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Sony to testify before US subcommittee on Commerce next week

Friday, 27 May 2011 21:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony will be sending Tim Schaff, the president of International Sony Network Entertainment division, to Washington DC next week to appear before a House subcommittee hearing regarding the firm’s recent Network breach.

According to a report in The Atlantic, Schaff will appear at the Tuesday hearing, after declining the first one held by the US House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

The Committee previously asked Sony to testify regarding the firm’s network security breach, along with other recent hacks made to firms such as Epsilon, but it declined and responded to the Committee’s questions in writing.

Today, subcommittee aide Ken Johnson confirmed the news that Sony would indeed sit in on the next meeting.

“While Chairman Bono Mack remains critical of Sony’s initial handling of the data breaches, she also is appreciative that the company has now agreed to testify,” said Johnson. “The Chairman firmly believes that the lessons learned from both the Sony and Epsilon experiences can be instructive and guide us as we develop comprehensive data protection legislation.

“We expect to introduce that legislation, which will provide new safeguards for American consumers, in the next few weeks.”

Thanks, GiantBomb.

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18 Comments

  1. DSB

    The PSN-bill.

    That can’t be great in terms of branding.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. frostquake

    The Sony Consumer Protection Act, Bill or SCPA Bill…Just a waste of taxpayer dollars, but who cares we print money non-stop, and throw it at crap like this. It will accomplish nothing!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Razor

    I wonder how Sony decided who to send.

    Spin-the-bottle or drawing straws :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. jnms

    @2 Unless it is used as an excuse to limit joe average’s Internet access…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    77 MILLION accounts, though. It’s impossible to tell how many credit cards that ammounts to, but it’s going to be a pretty serious ammount.

    That guy has to feel a bit like Tony Hayward going in to explain how they managed to fill half an ocean with crude oil from a little hole they made in the ground.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Sony doesn’t have to talk about the ones outside of the US so your number is completely bloated. Either way SOny will go unscathed because there have been no reports of Americans having fraud charges on their account.

    And this does not equal to the gulf spill not even close. THis doesn’t put people out of work or effect the ecosystem over generations. GG for hyperbole.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 Tony Hayward wasn’t brought to the senate to account for any of the consequences of the spill, but more so to account for negligence on account of his company or its subcontractors, which is exactly the same in this case. It’s not a legal proceding where any claims can be made, merely a hearing to try and enlighten a few politicians on a major incident. Nothing hyperbolic about it, it’s pretty simple. This should never happen, whether it’s 7 million (Which is obviously an infinitely small number, heh!) or 7 billion.

    I haven’t heard anything about the resulting fraud either, but then again I didn’t when the same thing happened to Gawker, and I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t because my brother had his credit card abused by someone enjoying urdu qurans and Fifa games as a result of the incident.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    Several Aussie banks were hacked into not that long ago, no one is safe from these hackers :(
    http://www.t3.com.au/2011/05/27/major-banks-forced-to-cancel-credit-cards/

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    Steam appears to be safe from these hackers.

    It all depends on how tight your security is and how up to date your security guys are. The lighter your security, the more of a target you make yourself for an attack.

    Like I said before, it’s human nature, and it all comes down to predation. No one is going to go for the impossible targets unless they have something to prove, that rarely happens, and success is almost non-existent, so instead people go for the easier kills.

    When hunting and thinning the herd, you go for the young or elderly, or preferably, if available, the wounded. Having lacklustre security and a lackadaisical attitude towards the likelihood of attacks is going to make you seem like nice prey.

    It’s like presenting a big, healthy but blind and deaf mule deer to a hungry mountain lion. The results are going to be fairly obvious. The reason those banks were attacked was the same reason that Sony was attacked – it was discovered that their security was horrible.

    Now I’ll freely admit that Anonymous and other hacking groups might have leaked that Sony’s security was lacklustre and they had a care less attitude in regards to hacks, but these were Sony’s problems, if those problems hadn’t been present then the attacks wouldn’t have happened, because no one could’ve pointed to them and said that they’re easy prey.

