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EA Origin accounts hacked

Wed, 2012/11/14 - 9:26am -- marqaha
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Eurogamer reports that EA's Origin storefront has been hacked.

EA Origin accounts are being hijacked. Numerous people including Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter have been emailed by Origin with news that their account's password or email address or both have successfully been changed. Thing is, nobody asked or gave permission for them to be.

RPS has more.


Rather than the phishing scam it might at first appear to be, these really are successfully changed account notifications. Which means someone has got hold of both a username and password of an account holder, and been able to circumnavigate the security that prevents an outsider being able to change such details. Because, as is mostly the norm, there isn’t any. I’ve just loaded my own Origin account, and when logged in all I need to do to change the password is know the old one. That done, the original account holder is locked out. Fairly standard, obviously.

And because your Origin account details are the same as those for your EA profile, with the same info you can log into profile.ea.com and change the email address too. The only security check to do that is, obviously, to enter the same password again. Doing this sends an email to your previously registered address, but contains absolutely no information about what it’s been changed to. So once someone’s been in and changed the details, you’ve no way of knowing what they’ve changed both your email address nor password to. They’ve got complete control of your account, and with that can even change your Origin ID.

If any of you are (foolishly) using EA's Origin you should take steps to protect yourself, beginning with changing your password.

Mech Warrior Online Open Beta

Thu, 2012/10/11 - 8:18am -- Peregrin
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Mech Warrior Online, which is currently being Beta Tested by some of your Adversity mates (but I can' say who Wink ) is going to Open Beta.



Perhaps the simplest way to explain things is that we feel our closed beta players have done all they can and simply they are fatigued by closed beta. What I mean by this is that closed beta can be trying mainly because all of their hard work gets wiped on a regular basis and even though we continue to have tens of thousands of unique players playing each day there are many that are waiting to spend their time when it really counts. There are many other reasons but that one is reason enough, it has become time for us to open our doors and allow all of our great players to start progressing towards advancement that they can keep. Also to that point it has become time for us to let in an entirely new batch of players to continue to help us generate the metrics and data which will help us craft the best game possible.
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Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:00pm

New Heavy Gear Video Game Announced

Thu, 2012/08/02 - 7:29am -- Peregrin
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Found on the Dream Pod 9 site:


SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, August 1, 2012 -- Stompy Bot Productions, Inc. (www.stompybot.com) and Dream Pod 9, Inc. (www.dp9.com) have announced the exclusive licensing of Dream Pod 9’s Heavy Gear® franchise for PC, mobile and console 3D gaming to Stompy Bot Productions.

The Heavy Gear® franchise has released dozens of sourcebooks detailing the settings, people, and machines of the Heavy Gear® universe. The first Heavy Gear® computer game, titled Heavy Gear®, saw light in 1997 and its sequel, Heavy Gear® II, was released in 1999. An animated series was also aired in 2001. The Heavy Gear® game line includes an innovative mix of RPG/wargame books, card games, miniatures and other products.

“We’re very excited to bring Heavy Gear® back to the current generation of gaming fans,” said James Taylor, President of Stompy Bot Productions. Robert Dubois, President of Dream Pod 9, said “Dream Pod 9 looks forward to working closely with Stompy Bot Productions in developing the next incarnation of Heavy Gear’s 3D video game. Stompy Bot has the drive and talent to bring the world of Heavy Gear® to life for all of our fans and a whole new generation of gamers.”

About Dream Pod 9, Inc.
Dream Pod 9 (also known as DP9) is a Montreal-based Canadian game publisher. In addition to games, they have been known to work on special projects, creating worlds and stories to order for a variety of clients.

About Stompy Bot Productions, Inc.
Stompy Bot Productions is a Saint John-based Canadian digital producer-publisher, specializing in publishing, marketing, and distribution of digital games and media online.

Stompy Bot Productions
1216 Sand Cove Road, Box 16, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, E2M 5V8
1 (888) 449-4148,
press@stompybot.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This was particularly interesting to me, first because I actually do play a little Heavy Gear Blitz Tabletop Game, and second because the Software Developer's address is just up the highway from me.

Castle Story

Fri, 2012/07/27 - 5:51pm -- CT
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Castle Story is a "creative RTS". It's already surpassed it's funding goal, so if you back it now, you're sure to get something back. This project is starting to gain a lot of steam and it's reminding a lot of people of Minecraft.

If you back at the $25 level, you'll get immediate access to the prototype of the game once the Kickstarter closes. I'm personally going to be backing at the $50 because it includes the beta version of the game (sort of how like Minecraft was sold).

Be sure to watch the videos to see how far along the game is and how far it's come since the early prototype.

If you have any questions about how Kickstarter works, I'll be happy to answer them. I've backed almost twenty projects over the past couple years and I've had good experiences with all of them.

Here's a link to the Kickstarter project. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902505202/castle-story?ref=card


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