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May 18th 2011, 22:40 CEST by Mad_Dog

As of this writing the PlayStation Network (PSN) has been offline for nearly a month. It was taken offline due to a massive security breach that was found to extend into Sony Online Entertainment's (SOE) databases as well. The end result is that nearly 100 million detailed user accounts were absconded with by hackers.

Bad times for Sony. Much worse for their users who now have to worry about identity theft.

I have questions. So many questions...
So, how badly will this affect the Playstation 3? Is this the death kneel for Everquest (run by SOE)? Is DC Universe now more-or-less stillborn? How badly have developers who wrote for the PSN suffered due to this downtime? Will there be a migration away from the PS3 to Xbox360 and PC gaming? Will the threat of identity theft be sufficient to cool gamer to other digital distribution services, such as Steam? How long until the rash on my ass goes away? Will the popularity of single-player online DRM take a hit due to the extended downtime of PSN? Is the Playstation 4 now doomed? Ignoring the Playstation users, how will this event influence the normal personal computer gaming scene?

How may other crappers got their personal data pwnzorized due to this attack?
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#16 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-21 03:11:29
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I am gardening. Does not make a lot of sense, but if this is my last day, might as well dig in the dirt with the family.

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#17 by LPMiller
2011-05-21 03:19:34
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
staking out places to loot, mostly. Also, Witcher 2.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" - "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."

"LP, your big balls are a religion." - Jibble
#18 by TreeFrog
2011-05-21 03:40:16
It's after midnight and I'm still here. This rapture sucks balls.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#19 by lwf
2011-05-21 04:09:28
Everyone knows it is a joke, it's not even worth talking about. Does anyone even know anybody who believes in it? It's amazing how effective billboards are in this day in age.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#20 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-21 04:11:41
We're going to a first holy communion party tomorrow, which is kinda ironic.

I'll also be playing L.A. Noire. Remember when we used to talk about current games? Good times, good times.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#21 by lwf
2011-05-21 04:15:21
I just started playing l4d2 today. I bought it back during the xmas steam sale. I still don't see what all the fuss is about with these games, people are just stupid for zombies.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#22 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-21 04:25:19
Agreed, the only zombie game worth its salt is Dead Rising 2.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#23 by lwf
2011-05-21 04:34:05
And before that, Dead Rising, and Resident Evil, of course. Seems like only capcom knows how to do it right.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#24 by BobJustBob
2011-05-21 05:20:21
Resident Evil is garbage.

BUYBUYBUY
#25 by lwf
2011-05-21 05:55:41
4 is great, I can't really remember 5, but 4 is great. The original was great in its time.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#26 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-21 06:17:10
Dead Rising 1 is crap. Resident Evil is crap. Actually, all zombie games save DR2 are crap.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#27 by lwf
2011-05-21 06:26:04
I liked DR1 even more than DR2, it had super dualminichainsaws.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#28 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-23 21:47:30
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Got my garden all in this weekend!

We planted green beans, tomatoes (far too many), red and gree onions, spinach, egg plant (not sure if this one will make it up here), zuchini, cucumber, carrots, horse radish and a bunch of herbs. Took a lot of work for a 12x12 plot, more than I thought it would honestly. But we have a garden, it is fenced in with spiffy bird fencing (really more to keep ground animals out, but was a cheap option).

Not sure how the whole thing is going to hold up to the wind or if a deer actually decides to get fiesty, or worst of all, if my dog runs into it a good tilt (he is not the brightest). But, looking good right and was a lot of fun, and hard work, to get it all going.

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#29 by Gunp01nt
2011-05-24 00:22:19
supersimon33@hotmail.com
What, no hemp?

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#30 by TreeFrog
2011-05-24 01:10:16
#29 by Gunp01nt
What, no hemp?

#28 by Matt Perkins
and a bunch of herbs.

Duh.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#31 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-24 01:55:26
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Heh, I was going to make that connection for him...but what fun is that?*








* - sadly no, I did not. MJ laws are not up to snuff in WA.

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#32 by gaggle
2011-05-24 03:38:18
Tomorrow: IKEA. Time to not sleep on the goddamn floor anymore.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#33 by yotsuya
2011-05-24 04:33:22
I think if you had moved to Oregon, you could have grown it on your windowsill.

