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PlayStation Network Down & Flight Grounded

PlayStation Network Down & Flight Grounded


Hackers cause chaos today for Sony and PlayStation Network and John Smedley

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Today the PlayStation Network was offline for the North American users. Hackers have claimed responsibility via Twitter and also the same hacker group has caused a major delay for American Airlines and Sony’s Online Entertainment President John Smedley. Today users of the PlayStation Network on both PS3 and PS4 received a message that the network is down for routine maintenance from noon August 24, 2014 to around 7:30pm Eastern time on Monday August 25th, 2014.

Shacknews.com has reported that both the PlayStation Network and Battle.net have been hit. They reported:

“The attack was foreshadowed when Lizard Squad pointed to a Twitch user playing Hearthstone. Minutes later, the group targeted a Dota 2 stream. A portion of Dota 2 servers have been affected, but there does not appear to be widespread outage at this time.”

Lizard Squad is to blame as it seems. Sony does acknowledge the events within their Twitter page

https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/503577213690576896

Issuing this statement:

“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Here are some additional times lines from Shacknews.com

Update 4: Lizard Squad has now set their sights on Xbox Live. Xbox Support confirms that service has been affected.

Update 3:  A Sony Online Entertainment representative has issued a statement to Shacknews in regards to SOE President John Smedley having his flight diverted over a fake bomb threat. The statement reads "I can confirm that at this time the FBI is handling this directly." The rep added that no specifics could be offered, as this has now become a matter of national security.

Update 2:  An update has been posted on PlayStation.Blog confirming that no personal information has been stolen in these attacks. The DDoS attacks are persisting and the team is looking to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Update: Sony has acknowledged the attacks on Twitter.

http://www.shacknews.com/article/85951/blizzard-playstation-network-and-more-under-wide-ddos-attack-update-fbi-now-investigating

As of now it is being reported the FBI is involved. John Smedley’s flight was diverted and no further incident has been reported as of now.

Top Video Games of 2014

Top Video Games of 2014


Gamer.Ninja takes a looks at the Top Video Games 2014 to look forward to in late 2014

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The Top Video Games of 2014 have yet to be released. Gamers alike, there are many video games poised to be released yet in 2014 and some of them are huge and epic. Whether you are a gamer who is looking forward to a release or a gamer who just pickups the latest greatest when you feel like it, 2014 still has a plethora of mega video games to be released. Statically fall time has been the prime time for videogame developers and franchises to release their latest offerings to the masses. Gamers are more inclined to be sitting around inside and not doing many things outside, as the algorithms show, during the fall or later months of the year. This becomes a situation where the gaming industry feels this is the ultimate period of the year to release whatever it is to the masses. Well, for 2014 the “Whatever it is” would be the following.

Gamer.Ninja breaks down the following Top Video Games of 2014 waiting to be released in the fall period of 2014.

Which game is your favorite? Please join us here at Gamer.Ninja and tell us which videogame is your favorite.

Gamer.Ninja breaks down the eight Top Video games of 2014 yet to be released and waiting to be released in late 2014. They are as follows:


The above are the best of the best in video gaming releases for the fall of 2014. We feel these Top Video Games of 2014 will be just that, the Top Video Games of 2014.

Again, if you, the gamer, feel us here at Gamer.Ninja have missed something, please join us and let us know. Other than that, join us and let us know how these games play out for you when they are released and you have purchased and played them. The Top Video Games of 2014 are coming and it is sure to be a great fall time for gamers in 2014.

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Madden NFL 15 Preview

Madden NFL 15 Preview


Madden NFL 15 by EA Sports Preview and Review

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Are you a gamer looking to get your hands on Madden NFL 15 next week when it is released on August 26, 2014?

Gamer.Ninja offers its visitors a sneak peek into the latest EA Sports release, Madden NFL 15.

Madden NFL 15 will be another epic release within the franchise of Madden NFL. Can anyone believe we have hit the fiftieth release in this franchise? Madden is still alive and well and it’s on the verge of releasing another edition.

