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Stringer: Sony hacked because it “tried to protect” content

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony CEO Sir Howard has said Sony was hacked because it “tried to protect” its content from those who “want everything to be free”.

“We believe that we first became the subject of attack because we tried to protect our IP, our content, in this case videogames,” Stringer said, speaking to shareholders this morning.

“These are our corporate assets, and there are those that don’t want us to protect them, they want everything to be free”.

Stringer was called on to resign over the PlayStation Network hacking incident, but chose to deflect the request.

A external intrusion in mid-April brought the PlayStation Network down for over a month while Sony shored up security, with 77 million user records, including credit card details and passwords, compromised in the process.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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35 Comments

  1. mojo

    /shakes head

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Innit.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    He’s right for the most part. Hackers don’t like people who protect themselves, they just see it as yet another wall to climb, whether it be GeoHot or LulzSec, it doesn’t matter, they all have the same mindset. What Sony did here in response to the hacks is exactly what any other professional company would have done in the same situation, except Nintendo, next to nobody went bellyaching when they got hacked in a near identical situation. I’m not defending Sony, I’m just saying don’t alienate one in when they’re all as guilty as each other.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mojo

    psn got hacked coz they wanted to steal user data. exactly what they did.
    Ps3 got initialy hacked to get back what has been paid for.

    shithead!

    3: lol

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    @4, Intentions are irrelevant, hackers just want to hack, intentions are their excuses.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mojo

    my statement was aimed at stringer, not at you.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    To be fair, Sony didn’t force anybody to remove the Other OS. The only reason they did remove it was to prevent piracy using GeoHotz hack method, his intentions were to gain more juice out of the machine to run more power consuming programs but in turn, completely opened up the PS3′s OS for pirates.
    Sony couldn’t plug the holes so they just completely removed it. It’s not up to me to decide whether Sony was in their rights to do so, but from a non-objective PoV it’s completely understandable, but from a consumers PoV, it was a dick move but it didn’t effect me so I should not care either way.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. endgame

    now that’s just asking for it.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    Well stringer, time to take it easy man, to avoid more high blood pressure, the best thing is, resign, and hang out in the XXX-Club, and flashing with ya dollar-bill to the stripper, you cheap-ass bastard…, you always comes with excuses….

    #9 4 years ago
  10. ShakaCarnage

    Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures, and were an easy target. Notice that most of the hacks were databases, or DOS attacks? Not proper full-on malicuous altering of code.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @10, I’m sorry, but how the fuck would you know whether or not their security was outdated? Even still, that’s not why they were targeted, that’s a ridiculously stupid assumption.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ShakaCarnage

    @11 Anonymous stated that Sony’s Apache server where all the accounts were held was outdated, as were its database servers. And I dissagree, all victimes of recent hacks were targeted because they were easy targets – it’s as simple as that. High value targets, such as Banks, and any target where money can be made, simply has a higher level of security.

    Publisher websites are small fry for real hackers – that’s my belief.

    And remember, PSN wasn’t hacked – but the accounts of its users. Sony chose to take PSN offline. The accounts of PSNs users were held unencrypted on an outdated server.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. MadFingerz

    His words are understandable considering he’s talking with shareholders. “We got hacked cause hackers wanted to hack us” is simply something they wouldn’t understand/accept.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ShakaCarnage

    @13 totally agree.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. xxJPRACERxx

    Why they ask him to resign for this, that was not is fault. He’s not head of security.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. mojo

    “We got hacked cause hackers wanted to hack us”
    that would be as wrong as what he actualy said.
    They got hacked for the sole and simple purpose of stealing information.

    it would be the same question if a grocery store asks, why got we robbed.
    To steal ur stuff!
    thats why.

    apart from that i agree with ShakaCarnage.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. MadFingerz

    @mojo: How is it wrong? Stealing information would be a reason of why they “wanted to hack”…I only generalised so I didn’t sound like an ass who pretends to know exactly what their intentions were. It could be that, it could be due to hate for the company, it could be for the lulz, none of us knows and I for one don’t give a crap.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    These hackers are so objective & only see what ever they want to see. Nintendo’s been a more vocal opposition of hacking for much longer than Sony. This is all a part of GeoHotz personal anti-Sony campaign, he even went onto tv for fucks sake!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. ShakaCarnage

    @18 No need to swear, you fucking moron.

