Symantec recently detected a computer threat belonging to the ransomware category, a malware that is dangerous because of the way it attacks PCs based on Windows operating systems even though it isn’t particularly complex to defeat. Trojan.Ransomlock.AF, as the malware is named, targets users of the Chinese Internet with an account on Tencent QQ (or “QQ”), an instant messaging service that is very popular within the Asian country.
Sir Arthur has got a new favorite wallpaper, and it’s a space-themed image this time too. My desktop is messed-up as usual, and at least until I will make up my mind for a good cleanup - and for completing the ten thousand games installed on the HD a distant time ago - the best choice is a kind of images with ethereal and almost stylized shapes, which NASA always cares to provide me on a regular basis.
USAbox.com is one of those services which offer a way to have a physical address in the United States, an address that can be used to receive mail or other kinds of shipments and it’s particularly useful to shop on-line from e-commerce sites or sellers that don’t ship outside USA. However, according to my personal experience, USAbox.com is anything but a web site worthy of being recommended to anyone.
Traditional publishers think about making money first instead of showing at least a bit of respect for the user and his needs, and that’s a fact. But as the recent case of Broken Age teaches, the path of self-production has its own drawbacks as well: despite a multi-million crowdfunding campaign closed on Kickstarter, designer Tim Schafer and his Double Fine ended up exceeding their budget - which had unexpectedly grown already compared to the initial expectations - and now plan to collect new funds by releasing a first half of the game on the Steam Early Access service. An uncharted territory, really, while traditional AAA productions continue to grind millions of dollars in stores. It’s all Star Wars’ fault, it’s always Star Wars’ fault one way or another.
The seventh generation of home consoles is about to reach the last stage of its commercial life, a new console war looms on the horizon and the emulation scene delivers the nth project with an “impossible” objective, ie a software replica of the powerful hardware components of the Sony PlayStation 3. The new emulator is called RPCS3, the development team has great ambitions but right now the software isn’t more of a multi-window shell with little to show on the screen.
June is the month traditionally dedicated to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and this years’ exhibition can be rightly defined as epic. No, not for the games that were a lot nonetheless: leaving out the minor role Nintendo is shaping for itself with the Wii U disaster, Microsoft and Sony lighted up an apocalyptic clash between two consoles and two ways of thinking about the gaming business that are diametrically opposed. Microsoft spitted on its users with the DRM garbage of Xbox One, while Sony collected ovations for PS4 beating the competition on price, functionality and everything. The PC always remains the best choice for gaming, of course, but it’s as much true that in the upcoming months we will see pretty interesting things. Very interesting things.