RPG, Pinball, adventure. Those were the first words I had read when I was taking a first look at Rollers of the Realm, and I immediately had to know more about the game. Find out what my impressions...
I have stumbled upon this article by Marc Rogers which I must say was quite convincing. Rogers (like many others including myself) is having a hard time believing that North Korea is really behind the recent attacks against Sony. Isn't it just too easy to blame North Korea for something like that? The hints left behind by the hackers are very obvious and could have been placed there on purpose.
Rogers lists ten different points to support his statement which I'm going to summarize here:
The broken english doesn't look like it's from a North Korean native (it looks like it's from a native english speaker trying to pose as Asian). Having lived in China for the past 5 and a half years I must say I concur.
The malware has been built on a PC with Korean locale & language, while traditional Korean is actually banned and forbidden in North Korea. It's extremely easy to change a computer's language and locale before building a program.
The malware contains hardcoded paths that probably only a (former) Sony employee would be aware of
The hackers could have done a lot more damage or at least very different damage, Rogers speculate that whoever is doing this just wants revenge over Sony
The hackers didn't originally mention the movie (The Interview), they only did so after mass media speculated that the attack came from North Korea. How convenient is that?
The hackers appear to have good knowledge of social media, not something you would expect from North Korean hackers - there have been studies about their techniques before
North Korea is an easy way out for everyone (Sony, third party "security experts" working for Sony, etc.) because quite frankly Sony's door were wide open, it's easier for them to just pretend they got hacked by super-sophisticated government agents
Blaming North Korea suits political agendas
Sony's security was so bad that they had it coming, it didn't really take overly competent government-hired hackers
Rogers suggests the hackers are being led by a former Sony employee seeking revenge, and links to several articles backing up his statement
In a very bizarre announcement to come from Mojang and Telltale, it would appear that the story based gaming studio Telltale, known for their award winning titles The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, are now taking on one the strangest franchises to tell a story in... Minecraft.
I do not really have words or a sense of what in the world to say to this announcement. Don't get me wrong, I am still a big Minecraft fan, but seeing it get a story mode is... off-putting to say the least. I have full faith that Telltale could create a very interesting tale for this game, as my trust in them skyrocketed after recently playing their Game of Thrones first episode earlier this month.
I look forward to seeing where this goes, but what is everyone else's take on this
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This falls out of the realm of normal video game discussion, sure, but Sony is involved, and I think this is big enough to warrant discussion here.
To put it simply, North Korea has been railing against Sony's upcoming film "The Interview," which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two media types sent into the despotic regime to assassinate Kim Jong-Un (with wacky hijinks presumably ensuing). As retaliation, North Korea paid for a hack of Sony Pictures' database, leaking sensitive information such as private emails, employee's personal information, etc. Thing have only escalated from there when the hackers threatened to bomb theaters airing the film.
There's no telling exactly what the studio will do now. According to Wikipedia, the film cost $44 million (not including marketing, of course), and features performers ranging from James Franco and Seth Rogen to Eminem and Kanye West. It'd be almost unthinkable to imagine the company eating the costs and shelving it for good, but is VoD a viable option if theaters have refused to touch it?
Santa Ana, Calif. (December 16, 2014) – NIS America is happy to officially announce that
the next entry in the long-lived Disgaea series, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance will be
arriving in North America and Europe in the fall of 2015, exclusively for the PlayStation®4!
This title will be available as both a physical and digital release.
About the game:
The sixth home console entry to the legendary Disgaea series tells a tale of revenge, and
of rebellion. As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the
countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign—Killia. In Disgaea
5, lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to
vengeance. Filled with more over-the-top action and hilarious writing than ever before,
Disgaea 5’s damage numbers are surely headed for the record books.
Features: Alliance Attacks: New to the Disgaea series, your relationship with your teammates
influences a new battle system called Alliance Attack. These special moves are only
available to main characters and only when their relationships are appropriately aligned.
Recruitment: A familiar feature for Disgaea faithful, this system lets you choose from
over 40 races and jobs, and identify new party members with the exact traits you desire.
Revenge Mode: A game about vengeance wouldn’t be complete without a character stat
boosting system based on revenge, would it? The Revenge Mode empowers your
characters with bonus stats when they’ve become fed up of their allies being beat on.
Explore the Netherworlds: While previous games in the series have shown a glimpse of
the darkness that is the Netherworlds, Disgaea 5 takes you to a myriad of those dark
Definitely over 9,000: In true Disgaea fashion, Disgaea 5 harnesses the power of the
PlayStation®4 to deliver battles with a ridiculous number of enemies and outrageous
Check out the following announcement for the full Press Release:
DmC Press Release
Developed by Ninja Theory, DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition will include the original stylish action game, all previously released downloadable content, including the "Vergil's Downfall" campaign as well as brand new modes and additional gameplay features, making this the ultimate offering for Devil May Cry fans.
New to DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, players will be able to play as Dante's twin brother himself in Vergil's Bloody Palace Mode. For an extra depth of challenge, players will be able to try out the added Gods Must Die and Must Style Mode as well as Hardcore Mode, which has been designed to play more like the classic Devil May Cry series. DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition players will also receive new Dante and Vergil costumes inspired by classic Devil May Cry character designs. The game's high quality production values will run at a stunning 1080p and smooth 60 fps across both next-gen consoles.
Balancing and improvements based on fan feedback from DmC Devil May Cry are being implemented into DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, as well as modifiers that can be turned on at various stages, including Turbo Mode which allows players to increase the speed of play for even faster, more intense combat. Additional leaderboards, trophies and achievements will be included, as well as social features, taking advantage of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One functionality.
DmC Devil May Cry sees Dante's origin story being retold against a contemporary backdrop. Dante is a young man with no respect for authority or society in general. He knows that he is not human, but also that he is not like the demons that have tormented him throughout his life. Caught between worlds, he feels like an outcast. Thanks to his twin brother Vergil, leader of the anti-establishment group "The Order", Dante is now discovering and coming to terms with what it means to be the child of a demon and an angel. Combat and movement throughout the game are influenced by Dante's ability to call upon both angel and demon abilities, dramatically affecting the gameplay style.