Movie studios keep mistakenly reporting their own servers for piracy

Have you ever walked into a crowded room and smelled something gross and thought, “Man, someone forgot to shower this morning, huh.” But then you realize that you forgot to wash the shirt you’re wearing and you’re actually what smells?

This is like that, but for copyright law.

Scanning through the takedown notices posted to ChillingEffects.org, reporters at The Next Web noticed something strange and frankly sort of embarrassing. In a piracy takedown notice sent to Google last week, Universal Pictures France listed a local address (12.0.0.1:4001) as the illegal source for a copy of Jurassic World — ratting out their own computer for piracy and demanding Google delist it from public search rankings. Basically, they found their own movie…

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Author: Russell Brandom

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Doom Multiplayer Alpha Test Kicks Off Soon

While a Doom beta is still planned to take place next year, a select group of fans will get to participate in an alpha test set to begin in the “coming months.”

During QuakeCon’s opening ceremony today, it was revealed that attendees will be the first to play Doom’s multiplayer mode. Those who aren’t at the event still have a chance to play it soon, as id Software will be randomly choosing players from the pool of beta testers to participate in a newly announced alpha test.

To be a member of that beta pool, you needed to preorder Wolfenstein: The New Order. Preorders came with a key to redeem on the official Wolfenstein website. If you haven’t already done so, you should register your key now, as it’s the people who have done so that have a chance to be selected for the Doom alpha. Those who purchased a digital copy don’t need to do anything, according to the Bethesda blog.

The alpha will take place on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

We got a look at Doom’s single-player component at E3 in June, and it wasn’t lacking for gore and violence. We also learned the first details about its custom map and game mode creator, and found out why the project–formerly known as Doom 4–was rebooted.

A date for next year’s Doom beta hasn’t been revealed, but it’ll be out by spring 2016, when the full game is set for launch.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Google Play sale gets you Monument Valley, Hitman Go, and more for cheap

Some of the best games on Android are now really cheap. Google has just launched a summer sale in the Play store, and the deals include some classic mobile titles, including games like Monument Valley, Republique, and Hitman Go. You can even get older titles like Age of Zombies for as little as $0.10, alongside a host of old-school SNK arcade games. Unfortunately, there’s no hub page where you can quickly scan all of the available games, but we’ve listed some of the better deals below; you can also search the store for “play games summer sale” for even more. We’re also not sure how long these sales will last — so if you see anything you like, act quickly.

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Author: Andrew Webster

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Street Fighter 5 PS4 Beta Doesn't Let You Invite Friends, Use the Share Button

The PS4-exclusive Street Fighter V beta launches today, but if you were planning on playing it against your friends, it sounds as if you’re out of luck.

Capcom has clarified some details about how the beta will work before it goes live tonight. Most significantly, there is no way to invite friends into matches; instead, all matches are chosen at random, according to a Capcom Unity blog post.

Those random matchups don’t take into account your region, either; you’ll find yourself playing against players from all over the world during the beta. Capcom insists this isn’t the way the full game will work, and that it’s “still working on [its] location-tracking/matchmaking algorithm.” While getting to play early is a perk for players, Capcom is using this test “to get a large variety of different connections globally, so [it] can use that data to refine [its] systems.”

Capcom also revealed that you won’t be able to the use the PS4’s sharing features to save screenshots or videos, at least during this first beta. Furthermore, server maintenance will take place daily from 11 PM PDT to 1 AM, during which time you’ll be unable to play.

When you are playing, both experience points and Fight Money won’t have any affect on your experience and are described as “placeholder.” Fight Money, as we recently learned, is a new in-game currency you earn by playing that can be used to buy all future gameplay DLC.

Beta access is available to North American players by preordering through PSN or various retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. Those in Europe can also get in by enrolling online.

The Street Fighter V beta is set to go live on PS4 today, July 23, at 6 PM PDT. Six characters in total will be available during the test, though two–Birdie and Cammy–won’t be added until Saturday, July 25. The test runs through July 28, and will be followed by a PS4 and PC beta this fall and a third beta at some future date.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET!

It’s Thursday, named after Thor, the god of thunder. Not the Marvel Thor, mind you, because he’s too handsome to have anything so prosaic as a day associated with him. Anyway, I’m trying to transition to a joke about thunder and handsomeness in podcasting terms, but sometimes you just have to let a metaphor go, you know? So instead I’ll just remind you that Thursday is Vergecast day, and so thus we shall cast some Verge.

We’re lucky to have the inimitable Tom Warren joining us to help us prepare for the launch of Windows 10 next week. He’s going to hammer us with Microsoft knowledge (nailed it) before we hit up the rest of the week’s news — which was more eclectic than the Nordic and Germanic pantheons combined (nailed it again). It all…

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Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Deals in Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" Sale

Much like last year, Best Buy has an online-only sale dubbed “Black Friday in July” that kicks off tomorrow, July 24. If you have a free My Best Buy account, however, you can access these deals right now.

Assuming all of its sales are already live, what’s on offer probably isn’t worthy of a name like Black Friday (even though Black Friday deals are often lackluster, too). Still, there are a number of game-related offers worth checking out.

Xbox One systems currently come with a $50 gift card. That includes the $350 Halo and Assassin’s Creed bundles, as well as the new $400 1 TB system. If you’re interested in a Kinect but don’t want to pay $150 for one, the $500 Kinect bundle–which is seemingly never discounted–is included in the gift card offer, as is a refurbished Kinect bundle for only $380.

PlayStation 4 systems are also included in the sale, but don’t include a gift card. Instead, buying the $400 Batman: Arkham Knight or Last of Us bundles will get you a free PlayStation TV.

Wii U buyers get a free Wii U Pro controller and a Power A “Gamer Essentials Kit” (which includes things like a GamePad case and extra styluses). This offer is available with both the Splatoon and Super Mario 3D World/Nintendo Land system bundles.

Alongside some discounts on Disney Infinity games and figures, there are a handful of games on sale. You can get Titanfall on Xbox One for $8, Fantasia: Music Evolved for $10, or Madden NFL 15 for $20. Gamers Club Unlocked members’ 20 percent discount still works, letting you save a few more bucks on each of these games.

You can check out everything included in Best Buy’s sale–there are TVs, laptops, and more–right here. These deals are available through July 25.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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