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6:30 PM on 02.18.2013

Wii U Pro Controller can now be used on a PC / Mac

Much in the same way that a music artist hasn't made it until Weird Al writes a parody based on his or her song, game hardware hasn't made it until a young hacker gets the console's controller working on a computer. The Wii ...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 01.24.2013

Sony fined £250,000 in UK over PlayStation Network hack

The infamous PlayStation Network hack may be a fading memory in the minds of games, but authorities have not forgotten, and they've claimed their pound of flesh. Claiming the hack could have been prevented, United Kingdom off...

Jim Sterling



Origin accounts hacked, EA keeps victims locked out photo
Origin accounts hacked, EA keeps victims locked out
by Jim Sterling

Origin has reportedly been hit by a series of security breaches, as users come to find their accounts have been cracked into and personal details changed. To make matters worse, Electronic Arts' own security measures ensure victims aren't resolving the issue. 

Users affected by the attack are told that their email address is invalid whenever they try to log in. When some users try phoning EA to find out what's wrong, they get shut down by representatives who refuse to help them without receipt of a valid date of birth -- information that the hackers have changed. 

NeoGAF has managed to compile ten threads of complaints on EA's official forums, and that's just a sampling of those affected. 

If you use Origin, it might be a good idea to check your details and make sure you've not been compromised.

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7:00 AM on 11.12.2012

Find out how you can get banned from Black Ops II

Ah, the modern gaming era. Day one patches, online passes, and of course, permabans on consoles. As we're nearing the launch of the sure to be mega-hit Black Ops II, Treyarch has layed out a few ground rules. Most of it is co...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 11.10.2012

Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl

Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...

Tony Ponce

4:45 PM on 10.26.2012

Borderlands 2 player mischief prompts patch on Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 version of Borderlands 2 has been having a few issues with some rather cheeky players using an external application to sabotage the characters of other players and disrupt their experience, the scamps! Earli...

Fraser Brown







PlayStation All-Stars hack for Super Smash Bros. Brawl photo
PlayStation All-Stars hack for Super Smash Bros. Brawl
by Jonathan Holmes

I can't remember when, but apparently I challenged the Super Smash Bros. Brawl hack community to recreate the upcoming PS3/PS Vita title PlayStation Battle Royale All-Stars using the game that inspired it. I doubt my challenge had anything to do with this, but if it did, then... you're welcome?

According to the hackers, this project was created "To celebrate the 'PlayStation Battle Royale All-Stars' game, the copy of Super Smash Bros...". As far as celebrations go, this one is pretty thorough. Other than Colonel Radec from Killzone, it looks like the gang is all here, including Parappa, Kratos, Nathan Drake, Sackboy, and even Big Daddy. On top of all that, we've got new big name celebrities from other titles that have appeared on PlayStation consoles, like Commander Shepard, John Marston, Isaac Clark, Lara Croft, Niko Bellic, Tomba (!) and more. Sadly, Tomba looks a bit jank, but everyone else looks relatively legit, if not slightly uncomfortable in their new standard definition tights and skins.

So not only is this fan-made copy of a copy of Smash Bros. Brawl free, but it actually includes more new characters than the copy that it's copying. There is something ironic in all that, but I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly what. All I know for sure is, I'm a lot less motivated to buy PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale now.

[Thanks, Jared!]

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8:00 AM on 09.10.2012

Scammers attempting to crack Guild Wars 2 accounts

ArenaNet has revealed that scammers have a list of usernames and passwords from other websites, and are systematically trying them all on Guild Wars 2. Ah, the fun world of MMOs.  The developer puts the responsibility on...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 09.06.2012

PS Vita hacked, homebrew a-comin'

The PlayStation Vita has finally been cracked into like a big ol' nut, and homebrew is on the way.  Usermode Vita Loader is currently in the works (via NeoGAF) thanks to developer Yifan Lu. Based on a recently ...

Jim Sterling

4:10 PM on 09.04.2012

Millions of Apple UDIDs compromised by alleged FBI hack

Hacking group AntiSec has acquired millions of of UDIDs allegedly collected without permission by the FBI. The group claims it got into an FBI agent's laptop to get the data, which contains 12 million unique identif...

Jim Sterling



The joy of fan games, pt. 1 photo
The joy of fan games, pt. 1
by Tony Ponce

Nearly four years ago, when I was but a fresh-faced Destructoid community member, I submitted my very first feature-length article in response to that month's musing assignment. I wrote about fan games, unofficial software based on official works, because I strongly believed that fans are driven by a level of enthusiasm and creativity that the major property holders no longer possess.

Since then, my feelings have only strengthened. Many companies can no longer provide -- or are no longer willing to provide -- the kinds of experiences we crave out of our favorite long-standing series. In response, that gap is being filled by passionate individuals who truly understand these games' essence.

I believe it's time to remind everyone why fan games are amazing.

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11:00 AM on 08.26.2012

Go cop the demo for fan-made Super Mario Galaxy 2.5

Oh, you cuh-RAYzay hackers! What magic will you perform next? Some rosy-cheeked tinkerers have decided to hack the data for Super Mario Galaxy 2 to create a suite of custom levels called Super Mario Galaxy 2.5. The hack isn'...

Tony Ponce

7:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Pianocade: An arcade stick MIDI synthesizer

F*CKING AMAZING.GIMME GIMME GIMME.  The geeky place where games and music intersect is where I choose to camp out and live, so you can only imagine how I freaked out when I found the Pianocade. I NEED this thing. The Pi...

Dale North

1:21 PM on 08.15.2012

Anonymous claims to have hacked PSN again (Update)

[Update: Adding to the arguments that some Anonymous scamp is pulling a fast one, the uploaded list of PSN secrets is apparently a list of random details first posted on March 29. Still waiting for word from Sony. Update #2: ...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 08.09.2012

Angry Birds USB controller designed for student project

Check out this physical controller designed by students at Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design for use with Angry Birds. As you can see, it tilts, pulls, fires and totally belongs in my house. Setting aside for the mo...

Conrad Zimmerman



Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update) photo
Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update)
by Jim Sterling

[Update: Ubisoft has publicly acknowledged the security flaw, and has issued a patch for all affected games. The patch will be a forced game update, and it's recommended to be run with your browsers closed. A new version of the Uplay installer is also available on its official site.

Ubisoft is yet to actually apologize for putting its customers at risk.] 

In today's episode of "Publisher's hurting consumers in order to help themselves," Ubisoft may have put gamers at serious risk with its Uplay DRM service. According to programmer Tavis Ormandy, major Ubisoft titles have a backdoor that can be used by malicious websites to take control of your PC. 

Uplay installs a browser plugin -- without warning the user -- which sites can exploit to gain access to your machine. It's highly recommended that anybody who has downloaded an Ubisoft game locate this plugin and delete it. It's commonly believed that this will eliminate the risk to the user. Search in your browser's add-ons/plugins section for "Uplay" and delete that sucker. It was initially believed to be a rootkit, but that is not the case. 

A list of games with the issue can be found below (courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun), though personally it'll be a cold day in Hell before I let Ubisoft's games on my computer. Not just for this -- I'm frankly sick of that publisher's attitude toward the PC market. I think it's easier if we all just pretended it was a console-exclusive publisher. 

Meanwhile, of course, anybody who pirated these games ought to be playing risk-free, unpunished for they did not commit the crime of being a customer. Good going, Ubisoft! There are words that would have to be invented in order for me to adequately vocalize my disgust.

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