Review: Carnivores

This game is a PSP Mini just out; I can’t put my PSP down since downloading it and now my kids wanna play!
The game Carnivores is a graphically rich environment full of the sounds and little creatures you would expect to see and hear while on Safari hunting dinosaurs. You must start small and prove yourself a master hunter of all the different parks to travel through, but once you have earned enough trophies you will be ready for the ultimate challenge of hunting the greatest dinosaur of them all: T – Rex, King of all Dinosaurs.

The games controls are a little to get used to but once you catch the hang of it you will really soar to new heights’ while combining all of your hunter instincts to survive. The 3D world is breath taking and the game plays just like the other Big Game hunt types, a good game overall for just having some fun.

I would rate this game a two thumbs up due to the nature of the game, I myself love hunting stuff! And for all the animal activist out there you can even hunt in a more humane fashion by using non-lethal means, but you earn less points.

Carnivores is action-packed game and full of excitement with breath-taking scenes that will keep you jumping out of your seat, even if you are a “seasoned hunter”.

Keep an eye out for Carnivores: Ice Age ($3.99) coming to a PSP near you on August 31, 2011.

Playstation Network Down Time

I didn’t want to blog about every single thing that was going on with Playstation network being hacked and the service being turned off. I’ve gone a head and put a timeline together of all the events that happened as well. I’ve also wanted to talk about PCI standards and my opinions on how Sony handled the situation.

What is PCI? The PCI Security Standards Council which is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Security Standards including Data Security Standards, Payment Application Data Security Standards and PIN transaction Security requirements. Why is this important? Well because Sony stores sensitive data and credit card information on it’s servers. Basically they audit your servers, provide a list of recommendations that you should implement to protect your servers. After a company is audited it’s recommended that you look to implement the recommendations on your servers to make you more secure, rinse and repeat.

I’m curious to know when Sony’s last PCI audit happened, what recommendations came out of the audit, what did Sony fix and Sony didn’t fix?

To me, Sony handled this perfectly. They were hacked but didn’t know to what extent. They hired professionals to help and than once they realized the extent of the damage they informed the public.

Back to the Timeline:

April 3, 2011 – a group called “Anonymous” launches cyber attacks against various Sony websites because Sony was suing George “GEoHot” Hotz and Graf_Chokolo who hacked the PS3

April 11, 2011 – Sony settles with Hotz

April 19, 2011 – Sony’s Network team detects unauthorized activity in the PlayStation Network system

April 20, 2011 – Sony discovers unauthorized intrusion and that data had been taken off the PSN servers. Sony hires a forensic investigation team. They can’t determine what data was taken and the Playstation network was taken off line.

April 21, 2011 – Sony hires a second forensic team

April 25, 2011 – Forensics team determine the scope of personal data that was illegally taken from all PSN and Qriocity servers. No indication if credit cards where taken.

April 26, 2011 – Sony finally informs the public of the hack and notifies authorities of the attack

April 28, 2011 – Hotz denies any invovlement

April 29, 2011 – House of Representatives wants more information about the attack

April 30, 2011 – Kazuo Hirai speaks to the public for the first time about the attack and apologies to its customers. Hirai states that PSN should be back up a week and that network security has been beefed up.

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
  • Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
  • Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
  • Implementation of additional firewalls

Complimentary Offering and “Welcome Back” Appreciation Program
While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, the company is committed to helping its customers protect their personal data and will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.

The company will also rollout the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.

Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Additional “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions.

May 1, 2011 – Sony finds files that says “Anonymous,” “We are legion.” That’s the slogan for the hacktivist group.

May 2, 2011 – Playstation blog update ” One other point to clarify is from from this weekends’ press conference. While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form.”

May 4, 2011 – Sony sends letter to Congress answering questions.

May 5, 2011 – Sony’s global network and security teams at Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment began the final stages of internal testing of the new PSN system

May 6, 2011 – More testing

May 14, 2011 – PSN returns sort of? Video from Kazuo Hirai

PS3 software update announced – The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now

May 15, 2011 – users updating passwords, severs can’t handle the load, suspended servers to catch up. Sony recently had to turn off services for approximately 30 minutes to clear the queue.

May 16, 2011 – PSN FAQ – Restoration Questions Answered. Details for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program in North America

May 18, 2011 – Sony temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page. Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.

May 24, 2011 – PSN down Maintenance

May 30, 2011 – Full PSN Services, including PlayStation Store, Return This Week

June 1, 2011 – Important PlayStation Network Maintenance,The server maintenance performed at this time represents a crucial step in the full restoration for PSN, including the PlayStation Store.

June 1,2011 – PSN STORE BACKONLINE!

June 3, 2011 – Welcome Back Program Available Now – Details Inside

Q: What’s in the Welcome Back Program?
A: To start, all PSN members who had signed up before the outage (April 20, 2011) will be able to select two games for the PS3 system and two games for the PSP system.
For PS3 owners, go to the ‘Welcome Back’ section in the PlayStation Store, and select 2 titles from the following list:

    • Dead Nation
    • inFAMOUS
    • LittleBigPlanet
    • Super Stardust HD
    • Wipeout HD + Fury

For PSP owners, go to the ‘Welcome Back’ section of PlayStation Store on your PSP system and select 2 titles from the following list:

    • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
    • ModNation Racers
    • Pursuit Force
    • Killzone Liberation

Massive PSN store update

June 4, 2011 – PlayStation Home Welcome Back Package Details

June 6, 2011 – PS3 System Software Update (v3.65)

Originally appeared on tehflakes.ca

PSP Price Drop & New Greatest Hits


This morning SCEC Dropped a little bomb in my inbox – the PSP (PlayStation Portable) System Now is getting a price drop this weekend! Starting Feb 27, 2011 you’ll be able to pick up a new PS for $129.99.

