There are many Internet data violations every day that affect many users. That is why we need firm and lasting solutions so that every person within the networks can feel much safer from any malicious virus or from any type of damage caused to our personal data.
Google has designed a new tool that will help us keep our data secure and let us know when a Web page is not safe.
This application has been designed to alert users when they use an exact user name and password combination for any web site that has been previously exposed in any third-party data breach, in order to protect and keep the user insured at all times.
What’s this Tool?
The new tool that is initially available as a free extension of the Chrome browser called Password Checkup, works by automatically comparing the user-entered credential on any site with an encrypted database containing more than 4 billion of committed credentials that are constantly updated for better security within the web. It is a very useful tool that provides a new insight to users on cybersecurity
Password and user information are kept in total privacy. Google has ensured that it is not possible for the data to be accessible within the system, as well as other external tools that protect the user against any failure that appears in the database.
Many technicians of the company have said that it is a very well implemented system that does not have many failures and that also has backups.
In addition to launching the new Chrome extension, Google has also included five security tips that serve to keep your software up to date, use unique passwords for each site, perform Google security control, set up a phone number for recovery or email address and use.
It is a great advantage to have these new tools that will serve to take much more into account the security of all our devices against the attack of hackers on the Internet. It is necessary to follow these tips for better development in the web field.
More and more people opt for a VPN instead of using a Wi-Fi connection or a local network of a telephone operator. One of the main reasons is that you can dodge censorship, telework (connect from home to the network of the office), and have more security against viruses and hackers, to achieve a total block against any threat that exists in the network.
An important aspect to note is that they are private, you can only access them if your computer is connected or discharged on that network, it is something quite interesting and they are able to collect a lot of information in a short period of time. Let’s see in more detail what kind of advantages they offer:
They Work for All Types of Applications
This is because they are able to route all Internet traffic, this type of services manages to channel a large amount of data and are able to move around several types of networks looking for the best availability and security.
Easy Connection and Disconnection
Once you have set it up, you can turn the connection on and off whenever you want to control your data.
You Can Falsify Your Location
This is to avoid censorship or access limited content to a region, otherwise, you would not have access to them.
It is proven that using VPN programs will increase security levels by using your device, it is very important to know the benefits to be able to create barriers against everything related to hackers and the way they work.
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?
GTA V is a game that every gamer was waiting for, it is the latest entry from the best-seller saga “Grand Theft Auto”. This particular game had a lot of expectations to fulfil since it was going to be the final release for the past generation of consoles.
With that in mind, the game surpassed any expectations and went beyond that. With an online feature focused on online interactions, it was incredibly fun and had the best game modes that any fan could wish for, however, there were a lot of glitches and errors that went under the radar of the developers.
The “Sudden Death” Incident in Single-Player
A Twitch streamer was speed-running the single-player story of GTA V like he always does, but in this case, while he was in the middle of it, his game car completely stopped and his character got out of the vehicle just to die immediately.
At first, it seemed that this particular player had found an odd glitch within his playthrough of GTA V, but the truth was that this death was the cause of a Modder, and all while he was playing the single-player.
How Did This Incident happen?
This particular twitch streamer told us that he was playing the online mode early that week, and he reported that a hacker was harassing him and a friend. One of the main assumptions was that the same hacker used a modding tool to mess with the speed run of such player.
Not only was he the first victim of this attack, but two of his friends also suffered this and it was hard for them to play the game properly. After that, it was rumoured that this type of attack was being seen in other speed runners, almost making the game impossible to play.
Apparently, these hackers found the data mining process of the game and, with the help of the modding tool kits, they were able to mess with the game of the players that were connected to the internet and playing the single player mode since they were slightly connected.
What Was the Final Solution?
When the information came out, a lot of users chose to remain offline and turn off the internet connection of their home consoles or PC. With that, the hackers weren’t able to interfere with the game. But this left the players completely offline and without any way of connecting to the internet while playing.
