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PS4 Group Messaging Bug Could Corrupt Consoles, Possible Fixes

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26w ago - Today nyteryder79 shared news on a PS4 Group Messaging Bug that could corrupt PlayStation 4 consoles alongside some possible PS4 fixes below, as follows:

PSA: Avoid group messaging on your PS4. There is a bug on the PSN side. This bug ended up corrupting my PS4 and I had to reinitialize and redownload everything!

So, 4 of my buddies and I were in a group chat that we've been using since the release of the PS4 in the U.S. We would post screenshots and just general chat. Then for some unknown reason, I couldn't add any more messages to the chat session; I also couldn't delete it, contribute to it in any way or change it's title.

The next day, I couldn't send or receive any messages from anyone, including party invites in CoD, party invites on PS4, etc. I would get the notification, but the new messages wouldn't appear in my message list. The PlayStation app could see the messages, but I couldn't do anything with them there either. When I tried, I got error messages when I tried to submit a response, delete it, etc.

After about an hour of gaming, my PS4 switched to a blue screen and started to rebuild the database, which took about an hour. When it was finished, it said my database was corrupt.

So, I turned the PS4 off, booted into safe mode and attempted...
 

Video: Anonymous Hacker Group Declares War on Sony Over PS3

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172w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] now reports that Sony stated the following regarding the Anonymous Hacker Group's actions, to quote:

"We are currently investigating, including the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party. If this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service. Our engineers are working to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers' continued support."

Shortly following, [Register or Login to view links] reported that Sony has enlisted a DDoS Defense Firm to combat the hackers.

Today Wired reports that an anonymous hacking group originating from the 4Chan board has has officially declared war on Sony for alleged abuse, victimisation and privacy violations in the legal action against a group of PS3 hackers.

Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PSN has been experiencing intermittent service...[/U]
 

David Jaffe Holds Focus Group, Reveals Title of New PS3 Game?

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287w ago - Earlier this month that David Jaffe, the brain behind the Twisted Metal and God of War franchises, had a big 'dog and pony show' with Sony.

Since then, it was revealed that this green light showing will take place Thursday morning. Jaffe and his studio are trying to get Sony's approval for the game at this meeting, so it's an important showing for Jaffe's fledgling studio.

Jaffe also said they were running a few nights of focus groups for the new title, one just about the concepts of the game, and the other actually showing the title off. Jaffe may have also accidentally slipped up and revealed the title of his game.

During his video blog, he shows a sheet of paper with questions for the focus group. Some people are saying with an image processing program you can read the title off the top of the page and it says Twisted Metal.





Perhaps if the moons align and the planets collide in the right way, you might be able to read it, otherwise we're stumped, but feel free to speculate and comment below!
 

Watchdog Group Reports 10 Games Parents Shouldn't Buy Kids

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295w ago - The National Institute on Media and the Family is to release its 13th annual video game report card today and have given a list of 10 games parents should not buy their children.

They are Blitz: The League II, Gears of War 2, Saints Row 2, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Legendary, Left 4 Dead, Resistance 2 and Silent Hill: Homecoming.

The group recommended the following five T-rated games: Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Band 2, Rock Revolution, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Shaun White Snowboarding.

To quote: Bloodshed and brutality are staples in the list of 10 games to avoid. All the games were M-rated, intended for those aged 17 and over.

"Blitz: The League II" players can target which body part of their football rivals they want to injure. Warriors in "Gears of War 2" use a combination rifle and chain saw. "Saints Row 2" features gang violence and allows players to shoot police officers.

Other games listed were "Dead Space," "Fallout 3," "Far Cry 2," "Legendary," "Left 4 Dead," "Resistance 2" and "Silent Hill: Homecoming."

Meanwhile, the institute recommended five T-rated games, intended for ages 13 and older: "Guitar Hero World Tour," "Rock Band 2," "Rock Revolution" "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" and "Shaun White Snowboarding."
 

Spore Cracked by 'Reloaded' Release Group, Leaked to Internet

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307w ago - Accoding to GameViper, Spore has already been cracked and leaked onto the Web. One Web site is reporting that over 10,000 people are downloading the leak on just one public tracker. This all comes just days before the Official release date in North America.

For those unfamiliar with Spore: Maxis, makers of The Sims, present the next big bang - Spore. Create your unique creature and guide it on an epic journey through a universe of your own creations.

To quote: After news of Spore breaking the street date in Australia, we hear that Spore has already been cracked by a group called "RELOADED" despite it's use of SecuROM, the anti-pirating software. (the same one used in BioShock) There are currently over 10,000 people downloading the game on just one public torrent tracker. All this 4 days before the game even comes out in North America.

Direct2Drive is allowing pre-orders of the game for those who want to download Spore legally.
 
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