Intel Processor Vulnerability Fix Causing Fortnite Server Issues

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Intel Processor Vulnerability Fix Causing Fortnite Server Issues

Fortnite is having some login and stability issues, and may continue having them over the next week, due to recent design flaw found in many modern processors.

Recently, it was discovered that Intel processors made in the several years (we're talking upwards of a decade here) have a fatal security flaw at the kernel level. While the technical aspects of the flaw are intricate and jargon-filled, the effect is clear: it would give viruses and other malicious programs access to things like passwords at the system level. In the wake of this discovery, Windows and Linux computers have received numerous patches to address the issue at a cost: processing power.

Although this performance hit mostly does not affect gaming benchmarks, the cut to processing power on CPUs may hinder servers and data centers. Case in point: Epic Games is blaming the fix for the issue, which is called the "Meltdown vulnerability" for recent issues Fortnite users might be experiencing across all platforms.

Intel Processor Vulnerability Fix Causing Fortnite Server Issues

about X hours ago from
Intel Processor Vulnerability Fix Causing Fortnite Server Issues

Fortnite is having some login and stability issues, and may continue having them over the next week, due to recent design flaw found in many modern processors.

Recently, it was discovered that Intel processors made in the several years (we're talking upwards of a decade here) have a fatal security flaw at the kernel level. While the technical aspects of the flaw are intricate and jargon-filled, the effect is clear: it would give viruses and other malicious programs access to things like passwords at the system level. In the wake of this discovery, Windows and Linux computers have received numerous patches to address the issue at a cost: processing power.

Although this performance hit mostly does not affect gaming benchmarks, the cut to processing power on CPUs may hinder servers and data centers. Case in point: Epic Games is blaming the fix for the issue, which is called the "Meltdown vulnerability" for recent issues Fortnite users might be experiencing across all platforms.

What To Watch This Weekend: AGDQ, Smite, And Street Fighter III

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What To Watch This Weekend: AGDQ, Smite, And Street Fighter III

Sub-zero temperatures can't stop these hot events! Or something. Between the first blizzard of the year and it being the heart of Winter, you should probably just stay inside and watch some of these events, is what I'm saying.

Awesome Games Done Quick starts tomorrow, which means you'd better have your week planned out. You can expect speedruns of tons of classic and popular games, but more recent entries include the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyResident Evil 7: Biohazard, and an "all main quests" run of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Stream / Schedule)

The Hi-Rez expo also takes place this weekend, which means we have a lot of Smite and Paladins action in store. (Smite Stream / Paladins StreamSchedule)

Awesome Games Done Quick Starts This Sunday

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Awesome Games Done Quick Starts This Sunday

If you love charity, video games, and things going fast, then Speed Demos Archive has you covered next week from Sunday, January 7 through the following Sunday on January 14.

The charity event, which benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation, has been an annual stable since its first showing in 2010. Each year, speedrunners gather together and stream games for both live and online audiences with the intent of beating them as quickly as possible, often with certain parameters. People donate money for charity to cheer the runners on, put money toward incentives like saving the animals in Super Metroid or what to name characters, and win prizes donated by the community.

I end up watching the stream as much as I can during the week, and again six months later when Summer Games Done Quick takes place. This year, the event starts with the N. Sane Trilogy version of Crash 3, includes a Yoshi's Island four-way race, and ends with an all-main quest run of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Mercy Undergoes A Nerf On Overwatch Test Servers

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Mercy Undergoes A Nerf On Overwatch Test Servers

Much like the plot of every high school popularity movie, Mercy has unfortunately come to realize that being everyone's favorite is eventually accompanied by a huge crash. New changes to the character on the Public Test Realm indicate that Blizzard is trying to bring Dr. Ziegler down to Earth.

Last year, Blizzard decided to restructure Mercy to make her a more attractive support pick by turning her Ultimate into a regular skill with a cooldown and just all around making her better. This plan worked too well, as Mercy soon became so indispensable that one slot on every team was dedicated to her or the team was likely to lose. No other support characters were worth the time to learn because Mercy would fly circles around them.

Slowly, Blizzard tried to undo this by nerfing the character bit by bit. For example, the team tried to increase Mercy's charge time on her resurrection ability, forcing a longer cooldown. Doing so barely moved the needle, Mercy was simply a little more annoying to use but no less essential to victory.

Pokemon GO Switches Region Exclusivity For Zangoose And Seviper

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Pokemon GO Switches Region Exclusivity For Zangoose And Seviper

When the Pokemon GO holiday update came around, Hoenn Pokemon Zangoose and Seviper were added as region exclusives with the mongoose in North America and Africa and the viper in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Now, the two Pokemon have switched regions suddenly.

Perhaps it is a nod to the rivalry the two Pokemon share as they hunt each other, as told through their Pokedex entries.

The Pokedex entry for Pokemon Ruby reads: "Memories of battling its arch-rival SEVIPER are etched into every cell of ZANGOOSE’s body. This POKéMON adroitly dodges attacks with incredible agility."

Nintendo Releasing Green And Pink Joycons In America

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Nintendo Releasing Green And Pink Joycons In America

After months of the pink and green joycons only being available in Japan, Nintendo is finally releasing them in North America.

The dual-color joycons, which represent and launched alongside Splatoon 2 with its June release, were exclusive to a Splatoon 2 hardware bundle in North America, which itself was exclusive to Wal-Mart. In Japan, the joycons were also available separately.

Curiously, the new separately sold joycons invert the colors from both the hardware bundle and the Japanese ones, which had a green left joycon and a pink right one. This is similar to how Nintendo sold the neon colored joycons separately, inverting the colors from the neon Switch. So if you bought the hardware bundle and want an all-green or all-pink system, it is going to run you another $80 for a new joycon set. If you don't have the hardware bundle and want the joycons to match, it looks like you'll need to import a set from Japan, as well.

Horizon Zero Dawn And Breath Of The Wild Dominate Game Developers Choice Awards Nominations

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Horizon Zero Dawn And Breath Of The Wild Dominate Game Developers Choice Awards Nominations

The annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be celebrating its 18th show this year. Industry professionals from around the world choose the nominations while leading game creators from all parts of the industry select the winners. The event takes place on March 21 at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2018 Game Developers Conference. Any game made during the 2017 calendar year was eligible for nomination.

This year, Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had the most nominations with six each and both are in the running for Game of the Year. Games like Nier: Automata, PlayerUnknow's Battlegrounds, and Cuphead also received multiple nominations. You can see the complete list of nominees, including honorable mentions below.

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Sony Reveals Its Most Downloaded Games, Add-Ons, And Themes For 2017

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Sony Reveals Its Most Downloaded Games, Add-Ons, And Themes For 2017

As we fully embrace 2018, Sony recently did some reflecting on its successes of 2017 by giving us a peek into its most downloaded games, add-ons, and themes from last year. While plenty is what you'd expect with big games such as Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, and Horizon Zero Dawn topping the charts, a few surprises slipped in there. The asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Friday: The 13th is the third most downloaded game, putting it ahead of Horizon Zero Dawn and NBA 2K18. If you need further proof of people's love for Friday: The 13th, its theme is the second most popular. 

Other noteworthy trends: Call of Duty dominated the add-on list, while Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto and Bully games filled the PS Classics charts. The God of War: Collection, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, and Jak and Daxter Collection earned the top three spots for PS Vita downloads.

Note: The charts here are not based on total revenue, only factoring in the number of downloads from the PlayStation Store.