PS4 Message That Was Crashing Consoles Fixed

A PlayStation 4 message that was crashing consoles has been fixed, and Sony has issued a statement explaining how to take care of the issue manually for anyone still experiencing the problem. The bug allowed malicious users to send a message that would send the console into a crash loop.

The messages used an unrecognized character to force the console to crash. In some cases it would even go into a crash loop, making the console unable to start properly and run any games or apps. You can prevent future exploits like this one by changing your settings to only allow messages from friends.

In its comment on Twitter, Sony suggested deleting the offending message through the PS mobile app, then starting the console in Safe Mode and selecting Option 5. That should fix the console, and the company has issued a fix to prevent any further spread of the malicious messages. In a follow-up to another user, the PlayStation team pointed users toward the reporting tools to turn in any users found to be sending the messages.

If you’re seeking something new to play on your newly un-bugged PS4, there’s a sale going on at the PlayStation Store, or you can read up on some of the best the console has to offer. It’s a busy time though, with tons of recent big releases and another coming next week in Red Dead Redemption 2. The PS4-exclusive Spider-Man is also preparing to add its first DLC expansion, starring Black Cat and a host of new Spider-suits to earn.

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Author: GameSpot

Jamie Lee Curtis: Halloween Wouldn’t Exist Without Debra Hill

When horror fans think of the Halloween movie franchise, the name John Carpenter always comes to mind. After all, he directed the original movie and served as a co-writer on the first three installments–even stepping in as a producer on Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Now that Carpenter is returning to the franchise with the newest Halloween film, there’s something missing–a name that’s been next to his in the credits of various Halloween films. Debra Hill may not be as closely associated with Michael Myers and his never-ending battle with Laurie Strode as Carpenter, but according to star Jamie Lee Curtis, she’s as important to the movies as he is.

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without Debra Hill,” Curtis told GameSpot and a small group of press at the junket for the new film. “The voice of those girls is all Deborah Hill.”

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The girls in question are Laurie Strode (Curtis), Lynda Van Der Klok (PJ Soles), and Annie Brackett (Nancy Kyes). “John is a talented man, but he’s a, you know, guy from Kentucky,” the actress explained. “He doesn’t speak teenage girl like Debra Hill. I think those three women are Debra Hill. That intellectual side, the snarky, smart-aleck side, and the [frisky side].”

And in writing them how they did, Hill and Carpenter created a trio of women viewers cared about–especially with Strode. Halloween was the beginning of the slasher craze that went on to view victims as disposable chunks of meat, simply waiting to be slaughtered by whatever maniac was on the prowl. Laurie was never treated that way, though, and her friends were fully-formed humans. It hurt when they were killed by Michael.

“I think she was all three of those young women, and she, therefore, is responsible,” Curtis said.

Halloween, which sees Curtis return to the franchise as Laurie one more time, hits theaters on October 19. Make sure to read our review of the film, as well as the franchise’s most brutal kills, and why the new film could not have happened without Curtis.

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Author: GameSpot

Warriors Orochi 4 Review – Seven Out Of Ten

Warriors Orochi 4 is a crossover spin-off title developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch that brings together characters and environments from both the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

In their review, Seven Out Of Ten details what makes the game a worthy entry into the long running Warriors franchise.

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Analogue Announces The Mega Sg, A Sega-Focused Retro Console Coming In April 2019

A new retro game console is on the way from Analogue, the company behind the Nt Mini and the Super Nt. The upcoming Mega Sg ($189) will play classic Sega Master System, Genesis, and Mega Drive games over HDMI, and there are plans to sell cartridge adapters for other systems down the road. The Mega Sg is also fully compatible with the original Sega CD add-on out of the box. Analogue claims 100% compatibility across all supported platforms. The console is available to pre-order now, and is scheduled to ship worldwide in April 2019.

Like Analogue’s two most recent consoles, the Mega Sg is the brainchild of Kevin Horton, who is widely regarded as an expert when it comes to recreating classic gaming hardware on FPGA chips. Compared to software-based emulation, a properly configured FPGA results in a technically more accurate gameplay experience than a traditional emulator. The differences aren’t massive, but for enthusiasts, the devil is in the details, and that’s where Analogue and Horton have historically come out on top.

The Japanese Mega Drive-themed Mega Sg ($189), and the Black M30 Controller ($25) from 8BitDo
The Japanese Mega Drive-themed Mega Sg ($189), and the Black M30 Controller ($25) from 8BitDo
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It’s worth noting that the FPGA development scene has picked up steam with hobbyists, and the ongoing MiSTer project exists to help coordinate development around the Terasic DE10-Nano FPGA platform, which uses the same FPGA (Altera Cyclone V) as the Super Nt and the Mega Sg. There are many cores (systems) that currently function at varying degrees on MiSTer, including the Genesis, but with its support for cartridges and original accessories, including the Sega CD, the Mega Sg is poised to be the most practical FPGA-based Genesis around.

Analogue is pitching the Mega Sg as a reference-quality system, meaning that it offers clean audio and video signals without distortion or lag. Considering that the quality of Sega’s original 16-bit hardware fluctuated wildly from one model or motherboard revision to the next, and that other third-party systems consistently fall short, the promise of clean audio from the simulated Yamaha YM2612 sound chip is high on the list of Mega Sg’s feature set.

