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HACKERS movieWe've been covering a lot of hacking stories lately, whether it's the huge blowout at Sony, or the relatively small fish like Codemasters. You may be asking: "Why so much hacking lately?" News site The Week has spoken to some experts, and has four theories.

  1. Lack of encryption
  2. The rise of "hacktivist groups"
  3. The password problem (IE: People use the same passwords for multiple uses.)
  4. Actually, this has been happening for a long time... but because of very high-profile hacks like Sony's, we're just noticing now.

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Super Mario Bros Movie

There aren't many fans of 1993's epic-flop video game movie Super Mario Bros. Even the star of the film, Bob Hoskins, hates it. The below quotes are from a recent interview with The Guardian:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

If you haven't seen Super Mario Bros., add it to your Netflix list. It's undeniably terrible, but it's educational as to what can go wrong with a video game film.

Source: The Guardian

Sega Looking To Make Radical Changes In Global Management

Sega has been hacked. The company's Sega Pass joins Codemasters, Sony, Minecraft, EVEOnline and countless others in having been the victim of unauthorized access lately.

In an email sent to customers, the company acknowledged "unauthorized entry was gained" to Sega Pass, so they shut down their servers yesterday in order to root out the problem.The shining silver-lining in the dark, hacker clouds: According to Sega, no payment information was compromised:

"Please note that no personal payment information was stored by SEGA as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion," The company wrote.

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If you thought Sega was out of the video game hardware-making business, think again. The company is releasing a revolutionary new game system in Japan called "Toylet." Toylet is -- and I'm going to put this as delicately as I can -- a game that is controlled through urination.

Sega's system is placed inside a urinal, and players control the onscreen action through the speed of their stream. Toylet will keep track of both the velocity and volume of players' elimination, and even allow you to "compete" with other people who have used the urinal previously. This is gross.

Toylet is not some fever-dream or joke, either; it's a real product, that's really coming out in Japan in November. It will cost you $1,850 for the hardware and software -- urinal not included. No word on an American release date, but I can only hope it will come out in The States on the 54th of Never.

I'm sure you want to see Toylet in action, so just click the video below.


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Minecraft Sells 500K Copies, Now Has 1.6 Million Users

Updated: 12:47PM PST: In a tweet, LulzSec has promised to "lay off" Minecraft while preparing for a new target. Another tweet, posted a few minutes later,names that target as League of Legend's login servers.

Minecraft, EVE Online and the Escapist Magazine servers were targeted by hacker group Lulz Security as part of their #TitanicTakeoverTuesday, the group announced via their Twitter account.

While we've been able to play Minecraft single-player in browser, the multiplayer servers cannot be accessed. This was done purposefully, the hacker group claims. No official announcements from anyone on the Minecraft teams.

EVE Online is meanwhile completely down, having shut the network off themselves to investigate the attack which LulzSec is claiming responsibility for. The CCP Games' massively multiplayer space sim announced their breach via Twitter and Facebook.

The Escapist's website likewise cannot be accessed at all, though they're mum on why. No updates on their social media sites.

Source: Twitter

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Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 has been under heavy fire from some gamers lately due to the announcement of the Physical Warfare DLC pre-order bonus. Physical Warfare is being given to people who buy from certain retailers in the UK, and today DICE, Battlefield 3's developer, has responded to the controversy. Before we get to that, let me explain what happened. Day 0 DLC is nothing new, Dragon Age 2 had it, L.A. Noire had it, but when it was announced that one of the year's most anticipated first-person shooters was going to offer launch-day DLC, the internet got very angry. Many thought the DLC would give certain players advantages over others, and in a competitive game that's not okay.

A Reddit campaign was organized to boycott Battlefield 3 and the entire thread was filled with animosity towards the DLC. But what exactly was in the pack that made everyone go bonkers? Well, The Physical Warfare DLC will include an exclusive light machine gun, an early unlocked shotgun, and, depending where you pre-ordered the game, you'll either get a flash suppressor weapon mod or flechette ammo for the aforementioned shotgun to add an extra punch. Gamers seem most angry about the flash suppressor. It's the only one that's going to be available in the game for the SKS sniper rifle, and it reduces enemy awareness of your position, allowing snipers to stay stealthy. Keep in mind, all of this DLC has only been announced for the UK now but more retailers will be added to the list soon, according to DICE.

The Back to Karkand expansion pack is still confirmed as a pre-order bonus for all Battlefield 3 orders regardless of where you buy the game from. It will include some of the best maps from Battlefield 3 including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Wake Island, and the Sharqi Peninsula maps.

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The black market gold you buy for your favorite MMO could have come from political prisoners in Chinese houses of correction according to a disturbing report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Playing games while locked up is a lot less fun when you're only grinding for gold and they beat you with truncheons for stopping. The article quotes a Chinese ex-con, who paints a picture of a Dickensian hellhouse, where political dissidents are forced to toil for hours farming for gold that is then sold on the internet, where the guards and prisons profit, but the prisoners get nothing.

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," ex-con Liu Dali told the Guardian. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off."

