Activision Blizzard - CEO's Bonus Sparks Controversy
Jacob Blazewicz, today, 14:31
Activision Blizzard shareholders made an appeal in connection with the proposal of another bonus for Bobby Kotik. Their case is that the CEO's bonus is much too high for his achievements and in the context of mass layoffs in 2019.
Breaking Bezos - Elon Musk Criticizes Amazon's Monopoly
mikos, today, 13:42
Elon Musk thinks it's time to end the empire created by Jeff Bezos and break his monopolistic position.
The Last of Us 2 - Naughty Dog Accused of Illegal Use of Music
Bart Swiatek, today, 11:22
In a Twitter post, singer Lotte Kestner accused Naughty Dog of illegally using her version of True Faith in the trailer of The Last of Us: Part II. The cover contains fragments that are not in the original song.
Call of Duty Not for Racists; More Bans Inbound
Jacob Blazewicz, yesterday, 10:35
Infinity Ward announced that the fight against racism in Call of Duty games has been stepped up. This includes more frequent account bans (including permabans) and more restrictions on nicknames.
Schreier: Take-Two's Foul Play Killed Devs of Kerbal Space Program 2
Jacob Blazewicz, 03 June 2020, 20:13
Jason Schreier from Bloomberg revealed the story behind Kerbal Space Program 2 switching developers. Original devs from Star Theory Games were to learn about it at the last minute, and Take-Two encouraged studio employees to leave the company. This ultimately led to the dissolution of the team working on the second KSP until last December.
Google May Pay a Fine for Tracking Users
mikos, 03 June 2020, 14:03
Google has been sued for $5 billion for violating the privacy of users using „incognito” mode in their web browser.
Revolt of Facebook Employees
mikos, 02 June 2020, 12:06
In response to Mark Zuckerberg's assurance that he would not moderate Donald Trump's entries, Facebook employees organized a virtual protest.
Trump Suggests He May Help Shut Down Twitter
Kuszu, 28 May 2020, 13:14
Is there going to be a war between social media and politics? Twitter has marked Donald Trump's entries as „misleading”, Mark Zuckerberg criticizes the website's actions, and the president himself threatens to shut down „social networks that try to silence conservatives”. Things are getting interesting.
YouTube Automatically Censored Phrases Inconvenient for Chinese Government
mikos, 27 May 2020, 13:39
Some comments that were critical of the Chinese government began to disappear from YouTube. This is all the more surprising because the service is not available in China anyway.
GTA 5 Online - Player Wins Car in Casino, Loses it Due to Bug
Bart Swiatek, 26 May 2020, 11:46
One GTA Online player won a car in the casino, only to lose his prize after the game kicked him off the server. Rockstar Games refused to grant him the car, despite video proof.
Football Manager Sued For Using the Name of Manchester United
Jacob Blazewicz, 25 May 2020, 20:46
Sega and Sports Interactive were sued by Manchester United. The reason was the last installment of the Football Manager series, more specifically its use of the name and the failure to use the European team's coat of arms.
Serious Sam 4 - Harpy Boobs Scandal
Frozen, 23 May 2020, 19:02
Croteam confirmed that the 3D model of harpies in Serious Sam 4 will have its breasts covered, which caused a storm on Steam's forum. In topic of over 600 comments, fans accuse the developer of censoring the game.
G2A Will Pay Compensation to Devs of Factorio
DS, 21 May 2020, 14:12
The sales platform G2A has pledged to compensate Factorio's developers, paying almost $40,000 for illegally obtained game keys. This is a result of actions taken by G2A and Wube Software almost a year ago.
Mafia: Trilogy is Broken; Fans Report Numerous Issues
Jacob Blazewicz, 20 May 2020, 21:59
Internet users speak out en masse about the remasters included in the Mafia Trilogy set. Unfortunately, the Definitive Editions of Mafia II and Mafia III are apparently full of various errors, which are not compensated by upgraded visuals.
People Blame Bill Gates and 5G for COVID-19, at Least in Australia
Christian Pieniazek, 19 May 2020, 18:58
The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent breeding ground for disinformation and authors of cheap conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, more and more people believe in the content they create, in which they put guilt on Bill Gates and the 5G technology in particular.
Rainbow Six Siege - Ubisoft Sues Google and Apple
Czarus, 17 May 2020, 20:12
Ubisoft is suing Google and Apple for the alleged copyright infringement related to Rainbow Six: Siege. The publisher claims that a Chinese game has appeared in both companies' stores, Google Play and Apple App Store, which is a faithful copy of the popular shooter.
Super Mario 64 - Nintendo Wages War on Fan-made PC Version of the Game
Adrian Werner, 10 May 2020, 18:49
Nintendo's lawyers are trying to erradicate an unofficial PC port of Super Mario 64 from the web. The project is highly impressive and more like a commercial game than a fan production.
