Play online games to help improve software security
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recognizes the ubiquity of video games. The government agency’s Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program is an attempt to crowdsource formal verification—a form of testing that aims to ensure that software is bug-free and isn’t vulnerable to attack or misuse—with purpose-built games. The DARPA-backed Verigames is a site created explicitly for formal verification games.
Nvidia has bumped up its GeForce Experience to version 1.8 which finally lets users adjust the Optimal Playable Settings that were initially a one-click configuration. The update also includes quite a few ShadowPlay tweaks including multi-source audio recording and native resolution capture for aspect ratios up to 1920x1080.
The Xbox One broke all sorts of Xbox first-day sales records when it launched last Friday with over 1 million units sold across the 13 territories it launched in. It isn’t the Red Ring of Death, but Microsoft has acknowledged that it’s aware that a small subset of users is affected by broken disk drives.
Game publisher aims to improve upon OnLive’s technological missteps
Square Enix has announced Project Flare, a cloud gaming service similar to what OnLive offered back in 2010. Unlike OnLive, however, the game publisher asserts that the company’s service will offer a “technological breakthrough in cloud gaming.”
Warner Bros. and the Humble Bundle have teamed up to create the Humble WB Games Bundle. Bruce Wayne is the leading contributor with a $2,100 purchase price, which seems a little lackluster considering his $6.5 billion net worth. Fortunately, DonCoreLeon and SomeNorwegian are doing their best to pull up the top contributions with $200 and $75 donated respectively.
The first pictures of Valve’s prototype Steam Machine are surprising to say the least. With a chassis that’s absolutely miniscule—for a system with a GTX Titan and standard desktop processor—it seems that Valve has been busy designing a custom case with a plastic shroud that ensures that each component in the machine is separate from the rest.
We stepped out onto the battlefield, and lived to talk about it
To commemorate yesterday’s release of Battlefield 4, EA held a BF4 launch party at its Redwood Shores campus. The event had jets flying over head, free beer/snacks, and even an old war plane you could hop into. We had the opportunity of going and brought along our camera. For pictures of the event, be sure to click through the gallery below.
21 spooky gaming moments to spice up your Halloween
We've all had moments during a particularly awesome scary PC game where we've been caught by surprise. We've had moments of sheer terror, when our hearts find their way into our throats and make a home there, and the sweaty, shaking hands to prove it. We keep going back though, because we want more.
Score up to 75% off on spooky titles until November 1st
Steam is rolling out holiday discounts on some of the spookiest titles available. If you missed Steam's summer sale, now is a great time to stock up in preparation for the holidays and to give the gift of terror to your friends. Choose from over 100 discounted titles and be sure to check out some of the highlights...
New Android 4.3 update will introduce console mode, Gamepad Mapper, and allow you to install apps to your Shield’s MicroSD card
We liked Nvidia’s Shield gaming handheld system when we reviewed it back in August but one of its glaring flaws is that only a little over 100 Android games supported its controller (most of them were touch-based). Nvidia is attempting to fix that issue with an upcoming over-the-air update that will include what the green team is calling the Shield Gamepad Mapper. This new feature will allow users to manually map touch-controls to the Shield’s physical buttons via a drag-and-drop system. Furthermore, users will be able to save these profiles to the cloud and will also be able to download other user-made profiles from the community. Nvidia says the Gamepad Mapper will expand controller support from about 140 Android games to thousands of titles.