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Sony Patent Uncovered to Detect Pirated Software Tracking Load Times

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74w ago - Recently a Sony [Register or Login to view links] was uncovered which may be used to detect pirated software though tracking video game load times.

Below are the details, to quote: "Sony has filed a new patent which may be useful in combating piracy.

The patent was filed by them way back in August 2011, and according to it, if the load times are not within the range they have set, the software could be flagged.

For the tech to be effective, a standard average load time has to be set–specific or range–and if any software that exceeds the time set, it will be easy to block it. This way of blocking games is a little impractical because sometimes drives may not function as expected due to wear and tear.

You can check out the description of the patent below.

For example, if an authentic game title is distributed exclusively on BDs having a total benchmark load time of 45 seconds on a game console BD drive, the acceptable range of load times could be from 40 to 50 seconds. Thus, a total measured title load time of 4 seconds would be outside of the acceptable range of total load times for a legitimate media type.

Seek time: In another example, if an authentic game title is distributed exclusively on flash drives...
 

Video: When Vikings Attack on PSN: The War is Over, Time to Relax

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76w ago - XDev Associate Producer Neil McPhillips shared a video trailer today dubbed The War is Over, Time to Relax which spotlights When Vikings Attack on PSN.

To quote: Hey everybody! It's been a while since When Vikings Attack was released and we've been a bit quiet since then but rest assured it was because the team have been hard at work on lots of exciting stuff! So exciting in fact that this may break the exclamation point button on my keyboard!!

As you may have seen last week, we released a new DLC pack loaded with new content, entitled When Vikings Relax!

When they were making the main game the team had loads of great ideas for vs. mode maps that just didn't fit with the theme... huge spinning razor blades, collapsing floors... mini golf. So we've stuffed this DLC pack with all that and more!

As well as the vs. maps we have also added a whole new game mode for all those people who wanted a little bit more single player fun. Enter the coliseum and challenge never ending waves of history's greatest warriors in Solo Survival mode! Defeat them all to add them to your character collection then keep going to see how far you can get in the global rankings.





In the pack you will find:
 

Tecmo Unveils Dead or Alive 5+ Crosses Over to PS Vita March 19th

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80w ago - Tecmo Koei European Community Manager Chin Soon Sun has unveiled today that Dead or Alive 5+ will be crossing over to PS Vita on March 19th, 2013.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is coming to PlayStation Vita on March 19th!

Now you can enjoy the same powerful new moves and acclaimed in-depth fighting system with over 20 playable characters and blockbuster stages from the PlayStation 3 version. Today I would like to tell you about a few of the new features we've included in the PS Vita version.

Cross Play

Dead or Alive 5+ will have cross-platform compatibility with PS3, which means you fight not only against other players on PlayStation Vita, but also against players on PS3. All characters available on PS3 can be used on PS Vita as well.

Battles run at 60fps for both systems, so there's no lag or stress even when playing cross-platform. This will allow players to enjoy serious battles across the two platforms!

Cross Goods

Many have questioned us about the DLC content. Yes, the DLC content can be shared between PS3 and PS Vita, so players can play with their desired costumes wherever and whenever they want. We will have delivered over 100 costumes as DLC by the end...
 

Sony Patent Uncovered That May Suppress Second-Hand Game Sales

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82w ago - Previously it was rumored that Sony was planning to combat PS3 piracy with Blu-ray disc serial keys, and today gofreak uncovered a [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links]) which may suppress second-hand game sales on PS4 as well.

Below are the details, to quote: So I believe this is interesting in light of a prior rumor about Sony limiting second hand game sales on PS4. Sony has been working on new technology for limiting used game sales, and has applied for a patent. The patent was filed 09/12/2012 by SCEJ.

Perhaps this work is where the rumor came from. Or perhaps it independently corroborates the rumor. Anyway, here's some of the relevant detail:

"According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets. As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers. Though in the following description a game application...
 

Video: Fuel Overdose PSN: Tactical Aspects, Combat Racing Strategy

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84w ago - I-Friqiya Executive Producer Skander Djerbi has shared a Fuel Overdose PSN tactical aspects video today showcasing an infusion of strategy in their new combat racing game below!

To quote: Hi, I'm Skander Djerbi executive producer of the half-Japanese, half-gaijin indie production Fuel Overdose on PSN (demo available now), and today I'm going to explain why and how we brought strategy to our combat racing experience.

When you think of combat racing games of the past 25 years, you realize that they more or less follow the same pattern: you collect an item and then you use it before collecting another one, and so on.

These games ask you to focus on speed and targeting but they do not really challenge your mental skills. The only decisions you might have to take from time to time are "Should I use my missile now or later?" or "Should I take that risky shortcut?"

One of the ambitions of Fuel Overdose is to propose a more complex game experience by giving each player the possibility to build his own race strategy and to reward his decision-making skills.





With Fuel Overdose, the choices made before and during the race have a real impact on your chances of success. The game leaves no room for...
 
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