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 on: May 31, 2011, 12:22:35 pm 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
The PSN Store is taking a bit longer than they estimated.  Might be up by the end of the week.

 on: May 19, 2011, 02:58:28 am 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
PlayStation Network password-reset system compromised

    By Tor Thorsen, GameSpot
    Posted May 18, 2011 9:45 am PT

[UPDATE] Multiple sources report Web-based method for creating new login info can be hacked with a user's e-mail and date of birth; Sony confirms "URL exploit."

Source: See below.

What we heard: Just five days after the PlayStation Network started coming back online, reports are surfacing of a new security flaw with the online systems. Based on an initial article on gaming blog that was reportedly confirmed by NeoGAF users and Eurogamer, hackers have discovered a new, simple exploit to change the PSN users' passwords.

The exploit is reportedly done via the Web pages Sony set up to facilitate the mandatory password changes required in the wake of the three-week PSN outage. All that is reportedly needed to perform the exploit is a PSN user's e-mail account and date of birth, which is among the data that was reportedly stolen from all 77 million PSN and Qriocity users last month. The exploit reportedly does not affect those trying to change their passwords on the PlayStation 3 or PSP, both of which can still access the PSN.

The official story: Though Sony Computer Entertainment America reps had not commented as of press time, a moderator on the European forums offered the following information:

"Hey Guys,

Please note that PSN sign in is currently unavailable for the following services:
PlayStation forums
PlayStation Blog
Music Unlimited via the web client
All PlayStation game title websites

Unfortunately, this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via or will be unable to do so for the time being. This is due to essential maintenance, and at present, it is unclear how long this will take.

In the meantime, you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information."

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that the PSN password reset page that directs users to is "currently down for maintenance."

Meanwhile, has reportedly performed the exploit multiple times with multiple volunteers' PSN accounts. Several websites have also posted detailed instructions on how to perform the exploit, so this also looks not bogus.

[UPDATE] Later this morning, Sony Computer Entertainment America's senior director of corporate communications and social media Patrick Seybold confirmed the exploit--and that Sony was quickly working to fix it.

"We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page," said Seybold on the PlayStation Blog. "Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords, there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed."

He continued, "Consumers who haven't reset their passwords for PSN are still encouraged to do so directly on their PS3. Otherwise, they can continue to do so via the website as soon as we bring that site back up." Sony offered no timeline as to when the sites will return.

My PSN account doesn't seem to have been affected, but this doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

 on: May 18, 2011, 01:53:21 pm 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
It's true that not every combination of skill trees would work.  I followed the recommendations given as you pick the first three trees in the early levels.  It's cool that I can either choose to charge at an enemy alongside my pet, or send the cat in first before I hurl fireballs.  Though my pet's damage seems to depend largely on one of my melee abilities, so I shouldn't make a habit of acting like a caster often.  ^_^;

I've been told that some WoW players are fairly hostile toward Rift.  In one case, someone lost all of her guildies to Rift, so some bad feelings would be understandable.  I'd think it's still too early to say if Rift is the new big game, but they seem to be doing a good job of releasing new content each month.

 on: May 18, 2011, 06:42:29 am 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Maki-chan
I tried the beta for Rift and had a lot of mixed feelings about it. The gameplay was pretty much the same as most of the other mmo's out there and the same with the class archetypes. The selection of skill tree paths is a little different, but choosing three out of eight possibilities is a bit sketchy as to how well they would work together. It seems like it would require a considerable time investment in trial and error and rerolling to get a class setup that would work well. It's a little bit too much theorycrafting for me. ^_^;; The rift events were fun and the public party mechanic is very nice in that no individual or guild can camp or monopolize a rift. The character that I made was something like a paladin but it seemed very squishy for a plate wearer. Even pulling just two mobs at matched level, I would get owned very easily but it's hard to say if the game is just difficult or I had no clue what I was doing. (More likely the latter.) The end result was that a game that isn't solo friendly won't last very long with me.

