Despite Deflated Football Controversy, Patriots Will Win Super Bowl XLIX - According To Madden 15


Overcoming "Deflate-gate," The New England Patriots will defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a nail-biter this coming weekend to win Super Bowl XLIX, according to EA Sports' annual Madden NFL Super Bowl Prediction.

Just as real-world analysts are saying, the Madden simulation predicts a tightly contested game. Ultimately, Tom Brady and the Patriots will secure the victory in the game's final drive, according to the prediction.

Here's how the Madden simulation sees things going down in the final seconds:

"In the waning seconds Tom Brady hooked up with Julian Edelman, who managed to slip out of a tackle and make a break for the end zone. Kam Chancellor sprinted toward Edelman to try and make a Super Bowl-saving tackle, but the speedy Edelman dove into the Promised Land as time expired, securing victory."
Brady wins his fourth Super Bowl title and is named MVP of the game for his 335-yard, four-touchdown performance, according to the simulation.

This year's Super Bowl simulation was conducted on Xbox One using the latest available rosters and player data. You can see how the simulation played out in the video above.

Madden Super Bowl predictions have an impressive track record of correctly picking winners. Though the simulation picked the wrong team last year to win it all, before that, the simulation had accurately predicted eight of the past ten winners.

Super Bowl XLIX will be held Sunday, February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.


Watch This Epic Destiny Guitar Medley


Here's something to get your week off to a rockin' start. Bungie shared the video (below) of youngster Ryan Abundo covering songs from the Destiny official soundtrack on guitar and bass. It's damn good.


"Having spent an unhealthy amount of time playing Destiny (during the busiest semester of my life, no less), I can safely say that Bungie got at least one thing right: the music," Abundo writes on Facebook.


The songs you're hearing are:

  • "The Traveler"
  • "End of the Line"
  • "The Last Array"
  • "Excerpt 2 from the Rose"


You can download the medley here.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Will Go Inside Claptrap's Mind


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is getting campaign DLC that will take you into the mind of Claptrap, developer Gearbox has announced during its PAX South panel this morning. Gearbox didn't have more to share about DLC aside from that broad concept, but it also announced it's adding Lady Hammerlock as a playable character this week, Tuesday, January 27.

Lady Hammerlock is the sister of Sir Hammerlock, a character from Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. She's the same character some players discovered in the game's code back in October.

Gearbox said that with Lady Hammerlock, they wanted to create its best sniper character yet. She also has an ice shard action skill that freezes enemies, and another skill that can turn other players into "manservants," which benefits both players' abilities. If you have The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, you'll get Lady Hammerlock the Baroness for free.

Gearbox also announced that it's working on a patch that makes The Pre-Sequel's bosses farmable, meaning bosses will respawn so you can defeat them again for a chance to earn new guns and gear.

We Won't Make Same Mistakes Twice With Next Destiny DLC, Bungie Says


Bungie has heard players' criticisms about the progression system in Destiny's first DLC, and said that it won't repeat the same mistakes again when it releases the next DLC, House of Wolves.

"Nothing specific to announce at this time, but the mistakes we made with the DLC1 reward economy will not be repeated," Bungie design lead Luke Smith said in a post to NeoGAF. Specifically, Smith was referring to gear from vendors invalidating the efforts of players who raided the game's Vault of Glass, and resetting talents when upgrading an exotic weapon.

"We want fewer barriers to equipping upgrades," Smith said. "The shard economies erect these barriers between players and the new piece of gear they just got. We're not intending to adjust the shard economy for this Tier -- we don't want to invalidate player effort (again). But removing the barrier between that new drop you're excited to get and actually being able to equip it as a member of your arsenal are something we will do going forward."

Hopefully, House of Wolves really manages to implement all these changes and reduce Destiny's grind to the point where it doesn't motivate players to invent elaborate contraptions that do it for them.

Sony Begins Free Games Compensation Over 2011 PSN Hack


Following the announcement of a $15 million settlement last year, Sony on Friday began reaching out to United States users with details about how they can claim compensation over the 2011 PlayStation Network attack that compromised more than 70 million accounts.

Anyone who had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment accountbefore May 15, 2011 can request documents to file a settlement claim via PSNSOESettlement.com.

