Posts Tagged "Sony"

When Will the Sony Hacking Attempts Stop?

When Will the Sony Hacking Attempts Stop?

Hackers made another attack on Sony. In other news, grass is green and birds go “tweet.” This time, a group calling itself ‘LulzSec’ yoinked home address info, birth dates, passwords, and other sensitive information from SonyPictures.com. Sony does seem to be attracting gobs of unwanted attention these days. Is there anything the company can actively do to muzzle hackers, or will it do any good to just turn around and hope the problem goes...

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E3 2011: Who Will Win?

E3 2011: Who Will Win?

Hurry, hurry. Pick your horse and throw down your bets: It’s time to predict if E3 2011 will belong to Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft! “Why does someone have to win?” asks “dudester” from the VideoGamer.com forums. “So the eternal fanboy war will rage on,” answers “Bloodstorm.” First, we need to look at what each company will have to offer. At this point, everything on Microsoft’s plate is vague and...

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PlayStation Vita: What’s in a Name?

PlayStation Vita: What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? As far as a video game console is concerned, history, power, brand recognition, and at least six months worth of Internet-bound puns and jokes. The “Nintendo Entertainment System” was specifically branded and engineered to squirm its way into North American family entertainment centers and take its place among the VCR’s of the age: The term “video game system” induced too many flashbacks of sub-par Atari games....

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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Will it Ever Come?

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Will it Ever Come?

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...

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Achievements vs. Trophies, Unlockables, Leaderboards

Achievements vs. Trophies, Unlockables, Leaderboards

It’s interesting to consider how video game design has, in a way, come full-circle. Gaming pioneers used to stand for hours at arcade cabinets in hopes of leaving their mark on the screen in the form of a high score and a three-letter identifier. Then, with the introduction of the home console, gaming became a solitary affair for a time. Now, we exist in an era wherein we’re encouraged to accomplish several goals in one game. We invest time and energy...

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