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10:20 AM on 05.25.2011

Another Sony site hacked, this time in Canada

Oh for fu ...  I don't even know what to say anymore. In the wake of the PSN, a Japanese ISP, and several websites, we've got word that Sony has been hacked in yet another realm, with Sony Ericsson Canada's online store ...

Jim Sterling



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Hackers continue to attack Sony, start stealing money
by Jim Sterling

As Sony continues to rebuild the PlayStation Network and its related services, there comes grim news from Japan which indicates that this whole situation is far from over. Hackers recently cracked into the Sony-run Internet service provider So-Net, making off with a bunch of virtual currency. 

According to reports, roughly 100,000 yen (or $1,224)'s worth of "Virtual Points" were thieves from around 128 customers. It would appear that no personal information was compromised, nor were any other accounts. 

"At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage," said Sony. "We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members' names, address, birth dates and phone numbers."

Sony appears to have become the favorite target of hackers, and this latest attack shows that they're not done with the company yet. With that in mind, I think I'll be sticking with pre-paid cards for all my PlayStation Store purchases from now on, just to be safe. 

Hacker Attacks Against Sony Continue [Gamasutra]

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Deus Ex sites hacked, 80,000 registered users at risk
by Jim Sterling

Oh for f*ck's sake. 

Hackers have apparently decided to lay off Sony for bit, picking a new and unlikely target. The websites for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Eidos have recently been attacked, with the personal data of 80,000 registered users stolen, in addition to 9,000 resumes. 

According to Krebs On Security, both sites temporarily sported a banner that read, "Owned by Chippy1337." Yet again, Anonymous has been brought up as a potential suspect, but with members of that "organization" currently eating each other, one cannot say this happened as part of a concerted effort.  

Either way, this is bad news. I really hope the hacking of game companies doesn't become a "thing" now.

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12:56 PM on 04.25.2011

Dtoid Show YouTube comment of the month

"Nice video!! You think you can make a other video but this time kick him with heels on?" -Ballbuster90    

Niero Gonzalez

10:40 AM on 03.28.2011

NPD acts wankish, blocks media from seeing sales figures

The videogame industry is utterly f*cking stupid when it comes to secrecy, and nowhere has that become more apparent than with the NPD. For those who don't know, the NPD collects sales data of videogames and consoles in North...

Jim Sterling

4:40 PM on 01.19.2011

Samurai Warriors Chronicles trailer

Where there is a new system, there is a new Warriors game, and Tecmo Koei is on hand with a trailer for its first 3DS hack n' slasher, Samurai Warriors Chronicles. You can expect the usual cavalcade of Eastern Medieval butto...

Jim Sterling



PS3 Jailbreak: New app unlocks PS3 Trophies photo
PS3 Jailbreak: New app unlocks PS3 Trophies
by Jim Sterling

The PS3 Jailbreak fiasco just keeps getting crazier. The latest development is the launch of a new app (obviously not getting linked to here) that can unlock every Trophy in a given PlayStation 3 game automatically, with random timestamps for added believability. 

It's not yet clear if the app can sync Trophies to the PlayStation Network. If it does, this could have serious implications for the reward system, and ostensibly make a mess of the entire thing. It will at least render Trophies even more worthless than they already are, which is saying something.

A few games, notably Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Batman: Arkham Asylum, have proven impervious to violation. Sony says it is looking into the situation and will find a fix. Looks like even more firmware updates are on the way, folks!

Right now, the PS3 is a flyblown carcass getting picked apart by scavengers. Like that animatronic dinosaur in the Natural History Museum. You know the one.

PS3 Jailbreak threatens Trophies? [CVG]

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3:40 PM on 01.10.2011

Interplay: Bethesda's Fallout MMO lawsuit is absurd

If you've not been following the long Bethesda vs. Interplay struggle, take my advice -- don't. It's utterly stupid and depressing, and the latest chapter takes it to a whole new realm of stupid. Bethesda has claimed that it ...

