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Alleged PSN & Xbox Live Cyber-Attackers Arrested

Aug 28, 2015 - 4:28 PM - by garyopa
The long arm of the law is also patient and persistent as Lizard Squad has just learned the hard way

The U.K. equivalent of the FBI claims it has arrested the cyberattackers responsible for the PSN and Xbox Live holiday attacks.


Seems a group of so-called hackers and members of the Lizard Squad been arrested today in the U.K. -- But Lizard Squard is bragging on Twitter, you didn't get us all, and the police in U.K. are a real joke. -- And other mainstream media sites are reporting a higher number arrests, and claiming they just people that 'bought' the DDoS'ing service package/tool that was released by LS and not part of the group at all infact, just general wannabe script kids that were 'trying' out the tool to see how it works in taking down PSN and Live.

The United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested six teenagers (via Variety) who are either the cyberattackers who allegedly barraged the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network online services during the end-of-December holidays last year or people who paid to use the same tool that brought down those gaming services. That assault resulted in Xbox Live going offline on Christmas day while PlayStation Network suffered a week-long outage. The youths are also allegedly members of the cyberattack group called Lizard Squad, who has taken credit for also attacking several other online services, including the World of Warcraft and Amazon servers.

If Lizard Squad sounds like a bunch of teen Internet vandals to you, there's a good reason for that. It turns out that most were actually teen Internet vandals.

"A third of the individuals identified are under the age of 20," reads a post on the NCA's website. "And the activity forms part of the NCA's wider work to address younger people at risk of entering into serious forms of cybercrime."

While this is a big win for law enforcement, it does not look like the NCA was able to capture everyone involved as the Lizard Squad account on Twitter is still actively tweeting about this latest incident - although the account is also implying that some of these people are officially part of its group.

The NCA also shared information about the individuals it executed warrants on. These include three legal minors ranging in age from 15 years old to 17 years old. That's in addition to three 18 year olds. All of these young people are male and are accused of using a tool referred to as "Lizard Stresser" to target websites.
So what do you think, will this 'clean-up' by the U.K. Police end up making our PSN and Live more stable with those thinking of doing the same again this holiday scared they might end up getting arrested and serving their young lifes looking out between jail bars instead.

NEWS SOURCE: Alleged PlayStation Network, Xbox Live cyberattackers arrested by U.K. law enforcement (via) VentureBeat
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CoD: Black Ops III - BETA Biggest Ever

Aug 28, 2015 - 12:52 PM - by garyopa
Treyarch’s Black Ops III Beta Sets New Standard as the #1 Beta on PlayStation 4

Activision confirmed today, that Treyarch’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta, which began on 19th August and ran through 23rd August, has become the largest beta in PlayStation 4 history!


Moving Call of Duty from Xbox to PlayStation, has caused the Sony console to break worldwide records for the most played beta ever!

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, today confirmed that Treyarch's Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta, which began on 19th August and ran through 23rd August, has become the largest beta in PlayStation®4 (PS4) history.

Millions of gamers downloaded and played the beta, which provided critical feedback and technical data at scale for the Treyarch development team to further fine-tune and polish in preparation for the 6th November launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

"This is about making sure we deliver to our fans the best possible game at launch," said Rob Kostich, senior vice president and general manager of Call of Duty®, Activision Publishing. "Becoming the biggest beta on PS4 speaks to the excitement felt by gamers and the quality of work by Treyarch. And remember, this beta is just a fraction of the overall multiplayer experience and a portion of what's coming on 6th November when the full game - spanning campaign, multiplayer and Zombies hits worldwide."

"We've been looking forward to getting the game into the hands of the people that matter most - the fans," said Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch. "We can't thank them all enough for participating and providing us with invaluable feedback and data that Treyarch is already hard at work incorporating into the game for launch. Our goal is to deliver the best Day One experience possible and this beta - along with the input from our passionate community of fans - has helped position us to do just that."

"Played by millions of PlayStation fans around the world, the response to the beta was massive and shows the strength when bringing together the best-selling console franchise with the best-selling game console," said Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Signalling an impressive start of a new era for PlayStation and this famed franchise, there was no better way to welcome Call of Duty to its new home on PlayStation 4."