#34 by lwf
2011-05-24 04:50:42
Only if he wants to get gangraped by DEA agents.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#35 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-24 06:08:15
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Yeah, the federal government REALLY likes their drug war. So much that Obama laughs at the idea of changing it. So much that state approved places are raided by federal agents on a regular basis in any state that has medical mj.

It is not really a great idea to be registering at this point imo.

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#36 by jjohnsen
2011-05-24 08:43:10
http://www.johnsenclan.com
We're doing our garden this weekend, the weather has been crazy cold for this time of year and I didn't want the tomatoes to freeze.  We usually stick to growing a bunch of stuff you can use to make salsa, then buy stuff like corn at the farmer's market.

#37 by Shadarr
2011-05-24 09:25:15
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
My garden went nuts while I was away, the little tiny salad mix plants I planted have now reached the top of the greenhouse and gone to seed, and the rhubarb is taking up about half of the greenhouse, by volume.  I haven't planted any tomatoes or cucumbers yet but I probably should.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#38 by Chunkstyle
2011-05-24 18:22:47
My association now bans vegetables in gardens.  Flowers only.  Associations suck.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#39 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-24 18:41:32
That's madness!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#40 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-24 18:43:17
Oh, rapture has been moved to October.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#41 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-24 18:49:20
Oh, gardening. We are trying to grow some veggies in pots on the deck this year. We have cucumbers, yellow peppers, jalepenos and something else, I forget what. My wife wrapped chicken wire around the veggie pots, save the peppers, to keep the critters away. I told her that they don't eat peppers so we wouldn't have to worry about that.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#42 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-24 20:26:04
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Been unseasoningly cold and wet here too. That is why we only put the garden in as of this last weekend. The locals all say that this is the wettest it has ever been...

Cool to hear so many people growing a bit. Lot of fun.



Chunkstyle, that is crazy shit.

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#43 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-26 19:26:08
I am going to talk about L.A. Noire here. I won't spoil any of the story, but I may spoil gameplay if that's important to you.

I finished the game last night and would rate it 4* on the Netflix scale. That said, I can't recommend the game to anyone and you'll have to make your own judgement based on what you read about it.

The game can be broken down into 3 basic parts, cases, street crime and collecting. Cases are the meat of the game where the games story and main gameplay take place. Street crimes are small bits of action (not so) dispersed through the city that you can respond to while you're working on a case. Collecting is something to give you a reason to explore the city.

When you break down these components it's clear that as a game it's not very good. Lets start with the case work which is why everyone gets the game. You play as a detective in the post war 1940's LAPD. A case typically begins with a title card with a noire-ish sounding name ("The Golden Butterfly", "The White Shoe Slaying") and a short cutscene showing the crime being committed. You are then at the police precinct squad room where the Lt. gives you your orders. You get in a car and head out to the crime scene. While driving in an emergency vehicle you may get a call for street crime, but they're optional so you don't have to answer them. Similarly there's no time constraint on getting to your next objective so you can answer calls or putter around town.

When you finally get to the crime scene you investigate it for clues.  This is one half of the investigative gameplay during a case.  While searching for clues there is music playing to let you know that there are clues to be found and when you find a clue you will hear a chime and feel the controller buzz (there is an option to turn these off if you want to go hardcore). You press A and Cole will inspect the item. Occasionally youíll have to turn the item to find the clue on it (for example the serial number of a gun). The game will also include some junk items in this sequence, like a bottle lets say. Youíll feel the buzz pick it up and Cole will say something like ďthatís not relevant.Ē When you finish collecting clues that will usually yield a new location and/or a person of interest (POI) to talk to. Youíll schlep over there (or have you partner drive) to conduct an interview with that POI. Aside: whatís neat about this game is that after collecting clues or an interview and you are driving to the next location you and your partner will have some chit chat about the case. If you have your partner drive you still get the chit chat before the skipping. When you interview youíll select a pre-determined question out of your notebook to ask them and then you need to determine if theyíre telling the truth or lying. This is the second half of the case gameplay. If you think theyíre telling the truth then you select that and continue. If you think they lying or hiding something you can select Ďdoubtí if you canít prove their lying, or Ďlieí if you have the evidence to back up the claim. Itís a frustrating mechanic because it amounts to a guessing game. When you determine someone is not telling the whole truth it amounts to a stab in the dark some of the times if your evidence is what the developer thinks is evidence. Iíve had questions turn out wrong because my logic didnít mash up with the developers. However, the biggest downside of this gameplay is that none of it matters. Even if you guess wrong for all the interview a critical witness will still yield the necessary clue. It is impossible to not solve a case. You get rated on your efficiency, but in the grand scheme of the narrative your actions donít have any affect. The game is the puppet master and you can clearly see the strings pulling your arms.

