Talking over Valve's announcement of its Steam Machine prototype specs with a few people online (including Ars' own Andrew Cunningham), I've come to the conclusion that Valve might need more than its own free, standardized gaming OS (and, ideally, an exclusive killer app) to make PC gaming appealing for the living room console consumer. To really put up a fight, they should do something to simplify the dizzying variety of architectures and performance points that are inherent in parcel with PC gaming.
The week of Grand Theft Auto V's launch could have been a controversy cash-in for the publicity lovers at Rockstar Games. The game's checklist of features reads like Tipper Gore's personal hell: savage murders, psychotic heroes, strip clubs, an interactive torture sequence, and enough swears and offensive terms to do George Carlin proud.
Grand Theft Auto 5, the blockbuster sequel to Rockstar Games' ultra popular sandbox crime franchise, managed to rake in an enormous £496 million in its first 24 hours alone.
That's roughly $800 million - nearly $1 billion.
The game cost £170 million to develop and bring to market, soaring past some high budget Hollywood blockbusters, such as Avatar. Fans across the United Kingdom queued up earlier this week for a midnight launch. So far every corner of the press is laying praise on the game.
Steam gamers are targeted by a trojan that steals their login credentials and defeats the service's password encryption mechanism by using HTML injection.
Attackers stripping users' login data with a variant of the trojan Ramnit since mid-July according to Trusteer fraud prevention solutions manager Etay Maor.
Steam has some 54 million members and was victim of a massive breach in November 2011 when hackers accessed the personal data of up to 35 million customers contained in a database. This time individual users were targeted.
Servers belonging to video game publisher Ubisoft have been compromised in a recent attack. Hackers are said by the company to have gained access to sensitive data, including usernames, e-mails, and encrypted passwords, and has started to e-mail Uplay account holders to warn about the intrusion and the data loss.