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Geohot denies responsibility in PSN hacking

Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen

George ‘Geohot’ Hotz has denied responsibility in the downtime PlayStation Network has received following an external intrusion by hackers last week.

Hotz admitted he had sympathy for those who had their personal data stolen by hackers, adding that whoever brought the network down made the hacking community “look bad.”

“I feel for everyone who’s data has been stolen. I’m not going to make cracks at Sony for flipping a shit when /their/ data is compromised, and not even having the decency to apologize when it’s your data that’s misappropriated,” he said on his blog.

“And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I’m not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony.”

Hotz insists if blame should be placed at Sony, it should be placed at the executives, not the engineering team.

“Also, let’s not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit. The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.”

He also admits to plans of an alternative to PSN, but “recent events” – those being his lawsuit against Sony – led the idea to being canned.

“One of the things I was contemplating back in early January was a PSN alternative, a place for jailbroken consoles to download homebrew and game without messing up anyone else’s experience. Unfortunately events led me off of that path, but gamers, if I had succeeded you would have a place to game online with your PS3 right now.

“I’m one of the good guys. I used to play games online on PC, I hated cheaters then and I hate them now.”

Hotz was the one who exposed the PS3′s root key in January which led busted open the machine to piracy. Sony issued a lawsuit towards Hotz and other hackers, but settled earlier this month, details of which are confidential.

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25 Comments

  1. tdrules

    Sad thing is Sony did a great job of demonising this guy as the cause of all Sony’s customer’s problems, but the points he makes are incredibly true.

    *never advocated piracy, encouraged homebrew
    *never advocated the hacking into of Sony’s servers to access user’s data
    *as usual, the executives are plain stupid, declaring their war on piracy has solved nothing, just like when companies such as Ubisoft integrate intrusive DRM that is then cracked and consistently punishes paying customers.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    ““One of the things I was contemplating back in early January was a PSN alternative, a place for jailbroken consoles to download homebrew and game without messing up anyone else’s experience. Unfortunately events led me off of that path, but gamers, if I had succeeded you would have a place to game online with your PS3 right now.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UJ9Ggs3Dkk&feature=player_detailpage#t=31s

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    An Art of War lesson : Wag the dog

    #3 4 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    “Also, let’s not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit. The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.”

    Call me crazy but seeing this whole thing, and with the info that has been released so far about the low security levels on PSN, i think he is right on the money.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    The twat denies people used work illegally published by himself (the PS3 rootkey) to build a CFW able to hack into PSN and essentially wank at all the user datas.

    Sounds fine.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    This kid is fall of himself, his real reason of hacking the PS3 was because he felt Sony were egging him on – real mature.

    Then he knowingly acts without consulting Sony or any lawyers about publishing an exploit that will allow any ‘black hat’ hacker infinite access to the PS3, among other integrated services, which unfortunately for us includes the PSN. I blame him entirely for all of this, even the removal of Other OS was his fault.

    There’s a reason why the PS3 is (well was) closed off & that’s entirely because of ‘black hat’ hackers, so you don’t simply tear down that wall allowing the sole reason it was built loose.- That’s like building a zombie wall then having a guy tear it down because him & bunch of guys wanted something insignificant from outside the wall while letting all the zombies inside of what was once a safe city.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    To all of the guys that blame Geo for this Hack, i tell you i dont blame Mr Fermi for the Nuclear blast of hiroshima and nagasaki, that will be for the person that approved that bombings, that was good or right is not for me to decide, because that was a very critical moment in human history and is not easy to take position in it, but i dont blame Mr fermi at all, he is the leastest one that should be blame about it, even if himself could not forgive himself about it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. SlayerGT

    Has anyone confirmed their info taken?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Christopher Jack

    @7, But Enrico Fermi didn’t whore out his knowledge for any scum other than the US government to exploit. GeoHot showed the entire world how to build their own Atomic Bomb- Metaphorically speaking, obviously.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. mathare92

    This is the analogy I’d use:

    Hotz examined the blueprint of this supposedly “impenetrable” bank. He gathered data, made calculations and experimented with different ideas, until he had found the perfect, ingenious master-plan to get through it’s security and consequently straight into the vault.

