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Ready for His Close-Up | Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, selected after a five-week fan-voted playoff, takes his cover shot for Madden NFL 12 in Times Square on Thursday. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Squared AwaySony: PlayStation Network Will Return This Week

PlayStation Network, down since April 20, will return this week, said Kazuo Hirai, the second-in-command for Sony Corp., at a news conference today in Tokyo. More »

Squared AwaySony Considers Reimbursing Credit Card Replacement Costs in Light of Data Breach

In this morning's news conference, Sony Computer Entertainment head Kazuo Hirai said the company would consider covering costs associated with reissuing credit cards to PlayStation Network subscribers who feel their accounts have been compromised by the massive data breach of April 20. More »

Squared AwayFatalities are OK in Mortal Kombat. Finger Banging, No.

Someone hacked apart the config file data for Mortal Kombat on the PS3 and in addition to discovering about 17 on-disc DLC character skins - and, weirdly, a dummy support-string for Kinect, they found hundreds of wirdy-dirds banned from text communication in MK's online play. More »

Squared AwayA Study Returns Easy Answers to Questions Not Yet Asked

A team of MIT researchers is, as we speak, cataloging the species known as the sports gamer. The data is, so far, unsurprising. Many answers to the survey place respondents in supermajorities. "Do you worry," I ask one of the researchers, "that your results are, more or less, ‘No shit?'" More »

Squared AwayClaire Redfield Put Guns N' Roses in Mega Man X5

The transparent naming of Mega Man X5 's Maverick bosses for the members of Guns N' Roses stood as an unexplained oddity since the game's 2001 release here in North America. (That's Axle the Red. See? Not subtle.) Now we have an explanation, and it's just as strange. More »

Squared AwayPSN Outage Leaves One in Five PS3 Customers Considering Xbox Live

Lots of people vow all kinds of extreme things when they're pissed off, especially at giant corporations. Many come back for reasons of convenience or simply calming down. But a survey taken this week, reacting to the PlayStation Network outage, suggests that 21 percent of PS3 owners are considering selling their consoles and fleeing for Xbox Live. More »
Hillis is an unusual selection but one growing on me. The Browns' uniform has a very classic look to it, and so does Hillis. The guy just looks like a football player, and if he's a low-profile subject, that means the cover will be more about the sport than the player. –Owen Good

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