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta set new marks on PS4 delivering the most downloads, gameplay sessions and hours of gameplay to date, according to Activision and Sony PlayStation.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is in development at Treyarch for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. The Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta is available now on Xbox One and PC.

For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.com, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @Treyarch and @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is not yet rated.
So what you think of the various comments highlighted above, is this really a new ERA in the PlayStation history, or a bad sign, that now we have nothing but 'Halo-like' games wrecking our fabled Sony consoles?
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I am Bread Rises on to PlayStation 4

Aug 25, 2015 - 5:35 PM - by garyopa
PS Plus Members Get an Additional 10% off During Launch Week

I love the smell of fresh-baked bread. Sandwiches are my favorite food. I am Bread is now on PS4. These things are all true.


Have you ever wanted to play a new type of game on your PlayStation 4 console, that is not the normal genre type of games, well you are now in luck, as 'I am Bread' has risen up from the PC and is now being served up nice warm and toasted on your PSN store.

The bread is fully baked and ready to leave the pan - I am Bread is now available for PlayStation 4. Much like the journey one slice of bread takes to become toast, the master bakers at Bossa Studios have taken players on a journey through Early Access to a full release on PC and now to PS4.

Follow the story of Mr. Murton, a.k.a. Bob from Surgeon Simulator, as he's slowly driven mad by a malevolent slice of bread in this prequel to Bossa Studios' smash hit game. And do it all on the polished definitive edition, designed using a PS4 controller from the start of development. Enjoy the thrilling speed of the bagel race, smash up the house with the baguette, hunt for cheese with the crisp bread, and fly in zero-G - all unlocked from the start of the game.

Bossa Studios worked with developer Just Add Water, known for its recent work on bringing Oddworld: New ‘n' Tasty to current-gen consoles, to help I am Bread rise on the PS4.

If you haven't followed the epic story of Bossa's crumby adventurer, there's no better time to begin.

Details include:
  • PS4 shareplay - for those tough times where may need a friend to jump in to help you out
  • Full trophy support, including the almighty platinum trophy
  • All game modes unlocked from the start

For more information, head to http://www.iambreadgame.com.

I am Bread is now available on the PSN store: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/iam-bread-ps4/
So are you a 'bread' lover, or a 'bread' hater, and if a lover, what side of your slice do you butter and with what?

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Rockstar Editor for GTA making its way to consoles

Aug 25, 2015 - 2:44 PM - by garyopa
Coming in September to PS4 & Xbox One with New Features

Next month, the Rockstar Editor officially makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles as part of the next downloadable update for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online.


For many months, PC Gamers have been enjoying editing their GTA V online experiences, using the RockStar Editor, whereas 'console lovers' were stuck just watching their amazing creations on YT, wondering if they should dig their next-gen box because PC is better.

Well not any more, as RockStar has just announced they been able to port over the 'editor system' to your PS4 and XB1 systems!

Next month, the Rockstar Editor officially makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles as part of the next downloadable update for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online.

This update will also bring with it some new features for the Rockstar Editor that will be available for all three platforms including PC, along with some exciting new gameplay for GTA Online Freemode that we'll be sharing more about in the coming weeks.

NEW FEATURES

Here's a brief rundown of some of the new features that will debut as part of the next official update:

  • Ambient Audio and Sound Effects Library: Add ambient and atmospheric sound design with a library of audio tracks to help bring your scenes to life or add sound effects from a collection of Foley and other sfx.
  • Snapmatic Integration: Now you can export any still frame at a marker point straight to Snapmatic, giving you ultimate freedom when searching for that perfect camera angle.
  • Director Mode Updates: An enlarged minimap with location blips to highlight preset locations, the power to freeze chosen time of day settings and the ability to spawn air and water vehicles.
  • Copy and Paste Marker Properties: Easily copy and paste your audio settings from any marker to another marker in the clip - adding invaluable efficiency to your go-to editing techniques.
  • New Fonts: You'll now have more style options than ever for your titles and credits -- we're tripling the library of available fonts with new styles.

