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Studio apologises for password-stealing malware in DRM

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Studio apologises for password-stealing malware in DRM

The studio behind an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X has apologised for including password-stealing malware in its latest release.

Earlier this week, Reddit user crankyrecursion flagged the presence of a file called "test.exe" in FlightSimLabs's A320-X expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

According to crankyrecursion, the file was some form of piracy detection that could be used to steal Chrome passwords.

Sure enough, as shown by software developer Luke Gorman, running the file results in Chrome's login file being automatically located, and usernames and passwords being dumped into a console screen.

FlightSimLabs boss Lefteris Kalamaras said that the file was only executed if you were found to be using a pirated version of A320-X.

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Mavericks: Proving Grounds promises 400 person PvP on "living and breathing" map

Mavericks: Proving Grounds promises 400 person PvP on "living and breathing" map

UK developer Automaton is looking to up the ante in the battle royale genre by allowing up to 400 players in a single game.

That game is Mavericks: Proving Grounds (previously known by its codename "Project X"), a 1000-player MMO that includes the aforementioned 400 person mode.

At the PC Gamer Weekender, Automaton revealed that Proving Grounds's battle royale mode will be available this year, with the open world MMO component to follow in 2019.

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Nightdive hits pause on System Shock Remastered

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Nightdive hits pause on System Shock Remastered

Scope creep and escalating costs have seen Nightdive Studios hit pause on System Shock Remastered.

A pitch for the remaster raised US$1.3m in mid-2016, but according to a Kickstarter update from Nightdive, a series of decisions since have seen the project move further and further away from what it was originally intended to be.

Nightdive founder and CEO Stephen Kick said a loss of focus, the move from a remaster to a completely new game, and the switch from Unity to Unreal Engine were all possibly factors that led to the halting of production and a reassessment of what the game is.

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Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report

Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report

A "significant" number of workers were laid off today at Mafia III developer Hangar 13, Kotaku reports.

The studio has apparently spent the past year chasing ideas for its next project, which included prototyping a third-person action game with a "fight to music" system where your moves would create songs.

A spokesperson from Hangar 13 owner 2K confirmed to Kotaku that "there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio's resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans".

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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor

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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor

A US politician has blamed video games for the shooting that left at least 17 dead on Wednesday in Kentucky, USA.

As picked up by Ars Technica, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (Republican) claimed in a radio interview after the shooting that video games lead to such events, because in the medium there is "culture of death that is being celebrated".

"There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there's nothing to prevent the child from playing them," Bevin said.

"They celebrate the slaughtering of people. There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who's lying there begging for their life.

"These are quote-unquote video games, and they're forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech," he continued.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will launch on PC on March 8, developer Fatshark announced today.

The sequel to well-received co-op melee action game Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is set within the dark End Times, during the destruction of the World That Was.

It introduces the dark, bloody and twisted Chaos as a formidable and unrelenting enemy faction, and features 15 hero careers, new environments, talent trees and the proprietary Heroic Deeds System.

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THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch

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THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch

THQ Nordic will acquire Koch Media in a deal worth €121 million ($149.6 million), the publisher announced today.

The deal includes publisher Deep Silver and its three studios: Volition, Dambuster Studios, and Fishlabs.

That means Saints Row and Metro will be reunited with former THQ stablemates Homefront, De Blob, Darksiders, MX vs ATV, Red Faction and Destroy All Humans over at THQ Nordic.

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Mavericks: Proving Grounds promises 400 person PvP on "living and breathing" map
Mavericks: Proving Grounds promises 400 person PvP on "living and breathing" map
NEWS A bigger battle royale.
Studio apologises for password-stealing malware in DRM
Studio apologises for password-stealing malware in DRM
NEWS "Only targeted against specific pirate copies."
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Nightdive hits pause on System Shock Remastered
Nightdive hits pause on System Shock Remastered
NEWS Has strayed from original vision.
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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor
Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor
NEWS Games not guns the problem.
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Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report
Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report
NEWS More industry churn.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8
NEWS More bloody co-op action.
THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch
THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch
NEWS In US$149m Koch Media deal.
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Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report
Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report
NEWS N. Sane Trilogy ports incoming, too?
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Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles
Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles
NEWS Epic lays out feature roadmap.
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More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions
More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions
NEWS That's US$4 billion.
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Destiny 2 is getting a "major expansion" in late 2018
Destiny 2 is getting a "major expansion" in late 2018
NEWS Follows second expansion coming in May.
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Robin, a free Kiwi-made game about chronic fatigue syndrome, is out today
Robin, a free Kiwi-made game about chronic fatigue syndrome, is out today
NEWS Stamina bar permanently empty.
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Vampyr is out for blood on June 5
Vampyr is out for blood on June 5
NEWS Thirst, do no harm.
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Auckland's Sky Tower now houses Australasia's first direct-to-television esports studio
Auckland's Sky Tower now houses Australasia's first direct-to-television esports studio
NEWS Fancy!
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Kiwi puzzle title Samsara is out today on PC, Mac, and Xbox
Kiwi puzzle title Samsara is out today on PC, Mac, and Xbox
NEWS Into the upside-down.
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Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce a battle royale title
Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce a battle royale title
NEWS Set in radiation-ravaged Chernobyl.
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The Surge 2 to power up in 2019
The Surge 2 to power up in 2019
NEWS Greatly expanded combat promised.
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Black Ops 4 is this year's Call of Duty – rumour
Black Ops 4 is this year's Call of Duty – rumour
NEWS Might be coming to Switch.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 leak claims battle royale mode, release moves to October
Red Dead Redemption 2 leak claims battle royale mode, release moves to October
NEWS First-person mode rumoured.
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LetsPlayLive announces NZ fighting game tournament The Arcade Reborn Tour
LetsPlayLive announces NZ fighting game tournament The Arcade Reborn Tour
NEWS Dragon Ball FighterZ up first.
Australia's biggest esports event, the Intel Extreme Masters, returns in May
Australia's biggest esports event, the Intel Extreme Masters, returns in May
NEWS Across three days rather than two.
Hollow Knight's final free expansion unveiled, out soon
Hollow Knight's final free expansion unveiled, out soon
NEWS Gods & Glory.
Take the crease and face some heat in Kiwi-made VR title Cricket Club
Take the crease and face some heat in Kiwi-made VR title Cricket Club
NEWS RIP furniture.
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Anthem pushed into 2019, new Battlefield coming this year
Anthem pushed into 2019, new Battlefield coming this year
NEWS "It’s not a delay," EA says.
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David versus Goliath actioner Extinction stomps towards April 10 release
David versus Goliath actioner Extinction stomps towards April 10 release
NEWS From Killer Instinct studio Iron Galaxy.
Runaway Play launches gender parity and diversity initiative
Runaway Play launches gender parity and diversity initiative
NEWS And the PM approves.
RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is now available on PSVR
RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is now available on PSVR
NEWS Build bases, frag invaders.
The first episode of gaming mental health webseries Checkpoint is out now
The first episode of gaming mental health webseries Checkpoint is out now
NEWS Features Bioshock’s Ken Levine.
Microsoft wants to acquire EA, Valve, or PUBG – rumour
Microsoft wants to acquire EA, Valve, or PUBG – rumour
NEWS First-party fancy.
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Spin-off PixArk adds voxels and RPG goodness to Ark: Survival Evolved formula
Spin-off PixArk adds voxels and RPG goodness to Ark: Survival Evolved formula
NEWS And hopefully more frames per second.