Prison Architect v1.0 Launch Date Revealed

Prison Architect is a game that has had a very long and public development phase that is about to come to an end thanks to the announcement of Prison Architect version 1.0 and its launch this October.

The two main people behind this simple yet extremely fascinating game are Mark Morris as Producer and Chris Delay as Designer. Every month like clockwork they’ve released a new alpha version for the ones that bought one of the early access packs. The game has been on sale quite a few times already and this has been going on for a little over 35 months now. There have been exceptions due to “family addition”, where the fans had to wait an extra month for the next version as well as a new video each time.

And while the game is great, I have to admit that I’ve almost enjoyed the 50 minute long videos even more. Mark and Chris do a voice over the video where they show the new features and what else they’ve done, or as they describe it themselves: “Our audience expect a and ready, badly edited, long rambling discussions and bulls##t – and the occasional new feature.”

For now Alpha 35 is the newest version and this game has already come a long way from the very basic sandbox building game without many features and lots of bugs. It has become a very challenging game that can keep you occupied for hours and hours on end and I personally can highly recommend it, that is if you like building games.

Design and build your own prison, manage the finances and rehabilitation as well as all the prisoners needs, such as food, sleep, and hygiene. Deal with riots and catch escaping prisoners as well as gangs. Hire personal and create a beautiful place, or not. The choice is really yours, but you’re also the one that has to deal with what the prisoners do as a result of their treatment.

Prison Architect is truly a prime example on how early access should be handled. Create an almost working base and then continuously and regularly update with bug fixes and new features while you listen to your early backers and try to create the game that they really want. Well done guys, I for one can’t wait to get the “final” version to play.

Turkey Seeks to Ban Minecraft

After an investigation held by the Turkish Social Policies Ministry, it has now been confirmed that the country is seeking to ban the wildly popular sandbox phenomenon, Minecraft, on the grounds that the game is “too violent”. The news was broken by Turkish news outlets Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer.

The Ministry’s report on Minecraft and its supposed violent content has been sent to the country’s legal affairs department, along with instruction to ban the game, but the decision rests in the hands of the Turkish courts.

The report reads (via Hürriyet Daily), “Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence.” Bizarrely, the report also claims that the Minecraft’s content would cause children “social isolation” and that the online function would result in internet bullying, which begs the question, why not just ban the internet, then?

In common with the rest of the world, Minecraft is huge in Turkey. One of the best-selling children’s books in Turkey last year was a Minecraft-related title.

Source: Kotaku

Comodo Internet Security 7.0 Launces in the UK, Backed by a £300 Virus-Free Guarantee

Comodo is a company offering leading solutions in terms of PC/Mac antivirus and malware software, SSL digital certifications, as well as android antivirus and malware solutions. It’s latest product is the all-in-one protection software, Comodo Internet Security Pro 7, which has been recently made available to the UK market.

The all-in-one software is said to be a unique and patented prevention tool for unknown viruses, as well as a detection tool for known ones. It works by inspecting each file attempting to run on a computer and instantly compares the file to its White List and Black List database. In the case of a file not being present in either list, the software restricts its access using Auto Sandbox Technology, keeping the computer clean and virus-free.

The company has also made a few changes to its latest Comodo Internet Security Pro 7 software, including a user interface update that allows tasks to be performed quicker while delivering more information on the current computer status. In addition to the interface update, Comodo claims that it has shortened the Sandbox function’s average process time per file by up to 700%, while adding the ability to reverse potentially undesirable actions of software without necessarily blocking the software entirely.

Also, Comodo has added an advanced Website Filtering feature, allowing website access rules to be created for particular users of a computer and logging each activity when a user tries to visit a website which is in conflict with a rule. Another interesting new feature added is the Protected Data Folder, which keeps each and every file placed inside a ‘Protected Data Folder’ from being read, accessed and modified by applications running in Sandbox mode. The last but not least addition is PrivDog, a software specially designed to suppress any malicious advertisement, while being able to run alongside all major browsers on the market.

What makes Comodo’s Internet Security Pro 7.0 one of the best antivirus and malicious software prevention is the company’s confidence in suppressing each and every virus and malware roaming the internet, including GOZeuS and CryptoLocker, as the company stated. This is why the company offers a $500 (£298.54) money back guarantee, should a user’s computer become infected while using the Comodo Internet Security Pro 7.0.

The Comodo Internet Security Pro 7.0 comes with a yearly subscription of just £30 which covers three machines and includes GeekBuddy online support. Comodo’s Internet Security Complete 7 is also available at a £68 yearly subscription, including all of the Pro’s features, plus TrustConnect Wi-Fi/Hotspot encryption and 50 GB of Online Storage. A trial for the software can be downloaded over at Comodo’s website.

Free MMO/RPG ‘Fantasy Realm Online’ Now Available To The Public

Fantasy Realm Online is a FREE classic sandbox MMO/RPG hybrid for Windows and Linux that has a similar look/feel to the Ultima series (Specifically U7/UO). the development team have been working on the game independently over the past few years, putting thousands of hours of development and tens of thousands of dollars into it. The game has been working quietly in the background for a while now, but the team feel its time to let the game out into the wild, as its time to get more players enjoying their digital world.

