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  1. Gaming

    You Can Use Your Real Name on the PlayStation 4 at Launch, While Xbox One Owners Wait

    If you want to use your real name when playing online instead of a silly gamertag, you'll be getting your chance with the next generation of consoles. While Microsoft promises the feature eventually, Sony has confirmed that it will be available as an option with the launch of the PlayStation 4 on November 15th.

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  2. Gaming

    Papo & Yo Launch Trailer is Not Like Other Trailers

    Sony, and by extension the PlayStation 3, has a history of supporting odds and ends via the PlayStation Network. After all, there aren't many games like Flower or Journey on other competing services. That isn't to say Sony is the only one taking chances, but when they do, they're interesting chances to say the least. The fostering of unique and special video games is likely one of the only reasons we're seeing Papo & Yo, a game about a child dealing which his alcoholic father, hit the digital shelves at all. Check out the launch trailer above to see just how different video games can truly be.

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  3. Gaming

    The Embargo on Journey Lifted, Everyone Loves It

    It pains me to be writing this post in such a way, but way back when, I didn't make it into the Journey beta. This time around, I didn't receive any sort of review copy or early release. So, while my likely fangasmic review will be coming sometime shortly after the official release date of March 13 and no matter how broke I am, I will have $14.99, that isn't now, so we'll have to check in on the rest of the Internet. They love it, if you're wondering. Just how much, after the break.

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  4. Gaming

    The Entire PlayStation Network (PSN) Rebranding as Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)

    Move over, venerable PlayStation Network, for Sony doesn't dig the sound of you anymore, and you shall forever be known as the Sony Entertainment Network (until Sony doesn't like the sound of that and changes it to something else). Starting tomorrow, February 7, all PSN accounts will be rebranded as SEN accounts. This shouldn't affect users too much, other than having to associate everything they thought they once knew with the SEN. Sony assures its users that this change is only a name change, and users' account information will stay the same.

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  5. Gaming

    Sony Gets Sued Over PlayStation Network’s No-Sue Clause

    So remember back, after the big Sony hacking fiasco, when Sony pushed a PlayStation Network update that required all users to surrender their right to sue Sony? Well now Sony is getting sued over it. There were a lot of questions about whether the move to include the clause was actually legal, and now we're set to find out. Sony did provide a way to opt-out of the clause, but it was hard to find and even harder to excute; you had to send them a letter snail-mail, which as we all know, is an activity bordering on impossible. Seriously though, it's kind of a pain and that was a pretty sketchy move on Sony's part.

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  6. Gaming

    New PlayStation Network Terms of Service Don’t Allow You to Take Sony to Court

    Today, Sony is asking PlayStation Network members (re: anyone who has ever made an account on their PS3 or PSP to log online) to agree to a new Terms of Service as part of Sony's unification of their online entertainment services. The PSN will be rolled into the Sony Entertainment Network, which shouldn't really affect users very much other than having to hear or see the new name every so often, except for one little detail. The new Terms of Service that PSN users will have to agree to in order to continue using the PlayStation Network includes a tidbit stating that users cannot take Sony to court over a dispute, and instead, must settle things with Sony outside of court. Most users will probably just immediately agree to the new terms without ever reading them, an act of which every single one of us is guilty, but hey, we really want to get online already, okay? If Futurama taught us anything, it is never leave your dog outside of your pizza place while you travel through time, never to return, but more recently, you never know what kind of terms are in an agreement and you should probably read them.

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  7. Gaming

    Spanish Police Reportedly Arrest 3 Men Suspected of PSN Hack

    According to the New York Times, Spanish police have detained three men "suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world." Sony's PSN woes have been the tech security fiasco of the year to this point, with the online gaming network brought down for more than a month following a breach that may left "customer names, addresses, usernames, passwords and as many as 2.2 million credit card numbers" exposed.

