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Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report

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Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report

Computer security and antivirus company Symantec says some Twitch streamers may be inflating their viewerships with bots.

Symantec claims to have uncovered what it calls a "Twitch botnet marketplace" where streamers can "take a shortcut and generate a large audience of bots for their Twitch channels".

The bots were made up of users who agreed to allow their accounts to be used, or infected computers that were being directed to view Twitch streams of operators who had paid for the service.

Symantec added that the practice isn't unique to Twitch.

"These services allow people to rent bots over a period of time to boost their Twitch channel viewership stats," said Symantec. "The offerings are marketed as being easy for customers to set up. We also found that many services offered a single application that could generate a huge number of fake Twitch channel viewers."

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Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers

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Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers

The next chapter in the Halo series will be out later this year.

Halo 5: Guardians will be released on October 27 exclusively for Xbox One, Microsoft announced this afternoon.

"The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?" said Microsoft in a press release.

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Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues

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Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues

Obsidian has announced that it's working on a Pillars of Eternity patch to fix a number of issues reported by users.

Ahead of the patch the developer has also suggested some workarounds for the most common issues.

Among the reported issues are framerate drops, crashes on 32-bit PCs, the inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, the inability to save, issues with animal companions, repeated sound effects, and delayed audio.

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Rockstar releases another batch of GTA V PC screens

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Rockstar releases another batch of GTA V PC screens

Rockstar has released new screenshots showcasing the upcoming PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V, and announced that the official PC trailer will come next week.

The PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V will be released on April 14.

Here's what you'll need under the hood if you intend to play it:

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Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve

Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve

The Steam Discovery Update has been a great success, says platformer operator Valve.

The update, released in September 2014, helps users find more of the games they like to play through personalised recommendations and and curated lists.

Valve posted an update on the program in the SteamworksDev group. It was reposted with permission to Reddit.

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Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists

Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists

The next content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection will address a variety of issues across the game including improvements to ranking, and new quit and betrayal penalties, says 343 Industries.

In an update on Halo Waypoint, the studio said the March update had "normalized and improved matchmaking", and that the studio was now looking to address top community items and requests.

The April update will add ranks to additional playlists, said 343.

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13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents

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13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents

A 13-year-old has been arrested in California for allegedly calling multiple police departments in two states in an attempt to "SWAT" three targets.

The Camarillo, California, teen, who has name suppression due to his age, made three false reports of violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

In the first incident on January 15, the teen allegedly attempted to SWAT a rival Minecraft player in Ocean City, New Jersey, reports Ars Technica.

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Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming

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Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming

Atari has released a new Asteroids game into Early Access on Steam, but it’s not the Asteroids game many will remember.

Asteroids: Outpost is a sandbox multiplayer shooter that Atari says is a “dramatic reboot” of the 1979 arcade classic.

Set in the distant future, Outpost puts players in the role of deep-space miners, harvesting rare ore and expanding their bases, while protecting themselves from deadly asteroid showers and claim jumpers.

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Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all

Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all

The as-yet unnamed Legend of Zelda game coming to the Wii U will not release this year after all.

In a video update, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said that the development team is focussing on creating a quality game rather than on just getting it out this year.

"In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," he said.

Monday 30 March

Halo 5: Guardians - All Hail trailer
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Halo 5: Guardians - All Hail trailer
Spartan Locke speaks.
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Halo 5: Guardians - The Cost trailer
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Halo 5: Guardians - The Cost trailer
The Chief on heroism.
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Rockstar releases another batch of GTA V PC screens
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Rockstar releases another batch of GTA V PC screens
Official trailer coming next week.
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Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve
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Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve
But Curator program has room to improve.
Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists
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Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists
Community items now in sight.
13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents
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13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents
"He felt he was wronged."
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Xbox One April Update Preview trailer
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Xbox One April Update Preview trailer
Voice messages are here.
Mortal Kombat X – Shaolin trailer
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Mortal Kombat X – Shaolin trailer
The whole clan's here.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious gameplay trailer
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Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious gameplay trailer
Standalone title available now.
Asteroids: Outpost trailer
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Asteroids: Outpost trailer
A "dramatic reboot".
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Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all
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Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all
Won't be shown at E3 either.

Friday 27 March

Game of Thrones: The Sword in the Darkness review
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Game of Thrones: The Sword in the Darkness is irresistible intrigue
A spoiler-free look at episode three.
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Pillars of Eternity release trailer
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Pillars of Eternity release trailer
Obsidian's latest is finally here.
GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam
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GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam
"Hitting 'Buy' doesn't waive your rights".
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MotoGP 15 announcement trailer
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MotoGP 15 announcement trailer
A third chapter from Milestone.
Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15
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Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15
Coming in autumn.
Evolve – Behemoth and New Hunters Gameplay trailer
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Evolve – Behemoth and New Hunters Gameplay trailer
Creature feature.
Slain – Xbox One trailer
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Slain – Xbox One trailer
A gory Castlevania.
The Fall – Xbox One trailer
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The Fall – Xbox One trailer
Celebrated sci-fi story comes to XO.
Gear Gauntlet – Xbox One trailer
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Gear Gauntlet – Xbox One trailer
A demanding side-scroller.
Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 175 million copies
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Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 175 million copies
Players have thrown 300bn grenades.