Thanks to the headphone port on the front, you will also have the option to connect directly to the system. Video options for the Mega Sg include the usual set of features for an Analogue system: scanline options, scaling and position adjustments, and HDMI resolutions of 480p, 720p, or 1080p.

The Mega Sg is being offered in four different color schemes, including white, in addition to versions that match the original Mega Drive and Genesis consoles released in Europe, Japan, and North America. Controllers aren’t included, but you can use vintage controllers, or the newly announced wireless M30 controllers ($25) from 8BitDo, which will start shipping in February 2019.

The Mega Sg CD expansion port. Like the Famicom Disk adapter for the Nt Mini
The Mega Sg CD expansion port. Like the Famicom Disk adapter for the Nt Mini

Every Mega Sg will come packaged with a Master System cartridge adapter, and Analogue has plans to release additional adapters in 2019 for Mark III, Game Gear, Sega MyCard, SG-1000, and SC-3000 cartridges.

In discussing the upcoming console with Analogue founder Christopher Taber, we learned that the only apparent unchecked box is support for 32X games, via the original add-on hardware or otherwise. With the original 32X in mind, the necessary passthrough ports don’t exist on the Mega Sg, and while Taber believes the device could be replicated on the FPGA inside the Mega Sg, he acknowledges that it isn’t feasible in time for launch.

Taber also mentioned that the company’s previously announced A/V digital-to-analog converter–used to connect the Super Nt and the Mega Sg to analog displays–remains in development. For a growing portion of the vintage gaming community, the ability to play old games on CRT displays is an important step towards authenticity. Nevertheless, if the Mega Sg lives up to the high-bar set by the Super Nt, it could be the first choice when it comes to playing authentic Sega cartridges on modern displays when it ships next year.

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Author: GameSpot

Xbox One Game Deals On The Microsoft Store This Week

Each Monday on the Microsoft Store, the lights go out on the previous week’s sale on Xbox One and 360 games and a new set of downloadable titles gets the discount treatment. This week’s sale is now live, so if you’re looking to save some money and want a new game to play, you’ll want to check out what’s available for cheap. Some of the deals require you to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, but most are available to everyone between now and October 22.

A few big games from previous years are available for under $20 this week. If you never got around to picking up Gears of War 4, you can get it for just $16 / £13.40. Another cheap blockbuster is Fallout 4, on sale for $15 / £10. And if fighting games are your thing, you can pick up Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite for just $16 / £13.

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The World Series kicks off next week, meaning we’ll soon be in the offseason. How will baseball fans last through the cold winter without their favorite pastime to keep them entertained? They can pick up RBI Baseball 18, which is on sale for $21 / £17.

One of the steepest discounts this week is on The Technomancer, which is 80% off, bringing it down to $8 / £7. It’s a sci-fi RPG that takes place on Mars, where you use the title character’s electrical superpowers to singe and destroy hordes of mutants. We’ve picked out some more enticing discounts below, or you can find the full list of games on sale here.

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Steam’s New Competitor, The Discord Store, Wants Your Friends To Help Sell You Games

Discord announced today the worldwide launch of its Discord Store, a PC game-buying portal that’ll include its own exclusive titles. The store will pack games from indie developers and at least one bigger publisher, along with titles exclusive to the store.

Previously available only to Canadian players, the new global Discord Store is all about curation. The company, best known for its gaming-centric voice and text chat app of the same name, is hoping to put games in front of players that they’re more likely to want to buy and play. That curation will be carried out by the Discord team, as well as through recommendations made by players’ friends on the Discord service.

The store will also include its own “First on Discord” exclusive titles. There are currently five games on that list: King of the Hat, Minion Masters, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, At Sundown and Bad North.

According to a press release from the company, the idea is to create something more akin to a local bookstore experience for the Discord Store. That’s in contrast to Valve’s massively popular Steam store, which might be better compared to a big box store, or even a whole mall.

Alongside the launch of the Discord Store is a new version of Discord’s Nitro monthly subscription service. The current, $5 subscription is focused on things like controlling your Discord username and offering higher resolutions for Discord’s screen sharing service. The new Nitro bumps the price to $9.99 and adds a gaming component: all-you-can-play access to a catalogue of about 60 titles from partner developers like Deep Silver and Double Fine Productions. The games players get access to through Nitro include This War of Mine, Metro: Last Light Redux, Soma, Wastelanders 2: Director’s Cut, INSIDE, Galactic Civilizations III, and Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition.

The catalogues of the Discord Store and Nitro seem pretty confined at the moment, which means it’s not likely to threaten Steam anytime soon. But Discord might be onto something with its focus on curation. Discovery of new games is a big problem on Steam both for players and developers, especially small ones whose games are lost in the flood of titles being released. One report had it that 21 games were released on Steam every day in 2017.

Discord claims some 150 million registers users across the globe for its app, so while its store sports fewer games, it’s possible the smaller, more personal approach might be an answer for developers who have trouble cutting through the noise on larger portals. Both the Discord Store and Nitro service are available to users today.

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Author: GameSpot