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Eufloria is a pleasure to look at and to listen to; very much in the vein of its predominant PSN predecessors. Unfortunately, unlike the games that have come before it Eufloria never manages to stand on its own in terms of core gameplay. While it tries out some interesting ideas to slip into the console RTS space this experience withers before it can blossom.Eufloria is a pleasure to look at and to listen to; very much in the vein of its... more
On Thursday, Sony added another mandatory update for the PlayStation Network. It was the usual half-hour affair to download and install the update, preempted by the terms of service that no one ever reads. However, Scott Grill from the Examiner found it to be a very interesting read, pointing out this juicy tidbit:
“ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A NAMED OR UNNAMED MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGALACTION, UNLESS BOTH YOU AND THE SONY ENTITY WITH WHICH YOU HAVE A DISPUTE SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO DO SO IN WRITING FOLLOWING INITIATION OF THE ARBITRATION. THIS PROVISION DOES NOT PRECLUDE YOUR PARTICIPATION AS A MEMBER IN A CLASS ACTION FILED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 20, 2011.”
Sony was subjected to multiple class action lawsuits this year when the PSN’s security was breached by hackers, and previously experienced a series of lawsuits when they removed Linux compatibility with a mandatory firmware update. Making it impossible to opt out of future lawsuits is not exactly allowed, so Sony added another section to the update:
“IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE MAILED TO 6080 CENTER DRIVE, 10TH FLOOR, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045, ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT/ARBITRATION AND MUST INCLUDE: (1) YOUR NAME, (2) YOUR ADDRESS, (3) YOUR PSN ACCOUNT NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, AND (4) A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH ANY SONY ENTITY THROUGH ARBITRATION.”
Instead of making it impossible, they chose to make it difficult. You can mail a letter stating that you do not want to take part in the arbitration part of the new PSN update. If you already updated, you better send that letter now – your thirty days are passing by. (As a side note, I recommend you keep a copy, send it through registered mail, and have signature delivery confirmation; keep records of everything. You wouldn’t want Sony to lose your letter.)
Sony’s PR representative, Patrick Seybold, claims the update is “designed to benefit both the consumer and the company by ensuring that there is adequate time and procedures to resolve disputes.” Many gamers disagree, as evidenced on articles and forums, as the literature clearly leans towards preventing lawsuits against Sony and not towards helping users get the protection or justice they deserve.
Long. Live. Lawsuits.
this info comes from our good friends at ripten check there page for some high quality news. make sure and bookmark this website for more info and follow us on twitter @videogameprideOn Thursday, Sony added another mandatory update for the PlayStation Network. It was... more
Avast ye, me hearties! At PS3 Attitude, we’re celebrating the PlayStation Network with our ‘20 Days of PSN’ feature, and coming in at number 16 is Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.
http://www.ps3attitude.com/new/2011/09/20-days-psn-monkey-island-lechuck-revenge/Avast ye, me hearties! At PS3 Attitude, we’re celebrating the PlayStation... more
PS3 Attitude previews NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. It's a download only NBA Jam game coming this October to PSN and XBLA.
http://www.ps3attitude.com/new/2011/09/nba-jam-on-fire-edition-hands-on-preview/PS3 Attitude previews NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. It's a download only NBA Jam game... more
The July 8 date coincides with Sony Online Entertainment's Fan Faire, which runs from July 7-9 in Las Vegas.
The original PlanetSide was a blend of FPS and MMO, released on the PC in 2003. While it never really came together, thanks to the limited technology of the time, its mere promise was enough to garner it a decent following.The July 8 date coincides with Sony Online Entertainment's Fan Faire, which runs... more
Independent development studio Minority has announced that their first title, Papo & Yo, will be coming exclusively to the PlayStation Network.
http://www.ps3attitude.com/new/2011/06/papo-yo-announced-exclusively-playstation-network/Independent development studio Minority has announced that their first title, Papo... more
"The hack involves the PSN web-based password reset page, where it’s said anyone can change someone else’s password using their PSN account email and date of birth—both details possibly obtained by hackers in the mid-April breach..."
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/13853-Sony-PlayStation-Network-Hacked-Once-Again.html"The hack involves the PSN web-based password reset page, where it’s said... more
Finals week is upon us, and some people have already put the finishing touches on their semester. However, in this lull (either due to studying or pre-E3 silence), we’ve been able to pick out some notable news for the date. Sony finds itself having to defend its “Welcome Back” offer, while other members of Sony go on the offensive. We’ve also got some news on the mobile gaming front.Finals week is upon us, and some people have already put the finishing touches on... more
Use this handy guide to help you choose your return to PSN. All the available games are covered, with quick reviews ans ratings for each.Use this handy guide to help you choose your return to PSN. All the available games... more
We're finally able to play Brink on the PS3! Yay? At least Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in the works.We're finally able to play Brink on the PS3! Yay? At least Beyond Good &... more
The light at the end of the tunnel is finally getting brighter for Playstation 3 users. Yesterday, news broke that Sony would release a mandatory software update for all Playstation 3 users. This update would bring the Playstation Network back online in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.The light at the end of the tunnel is finally getting brighter for Playstation 3... more
Episode 306. We zip through what we’ve been playing, shoot briefly through the news, and manage to riff on the state of the games journalism industry, surely pissing everyone off.
