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The Division beta extended by 24 hours so waitlist players can have a go

31 Jan

The Division beta will not end on schedule. Hooray!

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Closed beta testing for The Division has been extended by 24 hours, Ubisoft has announced.

Servers will now be available through 12:01pm CET/6:00am EST/3:00am PST on Tuesday.

According to a post on the Ubisoft forums, the extension will allow latecomers a decent chance to try the game.

Demand for the beta test was so high that Ubisoft ended up having to limit entry, so that even those who purchased beta entry codes had to be patient.

Luckily it seems the pressure eased or Ubisoft managed to find another couple of severs or two, as the publisher was later able to open the beta to a significant number of waitlisters.

The Division launches in March on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Final Wipe and Lot Selection Announced for Shroud of the Avatar

31 Jan
Shroud of the Avatar Final Wipe Announcement
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In the latest update for Shroud of the Avatar fans and supporters, Starr Long provides details on the upcoming final wipe and lot selection. Scheduled for Release 32 on July 28, 2016, following this wipe all characters and remain persistent from that point forward. For those of you attending Comic-Con that month in San Diego, fear not – that event will be wrapping up on July 24th this year, so you’ll have plenty of time to return home in time for Release 32.

A very important thing to note is that this update is not to be considered the final release build for the game. While characters and lots will indeed remain persistent after July 28, the game will remain in Early Access at that point.

As Starr Long explains:

We will continue to be working to finish the game's story content well past final wipe, while we remain in Early Access. Until then, the game is neither "launched" nor complete, but as mentioned below, the concept of “launch” may not even be applicable to this development model. Launch will be when we pull the game out of Early Access and we start marketing / public relation campaigns to pull in new customers. We have no plans to do those things in July. We know that this plan will generate a lot of questions and stir up plenty of emotions, but we firmly believe this is the best possible course of action for the project.

The update goes on to announce the 2016 Spring and Summer Expiration Events. In a nutshell, half of the currently available pledges for Shroud of the Avatar will be expiring during the Spring 2016 Expiration Event, occurring at 10:30 AM CST on May 2, 2016. From there, all remaining pledges and Player Owned Towns will be expired during the Summer 2016 Expiration Event, occurring at 10:30 AM CST on August 1, 2016.

After this point, from August 1st you will still be able to purchase the game through the official website or on Steam, though this will include the base game only. This will not include any pledge rewards, so if any of those tickle your fancy you’ll want to dive in and pick them up prior to the upcoming Expiration Events.

As is very common with SotA updates, the latest from the team is quite lengthy, but full of useful information. In particular, it includes a fairly comprehensive Pre-Wipe schedule that helps define what players can expect to see in the coming months.

For additional info on the Pre-Wipe Schedule, Expiration Events, and the major Release 32 milestone this summer, be sure to check out the complete update on the official SotA website.

Source: Update of the Avatar newsletter / Official Website

Facebook angers cancer patient for removing photo aimed at helping people

31 Jan
Rowena Kincaid said posting the photo was 'the bravest thing I've done'.

World of Warcraft and the BOT Problem

31 Jan
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Bots. Most likely you have encountered one of these nuisances during your travels in Azeroth. Whether mindlessly farming or relentlessly spamming chat channels, bots have always been a part of the game. Even with massive bans and other preventive measures, bots are still out in full force in World of Warcraft.

Of course, other games have their fair share of bots, but WoW seems to be a perpetual breeding ground for them. What is it about World of Warcraft that draws bots in like a moth to a flame? Is it lack of policing? Ease? The answer here is actually a combination of multiple factors, some big and some small. Here are some of the biggest reasons World of Warcraft seems to be totally infested with bots:

Popularity is as Popularity Does

Like most things in life, botting in World of Warcraft is all about the money. WoW is a popular game, even after 10 plus years, it still has several million subscribers and is being updated quite frequently. This is great news for developers, but this level of popularity also attracts bots in droves. The more players to target, the more lucrative the business for those running bots.

As long as World of Warcraft keeps going strong, the bots won’t be going anywhere. Unfortunately, it will probably take the demise of the game to stop the ravaging of bots. As long as there is a trail of money to be followed, the bots will keep coming.

Share and Share Alike

Not only is World of Warcraft popular, it is a popular game amidst other popular games. Starcraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm are all huge games that draw in massive amounts of people. Being Blizzard games, they are all set on similar platforms. This means that creating bots is simpler than it would be if these were isolated games.

This also means building a bot for World of Warcraft could mean more money in general. Build one bot and be able to simply change it up to run across multiple games that are equally as popular. Sounds like a winner, doesn’t it? With Blizzard games, bots literally are in a money-making, scam-inducing, wonderland.

32-bit vs. 64-bit

One of the biggest issues with bots in World of Warcraft and bots is Windows itself. Still supporting a 32-bit binary, it has been fully cracked and is easily and readily accessible. The 64-bit version of the binary has not been fully cracked. If the switch was made and 32 bit was dropped, it would kill many of the bots for quite some time.

MAC bots ended when they killed 32 bits on MAC. This same treatment could produce the same results for Windows users. However, in their effort to make the game available to as many players as possible; this likely will not happen anytime in the near future.

Wave Banning

Also adding to the feeling of bots galore is the way Blizzard deals with them. Banning them in massive waves, this allows bot to operate for far longer and in far greater numbers than in other games. Many other games employ a system where they ban bots on a case by case basis. This takes the bot out of the game and allows for less bots to operate at one time.

