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.
If you enjoy spending your free hours playing video games, especially online video games, you might be the perfect victim for a hacker.
Of course, you probably are a preventive player, aware of the risk that involves sharing your personal information or the kind of interactions you do while you play. But, honestly, when it comes to being completely safe from hackers, there is no magic answer.
Everyone can be potentially hacked, if they are not careful enough, that is why we are going to break it down and tell you the best ways you can avoid being hacked. We’ll also share some observations that you need to keep in mind the next time you log into your favourite MMORPG or your favourite game.
Have A Strong Password
Maybe you thought about having a really strong password for the game that really matters to you, as well as your personal information. But an important question you should ask yourself is: what do you consider a strong password?
The answer is that it is not the name of your pet or your favourite food, but a string of 15-20 characters that includes special characters (if the game allows it of course) lower and upper case and mostly random numbers.
Special tip: If you are struggling to remember your password, try writing it down in a notebook, and if you are too lazy to even type these characters, use a password manager for any of your games.
A lot of video games (especially MMORPG’s) have the option of putting a two-factor authentication, making their overall system safer. Two-Factor authentication works simply; each time you log in they send you an email or even a code to your phone, so they can check if it is you.
This method is kind of tedious, but it can avoid potential hackers, and while there are a lot of games with this feature, not every game possesses it.
Special tip: While this might be common sense, avoid having the same password for your email, since that makes the whole process of a two-factor authentication useless.
If you enjoy playing an occasional online match in your favourite home console, there are some important facts that you should know about the privacy and the security.For example, if you play on PlayStation network, you might know that there is the chance that other players can see your full name.
Of course, this is something to be afraid of, and the good news is that you can avoid this by going into settings and checking the privacy settings, as well the online security options that most of the gaming platforms have, such as steam or Xbox live.
Special tip: Each time you create an account on one of these services, you should spend some minutes reading the terms of services and see if they apply some sort of security to your information, all with the purpose of being more familiarized with your home console and what you’re dealing with.
Security is an important issue, even more, if your personal information is involved, and while you might not be aware of the potential hackers that are around when you play online, they really exist and the best way to be totally secure is to follow these procedures.
One of the largest video game companies in the world is Xbox, where millions of users use their multiplayer servers to play with more people and unite the worlda little more. But there are several problems that occur when the computer hackers attack the users and steal their accounts.
The Gamertag is one of the main data of users who use Xbox and many people have lost it because of the attackers.In this article, we will review some of the best tips to avoid being scammed.
Most hackers get their password through viruses (malware) that have been installed on their computer without their knowledge (for example, when downloading a screen saver or toolbar).
It is important to clean your computer before changing your password. That way, they won't be able to get your new password and you can be sure at all times against the attack of computer hackers.
Changing the password is one of the most important and necessary methods in this type of case. After you install your antivirus program, try logging in with your account. If you can still access your account, you should change your password immediately.
If you can't change the password, try restarting your password and find some way to save the information you need so that the computer attackers can never discover your personal data.
Preventing the account from being compromised in the future can take the following steps to keep your account safe and make it easier to recover if you are ever again engaged.
With these tips, it is possible to get maximum protection against the attack of hackers and various people who can damage most of the data that a user has inside his console or personal computer. These damages must be avoided at all costs.