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Weekly News Rundown: Sony’s Settlement Details, Club Nintendo Closing, & Sims 4

Posted January 23, 2015 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Features
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Salutations one and all, it’s Friday, the end of the week and you know what that means – It’s time for the Weekly News Rundown! A weekly feature where I, GP’s very own Nightingale, walks you through some of the bigger news stories in the world of gaming from the past week.

Sony has released some news today that pertains to 2011 PlayStation Network attack that compromised well over 70 million PSN accounts. Last year, a $15 million settlement was agreed upon, and since then Sony has been looking into the PSN users of the US so that they may receive some type of compensation. Basically, anyone that has had a PSN account, Qriocity, or SOE account before May 15th, of 2011 can gain access to documents in order to file a claim. To file such a claim you can follow this link to the settlement’s website.

Of course, what you get will all depend on what account you had/have. Here are some of the options given by Sony, via Gamespot:

  • Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the intrusions. 

  • One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, three free PS3 themes, or a free three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus). 

  • A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account. 

  • $4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million). 

For those who want to request forms via mail, here is the address:

PSN-SOE Settlement, PO Box 1947, Faribault, MN, 55021. You can also call 1-877-552-1284 for more info regarding the matter.

Source: Gamespot 

Another news story from this past week is about Club Nintendo. It’s been announced by Nintendo that their long running service will cease to exist come September of this year, and will then be replaced by a new rewards program. Those who sign up for the new service will get Flipnote Studio 3D for free for the 3DS. Those with Club Nintendo accounts have until September 30th to spend all of their coins. By the end of April, games and systems will no longer contain the codes used in the service to earn coins. The New 3DSXL will not include the codes either.

We can only hope the new program is just as good if not better than Club Nintendo. Here’s to hoping, fellow Nintendo lovers.

Source: Gamespot 

Ever wanted to play and test out the Sims 4? Well, now is your chance if you have an Origin account. Sims 4 has been added to Origin Game Time, and you have until February 2nd 10am PT/6pm GMT to add the Sims 4 Game Time to your library. You will be able to play the game for free for 48 hours upon starting it. Those who do so, then choose the purchase the game will be able to carry over their progress from Game Time.

Source: IGN 

And now, time for the new game releases of the week!

Monday, January 19th: 

  • Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame (PC) 

  • Evoland (PC) 

  • Yelaxot (PC) 

  • Motorbike (PC) 

  • Infinifactory (PC) 

  • Cat Goes Fishing (PC) 

  • Rock N’ Racing OFf Road (Wii U) 

Tuesday, January 20th: 

  • Mimpi (PC) 

  • Citizens of Earth (PC, PS4, XB1) 

  • Ironclad Tactics (PS4) 

  • Blackguards 2 (PC) 

  • Resident Evil (PC, 360, XB1, PS4, PS3) 

  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PS4, PS3, XB1, 360) 

  • HuniePop (PC) 

  • Deity Quest (PC) 

  • Undead Shadows (PC) 

  • Battlemass 2 (PC) 

  • Splice (PS3, PS4) 

  • TriBlaster (PC) 

  • Tiny Trek (PC) 

  • Math Swatter (Vita) 

Wednesday, January 21st: 

  • Robowars (PC) 

  • Racer 8 (PC) 

  • The Next Penelope (PC) 

  • Dark Quest (PC) 

  • Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches (PC) 

  • Agent Awesome (PC) 

  • Breach & Clear: Deadline (PC) 

Thursday, January 22nd: 

  • Perfect Golf (PC) 

  • TOXIKK (PC) 

  • Punch-Out!! (Wii U) 

  • Armello (PC) 

  • TorqueL (PC) 

  • Among Ripples (PC) 

  • Project Night (PC) 

  • Citizens of Earth (3DS, Wii U) 

  • Undead Storm Nightmare (3DS) 

  • Breezeblox (Wii U) 

  • Midnight (Wii U) 

  • T-Kara Puzzles (360) 

Friday, January 23rd:

  • Grey Goo (PC) 

  • Riptide GP2 (XB1) 

  • Roche Fusion (PC) 

  • Stranded Deep (PC) 

  • Guild Commander (PC) 

  • Madden NFL 15 (Super Bowl Edition) (XB1) 

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About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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