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No Personal Info Accessed During PSN Outage [UPDATED]

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The PlayStation Network, which was slated to go down for maintenance tomorrow, has apparently been struck with a sudden DDoS attack that has left the entire network unavailable for users. Sony has managed to begin responses to the public as they try to fix the problem, but there is currently no timetable as to when the service will be restored. Fortunately for users, Sony has revealed that no user information has been revealed in this security attack. 

An update on the PlayStation Blog states, “Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic. Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.”

Other similar attacks on League, Path of Exile, and Blizzard games have also been reported, but it seems that Sony is the only one having issues. 

This page will be updated once more news is released.

4:16 pm EST – Apparently the PSN Status is currently green (I’m also able to sign in with no problem), however Sony is aware that some users are still experiencing issues.  

Community Post – What Video Games Would You Remaster?

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The video games of our childhoods, and some soon after, have managed to strike a dramatic emotional chord with our nerd-beating hearts (my heart wears nerd glasses). They have enlightened our souls, enriched our lives, and destroyed our aging eyes from choppy graphics and lines of written dialogue. And when nostalgia strikes, and it strikes quite often, all of us scramble back to our old consoles and digital downloads of our pasts and immerse ourselves back into memories… only sometimes those wondrous feelings of nostalgia seem to become overwhelmed by age. On Twitter, I asked all of my deliciously awesome followers (yes, you’re all delicious in a maybe-I’m-a-little-creepy-way) what games they would make HD Remasters of.  Read the rest of this page »

Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Note: This review contains minor spoilers.

In a different route that manages to move away from The Avengers, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy introduces an out-of-this-world (laugh at my corny joke) film that is the epitome of summer movie fun.  Read the rest of this page »

The Growth and Fascination Behind eSports

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The idea of eSports became fascinating to me as a young woman who has enjoyed the competitive aspect of gaming since the release of Call of Duty 4. There was a wave of enthusiastic growth, and suddenly every kid played as if they wanted to be professionals. Players became winners who escalated into competitive idols, and now, competitive gaming has developed its own special niche inside of the industry.

It’s still young and misunderstood, and compared to other athletes in spectator sports, professional gamers will probably always remain overwhelmed by controversy. But whether or not you enjoy watching video game tournaments, the niche is rapidly growing. It’s not just a segment of gaming that is held under a tiny microscope anymore, and it doesn’t just appeal to hardcore fans. Read the rest of this page »

Video Games and Collector’s Editions – Worthless or Necessary?

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It’s not enough to just buy a video game anymore. Pre-orders now offer exclusive rewards along with deluxe editions that begin to push you up a steep ladder of sales. I enjoy knowing that I’m going to get some pretty sweet exclusive in-game goodies, even if they’re just decorations or a nice new color of armor, but when companies begin pushing more expensive packages that offer more physical additions… I become a bit baffled. Perhaps this simply stems from my taste of “extras”, but spending hundreds of dollars for a fancy pen and a small art book just isn’t my cup of tea. And yet some games do a phenomenal job in selling these collections. So what are they including that’s enticing people to shell out more money? What items add more value? Read the rest of this page »

Having Thick Skin – Harassment in the Industry

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Note: This article contains graphic language. You can find the original Polygon article here.

I try to avoid the pieces on sexism and harassment mainly because I think I fear attracting that kind of vicious attention, and maybe because sometimes I’m just tired of hearing about it. There comes a time when it becomes exhausting to hear about the brutality that exists in this (and every other) field, to the point where I simply turn my head and focus on something else. Frankly, it’s wrong, and I know that. I compare it to refusing to watch the news because of the negative impact violence and other horrific highlighted stories have on me. It’s not that I’m purposely ignorant; I understand the travesties that take place, particularly against women, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Read the rest of this page »

Review – Town of Salem (Beta)

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I wrote an initial preview to Town of Salem not too long ago on DualShockers, and now that more features have been included, I decided to bite the bullet and write an updated review. Keep in mind that this game is still considered to be in beta so changes, fixes for bugs, and other additions will eventually be implemented.

In Town of Salem, you are placed in a town full of different roles. These roles all have their particular missions, but some are more evil than others. Town members must work to find and eliminate all members of the Mafia. Members of the Mafia must use their individual roles to kill all of the Town members. However, other neutral roles can wreck havoc in the town, including serial killers and arsonists who kill for their own pleasure. Visit the Town of Salem Wiki to learn more about the roles and alignments. The main catch? You don’t know who is a Town member and who is part of the Mafia. Read the rest of this page »

Review – Hemlock Grove Season 2

 

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Note: This review will contain minor spoilers for Hemlock Grove. Read at your own risk. 

Hemlock Grove, an original Netflix series, received less-than-stellar critic reviews for its first season. The negativity was slightly understandable– it was slow and drawn-out and it had odd characters that had no time to fully develop, which made the season feel like it was chopped too short. In my review of the first season, I acknowledged the thought that a continuation would give proper time to these intriguing characters and the mysteries that surround them. Season two manages to successfully do that.

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Daniel Radcliffe Embraces Evil in new ‘Horns’ Teaser [UPDATED]

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In a new horror tale based on Joe Hill’s dark fantasy novel, Daniel Radcliffe sprouts horns and welcomes in some evil in the new teaser trailer for HornsRead the rest of this page »

The Horrors of Gamestop and the Nostalgia of Final Fantasy X

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Note: This contains spoilers for Final Fantasy X. You really need to play it if you’re seriously worried about spoilers… 

Final Fantasy X was the last “new” Final Fantasy I invested time in. I was in middle school, an angst-filled outcast who hated anything to do with school… so while I was home (or pretending to be sick), I filled my time with video games. I think maybe this was the point in my life where I really appreciated the escape video games presented. No other game took up my time like Final Fantasy X despite the fact that I didn’t make it very far into the game. When I was younger, I managed to make it into the second battle against the Al Bhed who were attempting to kidnap Yuna once again. The Crawler managed to kill me way too many times, and suddenly it was years later, the PS2 was obsolete, and I couldn’t even find my original FFX copy. When I found it again, the disc was so scratched that it was obviously unplayable.

I was heartbroken.

So of course when FFX HD was released, my inner child demanded that I get it. Read the rest of this page »

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