Lake City isn't the first local government to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers over ransomware, and it's not likely to be the last.The northern Florida city said Tuesday that it would be paying hackers up to $460,000 in bitcoin to recover its computer systems.Lake City's computer systems had been down for at least two weeks, as malware seeped through the local government's network and locked down computers, holding them hostage unless officials paid the price.The city first disclosed the attack on June 10, noting that all city emails were down, as were landline phones.The city's 65,000 residents weren't able to pay their water and electric bills online, or get building permits.Police and fire services were not affected, officials said.
Shadowbringers is the upcoming addition to Final Fantasy XIV and with it comes a ton of new content for players to enjoy.While you can totally wait to buy Shadowbringers at launch or wait until the price drops to something a bit more attractive, players that are eager to jump into the new world as soon as possible can jump in ahead of release if they pre-order it.But, simply purchasing the game prior to launch won’t just allow you to try the new content out.Securing early access requires a few more steps that ensure that your pre-order doesn’t go to waste.If you want to be able to hop in starting on Friday, June 28 at 2 a.m. PDT/5 a.m. EDT, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to secure access, and those will differ slightly depending on the platform you’re playing the game on.If you purchased the digital version of the expansion for the PlayStation 4, then you’ve got it fairly easy as you’ll receive your bonus items and early access to Shadowbringers automatically.
Being a superhero is tough work, so Square Enix is taking at least one hurdle away from wannabe crusaders with its upcoming Marvel's Avengers game: an always-required internet connection.In an interview with GamesIndustryBiz, Crystal Dynamic's boss confirmed that, despite the game's focus on online multiplayer mechanics, Marvel's Avengers will be playable offline and solo."We want somebody to be able to go buy a disc and never have to go online," he said.He also emphasised the ability to fully customise the comic book heroes throughout play – which may go some way to allay the fears of those who were disappointed to find the game's stars do not share likenesses with their cinematic Hollywood counterparts."Your Black Widow could be different to my Black Widow – just a little, maybe a lot – depending on what you favour and how you unlock things.""We want people to be able to play together and go on this journey, but we also want to say if you want to over-invest in your characters and customise them, you've got it," Amos said.
The long-awaited Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, which Square Enix finally announced at E3 2019, will come with features that will enable faster progression.Series producer Yoshinori Kitase said in an interview with Famitsu magazine that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will integrate the features of triple speed, which will make the game run at a much faster pace; battle enhancements, which will keep all characters’ HP and ATB gauges at max and Limit Breaks always available; and no random encounters, for uninterrupted movement across maps and areas.The features will allow players to replay the Final Fantasy VIII story without having to go through the same grind as during their first crack at the 1999 PlayStation classic RPG.PC players will be able to enjoy additional features that will allow them to acquire all items, abilities, Limit Breaks, and triple triad cards, as well as boost GF levels, gil, and magic to maximum.The PC version will also offer highly customizable system settings, though it remains unclear what exactly this means.Kitase did not reveal in the interview why the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will not come with the PC exclusive features.
The world's most recognizable Fortnite player won't be participating in the biggest video game tournament of all time.Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who has raked in millions of dollars playing the game, failed to qualify for next month's Fortnite World Cup Finals.Ninja was eliminated from the solo competition two weeks ago, and on Friday he missed the cut for the duos competition.Along with partner Malachi "Reverse2k" Greine, finished with 64 points, 25 shy of what they needed to compete in the World Cup Finals.Ninja, who didn't stream his three hours of game play, took to Twitter on Friday to inform his 4 million followers that he won't be competing in the tournament but will still be in attendance.Fortnite, one of the biggest free-to-play games on consoles ever, took 2018 by storm.
The timing for this game (coming soon) is good because the film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far this year.I also saw a trailer that showed The Avengers falling apart after their peak and having to reassemble five years later.He can weaponize enemies, weaponize the environment.He has different attacks, an entire suite of attacks and abilities with that object.His gameplay is balancing his rage, which I think fits into the character’s narrative.She can stealth the entire team that she’s with, and in stealth she’s able to do special critical strikes on enemies, finishers and things like that.
