You heard that right. A ten-year-old boy in Nebraska is facing felony charges after police say he used his grandmother’s credit card to spend $800 on online games.
The 74-year-old grandmother filed a report about the charges on her card on Wednesday after her bank contacted her about some suspicious activity on her account.
Both the Nebraska Police and the Associated Press said that the boy spent that money on Minecraft, but that is doubtful. The only downloadable content that can be purchased for Minecraft on Xbox Live is a series of skin packs. There are only nine of them, so clearly purchasing all of them cannot come close to $800.
Regardless, the unnamed boy was sent to prosecutors on charges of felony theft.
It’s been a little over a week (Give or take, depending on how long you’ve locked yourself away for), since the release of blockbuster launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
New numbers have revealed that even before the launch of the PS4 this week, many retailers were surprised to find that the version for the PS4 made up for 3% of the game’s PS4 sales accumulated in only a week’s time (and the console hasn’t even been released yet). This is a higher number compared to the 1% of Ghosts released on the Wii U and for PC.
However, the console that has the most sales (As well as holds highest popularity) is the Xbox 360 version of Ghosts, with 62% sales share. The Xbox 360 is the most popular platform, followed by the PS3 with 34% of sales.
Call of Duty: Ghosts, is the third-best selling game of the year, coming in behind GTA V and Fifa 14.
In a bit of bad news for Minecraft fans, 4JStudios, the minds behind Minecraft, have announced via Twitter that a version of Minecraft for the upcoming PS4 won’t happen in time for the console’s launch: Continue reading “Minecraft for PS4 WON’T Make It In Time for PS4 Launch” »
More details about Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie were revealed to an eager crowd at BlizzCon 2013 this weekend.
Participants at the Warcraft movie panel on Saturday included Duncan Jones (the upcoming film’s director) and special effects supervisor Bill Westenhoffer, both of whom are die-hard Warcraft fans (Westenhoffer boasted about his level 90 mage). The panel also included costume designer Mayes Rubio, as well as Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo.
During the panel, Westenhoffer explained the tone of the film will be akin to Gladiator. He also described some of the visuals — Orcs will be real human actors in makeup, not CGI, and he added that the prop swords will be “the biggest swords a human being can wield.” Continue reading ““Warcraft” Film On Track for 2015 Release” »
If you’re like me, you’ve always preferred playing sports as opposed to watching them, but that’s not to say you don’t enjoy watching your favorite team haul ass in the NBA Playoffs, or cheering on your favorite team that you know will never make it to the world series (Cubs for life!).
However, if you’re also like me, then you know I hate playing any type of sports-related video game–mainly because EA Sports can’t ever seem to get it’s own head in the game. With multiple sports games under it’s belt, EA has become notorious for taking an old game, renaming it, and launching it again the following year. It’s become stale and uninteresting, and they’ve been catching flack for it for some time now; going far as to even have been called the “Worst Company in America” by consumers.
But, that may very well soon change. Continue reading “Madden Creator With Ambitious Plans To “Disrupt” Sports Gaming” »
With the launch of Call Of Duty: Ghosts, people are wondering if Activision actually managed to beat GTA V’s record-breaking “1 billion sales in three days”. The internet is abuzz with the rumors of Activision claiming to have sold “1 Billion Copies In 24 Hours”.
That’s false. While Activision has announced that they did sell over one-billion copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores for the game’s launch, they have not released a sales figure on how much money was generated–and this was done purposely.
All Activision has confirmed is that they did ship out over a billion copies for the game’s world-wide launch, but that they have no intention of releasing the sales figures generated within the first 24 hours. One might speculate it’s either truly record-breaking (Enough to topple RockStar’s GTA V, or any game in history for that matter), or the game didn’t sell as well as anticipated, and that there are a lot of less-than-happy game developers right now.
Either way, it’s all total speculation beyond the fact that it hasn’t been reported yet just how much revenue was generated from Ghosts. Regardless, the latest installment of CoD has been confirmed to be the best selling game on Live (breaking records as far as average play time), having beat out Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed series has something to look forward to in the upcoming weeks–assuming said fans live in the UK. Ubisoft has confirmed the rumors of there being an Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag bundle that is scheduled to be released on November 29th–in just a few, short weeks. The bundle will include a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, as well as the upcoming PS4 system. Just as Ubisoft did with the previous package for the PS3, the new bundle will include an additional sixty minutes of game content for Black Flag, which the player can download from the PSN.
Ubisoft also confirmed that the Black Flag bundle was made to replace the behind-schedule Watch Dogs which was intended to be the actual game that came with the system. Sony is working with Ubisoft to help manage the overwhelming amount of preorders and mild discord that was caused when Sony confirmed that Watch Dogs would be delayed until early next year.
