Watch Dogs “WeareData” site activated, it’s a “hyper-connected experiential website”

Watch Dogs WeareData LogoRemember that mysterious WeareData site for Watch Dogs that was discovered a couple of days ago? Well now it’s live. Turns out it’s “an experiential website designed to gather and graph the publicly available data that govern people’s lives in a single location.” Continue reading


Gran Turismo 6 demo launching next Tuesday

GT Academy 2013If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Gran Turismo 6, then get excited for a hands-on as the game’s demo will be released next Tuesday, July 2. And guess what? The demo is free and doesn’t require that you’ve owned any Gran Turismo product.

Also, if you happen to live in a GT Academy region, then you have a chance at racing with a real Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO.

“GT Academy in the United States, along with Russia and Germany, will each have standalone qualifying contests to designate the countries’ top Gran Turismo drivers. Europe’s 2013 Academy includes France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) and CEE (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia). The winners of each of the GT Academy competitions will then be put through an incredibly intensive and thorough Driver Development Program, rated among the best in the world, in order to qualify for the ultimate competition prize – a full season racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO in a top-level championship.

‘GT Academy is testament to why Gran Turismo is the true racing simulator,’ said Asad Qizilbash, senior director of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. ‘The PlayStation community has proven time and time again that Gran Turismo’s racing mechanics translate to the real world of race car driving, with racers who first cut their teeth racing in Gran Turismo now competing on the world stage. We encourage gamers of all skill levels to enter the contest, not just to be among the first to play Gran Turismo 6, but also for a chance to turn their driving passion into a career in the race world.'”

The contest ends on August 31, but the demo will still be available after that.

You guys ready?

Gran Turismo 6 pre-order trailer: What would you do with $1 million?

The Gran Turismo 6 15th Anniversary Edition was revealed yesterday along with regular pre-order bonuses. Ordering from GameStop would net you 20 special cars (among other bonuses), while going with Amazon will bring with it $1 million in in-game credits and four bonus cars. So if you can’t decide where to pre-order GT6 from, Polyphony Digital has released a pre-order trailer for Amazon, showing off just what you could do with $1 million in cold, hard, virtual cash. You can place your order at Amazon here.

Mysterious Watch Dogs “WeareData” site appears

WeareData (Watch Dogs)Watch Dogs isn’t due until November, but Ubisoft is already starting to tease audiences. A mysterious “WeareData” site has appeared, with the line “Have you ever experienced the power of data? Be prepared for watch_dogs WeAreData.”

Nothing is known about the site. See for yourself at Ideas, anyone?

Sony to GameStop: “the flood gates are open” for PS4 pre-orders

sony-gamestop-ps4-memoGameStop sent out a memo this morning to their employees notifying them that Sony has allowed them to start taking “unlimited” pre-orders for the PS4, saying: “Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”  GameTrailers, who initially published the leaked memo, also noted that apparently one GameStop store started with 24 PS4 pre-orders, and saw that number rise to 138 by the day’s end. Speaking with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton last week, GameStop execs reportedly stated that they’d buy every single unit that could be manufactured.

“Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”

It looks like the flood gates have opened. Who’s placed a pre-order yet, or plans on reserving a PlayStation 4? Any thoughts on whether or not there will be shortages? Sound off in the comments below.

Next-gen console orders break records at Amazon

PlayStation 4 ControllerAmazon has announced that this past week that their Video Games department has seen a record number of console orders throughout E3. In fact, there’s been a 4000% year-on-year increase in console orders. At one point during the past week, customers were ordering 2,500 next-gen consoles per minute.

“Last week, the Amazon Video Games store made history with its biggest pre-order week ever thanks to the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

The feat is minimized by the fact that the console market was suffering at this time last year. However, as MCV points out, “pre-orders for the two consoles stand at nearly twice the amount of all video games orders made on Black Friday 2012.”

That’s good news.

Watch Dogs on Jimmy Fallon: a sex doll, stalking, and a car chase

As a part of video game week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Watch Dogs made an appearance, and gameplay was shown off. The footage featured a sex doll, creepily stalking a woman to then chasing down her assailant via a foot-to-car chase, and more. Aisha Tyler described the game as one that “feels like it has all the components of Grand Theft Auto but its bigger and more exciting. It’s an open-world hacking game, but you can be stealthy, you can be a spy, you can be balls-out shooting, you can be driving. Every single thing you want to do in a game, you can do in this game and it’s very cool.”


BUMMER: Countries without PlayStation Store access can’t use online multiplayer

eu-ps-blog-ps-plus-multiplayer-questionIt’s already known that the PS4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to use online multiplayer for purchased games. But what about players in countries that don’t have access to the PlayStation Store? Romanian user “gennosuke11” asked the question on an official European PS Blog post, and received the following (unfortunate) response:

“Unfortunately at this time gamers in countries which do not have a Store cannot access online multi-player features. However, we are considering every measure to offer PlayStation Store services to these territories as soon as possible. To clarify, the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”

It is a bummer. As Analog Addiction pointed out, however, the EU PlayStation Blog only focuses on European countries, so there may be users in other countries who will be facing the same problem. Of course, the problem can be “fixed” by creating a foreign account to access the PlayStation Store and purchase a PS Plus subscription to access multiplayer, but it’s an (unnecessary?) inconvenience.