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Gaming Daily: June 25th 2012

Just to preface this slightly, the idea behind “Gaming Daily” will be to bring you the top stories from around the industry in bite-sized chunks, making for easy reading.

Guilty Plea for Lulzsec pair

We start the week off with another chapter in the hacking saga involving the PSN last year. Two British teenagers, Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis, 19 and 18 respectively, have plead guilty to two separate counts of conspiracy related to the attack on the PSN, as well as a whole host of other websites such as News International and 20th Century Fox. They, along with two other suspects, Ryan Ackroyd (25) and an unnamed 17 year old, each deny charges of publishing confidential information and will face trial next year.

The attacks on the PSN occurred in April last year, and were the responsibility of the hacking collective Lulzsec, a splinter group of Anonymous. The accounts of approximately 77 million PSN users were accessed, which lead to the network being taken offline for a period of  24 days. The attack was estimated to have cost Sony in the region of $171 million.

Journey Collectors Edition

On a happier note, proponents of the games-as-art argument and well renound development studio Thatgamecompany officially unveiled the Journey Collector’s Edition. While only confirmed for a US release at the moment, the bundle features all three of their critically acclaimed PSN exclusive titles – Journey, flOw and Flower, as well as three exclusive mini games and a whole host of other content including soundtracks, commentaries and avatars. The trailer can be seen below:

James Mielke trades in Q Entertainment for Q-Games

James Meilke, one-time 1Up journalist turned games producer (with titles such as Child of Eden and Lumines Electronic Symphony under his belt), revealed today that he’s set to leave development studio Q Entertainment for the similarly named but completely unrelated Q-Games, developers of the excellent PixelJunk games. Talking to CVG, Meilke said that he’s leaving Q Entertainment “on the best of terms” adding that “for a lot of reasons I won’t bore you with the time felt right to shift gears and move forward”. If his output is anything like that at Q Entertainment, it’s an exciting development and we wish him the best at Q-Games.

Dragons Dogma rolls past the One Million Mark

dragons dogmaStaying in Japan, Capcom told outlets today that it has shipped one million units of its new role playing game Dragon’s Dogma. While that doesn’t mean they’ve sold one million units (the number sold is more than likely significantly less than this), it’s good news for the developer following a string of bad publicity, including the outrage at DLC for Street Fighter X Tekken being included on the disc.

Black Ops 2: Declassified Developer Mystery

Black Ops: DeclassifiedFinally today, when asked about the developer of upcoming Playstation Vita title Black Ops: Declassified, Treyarch’s Director of Communications John Rafecz seemed as in the dark as the rest of us. “I don’t know… With regards to the Vita, all I can tell you is that it’s quite literally declassified.” We’re sure he meant classified. Speculation abounds that ex Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developers Neversoft have taken the reigns, while the exact nature of other CoD studio Sledgehammer’s work also remains a mystery. The signs aren’t good for Call of Duty fans on the Vita, although it could just be the developers toying with us…

That’s it for Monday’s headlines. If you’ve any comments on the format, or about any of the news items, make sure to let me know in the comments below, or I can be reached on twitter @michael_ormonde