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  • Donncha 7:23 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Portable Minecraft (Video) 

    Minecraft running on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play. It’ll come to other Android phones and iPhones later and I have to admit this does tempt me to buy the phone.

    Two things put me off, the cost which is just over 200 Euro on my current, and there’s no indication that Minecraft will be network aware. I shudder to think how fast Minecraft would run through my measly 250MB/month data limit…

    Oh, while you’re here go look here for the first part of the Portal 2 soundtrack! It has ringtones too, I used the “Science is fun” one for my phone. Someone ring me, eh? 🙂

    (Both links via Kotoku!

    • Darren 8:07 pm on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Why is it fast forwarded?! Only non minecrafters would get bored watching someone build a petty house :L

  • Donncha 11:39 am on May 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IRC chatlog of PSN hackers 

    PSN is still down (as it was this morning when I wrote the exact same words in this post) because hackers broke in and Sony discovered the breach a few weeks ago.

    How long ago? This boards.ie thread links to this pastebin log which is apparently an IRC conversation between a few guys discussing the security problems Sony had.

    The hostname updptl.de.np.community.playstation.net is mentioned and a week or two ago I fired off a “lynx -head -dump” request to find out what it’s running and it was definitely running an old version of Apache at that time. I tried this morning and the request was forbidden so thankfully Sony are tightening up things.

    The forum thread also links here, a post written back in February. Unfortunately that site is down but I found the meat of that post here.

    A well known hacker i don’t want to reveal here had all the Sony PlayStation Network functions 100% decrypted as well as providing some nice info about how Sony dealing with PSN members privacy in their online servers.

    Apparently, Sony server gathered everything they can from the PSN connected PS3 console. When i said everything, i meant it. Here, i make all the list of what they squeezed from the IRC chat logs conversation between the hackers.

    Sony monitors all messages over PSN.
    All connected devices return values sent to Sony server returns TV, Firmware version, Firmware type, Console model
    They also collects data in your USB attached device.
    Credit card sent as plain text, example:
    creditCard.paymentMethodId=VISA&creditCard.holderName=Max&creditCard.cardNumber=4558254723658741&creditCard.expireYear=2012&creditCard.expireMonth=2&creditCard.securityCode=214&creditCard.address.address1=example street%2024%20&creditCard.address.city=city1%20&creditCard.address.province=abc%20&creditCard.address.postalCode=12345
    The best part of all, the list is stored online and updated when u login PSN and random.
    But, that’s not all, with the PSN functions fully decrypted, this hacker can use the function to get all games, DLC, you name it, from PSN store without paying anything.

    Wow, i am just speechless! We can really sue Sony for monitoring ALL data including our credit card info providing that we are connected to PSN, of course. Man, that is really big fail, as well as the PSN fail oh and the PS3 fail. Everything just FAIL, Sony!

    You can read the IRC chat logs at the link below. We censored the names just to be safe.

    This IRC log seems to be the source for this ARS article from back then in February. Despite what the report above says, the data was sent over SSL however. The main problem then was for people using custom firmware because the credit card details were stored on the machine too.

    As a final note to finish, the replies on this thread on playstation.com are I think unfortunate.

    Heh, I am happy that the article has eased any fears that you may of had surrounding your card details.

    I would still ‘watch this space’ in case all of this goes horribly wrong and it turns out that we are in danger, but judging from the information and the articles, I think we our security is very much safe. Some sites generally like to jump on the band-wagon too early and cause a racket even if their information has not even been sourced.

    Here’s hoping PSN comes back soon.

  • Donncha 4:37 am on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Android Playstation Emulator goes Free! 

    Fly! Fly away! Be free!

    In other news, the Playstation emulator for Android (PSX4Droid) that Google booted off the Android Market is now open source and you can grab source and binaries from here. If you’re impatient get the apk here and install in the usual way on your phone. (via)

    Now, how do I load a PS1 CD into my phone?

  • Donncha 11:38 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony bans PS3 jailbreak users 

    If you’ve jailbroken your PS3 then you probably shouldn’t go online until you reverse the jailbreak. Sony has started banning users who use jailbroken PS3 consoles online! The ban is permanent and worldwide.

    you cannot use the PlayStation Network with this account (8002a227).

    In the old days it was only Microsoft who were banning their users en-masse but now Sony have to do it as well. I wonder if Nintendo will ever do the same thing?

    • tyewebb 8:51 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I always forget about the Wii, but you’re right Nintendo as far as I know doesn’t ban people they just play the update the firmware every so often game. I do wonder if PS3 jailbreakers will figure out a way to unban their consoles much like the JTAG people did.

      • Donncha 4:04 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like they have figured out how to unban themselves. Plus they can ban other consoles if they have the serial number of the victim PS3.

        It’s all getting really nasty.

        • Conor 12:55 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink

          I’m with Sony on this one, the PC games market was destroyed by pirating, I’d hate to see the PS3 go the same way.

