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More PSN Outage News - Oh Dear... All your info has been obtained.

Those of you have most likely been reading about all of this drama with the Playstation Network. Matt just reported some of the drama earlier today. I have some BAD news...

The short of it is that the following information about YOU (If you are a PSN user) has been obtained thanks to a security issue -

* Name
* Shipping address
* Billing address
* Country
* E-mail address
* Birthdate
* PSN/Qriocity ID
* PSN/Qriocity password
* PSN/Qriocity security question and answer
* Purchase history

They have also said that credit card information along with expiration date (but without security code) may have also been compromised.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/26/sony-provides-psn-update-confirms-a-c...

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Life and the ESRB - Leave it up to the computers?

ESRBESRB I'll be the first one to say that computers are only as smart as those that would design and write the software. That said, the New York Times recently posted an article concerning the ratings system of the ESRB and how it will move from human-based grading to computer-based grading. It isn't that the computers have some sort of A.I. that plays the entire game through an assigns a rating (wouldn't that be grand?) but rather that the games will move toward a questionnaire-based rating system.

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Episode 9: Hard Drivin', Fanboyism, and Old Meets New

Don't hit that abort button - Episode 9 is here! Matt Barton, Mark Vasier, Chris Kennedy with guest Aaron Wegner crank out a hefty podcast with a short staff. Please help us spread the word about the show! We really, really need and appreciate your help, so tell your friends and post about us on your favorite forums and blogs. Special thanks to Chet Tucker for the magnificent voice overs.

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Segments and approximate times below:

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Episode 8: Indies, RPGs, Medicine, C64 and Remakes

We're like a bad penny - We always turn up. It's Episode 8! Did we cut the show down, or has it grown into something we can't control? You'll have to listen to find out! Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice, Christina Loguidice, Chip Hageman, and I - Chris Kennedy - give you the latest in listener bliss.

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Segments and approximate times below:

  • Matt Barton on Indie games and their quest to save us from lack of originality in today's games (4:06)
  • Chip Hageman on Commodoreserver.com (21:35)
  • Christina Loguidice on the use of videogames in medicine (36:32)
  • Bill Loguidice's first computer roleplaying experience (45:25)
  • Chris Kennedy and videogame remakes (1:11:16)

As always, we'd really appreciate any feedback you have to offer on the episode. You can leave comments here, email us, or review the show on iTunes. You can also subscribe to our RSS Feed.

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Play it Again for the First Time - King's Quest I (AGI): Day 3 (Final)

King's Quest AGI BoxTonight, we completed King's Quest I.

Our approach was quite different. We didn't know what to do about a giant in the game - how to defend ourselves, kill him, etc. We knew this from the previous night. Before starting the game tonight, Laura said that she wanted to discuss what to do next in the game. I was a bit shocked and said that I didn't really do "pregame." Rather, I just load up a game and play. So we loaded it up.

...but perhaps having a pregame exercise is a great idea when it comes to adventure games...

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Play it Again for the First Time - King's Quest I (AGI): Day 2

King's Quest AGI BoxDay 2 of KQ1 was a true reflection of the nature of any given adventure game - We had to start over. The fun factor remained despite this, and we found ourselves establishing that "adventure gaming rhythm" that you want to have during gameplay.

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Play it Again for the First Time - King's Quest I (AGI): Day 1

King's Quest AGI Box I have several new years resolutions for 2011. One of them is to replay most of my library of Sierra adventure games. I started this year out by playing the original version of King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown. I played the game with my wife, and she hasn't played it before. I am therefore titling blog entries like this one "Play it Again for the First Time."

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What would you put in YOUR Arcade?

Neave Pacman buttonNeave Pacman button For the next episode of the podcast, I would like to get some feedback from our members. My question is - Which three arcade games would you put in your own arcade? Let's stick to just video-based games for this one. Pick three. If you have to go higher, limit it to five. Send me an e-mail with your picks. Don't post them here! I'll compile a list of them and try to talk briefly about each one in the next episode.

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Piracy Troubles Finally Solved

After years of struggle between those that would create software and those that would steal it, Capcom has finally found the perfect, DRM-free way to prevent people from stealing the PC version of Super Street Fighter IV.

They're just not going to release it.

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Tales of Monkey Island (all episodes) on Sale for Combined $4.95

T'would be a cryin' shame if I didn't tell ye that Tales of Monkey Island is available at Tell Tale Games for $4.95 in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.

'Twas a weekend deal only, so hurry and download it while ya still can, matey!

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