    It’s fallacious to point to vulnerable parties and say that no one is ‘safe’ from hackers. Safety simply means having enough security to deter the casual black hat who’s in it for whatever he or she can steal and sell off. The vulnerable parties weren’t safe from hackers because they made it clear to someone that their security was horrible and did nothing to rectify the problem.

    If, as you say, no one is ‘safe’ from these hackers, then surely Steam would’ve been hacked countless times over by now, right? Your logic directly implies this. Steam cannot be safe from these hackers according to what you’ve said. And yet… in all the years they’ve been running, they haven’t been hacked once.

    And this is because they’re up on their security and take attacks seriously. This is enough to deter casual attackers, who’re often the only ones stupid enough to take on a giant corporation anyway (thus annoying the governments of whichever countries that corporation does business in, too). So it’s hardly smart, is it?

    In other words, if you get attacked then you’re likely being attacked by someone who’s perhaps not too bright. And that’s only happening because you made yourself look like the easiest target possible. “Hey, anyone could hack us, come have a go!”

    Again: Predation is human nature, and we go for the weakest of the herd. This starts off with bullying in school and applies to everything from daily life to corporate strategies. You can see this everywhere, a present and prevalent part of the human psyche. If you’re a nice guy running a small business who sees the good in everyone, then you’re ripe for a takeover.

    It’s cynical, yes, but it’s also completely honest.

    I’m not saying this just to be nasty but because sometimes we just have to face up to the fact that there are companies that just don’t take these things seriously, they believe they’re invulnerable when the truth is that they’re the exact opposite, and they don’t know how to deal with things when they get attacked after inviting people to do so.

    The way around this is to never believe you’re invulnerable, and to acknowledge that an attack could come from any angle, and then to hire proper security teams to tighten up your security from those and any other angle you could conceive.

    Sony themselves admitted that they didn’t see the attack coming because the attack vector was the PSN itself. They didn’t expect anyone to attack it so they simply didn’t bother with any form of security at all. They said it themselves and if you look at articles related to this one, you’ll probably find what I’m talking about.

    In fact, let me see if I can…

    Stringer did say Sony just plain weren’t expecting hacker activity.

    You NEED to expect hacker activity. You have to be paranoid about this. When you’re dealing with the details of your users, you OWE it to them to be incredibly paranoid. I mean, sure, the PSN is a free service, but once in a hacker can then get from there to other parts of their network. Or figure out how to. See: SOE attacks and SonyNet (or whatever it’s called) attacks.

    How can it not be their fault if they simply shrugged and believed in all honesty that security was unnecessary for any part of their network?

    And you’ll find that any company or organisation that gets intruded shares this attitude. There’ll be one part of their network where they thought that security wasn’t necessary. And BAM – wounded mule deer! The scent spreads, word gets out, and someone takes a stab at easy prey. I can’t blame anyone for doing so, really, because as I said it’s human nature.

    It’s the job of these companies and organisations to protect their own data. If they can’t do that then they should just pack in any online services and never try at that again. If they need advice then they can just consult with people who have a long track record of doing it right.

    But to say it again: How can you realise that Sony thought that security wasn’t necessary and not blame them? How can you, knowing that, not realise that those banks likely thought the same thing?

    If you’re not safe from hackers it’s only because you don’t actually care to be safe from hackers. It’s an expense you don’t want to have to be responsible for, so you engage in wishful thinking and you live in a bubble. Then something like this happens and you run around in a panic, screaming and pointing fingers at everyone but yourself.

    It’s the same with your own computer. If you don’t bother at all to protect it from casual hackers, then you’re going to get hacked, you’re going to have your credit card details stolen, and it’s going to be no one’s fault but your own.

    I mean, phishing attempts don’t exactly scream professionalism or effort, s an example, and no one I know has ever been fooled by one. But there are people who think that there’s no harm in clicking a link or filling out a form without checking with someone who knows better first, again, this is all playing up to human psychology, making prey of the weak minded.

