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Our MMO-centric sister site Massively received a whole mess of gameplay details and screenshots from Bigpoint’s promising browser-based MMO, Battlestar Galactica Online. Players will be able to choose between the Human and Cylon factions, will be able to create their own out-of-ship avatars, and will progress through individual quests and story-based missions exclusive to their own factions. For instance, Cylons might be tasked with preparing a fresh slice of toast. (Because Cylons look like toasters. Obviously.)

For more details, check out the info Massively managed to glean from Bigpoint. For visual images you can see with your eyes, check out the gallery below.

JoystiqBrowse these new details and screens from Battlestar Galactica Online originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You know, we were just thinking about how tame ol’ Kratos had become in the latter portions of the God of War trilogy. What happened to the days when he’d straight murder a Greek historical figure, unprovoked, just to solve a puzzle? Fear not — those days will apparently return in Ghost of Sparta.

Continue reading New Ghost of Sparta footage teaches how to solve puzzles with murder

JoystiqNew Ghost of Sparta footage teaches how to solve puzzles with murder originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Now Playing: June 21-27, 2010


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You’ll definitely want to watch this gameplay clip of inFamous 2. Not only does it show off Cole’s new look, it highlights the revamped graphics engine, improved “in your face” camera . .. and best of all, a new power.

Continue reading Video: inFamous 2 gameplay, now with more cyclones

JoystiqVideo: inFamous 2 gameplay, now with more cyclones originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 03 Jul 2010 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bloomberg guesstimates that Microsoft’s Xbox Live service “probably” surpassed $1 billion this past fiscal year. The financial outlet came to that conclusion using fancy mathematicals after Microsoft claimed that half of Xbox Live’s 25 million users paid the annual fee, and Xbox COO Dennis Durkin stated “in an email” that product sales on the service surpassed subscription revenue. Now, we all know there are ways around the $50 annual Xbox Live fee, but let’s surmise Bloomberg is right with its estimate of $600 million in revenue. That would mean the service generated $1. 2 billion in sales last year.

Contacted for comment, Microsoft’s official statement read: “We do not have any more details to share. Microsoft does not break out Xbox LIVE earnings. ” At the end of the company’s third quarter, it did say that Xbox Live was a major contributor to revenue for the division that houses the Xbox. The company will officially announce the results of its fiscal year, which ended June 30, on July 22.

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Microsoft’s assault on the “expanded audience” begins in earnest, with Kinect demo stations being set up in one of the least GameStop-like retailers imaginable, Macy’s. People who go into stores in 13 cities across the US, looking for Martha Stewart furniture or the like, will have an opportunity to experience the controller-free gaming . . . experience starting July 15. The retailer will also give away one Kinect per day at macys. com between August 12 and September 10.

The locations are much more spread out than the other Kinect demo locations (Microsoft Stores), so you have a better shot at being able to find one near you — or you could just go outside and start waving your arms, in the hope that one of the Kinects will notice. We don’t know how good those cameras are. You can see the list of stores after the break.

JoystiqKinect demos available next week at Macy’s originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 09 Jul 2010 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You’ll definitely want to watch this gameplay clip of inFamous 2. Not only does it show off Cole’s new look, it highlights the revamped graphics engine, improved “in your face” camera . .. and best of all, a new power.

Continue reading Video: inFamous 2 gameplay, now with more cyclones

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Wow! Are we halfway through 2010 already? Time flies when there’s lots to write about in PC gaming, apparently. This week we thought would be fairly slow, but instead it turned out to be overwhelmingly busy. Let’s take a look at the past seven days at Big Download, shall we? We shall!

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JoystiqThe Best of Big Download: June 28-July 4 originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cyber Storm is about to be unleashed, bringing chaos to Australia and across the world. Photo: Erin Jonasson
While official efforts focused on protecting government and corporations, members of the public did not understand the extent of the problem or the risks they faced. Its aim is to test the ability of Australia and its allies to respond to what governments, spy bosses and security experts say is the real and growing threat from cyber attacks. The threat is real, and it requires prudent planning.”