Chinese Censorship Reaches Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2020, 19:16
A post published on a Chinese forum suggests that Asian users of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord may get banned for using nicknames that do not comply with Chinese standards - e.g. referring to local politicians, protests or suggesting a connection between the coronavirus and Wuhan.
Xiaomi Accused of Spying Users
Smoczy, 04 May 2020, 16:57
Xiaomi has been accused of violating its users' privacy. MI browsers are said to collect personal data that allow for a user to be identified even in incognito mode.
The Last of Us 2 - Sony Found the Perpetrators of Leak
qjin, 01 May 2020, 21:02
We learned that neither employees of Sony Interactive Entertainment nor Naughty Dog are responsible for the leak of multiple spoiler videos from The Last of Us: Part II.
Hackers May Have Gained Data From 160,000 Nintendo Accounts
Jacob Blazewicz, 24 April 2020, 18:14
Nintendo has commented on unauthorised logins to Nintendo Account. According to the company, hackers may have used data related to about 160,000 Nintendo Network accounts.
Valve: CS:GO Source Code Leak Poses No Threat to Gamers
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 April 2020, 13:02
Valve commented on yesterday's leak of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 source code. We were assured that the situation does not pose any threat to users playing on official servers.
Source Code of CSGO and Team Fortress 2 Leaked
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 April 2020, 22:16
Source codes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 have been uploaded to the Internet. The perpetrator is connected to ValveNewsNetwork's leading channel, Tyler McVicker, and the leak could potentially threaten the safety of those playing Valve games.
Turns out Sensitive Data of 270 Million People are Not Worth Much
Smoczy, 22 April 2020, 16:42
The profiles of millions of Facebook users have leaked to the Dark Web. They could be bought in the form of a list for 500 euros.
Riot Games Tried to Force LoL Player to Change His Nick
Bart Swiatek, 17 April 2020, 11:18
Riot Games wanted a League of Legends player using the name „Corona” to change it. Nick was deemed inappropriate, even though it came from the user's actual last name.
Valorant - Anti-cheat Launches on PC Startup
Milosz Szubert, 14 April 2020, 19:33
The anti-cheat security in Valorant from Riot Games is very controversial. It launches when the system starts up and works at the kernel level of the operating system, which means it has extensive administrative rights. Moreover, Reddit users report that it causes some problems in other games.
Animal Crossing New Horizons in Trouble in China
Adrian Werner, 11 April 2020, 13:52
There was a lot of controversy about Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China. The game was supposed to be banned because of virtual protests, but in fact the situation turned out to be different, although the game still has problems with distribution in this country.
Rumor: FIFA 20 May Remove Ronaldinho From FUT
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 April 2020, 22:26
The Argentinean service Diário Olé reports that Electronic Arts is considering removing Ronaldinho from FUT mode in FIFA 20. The reason is the recent arrest of a footballer in Paraguay for a fake passport.
Public Domain Photo of Coronavirus Getting Sold for $500
Laty, 07 April 2020, 13:09
Last week, graphic designers from the American National Institute of Health created an illustration of the novel coronavirus. The picture is available free of charge in the public domain, which does not prevent Getty Images from selling it for a lot of money.
Pay2Win in CoD: Warzone? Scandal Surrounding Gun Skin
Milosz Szubert, 06 April 2020, 12:52
Another controversy in the Call of Duty: Warzone community. Players have noticed that one of the weapons is more effective when it is wearing a skin, which can only be obtained by buying a Battle Pass.
Controversial Streamer Suggests Valorant is Boring
Bart Swiatek, 06 April 2020, 10:28
The well-known streamer Dr. Disrespect recently criticized and mocked Valorant - the shooter from the creators of League of Legends several times. It seems that he did not like the new FPS from Riot Games.
Borderlands 3 - Despite Great Sales, Devs Will Get Limited Bonuses
Czarus, 02 April 2020, 15:11
Gearbox Software employees feel cheated by their lower than promised share of profits from the sale of Borderlands 3. Their hopes for five-digit bonuses were dispelled the day before yesterday, during a meeting with Randy Pitchford, CEO of the company.
CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Blocked in Russia by Sony
Adrian Werner, 01 April 2020, 19:51
Sony's Russian department has refused to release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered on PlayStation Store. The reason could be the famous No Russian mission.
Function in Android Allows Companies to Check What We Have Installed on Our Phone
Bart Swiatek, 27 March 2020, 15:35
One of the features of the Android operating system enables third parties to collect information about applications installed on the users' smartphones. This is the so-called IAM - an element of the programming interface, also known by its full name - Installed Application Methods.