    This is excusable in the case of those who don’t know much about computers, I know, and I wouldn’t expect everyone to be completely clued in. If you’ve had your passwords or details stolen a few times, I won’t blame you. But when you’re dealing with a giant corporate entity then you bloody well expect them not to do the equivalent of someone’s gran sending all their details via a form provided by a phishing email.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    The wrong thing that Sony did was try to cover-up the mess, but some-how it was publishes, than Sony try to denied the whole thing, and 1,5 later they have to admit that the hackers took gamers information(e-mail) there regular address, and in total of 12.500 CC holders and 10.500 DC holders(US only), than you got Europe, and Asia, and i don’t know about Australia??? and the rest of the world… are breached….

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Bluebird

    @TheWulf: As much as I would like to read you tirades in full I thing of read it all before, I’m just going to reiterate: No one is safe. Just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @10

    One of the wrong things.

    1. They didn’t think security was necessary for a part of their network.
    2. They threatened people with litigation where they could’ve worked with them to tighten up their security and make the Playstation3 a better experience for everyone.
    3. They withheld information about this, just as you said.

    Now look at Microsoft by comparison:

    1. Microsoft have experienced a number of vulnerabilities and by this point they know to take security seriously. It’s no joke.
    2. Microsoft has a reputation for working with people who find holes in their security, and even offering ‘code bounties’ for people who find exploits and provide ways of fixing them.
    3. Microsoft have always tried to get day-one workarounds out for known exploits.

    You can say some fairly nasty things about Microsoft, but this is one thing that they’ve learned to do right.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @11

    You might as well have responded with ‘herp a derp derp’ for all the good your post did.

    You see, I’ve already invalidated your comment because I didn’t even say what you’re implying I did (straw-man, much?). In future – either read or don’t reply to things you haven’t read, it saves me the effort and you the embarrassment. What I said is that sufficient security provides safety from casual fraudsters – the sort of people who make these attacks.

    You need to understand the difference between sufficient security and no security. Sony has already admitted to having the latter.

    I will, once again, point out that Steam has yet to be breached. This is because Valve don’t wander around with a target on their arse.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Bluebird

    It’s ok. You didn’t embarrass me, after all I pointed out that I didn’t read your post because it was so long. Now that you have summed it up in one paragraph I’m happy to acknowledge your point regarding small-time hackers and security. :)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Rhetoric loving Sony hater loves own rhetoric.

    That’s surely the only conclusion for paragraphs of waffle. Let’s see if we can edit down some of TheWulfs blubber eh?

    “Sony did not have sufficent internet security, making them vulnerable to attack. This was a mistake for which they should aplogise & rectify….. Oh they have…. fuck it i HATE them so much i’m going beat my little drum till i’m blue in the face!!”

    Ad nauseum

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    tl;dr :P

    We can all agree that there’s nothing like an ultimate network. Most of them are in continual development, and most of them inevitably suffer breakdowns and errors that provoke the proprietor to improve their systems.

    I’m not a server wiz myself, but I do know people who’ve worked with very big server systems, and based on what’s been released they’re simply amazed that PSN was so easy to bust open, which would seem to be corroborated by Sony’s embarrassment, their statements regarding the lack of preemption, and the fact that they lost all their accounts in one fell swoop, which seems extremely weird to me.

    If you have 77 million accounts, you should really consider compartmentalizing your data, so you don’t lose 77 million accounts in the case of a breach.

    It is a fair point that there are several other similar sized businesses who’ve never had a breach of that magnitude, and that’s definitely not because nobody’s tried to breach those, but simply because they built a better prepared network.

    There’s no perfect network, but there is such a thing as a negligently protected one.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    @TheWulf, You appear to be a very intelligent person so I ask you, why do you continue to assume many of your points are correct without sufficient proof?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OrbitMonkey

    @17 Appearances can be deceptive ;)

    All he’s points are simply opinions and opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one :D

    #18 4 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]