Stay tuned for more features to be added in later updates also.
Well, so what you think is it nice that consoles are finally going to get the same cool features that the PC Master Race had?
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PlayStation tries selling us on Vue with Aqua Teen ad

Aug 21, 2015 - 7:30 PM - by garyopa
WANT TO FEEL OooOoOoOoOoLDDDD?!?!?1

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a 15 years old television program. Remember television? That humble technology before Snapchat, million view pre-teen Minecraft let's plays, and Super Porn?


If you can remember Aqua Teen, then you are old enough to remember TV and also be willing to spend $50 per month to have it!

And Aqua Teen is, apparently, a show still on television (which also still exists, surprisingly!). The internet says the series finale is this Sunday, actually. Until then, Sony wants to squeeze any earned nostalgia out of the program by using it to convince you to pay for PlayStation Vue.

Remember PlayStation Vue? It's hamstrung cable television for $50/month only available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco (or $12/month for access to Showtime -- also still exists! -- nationwide)
Just remember this is NOT your 'NetFlix' thingie for only $9.99, then is TV it is amazing, something your parents used to watch!


NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation tries selling us on Vue with Aqua Teen ad (via) Destructoid
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Man arrested after stuffing PS4 down his pants!

Aug 21, 2015 - 2:23 PM - by garyopa
A PlayStation 4 isn't small and it isn't light. Not even for the allegedly light-fingered.

So is it possible to shove a PS4 down your trousers? Allegedly, Yes, at least for this stupid robber that tried to get away with the perfect shoplifting crime, but ended up getting caught in the act.


Crime stories on Maxconsole involving 'gaming' or 'gamers' are very popular, but this one is bound to make you laugh a bit, because this man decided to impress his kids or girl back home by stuffing a PS4 down his pants and trying to walk out the store without paying for it, and well it seems to be caught, not sure if it was because of the weird looks he got or the fact he added too much bulk to his newly formed manhood by throwing in a few controllers and games to complete the package in what must had been very large pants!

We need to talk trousers.

Specifically, we need to talk what sort of trousers you could get a PlayStation 4 inside.

I'm not playing with you. I'm relaying allegations against Christopher Caldwell, 36, of West Palm Beach, Florida.

As local crime reporter Will Greenlee says on his blog that Caldwell was arrested at Walmart in Port St. Lucie after allegedly shoving a PlayStation 4 down his pants and trying to make off with it.

Some of you will be familiar with the dimensions of one of these fine machines. The PlayStation 4 is 2.09" x 10.83" x 12.01." The box measures 19" x 13" x 4." It weighs around 6 pounds. With the greatest will and moxie, that's quite some box to slip down most people's pants.

But Greenlee insists Caldwell allegedly wasn't satisfied with just the PlayStation. He says in the affidavit records: "Christopher then began concealing the accessories into his pants as well."

He allegedly failed to pay for his haul and may now pay with his liberty. He was arrested for grand felony theft.

But back to the trousers.

Do you really believe he went MC Hammer, all baggy and shiny? Might he have merely donned some low slung and loose-fitting jeans? Might he simply have lost weight or have a pair of pants gifted to him that were far too large?

The Port St. Lucie Police report declares him to be wearing "a white shirt, blue jeans and a green fisherman hat." It adds that Caldwell allegedly removed the PlayStation from the box before inserting it into his trousers.
So now we know you can 'allegedly' fit a PS4 down your pants, but what about the larger size Xbox One, is it big enough to prevent 'shoplifting' maybe Microsoft can use that as 'feature' in way to generate more sales, like in 'you can't leave your home, with an Xbox one', they could run commercials showing 'criminals' getting away of stealing an PlayStation, but when trying to rob your Xbox One that always get caught, making it the 'safer' system to buy as an investment without raising your home insurance costs!

NEWS SOURCE: Man arrested after allegedly stuffing PlayStation in his pants (via) CNET
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CoD: Black Ops III - BETA Now Available on PS4

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:35 AM - by garyopa
Treyarch’s Black Ops III Beta Provides Gamers Hands-On with All-New Multiplayer Experience

First Public Call of Duty Beta Since Call of Duty: World at War Starts First on PS4™ System Through Sunday, 23rd August


The new BETA for the upcoming Black Ops 3 game has already gotten off to a record-breaking opening in the first day on the PlayStation 4 console, as fans are testing out their skills and getting ready for the big launch day in early November.

