Denuvo Strikes Back: Voksi Arrested by Bulgarian Cyber Police

Denuvo is an Anti-Tamper and digital rights management (DRM) software employed by many game developers as a way of stopping their games from getting cracked and pirated. A huge number of players have spoken up against Denuvo and how it is bloated and can adversely affect a games performance, as it did in the case of Rime and many more have spoken about how DRM doesn’t really help increase game sales. Well, there was one man who decided to Revolt against Denuvo to provide games for free to the users to show the people that even Denuvo can be cracked. The man in question, Voksi, cracked multiple Denuvo games, many of which were using a different version of the Anti-Tamper software. His latest feats included the cracking of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Injustice 2.

It all started on 25th July when users noticed that Voksi’s site, revolt.group was redirecting to the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs site. Many thought that this was done by a hacker and was a scare tactic. However, on 26th July Voksi posted on a subreddit he frequented where he also showed off his methods to crack Denuvo. In his post, Voksi confirmed that he was visited by the police, his computer and server were seized and that he was arrested since Denuvo decided to file a case against him. He goes on to say that while the issue is not yet resolved, he will no longer be able to continue doing what he does and that this is the end of his career as a cracker.

Mark Mulready, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services of Irdeto had this to say. “Piracy is a threat that is now firmly established in the gaming industry, and we are focused on securing the content of game publishers and ensuring that hackers cannot distort the gaming environment for personal gain at the expense of other players”. Irdeto is the parent company of Denuvo after they acquired them earlier this year in January.

What’s next for Voksi is not yet known as he is still waiting to hear back from the law enforcement and Denuvo. There’s been a lot of support for him ever since this came to light since a huge majority of PC Gamers are against DRM of any kind, especially those that hog system resources and negatively impact a game’s performance. This has also caused people to question Denuvo and if they really want to help the PC Gaming scene or just want to profit off of it since they don’t seem to be fixing their DRM but rather seem to go after people and groups who are showing them up.

We would like to clarify that we at GamingMonk do not condone piracy of any sorts.

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Steam’s New Chat Client out of Beta

Steam is the biggest online market for video games and has a huge user base that has slowly been growing. While Steam is a name now synonymous with PC Gaming its User Interface and design never really caught up with the times which resulted in people using Skins to help modernize Steam. Well, Valve finally decided to do their own thing and have completely revamped the entire chat client with more updates being promised to the whole Steam Client.

The new Chat Client update was in Beta back when it was first announced in June but with most of the bugs squashed it’s been rolled out for everyone. This new update makes the Chat Client a lot more like Discord and features a lot of new features and upgrades. One of my personal favourites is the fact that chats don’t get erased now, so your older chats persist even after you’ve logged off and come back. Persistent Group Chats are also now a thing along with a much improved Voice Chat system. You can set your “favourites” so friends that you choose stay in a specific bar even if they’re offline allowing quicker access to their chats. The chat now groups by game so you can see if your friends decided to start a game of CSGO without you as you can see if they’ve lobbied together.

Another big change is the addition of inline images, gifs and videos in Steam Chat. It’s something that was really missing and now you can spam your friends with appropriate reaction gifs and memes. All these changes are also available on the browser version of Steam which is quite good. With all these changes Valve has stated that this is just the beginning of a lot of changes to come since they’ve built this using a new UI Framework along with a lot of architectural improvements under the hood. Hopefully, the Community Pages and Steam Store get a new look soon.

Here’s a full list of changes and new features that have been rolled out in this update.

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Guacamelee! 2 Launches August 21

Oh, it’s true! It’s damn true! Celebrated independent video game developer Drinkbox Studios is launching its long-awaited, Metroidvania action-platformer Guacamelee! 2 on both PlayStation 4 and PC on August 21, for $19.99 / €19.99. Set in a unique world full of challenges, adventure and humor, Guacamelee! 2 expands upon the original game by introducing new levels, enemies, characters, and gameplay mechanics for the ultimate high-flying luchador experience.

