Sunday, 25 September 2016

Street Fighter V Update Pulled Because It Made PCs Vulnerable To Malware

By: Emmanuel Peter On: 12:07
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    Thursday night’s Street Fighter V update added stage KOs, among other things, like Express Men’s bad-ass, Urien, and a little thing called Versus CPU mode.

    The update also installed some more shocking, however: a rootkit for PC versions of the game. As The Register reported late yesterday,

    A fresh update for Capcom’s Street Fighter V for PCs includes a knock-out move: a secret rootkit that gives any installed application kernel-level privileges.

    This means any malicious software on the system can poke a dodgy driver installed by SFV to completely take over the Windows machine. Capcom claims it uses the driver to stop players from hacking the high-def beat ‘em up to cheat. Unfortunately, the code is so badly designed, it opens up a full-blown local backdoor.

    So if Capcom’s nickle-and-dime approach to downloadable content wasn’t already getting on your nerves, don’t worry, because now, if you owned the game on PC at least, they may have just blown up your computer’s security settings.

    Don’t worry though, as Capcom was eventually able to roll out a fix for the issue its update had created, that is they reverted to an earlier PC version of the game while still including the new content.

    The the part of the update that caused the problem was introduced with the intention of preventing people from cheating in the game and taking advantage of currency exploits. As Capcom announced on Steam just prior to the update:

    The anti-crack solution does not require online connectivity in order to play the game in offline mode; however, players will be required to click-confirm each time they boot up the game. This step allows ‘handshake’ to take place between the executable and the dependent driver prior to launch.

    It’s the last sort of thing a game like Street Fighter V, struggling for its former place as undisputed top-dog in the world of fighting games, needed.


    Friday, 23 September 2016

    Machinarium Is Now Available On PS4

    By: Emmanuel Peter On: 13:52
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    The cute (and surprisingly amazing) Machinarium is now available for purchase on PS4. 

    The game originally launched in 2009 on PC and eventually got ports to Mac, Android, iOS, PS3, and PS Vita before now coming to Sony's latest console.

    It doesn't feature cross-buy (and is a few dollars more expensive), but the game is well worth playing. If you haven't picked up any version yet, you couldn't go wrong with any of the ports. 

    The PS3 and PS Vita versions were free on PlayStation Plus a few years back and I've managed to play through both of them. 

    I even somehow ended up with a PC copy from a Humble Bundle, so I've beaten this game three times.

    It has solid, charming, and incredibly detailed artwork along with some really cool atmosphere and music. 

    I also love the focus on classic adventure game style puzzles and the neat mini-games that are hidden within the world. 

    I may just end up getting the PS4 port, despite it not being cross-buy.


    Thursday, 22 September 2016

    Can Your PC Handle Resident Evil 7?

    By: Emmanuel Peter On: 11:28
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    It looks like Capcom has posted the specifications for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on the Steam store page. From a quick glance, the game doesn't seem too demanding. My three-year-old CPU is listed under recommended along with half of my RAM amount.

    Friday, 16 September 2016

    Battlefield 1 Had One Of The Biggest Betas Ever

    By: Emmanuel Peter On: 11:22
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    As it turns out, people really want to turn the clock back to 1914. Or, they really want to get a sneak peek at one of this year's biggest video games. It's one or the other.

    Thursday, 15 September 2016

    Resident Evil Is Getting A New Full-CG Animated Movie

    By: Emmanuel Peter On: 13:00
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    It’s called Resident Evil: Vendetta and will be out spring 2017 in Japan.