The start of the highly-anticipated Call of Duty ®: Black Ops III multiplayer beta has arrived on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Beginning today, PS4 system owners worldwide who obtained a beta access code for the Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta will experience Treyarch's new multiplayer gameplay first hand. New maps, modes, specialists, weapon customisations and more, including gameplay progression and the all-new momentum-based, chained movement system will be available for play through Sunday, 23rd August, with other platforms to follow. Players are encouraged to submit their Beta feedback, directly to the studio team, at https://activision.allegiancetech.co...dll?idx=ET2VTC. As the Beta continues, the Treyarch blog will provide updates as events unfold.

"We have poured our heart and soul into making Black Ops III, pushing ourselves to develop the deepest and richest experience we could for Call of Duty® players. We can't wait for the fans to get their hands-on multiplayer so they can provide us with the type of feedback at scale to ensure we deliver the best experience we can come November," said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch. "With the new precision fluid movement system, the introduction of Specialists and an all-new weapon customisation system, there's a ton of multiplayer content in the beta and that's just scratching the surface."

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta represents a fraction of the full version of the game. Fans playing in the Beta can expect to play through three maps that will accommodate various play styles and enjoy high-octane combat that takes advantage of the new momentum-based, chained-movement system, advanced weaponry, new gear and much more. At least seven game modes will be unveiled throughout the Beta, including fan favourites and quite possibly a few surprises along the way. Plus, Beta participants will be able to play as two all-new Specialists in addition to the six previously revealed. The Beta also includes weapon customisation featuring both Create-a-Class and Weapon Paint Shop functionality (Weapon Paint Shop not available on PC version of Beta) as well as gameplay progression covering weapons, scorestreaks and equipment (all progression will reset at the end of the Beta).

"The relationship between SCEA and Activision continues to flourish, allowing us to deliver content to PlayStation® fans before they can get it anywhere else," said Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. "Continuing to redefine the multiplayer experience, Call of Duty: Black Ops III looks and feels incredible and I'm thrilled fans will have the chance to experience it first on the PlayStation®4 system."

Fans looking to get all the latest news and information on the Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta can visit CallofDuty.com, Treyarch's blog or the PlayStation Blog. Here participants can stay up-to-date on any announcements and new details revealed throughout the beta.

Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard and award-winning developer Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivers a campaign that can be played as a full single player game or co-op online with up to four players (on PS4 system, Xbox One and PC), the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty and, a mind blowing Call of Duty Zombies experience that, for the first time, features its own XP progression system. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is in development for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. The Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta will be available on Xbox One and PC starting August 26.

For the latest intel on Black Ops III, check out:
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Sony dates Paris Games Week PlayStation conference

Aug 18, 2015 - 1:16 PM - by garyopa
Sony will attend the 'Paris Event' in full force as they skipped the earlier 'GamesCom' event in EU

Sony will hold its Paris Games Week PlayStation conference on Tuesday, 27th October at 5pm UK time.


Sony earlier had announced they were skipping GamesCom because it was 'too close' to the big E3 event, so they decided to make the 'Paris Games Week' their main EU launching event for all their millions of new PlayStation 4 fans over there, and they are promising to make the event a showcase of many little surprises, and have now officially dated when they are holding their EU press conference.

This is the first year Sony has held back from making a splash at Gamescom in Cologne to attend the French event instead.

It is the company's first major media presentation since E3 in June, when it dazzled by showing snatches of The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7 remaster.

But we're unlikely to learn much more about any of those for a while.

Instead, expect to get a look at this Christmas' biggest PlayStation launches - so that's Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection then and um...

In all seriousness, we're hoping for a No Man's Sky release date (although we'd now be surprised to see it this side of the New Year) and possibly a firmer launch window for Uncharted 4.

We may also see something of the next game from French developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls), and the likes of Rime and Wild.
So what do you think we might be 'shocked' in seeing at the Paris Games Event Week that Sony is going to attend this year.

