Why do hackers bring down video game servers?

Blog, Games

Seriously, why?

Some hackers brought down the PlayStation Network in 2011.  Were they Xbox fanboys?  Did they hate Asia based Video Game companies?

This week we have hackers running a DDOS attack on EA (Electronic Arts), preventing servers across all platforms from doing their jobs, that is, to serve data to paying customers.  Customers that have paid for a game in order to access it’s online features, such as multiplayer.  Do these hackers hate EA?  Do they hate Battlefield?  Are they head-over-heels in love with Call of Duty so much that they want to eliminate it’s closest competition? Continue reading

Should we be excited for Bungie’s Destiny?

Blog, Games

destiny_more_than_a_disc_in_a _drive copy

Bungie has announced Destiny, a persistent, online, Massively Multiplayer First Person Shooter.  It seems a bit early to announce a game that won’t be available for at least another 10 months and probably a year, but Bungie felt it was the right time.

I have my doubts, even this early on, about whether Destiny is something to even pay attention to at this time.  I strongly feel that rather than get pulled into the hype cyclone, gamers should take a “wait and see” approach even considering a “trusted” developer like Bungie.

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Presonus forces legacy users out the door? Goodbye Presonus.

Blog, Music, Tech


In addition to occasionally writing for fizmarble.com, I play in a band.  I write, record, and produce music.  I depend on my various PCs for this and also among other things, an audio interface.

For years I used a Presonus Firepod (Later called the FP10) generously donated by my friend Jaret.  It originally cost quite a bit (450-600 dollar range), and so I didn’t hesitate to pay the $100 repair fee when it eventually crapped out.

It took me from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and eventually Windows 8 on the same desktop PC.  It worked beautifully on Windows 8 by the way, but the desktop was ~6 years old by this time, and a failing hard drive and old hardware beckoned me to upgrade to a new PC, a PC with *gasp* Windows 8.

My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod
My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod

Of course I didn’t think twice about the Presonus Firepod’s compatibility with the Windows 8 PC.  After all, I had been using the Firepod on Windows 8 for several months on my older, upgraded PC.  Why would the new PC behave any different?

Ahh, poor, poor ignorance.  Little did I know that the “great” minds at Presonus would be so cunning, so conniving.  Whereas my Firepod worked fantastically with Windows 8 when it was upgraded from Windows 7 with the Firepod driver already installed, installing the driver on a Windows 8 PC was a different story altogether.  No no, poor ignorance, Presonus had behind the scenes altogether blocked their driver installer from even running on a Windows 8 PC.  So, if you had the driver installed first and then upgraded to Windows 8, you’re golden.  If on the other hand you ignorantly try to install the Firepod/FP10 driver on Windows 8, you will receive a popup from Presonus telling you that the driver is not supported on your Operating System.

Gee Presonus, if you wanted me gone, why didn’t you just say so?  This is how you support your customers?  By forcibly blocking the driver installer from working on a modern OS.  This ensures that customers need to upgrade.  But if you think this customer is going to upgrade to another Presonus product, you have sorely miscalculated.

Instead, a reasonably priced and very stable audio interface now sits on my desktop where once sat the Firepod/FP10.  Now, an Avid Fast Track C600 processes my audio, including the recordings of Twiztid praising the demise of Presonus in a chorus unfit to print here.

Cheaper, and with a smaller footprint too.

If you are in the same boat, check out the Fast Track C600.  Amazon has them for a pretty sweet deal (duh), and Presonus can say they have taken my last dollar.  Now, let’s make some music!

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Update: Reader Alex has shared in the comments section a workaround to the installer issue.  Follow his method if you want to keep that Presonus pumping out the jams.  He writes:

1. Download the “FireBox Installer v5.13 – PC” from their website (http://www.presonus.com/support/downloads/firebox)
2. Right click on the downloaded file “PreSonus_FireBox_Installation.exe” and choose “Properties”
3. Click on “Compatibility” tab
4. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select “Windows 7″
5. Click on “OK” and run the installer again and it should work this time and install all the drivers flawlessly

Thanks, Alex!

