Sony Fires Playstation Executive Allegedly Caught on Video in Pedophilia Sting Operation

Sony has fired a senior vice president who worked on the Playstation Network when he was allegedly caught in an amateur pedophilia sting video.

George Cacioppo, who was a senior vice president of engineering at Sony for the past eight years was caught allegedly trying to arrange a meeting with a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy. The video was uploaded to YouTube channel People v. Preds on December 3, 2021.

Screencapture: LinkedIn

According to People v. Preds, Cacioppo allegedly spoke with a person who claimed to be a 15-year-old minor on Grindr. Cacioppo allegedly exchanged photos and discussed sex acts, according to screenshots from People v. Preds. Cacioppo then allegedly provided his address and the decoy said he would Uber to his location, where Cacioppo was waiting outside. 

People v. Preds have provided their evidence to San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

[Source: People v. Preds]

Looks Like “Spartacus” is Sony’s Answer to Xbox Game Pass

According to a report from Bloomberg, Sony’s working on a service to rival Xbox Game Pass. You can go ahead and file this under the “it was a bad idea until we decided to do it” category.

Known internally within Sony as “Spartacus,” subscribers will pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of modern and classic titles. The targetted launch for the service is Spring 2022 and Sony plans to merge its two existing services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, into one.

According to Bloomberg, Sony plans to break the service into three tiers, which doesn’t seem like the wisest decision, but things may change between now and launch. The first tier will include essentially what is PlayStation Plus. The second tier will include access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 titles. The third tier will include demos, game streaming, and a back catalog of classic PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.

Sony has a long way to go to compete with Microsoft in the subscription service arena. Xbox Game Pass is wildly successful and Microsoft is all-in on the service, releasing first-party titles day and date of release. Not to mention, Microsoft has been on a bit of a spending spree, acquiring publishers to bolster their internally produced exclusive titles. There is no word whether Sony plans to include their impressive internally produced exclusives day and date like God of War, Last of Us, Horizon, etc…, but I doubt it.

Competition spurs creativity, so the outcome will only be good for gamers.

[Source: Bloomberg]

Bethesda Drops a 7-Minute ‘Starfield’ Featurette

Bethesda’s highly anticipated Xbox Series X/S and PC exclusive is still a year away, but they have offered up a little behind-the-scenes sneak peek.

The seven-minute mini-documentary titled Into the Starfield: The Endless Pursuit, features Game Director Todd Howard, Studio Director Angela Browder, and Art Director Matt Carofano. The trio discusses how science fiction is a bit of a departure for Bethesda Game Studios. They also detail how the studio’s staff’s ambitions, passions, and history have helped to shape Starfield.

The video offers up very little in terms of gameplay, but there was an interesting anecdote from Todd Howard. He teases that Starfield has “two step-out moments.”

What are these so-called “step-out” moments? We have to wait just under a year to find out.

Starfield launches on November 11, 2022.

[Source: Bethesda]

Master Chief is Looking Badass in the Latest Halo Infinite Campaign Trailer

With the official launch just a week away, 343 Industries dropped one more campaign trailer for Halo Infinite and boy does Master Chief looks like a total badass.

The trailer also gives a bit more insight into the story, which has been kept well under wraps by the dev team.

Halo Infinite launches on December 8, 2021, and like all Microsoft exclusives, will be available day and date on Xbox Game Pass.

As a bonus, Microsoft has also announced via a blog post that subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will gain access to monthly bonuses for Halo Infinite. That should help gamers level up a bit quicker.

[Source: Microsoft]

Halo Infinite Devs Have Heard The Concerns and Assure Changes Are Coming to Improve Progression and Counter Cheating

343 Industries Community Manager John Junyszek has taken to Twitter regarding concerns gamers have with Halo Infinite’s XP, progression system, and cheating.

This will certainly give a jolt to your progression and is a step in the right direction. It also appears that this may be the first of many tweaks to improve the system.


“We believe this increase will help address those slower initial payouts while also benefiting those of you jumping on each and every day…

We know many of you want even larger changes and we’re committed to doing so, but those will take time. We made this update based on data and player feedback, and we’ll monitor its impact after we push it live tomorrow morning. As always, keep sharing your feedback!”

343 Industries Community Manager, John Junyszek

Regarding the situation with cheating, that is not going to be a quick fix.

