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PSN reboot will require password change, credit card data was encrypted

Thursday, 28 April 2011 01:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The latest update on Sony’s attempts to shore up the PlayStation Network makes mention of a mandatory password change when service resumes.

“We are working on a new system software update that will require all users to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored. We will provide more details about the new update shortly,” SCE America’s Patrick Seybold wrote in a new Q&A on the US PS Blog.

Sony is now working in co-operation with law enforcement in addition to the security firm brought in during the early days of the breach.

“This malicious attack against our system and against our customers is a criminal act and we are proceeding aggressively to find those responsible,” Seybold wrote.

The executive played his cards close to the chest as to whether any perpetrators had been identified yet.

Sony has come under serious criticism after hacker logs apparently outed insufficient security measures protecting user details, but Seybold is adamant data was well defended.

“All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network,” he wrote.

“The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.”

However, Sony “cannot rule out the possibility” that credit card data was indeed taken.

As for future security plans, Seybold said Sony is “initiating several measures … including moving our network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location, which is already underway”. More details are promised soon.

There’s a few other bits and bobs through the link above, including details on how to check which card you had associated with your PSN account.

The PlayStation Network has been down for over a week, taken offline after an “external intrusion“. Sony admitted earlier this week that user details had been compromised.

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36 Comments

  1. daytripper

    imagine the reaction if when psn returns its actually miles better than what it was previously, better interface, background downloads, cross game chat and much better security plus a free game download for everyone.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Mike W

    Sounds like it’s going to be back up pretty soon. Thanks Brenna for the info, I think Patrick, John and that foolish girl Steph can learn a thing or two from you.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    “This malicious attack against our system and against our customers is a criminal act and we are proceeding aggressively to find those responsible…”

    I remember the last time they tried that approach…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Cygnar

    @1
    If Sony is feeling the heat from consumer distrust as a result of this incident, it will have to rely on more than words to win its consumers back. If any changes come, they will have to be positive if Sony wants to stop the bleeding.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. dtyk

    Well, since he “publically” said that our info was encrypted… I mean, it’s on his head if he’s caught lying. He’ll be fired so far up his ass that his children’s children can’t get hired

    I believe the guy

    #5 4 years ago
  6. gamestx

    I still don’t get it. Based on all the news and comments I’ve read on this site. Hackers are GOD and untouchable. They can do everything they want and yet their victim like Sony for the time being got blamed and bombarded. Why nobody take any law action or sue the hackers? Furthermore, what’s the big fuss about this, why keep making free publicity for those hackers. They’re sitting by the sidelines eating pizza, drinking beer and celebrating their victory in a small room somewhere in the basement or something.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. daytripper

    @4 exactly

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Cygnar

    @6
    People will blame whomever they want. And it is easier to blame a faceless, corporate entity than it is to blame an innocent script kiddie who probably didn’t know what he was doing, or if he did, he was probably a good guy sticking it to the man to stand up for consumer rights or something.

    But seriously, I have not seen very much sympathy expressed here or elsewhere for the persons responsible for the breach in this case. The blame falls on these people for the attack itself; upon Sony for not having been prepared.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. AJacks92

    @8 Well, an attack of such magnitude (yet still successful) was not expected by anyone, not even Nintendo or Microsoft would’ve been prepared. Kinda surprised how quickly Sony is quelling the attack and recovering at the same time. They better stick to their word though, cause their reputation is definitely riding on this one. They were doing so good with hardware sales and such too…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Cygnar

    @9
    Successful attacks are inevitable. This is why many of the laws about data security don’t require of companies that attacks never succeed, but instead require them to make reasonable efforts to maintain security. The worry many people are expressing is that when the intrusion occurred, the data was not encrypted, or not encrypted enough. But we don’t know anything about the contents or organization of the databases aside from rumors and conjecture. We do not know what the industry standards are for keeping this information, we do not know whether Sony has significantly deviated from what they were required to do, and we do not know if it was negligent as to its data-keeping policies. It may be that Sony’s policies were more or less secure than its competitors. But we have nothing to compare to Sony in this case. The most reliable word yet is probably the one in this news story, because unlike forum users, Seybold is responsible for the accuracy of his comments. A real investigation is necessary to determine whether Sony fell below the standard of proper conduct. Until then, I am not ready to blame the victim for the success of this attack.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. gamestx

    @10
    Well said. Hope Sony learnt something from this incident and continue working hard to win back the trust of their customers. Still, actions should be taken against the culprit (hacker).

