Rebecca Hurd

North Korea Denies Involvement in Sony Pictures Hacking

As previously reported, Sony Pictures fell Victim to a DDOS attack from a group calling themselves #GOP (Guardians of the Peace). Since the announcement, rumours have been soaring through the internet that the people responsible are the North Koreans motivated by their discontent over the upcoming release of The Interview. While seemingly ludicrous, it’s a legitimate theory. Unless a group b...

Sony Computer Entertainment Announce The PlayStation 4 (PS4) 20th Anniversary Edition

  Putting a rough week behind them, Sony is moving into celebration mode. On 3 December 1994, Japan saw Sony sell its very first gaming console, the original PlayStation. Over the years, PlayStation has seen immense success. The PlayStation 2 is the world’s best selling home gaming console while the PlayStation 4 hold the title of fastest selling console in history. So to celebrate 20 y...

Steam Introduces Broadcasting Beta

While we’re still waiting with baited breath for SteamBoy, the PC gaming giant hasn’t stopped innovating recently releasing a beta version of Steam Broadcasting. This feature enables users to stream their in game footage to other players simply and seamlessly. The beta is currently available to all Steam users and is incredibly easy to set up. At the moment both viewers and broadcaster...

HTC Google Nexus 9 Tablet Available Now

HTC and Google have been working hard to release the Nexus 9 Tablet in time for Australians to enjoy over Christmas. While there’s plenty to get excited about, it’s worth getting particularly pumped for the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. This is the first tablet in Australia to boast the new Lollipop system. As it’s also supported by Google, owners of the tablet are guara...

Lizard Squad Takes Xbox Live Offline

Sony wasn’t the only one to be hacked recently. Earlier today a hacker group by the name Lizard Squad took down Microsoft’s Xbox Live with a DDOS attack. They announced their “victory” with a tweet at 12:37pm (EDST): https://twitter.com/LizardPatrol/status/539594137117667328 They later continued their bragging, proclaiming their Grinch-like intentions: things will get worse come this h...

Sony’s Had a Rough Week: Hacked, Losing Money and Settling with the FTC

Sony is pushing its way through some challenging times. Starting the week off was Monday’s hacking scandal. Earlier this week many employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment could not access their work network. Instead they were greeted by a rather spooky skeleton requesting that their (unrevealed) demands to be met and threatening to release confidential data. The hack was conducted by a grou...

Turtle Beach Elite 800 and Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Available Now For Xbox One and Playstation 4

Turtle Beach has always been a leader in gaming audio, and so I was thrilled to hear of the release of not one, but two current generation console compatible headsets, both the first of its kind. Yesterday saw the two new headsets hit the market: The Turtle Beach Elite 800 headset for PlayStation 4 and the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X headset for Xbox One. So, what do these headsets have to offer? Tu...

Federal Trade Commission Finds That Sony Mislead PS Vita Consumers

As of last week, Sony has agreed to settle the charges made against them by the Federal Trade Commission (US) in regards to their misleading launch campaign of the PS Vita during in 2011/12. The main case revolved around the console’s claims that players could continue any Play Station 3 game on the go by pausing at any time and switching devices. The FTC took issue with this as it was not t...

The Marvellous Miss Take Review

The Marvellous Miss Take Developer: Wonderstruck Publisher: Rising Star Games Platforms: Mac, PC (reviewed) Release Date: 20 November 2014 Price: $19.99 – Available Here Overview The Marvellous Miss Take is a left-of-centre heist / stealth / puzzle / action / casual / indie game (that refuses to stick to a genre). You play the brazen Miss Take  as she navigates the private art galleries of L...

Nokia’s N1 Android Tablet: A Foxconn in Disguise

Nokia shocked everyone the other day at this year’s Slush event when they announced their new product, the N1 Android Tablet. The announcement cams as a surprise as last year Nokia sold its Devices and Services business to Microsoft. Hence it’s no wonder that Nokia has brought in Foxconn to act as a partner in this venture. Foxconn is well known as the manufacturer of Apple devices, in...

Thimbleweed Park: A New Game From the Creators of Maniac Mansion

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are the geniuses behind much loved games such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. Now they seem to be taking a journey back into the past (1987 to be more precise) with their new project Thimbleweed Park. This new game promises to “rediscover the charm of the point and click adventure”, and who better than to tackle this agenda than the creators who helped shaped the ...

Sweden Considering Labelling Sexist Video Games

Sexism has been prevalent throughout all forms of media for longer than anyone can remember. However, sexism within video games and gaming culture has recently become a particularly heated issue due to the Gamergate controversy. Interestingly, one country is tackling the issue head on: Sweden. Dataspelsbranschen (or Swedish Games Industry in English) is a gaming industry trade organisation whoR...

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