There is currently no option to report a player from within the game yet, even though Junyszek said that 343 Industries knows this is a feature that gamers want. In the interim, he recommends that gamers report suspected cheaters using the following website. He even recommends that players provide video evidence of the cheating bastards in action.

Junyszek did not mention whether 343 Industries has any plans to allow players to opt-out of cross-play, as it appears the majority of culprits are coming from the PC side.

Halo Infinite releases on December 8, 2021, even though copies of the game are starting to appear out in the wild.

[Source: Twitter]

Halo Infinite Discs Are Starting to Appear Early

Halo Infinite does not officially launch until December 8, 2021, but physical copies of the game have already started to appear in public.

See below for an example of an actual copy of Halo Infinite, in what appears to be the inside of a chicken coup.

This game has been in development for quite some time and the developers have done a great job of keeping the campaign story relatively under wraps, but that is going to be tough with discs out in the wild ahead of launch.

[Source: Twitter]

Does Halo Infinite Already A Cheating Problem? Console Players Call for Option to Turn Off Cross-Play

Console gamers are calling on Microsoft and developer 343 for an option to turn off cross-play on Halo Infinite as more reports of cheating come to light.

The issues are being documented on the Halo subreddit, as it appears cheating is starting to become a noticeable problem since the free multiplayer beta was launched on November 15, 2021.

Take a look below for an example. This dude is either snorting Adderall or using an aimbot. Maybe both?

I do think that the announcer sounds great in French.

Folks have also been posting on Twitter examples of cheaters, like this fella who “no scopes” like nobody’s business.

It doesn’t help that you can’t report these cheating bastards from within the game, but if you encounter any of them you should definitely report them using the Xbox App via their Gamertag. 343 should look into the reporting function as well, just add that to the list.

Even Dr. Dissrespect is getting in on the act. Now you know shit is starting to get real.

Microsoft and 343 need to fix this, this game is far too good to be dragged into the muck. I’m no developer, but there seem to be some easy solutions to get this rebalanced.

[Source: Reddit, Twitter]

The Best Selling Console This Black Friday Weekend Is the Xbox Series S?

The Xbox Series S has topped all other consoles at this year’s Black Friday shopping extravaganza. The little next-gen console is turning out to be a savvy move from Microsoft. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, the Xbox Series S has dominated sales in what is usually the busiest shopping day of the year.

Even though everyone is talking about the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, which have both been out for over a year, as well as the Nintendo Switch OLED, those consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. The Xbox Series S however, began to show up in decent quantities just before the Thanksgiving Holiday and shoppers began swallowing them up.

Of course, the Series S is at least $100 less than its competitors as well as the Series X, while still able to play next-gen exclusives like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, as well as third-party titles like Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty Vanguard. Pair the tiny console with a Game Pass subscription and you got a very compelling console.

Hell, I picked up one to put in the family room and to act as my travel console, because I cannot help myself.

[Source: Adobe Digital Economy Index]

Kojima Productions To Open a Film, TV, and Music Division in Los Angeles

According to GamesIndustry.biz, walking simulator (KIDDING!) developer Kojima Productions will be dipping its toes into the music, television, and film industries. The new studio will be based in Los Angeles, California.

This will not be some fly-by-night operation as there is some serious leadership put at the helm. The new division will be led by Riley Russell, who has been a Sony mainstay for 28 years in various roles at Playstation including chief legal officer, and VP of business affairs.

It always seemed like Hideo Kojima was destined to be in the film industry as his games have always been grandiose. Even though I’m a believer that games have become a superior medium for storytelling, I’m glad to see that Kojima is realizing a dream of his.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

According to Report, EA Rejected Star Wars Battlefront 3 Pitch – Not Confident it Would Meet Goals

According to an insider report, EA has rejected a pitch from DICE for a third installment of Star Wars Battlefront due to high licensing costs.

EA used to have an exclusive deal with Disney to produce Star Wars titles, but that deal has since ended and has been open up to other publishers as well.

All in all, it costs a lot of money to make Star Wars games. And if those games are crap and don’t sell like gangbusters, then you will not recover your investment.

For what it’s worth, DICE does have a least two “story-driven” single-player Star Wars titles in development with EA, one of which may be a sequel to the extremely well executed and fun Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

[Source: Twitter]