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Monday

10th

Dec 2012

Steam download chart - XCOM: Enemy Unknown continues reign

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Tags: games, steam, charts

XCOM tops the download chart again this week, as it holds off Borderlands 2 Season Pass from nabbing the top spot.

‘Season Pass’ may have been working its way up the charts this week, but strategy title XCOM: Enemy Unknown is proving an unstoppable force.
Steam top ten, as of Sunday 21st October:

  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  2. Borderlands 2 Season Pass
  3. Dishonored
  4. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Football Manager 2013
  7. Sleeping Dogs
  8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  9. ARMA II: Combined Operations
  10. Torchlight II

Check out the XCOM: Enemy Unknown gameplay trailer below:

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Monday

22nd

Oct 2012

Security Firm Report Reveals Steam Loopholes

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Tags: steam, games, security

The thought that there may be a Steam vulnerability is probably panic-inducing to many PC gamers, especially those who've saved their credit card information to their account.

Not to worry, your credit card information is safe.
According to a report by security firm ReVuln, Steam browser URLs, usually used to install and run games, can be exploited to launch unwanted programs. Safari users are particularly in danger of this happening, as the browser doesn't ask for user permission before programs are launched.
The report then delineates ways to exploit Steam via the Source and Unreal engines. For instance, games like APB Reloaded, because they use anti-cheat programs such as PunkBuster, require administrator access. If users give administrative access to APB Reloaded, exploiters can be granted access to the entire system.
The report then concludes with some temporary workarounds to prevent the exploit. Hopefully, Valve is hard at work with a solution.

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Monday

22nd

Oct 2012

Metro: Last Light Will Not Ship with Multiplayer

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Tags: games, metro

Ukrainian developer 4A Games is reneging on promises of a Metro: Last Light multiplayer experience. Instead, the developer is going to focus its efforts on making a more solid single player campaign.

"Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro’s multiplayer," wrote the developer on the official Metro site. "the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most." However, fans looking forward to the possibility of a Metro multiplayer need not despair… yet. Though the game won't be shipping with multiplayer, 4A isn't completely sloughing off the single player: "Right now we’re 100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that. We don’t like throwing away work though, it’s a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships." So… while it sounds highly unlikely, there's still a slim, slim chance that 4A may end up working on a multiplayer component after all.
With all the talk that the developer only ever dedicated few resources to the multiplayer, one wonders if such a decision to scrap multiplayer completely may have actually been a decision based off of Last Light's publisher, THQ. For the past year, THQ has been financially bereaved (though signs of its financial dire straits have been evident for quite a while), leading to the company formulating a reverse stock split to prevent the company from being delisted from NASDAQ and the election of ex-Naughty Dog Jason Rubin to the executive spot that ex-VP of Core Games Danny Bilson held. After thinning its ranks of employees and Darksiders II's somewhat-decent sales, THQ's managed to get itself back in the black. However, a Metro: Last Light multiplayer experience is probably cutting into precious capital that THQ can't spare (though, spending the original resources for the project can't have been cheap either.)
The good news is that with the developer's focus on the single player campaign, Metro: Last Light is still on track to release early 2013 for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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Monday

22nd

Oct 2012

No More Facebook or Twitter on Xbox 360 Dashboard

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Tags: x-box, social media, twitter, facebook, games

If you've applied the latest Xbox dashboard update, you may notice that a few things are missing...

The latest Xbox dashboard update, which is still in the process of rolling out, is conspicuously absent of Facebook and Twitter.
The apps are still functional and available to those who had already downloaded them before the update rolled out. However, users who didn't use the apps pre-update won't be able to download the apps.
Microsoft confirmed the removal of the apps from the dashboard, stating, "We are retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps.
"Xbox Live subscribers will have the ability to access these sites through Internet Explorer on Xbox, available through the Web Hub located on the new dashboard."
Considering the hassle it is to type anything on the Xbox interface, not to mention the fact that users readily have access to Twitter and Facebook via other digital mediums, Microsoft phased out the apps probably due to a lack of popularity. No doubt most Xbox users won't even notice the change.

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