While Blizzard’s method works, it does make the bot problem seem bigger than it actually is. With no press release and no fanfare following the bans, it can literally feel like nothing is being done while legitimate players are being overrun. While wave bans work, it is probably not the preferred method to keep the player base appeased.

The Cold Hard Truth

The reasons bots continue to exist in World of Warcraft are plentiful and ever changing. The fact of the matter is, bots can and will continue to find their way into the game. No matter what preventative measures are taken, they will always find a way. There is no perfect solution or ultimate fix. They can be limited, but they can never be totally wiped out.

It is the nature of the beast that bots and hackers will always find a way. Where there is gain to be had, they will always be there. Where there are games there will always be people willing and waiting to take advantage of them. All we can do is try to avoid the scams and help Blizzard get a handle on the bots by reporting any and all that we see.

Emirates launches world’s longest regular non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama

31 Jan
The Dubai-based airline says that the move will 'open doors in Latin American and beyond'

Hyperloop: MIT students win chance to design Elon Musk’s transport of the future

31 Jan
Revolutionary new transport technology aims to transport passengers at speeds approaching the sound barrier.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition – Trainer 2.0.951481 (AUTO-UPDATING) (PC)

31 Jan
Stuck? Check out the latest hints & cheats for this game!

Kick the Buddyman: Mad Lab – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, How to Beat, and Strategy Guide

31 Jan
Kick the Buddyman: Mad Lab is the latest game in the long-running Buddyman/Kick the Buddy franchise for the iOS and Android platforms, a game where your only goal is to beat the hell out of the little dummy dude called Buddyman. Your goal here is to do the exact same thing except that Buddyman plays […]

Kick the Buddyman: Mad Lab – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, How to Beat, and Strategy Guide

31 Jan
Kick the Buddyman: Mad Lab is the latest game in the long-running Buddyman/Kick the Buddy franchise for the iOS and Android platforms, a game where your only goal is to beat the hell out of the little dummy dude called Buddyman. Your goal here is to do the exact same thing except that Buddyman plays […]

Genies & Gems – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, How to Beat, and Strategy Guide

31 Jan
Genies & Gems is a new match-three game for the iOS and Android platforms. Your goal in this game is to match gems in order to help the genie get her fox from one end of the level to the next, as well as to clear a host of other obstacles, and make it to […]

Google Play Store: Android.Xiny.19.origin malware infects more than 60 game apps

31 Jan
Doctor Web researchers advise users not to download games without anti-virus software.

Bill Gates dedicates song by The Beatles to ‘genius’ Steve Jobs on Desert Island Discs

31 Jan
Gates also revealed the ebbs and flows of his rivalry with Jobs, who died in 2011

Levitation Bound Map 1.9

31 Jan

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Levitation Bound is a Minecraft custom map that gives you the power to double, triple, quadruple, and even quintuple jump. Complete all 9 levels by using the new 1.9 levitation effect by right clicking the Mega feather in mid-air to jump multiple times. Standing on specific blocks allow you to triple, quadra, and even PENTA jump.

Features:

  • 9 insane levels
  • Addictive gameplay
  • New 1.9 features
  • Multiplayer friendly

Screenshots:

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Map Trailer:

Let’s Plays:

How to install:

  • Download the map.
  • Extract file.
  • Go to %appdata%.
  • Go to .minecraft/saves folder.
  • If the “saves” folder does not exist you can create one.
  • Drag extracted map folder into that.
  • Start minecraft.
  • Enjoy and play.

Download Links:

For 1.9

http://www.mediafire.com/download/fsd92pd58o9nm34/Levitation+Bound+-+Parkour+Map+%5B1.9%5D.zip

http://www.files2.9minecraft.net/index.php?act=dl&id=1454236682

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US: Chicago authorities seize thousands of fake hoverboards

31 Jan
Seized hoverboards were found to be from China with false seals of approval.

Wizard Academy Map 1.9

31 Jan

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Are you ready for Minecraft magic? Wizard Academy is a minecraft custom map where you find yourself going through magic wizard trials and completing difficult obstacle courses with your magic staff. Can you beat all six challenges?

Features:

  • 6 unique worlds.
  • Epic gameplay.
  • Awesome mechanics.
  • Multiplayer friendly.

Screenshots:

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Map Trailer:

Let’s Plays:

How to install:

  • Download the map.
  • Extract file.
  • Go to %appdata%.
  • Go to .minecraft/saves folder.
  • If the “saves” folder does not exist you can create one.
  • Drag extracted map folder into that.
  • Start minecraft.
  • Enjoy and play.

Download Links:

For 1.9

http://www.mediafire.com/download/1di5jci78txs1cs/Wizard+Academy+-+Parkour+Map+%5B1.9%5D.zip

http://www.files2.9minecraft.net/index.php?act=dl&id=1454235770

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer allegedly fired up to 30 staff by accident

31 Jan
Internet giant Yahoo! denies claims that Mayer sacked dozens of staff who were on the wrong list.

Apple ‘in talks’ with Hollywood producers to bring exclusive content to iTunes

31 Jan
Apple expected to make announcement at launch of iPhone 7.

MediaTek software bug exposes Android KitKat devices to malware and exploits

31 Jan
New MediaTek chipset based software bug reportedly affects all KitKat devices with debug feature enabled.

GTA 5 DLC update: Fresh clues in Benny’s customisation shop hint at future DLC cars

31 Jan
Benny's Original Motorworks is expected to support sports and exotic cars in future DLC releases for GTA 5.

GTA 5 DLC update: Fresh clues in Benny’s customisation shop hint at future DLC cars

31 Jan
Benny's Original Motorworks is expected to support sports and exotic cars in future DLC releases for GTA 5.