We all play games, and every year there are new innovations and video games undergoing an evolution for better or worse. It all depends on how good are the games that come out in that specific year.
But, lately, the maximum innovation was achieved with MMORPG, with portals to new interactive dimensions where we will find many users willing to share the game with us and explore immense worlds capable of surprising us.
However, there is a fairly large problem that has spread around most of these games. Today, there are many ways to steal in MMORPG and many unscrupulous users have taken the initiative and have created copies capable of emulating the original game, but always with an illicit background.
In this article, we will see some of the most common methods of fraud within this type of games that are so famous all over the world.
Piracy is a pretty big problem in the video game world. Currently, most of the games that are on the market are immediately copied by users and distributed free of charge over the Internet.
There is no regulatory body for this type of illegal content and users who do this kind of practices maintain absolute anonymous. It is a headache for companies, as there are cases where the username has been stolen because of some pirate applications.
One of the most used methods in today’s online games has a bit of social engineering. Bad users who perform these practices usually enter the larger gaming servers and offer rewards or game items to regular players who become interested and fall into the trap.
It is here when the bad users ask for the password and username of the players to then steal everything they have in their account and leave them ruined.
These methods are being used at every moment within the biggest MMORPG, and that is why you have to create awareness to stop the fake players who are looking to harm the communities of these games.
Currently, many cooperative games are being erased from the lists of the best titles for the simple fact of having eliminated everything that made them a great game. For some years, companies have emphasized online games more, opting for alternative game modes.
Bad news for some people, but here we will see some of the main causes of the total elimination of the local co-op.
The main cause is given by the processing of the consoles of the current generation. Most new consoles that are rising to the top, do not have the capacity to emulate the point of view of more than two users at a time.
Some games have had enough difficulties at the time of playing such as Mario Kart 8 and that is why many enterprises have decided to simply eliminate the game mode and put something else in multiplayer mode.
It is sad that the games can no longer be played in the same way with friends, often the games compel us to be alone but connected with others through the networks and these practices could mean the beginning of an era where friends cannot play on the same console anymore.
Many companies are removing the local Co-op, but there is still an opportunity to revive old classics that could continue to have these game modes.
It is a case that you have to follow very closely, as the games are becoming more demanding and powerful, so the needs of users are changing and often companies take away what is unnecessary.
Online privacy is something to take seriously, and with the arrival of new ways to connect with people, online multiplayer connectivity has been one of the best ways for us to talk and interact with other people freely.
But we have to take in consideration that, each time we talk and interact with another person online, we can be a prominent target for a hacker or a scammer. Being in this constant risk of losing our private information is dangerous.
That’s why we are going to tell you the best privacy tips that you should keep in mind the next time you play an online session of your favourite video game.
Don’t Reply to Spam Private Messages
If you play MMORPG, then, you should know what I’m talking about. Sometimes while you are wandering in the surroundings of any MMORPG, an unknown player might try to engage a conversation with you by sending you a private message.
Recognizing a spam private message is incredibly vital since they can get your personal information by just simply sending you a “.jpg” link, as well as any other URL that tells you about free in-game items or currency.
That’s why one of the best tips we can give you regarding this matter is to avoid and ignore any player that sends messages like those.
Avoid Sharing Personal Information with Other Players
Another thing to avoid almost completely is sharing your personal information, with that in mind, we refer to any type of information that can tell the others where you live, many players do it and don’t realize it is not safe.
Another trick that hackers use is to ask the player the security questions for their email recovery without the player noticing it in the first place.
Remember to stay sharp and answer the questions carefully. Be aware of possible hackers, never share your home address, since that can also compromise the privacy and safety of your family.
Report Any Player That Has the Intention of Hacking Someone
We often forget that in many online games there are moderators that can aid us in a moment of trouble. Since there are a lot of hackers that first send messages to their victim, one of the best ways that you can fight back is reporting the player with a moderator or letting other users know about this player. You can also report them on the official website of the game.
With this, you’ll be helping the online community of the game by removing any hacker that might harm another player’s security, also, remember to report any suspicious activity between two players.
Online privacy is one of the best benefits that we possess, and the fact that someone can compromise your privacy and all while you play your favourite online video game is something to be worried about.
With this information and tips, you will be able to fight back or at least protect your information.
