Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

WATCHING YOU PLAY

Well, we knew about the patch already thanks to watchful forum-folk, but Ubisoft have finally offered a public acknowledgement of the Uplay security flaw that in theory meant nasty folk could gain remote access to gamers’ PCs. Here’s their statement and instructions on how to update Uplay – they’re not recommending that anyone disable Uplay, and sound convinced the patch has fixed the exploit. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Oh, cack and ashes, the bastards have only gone and brought a cat to the party.> The party is the kind where kids chop at each other with knives while their hulking mothers punch each other in the face. Dad’s in the background with his rifle, drawing a bead on Sanity Claws, the neighbours’ recently purchased feline. Deadly Neighbors 2 is a simple Flash game, teams of three fight to the turn-based death on a small grid, but it’s free and it manages to be cute despite featuring children in Jigsaw masks being eaten by dogs. There are plenty of upgrades and classes to unlock and a neat feature whereby beating all the randomised computer households sees a final scrap against a player’s family, all levelled up having completed the game. If you win, your family becomes someone else’s boss fight.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

I don’t think I said ‘bundle’ more than once a year before Humble got fused to the front of the word and started the never before known phenomenon of selling similar things in conjunction with one another. Indie Gala 7 contains Rig’n'Roll, Space Rangers and Reign: Conflict of Nations, with a fourth game added next week, but paying over the average also adds Death to Spies, Death to Spies: Moment of Truth, King’s Bounty: Armored Princess and UFO: Afterlight. Given that the average is currently $6.92, that seems worthwhile for anyone interested in Armored Princess. Consider the rest bonuses perhaps? I don’t get on with those> UFO games and I haven’t actually played the first Space Rangers so all I know is that it’s not the second, which is one of the best things money can buy.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

I’ve been festooning RPS Towers with cobwebs and butchers’ leavings ever since the announcement of A Machine For Pigs, hoping the decor wouldn’t be out of place in a 2012 bursting at the fleshy seams with the grim and the gruesome. After Anna I was left with a hankering for some haunted house horrors and Paranormal looked to be just what the psychologist accidentally ordered. Built in the UDK, Matt Dementous’ project is a ‘dynamic haunting simulator’ that plays out like a rather more active version of Paranormal Activity. You wake, you wander, you film, you scream, you…go back to bed. There’s a downloadable beta, although only certain backers of the Kickstarter can play the latest versions.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

is Sebastian Coe going to sue me now?

Occasionally, certain corners of the internet and media defiantly make their case for pro-graming being included as an Olympic sport. I call those people narrow-minded in the extreme – of course gaming should be part of the greatest sports show on Earth, but restricting it to that tiny, scary niche would be a terrible mistake. There are far more important aspects of gaming that deserve their own Olympic classes. Here are just a few, and I hope you’ll suggest some more. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Resembling a hybrid of Gish and Katamari Damacy, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, is a PS Vita title that is set to infiltrate Steam on August 15th. As I’ve never even touched a PS Vita ,I can only report second hand that handheld holders mostly greeted the sci-fi silliness with a hearty roar of approval. The game is apparently more of a platformer than the Katamari Damacy comparison might suggest, although it is necessary to absorb and grow in order to pass obstacles and checkpoints. The short trailer below also shows a glimpse of the top-down minigame levels, enhanced for PC.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

really wish I hadn't searched Google Images for 'backdoor'

Update – Ubisoft may> have plugged the hole, but it’s difficult to know for sure as they don’t appear to be discussing the issue. There are reports on the Ubi forums (thanks, Imperial Dane) that Uplay has been updated to version 2.04, which if the commenter is accurate bears the note “‘Fix addressing browser plugin. Plugin now only able to open uPlay application.” If your Uplay hasn’t/won’t update to version 2.04, I’d get rid of it and its plugin for now. To be honest I’d get rid of the plugin regardless, until we’re sure the problem’s been resolved.

We’re currently investigating the full extent of this, but moralising and recrimination can come later. For now, the important thing is to warn folks who have certain Ubisoft games installed on their PCs that an apparent backdoor has been discovered in the Uplay infrastructure/DRM which may in theory allow any anyone so minded to install God knows what horrors on your PC. It isn’t confirmed as definite, but certainly proof of concept code is calling up Uplay windows and then loading other programs from websites that have nothing to do with Ubisoft. If Uplay is on your PC, I urge you to uninstall it and any games that use it immediately, until we know more. Update: the flaw lies specifically in a browser plugin Uplay quietly installs, and the general consensus is now that’s all you need to remove to protect yourself. See below for details on how to rid your PC of it. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Are these the biggest teeth in videogames ever? Some naff, desperate site should probably write a top 10

Rezzed was twelve hundred million years ago, but there are still a few dev sessions left to share with those who couldn’t make it down to lovely Brighton on the day. Here’s Unknown Worlds chatting about and demonstrating their aeons-in-gestation FPS/RTS mash-up Natural Selection 2, including a whole lot of giant mouth-based action. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

When the first Brits crawled out of the primordial soup that is Blackpool’s unpleasant beachfront, one oozing cataract of a creature looked at his fellows and gurgled, “It’d probably be sensible to have one legally enforceable age rating system for games.” It’s not clear whether any of the pioneering pustule’s amorphous companions even disagreed but the fact remains that it wasn’t until the dwindling days of July 2012 that the plan came to fruition. As of today, ratings using the Pegi system are> legally enforceable and the BBFC certification for games has been dropped. The diagrams indicating areas of concern will stay, which is good, because they warn about things like drugs, sex and spiders.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Skyscraper is an odd word. Natural, perhaps, that it came into use but extremely strange that it’s now a standardised part of the lexicon. It’s as if the common term for a mine was a landwounder or, for a dam, riverblocker. Except those are more literal. There’s a poetry to skyscraper, so how about calling an oil rig a seaspoiler or a turbine a windwrestler? That brings us, not so neatly, to Windforge, a side-scrolling crafting, fighting and exploration game that allows the player to build ships. Sky ships. It’s then possible to ram those ships into things at high speed. Video awaits!

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