Individual compensation will vary depending in part on what type of account(s) you had at the time. Some of the options, per Sony's official descriptions, include:
  • 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).
In addition, Sony said it will reimburse users with out-of-pocket charges who suffered legitimate identity theft related to the network intrusion. Users can receive up to $2,500, though they'll need to provide documentation that the theft was caused by the network hack.

People who don't want to file claim forms over the internet can request the forms from Sony's Claims Administrator by writing to "PSN-SOE Settlement, PO Box 1947, Faribault, MN 55021" or by calling 1-877-552-1284.

A court assigned to the case will hold a Fairness Hearing on May 1, 2015 to confirm the settlement, and all claim submissions must be filed either online or in the mail by August 31, 2015.

About the settlement terms in general, Sony writes: "The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong."

Dying Light Zombie Mode Goes Free, But Big Delay for UK Release


Developer Techland has announced that Dying Light's "Be the Zombie" mode, announced in August 2014 as a preorder bonus, will now be available to everyone for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

In the Be the Zombie mode, players will stalk others as a "night hunter," a zombie mutation described as a "lethal predator" with skills like super speed, a grapple tool, and special attacks.

The night hunter also has its own special skill tree, which players can advance through by completing rounds as the zombie creature.

Techland also today confirmed details about Dying Light's global launch dates. While the digital and boxed copies of the game remain on schedule to launch January 27 in North and South America, the release dates for Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia have slipped back.

Digital versions of the game will launch January 28 in those regions, but physical copies have been delayed by a month, to February 27. Techland also confirmed that all physical preordered versions of Dying Light will come with two extra DLC packs, Cuisine & Cargo and Ultimate Survivor Bundle, for free.

Techland also provided a statement regarding the pushback for select markets.
"Dear gamers, 
As you already know, today we detailed our launch timing for Dying Light. Although the changes affect only the release of boxed copies in certain territories, we want to show all of you our appreciation for your continued support. Thus, we're really happy to announce that 'Be the Zombie' will be available for free to everyone, on all platforms, in all territories. 
We'll also be giving away extra weapon dockets to everyone who pre-ordered Dying Light and signed up at Dockets. DyingLightGame.com. 
We want to thank you for your patience and support in this matter and can't wait for you to enjoy playing Dying Light and invading other players’ game in the 'Be the Zombie' mode. 
- Dying Light Team"

Telltale's Game of Thrones Episode 2 Coming Early February


The second episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will launch worldwide from Tuesday, February 3, the developer announced Thursday.

Episode 2, suffixed "The Lost Lords," picks up from the events that took place in the first episode, which shipped in December and went on to gain a positive critical response.

A trailer for Episode 2 can be found above, and it carries a few minor spoilers, with scenes from the first game flashing into view, though not enough to give away the plot.

In North America, the episode will ship first on PC, Mac, PS4 and PS3, and later on Xbox One and Xbox 360, finally shipping on iOS and Android devices before the end of the week. A schedule can be found below. Typically in Europe the dates are the same aside from PS3 and PS4 releases, which tend to come two days later.
  Platform    Release Date (US)
PC / Mac Tuesday, February 03, 2015
PS4 / PS3 Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Xbox One / 360 Wednesday, February 04, 2015
iOS / Android Thursday, February 05, 2015
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games series tells the story of House Forrester, at a time when they are caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings.

The game will be played from five different points of view, each from a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House.

You Can Get Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott Free For Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire

The Pokémon Company is giving you a chance to add three new, special Pokémon to your collection. All you need to do is collect three codes during the designated periods and input them into Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby.
First up is grass type Pokémon Serperior. Head over to Pokemon.com now to get the code for this pocket monster. Once you have it, go to Mystery Gift in the main menu, and choose the option to use a code. Don’t worry that the code is too short, the game will auto-populate the remaining fields.
Next up is Emboar starting on January 29. Again, a code will be posted on Pokemon.com. Finally, you can get Samurott beginning on February 5. That code will appear in the February Trainer Club Newsletter.
All three of the codes for these fully evolved Pokémon Black and White starters are good through November 30, 2015. Don’t miss out on these, as they all come with their hidden abilities.