There is no news of a price for the ACIV: Black Flag bundle yet, nor if there are intentions to release it outside of Europe.
With the announcement of the Walking Dead Season 2, and the release of their teaser trailer… all kinds of emotions got all stirry and mixed up in me. I know I’ve been talking about Telltale a lot recently, but there are so few games out there that have quite the same impact, that feel this… solid. They are rough around the edges, sure. There’s a few bugs, some audio issues, a handful of problems with the voice acting at times… but those all fall away when you actually play these games…
Konami has just released a statement confirming the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. In the press release, Konami explains that the newest addition to the MGS franchise will be a prequel–and depending on which system (and which version) you buy it for, it’s either going to be priced at $19.99 or $29.99. Moreover, the current generation consoles will also be getting their downloadable copy of MGSV for $19.99 or as a hard copy for $29.99.
“METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES features new advances made possible by Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, such as radical new game design, day and night cycles, and weather conditions that will all dynamically affect gameplay. The missions are designed to ease players into the new control and gameplay advances that will be an integral part of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.
The METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES storyline follows the series’ hero, Big Boss, as he infiltrates a remote Cuban prison camp on a rescue mission, all while trying to remain undetected. Explosive plot lines develop quickly as he finds himself on behind enemy lines with little options for help. Continue reading “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Launching Spring 2014” »
With news of Nintendo ceasing first-generation Wii production, and with the (almost) tragic sales of it’s predecessor, the Wii U, the folks at Nintendo may have just found that happy medium that will keep fans happy for now.
Continue reading “Mini Wii Coming To North America W/Mario Kart” »
Within the next few weeks, the Xbox One and the PS4 will be released, sell a few million units (EA estimates 10 million) and the new console generation will begin. While fan boys and girls are wrapped up in petty conflicts over next gen consoles, they are ignoring the obvious truth – the Personal Computer has always and will always reign supreme. It has more games, an open platform, proven reliability and is more of a multi-purpose, super-machine now than it has ever been. Continue reading “The Console Wars Are Over, PC Won Ages Ago” »
Swapnote is a 3DS exclusive drawing and messaging system intended for fun and family-friendly purposes. Until someone had to go and ruin it for everyone else, prompting a suspension of the feature for all 3DS owners. Nintendo got wind of “offensive” messages and images sent by “minors and other users” as detailed in the official press release:
“We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.”
I will say that unlike certain corporations in the video game industry, Nintendo does a better job than most at policing their games and systems, providing safe and age-appropriate content to their users and consumers. There is no word on when the suspension of the Swapnote feature will end. Maybe this will prompt Nintendo (as well as other companies) to have better programs put in place that keep any sort of explicit or offensive content from appearing in the game–like how you can’t name your Pokemon anything explicit or obscene, though, even that’s up for debate.
With the PS4 release just around the corner, gamers around the globe are ready to welcome the next generational console into their houses. “Avanti!” they say to the PS4—there’s only the future and tomorrow!
…Unless you’re like Sony who doesn’t mind at all focusing on both the future as well as the past.
This week, Sony Japan announced a brand new, translucent dualshock controller for the PS3. The sleek, new controller will be a limited-time release. Priced at 5,500 yen, which is roughly 40.00 (USD) here in America. It goes on sale in Japan on December 19th, just in time for the holiday seasons. And, in case you’re wondering, no, you cannot use your shiny, new Crystal controller on the PS4—however, a PS4 controller is backwards compatible with the PS3 system.
Check out the link for a list of PS4 Compatible PS3 devices—and ask yourself if it’s really worth it to buy something for the old generation that’s not even remotely (pardon the pun) compatible with the new generation.
If you were a fan of the widely popular, hack-and-slash Wii game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, known for it’s stunning, visual artwork and storyline based on old, Japanese lore, beautiful soundtrack, and simple (yet complex) combat system, then you might want to consider investing in a Vita.
The minds behind the first Muramasa game, Vanillaware and Aksys, have released a trailer for their newest addition to the Vita version of the original game, entitled, Muramasa: Rebirth. The DLC known as Muramasa: Genroku Kaikitan—the latter of the title being a play on words: “Kitan” and “Kitten” for good reason. You play as the main character, Okoi, who is, judging from the trailer, a catgirl infused with the powers of a Nekomata—a cat spirit that grows stronger as it ages. As opposed to using swords, she uses claws as well as other cat-like skills to cut through her enemies, however the fighting style is still similar to that of the original game:
Vanillaware and Akysys Games have slated the DLC for release in early 2014.
