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video game news lizard squad hacker sentenced
Via: Kaleva
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According to Finnish newspaper Kaleva, Lizard Squad member Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki has been convicted of 50,700 computer crime charges including data breaches, felony payment fraud, and telecommunication harassments in relation to his work with the group of hackers. Lizard Squad claims responsibility for last year's Sony PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live DDOS attacks. He has also performed acts of SWATting, and harassed people by leaking their personal information and destroying their finances. Kivimaki, who is 17, has been given a two year suspended sentence and will have his internet activity monitored by authorities. 

In Finland, a suspended sentence delays a person's imprisonment while placing them on probation. At the end of the probationary period, if that person has not committed a crime, they may not be subject to imprisonment. Kivimaki's age is likely a factor in his sentence, though many feel the sentence is entirely too light for his crimes.

Daybreak CEO John Smedley, who was a victim of Kivimaki, had some choice words for the hacker on Twitter:



You tell him, Smedley! What do you think, should Kivimaki face jail time for his cyber crimes?

video game news mariah carey game of war
Via: TMZ
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You know that mobile game you've only heard of because Kate Upton is in all its commercials?  I'm sorry to report that her reign is over; a new angelic set of knockers is about to descend upon the Game of War marketing scene.  

According to TMZ, 45 year old pop diva Mariah Carey is the new face of Game of War: Fire Age.  Her commercial deal is reportedly costing the company a full seven figure sum, which may not be too big of a spend given that the game rakes in more than a million dollars every day.  

Maybe if we're really lucky, Carey will pen a new song for Game of War.  If it's anything like her latest single, it'll surely get you in the mood for war:

Via: Oculus
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The Oculus Rift is finally coming to consumers early next year, and included with it comes an Xbox One controller.  If that doesn't tickle your fancy, you may want to get your hands on their newly announced "Oculus Touch," a set of motion tracking controllers designed for 360-degrees of motion tracking equipped with a thumbstick, two buttons, a hand trigger, and an analog trigger.



The Oculus Touch can detect input from all of your fingers, and features shaking haptic technology to let you "feel" the objects you're touching.  If you thought you looked like a huge nerd using the Oculus Rift before, just wait until you see yourself using these things too.



Attendees of E3 next week will get to try these controllers out in person, while the rest of us will have to wait to get our mitts on them until Q1 of next year.

video game news nintendo fiscal year profit
Via: Nintendo
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Nintendo finished the the fiscal year ending March 31 with ¥41.8 billion ($349.2 million) net income, above their forecasted ¥30 billion ($250.6 million).  Last fiscal year the company came in at a loss of ¥23.2 billion ($193.8 million).

Nintendo missed their shipment goals for Wii U and 3DS, moving 3.38 million (against a target of 3.6 million) Wii Us, and 8.73 million 3DS (9 million targeted).  Forcasted for the new year are 3.4 million for Wii U and 7.6 million for 3DS.

video game news dead island 2 delay
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The Dead Island 2 team announced a delay to 2016 on Twitter today.  The game was originally slated for release this spring.  The full announcement is as follows:

We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. A game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island – multiple different characters to play with, co-op, and turning a paradise setting into a zombie slaughter melee – and a game that adds a ton more content and combat options on top of that.

And we wanted to have all of that that done for release in Spring 2015.

We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016.

Right now we are focusing purely on development, and we will have more info to share at a later stage.

We know that our fans will be disappointed by this news, but by giving Dead Island 2 more time we are confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result.-Team Dead Island 2
video game news five nights at freddys 4
Via: Scottgames
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A fourth Five Nights at Freddy's game titled "The Final Chapter" has been announced, and slated for release this Halloween.  I have my doubts that this'll truly be the final chapter, but I don't know for how many more games after that Freddy's body can hang on.  He's looking as loosely stitched together as this franchise.

Adventure time has many mysteries to solve.
Via: Engadget
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Viscious Cycle has announced a new game based on the popular animated series 'Adventure Time.' The game is described as "an action-oriented twist on the graphic adventure genre..." And it will be focus on Finn and Jake solving mathematical mysteries in the land of Ooo. 

Lets just hope Viscious Cycle does justice to 'Adventure Time,' because the last game was just snoozeville. 

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