    It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz. He may hate them, but it wasn’t he that hacked the PSN server. Sony were the first in a long line of targets set out by Anonymous and LulZSec – it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.

    If you’re going to comment on the news, at least read it.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    This reminds me of G-Dubya telling everybody that they were attacked because terrorists hate freedom. Huge lulz.

    @ChrisJack It took them 48 hours to react after detecting the attack, by Sony’s own account. I think it’s safe to say that they aren’t on top of their game. They basically let the hackers have their way with their network.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Christopher Jack

    @19, I’m not directly blaming him, but whether you want to admit it or not is unimportant, he was a major factor in this from the beginning & this was all a negative chain of events that he is partially responsible for. He could have dropped it at any time but his pride & arrogance got in the way. Even after he dropped out of his suit against Sony he continued with his Anti-Sony propaganda. His personal goal was to get as many people as possible to hate Sony & boy did he succeed.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    I guess we’re all crying for Sony again. Maybe they just shouldn’t have sued a simple homebrewer, like Apple did(n’t)? Last thing I heard, they weren’t subject of dicussions like these, in spite of having faced this supposedly infinite wrath of the guy from the basement, with the funny hair.

    If we’re talking about holding people responsible for the attacks who have nothing to do with it, then it’s just as valid to say that Sony simply shouldn’t have sued the guy.

    SONY CAUSED IT.

    /assbackwards logic

    #22 4 years ago
  23. ShakaCarnage

    @21 I can tell you believe everything you read in a press release or statement.

    Opinion is a wonderful thing, especially when someone else’s opinion is wrong. We’re all allowed to have our own, though.

    I’m now going to find better things to do with my lunch.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, Of course not, especially with Apple, they use existing terms & morph the meaning into something entirely new, incredibly deceitful.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Deacon

    @23 – perhaps you should attempt to learn some manners during the remainder of your lunch. Arrogant much?

    ‘It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz’
    ‘Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures’

    You must know the people personally responsible for the attack to have such grand insight into these events! Please share your inside scoop with us!?

    In your own delightfully chosen words – you fucking moron.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ShakaCarnage

    @25, Thanks, I’ll happily share my source. It’s VG247, you fucking moron.

    Those who like debate, usually engage in said debate with some idea of the facts. I’ve read VG247 throughout the whole ordeal – perhaps you should’ve done the same?

    And with regards to manners, if you’ll care to read back, ChrisJack said “I’m sorry, but how the fuck would you know whether or not their security was outdated?”

    I believe he started swearing first, so there. That said, like IM services, text based communications don’t carry tone in any conversation as kindly as real world conversations might do. For this reason, you may have missed my intended sarcasm.

    For that, I’ll apologise, because you’ve missunderstood my tone.

    Calling me arrogant, however, is a bit of a piss take. I’m just well informed by some fantastic journalists on this and other websites.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Deacon

    I don’t come here to argue. And like you I spend far more time on this site than I should.

    ‘It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz’
    ‘Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures’

    ^ Really though?

    [EDIT] I followed the story all the way along. Couldn’t get enough!
    I highly doubt any website worth their salt would throw around stupid statements like ‘it had absolutely nothing to do with Hotz’.
    That my friend is your opinion, and I don’t think you should be passing it off as gospel.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. minxamo

    No it was hacked because they saved their user’s personal information in plain text format…

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Deacon

    :sigh:

    #29 4 years ago
  30. mortiferus

    Stringer is in denial… Sony was hacked because of their poor security management and practices, plain and simple. It’s embarrassing that after all it’s been through, after being publicly tarred and feathered, after having to answer to governments all over the world for their fuck up, that the best Sony’s upper management can do is continue to come up with lame excuses and outrageous claims.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. ShakaCarnage

    @27 OK, so let me make this clear. Lots of websites posted information about the hacks. In Sonys case, Anonymous posted the apache logs of the servers where the PSN user account information was gained.

    These logs had the apache server release number, and other server program release numbers – and were out of date. This isn’t my opinion, but that of Anonymous, the original source of the hack.

