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Steve Noah

Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
OS Username: Steve_OS
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

2K Sports ran a simulation with NBA 2K11 and predicted the Chicago Bulls winning the Championship. Who do you feel has the best shot?

Check out the below press release to get the details on their sim.

2K Sports NBA 2K11 Simulation Predicts Chicago Bulls Will Win 2011 NBA Championship

According to a simulation of the NBA Conference Finals and Finals through 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11, the Chicago Bulls will take home the NBA championship this season following a seven game series victory over the Dallas Mavericks. NBA Finals MVP Derrick Rose led the way for the Bulls, averaging 33 points and nearly 10 assists in Games 5-7, with the Bulls facing elimination in each contest.

Below are some key statistics from the NBA 2K11 Conference Finals and NBA Finals simulations.

Eastern Conference:
  • The Bulls out-rebounded Miami in five of the series’ seven games, and the duo of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer combined for more than 17 rebounds per game.
  • Rose had a stellar series; averaging 32.4 points a game to go with 7.6 assists.
  • LeBron James (27 points, 8.6 rebounds) and Dwayne Wade (25, 5.6) played well in defeat.
Western Conference:
  • Kevin Durant averaged 33 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game, but Dirk Nowitzki (30, 9) matched him every step of the way.
  • The aging Jason Kidd showed he wasn’t ready to retire, averaging 7 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals during the seven game series.
NBA Finals:
  • Rose had ice in his veins under pressure. In the deciding Game 7, Rose sealed the title with a 42 point performance.
  • The Bulls’ role players came up huge when it mattered. Luol Deng’s 33 points in Game 5 helped get the series back to Chicago, while Carlos Boozer’s 23 point and 17 rebound performance forced a Game 7. Boozer and Joakim Noah combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds in the clincher.
  • Despite a stellar performance from Nowitzki throughout the series (25 points, 8 rebounds), he mustered just 17 points in Game 7 on 6-14 shooting.
Check out more NBA 2K11 screenshots from the NBA 2K11 simulation, right here.

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 106 - View All
Friday, May 20, 2011
03:12 PM - May 20, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Videogameszone has posted some more FIFA 12 screenshots.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 14 - View All
Thursday, May 19, 2011

If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

UPDATE: Sorry, looks like the video was removed, here is what I saw.

UPDATE: Video re-added.

Wow, the video is pretty damn amazing. Here are some highlights.
  • Tactical Defending - Contain
  • Tactical Defending - New Opportunities
  • Dribbling - Jog Speed Turn Radius
  • Precision Dribbling - Precision Turn Radius
  • Precision Dribbling - Dribble While Shielding
  • Compares FIFA 11 Tackling Physics with the New Impact Engine Tackling (WOW! What a difference! I mean, WOW!)
  • Impact Engine - Shielding
  • Impact Engine - Unexpected Behaviors (Shows an AWESOME animation of a defender coming in, offensive player makes a move and does a flip)
  • Impact Engine - Variety (Shows a defender taking out a player that is going after the ball)
  • Impact Engine - Contextual Dribble Turns (Shows a player tapping the ball ahead, just a bit, then jumping to avoid a sliding tackle)
  • Impact Engine - Difficult Situations (Shows a player trying to kick the ball, but hits the other players foot instead and falls over)
  • Impact Engine - Shared Collisions (Shows 2 players going after the ball, each player had his own animation, depending on situation. In this particular one, it showed a player reaching out to kick a ball and the defender trying the same, after the ball is touched, the players lose balance and just looks very real)
  • Impact Engine - True Injuries (Woah... Shows a player getting roughed up, trying to advance the ball, he lands awkwardly on his right knee, after a little act job, he grabs his knee and gets up, gingerly)
  • True Injuries - Self Injuries (Damn, this is a great video. Anyways, this shows a player getting injured with nobody around him, looked like a strained groin and the defender takes the ball away)
  • True Injuries - Re-Injury (Shows a player getting tripped up and waving to the sidelines for someone to get him or sub in for him)
  • Impact Engine - Pushing and Pulling - Shows players pushing and pulling for position
According to the German website videogameszone, Mats Hummels will be the FIFA 12 cover athlete. Official news will arrive tomorrow.

Check out some of the new FIFA 12 screenshots, right here.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 14 - View All
03:41 PM - May 19, 2011. Posted by HawkeyMediaPlus. Written by Steve Noah

The first NHL 12 screenshot has been released. It involves Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich absolutely blowing up Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the Winter Classic. What differences do you see?

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All

This video is also available on the OS Youtube channel, please subscribe while you're there.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 100 - View All
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
10:21 AM - May 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

If you can't view the embedded video, click here.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 100 - View All
09:16 AM - May 18, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

2K Sports Creates Another Millionaire with Major League Baseball 2K11 Perfect Game Challenge

Winner of ultimate skill-based competition to be revealed later this month

New York, NY - May 18, 2011 - 2K Sports announced today that the next million dollar winner has been confirmed for the Major League Baseball 2K11 Perfect Game Challenge. The winner, who will be revealed on Thursday, May 26, will take home $1 million and a lifetime's worth of bragging rights for being the first person to pitch a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K11. This year's champion is the second overall winner of the million dollar prize, following Wade McGilberry, who achieved perfection in last year's Major League Baseball 2K10 Perfect Game Challenge.

The winning Perfect Game Challenge video was the first submission to be verified in this highly competitive contest, which began on April 1, 2011. 2K Sports worked with Twin Galaxies, an official scorekeeping organization, to verify the entry and conducted its own in-house examination of the footage and game data to confirm the legitimacy of the perfect game.