In this episode: Mortal Kombat, Gears of War 3 BetaEpisode 306. We zip through what we’ve been playing, shoot briefly through the... more
Hackers might have accessed up to 25,000 e-mail addresses and 350 résumés during an attack on game developer Eidos Interactive’s websites, parent company Square Enix said Friday.
The security breach, which Square Enix said occurred Wednesday, could have given hackers access to user data for the Deus Ex: Human Revolution website, as well as résumés submitted by job applicants to Eidos.
“Square Enix can confirm a group of hackers gained access to parts of our Eidosmontreal.com website as well as two of our product sites,” the company told Joystiq. “We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again.”
Square Enix added that it would be contacting all parties that might have been affected by the breach, emphasizing that no credit card information was compromised.
According to a report by former Washington Post writer Brian Krebs, the official Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Eidos websites were inaccessible Thursday morning. During this period, hackers reportedly put up a banner that read “Owned by Chippy1337.”
The hackers, Krebs wrote, said they plan to distribute the stolen information on file sharing networks. His report pegs the volume of information stolen, according to the hackers, to be the personal information of more than 80,000 users and 9,000 ésumés.
A recent Ars Technica report suggests there might be discord among members of hacking collective Anonymous, centering on a 17-year-old British hacker named Ryan. According to a chat log uncovered by Krebs, the Eidos hackers attempted to frame Ryan for the attack.
It’s unclear whether this is related to the crippling hack on Sony’s PlayStation Network several weeks ago that left millions of users’ personal information at risk. Anonymous has disavowed responsibility for that attack.
Neither Square Enix nor Eidos Interactive responded to Wired.com’s requests for comment Friday.Hackers might have accessed up to 25,000 e-mail addresses and 350... more
Grab a cup, it's a loooong morning. News on Alan Wake 2, MDK 2, PSN date for return, and more!Grab a cup, it's a loooong morning. News on Alan Wake 2, MDK 2, PSN date for... more
Since April 20th the PSN service has been for all attentive purposes out of commission. Even with assurances from Sony that some services would be at least partially operational by now do not appear to pan out with millions of Playstation 3 users still not able to login and use the Playstation Network. More troubling, Bloomberg news reported it may be down for quite some time.Since April 20th the PSN service has been for all attentive purposes out of... more
Sony has been forced to remove the stolen names and partial addresses of 2,500 sweepstakes contestants posted on a hacked website owned by the Japanese-based corporation.
The data reportedly originated from customers who entered a product contest way back in 2001. Fortunately, the compromised list did not include credit card information, social security numbers or passwords.
"The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony," a company spokesperson told Reuters.
The embarrassing attack comes just days after Sony CEO Howard Stringer issued an official apology over a series of security breaches which compromised the personal information of millions and unceremoniously downed the PlayStation Network.
"In the coming days, we will restore service to the networks and welcome you back to the fun," said Stringer.
"I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are committed to serving you to the very best of our ability, protecting your information better than ever, and getting you back to what you signed up for - all the games and great entertainment experiences that you expect from Sony."
Meanwhile, Sophos security analyst Chester Wisniewski noted that Sony "seemed to be living a nightmare" as hack and extract operations continued with no real end in sight.
"In an organization as large as Sony the hackers targeting them may be able to continue to find low hanging fruit. Un-patched old equipment at any of the various Sony subsidiaries could continue to embarrass Sony publicly," Wisniewski explained.
"[Of course], Sony Playstation Network users are starting to get quite impatient as they await the return of the online gaming service... [Still], in this case Sony is certainly doing the right thing. It is better to be offline and identify what must be done to return the service to a secure state than to simply turn it back on and allow attackers to target even more data."
Obviously, there is no word yet on when the PSN will be back up, as Sony spinner Patrick Seybold confirmed (on Friday) the company was still testing system security.