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  8. Gaming

    The PlayStation Store, Including the Rest of PSN Services, Relaunching By End of Week

    Reported straight from Sony's official PlayStation Blog, they expect the rest of the currently missing PlayStation Network services to return by the end of the week, which includes the most important part of the PSN besides online gaming -- the PlayStation Store. Sony plans to fully restore PSN services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea) by the end of this week. Yes, if the store isn't restored today, then Sony's original May 31 deadline for restoring the store will have passed, and yes, that does mean they missed yet another deadline that they set themselves regarding PSN service restoration, and yes, that means this new deadline might not mean anything either. No one would blame anyone for not exactly expecting full PSN services back by this new deadline, but hey, they've already been gone for so long, the estimated "by the end of this week" deadline seems spot on. I mean, what else is there to do, right? Right? Let me give you my money already, Sony! Jeez. (via PlayStation Blog)

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  9. Gaming

    PlayStation Network Hopes to Bribe You to Forgive Them

    For better or worse, it seems like the PlayStation Network is slowly recovering from its unannounced demise at the hands of some rogue hackers that may or may not be associated with the Anonymous hacker group. Barring some leftover exploitation of the computer’s password reset page, there’s been little to report in the way of horrible things happening to Sony as of late. That’s because they’re preparing to completely re-launch it all.

    Who knows what’s going to happen during the Sony presser at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in just less than two weeks. But we do know they are not just ignoring the crisis they, as a company, endured either.  Through a special Welcome Back promotion, they’re going to be offering two free downloads of a small list of popular games to show some kind of appreciation to their returning customers. In addition, they will be offering a month of PlayStation Plus access. That’s all supposed to happen at some nebulous point after the store comes back online. As of writing this, that has yet to happen. The store is still, as they put it, “undergoing maintenance” until further notice. Even so, the list includes some impressive titles. LittleBigPlanet and inFAMOUS are two major contenders for the absolute best of what’s being offered. Those are two titles that, regardless of other circumstances, one should probably be pleased with adding to one’s collection of well-crafted games. But that’s part of the problem.

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  10. Gaming

    It Never Ends: PlayStation Network Password Page Was Compromised

    A couple of days ago, we reported that Japanese authorities weren't allowing Sony to turn on the PlayStation Network in Japan because they felt Sony's promised security countermeasures were not yet completed. Well, it turns out said authorities may have been correct, as Nyleveia first reported and Eurogamer has seen video evidence that Sony's PlayStation Network password page was compromised. The hack allowed anyone to change any account password, so long as said account's email and date of birth was known, regardless of if said account had its password changed when the PSN returned. If a culprit did not know an account's email address or date of birth, said account remained safe, though the problem here is that the PSN went down precisely because that information -- along with a load of other sensitive information -- was obtained through the initial hack. Eurogamer reports they have seen video evidence that verifies the password hack worked, but luckily, Sony took down the password page shortly after Nyleveia began reporting the hack. As of now, users will still be able to sign into the PSN via their PlayStation 3 or PSP, but Nyleveia suggests "that everyone, regardless of if they have been affected or not, create a new password and change their account email to one they do not use anywhere else, and will not be sharing with anyone else just for additional security." (Nyleveia via Eurogamer)

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  11. Gaming

    PlayStation Network Free Games Detailed

    Not too long after the PlayStation Network went down, Sony promised two free games from a list of PS3 and PSP games, as well as 30 days of free PlayStation Plus service. Sony has officially released the details over on the PlayStation Blog, and they're not throwaway titles after all, though they may be titles you already own.

    Shortly after the PlayStation Store has returned (rumored to return by the end of this week), the following list of titles will be available to choose from for 30 days:

    • Dead Nation (PS3)
    • inFAMOUS (PS3)
    • LittleBigPLanet (PS3)
    • Super Stardust HD (PS3)
    • Wipeout HD + Fury (PS3)
    • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
    • ModNation Racers (PSP)
    • Pursuit Force (PSP)
    • Killzone Liberation (PSP)
    Along with two of the above titles of your choice, Sony will be offering a free 30 days of PlayStation Plus membership, existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a free 60 days, PlayStation Home will be offering users over 100 free virtual items, existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days, existing members of Music Unlimited Premium and Basic will receive an additional 30 days of service as well as additional days to cover time lost from the outage, and a selection of "On Us" movie rentals will be made available over one weekend that has yet to be named.