We are coming to a moment in history where, finally, the developers found a crucial point in the use of these machines, making the game experience richer than before. This has been achieved by the increasingly massive implementation of the online Co-op and, more importantly, the way it integrates with the single player experience to make this aspect one of the scales that define the new generation of gaming.
And, although, generally not everyone likes that most of the games are now cooperative experiences, there’s nothing to do about it, since the video game industry believes in that and, therefore, this mode has come to stay at the highest places of shopping lists every year.
The first game that will come to mind is Destiny, and this concept is its string point, the creation of Bungie sponsored by Activision tries to integrate into a massive and dynamic world whether we want it or not.
This promising first-person action game brings the experience of a “shared world” to a new level, introducing things like fighting with many players from around the world (known and unknown). It is one of the main games that have been able to innovate this world.
Now, Ubisoft is the main new cooperative which has embraced the novelty to include it in a handful of their present and future launches, the team behind Ubisoft made the multiplayer and solo experiences merge almost irremediably.
It seems that this type of playable system has been created with the purpose of enchanting the whole audience and we can see it in the sales of the game mentioned before. The whole cooperative is made for the masses.
The variety is overwhelming and promises to mark the way forward, but, is this the path we want to follow? This is a risky bet on the part of the developers and it could happen that the players do not support or enjoy this integration of the different game modes in just one experience.
It is possible that Ubisoft and Activision have to give a turn of 180 degrees to their policies (as Microsoft did in recent years) to face new players.
Now, when you put the console to play a campaign, instead of stupid characters, you will have to deal with other users who will interact (or not) with you, shaping a universe much richer and varied.
A quite extensive mix that promises to mark the course, moving aside the games of a single player, which over the years have become old and are being forgotten.
In conclusion, the most affected are the less common players, as being immersed in a game/campaign with other more experienced users requires a high level of involvement and responsibility, although it is not an urgent inconvenience that needs to be resolved.
Every day there are many phishing cases around the world. In addition, we see how more and more new techniques are used to manage to deceive the victims: emails very successful simulating being from the bank, alleged notifications of fines of large calibre and notices of teleoperators to name but a few examples.
For someone familiar with the technologies and the digital environment it may be easy to recognize a fake email, but this is not always the case.
In this article, we will see the best tips to avoid being a victim of phishing while playing online.
Accounts and Safety URLs
Check the account. If the recipient’s name or address is suspicious, we already have the first phishing test.
Check the URL. The best way to make sure is to pass the mouse over the hypertext to see the URL and if this has something to do with the company that sends the email.
Spelling mistakes, standard greetings, and no contacts should be dead giveaways.
These three points are usually common in scam emails. Bad spelling phrases are not a good sign for a user posing as an authoritative figure.
Passwords and Threats
The threat factor is another common tactic in cases of phishing and is used to try to make the recipient nervous. Therefore, it is common to find threats like “If you do not answer this email, we will block your account in 3 days” and that can affect the decision of the users to enter the strange links that are sent.
Nobody’s going to ask for your password. Your bank will never ask you for your account number or your favourite social network will ask you for your access password.
Using common sense is always the most important thing but, in these cases,even more so.
If something smells weird to you, you don’t miss anything by trying to contact the company that supposedly sends the email to make sure. With these tips, you will be completely safe and have the greatest security within the main multiplayer servers.
Open world sandbox is one of the most popular genres of videogames from recent times. With the addition of modern multiplayer elements, games such as Minecraft, Roblox, and even Fortnite shines with great multiplayer features that make the interaction between players more enjoyable.
The Fame of Recent Online Games
It is no secret that games revolving open world elements are incredible fun, we can see the growth of this genre since the early days of GTA and it has evolved into a new genre with the sandbox elements that are being introduced in the latest games.
With that being said, there are a lot of online games that take the best elements of sandbox videogames and open world features to make their online experience richer. With that in mind, we can take for granted that a lot of games including online and sandbox features are coming in the future.
The Arrival of Funcom To Open World Multiplayer
Funcom has been having a great year when it comes to earnings. The past year was the most profitable for the company yet, and they are planning to expand horizons and search for a better project that can captivate the attention of the average gamer.
