically, Sony are then only official source of information on this issue. Information provided by any other source cannot be regarded as official or, subsequently, accurate. That’s just logic and common sense. There’s a lot of talk, a lot of speculation and a lot of ideas and suggestions. But on the whole, you cannot regard that information as factual because most of the people talking about it simply don’t know (in spite of how authoritative they try to sound).

    Sony have yet to make a clear statement regarding the status of personal details on PSN.

    So these ‘facts on the table’ you are basing your typically flimsy argument on have not come from an official source, have they? And given you rather poor track record of understanding much simpler issues (such as the concept of ‘choice’) you’ll understand if I don’t take your argument and ‘facts on the table’ to heart. Get better facts.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    #21 becuase the information that we have like this “While we’re told it’s true that hackers gained access to PSN retail content through this hack, it is not at all confirmed that this was the reason Sony took PSN offline last Wednesday.

    Sony’s developer and retail networks are independent – theoretically meaning the developer network could be closed down, leaving the retail network in action – and patching out the firmware in question is supposedly trivial”.
    Which didnt happened sony shutdown all the PSN which maybe means that are on the same system, well thats why i do guess from that.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. ManuOtaku

    #22 see my 23 comment

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Frank17

    @5.. it wasnt 2 weeks u jackass first of all.

    psn has always been a poor service cuz its free. with xbox u pay but u get alot more content and better quality. microsoft alwaywas will have a better internet and better excperince

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Benjo1981

    @23

    You’re reasoning is totally beyond anything which could be refered to as ‘logical’. You’re basing your conclusions upon speculation and filling in the gaps with superstition.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    I remember the 2007 outage. I also remember playing here and there throught the duration. Why because it wasn’t down. It was overloaded. There is a difference. Its like waiting in qs to play WoW, sure you can’t play, but some people are.

    The service wasn’t blacked out. MS didn’t take it down. people just had trouble connecting due to trafic. People didn’t throw away their xboxs, people won’t throw away their ps3s now. But if Sony doesn’t 180 and start stepping up to the plate to take a swing people might.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    @25 You are aware that ps3 users have free access to the internet right. Now I know Live is good, but it don’t beat the internet in terms of content… Unless Gold members get free porn now?

    OG +1

    #28 4 years ago
  29. ManuOtaku

    #26 May i ask why is that?

    #29 4 years ago

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

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  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]