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Offering an insider’s looking into Madden NFL 15 we have to break down the latest offerings of the game. The first offer in the new lineup is the War in the Trenches 2.0. This feature changes the way you control the defensive line. It allows the gamer to strategically control its defensive line. EA Sports offers us an insider’s look into this feature:

Set the tone on defense with more control thanks to an all-new arsenal of pass rush moves, contain the open field with intuitive tackling mechanics, and play as a team with redesigned zone and man coverage logic all while being immersed in the play from the other side of the line, with defensive player lock cameras. Madden NFL 15 delivers on defense.

The next feature within the Madden NFL 15 lineup is The Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is

The next feature within Madden NFL 15 is the launch of the Madden Ultimate Team

Also we have Player Sense 2.0. In Madden NFL 15, Player Sense 2.0 creates the smartest playing Madden ever by improving player emotion, contextual awareness, head tracking, reach tackles and more.

Madden NFL 15 also offers many improvement in the following areas:

  • Pass Inaccuracy
  • Playcalling
  • Deep Dive: Connected Franchise (CFM)
  • Deep Dive: War in the Trenches
  • Deep Dive: Tackling Mechanic
  • Tackling Mechanic

Seriously, Madden NFL 15 will offer some improved features over previous releases but will these features really bring Madden NFL 15 beyond its predecessors? Only gameplay and time will tell. It will certainly be a feat to bring this franchise to the level of a 25th edition release. The obvious about Madden NFL 15 is it is geared towards those dedicated to the release of this epic football video game. Many, online, have said nothing really has changed since 2008. Madden NFL 15 is a rather dinosaur within the gaming industry and those who are dedicated to the franchise will pledge allegiance.  Those who are just coming into the age of gaming and football may also find interest but just like many other areas of gaming, reinventing the wheel does have an expiration date attached.

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This aside, Madden NFL 15 does have some new and cool features and will give gamers another season, or year, to decide if they will continue to purchase the next edition of this franchises releases. Will Madden NFL fall to the wayside like some of EA Sports predecessors? Remember Tiger Woods? Honestly that was a cool game for those who were into gold but Tiger Woods had its time and place and maybe Madden NFL will. Fifteen would be considered a golden number and this could be the last and many gamers who are into the Football games will tell the tale of this franchises future.

Buy the game and find out if you are impressed is our final answer. Also, our final answer is to buy the game, play it and come on Gamer.Ninja and share you experiences.

Best prices found as of this article:

Xbox 360 at $59.95

Good luck and good luck gaming!

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Advanced Warfare Limited Editions

Advanced Warfare Limited Editions


Call of Duty's Advanced Warfare releases its latest limited editions

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Limited Editions are already hitting the market. The two which have cropped up at the top so far are the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle and the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Xbox One controller.

Prevail with the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller, featuring a custom design inspired by Sentinel Task Force iconography

  • The greatest gamepad – now even better
  • More immersive, more precise, more comfortable
  • Limited quantities available

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The Limited Edition Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle boasts a huge 1 terra byte harddrive and other exclusive features:

Get the massive 1TB hard drive, custom console, controller and Limited Edition exoskeleton, plus Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition

  • The most advanced multiplayer powered by over 300,000 servers for maximum performance
  • Snap a game, live TV, and apps side-by-side, and switch quickly between them
  • Does not include Kinect
  • Limited quantities available

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Call of Duty is second to none and the early limited editions are certainly rolling out for the offering. Stay tuned to Gamer.Ninja for the future exclusive releases of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

 

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Changing Gamertag Xbox One

Changing Your Gamertag on the Xbox One


Did you create an Xbox Live account with a hastily thought up Gamertag? Millions have and Xbox Live allows anyone now to changer their Gamertag whenever they feel like it or want to.

Do you own an Xbox One and want to change your Gamertag? Allow Gamer.Ninja help you by showing you how.

Changing your Gamertag is easy. It only takes moments and is actually free to do so once within 30 days of opening your Live account. After 30 days there is a small fee to change your Gamertag on Xbox Live. The following will help those who want to change their Gamertag using the Xbox One gaming console. Just follow along and you will have a new Gamertag assigned to your Xbox One Live account within minutes.

