Sony Hires Former Homeland Security Boss for PSN Security

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136w ago - Today Reuters (linked above) reports that Sony has hired the former director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center Philip Reitinger to oversee PSN security in an effort to prevent further breaches in their network.

To quote: "Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman said. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

Shares in Sony have fallen 55 percent since the company revealed the hacking on April 27, sparking widespread criticism and casting a shadow over its plans for expansion in online businesses including music and movie distribution.

Concerns about losses in the TV department and the yen's rise against the euro have also contributed to Sony's woes.

Reitinger, who has also worked for Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense, will be based in Washington."
 

Video: Borderlands 2 PS3 Interview from Gamescom 2011

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138w ago - SCEE's James Gallagher has shared a Gamescom 2011 interview today with writer Anthony Burch of Borderlands 2 for the PS3 entertainment system.

To quote: Gamescom 2011 is a hazy memory now that I'm back at my London desk, watching raindrops fall down the window and imagining they're racing each other, but that doesn't mean our coverage is over.

I still have a few interviews to bring you, starting with Anthony Burch, writer on the recently announced Borderlands 2.

What did you think of the original Borderlands and will you be picking up the sequel?

Check out the video interview below!




 

ClaDun X2, Disgaea 4 and Adventurer of Arland Release Dates

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140w ago - NIS America's PR Marketing Coordinator Nao Zook has announced release dates today for ClaDun X2, Disgaea 4 and Adventurer of Arland below.

To quote: Today I want to talk about our upcoming titles, which include ClaDun x2, Atelier Totori, and Disgaea 4!

I knew it would be a very busy summer for us at NIS America, but now that I think about it, we'll be making you super busy, too! Well, hold tight, all the latest information is coming your way.

ClaDun x2 will be available only on PSN at the end of August. I don't have the exact date just yet, but please look out for ClaDun x2 when it pops up on the PlayStation Store. You can also sign up for our Prinny Bomb newsletter at our Web site to get all of our announcements and news straight from us!





If you played ClaDun: This is an RPG, you might feel like this will be just another run-of-the-mill sequel. But don't jump to conclusions too quickly! ClaDun x2 returns with tons more customization--more Magic Circles, more artifact types, more classes, more everything!
 

Video: Carnival Island PS3 with PlayStation Move from E3 2011

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148w ago - Magic Pixel Games President Mark Tsai has posted up a video today spotlighting Carnival Island on PS3 with PlayStation Move from E3 2011.

To quote: At E3, we were pleased to announce the game we've been building for PlayStation Move over the last several months with SCEA Santa Monica Studio: Carnival Island!

Carnival games are perfect for translation to motion control gaming - the gameplay is very physical, requiring rolling, throwing, flipping and tossing - actions which translate extremely well for the accuracy of the Move controller.

However, we've taken away the frustration, making the game feel very natural and accessible - something that anyone can pick-up and play. Carnival Island has something for everyone, and is a game that you can enjoy in your living room with up to four friends or family members. It allows side-by-side multiplayer, so you can elbow your family or friends during heated competitive play.





In single-player mode, the game takes the player through a journey of restoring magic to a forgotten carnival. As the player accomplishes challenges and goals, the world comes alive with pets, color and toys. All of the prizes you collect and unlock make a real difference; they add to the atmosphere...
 

Video: Outland Now on PSN, Behind-the-Scenes Footage Arrives

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148w ago - Ubisoft PR Coordinator Alex Monney has announced that Outland is now on PSN, and shared some Behind-the-Scenes Housemarque video footage on the title below.

To quote: The day has finally come and we are ecstatic to have released Outland on the PlayStation Network. Many of you first heard of this platformer/Ikaruga mash-up when we first announced it at our Digital Day event last year and got a deeper dive when PlayStation.Blog's Sid Shuman gave a quick preview from PAX East 2011.

The idea of the game is simple: you are following in the footsteps of an ancient hero looking to prevent the destruction of the world at the hands of the goddesses of chaos. However, mix in the polarity switching and you have one amazingly challenging game.

Housemarque, known for their work on Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD, has been receiving a ton of praise on Outland, including 1UP calling it "one of the best downloadable games this year". Let's take a deeper dive into the development of Outland:





Be sure to check out Outland now on the PlayStation Store. For $9.99, you can pick up a critically acclaimed platformer with epic boss battles and online...
 







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