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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Sources of Credit Card Theft

The term "identity theft" is being thrown around way too much for my liking these days, especially when it's just used to mean that someone stole a credit card number. That's not really identity theft, it's number theft. I digress. A company called Javelin Strategy and Research listed the ways you are most likely to have your credit card stolen. It's far more likely to happen by "normal" means (stolen wallet, etc.) than by crackers or spyware. Actually, you are about as likely to have someone steal it by going through your garbage as you are by phishing or cracking. I've always thought it was funny that people won't buy something online from a reputable dealer with 128-bit encryption, but they will gladly hand their credit card to a waitress making $4 an hour. Thanks Blue's News.

More Sin 2

Next Generation has more on the Sin 2 game in development at Ritual. The whole thing is self-funded, and they are targeting a sub-$20 price tag for 3-6 hours of game play. While I still think that's expensive, I will wait to pass judgement on the final game(s).

A.T. Hun comments: $20 for three hours? No thanks. Even for six hours that's too much, especially since they have virtually no overhead. Call me when it's $10. Then I might think about it--assuming that it will run on my current system in Cedega.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Nexuiz 1.1 Released

The Nexuiz team have released a version 1.1 patch for Nexuiz:

A patch for Nexuiz has been released! This patch should address many problems people have had with the first release. The default setting are now changed for low end computers, bots have been added, a new level, and many bugs have been fixed. Mac support is still in the beta stage but it should work for most Mac users. Weapon damages and player movement have also been changed based on the feedback we've recieved.

See the download page to download the patch. If you have the previous Nexuiz release, just download the 12 meg zip patch and extract it in the Nexuiz directory. If you are downloading Nexuiz for the first time you can download the latest version on the download page, with no need to also download the patch.

Sin 2 via Steam

Eurogamer has gotten the skinny on the new Sin 2 release from Ritual. They're indicating that it will be using the Valve Source engine, and will be released in $20 episodes via Steam. They're planning around 6 episodes.

Okay, this game had better be awesome, or else why in the heck would we pay $120 for it?!? Episodic games are fine, but you're pushing your luck if you think people are going to pay that much for a first-person shooter.

A.T. Hun comments: You mean that I had better not be like, say, the original Sin? I've heard that it actually was a pretty cool game . . . if you could get it to run.

The Master comments: I was able to get it running on my (at the time) high-end video card once I had installed the 1.1 patch, but it did have a lot of flakiness. It was an awesome game, but the bugs just killed it.

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