I don’t condone the actions of hackers, but this was one smart dude. Todd M. Miller was suspected and accused of participating in the group that brought down Sony’s online game servers back in 2008. He potentially faced 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, both of which he dodged by destroying his machines and disposing of his hard drives before the FBI could come back with a search warrant.
He was, however, sentenced to a year of house arrest, three years of probation, and ordered to complete a high-school equivalent certificate for obstructing a federal investigation. That’s a much better deal than he would’ve gotten if he was proven guilty in the hacking case.
The judge, who presided over the 28-year-old’s case, said that he could ‘see no sense’ in sentencing him to prison since Miller had a troubled childhood and now had a stable job. Miller admitted in court that he was “immature and ignorant and caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time,” and that “[the judge] would never see [Miller] again.”
A teaser for the second “PlayStation Vita Heaven” has been spotted in Famitsu this week. However, there’s no specific date as of yet.
The first event was held in March. It was a collection of YouTube videos that showed off upcoming Vita games like Persona 4, Metal Gear Solid HD Edition, Soul Sacrifice, Phantasy Star Online 2, and more.
It is not clear at this point if the event will be held before, during, or after E3, which is due early next month.
It’s been seven years since the PSP launched, and the platform is only just retiring. New PSP games are still occasionally coming out, though it’s clear that gamers have moved on to new platforms such as 3DS and PS Vita, if not iOS or Android. Matching the diminishing demand for PSP games, GameStop is removing inventory from 25% of its stores.
The handheld and its games will still be offered at bigger GameStop stores, as well as online. The PSP may not be dead just yet, but it’s slowly fading away.
If you have missed out on Uncharted 2 DLC, then today’s a great day for you: they’re all completely free now.
This includes Drake’s Fortune Multiplayer Pack, the Golden Gun Pack, the Sidekicks Skin Pack, Siege Expansion Pack, and the PlayStation Heroes Skin Pack.
It’s not known at the moment if EU gamers will join in on the fun as well.
Starhawk is out today in North America exclusively on the PS3. Sony and developer Lightbox Interactive took the chance to announce a Major League Gaming tournament with $20,000 in prizes. You will find more details on MLG’s website.
They also announced that all map packs for the game will be free upon release. In fact, they noted that the first one is already in the works. The PlayStation Blog notes that there will also be paid DLC.
Finally, here’s a launch trailer. The game is due out in Europe on Friday.
Speaking to VentureBeat, Journey creator Jenova Chen commented that he believed the PlayStation Network has more adult-minded users, pointing out that Sony has a “more artistic and adult-focused taste. They care about how grown-ups feel toward their games.”
Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation digital platforms agrees, too. “Our primary PSN audience is indeed more adult, and many of our best-selling titles appeal to this demographic,” he stated.
He pointed out the success of games like Heavy Rain, Flower and Journey, noting that “users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings.”
While it’s true that Sony does have more ‘artistic’ games, it is difficult to define what “adult-minded” exactly means. If we take on the basic meaning, then games such as Braid and Limbo are definitely targeted towards the more cerebral users. I Am Alive and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare also, quite rightfully, fall within such a broad category.
Feast your eyes on less than 30 seconds of Soul Sacrifice footage that’s reminiscent of Dark Souls. Not much is known about the title, except that the protagonist is a wizard who uses mind power (telekinesis?) and a sword. Further details expected on Thursday.