If you like horror movies (and who doesn’t), Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer online game that should give you more chills and thrills than the average hollywood horror flick. Dead by Daylight is a horror game where one player assumes the role of a savage killer as scary as the creepy Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and the Jigsaw Killer. The game also includes unlockable and downloadable (DLC) characters from the Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Saw.
The survivors (or victims), in this game have the advantage of better situational awareness, whereas the killer is mostly focused on their prey. Of course, the survivor’s goal is to escape the ‘killing ground’ without getting caught by the killer. Each time you play the environment changes so it’s not going to be easy.
Dead by Daylight is developed by Behaviour Interactive.
Dead by Daylight was released:
- For the Microsoft Windows operating system in June 2016,
- For the PlayStation 4 in June 2017,
- For the Xbox One in June 2017,
- and is scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch in Fall 2019.
CAUTION: The developers describe the content like this:
“This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be
appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content”
Digital games, video games, and especially online games have become so popular that the number of PC gamers in China is more than the total population of the US and that does not include Chinese mobile gamers. It’s astonishing! This popularity is great for the economy, in that, the game developers are thriving as are the game publishers. Plus there are many small businesses that cater to the big boys. But what is gaming doing to the gamers?
Recent studies are showing that online gaming is actually good for the gamers for these five main reasons:
- Online Gaming Improves Memory: Online games require strong memory skills, so as a person plays more, they tend to further develop their memory and retention.
- Online Gaming Builds Concentration: You just can’t win online games if you are easily distracted. The games force a person to pay attention and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Many Online Games Enhance Life Knowledge: Playing some quizzes and puzzles can help with vocabulary, math, current events, sporting facts, and even history.
- Online Gaming Improves Competence: No one enjoys losing all the time, therefore, everyone playing online games tries to win as much as possible and since most games have skill-levels, a player can build their confidence and competence as they move along.
- Online Gaming Coordination: Even the first arcade games required hand and eye coordination to shoot down those aliens. Todays games are more complex such as flying a helicopter around mountains and rivers.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, the Vietnamese police have busted an online gambling operation that has taken in over one billion dollars with hundreds of thousands of accounts. Twenty-three Vietnamese persons and one foreigner were taken into custody for organizing online gambling with it’s servers outside Vietnam. The bust is said to be the largest-ever internet betting operation in the communist country.
Vietnamese law currently states that only government licensed gambling operations are legal. There are stiff fines and severe prison sentences for those found to be in violation of that law. The bust of such a large scale betting operation has triggered massive raids in cities and provinces across the country.
Gamblers who visited the website Fxx88.com, now off line, had to deposit cash into certain banks in exchange for virtual money for betting. Apparently, multiple bank accounts were set up for these cash deposits in order to stay ‘under the radar’.
Contrarily, Vietnam has recently been loosening up it restrictions on gambling, allowing Vietnamese to gamble in local casinos and even allowing some sports betting. However, the lucrative illegal operations have sprung up by the dozens triggering this huge government crackdown. Just last year another gambling ring was taken out by police when they arrested 91 Vietnamese; some of them were high ranking government officials.
The occurrences of cheating in Multi-player online games is so much that it is negatively affecting traffic, game popularity, and game revenue. That’s when the game host has to take some aggressive action to reduce the cheating, and many are doing just that.
For example, Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite has brought in third-party cheating detection software experts to assist them. Epic Game is also the developer of the Unreal Engine which powers many online multiplayer games. Epic Games, Inc. is an American video game and software development company based in Cary, North Carolina. The company was founded by Tim Sweeney as Potomac Computer Systems in 1991.
The aggressive action that Epic has taken allowed them to catch over 1,200 accounts cheating in ongoing Fortnite World cup online tournament, which started 13 April. All flagged accounts have been banned and cash prizes of 200 accounts have been revoked. Most of those cheaters were trying to bypass regional restrictions in order to play multiple sessions, but one cheater was using software that was designed to give the player an unfair advantage. Using that software would allow a player to see his opponents through walls and other obstacles. That particular player was permanently banned.
In the Philippines, a country known for being wired to the hilt; not necessarily fast-wired, but wired everywhere. A good broadband connection is typically only 10Mbps in the home and public hot spots would not be much better. Anyway, a recent survey is revealing that 4 out of 5 Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996 age 23 to 37 years old, are playing games online. Fifty percent of those young folks consider themselves competitive players and play online on a daily basis.
This is not too surprising considering that the Philippines sends more SMS messages than any other country in the world. Filipinos are hooked on their smart phones. Everywhere you go, you would see them staring into the smartphone screen. Standing in line at the ATM, inside the bank, inside the supermarket, (sometimes even while pushing their shopping cart around), in line at fast food stores. Most are playing games and others are scrolling their Facebook accounts. And of course, reading their old text messages and sending new ones.
You might wonder how the residents of a country that is considered to be a ‘poor country’ can afford all the online activity. First, sending a text is cheap, it cost just one peso which is about 2 cents USD. Going online with a prepaid data connection is considerably more expensive so only a few can afford that. Then there are the hot spots, in every mall, Starbucks, etc. etc.