    Obviously though, he isn’t “a criminal” and hence wouldn’t dare try using this masterplan to steal whatever is in the bank. Yet, his ego wouldn’t allow him to stay quiet about it either. So he tells the world that he has found the breakthrough and publishes his “master plan” (bear with me) for all to see.

    The people who run the bank (Sony) are outraged. Yet, instead of tightening up their flawed security and filling the gaping holes, they occupy themselves with going after Hotz. He must be punished, they say, forgetting about those who might actually put Hotz’s plan into practice. The rest is history.

    /analogy

    #10 4 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    I was just about to say the same chris. Its a difference in the 2 peoples choices, when 1 built it for a specific governments use. Another built it to prove he could do it. Then gave it away freely amoungst a community he knows is not fully trustworthy. He’s trying to avoid taking the blame on this but it very much is his fault. If he really wanted a small community of cfw hackers to do what they wanted outside of psn. All he had to do was create it distribute an existing firmware that enables his servers with little about psns security.

    It would be a remote community by invite only and would have been under sonys radar. But, that’s not what he really wanted. He wanted recognition and now he wants to justify the bomb he gave to a terrorist to set off in the mist of psns community. Guess what in a court room he would be found guilty as an accomplise. He was not forced he was completely willing. The same way it works with a bank robbery. Doesn’t matter if you weren’t the one with the plan you still tagged along for the ride

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    #9 i agree, but in the end is everyone decision to use that information, and hey are responsable for the purpose of what they do with it, and IMHO the atomic bomb building process did spread to other people/nations , and i dont blame the someone who did leak the information neither, whomever it was, i know this example is not accurate because what Fermi did was a discovery of a tech without using others invention or property, that is very different from what GEO did, but i did put this example because i want to state the hackers who did this are the ones responsable not GEO even though he did gave the key he didnt gave the purpose, thats everyones decision IMO.

    And another thing sony knowing that this Key was in everyones hands, they should also tight up the security a little bit or act accordingly to do the rebuild of the PSN prior the hacker attack.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. lexph3re

    @10 remember they did try and patch the hole. That’s what the firmware updates were for. But, hotz and them kept bypassing them from the cfw so what they had to do was go straight for the data that they stole and compromised. And, knowing good ole hotz I doubt a please hand over your work would’ve sufficed. No person in their right mind will ever willingly give up their baby so why would hotz give up the thing that’s gonna make him famous?

    Sony did both not just 1. I don’t see where people get this idea that sony just half assed everything. The only half assing so far was the email I received today*sigh* that was a bit of a let down to get that while I’ve been following this since os removal.smh

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    #11 “Then gave it away freely amoungst a community he knows is not fully trustworthy”.
    In my eyes any government in the world is not trustworthy either, each one has its particulars goals, and they are rule by a bunch of people, which is the same as what GEO did, give it to a bunch of people that will use it as its own discretion and will.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Alakratt

    This was taken from another blog but it has to be mentioned:

    “I mean, really, what’s the goal here? Is Anonymous trying to show game companies that they don’t have the right to protect their consumers and developers from hackers? When is it going to stop? Why not go after the governments that made it illegal to sell R4 cards in stores? Why not go after Infinity Ward for releasing patches to stop people from using modded controllers? Why not go after Bungie for banning people who used the Halo 2 hack? Are they going to go after Microsoft for console banning all those who modded their Xbox 360s? Are issues such as these going to be ones that Anonymous plans to continue fighting?”

    sauce: http://vividgamer.com/2011/04/28/is-anonymous-fighting-for-gamers-or-just-hackers/2/

    #15 4 years ago
  16. urbz2011

    First were blaming anonymous now where blaming Geohotz whos next to blame the blind guy across the street? How bout you find the person who actually did it instead of blaming ppl who you think did it.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Neq

    Is he kidding me?

    Sony made a wall to protect PS3. Hacker tried for so long to take it down but didn’t even scratched it. And then Geohot brought to them enormous hammer (key) and they just destroyed that wall to pieces with it.

