Respawn reveals Apex Legends season 1 changes and opens up about its approach to balance patches

Respawn Entertainment knows that Apex Legends fans are bouncing off the walls in anticipation of Season 1 announcements, like the Apex Legends battle pass or additional characters like the rumored Octane and Wattson . That said, some balance adjustments to the best Apex Legends weapons are now live, and no, the meme-generating Mozambique hasn't gotten an upgrade. Season 1 will also bring about minor balance changes to the Legend abilities of Caustic, Pathfinder, Lifeline, Wraith, and Bangalore.

By | 2019-03-07T01:22:09+00:00 March 7th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Games need to stop wasting bandwidth with gigantic patches

Thankfully, Ubisoft's UPlay client was smart and saw the private beta folder and used those files. This is a major pet peeve of mine, and something game developers need to become more vigilant about as their games balloon in size. Why games are so big Today's games can be upwards of 100GB. An even bigger problem for my bandwidth cap is that some digital gaming storefronts offer no easy way to import game files and folders. Hopefully UPlay doesn't disappoint when I transition from beta files to f

By | 2019-03-01T20:52:35+00:00 March 1st, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to watch tonight’s Oscars (plus win your Oscar pool)

According to the latest U.S. census (via HowManyofMe, the veracity of which I haven’t really dug into so don’t quote me in a scientific paper), there are about 202,271 people (out of 328,896,172 counted) with the first name Oscar; 1,728 with the last name Oscar; and exactly one person named Oscar Oscar who hopefully has a good sense of humor about it. Best PictureBlack PantherBlakkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaA Star Is BornViceKaren Han: I’m rooting for Roma, but the pessi

By | 2019-02-23T16:00:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you miss this vital Windows 7 patch updates will stop working in July

The patches arriving in March mark a security upgrade for Windows 7, and mean that Windows updates will only use the SHA-2 hash algorithm to sign and authenticate patches (i.e. When that month rolls around, though, if you haven’t got SHA-2 support in place, then you won’t get any further Windows updates. As Microsoft observes, customers running Windows 7 SP1 – or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1/SP2 – will need to patch in SHA-2 code signing before the July 16 deadline. Meanwhile, if the cessation of

By | 2019-02-20T09:45:15+00:00 February 20th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heroes of Newerth, once LoL’s biggest competitor, stops major updates after 10 years

In April 2009, Heroes of Newerth went into beta—the same month as League of Legends. LoL beat HoN out of beta by a few months, and Heroes of Newerth spent its first year costing $30 before going free-to-play. Despite its much smaller audience, Heroes of Newerth has impressively soldiered on for a decade, and has just announced what may be its last major patch. As spotted by Resetera, HoN's latest patch notes state "At this moment in time, patch 4.7.3 is planned to be the final patch that contain

By | 2019-02-19T23:05:16+00:00 February 19th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

If it weren’t for RAM there would be 70% fewer Windows patches

Are you tired for patching Windows every month, and sometimes even more often than that? As it turns out, the vast majority of Windows patches are to address memory safety bugs, according to Matt Miller, an engineer at Microsoft. He said that over the course of the last 12 years, around 70 percent of Microsoft's patches were aimed at fixing memory issues, Fudzilla reports. The culprit, according to Miller, is that Windows is written almost entirely in C and C++ (along with C# and some hand tuned

By | 2019-02-15T18:48:16+00:00 February 15th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft’s latest security patches have now broken parts of Windows 10

Microsoft’s latest batch of monthly security patches appears to be causing considerable grief, not just for Windows 7 users – who were hit by network issues as we saw yesterday – but also those running Windows 10 April 2018 Update. And that’s the majority of Windows 10 users, given the slow rollout of the latest October 2018 Update (which has famously had a massive amount of problems of its own). There are a number of reports online of some Windows 10 users running the April 2018 Update sufferin

By | 2019-01-11T11:12:42+00:00 January 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Fallout Classic Collection is now free to Fallout 76 players

Bethesda's latest Fallout 76 blog post is a fairly routine recap of incoming patches, but it also follows up on the studio's promise of giving the old Fallout games to early Fallout 76 players. As of today, if you played Fallout 76 on any platform in 2018, you can claim Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel for free on PC. Early adopters of Fallout 76 will find the Classic Collection automatically added to their accounts on And being a strategic, squad-based

By | 2019-01-09T22:22:23+00:00 January 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The old Fallout games are now free for Fallout 76 players

Bethesda is preparing two new patches for Fallout 76 this month, with the first due to arrive on January 14. Although details are a bit sparse on what these patches will contain (mostly bug fixes and squashed exploits, according to this week's Inside The Vault post), there is some Fallout goodness you can access right now. If you played Fallout 76 in 2018 (the full release, that is, not just the beta), you can fire up the Bethesda launcher today and get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: B

By | 2019-01-09T18:55:22+00:00 January 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Latest Windows 10 security patches include a fix that should be urgently applied

Microsoft has deployed its latest round of monthly security patches for Windows 10 (and Windows 7/8.1) with a large amount of fixes unleashed – 51 security flaws have been resolved, to be precise, including an important patch for a critical vulnerability which is public knowledge. Internet Explorer also benefited from attention, again with a remote code execution vulnerability in its browser engine getting papered over. Several fixes were implemented for Microsoft Office – including the solution

By | 2019-01-09T10:30:56+00:00 January 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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