Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 10/24/13


"While Sony is keen to highlight the much discussed advantage in processing speed PS4 has over Xbox One, veteran Japanese games developers Shinji Mikami and Keiji Inafune have said there is little separating the two systems on a technical specifications level.“There’s no real difference between them,” “Resident Evil” creator Shinji Mikami told Edge. “When Xbox One was first announced it had lower specs than PS4, but now they’re almost identical.”In August, shortly before Xbox One entered full production, Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten said the platform holder had increased the clock speed on the console’s GPU by about 6.6 per cent."


"While iOS gamers have had their “Plants vs. Zombies 2” fix for a little while now, Android users have been left hanging. Last month, sources surfaced saying that the wait would end some time this month, and though the powers that be hadn’t confirmed the rumor, the reality has come to fruition with the game’s launch in the Google Play Store, where it is free to download.Originally, the game had been set to launch back in July, but the goal was ultimately postponed due to some additional testing the developer had to do on back end server capacity, cloud-saving systems, and the monetization system. Because of this, the roll out was limited to a few regions, with gamers in the US getting it weeks later."


"Some free-to-use computer games may secretly be North Korean plants, South Korea’s national police agency warned Tuesday, according to South Korean media. The seemingly innocent games, designed to appeal to as many users as possible and thus to spread widely on computer networks, could carry malware code controlled from Pyongyang. The code, once activated, would take control of the host computers and allow North Korea to launch mass cyber attacks against major South Korean targets.This might sound outlandish, but North Korea has actually tried this before, and gotten awfully close to pulling off a potentially deadly attack. Last June, South Korean police discovered that North Korea had used free-to-download video games to infect up to 100,000 South Korean computers, which it used to conduct coordinated cyber-attacks agains Incheon International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. The infected users had no idea their computers were being used to take down a major airport."

Washington Post