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From Fortnite to Fifa, online video game players warned of rise in fraud

The Guardian

Players of online video games such as Roblox, Fortnite and Fifa are being warned to watch out for scammers, amid concerns that gangs are targeting the platforms. Multiplayer games boomed during the pandemic lockdowns as people turned to socialising in virtual spaces. One of the UK's biggest banks, Lloyds, is so concerned about how games are being used that it will this week launch a warning code for players, and a character to go with it. Its research found that a fifth of gamers had either been a victim of a gaming-related scam, or knew someone who had, but less than a third said they knew how to spot one. "Scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people out of their money, and the world of video games is no exception," said Philip Robinson, fraud prevention director at Lloyds.

Eastern Washington's Eric Barriere puts up video game numbers in dominating victory over Idaho

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere put up a mind-blowing stat line in the Eagles' 71-21 win over Idaho on Saturday. Eastern Washington got out to a hot start, outscoring Idaho 29-7 in the first quarter and then taking a 43-14 lead into the half. The Eagles were well on their way to victory and it helped that Barriere was playing out of his mind.

The future of 'Minecraft' includes swamps, scary monsters and a Game Pass bundle


On Saturday, Mojang held its annual Minecraft Live fan convention. As in years past, the event saw the studio detail the future of its immensely popular sandbox game. And if you're a fan of Minecraft, the livestream did not disappoint. The studio kicked off the event with the announcement of The Wild Update. Set to come out sometime in 2022, Mojang promises this latest DLC will change how players explore and interact with the game's overworld.

There's now an official 'Minecraft' gaming chair


Themed gaming chairs aren't completely new, but this example is rather unusual. According to Windows Central, Microsoft and Mojang have collaborated with Secretlab on a Minecraft chair. The Minecraft Edition Titan Evo 2022 includes the obligatory game logos, but it's also made to look like you're sitting on one of the game's infamous Creepers. That sounds more than a little... creepy, but it might be just what you're looking for if you livestream Minecraft or otherwise want to advertise your fondness for the classic creative title. And unlike the in-game Creepers, this chair shouldn't explode.

Massive update and paid DLC coming to 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

Washington Post - Technology News

After consulting with clients to nail down what they want in their dream vacation home, you design both the interior and exterior just as you can with your home on the mainland. The surrounding landscape -- foliage, pathways, even the weather -- can also be modified to your liking. You can invite specific clients using amiibo cards. Players will help design vacant buildings on the archipelago as well, including a school, hospital and restaurant. Using the Switch's online features, you can show off your designs, check out those of other players and follow your favorite vacation home designers.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Needs More Epic Viking Tunes


The seas were blessedly calm as we sailed across the channel and straight up the Seine, into the heart of Francia. The skald led us in song, our voices booming across the placid waters, thundering in our veins. We leaped from our longboat onto the shores of Francia, shouting glory to the All-Father as we charged up the beaches. The sounds of glorious battle filled the air. Squelch, squelch, squish, grunt, clang, yell, grunt, clang, squish, squish, squidge.

A Profound Waste of Time: Caspian Whistler celebrates video games as an art form


There's always been some negativity around video games. That they're a distraction or perhaps something only children should enjoy. London-based graphic designer and creative director Caspian Whistler hopes to smash this outdated misconception with the publication of A Profound Waste of Time, a beautifully designed print magazine that celebrates the gaming industry and all the people within it. Click here to view original web page at

COVID-19 is forcing video game companies to rethink remote work

The Japan Times

Jordan Lemos, a writer for video games, has lived in three different cities over the past five years. He moved from Los Angeles to Quebec to Seattle -- working on blockbusters such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Ghost of Tsushima -- because the jobs required it. So when he was looking for a new gig last year, he told prospective employers he wasn't going to do it again. He would only work remotely. Several big game companies were quick to say no once they heard his ultimatum.

The truth behind Twitch's leaked 'do not ban' list

Washington Post - Technology News

When it was still in use, the "do not ban" list was meant to work in conjunction with an internal Twitch tool called Better Desk, which the company replaced years ago. Twitch administrators would work within the tool to field reports against streamers who users believed broke the rules. If streamers were not part of Twitch's partner program, admins could mete out punishments as they saw fit. Matters involving partnered streamers on the other hand were generally escalated to a separate partner conduct team, which would issue warnings or make its own judgments.

U.S. pursues a unique solution to fight hackers. It revolves around esports.

Washington Post - Technology News

The U.S. cyber team's head coach, retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lt. Col. TJ O'Connor, noted the unique platform presented by cybersecurity competitions. Unlike other forms of computer science education, O'Connor said, staying up to date on the latest developments in cybersecurity is difficult, with hackers constantly iterating on and developing new tactics to break through cyberdefenses. it would still be hard to simulate being in the thick of such an operation, .