Nor were cyber attacks without victims. When he opened the new cyber security operations centre in Canberra in January, then defence minister John Faulkner revealed defence networks were attacked on a daily basis. The attacks cut power supplies, disrupted ports and airlines, and compromised intelligence communications. The former head of the Australian Federal Police high technology crime centre, Alastair MacGibbon, sees gaps in Australia’s approach to the cyber threat. The director of the Cyber Storm II, Steven Stroud, told an industry conference that participants were surprised by the level of damage inflicted by the attacks, even though they were aware of the risks. About 50 organisations are expected to take part in the Australian arm of the exercise, the third and biggest in a series testing national responses to major cyber attacks. In a speech last month, ASIO boss David Irvine placed cyber attack alongside terrorism at the top of Australia’s threat list, describing it as ”the issue of the 21st century”. Officials were concerned about maintaining the exercise’s security, a department spokesman told this website. Cyber Storm II, with Australia playing a major role, was based on a similar scenario – simulated attacks by a group with a political agenda and the time, money and motivation to penetrate any network. While no real operations were affected, information systems virtually collapsed during the exercise, as IT managers scrambled to cope. In Cyber Storm, a lot of people hit their hand with a hammer and were surprised that it hurt,” he said. Cyber III, which also involves Britain, Canada and New Zealand, is the latest sign of how seriously governments regard the risk of cyber attack. Under intense pressure, players abandoned protocols for dealing with failures, losing key information in the process. A common problem, according to the report, was that while responding to multiple incidents, managers failed to see they faced a crisis. It threatens to halt business, cripple power supplies, paralyse governments, and undermine national security. Cyber Storms I and II, in 2006 and 2008, resulted in virtual chaos. There was little capacity for ordinary citizens to report online crime affecting them, or for these reports to be co-ordinated and assessed. The first was based on a scenario in which a coalition of anti-globalisation activists attacked US and Canadian computer systems. A report by the Attorney-General’s Department reveals participants were stunned by the speed and global scope of cyber attacks on banking, finance, water, electricity, communications, information technology and government agencies. Senator Faulkner declined to comment on whether the attacks were launched by China, the culprit widely blamed for state-sponsored cyber attacks. CYBER Storm is about to be unleashed, bringing chaos to Australia and across the world. There were about 200 ”electronic security incidents” involving defence networks each month last year, he said. ”Because people don’t see physical damage when it comes through cyber, people have got the idea that it’s a very clean weapon. ”This is a dirty weapon you can’t see.”

 

Source: The Age Architects of the drill, co-ordinated by the Attorney-General’s Department, will not outline the cyber game scenario, organised by the US Department of Homeland Security. There’s nothing clean about it.” Attacks on power grids, for instance, could have ”huge unintended consequences” on places such as hospital wards. Mr MacGibbon, who works for Surete Group consultancy, said talk of the cyber threat was not a ”Chicken Little exercise of saying the sky is falling down. The name suggests an apocalyptic movie, but Cyber Storm is an official exercise involving some of our biggest businesses, government departments and spy agencies. Nor would he say when the exercise begins, although this website believes it is imminent. When systems controlling power supplies were hit, communications also failed. ”If you hit your hand with a hammer, it’s going to hurt. As a video on the website of the super-secret Defence Signals Directorate puts it: ”Online is the new front line.”

Cyber Storm will play out on business, government and intelligence agency computer screens here and overseas, testing their ability to respond to co-ordinated attacks on the systems underpinning almost every aspect of society.

Wow! Are we halfway through 2010 already? Time flies when there’s lots to write about in PC gaming, apparently. This week we thought would be fairly slow, but instead it turned out to be overwhelmingly busy. Let’s take a look at the past seven days at Big Download, shall we? We shall!

Exclusive features

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Continue reading The Best of Big Download: June 28-July 4

JoystiqThe Best of Big Download: June 28-July 4 originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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