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Ex-Homeland Security Cyber Boss Joins Sony

After the lengthy and rather traumatic PlayStation Network outage which lasted nearly a month and compromised the identities of nearly 77 million users, Sony has taken a step to ensure that it’s now-larger PSN userbase and service are kept safe from another assault by hiring Phillip Reitinger to the position of senior vice president.

Mr. Reitinger is the Ex-Director of the US National Cyber Security Centre and has held a previous post in the Department of Defense, a worthy resume indeed.

Between this new hire and the use of actual experts in their evaluation of the recovering network’s security, Sony seems to be taking things seriously this time and are set to be among the most secure in the business.

(Source: Eurogamer)


New Releases for The Week of 9/6

Considering in the North American territories that new games are released on Tuesdays, this is the start of a recurring series which will try and keep anything from slipping into store shelves under the radar.

This week is a big one, easily able to drain the wallets of many a PS3 owner as well as those wanting to sport a flaming hot new handheld.

So without further ado, here’s the new releases for September 6th, 2011:



  • Dead Island (360, PS3 and PC)
  • Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (360, PS3 and PC)
  • Resistance 3 & Doomsday Edition Move Bundle (PS3)
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten & Premium Edition(PS3)
  • Rise of Nightmares (360/Kinect)
  • Driver: San Francisco (Wii, 360, PS3 and PC)
  • Driver: Renegade (3DS)
  • Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures (DS)
  • 1001 Touch Games (DS)
  • Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection (3DS)
  • Rugby World Cup: 2011 (360)
  • Uncharted: Greatest Hits Dual Pack (PS3)
  • Tiger Woods 12: The Masters (Mac)


  • Sony Wireless Stereo Headset (PS3)

Oddly enough, this week there’s a few titles that decided that they didn’t want to share the spotlight with the rest of the games coming out, so they’re being released on the 9th and are as follows:


  • Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
  • Get Fit with Mel B (Wii)


  • Flare Red Nintendo 3DS

Well there you have it, this week’s shopping list- find what you want and get to playing it already!


Quantum Conundrum Announced with Gameplay Trailer

Fresh from the mind of Portal creator Kim Swift comes a new first-person physics-based puzzle game: Quantum Conundrum. You play as a child left on your uncle’s doorstep, your new guardian being an inventor who’s let his laboratory spread to the rest of his manor.

Following an unexplained explosion, you find your uncle missing and a strange glove on your hand that lets you change dimensions at will which aids you in your quest to find your uncle.

Quantum Conundrum is set to be released on PSN, XBLA, and PC early 2012 and after seeing the trailer below, I can hardly wait.

EDIT: Due to WordPress refusing to co-operate, I’m unable to post the really cool gameplay trailer here, but it’s available over at the source link.

 (Source: Gamespot)


Meet Mojang’s First Third-Party Title: Cobalt

Quake 3 deathmatches aside, things at Minecraft dev/publisher Mojang are running smoothly, considering the announcement of their first third party title developed by Oxeye Game Studios.

In the announcement, Cobalt was described as being “an action game of running, jumping, rolling, shooting, throwing, dancing, hacking, rolling, flying, sliding, climbing, looting, deflecting, racing, piñata-ing, passing, scoring… and even more rolling.”

It’s coming out this fall on PC with Mac and Linux versions following soon after, but as for now there’s a trailer below.

(Source: VG24/7)



PSA: Flare Red 3DS Arriving in US September 9th

Good things come to those who wait, and this is no exception. The ‘Flare Red’ 3DS will be arriving in US stores September 9th, sporting the new $169.99 price tag with its new coat of paint.

While this isn’t the lengthiest post I’ve made, I felt it was worth noting considering the price drop coming tomorrow. So if you want a third color option with your discounted handheld, it’s just another month to wait…

(Source: CVG)

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Rock Band 3 Back on Tour this Holiday Season Thanks to Mad Catz

Considering MTV Games has dissolved, selling off Harmonix to a holding company and discontinuing the Rock Band franchise until notice, this might be a sign of revival for the music game genre. Peripheral maker Mad Catz has purchased publishing rights to Rock Band 3 with plans to re-release the title this holiday season, obviously bundled with Mad Catz’ officially licensed guitars, drums, microphones, and keyboards. It does stand to note that Mad Catz can only confirm this re-release on the Xbox 360 for now, with more specific bundle details yet to have been released.

