If you’ve tried to use Xbox Live or PlayStation Network this month, you’ve probably experienced the effect of a Distributed Denial of Service attack. But what exactly does that mean? And why can such major, (generally) secure services be impacted by these attacks?
Denial-of-service attacks have been around for the equivalent of eons in the internet age. Online video game services are no strangers to being targets of DDoS attacks; previous generations of gaming have experienced them, though there has been a frequent spate of successful attacks against multiple gaming networks over the past year that have included Battle.net and specific games in addition to XBL and PSN.
As the year winds to a close, Microsoft celebrates a November NPD victory. What about December? What about the future? Will they put the system's price back to $400? We discuss. Plus: the big annual year-end Xbox games sale has begun, Grand Theft Auto V finally delivers a peek at online heists, remasters get an ultimatum from us, and more. Oh, and THANK YOU for listening this year. We appreciate your support more than you know!
The U.S Navy is developing a robotic fish drone for use in future naval operations, reports the Daily Press.
The prototype, dubbed Ghost Swimmer, is part of Project Silent NEMO and developed by the Office of Naval Research and Boston Engineering.
The 5-foot, 100-pound robo-fish looks a bit like a shark but was modeled after the movement of a bluefin tuna. By mimicking the swimming motions of the fish, project developers say Ghost Swimmer is far less detectable than typical propellor-driven drones.
The idea is to take advantage of "millions of years of evolution," said Project Silent NEMO manager, Marine Corps Capt. Jerry Lademan. "This fish has perfected itself by swimming around the water for millenia," Laderman said, saying the goal is to reverse engineer what nature has already done to optimize design for us," a process known as "biomimicry."
I started playing Dota 2 in an earnest effort to learn more about a MOBAs, a genre representing a serious gap in my gaming knowledge. I hated it more than I have hated almost any video game in my life. I would have lost a lot had I given up on it.
I’ve spent 864 hours online in the Dota 2 game client. This represents 600 matchmaking games, queue times, matches played in a recreational league I organized, and spectating friends’ and tournament games to learn more about Dota 2’s limitless tactical possibilities. 864 hours, for those keeping score, is 36 days -- nearly 10 percent of a full year. Unanimously, coworkers, friends, and loved ones hear this and stare in disbelief, take the lord’s name in vain, and shake their heads.
FXX will launch its new late-night animation block at midnight on January 22nd featuring all-new episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks.
Following the official launch on January 22nd, the animation block will air on Thursdays at midnight ET/PT, featuring fresh episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers.
“Based on the successful launch of The Simpsons on FXX, this is the perfect time to expand our animation offerings and make FXX the afterhours destination for animated shorts and series,” said Saftler.
“We are insanely excited to partner with FXX and help them create a new block of programming for the network,” said Nick Weidenfeld, President ADHD Studios. “I can’t think of a better home for our cartoons or a better way to launch the Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quakers then after The Simpsons. 2015 is going to be an awesome year.”
There are few in Salem less likely to grant you mercy than the one named Mercy, who we saw transform from an innocent and tormented victim into a cold and calculating young woman over the course of the first season – all while her formidable abilities in witchcraft grew.
IGN has the exclusive debut of a new teaser for Season 2 of Salem, showing Mercy (Elise Eberle) up to no good and working on a new version of a familiar mask, as she – and the series – prepare for Witch War in Season 2.
Salem: Season 2 debuts in April on WGN America. Season 1 can be seen now on Netflix.
Yesterday we showed you every comic Marvel will be releasing in March 2015. Now it's DC's turn. As previously reported, a significant number of ongoing series are ending as DC prepares for their two-month-long Convergence event. Justice League #40, meanwhile, looks beyond Convergence to next summer's major epic "The Darkseid War."
PayDay 2 has introduced its first female character. Named "Clover," the DLC character comes equipped with an assault rifle and a shillelagh. For those unfamiliar with what a shillelagh is, Overkill Software describes it as "just a bloody heavy stick that cracks skulls."
Clover also brings with her a new Burglar perk deck. Described by Overkill as "nimble," burglars have increased speed in picking locks, bagging bodies, and answering pages. Additionally, burglars will be harder to hit in combat and recovers faster from damage.
Clover's signature mask is described by Overkill as emblematic of that which she "fears and hates most of all," which is people who wear a metaphorical mask as their normal face.
Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David appeared on Bill Simmons' B.S. Report podcast to promote his new play, and wound up also revealing that the odds for a new and/or final season of Curb was a longshot.
"I guess the odds would be against it," David said, of a new season. "I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1."
Today we head to pastures new and explore a relatively unseen area in Dying Light: the Old Town. In the video above, lead game designer Maciej Binkowski guides through this distinctive new area of Dying Light's world.
The architecture's very different from the slums, the area we've so far seen the most of, and this affects how you navigate your environment. It's much more vertical, providing greater protection but also a greater challenge to scale. By the time you reach this area, you'll have hours of gameplay under your belt, so the area is designed to pose a new challenge.
We also head to the poorest area of the city, where you'll face some of the toughest enemies in the game. You might not want to swing by here after dark.
We're just about six months away from the release of Marvel's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron. Director Joss Whedon returned to helm the sequel with an idea that he had before he even began production on The Avengers. IGN had the opportunity to travel the London earlier this year to visit the set of the sequel. While there, we were able to sit down with Whedon with a few other journalists to talk about returning to this world and what we can expect from the birth of Ultron.
Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed a new Batman of the Future Character Pack for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
The new content - available for £1.69/$2 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 3, Xbox One and 360 - features new playable character, suits and villains, including Batman Terry McGinnis, who comes "fully-equipped with a technologically-advanced Batsuit allowing him to fly, fire Batarang darts and even turn fully invisible". Baddies Blight and the Joker are also included.
