Gaming News Round-up - The lawsuit editionBy Staff Writer 29 April 2011 | Categories: news
First lawsuit in PlayStation Network hack attack
After a hacking intrusion on Sony’s PlayStation Network left 77 million people’s personal details exposed, Sony is finding itself, almost as expected, in a legal hot seat. ABC reports that a lawsuit was filed in California with the plaintive accusing the Japanese company of "not taking reasonable care to protect, encrypt and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."
Sony, who found out about the breach on 19 April but only notified customers a week later on the 26th, is also accused by the man of taking too long to notify him and other customers. The lawsuit is seeking free credit monitoring and monetary compensation, although no mention is made of how much.
The Japanese electronics giant has stated that credit card details were encrypted, but not users’ personal data, including birthdates, address, names etc. We can only imagine this is the first of many lawsuits to come.
In related security news Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service has also reported on “potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2.” According to The Guardian the problem is reasonably routine.
Beyoncé no. 1 problem for Gate Five
She might not be on husband Jay-Z’s list of 99 problems, but singer Beyoncé Knowles is no. 1 on software developer Gate Five’s. According to New York Magazine, Beyoncé is getting sued by Gate Five, who’s seeking north of a $100 million damages for pulling out of a deal to create a motion-sensing dance video game based on her image.
Portal 2 DLC on the way
Hopefully you’ve found yourself busy this Easter with Valve’s incredibly hot Portal 2. Well there’s some good news courtesy of Valve’s VP of marketing, Doug Lombardi. In an interview with Fast Company, Lombardi stated that DLC is on the way and “folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer.” More details about the DLC should be arriving “in a week or so”.
If this extra content is truly needed is questionable, since according to Kotaku, Portal 2 has been completed by slightly more than half of the people who’ve bought the game. About 10% of players have not even completed the first puzzle the game has on offer, which is actually less than the 26% who’ve not managed to finish the original game’s first puzzle.
Pac-Man x 22 542
We like Pac-Man as much as the next guy, but true Pac-Man love goes to Australian creative agency Soap Creative. They’ve designed the world’s largest Pac-Man world, consisting at time of writing of 22 542 different mazes.
Play the game here:http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/
Ahoy me hearties: LEGO Pirates trailer released
The LEGO series of video games are rollicking fun as our recent review of Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars can attest to. Now the blocks are setting their sights on the Pirates of the Caribbean series, set to launch in May. Content from all four movies are used in this title, with gamers being able to play as Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbarossa, Davy Jones or a number of other characters found on the high seas.
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