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Autistic man behind attacks on Minecraft, Xbox Live and TeamSpeak jailed for two years

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Autistic man behind attacks on Minecraft, Xbox Live and TeamSpeak jailed for two years

The man behind a program used to attack services including Minecraft servers, Xbox Live and TeamSpeak has been jailed for two years.

As reported by The Guardian, Adam Mudd was 16 when he created the Titanium Stresser program, which he used to carry out 594 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against 181 IP addresses between December 2013 and March 2015.

Mudd also sold the program, earning more than £386,000 in US dollars and bitcoins.

It is believed Titanium Stresser was used in more than 1.7m attacks on websites and services worldwide.

One target was MMO RuneScape, which was attacked 25,000 times, costing developer Jagex £6m in defence and £184,000 in revenue.

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Perth studio releases Symphony of the Machine, a tranquil VR puzzler

Perth studio releases Symphony of the Machine, a tranquil VR puzzler

Perth-based Stirfire Studios has released Symphony of the Machine, a VR puzzle game where players revitalise a post-apocalyptic world.

Pitched as a tranquil zen experience, Symphony of the Machine is centered around the scattered remnants of a lost civilisation and an enigmatic tower. There, players can influence the weather by bending, splitting or filtering light emanating from an arcane device.

Only with the correct mixture of precipitation, sunlight, wind and other effects can fauna atop the tower and the planet as a whole be restored and spring to life once more.

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X-COM creator Julian Gollop is crowdfunding a mutant spiritual successor

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X-COM creator Julian Gollop is crowdfunding a mutant spiritual successor

X-COM creator Julian Gollop has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a spiritual successor called Phoenix Point.

According to its crowdfunding campaign, Phoenix Point features turn-based tactics and world based strategy in a fight against a terrifying alien menace that transforms seas and invades land via an airborne microbial mist.

It will contain large-scale monsters, warring human factions, and an action system that lifts from both the original X-COM and the Firaxis reboot.

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PikPok unveils Dungeon, Inc., a F2P clicker with raid elements

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PikPok unveils Dungeon, Inc., a F2P clicker with raid elements

Wellington studio PikPok has announced its latest mobile title, Dungeon, Inc., with a trailer.

The game is a clicker with raiding elements that tasks you with maximizing a dungeon's profits by "any means necessary".

It's likely you'll want to expand into new environments and recruit mischievous monsters, which defend your dungeon from Tax Knights and rival managers.

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Scandalous FMV title Night Trap is getting a remaster

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Scandalous FMV title Night Trap is getting a remaster

For some reason, infamous 1992 full-motion video game Night Trap is getting a 25th anniversary re-release.

Night Trap tells the story of five teenage girls spending the weekend at the Martin home. As a member of the Special Control Attack Team, your job is to monitor the home and protect the girls using an intricate system of cameras and traps as it is being invaded by vampires.

The original game was released soon after the debut of the CD-ROM, and like most full-motion video games, it's pretty terrible.

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BenQ unveils 31.5 inch curved monitor with Freesync

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BenQ unveils 31.5 inch curved monitor with Freesync

BenQ is proud to announce the EX3200R curved monitor. The EX3200R uses a 31.5” VA panel, giving users deeper blacks and an impressive colour gamut, and with an 1800R curvature, provides a more immersive experience for all forms of entertainment.

The BenQ EX3200R curved display caters to movie enthusiasts and gamers seeking an immersive gaming experience. Cinema Mode on the EX3200R automatically fine-tunes the colour settings in video footage, delivering vibrant, lifelike visuals on the screen. With the EX3200R’s Video Format Support, users can adjust the video format support at 1080p between 24, 25 and 30 frames per second to truly display the video content as the director intended, and without distorting playback of the source video.

With the BenQ EX3200R sporting a high 144Hz refresh rate, combined with the impressive colour gamut of the VA panel, users can seamlessly enjoy movies and games in great detail. The BenQ EX3200R comes with AMD Freesync technology to reduce image tearing and choppiness for effortlessly smooth gameplay.

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Blank Esports beats all comers in Overwatch Pacific Champs

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Blank Esports beats all comers in Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports has now beaten every other team in the Overwatch Pacific Championships.

The Australian side remained top of the table after the weekend's action, thanks to wins over Japan's SunSister and Hong Kong Attitude.

The former game was an easy sweep for Blank, but mid-table Hong Kong Attitude pushed the Aussies to a tie-breaking fifth game before succumbing 3-2.

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A phone number will soon be mandatory for ranked Dota 2

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A phone number will soon be mandatory for ranked Dota 2

Valve is attempting to improve matchmaking in Dota 2 by requiring all those playing ranked matches to register a unique phone number against their account.

Online services that provide phone numbers will not be allowed, and if a phone number is removed from an account, it cannot be added to another for three months.

Valve hopes the phone number requirement will reduce the prevalence of account smurfing, wherein players use a secondary account to play against opponents of a lower skill level.

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Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, unveiling this Thursday

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Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, unveiling this Thursday

The next Call of Duty title is set during World War II, publisher Activision has confirmed.

Developer Sledgehammer Games will unveil the game, titled Call of Duty: WWII, via a livestream on the official CoD site on Wednesday at 10am Pacific Standard Time (April 27 at 5am NZT / 3am AEST).

The game will release in November.

Thursday 27 April