According to this study, over the next five years the Gaming market will register a 11.4% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 231750 million by 2024, from US$ 135010 million in 2019.In particular, this report presents the global revenue market share of key companies in Gaming business, shared in Chapter 3.Gaming refers to playing electronic games, whether through consoles, computers, mobile phones or another medium altogether.Asia-Pacific market took up about 46.94%% the global market in 2017, while North America and Europe were about 24.85%, 21.78%.Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, NetEase, Nintendo, Sony, Tencent, ChangYou, DeNA, GungHo, Apple, Google, Nexon, Sega, Warner Bros, Namco Bandai, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, King Digital Entertainment, etc.Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, NetEase, Nintendo, Sony, Tencent, etc.Although market of Gaming brings a lot of opportunities, the study group recommends the new entrants who just have money but without technical advantage and downstream support, do not enter the Gaming field hastily.This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares and growth opportunities of Gaming market by product type, application, key companies and key regions.Request a sample of this report @ report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market.The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.Activision BlizzardElectronic ArtsMicrosoftNetEaseNintendoSonyTencentChangYouDeNAGungHoAppleGoogleNexonSegaWarner BrosNamco BandaiUbisoftSquare EnixTake-Two InteractiveKing Digital EntertainmentIn addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key players and the market as a whole.
Google has responded to reports that it is stealing lyrics from Genius, explaining how it finds lyrics to show on its search pages.Google conceded its lyrics feature has been "under scrutiny this week," but said it pays music publishers for the rights to display their lyrics.Reports on the lyrics thefts originated with the Wall Street Journal last week, and alleged that Genius can prove lyrics on Google are its own by looking at the apostrophes.Once the apostrophes are converted into Morse Code, they spell out "red handed," CNN added.Google said in a blog post Tuesday called "How we help you find lyrics in Google Search" that it ensures songwriters are paid for their lyrics by working with music publishers who manage those rights.However, the tech giant added that publishers often don't have lyrics in digital text copies, so it works with third parties to get access to these.
Google added two new Chrome security features Tuesday: a warning about website addresses with suspiciously substituted characters and a tool that lets you report suspicious websites.The moves augment a feature called Google Safe Browsing built into Chrome, Android, Gmail and other services designed to keep you from opening malicious websites.The character substitution detector -- a bigger problem nowadays with expanded character sets offering more ways to fool you -- works by comparing the exact text in a website link you're clicking with the text of similar websites you've visited in the past, Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday.That feature will arrive with the newly released version 75 of Google's browser.Google also released a Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter that lets you report sites you think are dangerous to Google.You won't see any immediate change, but as with reporting spam in Gmail, your actions can become part of useful crowdsourced data that helps Google and anyone using Safe Browsing.
But the real battle for attention happens on social media, where the goal is to steal the minds of millions of gamers around the world.Twitter measured the activity on its social network and found that people tweeted the most about Nintendo (@NintendoAmerica), Xbox Studios (@Xbox), Sony Interactive Entertainment, (@Playstation), Square Enix (@SquareEnix), and Bethesda (@Bethesda).The funny part, of course, is that Sony chose not to exhibit at E3 this year.In past years, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which puts on the show, said that more than a billion impressions are up for grabs at E3.As for the games, the most-tweeted-about-newly-announced games were Final Fantasy VII Remake (@finalfantasyvii), CyberPunk2077 (@cyberpunkgame), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (@ZeldaOfficialJP), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@NintendoAmerica), and Marvel’s Avengers (@PlayAvengers).The gaming conversation on Twitter comes from all around the globe, and it was no different during E3.
We spoke through a translator, but he took the time to look me in the eye and smile as we spoke.GamesBeat: How is E3 going for you so far?One good thing leads to another.I’m also excited about that, so I’d say I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming out.Matsuda: It’s impossible for me to comment on whether 5 billion is the right number, but I would say that in the current generation it’s not just the people who like to play games.Especially since we’re going to be having cloud gaming, that means we’ll have the potential to have more opportunities for people who don’t own a console, but like watching games, to additionally play them.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake, one of the biggest stars of E3 2019, will still be released in multiple parts, but even Square Enix itself does not know how many episodes it will take to tell the game’s full story.Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase said at E3 2019 that the massive content of the game, which has a release date of March 3, 2020, will require two Blu-ray discs.However, the initial release will still not cover the entirety of the original Final Fantasy VII.The first release of the RPG will only contain the part of the story in Midgar, but it will be a “fully standalone gaming experience,” according to Kitase.He said that before Square Enix started working on the project, the team knew that doing the whole story will require a large amount of content.This was reinforced when they started planning out the plot for the first episode of the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Square Enix has recreated the 1997 classic "Final Fantasy VII" from the ground up, with brand-new visuals and a completely different style of gameplay.After more than three years of development, Square Enix finally shared details on what players can expect from "Final Fantasy VII Remake.""Final Fantasy VII Remake" will be released in an episodic format, meaning players won't be able to experience the full story when the first episode drops on March 3, 2020.The game looks beautiful so far and Square Enix has added tons of cinematic flair to the game's memorable story.Back in 1997, the original "Final Fantasy VII" boasted state-of-the-art 3D graphics and more than 50 hours of gameplay spread across three CDs."Final Fantasy VII Remake" looks to be just as massive - so massive, in fact,that Square Enix is breaking the game into separate chapters.
