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4:30 PM on 04.20.2012

If Anders Breivik used COD to train to be a killer ...

... I've been using Sonic the Hedgehog to learn how to fucking exercise.

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.18.2012

Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea

A science fiction author is suing Ubisoft after alleging that the premise of Assassin's Creed was stolen from his own novel, Link. John L. Beiswenger is a research engineer as well as a writer, and points to a number of ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 03.29.2012

Child molester caught red-handed thanks to DSi camera

A 46-year-old British man may have gotten away with molesting a child, had the victim not been quick-witted enough to catch his criminal act on her DSi camera. Thanks to a 10-year-old girl and her game system, pedophile John ...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 01.25.2012

'Legal'sounds illegally selling OC ReMix albums and more

It's a good thing the government shut down Megaupload. With those crooks out of business, content creators can finally earn money for their hard work. People should be paying for their digital goods on a site like Legalsounds...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 01.17.2012

No, really: An Ong-Bak videogame is in the works

I don't know how to react to the news that Studio HIVE has acquired the rights to make a multiplatform game based on the Ong-Bak series. They have a production team working on the project, due out later this year, right now. ...

Jordan Devore

8:40 AM on 01.16.2012

Microsoft denies security problems with Xbox Live

Despite a growing number of public reports, Microsoft has continued to deny any security problems with Xbox Live, claiming that any problems faced by Xbox 360 users aren't unique to the system. Basically, it's the "Look over ...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 01.14.2012

Tips for securing your Xbox Live account

[Dtoider Magnalon has some great tips to protect your Xbox account from being hacked. - Kauza] Lately, we've been hearing stories of an increasingly alarming Xbox Live hacking issue, and the lack of care and concern that Micr...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 01.13.2012

Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts

At this rate, January 18 is going to be a very productive day. Two more notable gaming companies that feel passionately enough about the Internet to shut down their sites for a day are joining the fight against SOPA and PIPA....

Jordan Devore



Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem photo
Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft says that recent thefts targeting Xbox Live users are isolated incidents, and often tries to portrays the problems as phishing scams -- effectively blaming the consumer. However, an eyebrow-raising amount of comments and emails seem to suggest that it's a big more common than that. 

A few days ago, I spoke with Susan Taylor, the hacking victim who famously exposed Microsoft's awful customer service. She let me know that of the two hundred emails she's received since resolving her own situation, one hundred and forty were from customers who have had similar experiences. Other emails came from those who have used black market sites -- places that sell accounts loaded with games bought using stolen Microsoft Points. 

"Quite a few people have also questioned the third party servers and services, but I am not seeing a trend in the stories I have read," Susan told me. "Some people have EA accounts connected to their XBL accounts, some people don't; some people have PayPal linked, others just their cards; most have never played FIFA 12.

"I personally have Uplay and Raptr accounts linked to my Xbox account. Unless people are outright lying to me, there is definitely not a specific service (aside from XBL itself) that absolutely everyone who has had accounts compromised has in common. Microsoft's arguments are looking very weak at best."

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12:30 PM on 01.10.2012

Mole Kart, the amazingly shameless iOS Mario Kart ripoff

Ripoff games on iOS are nothing new, with no shortage of developers willing to trade their integrity for a handfull of dollars. Mole Kart is an almost beautiful in its utter, unapologetic, shamelessness.  As you can see...

Jim Sterling





5:45 PM on 01.09.2012

Game designer sentenced to death for spying/propaganda

An Iranian-American game designer has been sentenced to death in Iran on charges of producing movies and games intended to subvert Middle Eastern regimes. Amir Mizra Hekmati allegedly admitted that he was in the employ o...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.08.2012

Microsoft refunds Xbox Live scam victim

It's easy to get swift compensation from Microsoft, should money be stolen from your Xbox Live account. All you have to do is make a public blog about it that gets reposted by nearly every single game coverage site on the Int...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 01.06.2012

Xbox Live account hacked? Microsoft is there to not help!

Microsoft's customer service is almost legendary in terms of how awful it is, but one woman in particular may have unlocked the Master Sword of incompetence. Susan Taylor awoke one day to find that her Xbox Live account ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.30.2011

Man gets cease & desist for fiddling with Skylanders toys

Graphing calculator programmer Brandon Wilson likes to tinker with machines and post his findings online, for no reason other than entertainment and curiosity. Recently, he turned his attention to Skylanders, the unique game ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 11.25.2011

Grandpa gets face battered by cops over videogames

A grandfather accused of shoplifting videogames during a Black Friday shopping spree got a smashed face and a throat full of blood after cops sent him sprawling to the floor. Stories as to what happened in the Buckeye Walmart...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 11.22.2011

The Sun warns world of 'Xbox Cyber Fraud'

Shitty tabloid The Sun has a CRIME EXCLUSIVE on its front page, warning Britain of a terrifying new problem -- Xbox Cyber Fraud! While the Sun claims thieves have "hacked" into Xbox Live accounts, it's nowhere near as scary. ...

Jim Sterling