Solid State Romcast: The 12-31-14 Show

This time around on the Solid State Romcast, we have done something different for the new years holiday. From the start of the new Solid State gamer and where we are now, there have been many trials and challenges when bringing you this content. Lessons have been learned and mistakes have been made, with lots of them being attributed toward distractions. Here’s some of our best random banter and bloopers that never made it into final episodes. Enjoy!

 

Solid State Romcast 12-31-14 Show

 

Be sure to drop us a line at our E-mail address: solidstateromcast@gmail.com. As always, thanks for listening and stayed tuned for the next installment!

 

 

Solid State Romcast Crew:

Jon “San Juan” Rivera – Host

Matt “Off” White – Cohost

 

Music Credit:

Introduction Theme – Car Jack [2011 version] by Electric Children

Interlude No. 1 – Unknown Track A by ???

Interlude No. 2 – Unknown Track B by ???

Roundtable Theme – Pumped by RoccoW

Resolution Theme – Skip Sandwich DX By Electric Children

Weekly Mailbag: 12-29-14 Edition

In this weekly mailbag, I go over quite few new video game finds for a few systems. Also, some light is shed on what other stuff we have been doing to make more new video series possible. Here is what I bought:

Wave Race (GB)
Metal Head (32X)
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (PC)
State of Emergency (PS2)
Sneak King (XBOX, 360)
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story Part I (SAT)
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story Part III (SAT)

 

 

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Quick Look: Tekken (PS1)

In this iteration of the quick look series, Jon Rivera takes another trip down memory lane as he plays through the classic fighting game Tekken: Iron Fist Tournament. The game that started it all for the franchise.

 

 

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PSN and XBL DDoS

The Media's depiction of a hacker

The Media’s depiction of a hacker

Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network were taken down by a coordinated DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack Christmas morning. Responsibility has been claimed by a group known as Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad is a self  styled “hacker” group with a Twitter presence. They demanded Twitter followers in exchange for ending the attack however N4GM is reporting that Kim Dotcom of Mega fame may have ended the DDoS by paying off Lizard Squad with Mega accounts.

In the Twitter conversation Dotcom promised the premium accounts as long as Lizard Squad ended the attack and wouldn’t take down PSN and XBL in the future. After they reached their agreement service was not fully returned to all users however it is unclear if this is due to Lizard Squad refusing to hold up their end of the deal or technical issues on Sony and Microsoft’s ends.

It is important to point out that what Lizard Squad did was not a hack at all. Denial of Service attacks are some of the most basic and yet most effective attacks one can make. They take advantage of the nature of network routers and servers in that when a computer sends a request over a network or the internet the server must respond to it accordingly. Servers have no way to know if a request is legitimate or malicious because the request are identical.

For example, say you own a bakery and have a website to go with it where users can place orders. If it is a small bakery with little traffic you don’t need much in the way of hardware to handle the traffic. But what if you make a really cool cake and a video of it goes viral? Now a lot of new traffic will hit the site from people who are curious about your bakery. This is a good thing, except your server cannot handle the requests and soon it is overwhelmed with incoming requests. Before you know it you have the internet equivalent of a traffic jam.

This is an example of an accidental DDoS where the intent was never to take a site down but the organic rise in popularity and traffic was enough to overwhelm a little server. What Lizard Squad did was the same thing but intentional and on a much larger scale. The internet is home to millions of computers, servers, routers, smartphones, consoles and now even refrigerators. There are a surprising number of these devices that have been infected with malware that turn them into “zombies”. A zombie computer seemingly acts normal to its user but at the same time is part of a group of zombies known as a botnet. Botnets are effective ways to quickly and easily carry out a DDoS attack. If the Botnet is quite large then it can be used to take down some very large targets.

Lizard Squad hired one such botnet to attack XBL and PSN servers to ensure the services would not be available Christmas morning. While damaging to end users during the attack DDoS’s can do little more than deny access to the server itself. It cannot steal account info or actually penetrate the security of Microsoft’s and Sony’s networks. The software used to create botnets however can usually do more than just botting. The trojan Gameover ZeuS for example was primarily used for stealing banking info.

 

 

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Weekly Mailbag: 12-28-14 Edition

In this weekly mailbag, I show off my recently bought copies of Carrier (DC), Soul Calibur (DC) and Doom (32X). Enjoy!

 

 

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Solid State Romcast: The 12-23-14 Show

This time around on the Romcast, Jon and Matt talk about the Puerto Rican development scene with the story on San Juan based Space Rhino Games recieving tax credit for their newest project Breach TD. Switching gears, they dive into the new world of Twin Galaxies and how Jace Hall has been laboring for months to create a new adjudication system for verifying high scores. Will Jon finally get a chance to get his world record certificate for Transbot?? Lastly the two guys rant about the issue about this generation of gaming with promises of 1080p gaming at 60fps, only to fall back on them. Enjoy!

