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Facebook locking out users who report scammers and fake profiles

By: Shannon Robb | Social Networking | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

Facebook users have dealt with multitudes of scams and fake profiles over the years.

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Some of these things users have dealt with are messages from friends who had already been compromised. Most of these end up direct messaging you a link to compromise you as well To all together scam or fake profiles. Fake profiles can range from a loved one who had passed to even someone you are already friends with. As it turns out, there is a new bug (or feature?) on Facebook where users are reporting a scam or fake profile and being locked out of their accounts.

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This was brought up by several news reporting sites but most notable is to simply follow the hashtag #FacebookLockout and see for yourself.

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Runescape makes $10 million every month, analyst firm says

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

Runescape shows no signs of slowing down, raking in millions every month from memberships, microtransactions, and passes.

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Runescape is quite a profitable IP. In the last 18 years, the MMO has generated more then $1 billion in revenue and enjoyed over 260 million player sign ups. But how much money is it making now? According to analyst firm SuperData, Runescape pulls in roughly $10 million every single month throughout 2019, culminating in about $100 million in earnings.

These numbers include a variety of digital spending, from cosmetic purchases to monthly memberships and the new RunePass system. Some big spenders shell out over $60,000 on in-game items, prompting lots of controversy. Jagex's earnings are set to inflate even more with Runescape's impending mobile port, which allows gamers to seamlessly switch between PC and iOS/Android with full cross-progression saves.

The re-introduction of Old-school Runescape is another big win, and has attracted millions of players to its nostalgic roots.

Jagex is also working on another Runescape game, one that could come to consoles at some point.

League of Legends mobile may be a card game or MOBA (or both?)

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Riot Games will announce a new League of Legends mobile game during its big 10th anniversary event, but there's some conflicting reports on what it'll be.

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A League of Legends mobile game has been in the works for a while now. Now fully owned by Chinese titan Tencent, Riot must diversify into gaming's biggest billion-dollar market (mobile gaming) to chase Tencent's never-ending thirst for revenues. But there's a few ways it could do this.

Sources tell esports consultant Rod Breslau that Riot will unveil a new collectible card game called Legends of Runeterra for mobile. No details were announced yet of course, but expect it to be like Elder Scrolls Legends, Gwent, and of course MTG Arena.

But Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad says the mobile game will be a MOBA that mirrors everything the PC version offers. Ahmad, who focuses closely on the Chinese games market and cites a now-delisted sign-up page for the game, says League of Legends Mobile is basically the PC MOBA brought to on-the-go devices.

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New Rockstar games confirmed in development by indie studio

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Indie studio Ruffian Games confirms Rockstar is working on multiple new titles, which could include Grand Theft Auto 6 and Bully 2.

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A Rockstar dev recently confirmed the studio is working on multiple new unannounced projects. Now an indie dev reinforces these claims with new job listings.

Like most big game developers that work on huge multi-year projects, Rockstar outsources a portion of its games development to independent developers. In this case Ruffian Games, the team who's responsible for remasters and is also helping make Halo: MCC on PC, has stepped in to help with Rockstar's next titles. Ruffian is currently hiring for seven high-profile engineer jobs ranging from UI to graphics and even a multiplayer systems specialist (likely for GTA 6's online portion).

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Player spends $150,000 on a mobile Transformers game

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 days ago

Instead of buying a house or a dream car, one big-pocketed gamer spent over $150,000 on a mobile Transformers game. Yes, really.

Mobile games are juggernaut bread-winners that rake in hundreds of millions every year. Reliant almost universally on in-game microtransactions, these games monetize every part of the experience. The idea is the same as coin-op arcades: Want to keep playing? Stick in another quarter. One quarter becomes four, four becomes 16, and before you know you've spent $150,000 on digital items.

That's what one "whale" (the term used to describe big spenders on microtransactions) did in Transformers: Earth Wars, an online-only RTS-style mobile game. According to Earth Wars publisher Yodo1, someone spent over $150,000 on microtransactions in the game. That's over double the massive $62,000 spent on Runescape. The big reason to spend is to make it easier to unlock new Transformers, making the mobile game into a kind of old-school collect-them-all toy scheme.