Fantasy Realm Online uniquely blends many of the classic aspects of single player RPGs and a massive multiplayer game. It has been designed to be fun to play by yourself and with others (as any good MMO should). The world can be explored as a brave adventurer that allows you to battle opponents collect treasures and build your character through quests and combat experiences. You can also explore the world as a merchant, apprentice under shop keepers, mine mountains for precious metals, chop through forests for rare woods, craft items, and much, much more!

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If you would like to play the game sign up for an account and download the game here.

“We are always welcoming new players, their thoughts, ideas and feedback! So if you enjoy an Ultima-esque style RPG you will love Fantasy Realm Online! We are constantly evolving and expanding the game.” – Chris The Avatar, Creator of Fantasy Realm Online

The game may not have the graphical might of most other releases, but its crammed full of retro RPG/MMO charm that will go down well with old school gamers, and Indie gaming fans. The game is still very much in development and the team plan on taking it to Kickstarter later this month to take it to the next level, so stay tuned for more updates.

Thank you Fantasy Realm Online for providing us with this information.

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Serious Vulnerability Found In Samsung Knox Security Suite

Samsung launched its Knox security suite earlier this year which basically creates a “container” that runs a separate execution environment for apps and data on top of Android. Therefore any apps run outside of the container can’t access their data. A team of researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel claim that they have found a “serious vulnerability” in Samsung Knox.

Further details suggest that the newly discovered vulnerability would allow a hacker to access data in the container, which basically eliminates the entire premise that Knox is built upon. Apparently the vulnerability can be used to track emails, as well as monitor communications and steal saved data. The threat is said to exist on all smartphones based on the Knox architecture. Samsung has commented on the report, saying that it is looking into the claims made by the researchers. The company says it has found out through initial investigation that this vulnerability isn’t as severe as the researchers claim it to be.

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Windforge Kickstarter Approaches Final Descent

Custom-built, destructible airships? Check. Flying sky whales with mineable innards? Check. Procedural Steampunk landscape floating at 40,000 feet? Check. Funding to make it all happen? …we will know 72 hours from now!
Snowed In Studios has three days left to fund Windforge, their first original title. After contributing to the development of such titles as The Sims 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a successful launch would mean the freedom to continuously devote resources to their own original content rather than fulfilling the dreams of others.

For those who have yet to hear of Windforge or its Kickstarter, the game is a 2D sandbox side-scroller set on the airborne world of Cordeus. Players use airships to hop around from island to floating island and city to floating city, searching for an ancient energy source to free society from its dependence on the world’s dwindling supply of Sky Whale oil.

The road to the Kickstarter’s goal of $50,000 has been paved with challenges. After an initial spike of pledges when the campaign began, funding stalled around $15,000 for a solid two weeks. but last Thursday saw the start of a massive increase in pledges that hasn’t stopped rolling since. Each day has seen several thousand dollars added to the campaign as backers raise their pledges while more and more backers are pledging for the first time. While the campaign just has three days left, sitting at $32,246 of $50,000 the Windforge campaign still has a strong shot at success.

“We have seen so much positive feedback, and our backers have been enormously generous so far,” said President and Co-Founder Jean-Sylvain Sormany. “We’re not quite at the finish line, but if this sudden explosion in generosity continues we may have a chance yet.” Sormany has no doubts that a fully-funded final product would not leave backers disappointed.

In Windforge, airships are not bought, traded or earned. They’re built from the ground up, piece-by-piece, with resources mined from the fully-destructible world. Windforge’s construction system lets the player build anything from small flying dinghies to giant aerial fortresses. As the game’s lead designer Evan Hahn says, “It’s no longer about the ground beneath your feet, but the air under your props.”

If that doesn’t sound like a SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY concept, I don’t know what does!

This brings building block games like Terraria and Minecraft to a whole new altitude, where players build unique vehicles not possible before, with a fully-fleshed storyline missing from similar titles. If successfully backed, Snowed In Studios plans to release Windforge in March 2014. Backers pledging $25 or more will have pre-release access in early December 2013 in time for Christmas.

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Thank you Kickstarter for providing us with this information.

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Epic Sandbox MMORPG ‘Life Is Feudal’ Hits Indiegogo

Beginning today, independent games developer ‘BitBox’ kicks off a crowdfunding campaign, and encourages gamers worldwide to pledge their support to their hardcore PC MMORPG, ‘Life Is Feudal’. Currently in development for the PC, this innovative and ground-breaking game challenges players to thrive and survive in a vast and immersive medieval fictional world.

I was a little sceptical about the this game until I checked out the trailer, it looks a little rough around the edges at the moment, but it is showing some incredible potential.

Aimed at MMORPG players seeking the ultimate gaming experience, ‘Life Is Feudal’ is scheduled to be available as a playable alpa by the end of 2013, while a beta release including more content and additional features is scheduled for a 2014 release, pending the outcome of the ongoing crowdfunding campaign.

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first-look at the games trailer shows an impressive feature list that includes a huge seamless open world, terraforming and flexible free building.

For the duration of the crowdfunding campaign, backers will be regularly updated on the games progress, and will receive in-depth information about its vast number of cool features such as the unique use of mini-games, its no target combat system, physics based melee and ranged combat system, in addition to the realistic player damage system, and unique formation bonus system.

I can see this game taking off in a big way over the next few months and if what we have seen in the video is only pre-alpha, we would really be in for something special. Head on over to Indiegogo and show them your support.

Thank you Life Is Feudal for providing us with this information.

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