There are two ways to view Nintendo Switch Online. Either you think Nintendo’s online play should be free and paying for this service should get you more than you had before to justify the price, or you understood from the get-go that online features as a free service would one day go away, and you would be stuck paying to get back to where you were to begin with. These can be boiled down to whether you expect more for your money — and the money, in this case, is a lot less than rival services ask — or if you’re fine with paying for something not to be taken away. I won’t judge you if you fall somewhere between those two options, because Nintendo Switch Online, taken as a whole, also can’t seem to make up its mind about what it wants to offer or if it needs to compete with Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus. So is this a service worth adding to your expenses? In short, it’s hard to say; Nintendo Switch Online has launched as a polarizing, … [Read more...] about Should you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online?
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Robot Cache, the blockchain-based digital distribution platform that will enable its users to resell their games and mine cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase new ones, announced today that it will go into an early access period in October. Signups to take part are now open, and anyone who registers prior to the early access kickoff will be added to the Robot Cache Founders' Club, which provides special offers and unique rewards including a Founders' Club profile badge. That is perhaps not the most compelling motivator ever, but Robot Cache said (without getting into specifics) that other rewards would come from developers, publishers, and Robot Cache itself. More compelling, I think, is the cryptomining aspect, or more precisely the ability to put mined currency toward new games. You're not likely going to end up rolling in the dough (one "Iron" token will be valued at roughly €1, although if values fluctuate like they do with Bitcoin, who knows where it could … [Read more...] about Robot Cache early access signups are now open
File photo. (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski ) Popular mobile games such as "Clash of Clans," "Clash Royale" and "Marvel Contest of Champions" are being used to launder money, according to a new report from a German cybersecurity company. In its report Kromtech notes that more than 20,000 credit cards were stolen from April 2018 to June 2018. "Money laundering through the Apple AppStore or Google Play isn’t a new idea and has been done before," said Kromtech communications director Alexander Kernishniuk in the blog post announcing the findings. HACKER LOOKS TO SELL 655,000 ALLEGED PATIENT HEALTHCARE RECORDS ON THE DARK WEB The aforementioned games were likely easy targets for thieves because of their size and scale. According to Kromtech, there are more than 250 million aggregate users for the three games, which generate a combined $330 million in annual revenue. The thieves steal the credit card data, make purchases and then resell the accounts with the … [Read more...] about Mobile games are being used for money laundering, report warns
In real life, RPG guru Brian Fargo ranks a star-12 in the silver-tongued persuasion attribute. On stage at a recent games business event, he crooned to an avid audience on the Next Big Thing in gaming. Fargo is best known for founding Interplay and InXile, companies that brought us role-playing series like Wasteland and The Bard’s Tale. His love of games, in which chat and personality play a big part, will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time with him. He loves to talk, most especially about whatever it is he’s obsessing over at the moment. Right now, his big thing is blockchain, a decentralized ledger and the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, with (so far) unhackable security. “I’ve drunk the Kool Aid,” he told his audience at GamesBeat last month. But it’s not the tech itself that animates Fargo. It’s the potential to track digital transactions. For him, blockchain is the key to something gamers could really … [Read more...] about Reselling your digital games will soon be a reality, but what does that mean?
Updated to reflect the latest, even more horrifying graphics card prices & availability, plus the concurrent RAM shortage. If you’ve made a point of leaving any conversation as soon as you hear the sound ‘bitc…’ start to emanate from someone’s face-hole, I’ve got some bad news for you. The effects of the cryptocurrency goldrush are no longer confined to twitchy-eyed evangelists and screechy news headlines – for the second time in recent memory, it’s caused a huge spike in graphics card prices, both new and second-hand, as the crypto-clan rush to snaffle up any GPU they could possibly use to mine blockchain currencies such as Ethereum and Zcash. Even the recent decline in crypto exchange rates hasn’t brought GPU pricing back down to Earth – quite the opposite, in fact. This means two things for us, in practice. 1) Now is the worst possible time to buy a new graphics card for gaming 2) now is the best possible time to … [Read more...] about The great GPU crisis – why are graphics cards so expensive now, and just how bad is it?