Details:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system will be available for $129.99 (MSRP) starting February 27, 2011. Since launching in 2005, the PSP system has sold more than 23 million* units in North America and 67.8 million worldwide, offering more than 590 engaging titles in North America as well as access to a vast selection of downloadable content from PlayStation®Network. In addition to the new price point, 13 new games will be added to the PSP “Greatest Hits” and $9.99 “Favorites” software collections, further delivering upon the PSP system’s incredible entertainment value.

New Greatest hits ($19.99):

  • Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines (Ubisoft)
  • DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (Square Enix, Inc.)
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  • Resistance: Retribution
  • Toy Story 3: The Video Game (Disney Interactive)

New PSP Favorites titles include ($9.99)

  • CRISIS CORE® – FINAL FANTASY® VII (Square Enix, Inc. )
  • Daxter
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom)
  • Killzone: Liberation
  • SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fire Team Bravo
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary (Square Enix, Inc.)

Killzone3 Trailer

Meet the Characters, some familiar faces; Sev, Rico and Narville, and a number of new ones… The female ISA member Jammer, Jorhan Stahl and Admiral Orlock (the potential heirs to Visari’s throne).

Are you ready to face off with the Helghast again?

Expect some great voice talent in this installment of Killzone with the voice talents of Malcolm McDowell (TankGirl, Entourage), as Stahl Arms CEO, and Ray Winstone ( The Departed, Beowulf), as the Helghast Admiral.

Source: PlayStation EU.

PlayStation Races into November

Buckle up – This looks to be an ultra fast month for Sony with the Announcement of two new racing titles coming our way from the PlayStation team.

Split/Second for PSP

Split/Second, is now available for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system. With new features like Destruction mode in which players can target and destroy rival vehicles, the Power Slide mode that allows racers to drift around the track to gain score and additional time and a PSP exclusive Survival Truck mode which requires avoiding rival vehicles and barrels. Also included a four-player local multiplayer and a new Docks track inspired by the Shipyard track from the console version.

GT 5:

Also announced int he Racing world is the long awaited return of Grand Turismo 5, officially scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 24. Do you have what it takes to be a Pro Driver? Then get read as SCEA introduces the GT Academy, a New competition which wants to put you in the drivers seat for REALZ and give you the opportunity to become a professional race driver*.  See here for complete rules. Follow GT Academy on Facebook for the latest news updates and information.

* US Residents only

Ultimate PSP Bundle

PSP 1004

Beyond the Rack just posted a fantastic members only (details below) deal (3 days only – Ends 11/15/2010) for a PSP 1004 that included PSP set includes: four games, five UMD movies and two accessory bundles for $279 CDN (Regular $359 – Save $80):

  • Game 1: NFL Madden 2011
  • Game 2: Lumines II
  • Game 3: Justice League
  • Game 4: Xiolin Showdown
  • Movie 1: Without a Paddle
  • Movie 2: Secondhand Lions
  • Movie 3: Coach Carter
  • Movie 4: Galerians: Rion
  • Movie 5: Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security
  • Accessory 1: I-sound by Dreamgear
  • Accessory 2: Philips PSP Home and Car Charger

If your looking for an all in one Ultimate gamer on the go gift for a loved one or a friend you can’t go wrong here.

To Get in on this deal you need an invite to get in the Club – if you are not a member already, I’m here to hook you up: Get Invited.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest – Voice Over Talent

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, players become the legendary Aragorn and embark upon a quest reliving the hero’s most valiant battles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wielding a sword, shield, bow and spear, players will battle enemies and journey through a colorful and fresh rendition of Middle-earth where they can switch between spear and sword on horseback, taking down evil foes in a truly action-packed gameplay experience. Two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf allows kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action on the PS3 and Wii.

The video features Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) as they talk about their involvement as voice talent for the game, the engaging gameplay and their thoughts on the legendary character Aragorn. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is a family-friendly game which, for the first time, allows gamers of all ages to experience the extremely popular The Lord of the Rings franchise using the Wii remote and the PS3 Move technology.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest will be available for the PS3, Wii, DS and PSP next Tuesday, September 14.

Retired Athlete Covers

This week we say the announcements of 2K Sports Basketball putting Michael Jordan in the Cover of NBA 2K11 and Wayne Gretzky on the Cover of an upcoming Wii Title from EA Sports titled NHL SLAPSHOT.

I really must ask… A basketball player that has not been in the league sine 2003 (as a player) and a retired Hockey All Star – are planning on being the selling feature for these two titles?!? REALLY?

Maybe the Madden Curse is real and it’s expanding to the other sports titles… using Retired Athletes may be soon be the only option to protect a sports career.

I kid of course – MJ and Gretzky are both fantastic Athletes and covers are well deserved for both.

Sackboy is Back! LBP2

The sack is back – need I say any more…

2 Million community developed levels and now a slew of new features – More Stickers, More levels and now create your own interactive digital puppets, characters and machines.



LBP2 is taking interactive gaming to a whole new level.

Check out the official announcement page to find out more!