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  12. Gaming

    Japan Prevents Sony From Turning On the PlayStation Network

    Even though the PlayStation Network officially returned yesterday in North America and Europe, the service remains down in its homeland of Japan because Japanese authorities do not believe Sony's promised security countermeasures have been completed. Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, states they met with Sony on both May 6 and 13 and wanted two things, the first being "preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference," and claims that he could not disclose exactly what the preventative measures are due to security reasons. The second topic discussed was how Sony will attempt to regain customer confidence after the hack and leak of subscriber personal information. Nobutani claims, "There were similar cases in the past that were caused by other firms, and we are asking Sony whether their measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past," making Japan's blockage of the PSN seem a little overcautious, in that Sony's strategy for regaining customer trust should have more to do with marketing than security measures.

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  13. Gaming

    PlayStation Network Returns

    The PlayStation Network is back, thus ending a monthlong nightmare of having to play the passionately-crafted storymode of games and being forced to buy our games in tangible form at retail stores, having to put on clothes and interact with people. As of last night, Sony rolled out firmware update 3.61, which, after downloading and forcing users to change their previously hacked PSN passwords, allowed us back onto the network so we could obsessively compare our trophies with buddies on our friends list and finally get to PS3 Portal 2 co-op. The soothing green in the map above represents which regions have had PSN service restored. Last night when the announcement first hit the Internet, only a small portion of the northeastern United States was illuminated, though as one can see from the above map, service should be restored to rest of the country as of this morning. The official PlayStation Blog reports that if you are within a region that is supposed to have regained PSN service, but do not currently actually have PSN service, nothing is wrong, and the rollout may just take a bit of time to hit your area. The PlayStation Blog also reports that if there are certain features that are still down, such as the PlayStation Store, they are working on getting said feature(s) up as soon as possible. And what about those free games and service subscriptions Sony promised us as an apology for the PSN outage? Well, they haven't been announcement yet, but Kaz Hirai himself assured us the packages will be announced within the coming days, and that they will be region specific. Head on past the break to see Kaz Hirai's official announcement of the PSN's restoration, then quickly hop into Portal 2 and get testing. GLaDOS can't wait all day.

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  14. Gaming

    Report: PlayStation Network to Be ‘Fully’ Rebooted by May 31

    On April 30, Sony announced via its blog that PlayStation Network service would be back within a week: Well, it's May 9th, so so much for that. According to Bloomberg, Sony's plan "to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged," but a Sony exec said the company is "uncertain when it can resume the services." Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal report, taken in conjunction with a new Playstation Blog posting, explains the unsurprising reason for the delay: More security testing, which is not a bad idea considering that Sony may already have opened itself up to waves of class-action lawsuits on account of the initial breach. Sony:

    Based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we’re doing everything we can to make it happen. We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage.
    (Bloomberg via USA Today, WSJ. title pic via Penny Arcade.)

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  15. Gaming

    PlayStation Network Back Within Week, Sony Giving Free Downloads as Apology

    The saga of the PlayStation Network outage will be coming to a close within a week, according to Sony. Having built new security measures into the network, Sony will begin a phased restoration of the network's services, which includes online game-play, Qriocity services, account management and password reset, access to download un-expired movie rentals, PlayStation@Home, friends list and chat functionality. Along with restoring the default PSN functions as well as the added security features, Sony will be creating a new position within the company, Chief Information Security Officer, whose sole purpose is to monitor the safety of user data, as well as to supplement existing information security personnel.

    With the service going live again, Sony will force a password change for each user in the form of a required system software update that will only allow users to update and change their password on the same PlayStation 3 console on which their account was activated. Also, like a certain blogger may have predicted, Sony will be offering a variety of free downloads and services based on region, in the form of the "Welcome Back Appreciation Program." The program will provide free content downloads based on territory, all existing PSN customers will receive a free 30 day membership to the PlayStation Plus service, all PlayStation Plus members will receive a free 30 days of the service, and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers will receive 30 days of free service as well.

    So, it looks like we can put this business behind us soon enough. Hopefully PSN users didn't experience any kind of credit card or identity issues from the hack, and hey, hopefully the free content Sony will be offering will be something worthwhile.

    (via PlayStation.Blog)

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