'Millenium Bug' Attacks Original PS3s
Remember the Millennium bug? Millions of people across the globe were convinced that computers would cease to function in the year 2000 thanks to the clocks resetting to 1900- and thus causing planes to plummet out of the sky, reactors to melt down, nukes to rain down upon us and bring about total Armageddon. This didn't happen, of course- until now. Ten years too late.
Original PS3s are now unable to connect to PSN, as their internal clocks reset to January 1st 2000. This not only renders the console offline, but also scuppers a number of time-sensitive trophies and stops trophy synchronised-titles from loading. DLC and installed games also fail to boot up. A rep from Sony Europe states:
"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network. We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."
Slim models are not affected by the bug, but original PS3 owners should not connect to PSN until this outrageous problem is rectified.
Keep an eye on the official blog... and good luck.
NEWS UPDATE: Possible fix available in 24 hours. Don't turn on your PS3 until then!
"We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data."- Official Statement from Sony
Activision Shut Down Legal Fan Sequel
Five years ago, Vivendi granted an unprecedented 'fan licence' to a group of fanatic developers so that they could legally produce a sequel to the Kings Quest series. Entitled The Silver Lining, this project has taken over 8 years of grueling development- but will now never see the light of day. Activision acquired the rights to the Kings Quest series during its merger with Vivendi, and has now deemed the fan project unprofitable enough to revoke their fan license and force them to cease and desist... even though it has no plans to continue the series itself.
On the official site, the dev team thanks their fans and supporters for standing by them during their 8 years of fruitless blood, sweat and tears.
"Again, thank you all so much for everything. This has been a long and crazy road, full of more twists than we could’ve anticipated, but more triumphs and wonderful memories than we could’ve ever hoped for. And for that, to all of you and to everyone on our team, we will always be grateful. Thank You."
That's a class act through and through. We wish them the best of luck finding new projects and employment... yet another needlessly mercenary decision from Activision.
Uncharted 2 is Bookies' Favourite for BAFTA Win
Victor Chandler has announced that they've given Naughty Dog's latest masterpiece 6/4 odds of winning Game of the Year at this years BAFTAs. Managing Director Peter Laverick explains:
"Uncharted 2 is a very strong favourite at 6/4 and we've already taken numerous four figure bets on it. For those looking for an outside bet we have seen support for FIFA 10 at 33/1. It's always tricky offering odds on a public vote so we'll be keeping a close eye on the money rolling in,"
Considering the coup at this year's AIAS awards, Uncharted 2 would be our favourite to win Game of the Year as well. Disagree? Have your say in the comments! [Gameindustry.biz]