If it’s one thing that the media has taught us it’s that karma is a bitch–particularly if you’re a celebrity caught up in some sort of scandal that could have easily been avoided had said celebrity not been a ginormous tool. These days, even the smallest scandal can get cause loss of funding and sponsors; the last thing any celebrity or big-name figure wants to happen. The one transgression that seems to be the most common is cheating on your wife.
Happens all the time to us normal folks, but if you’re a beloved celebrity found cheating on your spouse, you are are at risk of losing everything–such is the case with Tiger Woods.
We all know about how his sponsors and backers practically sprinted away from the prominent golfer after it was revealed he was cheating on his wife. What many don’t know is that one of these sponsors was EA Sports–The same people responsible for Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games, which were very popular amongst older, male gamers and anyone with an interest in golf. Shortly after the news of Tiger’s affair, EA Sports and Tiger Woods ended their relationship (Not the only one destroyed by Tiger’s cheating ways) after fifteen together.
Now, Tiger is trying to get other prominent video game companies to pickup his name, which may or may not prove to be a difficult task. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg dropped the news to major sports mogul, ESPN, that they are currently in negotiations with other (unnamed) video game corperations to get Tiger signed.
“We had an incredible run. Outside of Madden, you would be hard pressed to find a sports figure that meant as much to a videogame company as Tiger meants to EA. But, times are changing and EA had to re-evaluate the partnership, and frankly, so did we.” Steinberg commented during his interview with ESPN.
Most of us are familiar with Raptr; the achievement aggregator that proudly tells the world what we’re playing, how many total hours we’ve spent playing it, and whatever achievements we’ve unlocked along the way. Now a Bay Area team of programmers wants to take those experiences one step further with Honored, a system designed to preserve your gaming experiences across your favorite consoles.
“We combine all your records into one archive where you can look back on your conquests, gloat about the present, and plan ahead for future games and consoles.” Continue reading “Meet Honored, Raptr-Like Gaming Service Meant to Encourage You to Finish Games and Wear Your Achievements” »
If you have no idea what an Ouya is (Much less heard of one), here is a picture and a general description:
To put it succinctly, an Ouya is a sleek, flashy, Android-based microconsole that looks like a Gamecube resemble if it was built Tron. The controller itself is lightweight, but not as bulky as the X-Box controller, which the Ouya controller mirrors slightly. It has the same button placement and symbols as a Playstation, and depending on perception, it could be seen as a rival to the upcoming Steam Machine by Valve and Steam. Continue reading “Ouya CEO Calls Major Publishers Coming To Them “Inevitable”” »
There’s no doubt about it: The 3DS has the potential to be one of the highest selling products ever produced by Nintendo. The sleek, portable console continues to sell exceptionally well worldwide, with boosted numbers pouring in since the release of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
Nintendo has released its latest, financial results, stemming from April to September, 2013, and has revealed that five more 3DS games have been added to the list of games that have sold over a million copies.
The titles include Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which has sold exceptionally well since it’s release. Other titles include: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and the Japan-exclusive game, Tomodachi Collection (which sold over one-million copies just seven weeks after it’s release).
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is by far most successful of the list, having sold over 2.49 million copies in the past six months, with 2.01 million copies of the game being sold in North America, and a grand total of 6.35 million copies of the game sold.
However, that title may not belong to New Leaf for much longer–Pokemon X and Y are rapidly creeping up on it from behind.
Sony released a massive Q&A on their website today, answering many questions gamers had about the PlayStation 4. The Q&A revealed many features of the PS3 will not be returning to Sony’s new console, which launches in about two weeks on November 15.
Perhaps the most significant feature removed is the PS4 will not support external hard drives like the PS3. This leaves the PS4 with a 500 GB internal hard drive, which will likely be used up quickly when you consider the file size for Battlefield 4 is almost 35 GB and the install size for Killzone: Shadow Fall is a whopping 50 GB. In the Q&A, Sony said players will be able to replace the stock hard drive if they need more space. Continue reading “Here Are the PlayStation 3 Features the PS4 Lacks” »
In a surge of news that might very well harm EA financially (as well as their status with fans), CFO Blake Jorgensen spoke with investors via conference call, informing them that the multiple-award winning, upcoming video game Titanfall will not be released on the PS4.
While there had been no news that Titanfall would make it’s way to Sony, there were many people who believed that the corporation behind the game, Respawn Entertainment, once free of it’s console-exclusivity contract with Microsoft, would eventually make it’s way into the hands of PS4 fans as well. Unfortunately, that is not the case here and that rumor has officially been squashed. Continue reading “Titanfall Never Coming To PS4 — It Was Always Just A Rumor” »