Step One

One the Home Screen of the Xbox One select your profile:

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Step Two

Then select “My profile” from the menu on the left which is in the green area:

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Step Three

Now from the middle gray menu select “Set gamertag”:

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Step Four

Now select the Gamertag you wish to change:

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Step Five

Now input your new Xbox One Live Gamertag:

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Step Six

Now confirm your new Xbox Live Gamertag by selecting “Sounds good” to confirm your new Gamertag:

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Step Seven

Once you see the Gamertag you inputted is now on your account you can select “Close”:

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That is it. You now have a new Gamertag within your Xbox Live account and can play online multiplayer with a brand new handle. Select wisely but also know that you can now change your Gamertag at any time but it may cost you a few bucks the next time. We hope this helps you and please leave a comment if it does help you or does not. Also, if you are having issues changing your Gamertag and want further assistance please feel free to join our online gaming forums and post a thread and one of our community members will help you fix whatever problem you are having.

Good luck gaming!

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Advanced Warfare Resolution

Advanced Warfare Resolution


Resolution Up in the Air but 60 FPS Secured

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The resolution of Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare is still a mystery but sources state the frame rate will be 60 frames per second.

"So we're 60 frames a second all the way. We are not talking about the – we're still waiting for announcements to come out in terms of where we're at with the resolutions, but I can tell you that the three year development title that we've had, working with everyone involved to make sure that we're getting it right… we're still optimizing the game, but even with where we're at right now, we're really happy. We're ahead of where we were last year, and we still have time, we still have a couple of months to go."

60 frames per second is a major increase and will significantly increase the quality with visualization of gameplay within Advanced Warfare over previous Call of Duty releases. We are assuming this will translate over to online multiplayer but are uncertain at this time. Many gamers know that higher resolutions and increased frame rates do not translate into better online gameplay but the effects of these advancement will help the industry focus on the overall quality of online multiplayer gaming. If not, players will vent and developers will have to listen.

Straight up, low resolution, tube style monitors and high internet speeds are where many like to game at as far as response times and dominating any given online multiplayer match. It does take time to feed images into a viewable source especially at 60 frames per minute. The resolution lag looms as a possible gaming issue but increased internet speeds help crunch this gaming curve.

Either way, Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare is sure to be a huge increase in viewer quality over previous releases. It is still poised to be an epic release and one which Gamer.Ninja is waiting for.

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Advanced Warfare Easter Eggs

Advanced Warfare Easter Eggs


The Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Easter Eggs

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The latest edition of Call of Duty will be Advanced Warfare. Its release will be on November 4, 2014. It will include some Easter Eggs and the biggest Easter Egg so far would be the release of its online Multiplayer game play.

We here at Gamer.Ninja will be monitoring the advancement of the C.O.D. Advance Warfare and the Easter Eggs offered within the game.

Easter Eggs have always been offered in Call of Duty games and Gamer.Ninja will bring you the latest Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Easter Egg offerings.

Easter Eggs are a huge part of a game’s release. In the past, Call of Duty has offered some huge Easter Eggs within its games. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare should be no exception.

Stay tuned as the Easter Eggs are released for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

 

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Elgato HD 60 Review

Elgato HD 60 Gaming Capturing System


Release Date in United States: 08/17/2019

Elgato has brought us a gaming capturing card device which is second to none when capturing your gaming ventures online, multiplayer or in campaign mode.

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The Elgato HD 60 will capture HDMI video input and audio. It will capture it in 60 frames per second. This is pretty much Rock Star quality. If you have a YouTube gaming capture video page or offer a gaming video capture blog, Elgato HD 60 is a must and will eliminate many of the hurtles you overcome to bring your gaming videos to the masses.

The positive of the gaming capture card device would be it does come with a USB and HDMI cable. It also offers downloadable video editing software for gamers to edit the content they capture and upload it to the web.

The negative (as of this article) would be the price. The Elgato HD 60 is on the spendy side. Retailing at around the $200 mark puts this device out of reach of many. Possibly rightfully so, but the Elgato HD 60 is an investment verses a splurge. Also it takes some workaround to get your audio included within the capture. The basic mentality when capturing should be what goes through the HDMI is captured and what does not will not be captured.

