Anonymous Note Left On Compromised Sony Server

The PlayStation Blog continues its hit series of posts on the data breach at Sony Computer Entertainment -- not to be confused with the breach at Sony Online Entertainment earlier this week -- with a note as to what Sony's answers were to the US House of Representatives' questions.

Among them is one little tasty little tidbit:

"We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”"

Ones to Watch: PS3, PSP for May 2011

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The elephant in the room as May begins is, of course, the PSN downtime, but Sony expects to have the majority of its features back in gear this week. It's not clear if the Store will be coming back quickly, however, and it's hard to tell what the loss of two intervals of updates will do to the titles originally slated to appear.

May does look pretty good for the console, but very thin for the handheld. Things must be gearing up for the NGP later this year – I see it's already got a place on a face button on the PS Blog alongside the PS3, PSP, and PSN.

The PSN Outage Headlines Are Getting Ugly

psn_logo_pixelatedI'm not one to throw stones at service outages -- computer systems will have problems from time to time -- but when I fired up my PS3 for the first time in a week to check the Store and play online and found myself kicked off the PSN repeatedly I was miffed. For VoodooExtreme it's downright ugly: PSN Goes Down like a $10 Whore. Yikes.

The PS Blog today reiterated that yes, they are still having service problems and no, they don't yet know when it'll be back to normal. They even went so far as to say it may be a full day or two.

Am I totally wrong in thinking their integration with Steam for the launch of Portal 2 might in some way have caused this little snafu? Microsoft may be sitting off in their tall green tower smiling smugly at Sony being so eager to connect to those heathen, unwashed PC Steam gamers... who are totally cool if they want to pre-purchase Fable III on Steam, you know.

From Aeropause.

Two Aragami Too Many

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The massive tiger-like Valjra leapt down the ruined city block, slammed into Tatsumi, knocking her out, and spun 180 degrees to get ready to charge again. Soma was flat on the ground off to my right, also unconscious, and I downed a restore pill to get some health back. We can do this, I thought as Gina, up on a chunk of building to one side flipped her large blade into gun mode and took potshots at the feline Aragami. We just have to be cautious, be more defensive-- Just then my communicator blared and the mission timer overlay started ticking down from five minutes.

Potato Sack Games Give Portal 2 A Community Co-Op Release Date

valve_potato_sack_logoPortal 2's PC release is tied to the Steam game store and distribution platform, and that platform has been pre-loading the game's assets for those who have preordered it for a little while now. Given that the release date is a matter of one final patch or key being released to the target systems to unlock the mass of binary data just waiting to spring to virtual life, Valve decided to turn their marketing up a few notches and have some fun along the way.

The release date for Portal 2 has been given a community co-op twist. The more time spent actively playing one or more of a collection of indie titles available on steam called the Potato Sack games, the greater the chance of moving up the release date for the game and unlocking it early. An Aperture Science page named glados@home charts the progress thus far.

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