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OpEd: The Sony PSN Security Breach - Why I'm Angry

According to Sony, the shutdown of the PlayStation Network will cost the company an estimated $171 Million. The word comes by way of a revised earnings statement Sony issued in advance of their Thursday earnings report.

According to the company, the breakdown of PSN Network Outage expenses is as follows:

  • The current estimated cost of the personal information theft protection program for customers. "This program includes a set amount of insurance to cover a certain amount of identity theft losses that may be incurred by our customers in certain regions within a set period with respect to misuse of their personal information."
  • Costs of welcome back programs that offer customers certain services (such as games, music and videos) for free
  • Customer support costs
  • Network security enhancement costs
  • Legal and expert costs
  • The impact on our profits due to a possible future revenue decrease.

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G4's great video-tribute artist Donell Tucker was so affected by Macho Man Randy Savage's untimely death that he created the below, touching tribute to the late, great wrestling superstar.

Pour a little off the top for your dead wrestling homie and take a look at the video below:

 

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Randy

Randy "The Macho Man" Savage has died. The wrestling superstar suffered a heart attack while driving. He was 58 years old. Savage, known for his signature "elbow drop" move was among the most popular wrestlers of the 1980s, squaring off against all the biggest old-school stars including Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, and countless WWE jobbers you've never heard of. Macho Man is best known for his Wrestlemania bout against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat during Wrestlemania 3 in 1987.

The great Mike D'Alonzo has written a touching tribute to the late, great Macho Man on our sister blog, Attack of the Blog. Check it out.

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Square EnixIn a revision to the company's financial forecast, game-maker Square Enix has issued a warning of financial losses in 2010. According to Square, the firm has recorded "extraordinary losses" in the last financial quarter of the year, and anticipates a nearly $150 million net loss for the financial year that ended in March. Back in February, Square Enix was projecting a modest profit of 12 million for the year, and now they are projecting a year loss of  loss of $148 million.

Some of the blame falls to the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan that closed "amusement facilities," but some of the losses spring from non-natural-disaster causes.

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Oblivion horse armor

John Ryan McLaughlin has a problem with Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion.  The former Navy pilot claims that the game caused grand mal seizures, and as a result he lost his flight status. According to McLaughlin's suit, he was playing the game, when its strobe lights gave him a "seizure for the first time in his life," causing pain and breaking a bone, as well as permanently grounding the pilot from the F18s he flew.

According to the filing:

"The product was so designed that it exceeded the upper acceptable limit of more than 3 flashes over a 1 second period, as well as acceptable spatial pattern and luminance flash limits. These risks were not made known to the plaintiff and/or an ordinary consumer prior to the time of purchase."

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PSN, Playstation Network

Hey, guys... remember the PlayStation Network? That was pretty awesome, wasn't it? I'm not bringing up the once-functioning network to rub internet-salt in the fresh wounds of PS3 users, though. I'm bringing it up to ask a question: Have any of you seen any fraud on your credit cards?

We received an email from a reader who told us that his card have been blocked by Bank of America, and that BoA is issuing new cards to all BoA customers. The second part isn't true, according to Bank of America. The customer service person I spoke to said BoA has no official policy regarding credit cards connected with the PlayStation Network, and no specific advice for PSN users who used a Bank of America card to sign up for the PSN (beyond the blanket: "our fraud prevention should automatically detect any fraudulent activity" and "if you're really worried about security, tell us and we'll issue you a new card"). I placed a call with the company's corporate office, just to make doubly-super-sure, and I'm awaiting a call back.

Either way, I wanted to know if anyone out there has had any actual, real world fallout from your information having been compromised.

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Anonymous Denies Responsibility For PSN Outage

An article in the Financial Times has stated that hacker group Anonymous is behind the PlayStation Network being down. The article pins blame on the PSN break-in on "an individual or handful of supporters of" Anonymous' OpSony, Anonymous' since called-off response to the lawsuit between Sony and hacker Geohot. In response to the article, Anonymous has issued a press release that questions the accuracy of FT.com.

According to the Financial Times' source, technical details on breaking into Sony's networks were floating around Anonymous chat rooms shortly prior to the attack, and “the hacker that did this was supporting OpSony’s movements." .

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Osama Bin Laden

It's time to dig through your PC games from the mid 2000s and find Kuma/War,. or, better yet, hit up the game's site and download it. The first-person shooter from Kuma Reality Games will be releasing a new episode this weekend, an episode that adds the Navy SEAL mission that took out terrorist Osama Bin Laden last Sunday, so we'll all be able to vicariously kill the great enemy of the United States.

"Since 2003 we've chronicled military conflict in a changing world. The defeat of the Taliban, the capture of Saddam, IED & drone attacks, two Surges, elections, and Iraqi heroes defending their own representative government. We've brought all of these to life to millions of gamers in quick-release, high quality, game episodes," Keith Halper, CEO of KUMA Games, told Kotaku. "KUMA\WAR II was a story without an ending...until now. We had to go back for one more 'ripped from the headlines re-creation.' We had to end 'The War.'"

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