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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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    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]