NEWS SOURCE: Sony dates Paris Games Week PlayStation conference (via) EuroGamer
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Sony to Sell Darth Vader-Themed PlayStation 4

Aug 17, 2015 - 2:08 PM - by garyopa
Launching on November 17th, various Star Wars bundles and special Vader 'console'

Sony Corp. unveiled a Darth Vader-shaped version of its PlayStation 4 game console designed to capitalize on the release of the latest 'Star Wars' film later the year.


All the Star Wars fans that are also PlayStation lovers were cheering yesterday when it was announced that a Vader PS4 was coming.

The Darth Vader console will go on sale Nov. 17, the same day as the Star Wars Battlefront video game from Electronic Arts Inc.

Walt Disney Co., which acquired the rights to "Star Wars" in 2012, is releasing its first installment of the franchise, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," on Dec. 18. The company is also planning on a massive merchandising push tied to the new film.

The PlayStation announcement was made on Sunday, the last day of the biennial D23 Expo, a conference for Disney fans in Anaheim, California. PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in July, according to NPD.
So even if you own a PS4 already, would you buy a Vader version of it?

NEWS SOURCE: Sony to Sell Darth Vader-Themed PlayStation 4 (via) BloomBerg
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PS4 outsells Xbox One in July US sales figures

Aug 14, 2015 - 1:56 PM - by garyopa
How will the PS4/Xbox One battle go in the busier autumn months?

NPD sales results for July show a split decision between Lego Jurassic World and Batman: Arkham Knight as the biggest games of the month.


July is one of the hardest months to get thru for 'gaming companies', sales are almost 'dead flat' as everyone is outside enjoying the summer, and not trapped indoors thinking about playing new games, or buying new consoles, plus the fact almost nothing is released during this month, but yet even with all those factors, the Sony PlayStation 4 console still was able to outsell Microsoft's Xbox One.

July is not a big month for video games, and it's no surprise to find that there's only one new entry in the US sales top 10. Although the results are a little more complicated than they first appear.

Lego Jurassic World is officially the number one selling all-formats game, but chart tracker NPD doesn't included bundled sales in their top 10. If they did, apparently Batman: Arkham Knight would still ‘easily' be number one.

Which you count as number one barely seems to matter though, as both are published by Warner Bros. They're the top publisher so far this year in the US, with sales up over 200 per cent on 2014 (in part because they publish The Witcher 3 in North America).

Meanwhile, controversy over its lack of content hasn't stopped Rory McIlroy PGA Tour from outselling the last game in the series, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, by ‘close to 70 per cent'.

  1. (3) Lego Jurassic World (360/3DS/PS3/XO/Wii U/PS4/PSV)
  2. (1) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4/XO/PC)
  3. (6) Minecraft (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
  4. (7) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
  5. (-) Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour (PS4/XO)
  6. (2) The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (XO/PS4/PC)
  7. (R) Destiny (XO/PS4/360/PS3)
  8. (8) Mortal Kombat X (PS4/XO)
  9. (R) FIFA 15 (PS4/360/XO/PS3/Wii/PSV/3DS)
  10. (10)Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)

Predictably the PlayStation 4 saw the most software sales of the month, although surprisingly the Xbox 360 was second. That's likely due to a combination of Lego Jurassic World and July being generally a very slow period for game sales.

But NPD also claim that it could be due to the announcement about backwards compatibility with the Xbox One, with the suggestion that customers might have felt ‘safer' buying Xbox 360 games knowing they will also work on the newer console.

In terms of hardware sales the PlayStation 4 was once again the number one selling console, although there's no clue how far ahead it was of its rivals. However, Xbox One sales were up 44 per cent on July 2014 and 3DS sales in 2015 have been up 35 per cent on the first seven months of last year.

According to NPD, combined Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware sales are almost twice as high as combined sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 after the same 21 month period.

Despite that, overall retail video game sales were only up 6 per cent on last year, with hardware sales described as seeing ‘modest' growth and software sales ‘flat'.
So what do you think of these figures, and you think the PS4 will still be able to outsell the XB1 during busier holiday season?

NEWS SOURCE: PS4 outsells Xbox One in July US sales figures (via) Metro
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