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Keep dreaming, they aren’t going to improve their security software and hardware and then tack on a whole slew of features within a couple of weeks.

    @3

    Geohotz wasn’t a criminal case where this is who ever did this took or had access to personal info which is considered identity theft which is a federal offense. No fighting between two parties about if what they did was wrong. The hackers were wrong.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. rrw

    @12

    sony is rebuilding the PSN. improvement is possible. one rumor is X game chat

    http://www.gamersmint.com/cross-game-chat-and-more-might-be-implemented

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    “Taking into consideration

    Whenever the system gets back on the major update that is mentioned is for the security if anything SOny rebuilding the system will open the door for cross chat in a future patch. You can’t rebuild, test, debug within a couple of week unless Sony plans on having the PSN down for an entire month or months. If that is the idea then they have bigger issues like their consumer going else where and developers pulling out because a MOnth of downtime, hell even 2 weeks of down time is hurting them and their reputation.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dannybuoy

    Personally, I am not pissed off with Sony on this, I’m pissed off with the people who hacked in. Cancelling my visa card is a huge ball ache. Thanks twats

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Redh3lix

    @gamestx

    I suspect you can’t “sue hackers” if you don’t know who initiated the hack in the first place. These people would be WELL hidden from possible online identification/tracking. They’re not stupid.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DigitalEnemy

    @ 12 – im not too sure, i personally think its a hoax. As soon as i read about in game video chat, alarm bells rang. Sony cant even get the xmb to run smoothly within games, its slow and laggy so how the hell can they expect to get video chat running during gameplay?!?

    I can kinda see cross game chat coming soon though, they are building the server system again and probably are allowing more bandwith through new servers, but then its wether or not they have the memory bandwith from the OS to squeeze it in..

    I guess we should wait and see over the coming weeks, but please dont build your hopes up…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. gamestx

    @Redh3lix

    I thought that FBI got all the latest most sophisticated tech/investigation tools and yet they can’t track down a scripted hacker? Wow.. no wonder we should not trust banks with our money.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    oh come on which one is it?!

    Was the cc data taken or not!? O__O

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    I think the ultimate answer to that question is literally “they have no fucking idea”.

    So you should probably presume that it was and act accordingly.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    “All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network,” he wrote.

    “The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.”

    However, Sony “cannot rule out the possibility” that credit card data was indeed taken”

    I dont know but that sounds kind of contradictory to me, it was strongly encrypted, they have no evidence that the data was taken, but they cannot rule out the possibilitty, so the credit card data was indeed taken ****scratchs head****

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Well, I surmise they mean that there’s nothing in the access logs to show that the data was read from the table, but there’s a chance they could’ve taken it and cirumvented the logs somehow. They don’t know.

    If they did take it, it’s encrypted so wouldn’t be immediately useful.

    Make more sense?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    Why the fuck wasn’t the personal data encrypted? Jesus Christ.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, Mikey, Sony assumed that their floodgate would hold & that here wouldn’t be any need to put a second one in case of an emergency.

    GeoHot really screwed them & essentially us too but Sony should have known that egomaniac hackers would have tried their hardest against what they claimed was an unhackable wall but I guess Sony really believed their own hype.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    #22 put it that way , yes it make it more sense, maybe i didnt read it the way it should, but now i did understand it, thanks

    #25 4 years ago
  26. McLovin85

    I find it incredible that people are weighing up whether to blame Sony for this or not…
    It’s like a burglar coming into someone’s house and cracking someone’s safe and stealing all their valuables and then blaming the home owner for not having done enough.

