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War Thunder players keep leaking classified military documents to prove a point
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The latest incident revolved around the in-game depiction of the French Leclerc Main Battle Tank and its variants' turret rotation speed—many who enjoy War Thunder take its accurate recreation of military vehicles seriously.
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A new report published by Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (paywall) has detailed a "culture of silence" at Paradox Interactive, the developer behind strategy game hits such as Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron and Europa Universalis.
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13 years later, Fallout 3 finally stripped of Games For Windows Live
An out-of-nowhere 5MB patch finishes the job, takes us on a GFWL memory trip.

Bethesda's Fallout 3 launched in 2008 and, in most ways, moved the series into the future of 3D post-apocalyptic adventuring for the better. But one of the game's "forward" steps was anything but, at least on PC—it adopted the then-new Games For Windows Live (GFWL) service.

This week, that situation changes with the game's first official patch on PC in 12 years. The patch is designed to do only one thing: remove all GFWL dependencies.

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Interesting thread on the Diablo III "auction house":
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Call of Duty’s new anti-cheat system includes a kernel-level driver to catch PC cheaters
Activision is cracking down on Call of Duty cheaters
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The PC kernel-level driver has been developed internally for the Call of Duty franchise by Activision, and will launch first for Call of Duty: Warzone with the upcoming Pacific update. PC games are increasingly using kernel-level drivers to detect sophisticated cheating, but since they run at such a high level in Windows, there are always privacy concerns surrounding such an approach.
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Possible financial dispute between EA and FIFA lies behind video game name change
FIFA wants EA to pay over $1 billion every World Cup cycle

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What actually IS the climate impact of digital downloads, patches, and cloud gaming?

In brief: it's complicated. On the one hand, in the immediate term, playing games digitally - be that via downloads or the cloud - is almost guaranteed to produce fewer CO2 equivalent emissions, and therefore heat the planet less, than doing so via physical disc.
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Call of Duty's upcoming Kernel-level anti-cheat driver already leaked
People are already working to reverse-engineer it

Activision courted some controversy when it announced it was bringing kernel-level anti-cheat, which has brought about privacy concerns, to its latest Call of Duty game as well as Warzone. A recent leak could seriously complicate those plans.

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Activision claims Call of Duty’s new anti-cheat system won’t look at your files
High-level security driver allegedly only runs when games are active, server-side protections also included.

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Metroid Dread developer leaves names out of credits, ex-staffers say
"Why do I not appear on the game's credits? Is it some kind of mistake?"

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Activision Blizzard is trying to get the discrimination suit thrown out of court
It alleges DFEH lawyers should be disqualified because of a conflict of interest
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The application claims that the DFEH is represented in the case by lawyers who previously worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) — a federal agency that investigates claims of workplace abuse. The application additionally claims such an arrangement is in violation of a California State Bar conflict of interest rule that says, “a lawyer who has formerly served as a public official or employee of the government [...] shall not otherwise represent a client in connection with a matter in which the lawyer participated personally and substantially as a public official or employee.”

The application basically alleges that DFEH lawyers should be disqualified from participating in this case against Activision Blizzard since those lawyers previously worked on a similar, prior case against the company when they were employed by the EEOC.
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Activision Blizzard's initial response to allegations of workplace harrassment and discrimination was disappointing enough that thousands of current and former employees signed an open letter condemning it then hundreds staged a walkout in July. With several legal cases against the Warcraft and Call Of Duty owners underway, they've now admitted they haven't done enough. Yesterday, Along with laying out their next steps, they confirmed that over 20 people have "exited" Activision Blizzard in connection with reports against them.
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