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Ataribox

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

The reboot of the classic Atari games console is back on, with prototypes to be displayed at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month. The news follows three months of dead air in the wake of the company's decision to pull out of pre-order plans at the last minute. Last month, the Ataribox's …
Mad Max PC video game

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up. The new protections will be targeted both at Enterprise customers and Home and small business users. The Redmond software titan has outlined a …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2017
Intel 8th Gen Core chips

Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

Intel has unveiled a new line of Coffee Lake 8th gen Core processors, this time aiming for the gaming and creative crowds. Chipzilla said today the new desktop line of i3, i5 and i7 chips would be unlocked to allow hobbyist users to overclock the parts at higher frequencies, as well as introducing the first line of six-core …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2017
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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

Latency issues with Intel's Puma 6, used in gigabit broadband modems, have yet to be resolved for Virgin Media customers using the UK company's superhub 3. The issues with Intel's Puma chipset first appeared last year and have been the bane of many online gamers' lives. A spokesman for UK cableco Virgin Media said: “We have …
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2017
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher dev CD Projekt Red says hackers stole game concepts and asked for ransom

CD Projekt Red, the Polish developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher games, yesterday admitted that some of its internal files and concepts for upcoming title Cyberpunk 2077 have been snaffled by hackers and held for ransom. The dev downplayed concerns by telling gamers that the files involved are "old and largely …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2017

Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

Sometimes it's wise not to boast that you're so rich, a $500m damages award against you is chump change. Earlier this month, Facebook CTO Sheryl Sandberg scoffed at the paltry $500m damages it was ordered to award Zenimax Media for IP theft regarding its Oculus Rift nerd goggles. Sandberg said that the bill was "not material …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2017

XSS marks the spot: Steam vuln dangles potential phishing line

Security researchers have discovered a significant security vulnerability in Steam, Valve's digital distribution platform for PC gaming. The bug, which has since been patched, allowed users to add malicious code to their profile, bypassing Steam's security measures. The trick, discovered by security researcher cra0kalo, could …
John Leyden, 8 Feb 2017
GTA V in game at 4K

Train your self-driving car AI in Grand Theft Auto V – what could possibly go wrong?

Developers building self-driving cars can now take their AI agents for a spin in the simulated open world of Grand Theft Auto V – via OpenAI’s machine-learning playground, Universe. The open-source MIT-licensed code gluing GTA V to Universe is maintained by Craig Quiter, who works for Otto – the Uber-owned startup that …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jan 2017
Valerie

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

CES 2017 The head of gaming PC company Razer says someone stole a pair of prototype devices from its booth at the CES conference. Min-Liang Tan did not say what precisely was stolen from the booth, where Razer had been showcasing both its new hardware and concept offerings, but he suggested the heist could be the work of a rival vendor …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2017

Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

Physics students at the UK's University of Leicester have concluded that a "real-life zombie outbreak" would all but eliminate humanity in just 100 days. Ignoring more plausible threats like flu pandemic, Pumpkin Spice Latte poisoning, or tweet-triggered nuclear annihilation, Leicester students CT Davies, KJ Cheshire, R …
Poker all in

Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

Poker is the next game for AI to beat. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed Libratus, a computer program that will go head to head with top poker players at Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, beginning next week. The hype around AI has been bubbling away for a while within the tech industry, and was brought to …

These boots are made for kicking imaginary things, and that's just what they'll do

CES 2017 Concerned that a virtual reality headset just isn't enough real-life escapism for you? Then perhaps you need to pair it with VR gloves and boots for that double dose of sensory deprivation. Cerevo – short for "Consumer Electronic REVOlution" (yes, REVO is capitalised for some reason) – a Japanese company specialising in " …
SEGA megadrive

Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!

Brazilian outfit Tectoy has won the right to manufacture new versions of Sega's 16-bit MegaDrive console and is taking pre-orders for the venerable gaming machines. Known as the Genesis in some parts of the world, the MegaDrive used cartridges and this reproduction will support that medium. To drag the MegaDrive into the 21st …
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Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware. Miscreants took to Discord and distributed malicious programs including NanoCore, njRAT, SpyRAT to gamers using the chat servers, but that was just one aspect of a wider pattern of abuse. Symantec discovered some groups were …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
Overwatch

Blizzard blighted by another DDoS storm

Blizzard, the game developer behind World of Warcraft and Overwatch, was hit by another DDoS attack on Tuesday. The assault coincides with the final day of its Overwatch Summer Games event. In an update to an official Twitter account, Blizzard admitted the assault was affecting its ability to deliver services. "We continue to …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2016
Pokemon toys

Teen thugs lure, rob Pokemon Go gamers

Enterprising teen thugs have used a feature in the virally-popular Pokemon Go mobile game to lure and rob gamers. The mobile app, released last week, uses augmented reality to overlay Pokemon around the real world, requiring players to walk around to collect the famed characters. Police at the US State of Missouri's O’Fallon …
Darren Pauli, 10 Jul 2016
Fallout 4

Broadcom sues Sony over MPEG, wireless etc patents in PlayStation 4

Chip designer Broadcom is suing Sony over allegations the PlayStation 4 has been using patents without a license. Filing suit [PDF] in the Central California District Court, Broadcom claims that the latest Sony gaming box infringes on ten of its patents covering basic activities performed by a home console, such as decoding …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2016
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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub

Lizard Squad has hit gaming firm Blizzard’s servers with a massive DDoS attack. Blizzard's Battle.net services were left intermittently unavailable as a result of the assault, the latest in a long line of hacking attacks against gaming firms by the notorious black hat hacking crew. Blizzard confirmed an attack in the earlier …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2016

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