Batman News ‘as I heard it’


joseph gordon levitt as batman

So I guess there’s this guy, George Gordon Levi.  I think he was the kid from that show 30 Rock from the Sun.  I haven’t seen him since Inception Horn, but apparently he worked on one of the new Christopher Nolan versions of the Batman movies.  Christopher Nolan also did The Illusionist.  Maybe it was The edward norton smiley facePrestige.  I can’t remember which one he did and I can’t be bothered to Google it, but it was the one with Christian (“Swear to me!”) Bale and not Edward “Not Ben Affleck” Norton.


Where was I?  Something about the Hulk…no, I remember.  So Christian Bale was Batman for three movies and I heard at the end of the third one, George Gordon (not commissioner Gordon, that was Gary “I can’t believe that’s GarTotally Gary Oldmany Oldman” Oldman) is supposed to do something and someone says something like, “What’s your name??” and he’s like “Robin”.  I sort of missed the context of this comment, but I think it has relevancy.  You see, there were some rumors that Gordon Levi would be Batman in the Justice League movie, which is apparently being made.  So the connection with Gordie and Batman is that his name was “Robin”, like that means something.  Robin’s name wasn’t even Robin, it was something like Dick, or Master.  In either case, Robin was more like a stage name.  Forgive me if some of my facts are fuzzy, I was always more of a Marvel guy.


Now, the rumors were that Levi would be Batman, Does this look like the face of a Batman?but it seems to me more plausible that the rumors should be that he would portray Robin.  Whatever, the internet says he’s going to be Batman.  But then Geordie’s people say that he’s not going to be Batman, and I believed it.  But then I Now that's the look of a Batman.read, on a website with a way higher page rank than fizmarble.com, that Geordi would be the next Batman.  I don’t know who to trust, some well ranked website (compared to fizmarble) or the people directly NOT involved with the new Justice League movie.

There may have been more to the story, but I was only half listening.

Fizmarble.com celebrates 1000 posts!!


Today, fizmarble.com celebrates 1000 posts.

I wanted to thank those of you who have contributed to the site with your articles, or your art, or your support, or by simply reading what we have to say and clicking “like”. Thank you all. We hope to provide you with many thousands more posts.

We’ve learned a lot in the last several months doing this fizmarble thing. Stay tuned, and if your friends like the things we like (video games, comics, movies, music, random crap) then tell them about us. See you soon.

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Premiere: What to Expect

Blog, Movies/TV

In just four more days the highly anticipated Season 5 premiere of Sons of Anarchy will be hitting the airwaves on FX. This show never disappoints to bring the intensity and drama. I’ve had a chance to screen the first two episodes (humblebrag?) so I thought I’d give you some little tidbits to whet your appetite and get you through til Tuesday!

Check out my thoughts after the jump…

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Blog, Left Field


Warning, this article is intended for 18 and up readers. (I talk about poop and silly body parts).


It has been a few days, two and a half to be exact, since I last had a cigarette. My body should be nearly free of nicotine and excess carbon monoxide, and for the most part I feel the same. It’s reassuring to know my world has not crumbled under the weight of not smoking. But there have been some hiccups…

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Is The Hobbit Becoming A Trilogy?

Blog, Movies/TV


In an interview with deadline.com director Peter Jackson discussed the possibility of adapting the LOTR appendices into the Hobbit Franchise. How would you feel about even more screen time in Middle Earth? Find out what Jackson had say on this subject after the bump. Continue reading

The Dark Knight Rises Review (Spoiler Free)

Blog, Comics, Movie Reviews, Movies/TV


The Dark Knight Rises is finally here! After doing my very best to stay up to date on the filming while remaining spoiler free for the last year was tough. Was it worth it? Was four years of anticipation since The Dark Knight worth it? Yeah, I suppose, sure. This latest Bat-film is better than any other non-Nolan Batman movie. But how did it stack up to the previous Nolan movies from Gotham City? Continue reading