Luckily for us, Rockstar found a quick solution to this problem and it was fixed in a quick patch that was introduced weeks after this event. They were surprised that these hacking attempts were successful in the first place since they were confident with the safety of their servers, as well as the data of their players.
This GTA event is incredibly interesting and also shows us how far a hacker will go to try to mess with the personal experience of a player, but thanks to Rockstar this problem is now in the past.
The current state of modern videogames is based on multiplayer experiences and features. Just by taking a look at the most popular videogames from this year, we can see that the appeal for multiplayer gameplay is what gamers prefer nowadays.
But there are a great number of gamers that miss the experiences that only comes in single-player mode, and while there are less and fewer games from AAA companies that are based on single-player only, there are still some games that are worth our attention.
With that in mind, we are going to dive into the upcoming titles in single-player that might be the next game of the year.
Bethesda has become one of the most favourite videogame companies among fans, and with great titles such as Skyrim and Fallout 4 it is easy to see why.
But Rage 2 is one of the games that are on the radar from this company, and with the first release of Rage being so successful among critics and fans, we can assume that this next entry in the saga will be a mass hit.
Rage is known for being a game full of colourful details and explicit content that make the whole experience of shooting enemies more enjoyable, and we can only wait for the next game to be exactly like the predecessor.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
With the revival of the Tomb Raider franchise, we can expect that Lara Croft is going to keep her adventures in the jungle since the first two entries of this re-born saga were a mass hit among gamers.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the long-awaited title for this incredible saga, and we can expect a great story with engaging characters that will put our main character in all kinds of dangerous situations, definitely a game to look forward to.
Modern videogames journalists affirm that single-player mode is close to extinction, but with these games being long waited for, we can say the opposite. We look to the future of these exciting games with great enthusiasm.
Online videogames and single player games have changed from what they used to be, and with the future of gaming being so uncertain, we can only wait to see the evolution of our favourite hobby.
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.
Video games have come a long way since they were just a couple of dots on a dark screen. Nowadays, they bring a type of online entertainment that most of us couldn’t have imagined.
Besides, it has come with great titles in recent years that have given us notable experiences and memorable moments and has made us appreciate this type of art even more.
Now, video games are focused on the online experiences they can provide, since online interaction is incredibly common among the most popular genres, such as Shooters and MMORPGs. Online video games are great and they are known for having more replay value than single player video games.
However, there are many modern online video games that come without a single player mode, they don’t include a campaign and are only focused on the online experiences you might have.
Understanding the Online Gaming Appeal
It is easy to see why the majority of gamers are choosing online video games rather than single-player games. The answer lies in the challenge that comes when you race against other players, dominate the enemy team and end up victorious among your teammates.
The fact that you are competing against real people with real strategies makes the whole game more enjoyable since you now understand that your victory has meaning in comparison with the ones you get by playing offline.
Solo Mode and Storytelling
While we are looking at one side of the coin, we have to agree that, most of the offline experiences we get are often a structured narrative that chooses to challenge us and tell us a great story, one that we can be part of.
There are a lot of good online video games that have a great campaign mode, for example, The Call of Duty: Black Ops Series.
The game has been praised for its incredible online mode, as well as the fun features that you might experience, but the fact that a lot of people say that the best feature was the campaign mode is something to pinpoint.
A great narrative and good storytelling are often mixed with good gameplay, making the overall experience of playing a campaign more memorable, it leaves you with the feeling that you just finished a great story and you were the main protagonist.
The Necessity of an Offline Campaign
We get that online video games are the future, as well how competitive each session or match can get, but having an offline mode means that we are in our own adventure, in which we are the main protagonist of our story and we plan to get to the end of it.
Here you differentiate the boundaries between the competitive mode and the emptiness of a random match. With the offline mode, we enjoy the focus that only a campaign can give us, the way in which we are the ones who can make the choices and how the story is designed especially for us.
Without a doubt, we all know that the future means online multiplayer, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the fact that many games are choosing to forget a campaign mode is something to be sad about, since we are losing a great game mode.