Playstation Network Down Due to Intrusion

04.23.2011

From the official Playstation blog :

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”

If you’ve having issues with your PS3 involving the login to the Playstation network, this is why. It’s incredibly annoying when trying to use Netflix.

Star Trek Online Preorder Options

01.17.2010

Which one should I pick? Too many to choose from! The nerd part of my brain is over loaded! Gamestop, and Atari’s are the most tempting.

GameStop — GameStop customers receive the ability to command the exclusive and always classic USS Enterprise from Star Trek The Original Series.

Atari (Collector’s Edition) — Red Matter Capacitor : A unique item that charges up and delivers extra energy to all of your ship’s equipment for a short time. Next Generation Uniform, Deep Space Nine uniform.

Atari (Deluxe Edition) — 3 Uniforms from the Original series (blue, red, yellow) , Joined Trill Character, Exclusive “KHAAAN!” Emote, Exclusive Klingon Blood Wine Toast Emote, Unique “NX” Registry Prefix, Automated Defense Battery

Best Buy — Best Buy is offering their customers a fun in-game pet. As a Federation Captain, players own a famed Tribble of Star Trek lore that will accompany them on their travels into the final frontier. As a Klingon commander, players control the boar-like Targ, a beast found on the Klingon home world of Qo’noS.

Amazon — Amazon is offering an exclusive ‘Liberated Borg’ Bridge Officer. This bridge officer, who comes with unique nanotechnology augmentations, assists in missions and gains experience as the player does.

Wal-Mart — With the Wal-Mart Bonus Skill Points package, receive addition skill points that enable players to improve their characters quickly.

Target — Target customers who preorder Star Trek Online receive a unique ground weapon ? a TR-116. This rare projectile weapon is used in dampening fields and other challenging environments; it is also modified with a micro-transporter which beams the fired projectiles to targets at close range so that a user can fire without a direct line of site.

Direct2Drive — Direct2Drive customers receive an exclusive Multi-Spatial Personal Shield. This advanced personal shield system is based on Borg technology, which constantly regenerates itself and the health of its wearer.

STEAM — STEAM is offering customers Chromodynamic Armor. This armor is based on technology brought back from the Delta Quadrant by U.S.S. Voyager improves the damage and critical hits of energy weapons.

Star Trek Online : Quick Review

01.15.2010

First off, let me state that I am a total Star Trek nerd. I’ve seen all the movies, all the shows, and own novels and tech manuals. So, I am acutely aware that I am most likely too harsh in my criticisms of the game, from a Star Trek perspective anyway.

Prior to trying the Star Trek Online beta, I read a review that stated how immersive the game is; how it makes you feel as if you’re IN Star Trek. To be honest, I really don’t feel it. Besides the subset of ships that were actually taken from Star Trek, the game doesn’t really look like Star Trek to me. The interior design of the Space Dock, the bridge design, and even the “updated” uniforms look gaudy and “un-Trekish.” There are some good sound effects however, and the before mentioned starships are pretty cool to customize. (I currently own a Miranda Class vessel ala the Reliant from Star Trek 2, The Wrath of Khan.) That being said, from what I’ve seen the ships appear to just be skins. If I may, let me get really nerdy here… the Miranda-class starship from Star Trek II has 2 phaser cannons on it. Not the one in the game, however. Since its “Miranda-ness” is just a skin, the actual Star Trek lore specs of the ship aren’t there. The ship’s specifications are based on a basic configuration defined by what type of ship it is. (Cruisers, Escorts, and Science.) You then customize the ship by buying new weapons, sheilds, engines, etc. My second complaint about the ships is the size of the rooms. They’re HUGE. I understand why this is done. As a MMORPG, the rooms need to be large enough to accomidate all the player characters. Nevertheless, it hurts the “Trekiness” of the game.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate this game. It does have some good points. It’s a casual MMO, which I like. The space battles are fun. Shooting objects and enemies with your hand phaser is pretty neat. Oh, and I also have to mention the uber-detailed character creation options that always weem to accompany a game by Cryptic.

As a side note, one of the most common questions I saw on the STO Forums was “Will STO run on my MacBook Pro? If you have the 13” MacBook Pro, and Windows 7, the answer is “yes.” You can’t max out the graphics, but at “medium” it’ll run just fine. (Mine’s the 13″ 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM.)

So far I haven’t decided if I like or dislike STO. I’m still feeling it out, and still learning all it’s aspects. It’s definitely worth a try so I recommend that you try out the beta, and decide for yourself.

Star Trek Online Timeline

12.28.2009

Neato!

The Star Trek Online timeline, and how it relates to the newest Star Trek movie.

The Star Trek Online timeline, and how it relates to the newest Star Trek movie.

Aliens Vs Predator – Remade for the PS3, XBox 360, and PC

09.15.2009

Predator Trailer:

I’ll definitely be buying this one. I loved the original first-person shooter back in 1999, loved the sequel almost as much, and am a huge fan of the Alien movies.

I had a Sega 32X once.

05.20.2009

Penny Arcade Comic

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