UgLyPuNk writes: Australia’s Federal Court this week ordered internet companies to block five file-sharing websites, including well-known torrent hub, The Pirate Bay. As with all things online, however, this isn’t a simple task – blocking these few pages will have a massive ripple effect on a number of other (less-notorious) websites.
UgLyPuNk writes: In an illustration of how tired and complacent we’ve become towards content in video games, a new game on the iTunes App Store actually rewards players for beating Aboriginal Australians to death, as they “try to survive” in the virtual outback. It’s a tasteless virtual representation of the sort of approach early European settlers had towards the people who lived here before them – and that’s not okay.
dotarray writes: The boxed copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain reportedly contains nothing but a Steam installer. That's right, even if you fork out real-world money for a physical copy of the game, you'll *still* have to download the whole thing from the internet.
dotarray writes: Mike Ybarra is head of Platform Engineering at Xbox, and today he told the gaming world all about one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets — after more than a year of saying it couldn't be done, the Xbox One really is backwards compatible, so you can play all your Xbox 360 games on your next-gen console.
dotarray writes: Alien: Isolation is terrifying audiences across the globe, but enterprising modders have reportedly unlocked a way to make it even more frightening, by unlocking native virtual reality support for the game.
dotarray writes: Terrorist organisation ISIS has apparently turned to video games in an effort to recruit more young people to its ranks. A new video seems to show footage from Grand Theft Auto V as it invites viewers to "do the things you do in games, in real life on the battlefield".
UgLyPuNk writes: The Sims franchise has always been a favourite among software pirates, so it's no surprise that Maxis has tucked a little something special into The Sims 4. Rather than simply locking pirates out of the game, or implementing digital rights management that causes more problems than it fixes, the studio's opted for a more creative approach.
dotarray writes: The uncut version of Left 4 Dead 2 has just been re-classified by the Australian Classifications Board, and granted an R18+ rating. Yes, that's the original version of the game that caused so much drama when it was initially submitted nearly 5 years ago and played such a big part in the push for Australia's adults-only rating.
dotarray writes: Valve is being sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegedly making "false or misleading representations" when it comes to consumer guarantees. Turns out that even though Valve does not have a physical presence Down Under, the studio's still bound by local consumer law.
dotarray writes: A non-playable character known as Robin the Entertainer has popped up in the latest beta build of Warlords of Draenor. While the studio is yet to make any formal announcements, it's believed this could be (part of) Blizzard's tribute to comedian and avid gamer, Robin Williams.
UgLyPuNk writes: Australian game development students were surprised this morning when a programming exam included a question seemingly unrelated to their course material. Expecting to answer questions on maths, HTML and coding, students were instead faced with an ethical question about women in gaming.
dotarray writes: A torrent file claiming to be an early version of Watch_Dogs has leaked onto the internet days before the game's release, but it seems that gamers grabbing the file are getting more than they bargained for. A Bitcoin miner has been tucked into the archive, meaning that someone's potentially making big bucks off impatient pirates.
dotarray writes: Bad news for DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive, as it's revealed that an intruder has hacked their way into game servers, potentially accessing source code for the popular zombie survival game.
UgLyPuNk writes: The shutdown of Gamespy services is set to have a wider impact than fans had anticipated, with EA publishing a list of 50 games that will lose online functionality at the end of June, including Battlefield 2, Crysis.