E3 is still very much a PC and console gaming event.There were plenty of announcements, but a few stood about among the rest.These were mostly announced during press conferences as part of the big show.Game publishers still haven’t mastered the art of including mobile games into press conferences yet, but each one generated a bit of hype.Here are the biggest mobile game announcements from E3 2019.There is a single-player story mode, card collecting-style gameplay, and an online PvP mode where Billy and Billie fight each other.
The injection of competition into the tired PlayStation/Xbox gaming rivalry is certainly welcome, but Google is making such a concerted play into a tight niche that it’s hard to imagine them following through.I got some great emails and DMs with a lot of good back-and-forth, most notably pointing out that I didn’t give Google credit for some of the details they did give on multi-player, I also got some less helpful responses, but hey, I guess I’m the one that asked for the feedback.Sega had a massive booth this year showing off some reskinned Sonic the Hedgehog shit.Watching the Square Enix keynote was a special kind of hell, I admittedly do not have a very religious connection to the studio, but their announcements were all related to reboots, rehashes or remasters.Every large booth dragged gamers’ attention to something derivative.While larger movie studios need to constantly be vetting new tentpole franchises, once game studios find a hit they join this club of mainstays where the marks of success become more dependent on creative execution rather than creativity itself.
Here are the big headlines from the last week:Huawei is preparing an app store in case the U.S. ban never lifts.The company sent a bunch of emails out to developers to encourage them to publish their apps in Huawei’s store.Plenty of third party app stores email developers for the same reason.It’s a pragmatic move from Huawei and a half decent contingency plan.Google quietly changed the wording of the Play Store’s refund policy this week.
Being a professional hacker has never been more straightforward and lucrative than it is today.According to cyberdefense experts at Microsoft, cybercrime will be a $6 trillion industry by 2022.Hacking tools are available on the dark web for as little as $500 dollars, and some are sold with 24-hour support.The ubiquity of low-cost hacking tools means that elections in the United States and all over the world are persistently threatened by a large and diverse set of hackers.Spikes in malware and phishing attacks targeting political campaigns have been detected during recent elections in Russia, Turkey, Colombia, Azerbaijan and Mali; keyloggers and Trojans were detected in key battleground states ahead of the 2018 US midterm election; and according to the Department of Homeland Security, during the 2016 election all 50 states saw some type of attempted cyberintrusion."When you think about attacks on electoral systems not just here in the US but globally," said Ann Johnson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Cybersecurity Solutions Group, "the scale is almost hard to imagine."
Triangle was founded in 1980 in France, how I overlooked Triangle this long is beyond me.The Esprit Titus EZ is a small, two-way bookshelf design fitted with a 1-inch (25mm) horn loaded titanium tweeter and a 5-inch (127mm) cellulose midrange/woofer.My gleaming white Titus EZ samples had attractive, magnetically-attached white cloth grilles, but I listened with the drivers exposed.I don't recommend using the Titus EZ with receivers, unless they are rated to handle 4-ohm speakers.The Titus EZ is a small two-way speakers with 5 inch woofers and so you can't expect it to be a head banger's or party speaker.Easy listening with the Titus EZ
Those other games let players use joysticks to run their characters around enemy-filled battlefields, but effectively, that movement doesn't change their core: turn-based, menu-driven combat that resembles JRPGs of old.(But doing this can reduce your ability to effectively dodge or block, so you'll have to consider when to go stance-crazy.)It's certainly no slouch as a "game's first boss" in terms of visual drama.After putting enough hurt into the boss, it begins leaping around the entire warehouse you just descended into while raining down fiery blasts to show the scale of how far you came.I actually mistook the whole thing for a Luminous game, thanks to how its characters' hair is rendered with a loud dithering effect.But that was a good thing to focus on, because Unreal Engine 4 appears to afford the design and animation team a new pipeline for efficient, physics-based hair modeling—best evidenced by the appropriately shoulder-draping ponytail of accomplice Jessie.
The film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far this year.And that amounts to a lot of pressure for Noah Hughes, creative director of Crystal Dynamics, the Square Enix-owned studio that, along with Eidos Montreal, is making the game for May 15.I talked with Hughes at E3 about the game.We’re delivering an action-packed cinematic campaign that tells an original story, and we’re also offering one to four player co-op experiences, so you can assemble with your friends online and really live out those superhero dreams.GamesBeat: Was the timing good, coming off of Lara Croft?We have such a diversity of heroes, from a flying Iron Man to a much richer melee system than we’ve had in the past.