BULLETCAST, June 15 – What you need to know now

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 09:27 GMT

The news this morning in video and text form. I didn’t sort the music out. I’ll do it today?



  • LulzSec managed to take EVE Online, Minecraft, League of Legends and The Escapist offline last night with a string of DDOS attacks.
  • SCEA head Jack Tretton’s said the recent PSN hack was “wake-up call,” but 90% of users returned.
  • Brenna’s taken a look at 2011’s hacking and DDOS attacks against games companies here. Spoiler: there’s a lot of it.
  • Steam’s introducing free-to-play games.
  • Want another rumour of Xbox 7,200RPM being shown at E3 next year? OK.
  • EA Games boss Frank Gibeau has dropped some tough talk on the upcoming scrap between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3.
  • EA’s stepped up activity against Steam with Origin, pulling Crysis 2 from the Valve service.
  • “The future is here,” according to EA boss John Riccitiello, who’s said new hardware isn’t necessary to foster innovation within the games industry.
  • It’s being claimed that Sony waited a day after it knew the extent of the damage caused by April’s PSN outage before warning consumers. It’s also being claimed that Sony provided incorrect information to the US Congress about the matter, so this has the potential to get very messy.
  • Grasshopper Manufacture’s making an Evangelion rhythm game.
  • Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe’s admitted Twisted Metal’s chances outside the US aren’t certain, and has said Sony hasn’t talked to him about doing a Vita version.
  • Cliff Bleszinski has said, yet again, that Gears of War will never come to PlayStation 3.
  • Tim Schafer’s Doublefine has reclaimed the publishing rights – and profits – of its classic adventure, Psychonauts.
  • Analyst Doug Creutz has said SWTOR is a “highly derivative” WoW clone and its likely to miss its 2011 release.

That’s it. You’re now a Wednesday news expert. Gold stars all round.

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