Jim Sterling

2:15 AM on 01.09.2011

Update - The last of the Chill Bros shirts shipped

I'd like to apologize to those who ordered a Chill Bros shirt and have not yet received it: our printer overpromised and underdelivered due to the holiday rush.  If you totally hate our guts and want a refund of any sort...

Niero Gonzalez





3:55 AM on 12.24.2010

Dtoid Live rewind: Kung Fu Live underpants hysteria

Earlier this week we attempted to play Kung Fu Live on the PlayStation Eyething. During the calibration procedure we learned that the technology works best when you're not wearing dark clothing. Rather than trouble with a cos...

Niero Gonzalez

9:20 AM on 12.07.2010

Pachter demands online multiplayer subscription fees

Industry analyst Michael "The Pink Jackal" Pachter has been obsessed with multiplayer charges for the past year, demanding that we gamers need to accept them as a reality, and constantly telling Activision to slap a subscript...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 11.29.2010

Sonic Team justifies Sonic 4's notorious physics

I never had a problem with Sonic 4's physics, but "fans" around the world are furious. Just do a Youtube search for "Sonic 4 physics" and you'll see a legion of rage-fueled videos from confirmed virgins. Sonic Team direc...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 10.06.2010

Military bases still boycotting Medal of Honor

Despite Electronic Arts bowing to the minority and "removing" the Taliban from Medal of Honor, military base stores still plan to boycott the war-themed shooter on the grounds that it would still be disrespectful to sell the ...

Jim Sterling

12:20 PM on 06.28.2010

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West's absurd preorder bonuses

You might have been able to tell from my Jimpressions, but I'm really looking forward to Namco Bandai's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. With beautiful and bright visuals, some great characters, and a very cool take on a classi...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 04.11.2010

Modern Warfare 3 being held up by legal craziness

This will make three posts over one lawsuit this weekend, but when Activision sues the sh*t hits the fan. While for the most part this lawsuit has very little impact on us gamers, it appears that we may now thank the legal is...

Matthew Razak



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Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package maps are 1200 MS Points
by Samit Sarkar

Last week, Infinity Ward announced that a cure for Modern Warfare 2 "mapathy" would be coming to Xbox Live on March 30th. Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling guested on the most recent episode of Xbox Live's Major Nelson Radio to provide details of the "Stimulus Package" map pack, and they confirm the leak from a few weeks ago. But don't get excited just yet.

According to an Xbox Live Marketplace listing, the Stimulus Package will comprise five levels: three all-new arenas, and two that are "slightly reworked" versions of "fan-favorites" from the original Modern Warfare:

    New maps:
  • "Bailout," a multi-level apartment complex
  • "Storm," an open industrial park littered with heavy machinery
  • "Salvage," a snowy junkyard fortified by stacked debris and crushed cars

  • Modern Warfare maps:
  • "Crash," a war-torn urban environment
  • "Overgrown," which features a massive dry creek bed

Activision and Infinity Ward have the audacity to charge 1200 Microsoft Points -- i.e., $15 -- for the map pack. This is outrageous enough when you consider that they priced the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare "Variety Map Pack" at $10 for four maps. But when you realize that you're paying 50% more and you're getting one fewer new map, well, then it becomes somewhat infuriating, if you ask me.

I'm sure Activision and Infinity Ward are charging this much because they know that people will pay it, if reluctantly. Let's do the math that they likely did: the MW2 user base consists of more than 25 million players, so even if only 20% of them buy the Stimulus Package, that's still $75 million of revenue.

I certainly won't be forking over the 15 bucks for these maps when they come to the PlayStation Network at the end of April. Will you?

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Maps Priced at $15 [1UP]
XBLM listing reveals 5 maps, 2 CoD4 remakes in MW2 'Stimulus Package' DLC [Joystiq]
Show #353: Wil Wheaton, MW2 Stimulus Package and Supreme Commander [Major Nelson]

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