By far, 1997’s Final Fantasy VII is Square-Enix’s most recognized and most popular game; the title helped catapult the PlayStation, the role-playing game (RPG) genre, and Square-Enix (which was then “Squaresoft,” one half of today’s whole) into mainstream relevance in North America. The game still commands a good deal of praise and nostalgia from fans of Japanese RPGs, and when Square-Enix celebrated the title’s tenth birthday...read more
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As Elton John and Bernie Taupin once penned in a ballad, “sorry” is the hardest word. Sony knows it; it has been doing some heavy-duty apologizing since hackers made off with personal information belonging to tens of millions of users of the PlayStation Network. Now that the PSN is back, the company has sought to make things up to its fanbase through free game offers, including LittleBigPlanet, WipeOut HD, inFamous, and others. Some PSN users...read more
Life delivers few experiences as stomach-dropping as the sudden realization that someone has gone on a bender with your stolen credit card information. Even though it’s wonderful to be a gamer in an era where scoring great games is as simple as selecting them from an online menu, the trade-off is a civilization wherein a determined hacker can walk away with your information for the sake of financial gain. Identity theft and money-making scams are as old as...read more
The PlayStation Network is on the mend, and Sony has free games in store for users who have been burned by the month-long downtime and theft of personal info. Players are happy enough to get back to “work,” but studios that depend on the PSN for their daily bread aren’t about to be pacified by a pat on the back and a copy of LittleBigPlanet. For instance, games that were supposed to be released in the window of the PSN’s downtime tripped...read more
Wii 2, Project Cafe, Stream… regardless of the name, Nintendo’s new video game system will soon make an appearance this June at the E3 2011 tradeshow. But does it have what it takes to win the next-generation console war against the PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 or whatever systems Sony and Microsoft choose to next introduce? As part of Gear Up, our running technology video series for Rolling Stone magazine, we take a closer look at whether or not the Wii 2...read more