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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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1:30 PM on 07.18.2012

Xbox Live improves security, urges password updates

Xbox Live has been tightening its security recently, with general manager Alex Garden detailing a range of improvements made to the service in order to protect we would-be victims. He has also suggested that all XBL users upd...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 07.06.2012

WOAH! Left 4 Dead running on a PlayStation Vita

Through magic, hacking, and ungodly trickery you can see Valve's Left 4 Dead running on a PS Vita. Well, kinda. One YouTube user, digitalarts001, has tweaked the PlayStation Suite to let him control Left 4 Dead running a PC ...

Dale North



The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks photo
The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks
by Tony Ponce

When you hear the phrase "ROM hack," two thoughts may flitter across your mind. One, somebody took an old game from a legacy console and slightly altered the color palette or sprites to make it look like, for instance, all the boxers in Punch-Out!! are bare-ass. Or two, the level layouts have been altered to the point that no mere mortal could hope beat the game and keep their sanity in check. The former is the kind of stuff hacking newbies pull to get a few shock laughs, while the latter results in a project that is more frustrating than entertaining.

While the majority of hacks aren't worth your time, there are a few gems that rival what major developers could have conceived. Further still, there are hacks so elaborate that it's nearly impossible to recognize the source game at the heart of it all. PureSabe's Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is one such hack, being less of a remix of Mega Man 4 and more of a total evolution of the Mega Man formula.

I first saw clips of MI late last year, and though my interest was piqued, I couldn't find much else. Last week, The Mega Man Network discovered that the hack, which had been in development for at least three to four years, was finished. Technically, it's on version 0.01, but aside from some potential tweaks down the line, it's in a fully playable state. But before you make your decisions on whether to check this out, please watch a these gameplay videos. Believe me, you're body is soooooo not ready!

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