If the relaunch fares well, this may just be the first step towards Mad Catz becoming the next EA or Activision, with their own in-house studio and now a well-known franchise in their ranks.

(Source: Joystiq)


Vita Delayed in US and EU Until 2012, Might be Sony’s Answer to WiiU

The PlayStation Vita is still on track for a holiday 2011 release, in Japan at least… Sony confirmed that the Vita will not launch outside of Japan in 2011, with a “Phased Global Release” starting there and reaching western shores in the beginning of next year.

Well, here’s a grain of salt for everyone- Apparently features found in the WiiU’s new tablet/controller would be possible on the PS3 using a PS Vita: Gyroscope, all physical controls, front and back touchpads/screens, game streaming, the works.

In combination with cross-platform gaming like with WipEout 2048 and WipEout HD as well as Continuation Play, where your PS3 saves can be instantly ported to your PS Vita system and you can continue on the go- Nintendo’s new system seems to have some direct competition right out of the gate, since both will be released in the same time frame of “sometime in 2012″…

(Sources: CVG and Eurogamer)

Nintendo 3DS Hardware

UPDATE: 3DS Price Will Be Slashed in August, Early Adopters Rewarded

You read right, the 3DS will be lowered in price from the hefty $250 price tag to a steal at $170 starting August 12th. That’s a 32% price drop less than six months after the console’s initial release…

This is part of a global price drop in the portable announced by Nintendo, so no matter where you are, starting August 12th the price of a 3DS will be roughly one-third less than it was the day before.

And before you day one buyers start cursing at the news(like I was), Nintendo’s already announced a plan to reward you for your loyalty and try to give you back some of the extra $80 you spent for a few extra months with your piece of pricey portable hardware.

Everyone who buys a 3DS before August 12th and accesses the Nintendo eShop before aforementioned deadline is an Ambassador and shall receive a score(as in an actual score- 20) of virtual console games, some of which will never become available to the late adopters and others will have a exclusivity period of multiple months and will be available for download to ‘Ambassadors’ starting September 1st.

And these 10 NES and 10 Game Boy Advance titles are nothing to scoff at, either- with the 10 revealed being no less than some of the best to spring from their respective platforms:


  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Five more unannounced games


  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Metroid Fusion
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Five more unannounced games


Bear in mind that all I’ve listed is only half the list of what you’ll get- so did the Big N make up the nearly $100 difference? In addition to that, does the price drop entice any of you to go ahead and get one come August 12th or does the promise of more games for the higher price seem like the better deal?

(Sources: VG247, Eurogamer)

UPDATE: The free games included in the 3DS Ambassador Program will NOT be 3D Classics, doomed to relive their nostalgic 2D graphics according to an IGN interview with a Nintendo spokesperson. In addition, some of the titles will be betas of sorts, with free upgrades to the full versions once they become available. But there will be one upgrade to some of the games offered: multiple of the NES games offered will support simultaneous multiplayer gameplay once their full versions become available.

(Source: IGN, 1UP)


Star Wars Kinect Limited Edition 360 Bundle Announced

Coming out this Holiday season, the Star Wars Kinect bundle is definitely something that catches the eye.

It includes a 320 GB Slim model Xbox 360 with an R2-D2 paintjob and custom disc tray and power sounds, a special white Kinect, a special C-3P0 golden wireless 360 controller(one of the new models with the transforming D-Pad), a wired headset, Kinect Adventures, and of course Star Wars Kinect with exclusive downloadable goodies.

And the best part is that all this can be yours for the low price of $449(same price as a 250 GB/Kinect Bundle and Star Wars Kinect if purchased individually).

I’ve been looking for a reason to upgrade to a slim model, and this just might be what does it for me…

Gizmodo has a brief hands-on video that lets you hear the custom R2-D2 system sounds.

(Source: VG247)


Mortal Kombat Visits Elm Street, Freddy Krueger Comes Out to Play

Normally I don’t like to comment on DLC announcements unless it’s something big- and I think this is worth it.

Today Netherrealm Studios announced at Komic-Kon that the mystery 4th DLC Kombatant is none other than Freddy Kreuger. Wielding claws on both hands, he’s ready to bring the nightmares to life.

The DLC will be available August 9th, 2011 on the 360 for 400 Points or $4.99 on PSN, free if the Mortal Kombat Season Pass was purchased.

Hit the source link for his introduction video.

(Source: IGN)