Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
PlayStation 5 owners have apparently been getting banned lately for attempting to exploit a loophole involving the new PlayStation Plus Collection. Though those games are only intended for people who actually own a PlayStation 5, people who have access to the collection have been trying to sell their access off to others who might not have the console yet. Sony’s apparently taken notice of this and is getting rid of some of the accounts who are found to be taking advantage of this workaround to make a quick profit.
VGC first reported on the apparent banning of these accounts with context from Twitter user zhihuwong who said “Thousands of PSN accounts have been banned.” Those accounts in question are largely concentrated in Hong Kong, the user said, but as we’ve seen from sites like eBay where users can create listings for this sort of transaction, the activity certainly isn’t limited to that region.
A quick search on eBay will show that players are indeed selling off their access to the PlayStation Plus collection, and they’re doing so for a low price as well. Games like Fallout 4, Bloodborne, The Last of Us Remastered, and God of War are all included in the deal which makes it a pretty decent purchase for under $10, but it’s highly likely now that Sony’s got its eyes on the loophole that all those involved in the transaction run the risk of getting banned.
The way this loophole works is by exploiting something people had already discovered about the PlayStation Plus Collection. While it’s intended for those on the PlayStation 5, it was found that if you log into a PlayStation 4 after redeeming the offer on a new console, your account will say the games are eligible to be downloaded there.
That means that you can play 20 games on the PlayStation 4 for “free” so long as you have a PlayStation Plus subscription and a PlayStation 5, or you at least knew someone with a PlayStation 5 who was kind enough to log onto your console.
That’s a convenient way for players to share the games if they want, but selling them is apparently where the line is drawn. As VGC pointed out, it could be that Sony’s bans are targeting accounts that log into consoles multiple times throughout different locations in a certain timeframe and aren’t actually targeting PlayStation Plus Collection transactions.
Logging into one friend's console or another PlayStation 4 within your house to share the games shouldn't be an issue since many players have done that already, but it's likely the rapid logins from users trying to profit off the system that trigger the ban. Sony hasn't officially commented on the matter though, so just to be safe, don't go logging onto a bunch of different consoles to share your PlayStation 5 perks.
Surprise! The new rotation of PlayStation Plus video games for December is now available, earlier than is typical for the monthly rollout. While the official landing page doesn't appear to have shifted to the new video games, if you do some searching in the digital store you can find Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble available to claim for free if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
As with Bugsnax last month, Worms Rumble is actually available via the service at launch on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The new Worms title is currently exclusive to the PlayStation consoles and PC, features 32-player arena-based combat, and looks a little different from what players might have been used to in the past.
"Use a variety of fan-favorite weapons like the Bazooka and Shotgun plus all-new additions to the armoury to bring the pain to your invertebrate opponents as you climb the ranks," PlayStation's description of Worms Rumble reads in part. "Customise your worm, then take part in seasonal events, daily challenges and community collaborations for additional XP and rewards, and experimental game modes in The Lab. Get ready for Deathmatch and Battle Royale where you’re only ever a Holy Hand Grenade away from death!"
December's new PlayStation Plus offerings, Worms Rumble, Rocket Arena, and Just Cause 4, are available now and last through January 4th. Bugsnax also remains available on the subscription service until January 4th.
Monday, November 30, 2020
A copy of the 1939 comic book Detective Comics #27, with the first appearance of Batman, was sold at auction this past weekend for $1.5 million.
Four titles on hiatus due to the pandemic have been formally canceled. Marvel Comics has formally canceled the ongoing comic book title Morbius, as well as three limited series: Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle, Robert E. Howard's Dark Agnes, and the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker adaptation.
For the Morbius ongoing series, its potential return seemed unlikely after Marvel announced an unconnected new Morbius-one-shot earlier this month.
While seemingly disparate, all these newly-canceled titles have one thing in common: they were all solicited before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all were among the titles placed on hiatus during the two-month distribution shutdown.
Most other affected Marvel titles resumed publication in the late summer and fall, but these four were among those that did not - and have not released a new issue since the spring of 2020.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Greetings Manga Fans!