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Games

  • PlayStation Network up and down again

    Sony’s efforts to revive its PlayStation Network (PSN) have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled PSN and its Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber attack that resulted in it being shut down for weeks. “We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an update posted at the PlayStation blog. “Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved,” he explained. “In the process of...

  • PlayStation network only back up by June

    Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services are still down, and full service will probably only by restored by 31st May, says a Bloomberg report. Quoting Shigenori Yoshida, a spokesperson in Tokyo, Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services. After a major hack between the 17th and 19th April, unknown miscreants targeted Sony servers holding customer logins and (potentially unencrypted) credit card details, and heisted upwards of 25 million users' data (a detailed timeline here). Sony quickly shut down a number of online services, and also had to face the music with various governments' data privacy watchdogs, from...

  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River [Hamper Giveaway]

    Stand a chance to win some limited edition Operation Flashpoint: Red River Gear as well as two copies of this brand new, cutting edge, strategic military shooter for you and a fellow brother in arms. Between Afghanistan and China, the world’s next flashpoint is about to erupt. The valleys, towns and mountains of Tajikistan will become bloody frontlines for the might of the People’s Liberation Army, insurgent guerilla fighters and the United States Marine Corps. To stand a chance to win a double copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and a set of limited edition Red River t-shirts and...

  • Geeks move over, families move in — A Kinect review

    In 1978 my Binatone TV Master played pong. You definitely didn’t work up a sweat. Working up a sweat is now de rigueur, since Nintendo introduced Wii in 2006. When kinect hit the scene, Wii and Playstation suddenly looked archaic. Imagine brandishing an actual controller. How retro! With kinect, your body is the controller. So, state of the art interaction. But could I justify forking out a significant amount of money for it? My love of video games and my young family have not been fitting too well together. Shouldn’t I be spending my money on sensible school shoes...

  • Piracy is theft and you know it

    When my brother and I used to game on our beloved Commodore 64 back in the 80s we used to save our Eid money every year to buy new games at the Dion store. As far as we were aware, that was the only place where you could actually buy games. That system of saving up meant we were guaranteed at least two new games a year. If we were really lucky, my dad would add on a few bucks and we’d buy a compilation set, that had five or six games in a pack. That yearly ritual of...

  • Games are from the future, but load times are from the past

    I’m not usually one to be a show-off, because history has shown me that whenever I try to show how cool I am, inevitably the fates, or whatever, decide to knock me back down. Case in point. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of friends over and decided to brag with my new PlayStation Move. I hadn’t had a chance to use it at all myself, so unpacking it was a fresh experience for both me and my green eyed audience. I am meticulous about unpacking gadgets, always taking care to note how everything is placed...

  • Angry Birds for BlackBerry. Sort of.

    If you’ve been craving Angry Birds action on your BlackBerry, may we present erm... Angry Farm, a naming portmanteau made up of two of the most successful casual gaming franchises in recent history namely, Angry Birds and Farmville. Available exclusively for BlackBerry OS 4.6 and up, Angry Farm sees hapless farm animals having to defend themselves from from hungry foxes in the farmer’s absence. In Smarter Apps' own words: Help the angry animals fight back to clear the farm of marauding foxes. The angry animals are armed with a catapult and they fly through the air like furious birds...

  • Dead Island: Great trailer, but what’s it all about?

    The corner of the internet that deals with videogames nearly tore itself in half with excitement for the trailer of a new Zombie apocalypse-themed game called Dead Island. If you have seen it I am willing to bet that you found it every bit as compelling as everyone else did. It is a brilliant piece of cinema, combining an excellent score, technically brilliant visuals and innovative editing that achieves its impact by playing a large part of the sequence in reverse. All those elements combined to tell a horrific, desperate and sorrowful narrative centering on the death of a...

  • The 10 most anticipated games of 2011

    The gaming industry has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Growing from an 8-bit sanctuary for the inner most circles of geekdom to one of the most lucrative facets of mainstream entertainment. It has evolved from developer's basements and garages to massive multi-million dollar corporations shelling out astronomical budgets to churn out blockbuster epics. With A-list voice acting from some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the latest...

  • Gran Turismo 5: Missed opportunities at every turn

    Getting ready to play a new game can sometimes be like that first conversation with a girl you like. She is very pretty (graphics look amazing), she has similar interests to you (your favorite genre) and people that know her have only good things to say (comes highly recommended by other gamers). But when you take the plunge and actually engage her, it doesn’t work out like you had hoped. Sometimes she's a total hellion filled with the crazy, sometime she’s perfectly nice but just not meant for you. Either way, you are left disappointed. No-one has a monopoly on disappointment,...