AGN News Archive
It had all the sound and fury of a big sporting event: 40,000 fans roaring in the cauldron of a huge football stadium.
There were corporate sponsors, young superstar players and a million dollar prize to the winner.
And yet this raucous contest involved barely a drop of sweat and absolutely no muscular exertion beyond the furious clicking of fingers on a computer mouse.
Ubisoft® Unveils an Exclusive PS4™ & PS3™ Hard Bundles
Ubisoft released today a new trailer featuring Pagan Min, Far Cry 4's chilling yet charming antagonist. Sadistic dictator. Psychopath. Best dressed man in Kyrat. These are just a few traits on Pagan Min's lengthy resume as the self-appointed King of Kyrat. Take a look into one of the most complex personalities gamers will encounter worldwide on November 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.
The video games studio behind Minecraft is in talks to be taken over by Microsoft, according to reports.
It has been suggested that Mojang might sell for more than $2bn (
Yahoo said the US government threatened to fine it $250,000 a day if the search giant failed to hand over user data.
According to court documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) had demanded that Yahoo comply with new surveillance rules, something the company said was unconstitutional.
Yahoo failed in a court challenge on the constitutionality of the order.
Sony's PlayStation Network was forced offline for much of Sunday by a cyber-attack in what appears to be a campaign against several online gaming services.
Microsoft's XBox Live, Blizzard's Battle.net, and Grinding Gear Games are among others to have reported being disrupted over the weekend.
The attacks coincided with a bomb scare involving a flight carrying a Sony executive.
Warlords of Draenor, the next expansion for video game World of Warcraft (WoW), will be released on 13 November.
It introduces a new continent to adventure on, allows game characters to become more powerful and lets players build their own fortresses.
In addition it will overhaul the graphics and animations used for player characters.
The expansion could help creator Activision Blizzard stem a long-term slide in players for its flagship game.
In-depth details revealed on "Keys to Kyrat", PlayStation® Exclusive Feature Today, at Gamescom, Ubisoft®has pulled back the curtain and showed off some of the deep and varied experience that will be found in Far Cry 4: an extreme mission at the peaks of the Himalayas, and a journey into the mystical world of Shangri-Là. Ubisoft also provided more details on their PlayStation® exclusive promotion called the "Keys to Kyrat."
All 500,000 victims of Cryptolocker can now recover files encrypted by the malware without paying a ransom.
The malicious program encrypted files on Windows computers and demanded a substantial fee before handing over the key to the scrambled files.
Thanks to security experts, an online portal has been created where victims can get the key for free.
The portal was created after security researchers grabbed a copy of Cryptolocker's database of victims.
"This time we basically got lucky," said Michael Sandee, principal analyst at Fox-IT - one of the security firms which helped tackle the cyber-crime group behind Cryptolocker.
Today, Ubisoft announced the Phantom Heist event for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms that will take place throughout the month of August.
The event kicks off with a Steam giveaway this weekend, the launch of a new web comic series on August 6 and Mad Loot weekends, where up to approximately £23,700* worth of in-game items will be distributed each weekend this August.
Chinese computing giant Lenovo has shown off what it hopes will be a rival to Google Glass.
The device, as yet unnamed, hopes to eliminate Glass's problem of short battery life by adding a separate power device around the wearer's neck.
The company has created NBD - a system for connected devices - to encourage other companies to make devices on its platform.
Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.
The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard".
One staffer said they were being banned for the "actions of two or three".
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, leading to censorship concerns.
The decision and Google's handling of the requests have been heavily debated.
Microsoft has said work is under way to "unify" parts of its different Windows operating systems.
Chief executive Satya Nadella discussed the effort while briefing analysts following Tuesday's earnings update.
"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," he said.
The firm also confirmed it had recently scrapped a new type of tablet
US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.
Net profit rose to $335m (
Improved gameplay experience and more rewards
Today, Ubisoft announced a three-day Steam giveaway weekend, along with major changes to the Ghost Recon Phantoms experience with game update 1.2, available now. Three months after launch, Ghost Recon Phantoms has improved its new user gameplay experience, increasing its responsiveness, improving balance and making the overall experience more rewarding.
A European USB iPhone charger sold between October 2009 and September 2012 "may overheat and pose a safety risk", says manufacturer, Apple.
The US firm is offering to exchange the defective items free of charge.
In an advice note, the company urges those who own the adapter to stop using it, although it says the malfunction only occurs in "rare cases".
The model was sold in 37 countries, including some countries in Africa and Asia, but not in the UK.
The Hello Games team doesn't have a stand at E3.
No flashing lights, no pounding music, no booth babes.
But boy, has it stolen the show.
Its game, No Man's Sky - an "open world" science -fiction game title - has arguably generated more buzz than any other title on show here in Los Angeles.
Shown on-screen as part of Sony's PlayStation press conference earlier this week, it had the audience cheering - and other developers looking on with envy.
Because unlike the other titles lavished with that kind of attention, this isn't a game created by hundreds of people for millions of dollars.
Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Ubisoft® showcased Far Cry® 4, the much anticipated sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012. Players can now bring a friend along on their open world journey, making Far Cry® 4 the ultimate Far Cry® experience. Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snowcapped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This striking and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and peril. You quickly find yourself caught up in a rebellion to overthrow the oppressive regime of Pagan Min, a man known as much for his sense of style and charisma as his cruelty and calculated brutality. Navigating the treacherous landscape, you find your fate increasingly determined by the choices you make because in Kyrat, every second is a story.