 

Solid State Romcast 12-23-14 Show

 

Be sure to drop us a line at our E-mail address: solidstateromcast@gmail.com. As always, thanks for listening and stayed tuned for the next installment!

 

Solid State Romcast Crew:

Jon “San Juan” Rivera – Host

Matt “Off” White – Cohost

 

Music Credit:

Introduction Theme – Car Jack [2011 version] by Electric Children

Interlude No. 1 – Unknown Track A by ???

Interlude No. 2 – Unknown Track B by ???

Roundtable Theme – Pumped by RoccoW

Resolution Theme – Skip Sandwich DX By

Quick Look – Ridge Racer (PS1)

This time around, Jon exudes his nostalgia for the Namco racing classic Ridge Racer for the Sony Playstation.

 

 

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Solid State Underground 12-11-14: It Is A Secret To Everybody!

Hey guys, Jon from the Solid State Gamer here. I just wanted to chime in and announce that we have broken our record of 1000 hits on our site and I simply want to thank you all for checking out our site and our video game articles and features. This would not have been possible without your support. With that, we are going to do our best to bring you all even more of what we do.

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We have a lot of plans for the Solid State Gamer which include new installments to our established written, video and audio feature series. Our goal is to start covering new ground, doing features on very interesting gaming experiences. A good example of this is doing more coverage on our pair of Sega Saturn Twin Stick. For the most part, we possess almost all of the titles, both domestic and and foreign, that support the peripheral. Another cool thing we want to cover more in depth is doing features on other wacky or weird gaming experiences (e.g. racing games using the NegCon or 2 player Smash TV with 4 controllers). There are many other ideas that all of us have for celebrating the world of video games, so stay tuned.

There are still some technological and logistic hurdles we need to clear before we really start shooting lots of live motion principal photography. Studio lighting is a must for this and it is something we are working to acquire. If you all saw the Wii U unboxing video then you know exactly what I am talking about. Once this issue is resolved and we get our hands on headphones for monitoring the voice feed and game audio feed it will be more than possible to make video features where you can see the game play as well as us playing and reacting to it. Those are honestly the only things we need to make this possible. I appreciate your patience because we do this as a labor of love, so we are simply doing for the games.

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With all that, I would like to also state that the site will be slowing down a bit because of the holidays and we will be with our families. When it is over we are going to get back to it in full force. With all of the game acquisitions that have been made for the site there will definitely be quite a bit of content coming to the site as soon as we can get it done. Some of this includes the Resident Evil 6 review, more coverage on World of Warships, more Proto Watch and Quick Look videos, more Wii U coverage and more! Again, Thank you all for supporting our slowly growing publication and we wish you the happiest of holidays and anticipate your return to the Solid State Gamer. Cheers!

 

Weekly Mailbag: 12-24-14 Edition

In this edition of the weekly mailbag, I show off my new copies of The Wonderful 101 (Wii U), Shadow Squadron (32X) and a RGB component video cable for the Wii U that allows for raw video capture. Enjoy, and have a merry Christmas or happy holidays!

 

 

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Twin Galaxies Unveils New Adjudication System For Score Submissions

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The latest and current logo of the Twin Galaxies organization.

 

At the tail end of November, the organization proper made a lengthy post on its main page showing the structure of a brand new score submission and validation process. As opposed to having a group of official referees who look at game score submissions on an individual basis, the new Twin Galaxies has a system that uses the community to validate scores. This system consists of a algorithmic system along with the participation of approved adjudicators within the TG community.

 

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A short snippet of the lengthy post issued by the Twin Galaxies organization proper on the new score submission and validation process.

 

 

These community based judges will look at submission packages consisting of evidence that a player has compiled of any pertinent information to help substantiate their score submission. The group of judges will make their decisions based on the evidence. The process is almost likened to that of a jury passing their verdict on the validity of a score that has been submitted. This framework operates on both an honor level and a credibility system where everyone earns points that adds to their credibility. Higher this point score, the more one’s vote hold weight when casting validating or rejecting submissions.

 

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Jace Hall, formerly of Monolith Productions, currently head of Twin Galaxies.

 

Jace Hall, previously the founder of Monolith Productions and current head of Twin Galaxies, recently did a live video stream Q&A wherein he addressed a lot of the specifics of the new adjudication process. However, there has been now formal announcement stating when this new system and certificate acquisition will come into effect.

 

 

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