    Is it is not you fault hmmm? Give up with that stupid excuses and please shut up. You have done enough.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. NeoSquall

    @17 “Is it is not you fault hmmm? Give up with that stupid excuses and please die. You have done enough.”

    fix’d

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    @15
    Thats a good read, and i agree. Its pretty sad to see comments saying “Sony asked for it” simply because they tried to protect their product and customers. Have we really arrived at the point where even in entertainment, we can be bullied and terrorized to the point where we either let criminal activity happen, ‘or else’ ?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Gama_888

    not gunna bother reading, title says enough for me

    fuckoff geohot, if you hadnt published the key this would not have happened.

    you asshole

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Bluscope

    You know what? It’s getting to the point where I just want to beat him with my PS3 whilst laughing at his haircut.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. gamestx

    @20..

    I second you.. stop helping this Geocold with his publicity campaign. Getting tired of this. If you’re desperate to play homebrew games, go buy a modded 360, Wii or something. Leave us paying gamers who support original games and the industry alone.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. TheWulf

    @4

    Exactly.

    @6

    Good job. Do you also blame cancer, world inflation, the greenhouse effect, and rising petrol costs on him, too?

    You’re a patently ridiculous person, and at this point I don’t know whether you’re just filled with hate and misinformation, or whether you’re one of the most talented trolls I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting.

    Anyway, good job spreading FUD and bullshit, there. Sony has non-existent security, doesn’t bother to hire security experts, is hacked by a kid, and then everything is the fault of the curious kid. Right. What a fucked up world you live in, man.

    If Sony valued their security, none of this would’ve happened, but they thought that they could solve this with spamming lawyers like lemmings at the problems they were facing. That didn’t bloody work, did it? And now Sony apologists like you are crying about their mistakes, and trying to pin the blame on anyone. Anyone at all.

    How about blaming me, next? Would you like to do that? Maybe Gandhi had a hand in it too. Anything but it being Sony’s fault for their lack of interest in having good security for their systems, right?

    Some people make me sick. :|

    @16

    Again. Exactly. This is just how some sick little console jockeys get their jollies. They can’t face that their daddy corporation actually made a mistake and didn’t bother with security at all. No, it’s the fault of everyone but their daddy corporation, because daddy can do no wrong. They’ll point the finger of blame anywhere except where it truly belongs.

    @17

    More bullshit FUD. You apologists seem to like your bullshit FUD.

    It’s bullshit FUD because Sony didn’t bother with any form of security at all for their network – they thought that the PS3 was an impregnable fortress, so they were lazy. They were lazy and cheap. They didn’t bother to secure things at all. Essentially their network was an open whore to anyone who wanted to penetrate it, and there’s no one to blame for this but Sony.

    The only people who’re hurting Sony are Sony, and you apologists with your nonsensical reasoning and bullshit FUD won’t change that.

    @21

    So you fail to understand the situation and you want to respond to it by clubbing people with your beloved PS3? Oh, we are so evolved as a race, there aren’t any people still around who’re intellectually stunted to the point of essentially being cavemen. No Sir. None.

    Great show. You just put a dent in my faith in humanity.

    @22

    If you knew what was going on, you’d place your blame somewhere other than GeoHot. Yet people keep hating and hating without actually having the first damn clue. Typical.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, You misunderstand me.
    My point is entirely based on the exploit, IF this PSN hack was done through GeoHot’z exploit, I do think he’s just as responsible as Sony for this situation – without him publishing it, no one would be complaining & we’d all be happy playing online without our private info being compromised.

    I know that it’s a ‘Point A to Point B’ example but surely he must have known what he was doing before publishing an exploit that circumvents a working security system that costs millions of dollars to develop to prevent hacking in the first place.

    In a digital age, hackers are worst than pirates. I know that hackers aren’t bad, but one or 2 bad exceptions can cost a company, or even worst us consumers possibly millions of dollars.

    Either he’s ignorant of his consequences or just doesn’t care, either way we suffer & he’s off the hook with barely a slap on his hand, now PSN is in the same situation as XBL was a few years back – in control by the hackers.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Robert

    @23 Lovely to meet you too Mr Hostility, it’s called over exaggeration do you honestly delude yourself by thinking that I actually seek out and beat people with electronics?

    I was attempting to make light of the situation, I didn’t factor in the opinions of an overdramatic inane twit. You’re not in a soap opera sir, so get off of your highchair and grow up, then you may attempt to insult me.

    #25 4 years ago

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    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]