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Kickstarter scandal time! Little Monster accused of scam


May 01
// Jim Sterling
It was going to happen. The moment Double Fine made headlines with its Kickstarter project, an invisible timer had been set, counting down to the inevitable crowdfunding scandals. Little Monster Productions is up for the chop...
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If Anders Breivik used COD to train to be a killer ...


Apr 20
// Jim Sterling
... I've been using Sonic the Hedgehog to learn how to fucking exercise.
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Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea


Apr 18
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Child molester caught red-handed thanks to DSi camera


Mar 29
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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'Legal'sounds illegally selling OC ReMix albums and more


Jan 25
// Tony Ponce
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...
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No, really: An Ong-Bak videogame is in the works


Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
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. ...
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Microsoft denies security problems with Xbox Live


Jan 16
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Tips for securing your Xbox Live account


Jan 14
// Chris Carter
[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...
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Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts


Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
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....

Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem

Jan 13 // Jim Sterling
Microsoft has indeed tried to blame a variety of third-party services. One of my contacts said that a customer service rep blamed third-party servers, while FIFA 12 has been accused of allowing exploits to take place. The one unifying strand in all these stories is Xbox Live, however.  A security flaw on Xbox.com has allegedly been discovered by one victim, who learned that indefinite password attempts allows a hacker to force his way into any Gamertag they like, just by learning the corresponding email address (which Microsoft itself makes easy) and assaulting the site with a password generator. Whether this is how the hackers are getting in remains to be seen, but it's the most credible idea so far, and it once again points to Microsoft.  For right now, the only advice one can give to those users wishing to protect themselves is this -- do not have a credit card attached to your Xbox Live Gamertag. You can renew your subscription or add Microsoft Points using pre-paid cards bought in stores, without the need to open a conduit to your bank account on Microsoft servers. It seems to be the best way to keep yourself safe. From what we've seen, this is a very real problem, but there are practical steps you can take to defend yourself. You're going to have to, because it seems Microsoft doesn't have what it takes to look after its own customers.
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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 comment...

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Mole Kart, the amazingly shameless iOS Mario Kart ripoff


Jan 10
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Game designer sentenced to death for spying/propaganda


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Microsoft refunds Xbox Live scam victim


Jan 08
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Xbox Live account hacked? Microsoft is there to not help!


Jan 06
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Man gets cease & desist for fiddling with Skylanders toys


Dec 30
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Grandpa gets face battered by cops over videogames


Nov 25
// Jim Sterling
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...
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The Sun warns world of 'Xbox Cyber Fraud'


Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
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. ...
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Two Razer Blade laptop prototypes stolen


Nov 14
// Alex Bout
In case you don't know, the Razer Blade is Razer's (overpriced) solution to breathing new life into PC gaming. Two of these monsters were stolen from the company's Bay area R&D labs over the weekend and Razer clearly does...
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UK videogame piracy rises by 20%


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
Research group Envisional declares that videogame piracy in the United Kingdom has risen by 20% over the past five years. Its unnamed list of "top five games of 2010" were downloaded over one million times.  Despite the ...
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A Steam database has been hacked, warns Valve


Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
Following talk that the Steam forums had been hacked, Valve's Gabe Newell has issued a response. The official forums were in fact "defaced" on Sunday, and unfortunately, intruders have gained access to a Steam database as wel...
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Man tries to rob Modern Warfare 3 at gunpoint, fails hard


Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
An eighteen-year-old man is sitting in a jail cell today after attempting to rob a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at gunpoint.  The would-be attacker followed a 27-year-old midnight launch attendee from GameStop ...
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Modern Warfare 3 shipment truck hijacked with tear gas!


Nov 07
// Jim Sterling
A truck shipping 6,000 videogames was violently hijacked in France. It is said that the games were all copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which would make sense as I don't think people would go to such lengths to steal...
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Activision hunting down Modern Warfare 3 pirates


Oct 28
// Jim Sterling
Impatient gamers have already managed to get their hands on leaked copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with pirated versions springing up online -- but if you mess with the bull, you get the horns, and Activision i...

93,000 PSN accounts compromised in attempted attack

Oct 11 // Jim Sterling
We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database. These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity. Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts’ valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet. As a preventative measure, we are requiring secure password resets for those PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match through this attempt. If you are in the small group of PSN/SEN users who may have been affected, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will prompt you to reset your password. Similarly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off. If you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on. We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of fraudulent activity online, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.  
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Sony has announced that a new attempt to attack the PlayStation Network has put a relatively small percentage of accounts at risk. 93,000 users (less than one tenth of one percent) spanning PSN, SEN and SOE may be at risk, an...

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Serious Sam: Double D pirated, dev asks for donations


Sep 13
// Jim Sterling
Despite only costing $7.99 and being worth the money, Serious Sam: Double D has been cracked and distributed among pirates to a considerable enough degree that developer Nathan Fouts isn't too thrilled. Rather than go on the ...
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EA offering refunds for the PC version of PGA Tour 12


Sep 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Poor old golfing millionaire Tigers Woods can't seem to catch a break; plummeting to number 46 in golf's world rankings and now there's the news that EA seems to have botched the PC version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 1...
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EA tweaks Origin EULA, makes it sound less like spyware


Aug 30
// Jim Sterling
Following the righteous fury of a thousand angry Reddit users, Electronic Arts has tweaked the EULA for its Origin service, toning down the language used in order to make it sound less like glorified spyware that gives EA the...
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Evening Standard stops blaming London riots on GTA


Aug 09
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, The Evening Standard made a pretty tasteless accusation, claiming that the hooded little bastards currently rioting throughout London had been "inspired" by Grand Theft Auto. It seems that someone at the paper real...
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Paper blames recent London rioting on Grand Theft Auto


Aug 08
// Jim Sterling
This past weekend, London was rocked by violent rioting following the fatal shooting by police of 29-year-old Mark Duggan. The scenes coming from Tottenham were particularly chilling, but The Evening Standard is on hand ...
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North Korea accused of raising MMO 'hacker army'


Aug 08
// Jim Sterling
South Korea has accused its northern neighbors of online skullduggery, warning that Kim Jong-il is using an army of young hackers to exploit MMOs and make some desperate money.  Reports claim that the hackers have i...

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