Once in a while during a case there will be an action part. This may involve tailing a suspect, a shoot out or chasing a POI down to interview them. These are similar sequence that occur street crime but they are weak. One thing the game does is that if you fail an action sequence 3 times it will ask you to skip it. I used this feature twice because it is so poor. While itís a design failure to even have that option, Iím glad they recognized that it was weak and included a way to get around it.

Speaking of street crime, let me discuss that. If you answer a call youíll have to drive over to a location where a short movie will play setting up the scene. These are designed to be the action component of the game for those that demand action. A typical street crime case will end with a shoot out and people going to the morgue. An occasional item will have you chase a car and have to wipe it out to arrest the driver. Why bother doing these you ask? Well, if you like shooting people you can do that, but mostly because it yields XP, which brings me to the leveling mechanic. When you correctly guess at an interview or complete street crimes you gain XP. Once you level up the game will give you intuition points. These points can be spent at a crime scene to reveal all clues or during an interview to help you get a right answer. Occasionally a level up will yield a new outfit for you to wear (outfits will give you a bonus, but I never felt that). You can only have a max of 5 intuition points so thereís no benefit to leveling up if you have 5 of them in your pocket. One of my beefs with the street crime is that most of them are clustered near central, so when I was out in Hollywood Iíd have to hoof it all the way across the map to get the the crime. Even more egregious is that street crimes are based off of your assigned desk, so when the developers know youíll be working around Hollywood at the vice desk, they designed it so that you would need to go all the way back. For these cases I would stop the car and let my partner drive.

Collecting is just like you think, drive around getting stuff. You can Ďcollectí landmarks, film reels, newspapers and cars. Newspapers are typically found in the course of casework and play a cutscene to show more of the overall story. Getting landmarks and film reels will yield XP. Getting cars doesnít get you anything (other than achievements) so Iím not sure why they were included. Even more puzzling is that there are Ďhiddení cars throughout the map in special garages that you can use, but theyíre so remote to where you typically are that itís not something you would ever use during a case.

The game lets you go back and replay cases from the main menu so that you can try to get a better score, or once you complete a desk you can free roam in the city doing that desks street crimes or collecting. This being an adventure game at its core and not a sandbox game the value of the free roam is severely limited.

Why did I give the game 4* when it is barely a game and the game portions that are there are fairly mediocre at best? There are two reasons, the first is that I have been dying to play an investigative cop game for a while now. While I can see the wizard behind the curtain pulling the levers I can willfully ignore that and enjoy working a case because it feels like Iím investigating it. With no other game out there doing this I forgive it. Second, the story, of all things, is great for a video game. Itís probably even good enough to be adapted to a cable TV show. If you like noir stories and can get over failing the interview guessing game (even though it doesnít matter, itís still frustrating when you fail) then itís a game worth checking out. I donít even think that watching the youtube videos would be the same as experiencing it.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#44 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2011-05-26 20:06:24
http://uglycode.com
Fuck, all this fuss for some 8/10 game and still no TOTY.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#45 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-26 20:13:49
You wound me, sir.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#46 by G-Man
2011-05-26 20:48:16
With no other game out there doing this I forgive it.

Aren't there a ton of CSI or Law and Order shovelware adventure games? Have you tried any of them?
#47 by BobJustBob
2011-05-26 21:23:41
Apropos of nothing, watch this video.

BUYBUYBUY
#48 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-26 21:45:27
No, I ignore shovelware.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#49 by G-Man
2011-05-26 22:17:15
Bob: Those videos are awesome. Excellent find. My only gripe is that you linked to one of the more boring ones out there. I mean, why not link to this video instead? I guess you wanted the insanity to be a surprise?