For that, they propose the option of working in a multiplayer title that had similar tones from the most famous entries of this year, such as Apex Legend. But the difference is that the direction that Funcom has for this new project has an interesting approach.
Legendary Entertainment Alliance
In order to make the best game possible, Funcom has allied with Legendary Entertainment, a well-known videogame company among PC gamers. The next title in question is going to be based on one of the most interesting universes in any sci-fi story so far.
We are talking about the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Being one of the best books of science fiction and one of the major inspirations for almost any science fiction story, the universe of Dune is going to be hard to adapt into a videogame, making the help of Legendary entertainment more useful than ever.
Funcom being a company with incredible success in their single-player adventures, they have very little experience with online multiplayer games. But this ambitious project is speculated to be a great project, as well an interesting game to look forward to the next couple of years.
With MMO games being one of the most playable genres among gamers, it is obvious that this project in the hands of Funcom is going to be a massive success, meanwhile, for the gamer community, we can only hope for this project to be as good as it sounds.
With the arrival of Minecraft into the world of video games, the sandbox genre took another direction. From being a genre that involved fights and missions, it became something else, focusing a little more in exploration and creation, letting your imagination take flight and see what you can do with the boundaries of the game.
Roblox is an example of this type of game that became quite famous among young gamers. The average players of Roblox are around 5-15, making it a family friendly video game since there’s no crude violence or explicit language, just an original game designed to be safe for kids.
Is Roblox The Right Game for Our Kids?
The main pros of Roblox are that the game is incredibly creative within their elements, as well as the features that have made it a really fun video game, which can truly be enjoyed by players of all ages.
With that in mind, something that also has to be said about Roblox is that, as many other games from these past years, is focused on multiplayer connectivity. The fact that Roblox doesn’t possess a single player mode (or offline mode as some people choose to refer to it) can be a problem for some parents who are afraid of the online contact of their child.
The Problem with Online Interactions
As any other video game that relies on multiplayer connectivity, the main experience is to interact with other players, and Roblox being a game that is mainly focused on creation and exploration, one of the main things to consider is the user-generated content that is on the game, and how it affects our kids in particular.
For example, taking in consideration that Roblox allows any kind of players and it doesn’t have an age restriction, any kind of person can interact directly with your kid, making it the main issue regarding the safety of the game and what we are exposing our kids to.
Terms of Service and Parent Control
The interactions between the players are always being monitored in Roblox as in another type of video games, but in Roblox, we know that there are moderators and certain rules that make the game a little safer for our kids.
There are serious consequences if you use inappropriate language, any use of bad words can result in a ban, it also detects if you use bad language and censorship is implemented almost immediately, making the game a little friendlier to young users and approachable to all ages.
The big AAA Companies behind every famous video game saga or title are considering the fact of making an online multiplayer video game, thanks to the well-received games that we’ve had this past couple of years.
Considering, for example, the success of Fortnite and Hearthstone, even if we take a look at the past, we’ll find games such as World of Warcraft and Team Fortress. The future lies on online multiplayer games and it is time for Sony to get into that field and make a new title, which will be heavily focused on a great multiplayer experience.
The Future Plans of Sony
Every console that Sony has made, has become a mass success, and this is not only for the graphics capabilities and features of their PlayStation home consoles but the great titles that come behind this console too.
With that in mind, Sony is finally considering a big project for the rumoured PlayStation 5. We are talking about an online experience as we’ve never seen before, that promises us to be one of the most memorable games by this legendary company.
Sony In Comparison with Other AAA Companies
The exclusives of Sony have become the strongest points of this company, take a look at their God of War saga or the well-known Uncharted saga. While these games are incredibly great, they lack a good multiplayer experience.
In another interesting point of view, other AAA Companies, such as Nintendo, have a great market in what it is their online multiplayer. One of the best examples is the legendary sagaSuper Smash Bros Ultimate, that possesses a great multiplayer feature that can extend the replay value of the game considerably.
Without mentioning other AAA Companies, we now understand the position of Sony when it comes to online features, as well how their games are lacking a great multiplayer mode, so they can finally shine on their own and add a little more of time to their replay value.
Being Available for Other Consoles
Cross-playing as most of the gamers call these games, are video games that share their online servers with other different consoles that don’t follow their same company. For example, Fortnite, being a game that allows cross-playing, a Nintendo user and an Xbox user can play on the same match even though they have different consoles.
