Today in Gaming – 4/26/11: PSN Fiasco and More Warhammer 40,000
It was a messy day today for Sony as it revealed PlayStation Network users’ personal data had been compromised by an intruder. A Connecticut Senator was displeased with how the company handled the situation including how long it took for word to get out that personal data like addresses, birthdates, and possibly credit card numbers had been stolen — though Sony says it only learned of this yesterday. For PSN members who haven’t already, be sure to take steps to secure yourself against identity theft as soon as possible and let’s hope nothing comes of this. Only “some services” on PSN will be restored in the next week which only adds to the frustration of what’s happened. If there’s any bright spot, it’s this Airplane-inspired animated GIF that sums things up quite nicely.
- Sony officially reveals its PlayStation Certified tablets.
- The Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops is getting George Romero and Freddy Krueger.
- 3D Excitebike will launch in Japan for free alongside the 3DS eShop.
- L.A. Noire action sequences are skippable.
- Jurassic Park: The Game has been delayed but Telltale is making up for it.
- Infinite Space developer announces its next game.
- Growlanser IV gets an expanded PSP port.
- A Brief History of Hardware Disasters
- The Real Reason People Should Get Excited About Nintendo’s New Console
And here’s what else happened today:
Hulu Plus on 360 Rumored for Friday
According to a purported scan of Official Xbox Magazine that’s hit the web, Hulu Plus — the premium version of Hulu that provides additional content, limited advertising, HD video, and support on non-computer platforms — will become available on Xbox 360 this Friday, April 29. The service is already available on PlayStation 3 so it wouldn’t be the first videogame console Hulu supports. Assuming the scan is real, Microsoft will be giving prizes away to Plus subscribers during Hulu’s first month of availability.
Star Fox 64 3D Features Gyroscope Controls
Star Fox 64 3D will be out in Japan on July 14 and with it will come gyroscope controls. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made mention of the control scheme during a financial report briefing today but, as noted by Joystiq, that sort of control setup doesn’t lend itself to 3D gaming. As anyone who has picked up a 3DS will tell you, your eyes need to stay lined up directly with the screen in order for the effect to work. And as someone who has trouble keeping the system level when playing a game of soccer with no motion controls whatsoever, I can see how it would prove to be incredibly difficult to take advantage of the gyro controls when playing in 3D. Hopefully a more traditional control method will be included, too.
Warhammer 40,000 Games to Keep Flowing From THQ
THQ announced today that it has extended its videogame license agreement with Games Workshop to retain its exclusive rights to the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. It’s a “multi-year extension,” the exact length of which was not specified in the press release. “The complex, futuristic war-torn universe created by Games Workshop equipped THQ’s award-winning development teams with the material to create one of the most loved PC franchises — Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War,” said THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell. “Our envisioning of the Warhammer 40,000 universe will continue to grow with top quality games across all platforms, including the upcoming launches of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online.”