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One of the largest exchanges of bitcoin-currency in the world went offline Dec 5, after an unknown thief hacked into the company’s system and stole $5 million worth of the crypto-currency. The Slovenia based Bitstamp is considered to be the third largest major bitcoin exchange in the world, handling millions of dollars in trade a day and storing just as much money in private servers for their customers.
Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, it is time to look back and reflect on what has been released in the past 12 months. 2014 was, in many ways, an amazing year to be a video game enthusiast, with high quality games and innovative studios churning out triple-A games and working on fresh ideas to keep the gaming world alive in the coming years. For every upside, however, there is some bad. 2014 was also one of the worst years for gaming; high budget games by big name studios fell into a rut of profit-oriented gaming, the “freemium” craze created a large black mark in the gaming world, and the battle for name brand supremacy became even more intense as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony pitted fans of their hardware against one another.
Last month, during Blizzard Entertainment’s annual BlizzCon convention, Blizzard president and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, announced that a purchasable in-game pet for World of Warcraft will be introduced in December, with all of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross for Ebola relief efforts.
Blizzard Entertainment announced last week that they have canceled their seven year in the making MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) project called “Titan”. For years now, the project has remained a mystery to all but those in-the-know on Blizzard’s development team. With the game in the can, the mystery remains. What was Titan?
A recently announced the implementation of its EA Access program; a service that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and will allow players access to EA’s “Vault” of video games. This service will cost $5 a month, $30 a year and will allow members unlimited access to a host of EA’s gaming catalogue, a 10% discount to other EA games and downloadable content, as well as the ability to start playing new games a week before they are released to the public. These are just the features that are being released with the Access service, EA intends to add even more benefits for subscribers in the future.
EA recently announced the implementation of its EA Access program; a service that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and will allow players access to EA’s “Vault” of video games. This service will cost $5.00 a month, $30.00 a year and will allow members unlimited access to a host of EA’s gaming catalogue, a 10% discount to other EA games and downloadable content, as well as the ability to start playing new games a week before they are released to the public. These are just the features that are being released with the Access service, EA intends to add even more benefits for subscribers in the future.
(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.
It’s hard to imagine a situation in which a videogame console is deemed “too popular”, but it seems as though the Playstation 4 may just have found itself in that situation. North American video gamers may have access to an abundance of consoles, but this doesn’t seem to be true for people across Europe. Sony has announced that they are continuing to struggle with producing enough units to fill the demand for the Playstation 4 all across Europe.
Fans of the Borderlands series will finally have another chance to sate their never ending desire for more as Gearbox Software and 2K Games have announced that there will be a third installment into the shoot-and-loot phenomenon that is Borderlands. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been in development for over a year by the two companies and is slated to be released sometime before the end of this year.
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Video games based on television shows tend to have a pretty low expectations, anticipation founded on hordes of poor video game adaptations of TV programs. Luckily, South Park: The Stick of Truth is a gem of a game in a field of absolute failed potential.
What hasn’t been said about South Park? Known for their twisted humor and dark satire, the story of four potty-mouthed boys in South Park, Colorado has entertained millions of viewers and angered just as many others since the show began in 1997. Originally thought up as two animated shorts in the early 90’s by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has come a long way since its cardboard cutout origins and VHS viral video days. Now the show holds some of the most consistently high viewership numbers of any basic cable program and remains one of Comedy Central’s most successful programs of all time.
The end of 2013 was marked by a much needed wrench in the cogs of the video game industry, a console war. After the long lives of the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, the gaming world needed a breath of fresh air. Sadly, we didn’t really get that. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are both impressive consoles in their own right, but neither has brought truly innovative positive changes to the gaming world. Both Microsoft and Sony plagued social media networks with unending ads, Microsoft tried to bribe YouTube users to endorse the Xbox One, and a stream of negative media ruled supreme as the two companies seemed to be arch rivals. During all of the news storm, redesigning of consoles, and removing controversial features (Microsoft), one company was surprisingly out of the spotlight.
2014 seems to be beginning with some interesting news in the world of video games. One of the most prominent videogame developers for Sony’s still relatively new Playstation 4 has announced that they are currently working on two different Playstation exclusive titles that will be making use of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.
2014 seems to be beginning with some interesting news in the world of video games. One of the most prominent videogame developers for Sony’s still relatively new Playstation 4 has announced that they are currently working on two different Playstation excusive titles that will be making use of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.
Whether or not you are interested in gaming, the name Electronic Arts (EA) will definitely ring a bell. The company has been responsible for creating, marketing, and publishing some of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, Dragon Age, the list of successful titles under the EA banner is quite exhaustive and impressive.
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