The Elgato HD 60 offers the following specs:

  • 1080p Capture with 60 fps          
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox Input (HDMI)            
  • Unlimited Capture to your PC or Mac
  • Flashback Recording
  • Stream Command

 

Additional Specifications of the Elgato HD 60 are as follows:

  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Input: PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI)
  • Output: HDMI (pass-through)
  • Supported resolutions: 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30,
  • 576p, 576i, 480p
  • Dimensions: 112 x 75 x 19 mm / 4.4 x 3 x 0.75 in
  • Weight: 106 g / 3.7 oz
  • Comes with: Elgato Game Capture HD60, USB cable, HDMI cable

Seriously, the Elgato HD 60 is a serious gamer’s piece and only serious gaming capture experts will acknowledge its existence. Well, that is what we like to think here at Gamer.Ninja as our experts work through the Elgato HD 60 in its first days of use.

Find the Cheapest Elgato HD 60:

At the time of this articles release, the cheapest offering of the Elgato HD 60 is currently offered at the following:

Walmart

Gamer.Ninja Staff

Day Zero Edition Advanced Warfare

Day Zero Edition Advanced Warfare


Day Zero Edition offers Preorder buyers a great advantage.

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It allows you 24 hour earlier access and to be the first to fight!

Basically if you preorder Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare and get the Day Zero Edition you will get the following:

  • You will get Advanced Warfare one day earlier than anyone else
  • You will get double XP for that day
  • Your will get two custom weapons
  • You will get Advanced Arsenal

The Day Zero Edition of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare offers the gamer a huge advantage and will bring those who preorder Advanced Warfare a hug leap on many other players who wait to purchase Advanced Warfare.

If you are a gamer looking to get ahead of your rivals, this Day Zero Edition will be your best friend. Buy it and play it on either Xbox or Playstation and you will not be disappointed. The graphics of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare are second to none. The customization of Advanced Warfare is the first of its kind with multiplayer online gaming. This Call of Duty release is marked to be the best of the entire catalog. Preorder it and get a bonus Easter Egg of playing it a day earlier plus many other perks included.

Preorder details are to be announced but this is sure to be a huge marketing tactic of Call of Duty and one which will have huge repercussions throughout the gaming industry.

The Day Zero Edition will truly become an epic anthology within the Call of Duty release sagas.

Preorder and get on top of everyone else.

Gamer.Ninja Staff 

Advanced Warfare Maps

Advanced Warfare Maps


Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Maps Reveal

Advanced Warfare Maps

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The other reveal today at Gamescom was the reveal of four of the maps included in Advanced Warfare Multiplayer edition. The maps are more advanced than ever before. From tsunami title waves to biohazard, the maps revealed today offer gamers some very interesting areas to game in. Complicated to say the least, the revealed four maps offer some very tough obstacles to overcome.

The latest revealed Advanced Warfare Maps for Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare exclusively are:

Biolab

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Set in Monument Valley, this map will encompass the advancements of the jumper. Jumping is going to be a huge part of Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare and this map will fulfill the thirst of boost jumping.

Riot

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Riot offers the setting of a burned out prison set in Bagdad. Bombed out, this map will offer a similar situation that previous Call of Duty prison maps have offered.

Ascend:

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Offers a space elevator terminal experiences to the gamer. Many expansions and crevices are offered for camping and sniping but many areas also encompass the run and gunner.

Defender

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Set in San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, this map offers more than just an ordinary map would offer. The biggest thing about this map is it offers its players a mid-game tsunami to flavor things up. The title wave encourages the boost jump feature this multiplayer game offers and if you know the San-Francisco area well, mainly the Golden Gate Bridge area, you will have an advantage when playing this map.

OK, this was a quick rundown of the reveal of Call of Duty’s Advanced Warfare Maps. There is much more to come and please come back to Gamer.Ninja to find out the latest with Call of Duty and Advanced Warfare Maps.

Gamer.Ninja Staff