Edward Snowden Warns - Threat of Surveillance is More Permanent That the Virus
Jacob Blazewicz, 26 March 2020, 17:40
Edward Snowden, the protagonist of the affair with the disclosure of secret documents of the American NSA, expressed his concern about the government's moves in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. A former CIA employee believes that politicians may have a problem with giving up, among other things, surveillance of citizens with the help of artificial intelligence after dealing with the current crisis.
PS5: Dolby Corrects False Info From Road to PS5
Bart Swiatek, 24 March 2020, 11:49
Dolby, a well-known sound technology company, has decided to correct one of Mark Cerny's statements from Road to PS5 about the capabilities of Dolby Atmos.
Industry Expert on Why Plague Inc. was Banned in China
Milosz Szubert, 17 March 2020, 16:48
Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, gave three reasons why Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. was removed from distribution in China. The reasons included the lack of a proper license.
Apple Gets Landed With a Billion Euro Fine
Peter Doron, 17 March 2020, 13:14
Apple has been fined $1.1 billion. The French Competition Authority has reported abuses in the distribution and sale of the Californian company's products.
Former Employee on the Secret of Naughty Dog's Success
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 March 2020, 17:28
Another former employee of Naughty Dog spoke about working conditions in the studio. According to Jonathan Cooper, the company has many talented but inexperienced creators, which causes delays in production and crunch. He also claims that the success of the team is primarily due to Sony funding.
Scientists Dispel Doubts: 5G Does Not Harm Your Health
Bart Swiatek, 13 March 2020, 13:05
Independent scientists affiliated to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have concluded that, based on current scientific knowledge, the 5G communication standard does not represent a risk to human health.
The Last Of Us 2 Devs are Said to be Crunching Hard
Paul Wozniak, 12 March 2020, 23:34
Jason Schreier's latest text reveals that the development of the second installment of The Last of Us was burdened with a considerable crunch among Naughty Dog employees. A similar situation took place during work on previous projects of this studio.
„Your Game is Piss Poor” - NFS Heat Dev Responds to Attack
Paul Wozniak, 12 March 2020, 20:34
Yesterday, one of the developers of Need for Speed: Heat answered to a rather aggressive Twitter post. Author of the post said the production remains „piss poor”, and EA employees should actually start working.
Google Chrome Tracks Us Even When We Use VPN, TOR or Are Logged Out
Laty, 12 March 2020, 19:07
There has been a change in Google's privacy regulations. Chrome browser monitors user traffic even if the user is not signed in to their account or is using a proxy server.
Former Pro CS:GO Player Sentenced to 116 Years in Prison
Bart Swiatek, 05 March 2020, 20:53
Retired professional CS:GO player Shayene „shAy” Victorio has been sentenced to 116 years in prison for fraud committed by her and her ex-husband's company between 2013 and 2017. More than a hundred customers have never seen the goods they have ordered. The woman claims her ex-partner is to blame.
11-year-old Played Too Much GTA, so the Family Gave Him a Real Car
Paul Wozniak, 04 March 2020, 21:58
British police have reported the arrest of an 11-year-old boy who was driving a car in one of the car parks in Lancester. According to the information, he was allowed to do so by a relative who was fed up with the fact that the child was spending the whole day in front of a console, playing GTA.
Apple Will Pay up to $500 Million for Slowing Down Old iPhones
Bart Swiatek, 03 March 2020, 14:28
Apple has reached a settlement in the trial concerning the slowing down of old iPhones - the devices from series 6 and 7. The company will spend between 310 and 500 million dollars on compensation for customers - only in USA.
Dead or Alive 6 Microtransactions Pushed to Ridiculous Levels
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 March 2020, 23:34
PS4's Dead or Alive 6 has now a new option - we can change the character's hair colour. However, this did not please the players, because it involves a controversial system of microtransactions.
FIFA 20 - Rock, Paper, Scissors Decides on Winner of E-sports Match
Paul Wozniak, 02 March 2020, 23:22
During FUT 20 Champions Cup qualifications two players decided to settle the match by playing „rock, paper, scissors” due to problems with the servers. In recent days, connection errors have also been reported by the players of other Electronic Arts titles.
Plague Inc. Removed From Chinese App Store for „Illegal” Content [Updated]
Paul Wozniak, 02 March 2020, 19:31
Plague Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store. The reason for this is „content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China”. For the time being we do not know the exact reasons for such a decision, although it can be assumed that it is related to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
Epic Games on Fortnite's Revenue Drops: The Data is Inaccurate
Jacob Blazewicz, 28 February 2020, 14:53
Epic Games has criticized the SuperData group for reporting Fortnite's revenue. The company disputes the data provided by the analysts, even though it referred to them in the previous month.