Hackers Hit Square Enix, Find Hidden Items

Posted by | May 16, 2011

The hits just keep on rolling. Square Enix, best known for the Final Fantasy series that defined and ruined console RPGs, reports an attack against several of their web pages that may have exposed up to 25,000 e-mail addresses and 350 job applications. Computer Weekly has the story.

STEM Video Game Challenge and its Winners

Posted by | May 16, 2011

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s a program designed to get kids involved in the technical skills necessary to help build the future. It also makes video games. Take a look at what it’s all about and read the story of one of the contest’s winners. Lohud.com has the story.

GameOgre: World of Tanks First Impressions

Posted by | May 15, 2011

world-of-tanks-icon Squad-based tank combat and simulation has taken a turn for the better with the recently released game: World of Tanks. Kyt Dotson over at GameOgre has for us a pretty in depth review of World of Tanks and everything that it entails for players, from an examination of the game engine to how the free-to-play freemium mechanic works.

It’s a blue sky over Malinovka as your tank platoon rolls tread over the dying grass, playing a lethal game of cat-and-mouse against the enemy forces hiding amidst the heavy brush. Engines blurt out on all sides as your comrades roll out and you follow in their muddy tracks when the coughing turret-report of an enemy tank signals they’ve sighted us before

Virtual Reality Imaging of Molecular Peptides

Posted by | May 11, 2011

Sure, the Playstation Network is still down and you can’t play any of your 60$ games on your 300$ console, but who needs that when you have step-through models of proteins in virtual reality? Drug Discovery and Development has the story.

The World Peace Game

Posted by | May 11, 2011

Games are a powerful teaching tool, and not just the kind that blink around behind a TV screen. Real games, in the real world, can teach real lessons. Here’s John Hunter presenting his classroom adventures with the World Peace Game. Remember, children are smarter than you think. Keep reading to see the video.

It’s Not Real Until It’s Counter-Strike: Bin Laden’s Compound Goes to Source

Posted by | May 10, 2011

President Obama’s announcement of the attack against terrorist leader Bin Laden was sincere, uplifting, and about ten seconds ahead of game developers scrambling to replicate the assault. A few devs came through with cheap knock-offs, but as we all know, it’s not real until there’s a Counter-Strike map. So here’s the Counter-Strike map. NY Daily News has the story.

Federal Government Rules Video Games Are Art, Opens Grant Applications

Posted by | May 10, 2011

In your face, Ebert! The National Endowment for the Arts has recently altered their guidelines for new grant applications to include video games among their media categories like Television and Radio. That means indie game designers can apply for grants to fund their desperate attempts at porting Minecraft to the iPhone. Videogamer.com has the story. Read our comments for more.

Microsoft Buys Skype For More Money Than the Human Mind Can Comprehend

Posted by | May 10, 2011

That’s 8.5 billion dollars, with a “b” for those keeping count. Microsoft has purchased Skype, the internet video conference software company, for an obscene sum that makes me wish I made some different choices during my college career. Bloomberg has the story. Read the comments for more.

Borderlands Scavenger Missions: Where In Hell Are The Gun Parts

Posted by | May 9, 2011

There are six scavenger missions in Borderlands, each one sending you off to some rusthole looking for gun parts to put together a working weapon. Here’s the trick, though. Your mission waypoint marker only lands on the general area for the scavenger hunt. It won’t lead you over to the parts. So, you’ll have to scour the land and dig up those parts yourself. But, really, there are better things to do on Pandora, like killing a whole bunch of people and taking their stuff, so here’s a handy guide to all the scavenger locations.

Scavenger: Sniper Rifle

Grab this mission at the Fyrestone bounty board. You’re going to be looking for the Sniper Rifle Body, the Sniper Rifle Stock, the Sniper Rifle Sight and the Sniper Rifle Barrel. Go the location given by your waypoint marker. The Sniper Rifle parts are somewhere nearby.

What network technology does PlayStation Network run atop anyway?

Posted by | May 6, 2011

playstation-network-what-is-it It’s been a strange week for Sony, being involved in one of the heaviest publicized data-losses of this year (decade?) when hackers broke into vulnerable user information databases. Initially, it took them almost six days to come forward with the breach and as a result they took the entire PlayStation Network offline; then, after a week of that they discovered that Sony Online Entertainment had also suffered as part of the breach. The original emissions from the company suggested that their credit-card information was not revealed, but when they discovered SOE’s data loss they revealed that credit card numbers had been taken.

This is what we know so far about the breach itself: it happened because Sony was running outdated, unpatched

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