There are reports that the Batman of the Future Character Pack may not be included within the game's season pass but as it's not clearly stated one way or the other, we've reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive for clarification and will let you know more just as soon as we can.
Work has commenced on Lords of the Fallen 2.
Although remaining tight-lipped about details, executive producer Tomasz Gop broke the news on Facebook, saying "We can confirm that conceptual work of the Lords of the Fallen 2 underway."
For those who haven't tried it, Lords of the Fallen is a tactical RPG in a similar vein to the much-loved Dark Souls, albeit less punishing.
In our review – which was titled 'Lite Souls' – we said "Lords of the Fallen delivers entertaining hack-and-slash combat centered on combos and spells, but its risk-based reward system seems slightly out of place in a world where its hero so easily achieves great power and defense and makes risk obsolete. It achieves its goal of creating a more accessible Dark Souls-style experience, but unfortunately it goes a step or two too far."
“A lot of the gameplay revolves around trying to keep up the tension,” Assault Android Cactus' developer Tim Dawson explained, underselling his his twin-stick, sci-fi shooter’s ability to put pressure on its adorable, anime-inspired protagonists.
As Coral, a cute little heroine with a big shotgun, I’m tasked with defeating swarm upon angry swarm of spidery robots and hovering drones. Set in an arena-style level, mechanical menaces descend on me at an alarming rate. They’re not responsible for the ratcheting tension, however. Not entirely, anyway. That adrenaline-amping element comes courtesy of a draining battery -- Assault Android Cactus’ monkey in the wrench.
While holding back hordes of killer robots, players must also manage a shrinking power source -- one that’s only refueled by the batteries of fallen foes. The valuable resource is only dropped occasionally, though, so it must be scooped up before it disappears. Did I mention it only stays on screen briefly before vanishing, often just a half-second before you can grab it?
The third (and seemingly final) Night at the Museum movie takes Ben Stiller's night guard Larry Daley to London's British Museum, where he and his exhibit cohorts attempt to solve a mystery that threatens the magic that began in the first film. Featuring a cavalcade of special effects and a handful of new characters, the weirdly subtitled Secret of the Tomb is about as enjoyable as the first two movies -- that is, for families and younger audiences, it's not the worst way to spend a holiday afternoon. However, also like the first two, Night at the Museum 3 won't be making anyone's "Best of the Year" list, despite its all-star cast and Disney-like charm.
Eight years running, Fox's modern fantasy franchise is starting to show its age, as are the returning cast and crew. Stiller's deadpan humor is ever present in this third installment, but that could easily be mistaken for the actor's growing lack of enthusiasm. Stiller also plays a neanderthal that looks strikingly like his main character Larry, but the less said about that the better. Costars Robin Williams (Teddy Roosevelt), Owen Wilson (Jedediah) and Steve Coogan (Octavius) seem to be having a bit more fun than Stiller, but only just. In fact, the most enthusiastic returner here is Dexter the capuchin monkey, whose half-practical, half-CG performance will probably get the biggest rise out of young viewers.
Players can access a free trial of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PlayStation 4 from today.
The 14-day trial provides an opportunity to explore Eorzea for free whilst building up your character to a cap of level twenty. Whilst there will be "certain limitations" on in-game activities, you will be able to transfer your character should you subsequently decide to purchase the full game.
For more information, check out The Lodestone, the game's official community page.
We recently told you that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn now has over 2.5 million registered accounts, and introduced virtual "Ceremony of Eternal Bond" wedding ceremonies. For more information, check out IGN's review of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Series creator Joss Whedon has come out solidly against 20th Century Fox’s remastered version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that has been airing on the Pivot cable channel. In a recent tweet, Whedon expressed his disapproval of the transfer to a widescreen 16:9 format...
Buffy was shot 4x3 cuz TVs were shaped that way. Widescreen Buffy is nonsense. (Firefly was shot wide - Fox cropped it.) #apsectratiowoes
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) December 13, 2014
Whedon himself has no involvement with the transfer, which itself is rife with issues - from brightness problems, color problems, zooming snafus, to shots extended so wide that they reveal lighting equipment, camera crews, and even characters who have left the scene (and the entire area, per the story).
Activision has revealed two all-new elements for Skylanders Trap Team.
The two new elements, Light and Dark, will be available in expansion packs first at Toys R Us from December 21.
Also unveiled are new Trap Masters Knight Mare and Knight Light - both protectors of Skylands before being sent away and sealed off in other realms - who'll be available in the two new expansion packs, along with a trap for each element. Each pack will retail for $29.99.
Ex Machina is the new film from writer and director Alex Garland. It stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac – both of whom appear in small upcoming indie film Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and features a breathtaking performance from Alicia Vikander, playing "the most extraordinary thing that's ever been invented."
In the video above, we're introduced to the film's central philosophical concerns: can humans really create artificial intelligence? If so, does that put us on a level-footing with gods? And at that moment, does a machine become human? It looks like proper, weighty SF. (Hooray!)
If you want to know more, check out the first trailer (below) and here's the official synopsis:
Square Enix has announced a release date and pricing details for Life is Strange.
The first episode of the five part series will be released January 30, 2015, for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Each episode will cost £3.99 ($4.99), although there are two season pass options available. A pass for all five episodes will set you back £15.99 ($19.99), but if you'd like to buy the first episode separately to see if it's for you, there's also a season pass for episodes two-to-five available for £13.99 ($16.99).
If you're on PC, you'll be able to pre-purchase Life is Strange from today.