  • Donncha 8:21 pm on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “This lvl has been moderated!!i dont know why,i needed to change the logo and name.”

    Little Big Planet allows you free rein with your imagination but sometimes creators take inspiration from existing games. Such was the case with this Mario influenced racer. It’s a fun little level, looks beautiful and it’s simple. Just keep R1 down to drive. I’m the sackboy with the cape, my son Adam was the brown fella.

    Ironically, I received an email from Youtube stating the following,

    “Dear donncha2001,

    Your video, I wonder why it was moderated …., may have content that is owned or licensed by Sony Music Entertainment.

    No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.


    • The YouTube Team”

I wonder if everyone who uploads Little Big Planet gameplay videos receives such an email? Duck said he got 4 of them!

  • Donncha 9:55 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Who is Stephanie Raven? 

    If you’ve played Little Big Planet recently you’ll have come across the name “Stephanie Raven” numerous times. Somehow she gets her levels on the first of the “Cool Levels” planet all the time.

    I first figured out that something was wrong when I played a level that looked eerily familiar but didn’t have the familiar face on it to denote I finished it. She’s not the only one. This thread was near the top of a search for her name and pointed at this one about Clay_20_November, another LBP spammer.

    It’s a pretty sad way to spend your time if you have to copy LBP levels and post them as your own for validation in this life.

    These days I skip forward a few pages to find newer levels and that helps. There are some stunning levels hidden in there!

    • David Nicol 12:51 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      User created levels are not something that I’ve looked in to so much on LBP. Can you make some recommendations, or a top ten your favourite community levels.

      And yes, cheating your way to the top of anything is a fairly pathetic form of “entertainment”.

      • Donncha 1:45 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        There are some stunning ones out there. I’ve hearted quite a few but can’t figure out how to view those levels. I actually hearted a couple yesterday I wanted to play myself when Adam decided they were too hard for him to play.

    • .. 12:53 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      agreed. how can someone just do that? whats the point?? hopefully there will be “spam police” in LBP2

  • Donncha 8:03 pm on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mario in Little Big Planet 

    Fire up Little Big Planet and search for Mario. One of the levels is the most amazing homage to the moustached plumber ever. But ssshh, don’t tell Nintendo!

  • Donncha 10:13 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Playstation Move, from the future by Kevin Butler.

    It’s funny, and throws a few punches at the Wii and Natal but did you see the guy hunched over playing the FPS? If I had to do that for any length of time I’d be sending Sony the bills for my physio!

    Oh, here’s a less than glowing review of the Playstation Move.

    How did people react? There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the product, and people were talking about similarities to Nintendo titles and about the price of the product in hushed tones. There were jokes made about the look of the Move; many people compared it to a certain sexual toy. Others placed the glowing orbs on their crotch, to mimic testicles. In short, there wasn’t a lot of love for the Move at the launch.

    • David Nicol 10:37 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      No, no, no, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That pretty much sums up my attitude to “revolutionary” input devices on current platforms. The Wii barely pulls it off – and it was designed to use revolutionary input devices so what makes Microsoft and Sony think they can do better?

      When I play a game, I like to use a ‘controller’. The clue is in the name – control. I’m not in the game, I’m controlling what happens – waggling a hunk of plastic at the screen doesn’t change that. And being able to throw hooks instead of doggy paddling your opponent isn’t like real boxing either! You get no real force feedback from these devices that could make them more realistic. When you shoot your virtual gun does the controller fly wildly up in the air to mimic recoil – probably not, but while your aiming at the screen remains on target, in game your gun is probably shooting clouds. Do you get an elbow jarring, wrist breaking impact when you throw a punch in the boxing game? No, but your opponent’s head has come off……

      In my opinion they need to step away from the gimmicks. Yes, it’s interesting, but you just know that using those controllers you WILL end up catching red balls, and variants thereof (just like on the Wii).

      • Anthony 7:42 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed; these gimmicks are all marketing ploys to get non-gamers to participate in the medium. Hardcore gamers and FPSers (such as myself) will never ever ever play a game in this manner. These things belong in the toy aisles of Wal-Mart.

  • Donncha 8:18 am on March 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ars Technica, Socom, Sony, Sony Move, WAW,   

    Socom with Sony Move

    Sony’s Move sounds like the Wii controller. Ars had a go with Socom recently and were impressed.

    One of my favourite shooter experiences was World at War on the Wii, but I wish Sony and Microsoft would just bite the bullet and allow keyboard and mouse use in their games..

    • Donncha 8:47 am on March 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      They had a previous post on it too, concluding with,

      I’ve been moving around the party, playing games and talking to people, and each of the demos is impressive and fun, but nothing strikes me as a must-have title. The technology is mature, but it seems like a reaction to the success of the Wii, and not a brand-new experience.

      How our expectations have risen eh?

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