Quick Hits- The Walking Dead Season 2 release date, 9 new bundles from Nintendo for the holiday season

twd season 2According to a Steam listing for the game, fans can expect Telltale Games The Walking Dead Season Two’s first episode on December 17. The same date hasn’t yet been confirmed for consoles, but it’s most likely when the episode will debut on them as well. The game’s description reads: ” Many months have passed since the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad- and sometimes worse- than the dead? As Clementine, you will be tested by situations an dilemmas that will test your morals and your instinct for survival. Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, in this sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year.” Stay tuned for our review once the episode comes out.

Sony has emailed some of its PlayStation users last night, requesting that they reset their passwords, citing instances of “irregular activity” being detected on some user accounts. The email states, ” Sony Entertainment Network team routinely monitors for any irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect consumers and their account information.” Not every PSN user has been affected, and it seems that Sony is just taking some precautions here.

Ubisoft is asking fans what they would like from the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series. In a survey sent out to fans, the publisher/developer details some suggestions it’s planning to take for Assassin’s Creed V, and also presents the possibility of a new pirate-centric series coming in the wake of the positive reception for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The survey asks what would players consider most important in a pirate themed game, offering such choices as customizing your character, ship, and hideout, as well as asking about cooperative and multiplayer naval combat, wondering if players would like to “sail and fight with my friends” and “sail and fight with other players.” The survey also asks what players want from a new Assassin’s Creed game, including questions about a modern-day hero, desired gameplay improvements, and historical settings. We’ll see what effect the survey has on any future titles, if any, but it is always nice to see a developer taking fan feedback.

In a blog published yesterday by Brad Smith, Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs with Microsoft concerns about consumer privacy were discussed in light of the recent accusations of government online surveillance. The company is beefing up their encryption security across several services, among them Outlook.com and Windows Azure. There’s no specific mention of Xbox Live in the blog, but one would assume that service would fall under the umbrella of Microsoft’s other flagship services. The company released a detailed privacy statement earlier this year that clarified how the Kinect would collect user data, giving a nod to the company’s desire to enhance its security precautions. Security improvements include default encryption for data that travels between Microsoft services, with the aim to have it all rolled out by the end of 2014. Two different transparency policies are also being adopted by the company as well, giving customers further options to make sure they’re security is intact.

The holiday season is upon us, and Nintendo is offering consumers some choices in regards to purchasing their hardware. 9 new bundles are being released, covering the full spectrum of Nintendo devices. The bundles are as follows (with prices in USD): The Mario and Luigi Wii U Deluxe Bundle (299.99), The Legend of Zelda Wii U Deluxe Bundle (299.99), The Skylanders Wii U Basic Bundle (299.99), The Legend of Zelda 3DS XL Bundle (219.99), The Mario and Luigi 3DS XL Bundle (199.99), The Luigi’s Mansion 3DS Bundle (169.99), The Pokemon X and Y 2DS Bundles (149.99 each), and The Wii Mini (99.99).

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news, and as always, your comments are welcome in the section below. Til next time…

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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