Why do hackers bring down video game servers?

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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

Star Wars Pinball Review – Two Lightsabers Up!

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I am not the Star Wars geek that many (most) of my friends are, but I do respect the characters and the franchise as a whole, plus I had the O.G. Star Wars bed sheets when I was a kid.  My own kids use them now, so we are still a Star Wars family to a degree.  When I first learned of the Star Wars Pinball tables, I got pretty excited.  But now that the first pack of tables is here, is it worth your credits?

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Focus Home Interactive and Mighty Rocket Studio Unveil ‘Obscure’

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Obscure for PC, PSN and Xbox LIVE is a pure, action-rich 2.5D side-scroller, drenched in the blood and caustic humor inspired by the teen and horror movie genres… a spirit that definitely shows through today’s video!

Playable alone and in cooperative mode (local & online), Obscure lets you play as one of four unlikely heroes; students, each with unique skills and abilities that develop throughout the adventure. Geared toward action and all-out brawling, Obscure’s combat emphasizes combos, follow-up attacks, and score-multipliers! Survive against packs of monsters trying to skin you alive, discover new weapons, and complete objectives throughout a variety of huge, non-linear levels. Overshooting the scores will earn you experience points to level your character up, unlocking new weapons, skills, and other devastating abilities! At any time, you can even get back to some of earlier levels to try your new toys and beat your scores!

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Zombie Driver HD Review

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Zombie Driver HD giveaway details:  Follow @Fizmarble on twitter and Retweet our post on this review to be entered to win one of 4 Xbox avatar award codes (skull shirt) or a full version of Zombie Driver HD for XBLA.

There may be some time in the future (whether near or far, no one knows for sure) where it will be boring to face wave after wave of various types of zombies, smashing them into pieces with your car and watching their mangled torsos roll off of the hood of your car.  Now is not that time.

While many gamers people may be bothered by use of zombies in…everything, driving your car into innocents isn’t as accepted as it may have been when video games were less mainstream.  Most folks are ok with killing zombies, so we won’t likely see the end of the zombie killing simulator soon.  And that’s ok, because it means we get fun, if flawed, diversions like EXOR Studios’ Zombie Driver HD.

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Hell Yeah! Review – Hell, Maybe

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Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.  Simply based on the title alone, it sounds like we are going to have a good time.  We’ve got an enthusiastic name, some anger, and a dead leporid.  Throw them all together and it seems like you’ve got party central.  Unfortunately, the sum of the parts doesn’t quite add up.  While there are some fantastic elements to Hell Yeah! (HY!), a few persistent issues subtract from what could have been a brilliant package.

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Realms of Ancient War (RAW) Review

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Realms of Ancient War (RAW) is a hack n’ slash/action RPG from French developer Wizarbox.  It borrows elements of Diablo, Torchlight, and basically every other dungeon crawler ever made.  We don’t expect these types of games to break new ground, it’s pretty much entirely iterative now, and that’s ok.  But we do expect that if you are going make a dungeon crawler, you meet the standard set before us.  It is unfortunate that I must tell you that RAW doesn’t meet the standard.  I will however tell you where and how RAW fails to comply with the aforementioned standards.

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