This particular survey was done by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. The 1,200 respondents were chosen by Singapore-based firm Lightspeed Research, but they were not guaranteed to be a random sample, for some reason.
According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) executive director Kevin O’Toole, the iGaming certificates and licenses previously issued by Pennsylvania’s PGCB will become effective on July 15, this year. Which means that the state’s online gambling licensees will be permitted to launch their casino and poker products at that time.
The licenses include ten land-based casinos and three operating partners all of which will be allowed to launch on the same day in order to keep the playing field equal. This will bring the number of active states allowing online gambling to four as Pennsylvania joins Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. (West Virginia has recently approved similar legislation, but that legislation will not go into effect until 2020.
There’s just one hitch, the US Department of Justice, DOJ. In January, the DOJ softened it’s ruling on the 1961 Wire Act, but the DOJ opinion still mentions that gambling transactions, (any relevant data), must not cross state lines. While this may seem like an easy criteria for the operators to meet, banks often connect to other financial organizations in order to complete a transaction and that could be a big problem.
We should find out soon though because New Hampshire is currently dealing with this exact issue in the US District Court for New Hampshire.
In a surprise move, Iraq’s parliament has passed legislation that bans some popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite’s Battle Royale. The lawmakers claim that these online games promote violence, killing, and extreme bloodshed. To put it lightly, Irag does not need any more of that!
“…due to the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth…”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc. In this game up to 100 players are parachuted onto an island where they have to fend for themselves by finding weapons, ammo, shelter, and food, all while fighting the other players. Epic Game’s Fortnite has a similar theme. Both games are extremely popular with a global membership.
Furthermore, the Indian state Gujarat’s government is also considering banning some of the more violent online games. Other states and countries could be following soon.
Some people have said that this will only drive those games underground where players will have to sneak in a back door and pay extra money to play.
In today’s online gaming world, there are dozens of First Person Shooter, (FPS), games; some gamers say that the niche is saturated. Nevertheless, our editors have scoured the current selection of FPS games for the PS4 and the voting is in: Titalfall 2 takes the Blue Ribbon.
Titanfall 2 is a first person shooter video game, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Titanfall 2 is actually the latest version of 2014’s Titanfall which was released worldwide back in October of 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The gameplay of Titanfall 2 has the players controling Titans which are mechanical-style exoskeletons.
Exoskeletons are ‘external skeletons’ that provide:
- armor for protection,
- vicious weapons,
- ability to run on walls,
- cloak themselves.
Initially, Titanfall were multiplayer games, but Titanfall 2 comes with the option of a single player FPS gaming experience. In this version, the single player follows the story of a character named Jack Cooper, a rifleman from a local militia who bonds with his mentor’s Titan after his mentor was killed. Of Course, the challenge is to survive the onslaught of a certain number of enemy Titans in order to be the last man standing.
The official government advertising watchdog in the United Kingdom, the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority is reporting that quite a few online gambling ads are being shown to children on the web. Of course, no one can really control where kids will browse on the internet, but there are certain rules that restrict where gambling ads can be placed.
The Advertising Standards Authority set up a wide area type of sting by creating many dummy children profiles which then simulated the known browsing habits of children online. For over two weeks, the advertisements displayed were monitored and the Advertising Standards Authority found 43 gambling operators that were displaying ads on sites that children can easily access.
Some of those sites include:
- 20 YouTube channels
- 20 various children sites
However, only five gambling operators were found to actually violate the code which bans all online gambling ads targeting individuals under the age of 18:
- Vikings Video Slot,
- and PlayOjo.
One of the gambling operators, Vikings Video Slot, turns out to be the most common violater accounting for almost half of the advertising. The response from Viking was “The advert did not lead to under-18 gambling.” But the point remains that the children saw the ads and therefore ‘the desire’ to gamble was triggered.
Most casino gamblers will tell you that slots are the most difficult game to win money since they are so random and so electronically controlled. However, in some rare cases, the slots can be very lucrative. A case in point is the news of a man named ‘Jay’, (and a few of his friends), that beat the online casinos in New Jersey on two occasions, once in January and then again in February of this year to the tune of almost $1 million. But Jay didn’t simply get lucky, he had a legal advantage and the casinos were more or less forced to pay off his winnings.
How did Jay do it?
Jay is what is known in the casino gambling circles as ‘an advantage player’ which means that he studies the slot games for built-in flaws or opportunities that the slot game manufacturer did not expect. In this case, it was two different slots games: Golden Egypt and Ocean Magic. Jay noticed that when there are two bonus coins showing at the top of the game, (this is normal, but rare), there will be more Wild icons in the game and therefore a much better chance of winning.
To make a long, (and technical), story short, Jay would simply increase the size of his bets to the maximum during the bonus games, then reduce his bets until the next bonus spin.
Sorry, but this is not recommended for the casual player. Jay has been doing this type of thing for almost 20 years.