Cheesy: I dunno man. From this review the CSI games sound a lot like Heavy Rain.
#50 by CheesyPoof
2011-05-26 22:27:29
Heavy Rain was an interesting experiment and while I hold a positive impression of it overall, it's not one that I would look to repeat. Of note is that Heavy Rain is also terribly overrated by the press, so I can only imagine how awful that CSI game would be.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#51 by G-Man
2011-05-26 22:33:40
Wow. Japanese wikipedia does not disappoint.
#52 by TreeFrog
2011-05-27 00:15:41
#49 by G-Man


WHAT

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#53 by gaggle
2011-05-27 00:47:48
My mind weeps.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#54 by G-Man
2011-05-27 01:56:10
To anyone wondering what it is all about: apparently World Cup is an ongoing flash game/ad/widget* series designed by developer Cinema Keiba as a viral promotion for the Japan Racing Association.

The flash thingy (the latest of which can be seen here) allow users to select a roster of horses and jockeys to compete in a race and then wager on the outcome of the race. The users do not design the horses or jockeys or otherwise influence the result of the races.

All of which sounds lame. This is exactly what the next Spore addon should be all about - designing crazy racing creatures and actively racing them in multiplayer against others.

* We really need a new word for this sort of thing.
#55 by Caryn
2011-05-27 06:55:19
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Chunkstyle: no veggies in your garden allowed? What kind of Nazi bullshit homeowners association do you live in? I'd challenge that. What rationale could they possibly have for such a stupid rule?

Cheesy: just finished LA Noire myself. My assessments are just about on par with yours. It's a flawed game but I enjoyed the pacing and the investigation gameplay. I also really liked the story a lot.

#56 by Matt Perkins
2011-05-27 20:58:40
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
She lives!

How goes things with the little monster and you, Caryn? Still on bed rest? Doing well?

"programmers talk from a very deep gnome cavern, full of gold mechanics" - wisdom from the ancients
#57 by Caryn
2011-05-29 08:08:29
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
My week of bed rest is finally over and the doctor said I can start resuming normal activity if I ramp up. Tried to do that today and found out that it's amazing how a week of bed rest can debilitate a healthy body.

Jjohnsen: I hate you for introducing me to Instagram. I'm addicted to it now. What other fun photo editing apps are out there?

#58 by jjohnsen
2011-05-29 18:50:14
http://www.johnsenclan.com
First let me apologize, I know how that addiction can lead to the loss of friendship and family (in other social media like Twitter and Facebook).  

Some of the apps are a little cheesier than others, use at your own discretion.  I think I told you about Colorsplash, it does selective color like this.  Wordfoto changes pictures into word clouds.  Hipstamatic mimics different lenses and flashes for retro effects.  Diptic lets you create diptychs and triptychs.  Tiny Planets curves your photo into a cylindrical shape.  Web.stagram.com is a site that lets you see your instagram account from a browser.  Statigram lets you see statistics about your account (who comments the most, what filters you use the most, etc).  

Camera+ is the main camera I use instead of the iPhone camera because it lets you choose which part of the photo is in focus, and also lets you decide which part of the photo will be exposed correctly.

#59 by jjohnsen
2011-05-29 18:52:07
http://www.johnsenclan.com
And I'm expecting plenty of alpaca photos.

#60 by jjohnsen
2011-05-29 19:05:09
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Oh, and @joshjohnson has a community going with a few thousand people.  If you submit pictures with the #jj tag it goes to the community group, then every day or two he puts out a theme for everyone to submit (animal, blue, speed, etc) and for those you tag #jj_foum.  It's a good way to find new people to follow and be followed by.

#61 by gaggle
2011-05-29 20:26:30
Battle: LA was a fun ride.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#62 by jjohnsen
2011-05-29 21:34:22
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Fun special effects, lame story.

#63 by gaggle
2011-05-29 22:49:24
Exactly.

Is Instagram an app that takes photos or just the social media part? It's startup interface confuses me.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#64 by jjohnsen
2011-05-30 01:31:05
http://www.johnsenclan.com
You can take photos with it or use photos you've taken.  It's mainly a social media app.  Left button is the feed of anyone you are following.  Second button is a feed of the most popular photos of the moment.  Middle button lets you choose a photo, then add a filter if you'd like.  You can tag photos with the #, clicking any of those tags in your feed take you too that tag.  From the middle button you can also share on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.  Fourth button is a list of people's comments and likes on your photos, and also a list of what photos the people you are following are liking. Last button is your photos, a place to make a profile, and a place to search for certain tags or people.  

I'm jjohnsen.

#65 by gaggle
2011-05-30 01:38:59
Are the various photos you've been posting filtered via it or the Camera+ app you mentioned?

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
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