"As you've heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won't restore the services until we can test the system's strength in these respects... We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage," he added.Once again: Sony has been forced to remove the stolen names and partial addresses... more
Day 14 of no PSN. Split/Second 2 canceled? Use L.A. Noire as a dumbbell? Assassin’s Creed sequel? The top gaming stories for Thursday, May 5th!Day 14 of no PSN. Split/Second 2 canceled? Use L.A. Noire as a dumbbell?... more
Anonymous posted this statement on Daily Kos:
Last month, an unknown party managed to break into Sony's servers and acquired millions of customer records including credit card numbers. Insomuch as that this incident occurred in the midst of Anonymous' OpSony, by which participants engaged in several of our standard information war procedures against the corporation and its executives, Sony and other parties have come to blame Anonymous for the heist. Today, in a letter directed to members of Congress involved in an inquiry into the situation, Sony claimed to have discovered a file on its servers, presumably left by the thieves in question, entitled "Anonymous" and containing a fragment of our slogan, "We are Legion." In response, we would like to raise the following points:
1. Anonymous has never been known to have engaged in credit card theft.
2. Many of our corporate and governmental adversaries, on the other hand, have been known to have lied to the public about Anonymous and about their own activities. HBGary, for instance, was caught lying a number of times to the press, to the public, and to Anonymous itself (in this phone call, for instance, ( http://tinyurl.com/...) CEO Aaron Barr makes a number of untrue statements regarding the intent of his "research," claiming for instance that he never tried to sell the information to the FBI when e-mails acquired soon showed that he had been set to do just that; executive Karen Burke was also caught lying to Bloomberg about having not seen an incriminating e-mail that she had in fact replied to just a few days before). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lied about not having seen the criminal proposal created by them for Team Themis; Palantir lied about not having any idea what their employees were up to; Berico publicly denounced a plan that they had actively engaged in creating; etc. There is no corporation in existence will choose the truth when lies are more convenient.
3. To the contrary, Anonymous is an ironically transparent movement that allows reporters in to our operating channels to observe us at work and which has been extraordinarily candid with the press when commenting on our own activities, which is why reporters prefer to talk to us for truthful accounts of the situation rather than go to our degenerate enemies to be lied to.
4. Whoever broke into Sony's servers to steal the credit card info and left a document blaming Anonymous clearly wanted Anonymous to be blamed for the most significant digital theft in history. No one who is actually associated with our movement would do something that would prompt a massive law enforcement response. On the other hand, a group of standard online thieves would have every reason to frame Anonymous in order to put law enforcement off the track. The framing of others for crimes has been a common practice throughout history.
5. It should be remembered that several federal contractors such as HBGary and Palantir have been caught planning a variety of unethical and potentially criminal conspiracies by which to discredit the enemies of their clients. This is not a theory - this is a fact that has been reported at great length by dozens of journalists with major publications. Insomuch as that our enemies have either engaged in or planned to engage in false flag efforts, it should not be surprising that many of the journalists who have covered us, who know who we are and what motivates us - and who have alternatively seen the monstrous behavior of those large and "respectable" firms that are all too happy to throw aside common decency at the behest of such clients as Bank of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - also have their suspicions that some capable party performed this operation as a means by which to do great damage to Anonymous in the public eye. Those who consider such a prospect to be somehow unlikely are advised to read about what was proposed by Team Themis in their efforts to destroy Wikileaks, and should otherwise take a few minutes to learn about COINTELPRO and other admitted practices by the U.S. intelligence community. The fact is that Anonymous has brought a great deal of discomfort to powerful entities such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Palantir, and much of the federal government; the Justice Department in particular is likely unhappy that our efforts revealed that it was they themselves who recommended the now-discredited "law firm" Hunton & Williams to Bank of America in order that the latter might better be able to fight back against Wikileaks. All of this is now public record, and anyone who finds it laughable that those or other entities may have again engaged in tactics that they are known to have engaged in in the past is not qualified to comment on the situation.
Anonymous will continue its work in support of transparency and individual liberty; our adversaries will continue their work in support of secrecy and control. The FBI will continue to investigate us for crimes of civil disobediance while continuing to ignore the crimes planned by major corporations with which they are in league.
We do not forget, even if others fail to remember.
We not forgive, even if others forgive our enemies for those things for which we are attacked.
We are legion, and will remain so no matter how many of our participants are raided by armed agents of a broken system.
We are Anonymous.
Supposedly there will be a third attack against the Playstation Network. However I hope Anonymous will not partake and in fact, track down the scumbags that framed them and show Sony and some disgruntled playstation and psp owners that they're a force of good.Anonymous posted this statement on Daily Kos: Last month, an unknown party managed... more
“Sony is saying the credit cards were encrypted, but we are hearing that the hackers made it into the main database, which would have given them access to everything, including credit card numbers,” said security consultant Mathew Solnik for The New York Times...
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/13432-PlayStation-Hackers-Boast-Over-Two-Million-Credit-Cards.html“Sony is saying the credit cards were encrypted, but we are hearing that the... more