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  • 30Apr

    Sony details their ‘Welcome Back’ program, most PSN services back up within a week

    A press conference in Tokyo this morning allowed Sony to announced that they will soon begin a phased restoration of PlayStation Network services. (They still have no proof that card numbers were taken, but apparently 100 percent of credit card security codes weren’t taken, at least. So I guess that’s something comforting.) A press release detailed that Sony has engaged with multiple security firms in order to beef up their server protection. They’ll be monitoring their software a little more closely, adding enhanced encrypting, be able to better detect odd activity patterns and also be adding additional firewalls. In addition, this intrusion caused the company to expedite the move of servers to a new location, and while that’s not complete yet, it is one of the later “phases” of recovery. The very first phase is one that most of us will be interested in. It includes: Restoration of Online game-play

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  • 30Apr

    GamingAngels Weekly Roundup Episode 4

    Hey there, Angels! We’re back with two-thirds (PLUS ONE-THIRD, A.K.A. EVERYONE) and it’s time for some news. As well as Trina’s English accent (for about ten seconds, anyway). Show notes are below the player. Download the file here. First — what do we think the next gaming gimmick’s gonna be? (Thanks, @ind1fference!) And a little bit of what we’ve been playing this week. The news isn’t as listy this time around — as Elizabeth says, it’s a weak week. We make the best of what we’ve got, though! We do go into the PSN debacle, what Sony should be doing for us, possible recompense for some paying users, the new Nintendo console, the slightly-less-new Nintendo 3DS, and Valve just being awesome and giving out Portal 2 DLC. It’s a fun listen, in any case. Also, in a Very Special Episode of Weekly Roundup, Tiffany tells you how to donate to

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  • 29Apr

    Free Portal 2 DLC coming this summer

    Valve Software announced this afternoon that the first add-on content for Portal 2 will be released this summer. The creatively-titled “Portal 2 DLC #1” (that’s probably just a working title, but this is Aperture, so who knows) will contain new test chambers, challenge mode for both single- and multiplayer modes and leaderboards. (I tried to get a little more detail by clicking the link offered in the press release, but that…well, it went to the Left 4 Dead blog. I don’t know whether to read into that or not, especially because of the ARG before Portal 2′s release.) UPDATE: Doug Lombardi says it’s a random mistake. It would be cool if it wasn’t, though. This content will be free for all platforms. Valve also announced that Portal 2 is its fastest-selling release since Half-Life 2, so that’s also pretty impressive.

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  • 29Apr

    Rockstar reveals ‘L.A. Noire’ Social Club details

    I don’t know if you joined Rockstar’s Social Club for Red Dead Redemption, but it was pretty cool. They’re bringing that functionality to this May’s L.A. Noire. You get a few neat features if you sign up for it — a new suit and the ability to ask the community which responses they’d use in certain situations, for one. Social Club members also get access to the 100% completion map, which lets you know exactly what you need to do to achieve that coveted goal. You’ll also be able to track case progress as well as achievement progress on the Internet. Pretty cool — I know I’ll be signing up. Check out the full list of perks here.

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  • 29Apr

    DCUO and Free Realms players on PS3 to receive some kind of compensation for PSN downtime

    In the ongoing saga of this mess that is the PSN outage, one question hadn’t been answered yet: What about people who use their PS3s to play either Free Realms or DC Universe Online? Sony sort of attempted an answer at that with this Q&A, posted on PlayStation.Blog yesterday. Q: What if we have a subscription to PS3 MMOs DC Universe Online or Free Realms? Will we get compensation for that? A: From Sony Online Entertainment: “We apologize for any inconvenience players may have experienced as a result of the recent service interruption. As a global leader in online gaming, SOE is committed to delivering stable and entertaining games for players of all ages. To thank players for their patience, we will be hosting special events across our game portfolio. We are also working on a “make good” plan for players of the PS3 versions of DC Universe Online and

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  • 29Apr

    Aksys releasing a ‘BIT.TRIP’ compilation for 3DS

    Apologies to all for a lack of news yesterday. This kind of happened. Yesterday, Aksys Games announced that a compilation of all six BIT.TRIP games titled /BIT.TRIP SAGA/ (yeah, I don’t get the slashes, either) is coming to Nintendo’s 3DS, along with the requisite 3Dification. Here’s a full list of each game’s features, per Aksys: - BIT.TRIP BEAT marks the beginning of CommanderVideo’s epic journey of the soul with: o Crazy boss battles! o Ultra-precise controls! o A Crazy Chiptune-inspired soundtrack! o Special Chiptune guest star Bit Shifter! o Classic gameplay with brain-melting visuals! o Intriguing cut scenes! - BIT.TRIP CORE is the second installment in CommanderVideo’s soul quest with: o Beautiful boss battles! o Classic NES-style controls! o A thumpin’ Chiptune-inspired soundtrack! o Special Chiptune Guest Star Bubblyfish! o Mind-melting challenges! o Revealing cut scenes! - BIT.TRIP VOID continues CommanderVideo’s epic journey with: o Mid-level checkpoints! o Epic boss

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  • 28Apr

    Alabama tornado hits close to home

    Yesterday two of our staff members, Tiffany (aka @kweenie) and Tiara (aka @GamesAre4Girls) were unfortunate enough to experience the tornado that went through Alabama. “I woke up this morning and it felt like everything that happened yesterday was just a nightmare. I still don’t know if I’m actually awake, but I do know that I’m very lucky to be alive, either way,” said Tiffany. Thankfully, both of them and their families are all safe and well. As a former “Tornado Alley” resident after hearing all of the bad stuff brewing I was nervous, as were the rest of the staff here. Once the tornado passed through, Tiffany went out and shot video of some of the destruction that occurred only a few blocks from her home. The devastation from tornadoes is always bad, especially the larger ones like what has been determined to have hit Tuscaloosa. All of us at

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  • 28Apr

    Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (pt 2) trailer

    It’s time to get excited! The brand new Harry Potter part 2 trailer is out today! Time to pre-order tickets?

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  • 28Apr

    PopCap helps Make A Wish come true

    I saw this on PopCap’s Facebook and it immediately gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. PopCap teamed up with the Make A Wish foundation to make a 9 year old’s wish come true. Owain Weinert is a soccer fan that plays alot of video games. He also is diagnosed with pre-B Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Weinert has been able to visit the PopCap’s office, stopping in to work on the third-person shooter. His game, Allied Star Police will be unofficially released tonight at the PopCap offices. Here is the footage from a News Channel that covered the event:  

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  • 28Apr

    $100 million lawsuit filed against Beyonce

    I don’t think you’re ready for this…that must have been Beyonce’s reasoning for deserting a company making a game title in her name. Unfortunately, game developer Gate Five is not finding it amusing and has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the pop star. Gate Five states that they partnered with Beyonce to create a dance game called Starpower: Beyonce. Things went sour when Ms. Knowles decided she wanted more money for her booty shaking prowess. Unfortunately this demand caused a ripple affect with the layoff of 70 employees, and the eventual shut down of the company due to scared investors. “In early December everything was still a go. And then the week of Christmas, she said that’s it, I don’t want to hear from you guys, go away, resulting in 70 people losing their jobs,” said Gate Five founder Greg Easley in an interview. “We’d much rather make a

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