    As for me saying “it had nothing to do with Hotz” – you followed incorrectly. It was a response to this, again from ChrisJack:

    “This is all a part of GeoHotz personal anti-Sony campaign, he even went onto tv for fucks sake!”

    And here’s my full resposne, just because you selectively quoted me:

    “It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz. He may hate them, but it wasn’t he that hacked the PSN servers. Sony were the first in a long line of targets set out by Anonymous and LulZSec – it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.”

    Let me repeat the last line:

    “it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.”

    So, I said It’s nothing to do with Hotz? No, I said it’s nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign by Hotz. Is he a contributing factor to why Sony got hacked? Yes, of course he is, as outlined above, as a concequence of Sony taking him to court – a direct response by Anonymous.

    Is Hotz the reason Sony were able to be hacked? No. The reason for that, as stated, by Anonymous (The source of the hack) was insecure servers running old versions of apache with serious security flaws.

    [EDITED - I forgot to put at @27]

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Deacon

    I firmly believe that without the whole firmware hack and subsequent court case, the hackers wouldn’t have made Sony their number 1 target.

    Sure, it was probably inevitable, what with the butthurt hackers STILL complaining over the removal of OtherOS, and Sony’s somewhat stupid comments in the past about the PS3 being hack-proof. Hotz was without a doubt a catalyst.

    Yes, there were numerous websites posting stolen data showing Apache this and server that. Whether or not their security infrastructure was wildly outdated plays NO PART in the WHY they were hacked. Sure, it let them in. But when discussing the WHY they were hacked, well that’s something completely different.
    I have read nothing to support the idea that they were attacked BECAUSE of their shoddy network security. That all seems pretty backwards and it stinks of something a Sony-hating fanboy would come out with.

    Hotz actively encouraged any and all to move against Sony. Of course he wasn’t masterminding the hack, but did he have a lot to do with the WHY? Awww yeah.

    THUUUUNNNDDDEEERRRRR UPPP INNNN HEEERRREEEEE!!! o_O

    #32 4 years ago
  33. IL DUCE

    Yea-no…they got hacked because they tried to tell people what they can and can’t do with their personal property and tried make an example of a fellow hacker, so in turn the hackers attacked Sony…really its simple as that, don’t pick a fight with hackers if you don’t have the security to back it up…so basically, Sony got hacked because they are stupid…

    I’m not even bothering to read the rest of the comments cuz I know the Sony fan boys are like ‘yeah he’s right, the guy who said a week to tell us psn was breached and our personal data was stolen was a fast enough response time and couldn’t even tell us with certainty what data had been compromised, the guy who most likely had a hand in laying off a bunch of security exports weeks before the breach, yeah ill listen to him’…if they would open their eyes they would see Sony is a joke…(esp now after Tretton reminded me of the BP South Park clip saying ‘We’re sorry’ while he was apologizing @ E3, at least to me lol) now Sony is getting defensive and placing blame everywhere but themselves and trying to come up with more BS reasons trying to explain away the irresponsibility of a company that is directly linked to why this happened…

    #33 4 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    “Yea-no…they got hacked because they tried to tell people what they can and can’t do with their personal property and tried make an example of a fellow hacker, so in turn the hackers attacked Sony…really its simple as that, don’t pick a fight with hackers if you don’t have the security to back it up…so basically, Sony got hacked because they are stupid…”

    IL DUCE +1

    And if I recall, Someone from Sony even claimed that their system was unhackable. Thats kinda like slathering yourself in blood and jumping with the sharks if ya ask me.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. DSB

    I don’t think it’s right to say that Sony got hacked because they were stupid. They obviously didn’t have a plan for how to deal with homebrewers, and as a result they chose the most draconic solution, to what really shouldn’t be a major problem for a megaton corporation.

    But that’s still monday morning quarterbacking. Could they have handled it better, and suffered less? Obviously. Was their security lacking? Obviously.

    But they didn’t exactly go out of their way to provoke an attack, and neither did Geohotz. They just acted in the way that you’d expect from most faceless corporations, with an overkill response, and in this case, it backfired in a very serious way.

    #35 4 years ago

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    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]