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Blizzard explains reluctance in bringing Overwatch to Switch

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

At first Blizzard wrote off the Nintendo Switch, but with Diablo III the studio became a believer. And now the Overwatch team has fully embraced the platform thanks to its surprising versatility.

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Overwatch is coming to Switch as a digital-only game. With over 36 million units sold, the Switch is hard to ignore, and remains a lucrative re-release and remaster platform. Although that wasn't always the case, and some devs like Blizzard shrugged the system off for a while. But Blizzard's decision isn't all about the Switch's install base--the platform has some distinct advantages, like transforming to and from a console to a handheld.

Now Blizzard's Overwatch team discusses why they've changed their minds on the Switch. For one, they can monetize players on-the-go thanks to the Switch's portability. And two, they can utilize extras like intuitive gyroscopic motion controls for immersive aiming when playing portably or docked at home.

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Tesla pickup truck looks like 'armored personnel carrier from future'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Elon Musk is being Elon Musk on Twitter once again, with the SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder teasing its highly-anticipated pickup truck that will be unveiled in November.

Tesla has been hard at work on making an all-electric pickup truck after dominating the EV market, as well as making waves in the trucking market with the Tesla Semi, and now it will be unveiling a new pickup truck that Musk teases will look like an "armored personnel carrier from the future".

We know that the American Dream Car is no longer a Lamborghini but rather Tesla's Model S... so what happens to the American Pickup truck when Tesla unveils its new all-electric beast? We know that it will pack a dual-motor all-wheel drive with Musk teasing it will have "crazy torque & a suspension that dynamically adjusts for load".

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Henry Cavill prepared for The Witcher TV series by playing the games

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Netflix's upcoming Witcher TV series has got both gamers and fans of the book series waiting on the edge of their seats. While both gamers and the book readers are prepared, no one was more prepared then Henry Cavill for the role of Geralt of Rivia.

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According to a recent interview with French magazine Premiere, Cavill said that even before the casting for the show begun, he was living and breathing The Witcher universe as truly means something to him. The Reddit translation from the interview reads as follows; "I discovered the games, then I discovered the books, and the universe of The Witcher instantly meant something to me. I often thought about playing Geralt. When the opportunity appeared, I didn't let the chance pass me. I asked my agent to meet Lauren as soon as possible... I didn't even have the need to prepare myself for the role."

You might wonder why Cavill was already prepared for the role, this was because throughout his completion of The Witcher games, he was able to spend a considerable amount of time fleshing out the character Geralt. Cavill says he understands the role "Because I breathe, I live this universe every day. I already got numerous opportunities to think about this character while I was playing the games. My preparation was already made before the casting started." The Witcher TV show is expected to release later this year.

Martin Scorsese says Marvel Films aren't cinema 'It's something else'

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Legendary movie director, Martin Scorsese recently gave his opinion on how massive comic book movies such as the Marvel Cinematic franchise has affected cinema. Lets just say Mr. Scorsese isn't thrilled about the idea.

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He spoke out at a press conference this past Sunday accompanied by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, for the closing-night screening for his upcoming movie 'The Irishman'. The director compared today's theater expereince to that of an "amusement park" and called for cinemas to "step up and show films that are narrative films".

Scorsese went on to say that Marvel films are "not cinema" and that "We shouldn't be invaded by it. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don't invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It's not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It's creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that."

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Reddit posts can now be directly shared to Snapchat stories & friends

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Snapchat want users to be able to easily share Reddit content with their user-base, as their new update to the sharing options on Reddit will allow users to distribute content to their snap-followers with a couple of button presses.

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For this new feature to work, users must have both the Snapchat and Reddit app installed on their iOS or Android device. Reddit users will then be able to select the "share" button on a Reddit post and then find Snapchat. If Snapchat is selected, Snapchat's camera will be pulled up and here is where users will be able to decide whether or not to share the Reddit story with a select amount of users or add it to the Snapchat story.

According to Vaibhav Sahgal, Reddit's head of growth product, "Snapchat is the first platform partner with whom we're testing a content sharing integration, and we're excited to see how the feature will shape the sharing habits and experiences among our users." At the moment, the sharing option on Reddit is limited to 'safe-for-work' subedits and is only available on iOS. The feature should be rolled out to Android devices at a later date.