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  • 06May

    Sony’s giving you $1 million…in identity theft insurance

    If you haven’t been keeping up with the mess that is PlayStation Network’s downtime and the reasoning behind it, here’s a quick recap: Hackers broke in, took a lot of information, Sony took a few days to tell us about it and now people are in a mini-panic. Well, some people are, anyway. We were left wondering what, exactly, Sony was going to do for us now that our information might be out in the wild, and it seems like the answer will ultimately be a very costly one (for them). Sony and Debix, Inc. have made arrangements to offer AllClearID Plus services to PSN and Qriocity users for one year at no cost to the user, since it’s not like it’s easy for us to change our birthdays and addresses like it is a password. You’ll get an activation email sometime in the next few days, and it will

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  • 06May

    Rockstar announces two ‘L.A. Noire’ soundtracks

    Yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that there will be two L.A. Noire soundtracks: The Official Soundtrack and L.A. Noire: Remixed. The remix album features six jazz standards from the soundtrack remixed by DJs. The tracklisting for that is below. The official soundtrack features selections from the score, which was inspired by 1940s films. It also features modern versions of the “torch songs” of the period, written by Stephen Coates with guest vocals from Claudia Brucken. Additional music was composed by Woody Jackson, who worked with Bill Elm on the Red Dead Redemption score. In-game, you’ll also hear over 30 classic jazz tracks featuring the work of the greats, like Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie (both childhood favorites of mine — I know, I’m weird). Both soundtracks will release on iTunes on May 17.   L.A. Noire: Remixed Tracklist 1. Elle Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan – “Stone Cold Dead in the Market”

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  • 06May

    Ubisoft officially announces ‘Assassin’s Creed Revelations’

    Ubisoft officially announced yesterday that Assassin’s Creed Revelations is currently in development for release this November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC (hopefully all at the same time). This will be the fourth game in the series, and the third to feature assassin Ezio Auditore — this will apparently be the “culmination of his adventure.” The game will feature Ezio somewhat shadowing his mentor Altaïr and traveling to Constantinople, “where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.” Well, that doesn’t sound too good, does it? You’ll also be able to manipulate Desmond’s memories and the Animus to both reveal more of the past and learn about the future. The online multiplayer will also return with more modes and maps to test your mettle against other assassins. Game Informer’s latest issue, available May 13, will feature the new title. “Delivering the final chapter of the Ezio trilogy

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  • 06May

    Review: Oops! Prank Party

    Rating: E (for Everyone) Genre: Action & Adventure, Party Publisher: Hudson Entertainment, Inc. Developer: Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. Release Date: October 7, 2010 BUY In my opinion, Oops! Prank Party is a great addition to the party genre.  Although it has been compared to Mario Party, I feel it holds it own and is super fun.  You have the option to jump right in and play with default avatars or to create a custom avatar or avatars, 40 in total can be customized.  First you’ll need an avatar name, give it your own or make one up!  Everything can be chosen from tops to bottoms, jewelry, shoes, and accessories such as hats, scarves, hair bands and bows.  You start off with many choices and as the game progresses, you can win a variety of new items.  On my very first win I won pink cat ears, meow!  Of course you can create your own look and style with facial

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  • 06May

    Discovering New Authors: Short Story Magazines

    When I bought my Nook, one of the first things I did was to subscribe to the digital versions of Asimov’s Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. I used to subscribe to the paper magazines, but I had trouble reconciling the not-so-great quality of the magazine construction with the fact that there were real stories in there I wanted to keep and read. Digital versions perfectly addressed that trouble–I can keep them forever without feeling like I am cluttering up my house! Short fiction is one of my favorite ways to find new sf authors. Science Fiction actually has a pretty rich tradition of short fiction work, with many authors getting their start and making a living though the various short fiction outlets. That is true for many forms of literature, but science fiction short story magazines lasted a lot longer than many other genres. Nowadays it seems

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  • 06May

    Blizzard’s Moonkin Hatchling raises $800,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

    Blizzard’s sales of the Moonkin Hatchling pet for World of Warcraft resulted in an $800,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, according to a press release from yesterday. That number is only 50 percent of the total sales for the pet during November and December last year, so I’ve gotta say it — that’s a lot of Moonkin. At least they’re adorable! Blizzard celebrated the donation on April 29, World Wish Day, by fulfilling the wishes of two fans and inviting them to Blizzard headquarters in Irvine, Calif. The two boys got an inside look at the development of World of Warcraft. “We’ve had a long relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and are proud to help contribute to the great work they do for children,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re also proud of the spirit and generosity of our players – their enthusiasm for World of

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  • 06May

    IndieCade is now accepting submissions

    Our favorite Indie festival, IndieCade is now taking submissions for their 2011 festival. The festival is held in Culver City every year and is one of the coolest events we get to attend. I say that because it’s an event where people showcase unique ideas and really discuss the game industry. Discuss creativity and hopefully be inspiring too. We have sponsored the event in the past because we firmly believe that students really benefit from this event. There are lectures, ability to talk with other developers and great networking opportunities. The festival is October 6-9 and while you should be making plans now for it, why not enter? The deadline for entries is May 31, 2011. You can visit www.IndieCade.com for details but all works are encouraged to enter. Even if you are in the middle of your concept game. So get some friends together, get creative and get noticed!

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