"It took a tremendous amount of dedication and focus for this year's winner to pull off perfection in Major League Baseball 2K11," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "I hope the winner is ready to enter a new tax bracket, because we're excited to make good on our million dollar promise for the second year in a row."

The Major League Baseball 2K11 Perfect Game Challenge officially ended on Monday, May 16, following verification of the submitted footage. 2K Sports will no longer accept video submissions, although fans are encouraged to watch for the formal announcement of the winner later this month.

"We made several improvements in this year's title to make things more challenging for the contenders," said Greg Thomas, president of product development for 2K Sports. "It's truly an impressive feat for someone to master our upgraded pitching mechanics and overcome the pressure of pitching a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K11. Congratulations to our winner, this prize was well earned."

Major League Baseball 2K11 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available in North America on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, Wii system, PC-DVD, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and PSP (PlayStation Portable) system.

2K Sports is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

Game: Major League Baseball 2K11Reader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: NDS / PC / PS2 / PS3 / PSP / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 17 - View All
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
06:17 PM - May 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

This video is also available on the OS Youtube channel, please subscribe while you're there.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 41 - View All
05:33 AM - May 17, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

According to NintendoWorldReport, FIFA 12 will only feature local multiplayer, despite a previous press release, which said online would be available via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

"Producer Matt Prior said in a forthcoming Nintendo World Report interview that "Currently, we only have local head-to-head play, but server-based online is certainly something we would be looking at in the future."

Game: FIFA 12Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 3DSVotes: 4 - View All
Sunday, May 15, 2011
03:40 PM - May 15, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

In terms of video games, which sport interests you the most?

If you're voting on the homepage, the poll is on the right side.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
08:51 PM - May 14, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Our friends over at NLSC have posted the new Washington Wizards jersey update for NBA 2K11 PC users. Amazing work gents!

Game: NBA 2K11Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 106 - View All

This video is also available on the OS Youtube channel, please subscribe while you're there.

Restoration of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services Begins

Increased Security Measures Implemented Before Service Restoration;
Consumer Data Protection a Full-Time, Company-Wide Commitment

TOKYO, May 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will today begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services. The phased restoration will be on a country by country basis beginning in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.

The first phase of restored services for these countries and regions will include:
  • Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
  • Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
  • Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
  • Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
  • 'Friends' category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
  • PlayStation Home
Increased Security Measures

As the result of a criminal cyber attack on the company's data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services on April 20, in order for the company to undergo an investigation and make enhancements to the overall security of the network infrastructure. Working closely with several respected outside security firms, the company has implemented new and additional security measures that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity, and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information.

The company has made considerable enhancements to the data security, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls. The company also added a variety of other measures to the network infrastructure including an early-warning system for unusual activity patterns that could signal an attempt to compromise the network.

"I'd like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you've shown as we worked through the restoration process," said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. "I can't thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, company wide commitment."

"During the past 18 months, we've seen a dramatic rise in the volume of cyber attacks, their sophistication and their impact on businesses. Thwarting cyber-crime requires an evolutionary approach to security that is well integrated, reduces risk exposure and improves efficiencies," said Francis deSouza, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec. "Today's cyber crime attacks are proving to be more covert, more targeted and better organized than those we've seen in years past. In working with Sony on the move of their data-center, it's clear they're implementing measures to reduce security risks moving forward."

As an additional measure, Fumiaki Sakai, president of Sony Global Solutions Inc. (SGS), has been appointed acting Chief Information Security Officer of SNEI. In addition to his current role at SGS, Mr. Sakai, in his role at SNEI, will work to further reinforce overall information security across the company's network infrastructure. Mr. Sakai will lead the recruiting effort in finding a new and permanent CISO for SNEI. As CISO, Mr. Sakai will report to Tim Schaaff, president, SNEI, as well as to Mr. Shinji Hasejima, CIO, Sony Corporation.

"While we understand the importance of getting our services back online, we did not rush to do so at the expense of extensively and aggressively testing our enhanced security measures. Our consumers' safety remains our number one priority," Hirai continued. "We want to assure our customers that their personal information is being protected with some of the best security technologies available today, so that everyone can feel comfortable enjoying all that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer."

The restoration of the services across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East are beginning, and consumers will be able to enjoy some of the online functionality provided by both the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. Phased restoration in Japan and other Asian countries and regions will be announced in due course. The company expects to have the services fully restored by the end of May 2011.

The company will be offering customers a "Welcome Back" package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity account services. The details of this program will be announced in each region shortly.

For more information about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services intrusion and restoration, please visit http://blog.us.playstation.com or http://blog.eu.playstation.com/

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $78 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

Platform: PS3

Alex Howell has championship rings and he brings his own experiences into NCAA Football 12's Road to Glory mode. Check out the article over at Kotaku, via Owen Good.

"Alex Howell is the first dedicated designer assigned to NCAA Football's "Road to Glory" career mode, introduced in 2005 and fairly neglected for the past few years. Joining EA Sports less than a year ago, Howell's only job is to breathe new life into one of sports gaming's first singleplayer career modes."

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 100 - View All
09:42 AM - May 14, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Check out all the new Ridge Racer Unbounded screenshots, right here.

Game: Ridge Racer UnboundedHype Score: Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 0 - View All
09:32 AM - May 14, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: DiRT 3Reader Score: 9.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All