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While Daytona USA may be familiar to most as “That game made by the people behind Outrun with an AMAZING soundtrack”, that description does a dis-service to one of the most influential arcade racing games ever. It’s amazing to think that an arcade game released 18 years ago would still be such a mainstay in arcades, showing how well the game has aged (Did I mention that the fastest racer in the Saturn port was a HORSE!)

As a testament to this, SEGA have not only announced the re release of Daytona USA for XBLA and PSN, but also confirmed that it will be available for download as soon as this month. The HD port will include touched up visuals (similar to Guardian Heroes which was released yesterday on XBLA) and online multi player to replicate the arcade feel to the finest detail (except digging into your pockets to find another quarter). The game will be released on October 26 for 800 Microsoft points and for $9.99 on PSN on October 25.

Source: (Siliconera)


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Sony just can’t catch a break: Late last night/early this morning, hackers attempted to compromise the accounts of Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment users through an unsophisticated brute force attack, simply attempting to match login credentials(i.e. usernames and passwords) obtained from other hacked websites.

This attack was far less successful than past hacking attempts, only compromising the accounts of around 93,000 users, which is less than one tenth of a percent(0.1%). Nonetheless, better safe than sorry- and as a word of advice I’d recommend changing your passwords again, which is also recommended by new Sony Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger:

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.

So if your account was affected they’ll let you know, and if they almost hacked into your account they’ll make you set a new password, though once again, it’s recommended that all users change their password for security’s sake.

(Source: PlayStation Blog)


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It was announced that Chrono Trigger would be hitting PSN a couple weeks ago, but apparently the PR guy tweeted something wrong because later that day it was shot down. Square Enix will be releasing it this Tuesday. There is no word of which version it will be or the cost, but I assume that it’s going to be the PS1 version and it will be sold in the Play Station Classic section of the store. Square Enix has a tendency to sell their bigger name RPG’s for about ten dollars instead of the average six. Check it out if you love Chrono Trigger or perhaps if you just never got around to playing it and want to check it out. While I don’t put Chrono Trigger on the pedestal that most do, I still recognize that it is one of the finest 16-bit RPG’s you can choose to play.


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After the lengthy and rather traumatic PlayStation Network outage which lasted nearly a month and compromised the identities of nearly 77 million users, Sony has taken a step to ensure that it’s now-larger PSN userbase and service are kept safe from another assault by hiring Phillip Reitinger to the position of senior vice president.

Mr. Reitinger is the Ex-Director of the US National Cyber Security Centre and has held a previous post in the Department of Defense, a worthy resume indeed.

Between this new hire and the use of actual experts in their evaluation of the recovering network’s security, Sony seems to be taking things seriously this time and are set to be among the most secure in the business.

(Source: Eurogamer)


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Fresh from the mind of Portal creator Kim Swift comes a new first-person physics-based puzzle game: Quantum Conundrum. You play as a child left on your uncle’s doorstep, your new guardian being an inventor who’s let his laboratory spread to the rest of his manor.

Following an unexplained explosion, you find your uncle missing and a strange glove on your hand that lets you change dimensions at will which aids you in your quest to find your uncle.

Quantum Conundrum is set to be released on PSN, XBLA, and PC early 2012 and after seeing the trailer below, I can hardly wait.

EDIT: Due to WordPress refusing to co-operate, I’m unable to post the really cool gameplay trailer here, but it’s available over at the source link.

 (Source: Gamespot)


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We finally have confirmed dates for the release of Limbo the highly acclaimed XBLA game on PSN and Steam. It will be slithering onto PSN first in North America on July 19th and then in Europe on the 20th. Finally it will make it’s way onto PC’s through Steam on the 9th of August.

Limbo is a highly atmospheric and often creepy sidescrolling puzzle platformer that won the hearts of many on XBLA back when it was first released including mine. I highly recommend you pick it up when it comes to PSN or Steam.


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After pictures of Resistance 3 were spotted showing off the new PSN Online Pass ‘feature’, Eurogamer asked Sony to explain themselves.

 

“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities.”

“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.”

“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”

Reading between the lines, it sounds pretty much like EA’s decision to employ single use codes to activate all of the game’s features, and get some extra money out of used game buyers; since if you happen to obtain one of these select titles that’s missing the PSN Pass, Sony will be ever so delighted to allow you to buy another one in their store…

So buyer beware, once November rolls around most games developed and/or published by Sony will likely need a code to unlock half the game.

Suddenly that skull's a lot more menacing...
Suddenly that skull’s a lot more menacing…

(Source: Eurogamer)


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Sony’s welcome back initiative has finally been rolled out on the PSN store. Sony is offering a choice of two PS3 games from a list of five and two PSP games from a list of four. The program works on an account by account basis so if you have two accounts made before the outage then you can do what I did and grab almost everything being offered.

In addition to the free games Sony is also offering 30 days of Playstation Plus which gives you access to free games, discounts, and cloud saves for the duration of the 30 days. The network is being hammered right now by people attempting to get their free stuff, so you might want to try later. You can get more info and trouble shooting help over at the Playstation Blog.


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After more than a month of waiting, the PlayStation Store is once again restored- taken down in the aftermath of an external intrusion that took place April 20th, 2011. Although the store is back up,  some people might have a hard time trying to get in due to the high amount of users attempting to access the store immediately upon it’s relaunch.

In addition, Sony’s promised Welcome Back package is notably MIA- supposedly in the final stages of testing but available for all to enjoy soon enough. For a brief reminder of what that package curtails, we have an article detailing it here.
The next PlayStation Store and PlayStation Plus update will be this Friday, June 3, and then we will roll right into some special publishes starting next week for E3 (so be sure to check back daily!), says PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen.

My money’s riding that the update coming tomorrow will be the one that includes the Welcome Back bonuses, or at least prepare for the offer. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep updating on any new developments.
It looks like the PSN outage saga is beginning its long descent into obscurity, and I’ll bet Sony wants it that way- between the digital equivalent of a smash and grab and over a month of bad publicity, the tech giant has to be reeling from the damage.

Be sure to check out the source link, as it includes an expansive list of new content in the store that covers everything that missed its intended release due to the outage.

(Source: PlayStation Blog)


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PSN is down and no one can buy anything or play online games. Sony has been telling us to wait constantly for the past few weeks and pushing back dates over and over. It looks like they have finally just given up on specific dates, but they are saying that it should take a couple more days. Which is what they said the time before and the time before. If you don’t know about the current issue over at Sony, they were hacked by an unknown group and had a lot of their networks security compromised. Information such as names and passwords are confirmed stolen, but they continue to say that they aren’t sure any credit card info was gotten.

 

The first aspect of PSN that will be coming back up will be online games and to compensate for the wait Sony is going to be offering 2 free games off of PSN from a list of 5 and to PSP users another 2 free PSP games off of PSN from a list of 4. We can only assume that these games will be first party Sony releases most likely, but not much more than that. You can read the full quote here as well “I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored. At this time, I can’t give you an exact date, as it will likely be at least a few more days. We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process.”.

(Gameinformer)

 


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