The Xbox Live Security Crisis

The so called “FIFA hacks” plaguing Xbox Live are a story that has spanned months with so many twists and turns it’s even difficult for journalists to keep it all straight. I have endeavored to create a detailed overview of the problem, including a look at all its varied aspects, theoretical causes and potential fixes. We live in trying times. As Sony discovered last Spring, the security of customer information has become a matter of grave trust. Unfortunately, when hackers are determined and sufficiently motivated, no system is entirely secure. In the case of the PSN hack, that attack was[…]

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PlayStation Streaming? On a Summer’s Day?

It’s amazing how a single, off hand comment in an E3 preview article can give birth to such a great deal of anticipation and speculation. I have to believe VG24/7 knew exactly what they were doing when they inserted a throwaway comment about Sony announcing a partnership with a major player in cloud gaming at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo like a bomb into a boilerplate preview. It wasn’t until the rumor was already burning up NeoGAF and other gaming forums that the kernel was published as a stand alone rumor. Despite having so little to go on, gamers across[…]

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Fact Checking: Is Bungie’s Next Game Xbox Exclusive?

In a perhaps unfortunate turn of events for independent developer Bungie, due to the ongoing legal battle between their new publisher and the founders of Infinity Ward, the terms of their publishing agreement signed with Activision in the spring of 2010 have become public. Buried in the 27 page contract, along with a lot of boring sections on employee compensation and publisher liability, were a few scant details on a series of four original games currently under development. What is revealed is fairly vague. The “Destiny” games are described as “massively multiplayer-style sci-fantasy action-shooters” set to be released every other[…]

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Blind Review – Homefront

Invading Stores Tuesday Homefront is publisher THQ’s first real attempt to assault the Call of Duty Throne. Unlike last year’s Medal of Honor from EA, THQ has chosen not to compete head to head with Activision in the crowded Fall, preferring instead to bring their modern military shooter to market in a lighter Spring market. Although March is not traditionally considered the best time for a major release, more and more publishers are pursuing the same strategy of getting out of CoD’s way. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 found some success last year, but can Homefront measure up in terms of[…]

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LTTP: My First Two Weeks with the Xbox 360

Prologue In the summer of 2005, I made the fateful decision to go back to school full time in order to receive a bachelor’s degree. That probably isn’t very interesting to you, but the upshot was that being a poor student prevented me from participating in this console generation. Sure, I went to the occasional party where everyone got drunk and tried to play Marble Mania and Excite Truck on the Wii, but for the three years it took to graduate I mostly gamed on my PC and my trusty PS2. In 2008 I had the good fortune of graduating[…]