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Game User Reviews: Power, Degradation and Overuse

Posted by Josh Townsend on July 25, 2017

The Importance of Customer Reviews The revolution of online shopping has been a long-standing demonstration that user reviews improve sales, encourage repeat web traffic and significantly boost a website’s search engine ranking. Even without unanimously positive reviews, websites which feature user interaction and feedback have been shown to promote engagement among users and increase a […]

Examining the Danger in Webcams and Connected Devices

Posted by Josh Townsend on July 3, 2017

America Exposed: Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera? is a recent paper on webcam security by James Scott for the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. It sets out to expose and analyse the vulnerabilities of webcams and similar connected devices, and the risks posed to consumer and business users, as well as the alarmingly […]

June Sketch: The Parliamentary Brute-force

Posted by Josh Townsend on July 1, 2017

The Simple Brute-force Attack That Compromised Parliamentary Emails It’s probably over-optimistic to assume that the recent attack on parliamentary email accounts had any white-hat intentions behind it, but if the seat of government for any world power is compromised on any level by a simple brute-force attack, it probably deserves a little wake-up call. Share […]

From Greenlight to Direct: The Past and Future of Steam Publishing

Posted by Josh Townsend on June 29, 2017

Steam Greenlight: History and Positive Influences On June 13th 2017, Valve shut down the Greenlight service of its digital games distribution platform, Steam, replacing it with a new service dubbed Steam Direct. Launched at the end of August 2012, Steam Greenlight did achieve many things which ushered in positive change for the gaming industry over […]

Bioware and the EA Pattern

Posted by Josh Townsend on June 6, 2017

Bioware fitting a pattern In early May reports surfaced that Bioware Montreal, a division of the long-established game studio acquired by EA in 2007, has been relegated to a ‘support’ studio following the fairly disastrous release of Mass Effect Andromeda earlier in 2017. This has caused some concern that Bioware’s days are numbered, due to […]

May Sketch: Reactions to Macron’s Victory

Posted by Josh Townsend on May 17, 2017

World Leaders’ Reactions to Macron’s Presidential Victory As reported by Yahoo Share This:

Artificial Intelligence in the Real and Virtual Worlds

Posted by Josh Townsend on April 25, 2017

Artificial Intelligence and Games While most of the tech media’s ‘next big thing’ buzz is still focused on VR, that technology is beginning to settle into the early days of its role. Gaming and technology blogs will soon be looking for a new source of excitement. With some of the recent products and demonstrations, it […]

Book Review: The Hardware Hacker

Posted by Josh Townsend on April 10, 2017

The Hardware Hacker by Andrew Huang is not quite what you would expect from looking at the cover. There might be an expectation of page after page of schematics, code, circuit diagrams and…well, hardware – but what this book has to offer is much more than that. Andrew Huang makes what could easily be a […]

Will Virtual Reality Technology see a second generation?

Posted by Josh Townsend on March 27, 2017

2016’s slew of Virtual Reality devices are now being considered ‘Generation 1’ in terms of VR. This isn’t an entirely accurate viewpoint. Even discounting earlier attempts at Virtual Reality not created for the mass market and the VR machines intended for use in arcades, the gaming market has seen an earlier entry in the form […]

Gaming and the Future of Entertainment Media

Posted by Josh Townsend on March 6, 2017

The Identity of Gaming In January of this year, one of the leading figures of the gaming industry, Hideo Kojima, predicted that video gaming would merge with other forms of entertainment – novels, cinema and music. While he did not elaborate on by what means or to what degree these media would integrate, the prediction […]