173w ago - Just before the weekend iPhone 2G hacker GeoHotannounced that he has hacked the PS3 entertainment system, and today IncGamers.com (linked above) has confirmed from their Rep that Sony is launching an investigation into it.
This comes as no surprise, considering a public PlayStation 3 hack would cost Sony Corporation and developers millions in lost revenue due to piracy as a result of reverse-engineering their intellectual property.
GeoHot has also told the BBC that, "I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."
To quote: "We contacted Sony and a spokesperson confirmed that the company is looking into the issue.
"We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information," said the statement."
Time will tell if Sony gets tough or goes in the direction as Apple did, simply sending out DMCA notices and not attempting to hold George Hotz personally accountable for his actions.
Unfortunately, unless Sony makes an example of Hotz it may encourage other hackers to continue defeating...
199w ago - The Houston Chronicle's game blog recently pointed out the similarity in imagery between Left 4 Dead 2 and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
The game is set in New Orleans. It was only a few years ago that the city was destroyed, and there actually were corpses moldering in the streets... so it's natural that the game's visuals might remind people of the tragedy.
Left 4 Dead writer Chet Faliszek spoke to Destructoid.com about the accusations, to quote:
"Utter insanity," he said. Faliszek. "There are mixed races of zombies, there are all different races of zombies that you shoot, and since we placed it in New Orleans, that makes it racist? ... When two of the characters in your game are African-American, it's a weird thing to be accused of. We're like, 'how does this work'?"
"As far as Katrina goes, if you go down to New Orleans, Katrina's still going on. I mean, it's messed up, it is crazy that the city is still in the state it's in, and we treat that with the utmost respect...This is a videogame, those are real people's lives, we are not trying to make a statement with...