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Origin And EA Servers Taken Down By DDoS Attack

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on 24 November 2014 at 15:00

It seems that hackers are enjoying this cold winter. Just last week we reported that a group called DerpTrolling had hacked thousands of Windows Live, PSN and other accounts. Now a group of hackers known as Lizard Squad took down EA servers and this is just one of many things they did.

Origin later confirmed the downtime through a tweet to a user; "@fightinfilipino We are looking into restoring services as quickly as possible. Thank you for the heads up!" Then the announcement also came from EA's support account "EA’s servers are currently down. This may impact sign in ability to EA games/services. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible." EA hasn't officially confirmed that it was an attack. [More]

Up For Debate - 21:9 Aspect Ratio Gaming Pros and Cons Discussed

Written by Jon Sutton on 24 November 2014 at 14:00

Welcome to our new feature, Up For Debate. We will be introducing topics to the community where we start the "discussion" off and then you expert hardware gurus get in and throw your knowldge about on the subject. Providing links to relevant on topic things you have seen on the net to help others. On the flip side, fellow GD members who are not too  sure about details on a particular "Up For Debate" subject can ask questions and provoke interesting conversation. This way everyone learns and shares tonne. Cool huh. Send Felix or me suggestions for future "Up For Debates"

This first feature is on a certain screen resolution aspect ratio. In the huge scramble for 4K gaming that’s been going on in recent months, it’s easy to forget there’s an oft-overlooked cousin lurking behind the scenes. Yep, I’m talking about 21:9 gaming, the full glory of widescreen CinemaScope that takes up enough of your precious desktop space to make your eyes pop out. [More]

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Konami Outlines Graphical Improvements To PC Version Of MGS: Ground Zeroes

Written by Jon Sutton on 24 November 2014 at 12:30

Fresh off the back of those system requirements last week, Konami has detailed the improvements coming exclusively to the PC version of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Snake’s adventure on next-gen consoles was already a bit of a looker but the leap to PC has opened the door to all sorts of graphical goodies.

The frame rate might be capped at 60 frames per second but MGS: Ground Zeroes on PC features more advanced lighting, improved draw distances, higher resolution shadows and more, which can be seen in the MGS: GZ PC and PlayStation 4 comparison shots below. [More]

Destiny The Dark Below Prologue Trailer Delves Into First Expansion

Written by Neil Soutter on 24 November 2014 at 11:00

Destiny’s launch might have been and gone months ago, way back in the mists of time at the start of this deluge of holiday titles, but Bungie’s online sci-fi adventure is just beginning. First up is Destiny’s first full-blown expansion, The Dark Below, which is arriving is arriving in December.

Packing all-new quests, missions, strikes, raids, Crucible arenas and stacks of new weapons and equipment, The Dark Below looks to offer a stack of new content hooked on a new storyline that delves deeper into bare bones plot unveiled in the base game. Bungie’s just released the intro cinematic, teasing some of the events happening beneath the surface of the Moon, where the Hellmouth awakens and invites all sort of interstellar critters. [More]

Leaked PayPal Email Reveals Steam Fall Sale This Week

Written by Stuart Thomas on 24 November 2014 at 09:30

Thanksgiving might be a national holiday typically celebrated in the United States, but its connection with Black Friday and all things bargainlicious has proven infectious. The full gamut Black Friday deals are going live throughout the week on the likes of Amazon, but PC gamers will have their eyes trained on just one date - the Steam Fall Sale.

An email from PayPal has inadvertently let slip that the Steam Fall Sale is set to go live on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving and primed to give our wallets an absolute punishing over the Black Friday weekend. [More]

Intel Claims It Will Be Producing 10TB SSDs Within 2 Years

Written by Jon Sutton on 23 November 2014 at 16:00

During a recent webcast to investors, Intel executives revealed plans for three-dimensional NAND flash memory to be incorporated in its solid-state drives for future products. The SSDs would be the largest commercial products of their kind, and the breakthrough in flash storage means that 10 terabyte SSD’s could become a reality within the next two years.

The massive high-speed storage is possible because of 3D NAND memory, which allows for the stacking of multiple levels of memory on top of one another. The memory, developed in partnership with Micron, allows for up to 32 layers of NAND flash, theoretically providing 48GB of storage on a single die, single up from the equivalent 16GB achieved by Samsung on its V-NAND equivalent. [More]

Never Alone Review : Kisima Innitchuna

Written by Jon Sutton on 23 November 2014 at 14:00

It’s not often we get our hands on such a gaming curio as Never Alone but Upper One Games indie adventure is a strange beast. Occupying a space in the gaming smorgasbord occupied by few others, Never Alone stands alone as a testament to educational gaming. Before you start rolling your eyes and having fevered nightmares of Mario’s Early Years! though, it’s worth giving this unusual tale a go. Never Alone, or Kisima Innitchuna in its native tongue, is a game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. Rarely have so games so thoroughly embraced and immersed itself in the culture of anything, except mass murder.


Free Middle: Shadow Of Mordor Power Of Defiance DLC Adds Playable Female Character

Written by Stuart Thomas on 23 November 2014 at 12:00

A new free downloadable update for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released. Power of Defiance adds an entirely new character to play as in the form of Lithariel, as well as a new Test of Defiance Challenge Mode and an additional Epic Rune.

Lithariel is a character featured during the main campaign, and is the daughter of Lady Marwen, the warrior commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn. The playable female lead can be selected as an optional skin and can be used through the entire story mode, presumably with a new voice over because she doesn’t look like she sounds like Talion. [More]

Blitzkrieg 3 Behind The Scenes Trailer Reveals The Secrets Behind Map Design

Written by Stuart Thomas on 23 November 2014 at 10:00

Every peek we get at Blitzkrieg 3 it gets more and more promising, like a love-letter to strategy gaming of yesteryear that takes no prisoners. This latest trailer focuses on the landscape, a crucial part of the battlefield that experience strategists can use to their advantage to pummel their foes.

Developer Nival looks to be placing a lot of emphasis on thoughtful and methodical tactics that can turn the tide of battle, such as setting up defenses and fortifying bridges, grabbing the higher ground or blowing up river crossings to put a spanner in the works for foes. [More]

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