    Sure there is always something more that can be done but when you feel you have protected yourself adequately there comes a point when you economically and realistically have to say “I’ve done enough to protect myself”.

    It’s like airport security. After 9/11 and these crazy shoe bombers, security has been upgraded and there are more steps to take before you can get on your plane. Sure it’s a hassle but you deal with it.

    I’m sure Sony (or any company) could increase it’s security but it would come at the expense of ‘ease of use’ and ‘how quickly it would take to access their network’. They could make you type in a 50 digit code to enter into the first stage of their network where they then require another 40 digit code along with your date of birth and your password that needs to be more than 20 characters. And to be on the safe side none of this information can be saved or stored so you’d need to type it in each time.
    Sure you’d feel safer but would you want to do that each time you switched on your console?

    I for one think Sony are blameless for this and with bank security the way it is I don’t think much can happen with the credit card details that have potentially been taken especially if you just cancel your cards.
    In a bizarre way I think some of the blame has to be on the consumers shoulders. If you use the same password for everything (I’m guilty of this too) then you only put yourself at risk when it gets found out. An individual password for each website etc. that you use would have meant that this breach of security wouldn’t have worried you one bit apart from having to cancel your credit card.
    I guess I should learn and take the necessary steps but then I have to remember all these passwords and isn’t that just a hassle?….

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I just find it interesting that here Sony publicly states:

    “we have no evidence that credit card data was taken.”

    I can’t find the exact quote, but didn’t they JUST state the other day that our information has in fact been compromised/stolen? Seems contradictory unless I’m missing something.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    @27
    I think it’s no evidence but can’t completely discount the possibility.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    From what I can figure, the user info was definitely stolen but they can’t say for sure whether or not the credit card info was also taken.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. spiderLAW

    ugg

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Frank17

    thats y i never ever put my credit card in a video game console. i got rid of my ps3 years ago.. THANK GOD cuz id b freaking out. but i jumped 2 xbox which has wayyyyyy better exclusives. cuz there xbox live service runs circles over PSN. use the pre paid so u dont have 2 worry about this breaches.

    BUY A XBOX better exclusives and u can get a blue ray player for under 100 bucks.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Cozzy

    @31 To be honest I prefer the PS3 exclusives overall but the Xbox does have some great ones. I own both consoles and I prefer my PS3 but that’s only my opinion. All PS3 needs is party chat and it’d be sorted!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. get2sammyb

    @23 – I guarantee your personal data is not encrypted on many of the websites you store information on. This is not common practice because it significantly harms performance.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Frank17

    #32 i agree party chat is amazing and should b on the ps3. ps3 has a decent network but with a subscription fee for ps3 i belive that it can improve cuz u have money coming in. i know u ps3 fan boy homos dont wanta pay 4 something thats been free for years, but i pay 60 a year for xbox live and i cant complain never had a issue. and its a great service that is always updated and easy 2 use. my only complaint about the ps3 is it seems in its dashboard that everything is all over the place. its got to many options. i would like 2 see a overhaul a new version. like 360s updates for dashboards. give it a fresh new look

    ps3 needs HELP and only if the dumbass sony execs can realize it. cuz 360 has been laughing at ps3 cuz they know there dashboard and multiplayer is the best in the business

    #34 4 years ago
  35. nurrel

    look at all the 360 fanboys gloating. yeah so your network works, but your shitbox is dead after 12 months lol.
    frank17 go to school before you start posting on messageboards.
    1 throwing money at it won’t make it more secure
    2 we already have blue ray with the ps3, so stick your eggbox.
    3 does xbox dashboard have built in internet explorer? nope!
    love 12 yrolds who think they know best hahaha.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. yungsway

    Sony should have been more prepared. Especially after being threatened by Anonymous. The blame lies on the Hackers for the malicious attacks, and Sony for not preparing for the worse. Because of this issue, We (the consumer) are on the butt end of a lose lose situation.

    #36 4 years ago

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    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]