News Blips: Humble Indie Bundle 4 scams, The Old Republic missing keys, and Vita launch lineup

While writing the first entry in today's News Blips, my holiday music playlist sputtered to a halt and spat out a smarmy insurance commercial instead. Curse you, awkward coincidence!

News Blips:

A few grinchy souls exploit the Humble Indie Bundle 4's purchasing system to rig increased odds of winning Steam's Holiday Sale raffle. This is why gamers can't have nice things — and when we do, someone always ruins it more thorougly than a drunken mall Santa crashing his car through a daycare. The promotion's official blog described how scammers purchased the bundle for a penny, then used the given Steam codes "to 'legitimize' automated Steam accounts" for boosted chances at winning Valve's giveaway — the top prize bestowing unheard-of access to every single game in the service's gigantic library. The blog stated that a $1 threshold for receiving keys is now in place.

Activation codes for Star Wars: The Old Republic apparently mind-tricked themselves out of the box for some gamers. A thread over 70 pages long on the official forums of the recently launched massively multiplayer title brims with reports from players claiming their physical copy lacked the required code necessary for activation. BioWare responded shortly thereafter instructing those affected to send in proof of purchase to for a replacement code. And yes, "these aren't the codes you're looking for" joke have already encroached into deceased equine territory.

The PlayStation Vita's launch lineup contains 25 titles. The official PlayStation Blog outlined the games included in the upcoming handheld's First Edition bundle releasing on February 15, a week before the official launch date of February 22. The entirety of Sony's first-party offerings — including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Little Deviants, and Wipeout 2048 — are included in the First Edition pack along with four third-party big-hitters. Realizing the importance of hooking up the Vita to various cords, Sony also provided an accessory list for the wallet cleansers out there. Hit the break for a full lineup list ordered by date.


February 15 Game Releases

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend — Aksys

Escape Plan (PSN only) — Sony 

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational — Sony

Hustle Kings (PSN only) — Sony

Little Deviants — Sony

Lumines: Electronic Symphony — Ubisoft

ModNation Racers: Road Trip — Sony

Rayman: Origins — Ubisoft

Super Stardust Delta (PSN only) — Sony

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 — Capcom

Uncharted: Golden Abyss — Sony

Wipeout 2048 — Sony

February 22 Game Releases

Army Corps of Hell — Square Enix

Asphalt Injection — Ubisoft

Ben10: Galactic Racing — D3Publisher

Dungeon Hunter Alliance — Ubisoft

Dynasty Warriors Next — Tecmo Koei

F1 2011 — Codemasters

FIFA Soccer — EA

Michael Jackson: The Experience — Ubisoft

Plants vs. Zombies (PSN only) — Sony Online Entertainment

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen — Namco Bandai

Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN only) — Drinkbox Studios

Touch My Katamari — Namco Bandai

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition — Sega

Launch Window Game Releases

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention — NIS America

Gravity Rush — Sony

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

MLB 12: The Show — Sony

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus — Tecmo Koei

Reality Fighters — Sony

Ridge Racer — Namco Bandai

Silent Hill: Book of Memories — Konami

Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted — 505 Games

Unit 13 — Sony


4GB Memory Card — $19.99

8GB Memory Card — $29.99

16GB Memory Card — $59.99

32GB Memory Card — $99.99

Starter Kit with Memory Card — $39.99

In-Ear Headset — $19.99

Carrying Case — $19.99

Travel Pouch — $19.99

Protective Film (two-pack) — $9.99

Card Case — $5.99

Cradle — $19.99

AC Adaptor — $14.99

USB Cable — $14.99

Portable Charger (Spring 2012) — $49.99

Car Adaptor (Spring 2012) — $14.99

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