So, the option of sharing servers with other console users makes the game feel really different, since now there are more players from other consoles. Having more players in the same server also allows more matches with different players, making the game more diverse when it comes to skills and player’s interaction.
However, there is a major point that has to be explained about the new multiplayer game by Sony, while this isn’t written on stone, they are considering the chances of not having a cross-playing mode.
Having the game being exclusively for Sony will make their new console more appealing for players, making an interesting feature for the next PlayStation. Sony is truly a professional gaming business and knows what their players want, that’s why we can expect this new multiplayer project to be a massive success.
Bethesda is a big AAA company known for their amazing RPG sagas Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, being one of the greatest RPG’s with a dedicated fan base, any release from Bethesda regarding these titles are often praised among fans.
However, Bethesda is also known for having a lot of glitches and error within their games, and after the launch of their newest game, “Fallout 76”, they reached a new low when we refer to glitches.
The problems with Fallout 76
Being the first title in the saga to be completely online, Fallout 76 had a lot of expectations to fill, from great online interactivity to a vast open world that could compete with other entries.
Sadly, the result of Fallout 76 ended being a game full of glitches and even had unplayable errors that highly affectedthe gameplay. But while the game was reaching a controversy among their glitches, another problem was rising from the shadows.
Security issues and hacked servers in Fallout 76
Apparently, there was a huge oversight from Bethesda while encoding the game’s server, leaving a potential breach that could allow hackers to modify models and terrain of the server. Not only does this affect the overall game, but can also give unfair advantages to the hacker while they play.
But the nightmare doesn’t end there. Multiple exploits can be made to leak information from Fallout 76 servers, meaning that your basic information can be easily extracted from hackers, making it a thread for all players.
Bethesda has reassured that most of these mistakes are being corrected and fixed and it is only a matter of time and multiple patches for the game to come back to its former glory. For many fans, this sounds like a plain excuse for delivering an unfinished product that might harm their security.
As we stated earlier, Bethesda has a long history of making unfinished products, such as the first release of Skyrim that was filled with bugs that affected its reputation among fans. It is only a matter of time to see if Fallout 76 will be a proud entry to the Fallout saga. Or will it finally end as a failed videogame?
Modern multiplayer games often rely on new techniques to reward the player for their achievements, and while most of the rewards come from the victories you get while playing, there are a lot of elements that can be purchased online in a lot of these multiplayer games using real currency.
Such is the case of games with a loot box mechanic which gives the player the chance to get an upper edge. However, this also means that certain players are at risk of developing gambling habits.
Loot Boxes and Rare Odds
One of the main objectives of using a loot box in a videogame is the chance of getting a rare or unique item that’s impossible to get in the game otherwise. However, the chance of getting such items is determined by small odds which can make it almost impossible to get at all.
Multiple videogames introduce loot crates and loot boxes with overpowered or desirable items and features and lower their odds that are around 10% and such. With the odds of getting such item being so low, it is easier for the player to spend a considerable amount of money in multiple loot boxes for the chance of getting a specific item.
Promoting Child Gambling through Loot Boxes
This is when we face a real problem. While the chances of getting the desirable item is so low, it often gives a little reward to the player in the way of another item. Kids are often drawn to the feeling of being rewarded by opening a loot box and when they obtain the item that they truly wanted they are likely to buy another loot box.
Loot boxesare often seen as a way to get a rush each time you obtain an item just by opening a simple box. Since loot boxes are limited in the game, a lot of kids that haven’t got their item in the loot box have the option of buying it online, making it a way to spend their money to get what they want, thus wasting their money anyway.This particular phenomenon is seen in kids around the age of 11-14, as well as teenagers.
But loot boxes and gambling go beyond that since there are multiple websites that gambles with betting on an item of small odds and seeing how much you can get if your bet is correct, making it yet another way to gamble with loot boxes.
Most of the multiplayer games that we’ve seen nowadays possess a loot box mechanic as a way to reward the player for their win or by buying it online, giving them a chance to acquire not only regular but rare items as well.
There’s no doubt that loot boxes are a concerning subject when we talk about online videogames and the way they reward their players, and with a lot of videogames having this mechanic it’s time to put a stop to it.