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EA Origin servers down, hacker group claims responsibility

EA’s Origin servers are down, causing widespread connectivity issues across the publisher’s catalogue of games, allegedly due to hacker activity.

EA’s digital PC storefront Origin is currently offline, and multiplayer linked to Origin IDs has also been intermittently affected, with online-only games like Star Wars: The Old Republic most troubled.

Individual game Twitter feeds, as well as EA’s core support account, have acknowledged the issue and assured users that the matter is under investigation, but provided no further information.

Hacker and troll group Derp has not been so reticent, claiming responsibility for bringing the service down, apparently via a DDOS attack.

The group has not explained its motivation for the attack, but a later comment suggests it sees Origin as an unnecessary rival to Steam.

Thanks, Polygon.

EMS One Katowice Championship

Have you heard the news? CS:GO’s next major community-supported event will be the EMS One Katowice Championship! Check out the original press release below:

Counter-Strike Community Builds $250,000 Prize Pool for EMS One Katowice Championship

Proceeds From In-Game Item Sales Support CS:GO’s Top Players

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Battlefield 4 Purchase

Battlefield 4, I didn’t jump on it and pre-purchase like I had in the past.  I didn’t even give it a thought really.  During the downtime of the Rust servers I needed something else to play so started looking around.  Ah, BF4, better give that a try.

I don’t know what it is about those games.  Seems a lot like Call of Duty.  People constantly spawning behind your back.  Doesn’t seem very skill based.  No matter what position you set up in to defend someone always spawns randomly and kills you.  I played it for a few hours then realized I wasted $50 again on a game I’ll never play.

I think that’s why Counter-Strike never gets old.  You always spawn on one side of the map and you know that the enemy isn’t going to spawn behind you.

Anyways don’t waste your money.

Rust Issues

Appears they got it all cleaned up.  My Rust server has been up consistently for several days now.  About time :)

From the Rust website:

Happy New Year everyone!

We’re excited to get back to improving the game in the new year! And thanks to everyone for their patience throughout last week.
Also, a big thanks to MuchDifferent for assigning their engineers to help solve the problem(s) as quickly as possible.

See you all in-game!

How to populate your game server

So you’ve decided it’s time to purchase your own game server.  You’ve played in others and for one reason or another you want to take on the responsibility.  Finding a decent host, purchasing the server, and setting up the configs are all the easy part.  Now how do you plan to get your server populated?

You could spend hours playing against bots or by yourself hoping that a few people will stumble in and it will begin to snowball.  This can take an enormous amount of time.  My last CS:GO server took me about 2-3 weeks to get populated and ~120 hours.  Then once it was populated it ran on it’s own for the most part, but still required some maintenance population boosting from time to time.

Most people probably don’t have the time or drive to  dedicate that much effort into their new or existing server.  That’s where Old School Gamer’s comes in.  We are currently in the alpha stages of our application, but here’s the final goal.  Our service allows you to populate your server with real people.  As your server is seen by others as consistently full the server will gain reputation and start to stay full on it’s own.  Our vision is to have a community of gamers that play any and all games that have a multiplayer variant.  Server owners can come an purchase packages to help populate their servers.  From there the gamer that’s going to play the game regardless can pick and choose what server to join to earn some cash while having fun!

As mentioned above we are still in the alpha stages of the application.  We have began taking users into the gaming community.  The goal is to have the gamers all setup and ready to earn when we flip the switch for server owners to start purchasing packages.  If you’re a gamer you can register here.  If you’re a server owner with question feel free to register and send me a message on the forums.