Steam Hacked!

So, this happened:

"10 November 2011
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:

Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.

We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.

We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.

While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.

We do not know of any compromised Steam accounts, so we are not planning to force a change of Steam account passwords (which are separate from forum passwords). However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well, especially if it is the same as your Steam forum account password.

We will reopen the forums as soon as we can.

I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.


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A COD Player's Take on Battlefield 3

I have been an avid Call of Duty fan for a few years now, but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a die hard fanboy of the franchise. I only really started paying any attention to the series with Call of Duty 3 on the Wii. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was what really sparked my love affair with the title. Although I was aware of the awesomeness of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, I stuck to my guns and just stayed on the Call of Duty side of things. I don't know what pushed me to get Battlefield 3, really, but I'm guessing it was the desire for something new and the brilliant DICE marketing.

Since this is my first Battlefield game, and my heart has been with Call of Duty for a long time, I would like to give an unbiased review of Battlefield 3, from the point of view of an open minded Call of Duty fan.

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Battlefield 3 Beta Recap

As most of you know, Battlefield 3 recently held an open beta for all three platforms - the PS3, the 360 and the PC. Everyone knows the turnout was massive but now we get some stats on how massive it actually was. And it seems that everyone who wanted to get BF3 played the beta. Well, everyone except me, but that's just because I have a thing against beta tests. Not that I think beta testing is a bad idea; far from it, in fact. Beta testing is a terrific idea, and it hits a bunch a birds with about 2 billion stones. Just never liked participating in them.

Anyway, the stats for Battlefield 3 are in and my oh my, they are indeed impressive.

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What I find most impressive here is the 635.6 meter headshot. That guy should get a reward or something, even though he probably didn't know what he was doing when he was doing it. He probably didn't even use a sniper rifle, for all we know. Still, that's impressive.

At about 12.7% of total kills, knife kills still do seem prevalent, just like it would in Modern Warfare, though I suspect the percentage of knife kills in that game to be much higher.

8 million people joined in the beta. Does that not blow anyone else's mind? That's 8 million people. I would put the male population of that to be at 98%, maybe.That's a lot of dudes. There should be a Battlefield 3: Sausagefest expansion pack.

I've always been a Call of Duty player, as I've never really touched a Battlefield game before. This is going to be my first. My Battlefield cherry is about to get popped. I'm so damned excited for it, I feel like I'm cheating on Call of Duty. Make no mistake, though, I will pick up Modern Warfare 3, and I am equally excited about it. It just feels kind of weird.

Battlefield 3 drops on Oct. 25, 2011 in the States. We should be getting it around the same time. If you were lucky enough to pre-order this baby, you get a shirt, map packs and some extra guns. Should be interesting.


Nova and Pheonix Wright

Just the other day, I was playing Marvel VS Capcom 3 because I bought an arcade stick It was a decision I now regret (the purchase, not playing MVC3). Then, I thought to myself "Wonder when Nova and Phoenix Wright are gonna be revealed." And just like magic, I click on YouTube and find a new UMVC3 trailer and Nova and Wright videos. The new UMVC3 trailer is pretty cool because it shows a bit of the PS Vita and how it'd work with Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

Besides the introduction of Nova (fuck yes) and Phoenix Wright (WHY!?), it was cool to see that the Vita will be running this game AND we get release dates! North America gets it November 15, 2011. Japan gets it two days after, November 17, 2011 and Europe another day after that, November 18, 2011. It's likely we get it on the 17, too. So around a week after MW3. I'll likely pick UMVC3 up but won't play it until after I've had my fill of MW3. So Q3 2012.

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Long Live Play: Best PS3 Ad Ever

Sony released a trailer for a few weeks ago and most gaming sites picked it up and went wild with the speculations and predictions as to what the trailer meant. They figured it would be a PS Vita release date announcement, or a whole new PSN paid service.

As it turns out, it was just a fucking epic PS3 ad. I will have to say this is the best goddamned PS3 ad in the history of ever.

Can you spot all their references? I can see Killzone guns, a Helgan soldier, Parappa the Rapper, Chelle jumping out of a Portal portal, Sweet Tooth's ice cream truck parked in the shadows, and even the Mk.II from MGS4 was there.

This made me feel all tingly inside.


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