 on: May 17, 2011, 05:13:19 pm 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
I've been playing Rift periodically, after a family member kept recommending it enthusiastically.  It has a lot in common with WoW (most MMOs seem to), but it has elements that take it a step forward.  Rather than choose from a list of classes that all have set talent trees, you pick a class archetype: Warrior, Cleric, Mage, or Rogue.  Then, as you quest through the first several levels, you effectively pick your own three talent trees from the list associated with your class.  Each "talent tree" is like a class of it's own; one might be like a WoW warrior, another like a shaman.  You can have a melee fighter that can charge at enemies, hurl fireballs at range and command a primal cat from the deep wilds, like my high elf.  I've seen mages with skeletons and elementals following them around, though not both at once.  I've even seen rogues with pets.  The class flexibility is one of the strong points of the game, along with random events like the opening of rifts, which are like WoW's pre-expansion stuff but much better planned out.

There are two factions, one following the gods, the other relying on forbidden machines.  Any race can use any class, as far as I can tell.  All player characters are heroes who once fell in battle, and have now been brought back, through means that differ depending on the faction.

 on: May 17, 2011, 04:52:51 pm 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
My WoW account isn't active at the moment.  I had forgotten to update my payment info, but even before that issue, I hadn't played for an extended period in months.  Had little time for any kind of gaming in April, with an unexpectedly busy school schedule.  It's easier to find time now, but I'm not in any rush to jump back in.  I still have the one level 85 character.  She's mid-way through the Uldum quests and hasn't started in the Twilight Highlands.  :3

Cataclysm makes a decent first impression, but I clearly haven't felt as motivated to get through the content as in past expansions.  Friends have also been moving on or taking breaks (at least, they were when I last played).  They were a big reason why I stuck around through Wrath of the Lich King.  I keep getting the sense that Cataclysm finally signaled the start of the game's slow decline.

 on: May 17, 2011, 09:52:31 am 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Maki-chan
hopefully I won't wind up bored shitless before next summer.

Well, so much for that. ^_^;;

I got about five months out of this expansion before unsubbing last weekend. There were a few reasons for setting it aside, probably the most notable was that I completed the new content on three characters and therefore I wasn't really looking forward to doing any more of that. I tried out the goblin race and made a shaman which was fun for a little while but didn't really hold my interest. The Worgen never got past the character creation screen before mee vomiting on the ugliness. >_< So like the Tauren and Forsaken, I just couldn't get past the asthetic issue, sorries Blizz. I got to see a few of the dungeons and a couple of heroics, but certainly not everything that was available. The guild I was in seemed to be obsessed with guild achievements rather than Cataclysm dungeon content unless it happened to be the daily random. So I grew weary of that guild after I realized they were never going to change their focus. The higher level crafting professions were also a big disappointment. A seven day cooldown on the material recipe means months of waiting to max out tailoring, and after all of that ... you can only learn recipes for pvp gear. >_> So, faced with the prospect of doing daily quests for the next year and a half, I decided to pack it in until the next xpac ... which will be Q4 2012 I'm guessing?

 on: May 17, 2011, 09:33:09 am 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Maki-chan
It's a bit surprising that it lasted this long, but I know that even old games will keep a small number of loyalist that stay until the end. NCsoft has always struggled to break into the North American market. Aion had a promising launch, but it failed to keep a lot of players for the long run. NCsoft has done quite well in Korea, so they know their home market very well, but adapting to the individualistic entitlement ideology that dominates American mmo's hasn't yet worked out for them.

 on: May 17, 2011, 09:26:21 am 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Maki-chan
I don't know much about the university, but it looks like a high class place. I hope you get in! ^_^

 on: May 17, 2011, 09:22:03 am 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Maki-chan
This is one that I just started so I can't really say that much about it.

The characters are cute, but the setting and story are very dark. The impressions I get remind me of a modernistic Utena or X/1999 or a combination of both.

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