Portal Pinball

Are you a fan of Pinball games? Are you a fan of Portal and Portal 2? Then you’re going to love Portal Pinball. Zen Studios has partnered up with Valve to bring us a new Pinball game featuring Chell, Wheatley, and GLaDOS. It’ll be available May 25th on Steam.


GTAV PC Mod Has Keylogger

A new Grand Theft Auto V mod called AngryPlanes has been confirmed to contain a keylogger. In addition to installing it’s regular files it needs to operate, AngryPlanes installs a rogue file (Fade.exe) onto your computer. It then hijacks programs that run regularly with windows to help hide its presence. This rogue program tracks all the keys you press and records it in a file that is saved to your computer, then it transmits this information to whoever created the trojan.

Another mod that’s been caught doing this is one called NoClip.

If you’ve installed either of these, it’s best that you change all your passwords and do a malware sweep using Malwarebytes. It is disappointing but expected that a game as popular as GTAV will be a target for malicious programs. It’s best if the person making the mod is an established modder in the community and is someone you or others trust.


Blizzard Drops Another Banhammer

Blizzard has dropped another banhammer and this time has banned thousands upon thousands of accounts that have been caught using bots or botting programs. One thing to note is that most of these are not permanent bans this time around, rather 6 month bans that will be released sometime around November.

We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as “bots.” We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.

The main bot that seems to have been targeted was Honorbuddy. Just about every who has used it in the past few months will probably be presented with “this account is temporarily suspended.” Many people are reporting that their main tanks or raid leaders from their progression guilds have been banned and won’t be back until November. This is probably going to have some measurable amount of impact on the amount of progression guilds and we’re probably going to see several big ones break up over it. It might even have a noticeable impact on the economy and the price of the new WoW Token.

What’s your stance on botting? Did you get caught in the ban wave?