Starting today, Guacamelee! 2 is available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store, and for wishlisting on Steam.

Guacamelee! 2 brings former hero Juan Aguacate out of retirement to stop a powerful and ruthless luchador who has emerged as the ruler of a parallel timeline. Juan must once again don his special luchador mask and tights, and fight his way through the worlds of the living and the dead (plus time and space) in an attempt to save his family… and the entire Mexiverse!

“We asked our inner skeletons what we should do for Guac 2,” said Augusto Quijano, Concept Lead at Drinkbox Studios. “We couldn’t decide whether to add Better Moves, More Interesting Platforming, Timeline Travel, Chicken Powers, or New Puns, so we added it all!”

  

Key Features

• Powerful New Moves – New abilities such as Eagle Boost, Rocket Kick, and Pollo Shot add to Juan’s awesome arsenal of moves, for use in both combat and platforming.

• Super Chicken! – A unique set of new abilities and moves for Juan’s chicken form. Ridiculous chicken-based platforming, combat and exploration. More chicken than you’ll be able to handle (probably).

• Vibrant, Deadly World – An epic, colorful adventure, inspired by Mexican folklore, that takes players through living and dead worlds and across rifts in space-time! Beautiful environments and 2D animation, more gorgeous than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine.

• Lots to See – Dense gameplay areas featuring tons of secrets and optional content. Bigger maps, twice as many enemy types as the first game, and a roster of eccentric new bosses.

• Brand New Upgrade System – Discover “trainers” from around the world, defeat their challenges, and upgrade your movement, combat, traversal, and more.

• Caliente Original Soundtrack – Soundtrack featuring new music from Peter Chapman and Rom Di Prisco – composers of the original Guacamelee! OST. Additional new tracks from special guests Mariachi Entertainment System!

• 4-Player Local Co-op – Drop-in / drop-out 4-player local co-op through the entire story lets your best amigos join in anytime!

For more information regarding Guacamelee! 2 please visit the game’s website.

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New Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay: Welcome to Paititi

Square Enix, Eidos-Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics delivered a new video for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Featuring never-before-seen gameplay and developer insights, the footage highlights the vibrant and captivating city of Paititi.

Paititi is the largest hub ever created in a Tomb Raider game, delivering a thriving new social area filled with adventure and opportunity. Players can dive into a bustling economy to barter for new outfits and weapons, interact with and learn from inhabitants to complete side missions, hunt for and harvest valuable resources, and of course discover hidden crypts and challenges tombs. Paititi will keep players exploring and challenged for hours on end.

Created by a team of veteran Tomb Raider developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game will be available on September 14, 2018 for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC/Steam.

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Fortnite’s Playground Mode To Return on 25th July

Fortnite players rejoice! The Playground mode is coming back and it’s coming back with a lot of more new additions. Set up squad battles with new team select options, skirt around in an ATK and gear up with lots more loot.

While they did announce that they would bring back Playground mode, the quick addition of it in the next update is quite good. They had also stated earlier that they want to include team selections to enable 1v1 and 2v2, teammate structure editing and other play-with-pal features. All the details will be known tomorrow when the update drops tomorrow. The update will also feature Founder’s Skin.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180, 1170, and 1160 Rumoured Launch Dates

There’s a lot of rumours surrounding the next line of cards that Nvidia is going to release. From the naming convention to the numbering system that they’ll use but the biggest is the actual date of launch.  According to youtuber Gamer Meld who received emails from Nvidia’s Board Partners which state that the new series, the GTX 11xx will begin launching at the end of August with the GTX 1180.

According to the emails, Nvidia will reveal the lineup on August 30th along with making the GTX 1180 available for purchase. The GTX 1170 is supposed to launch around September 30th and the GTX 1160 around October 30th. Additionally, a GTX 1180+ is said to release alongside the GTX 1170. This GTX 1180+ could probably be the Ti version of the GTX 1180. As noted in the email, these are the expected release dates as of now. While we cannot confirm the authenticity of the email, the timing seems to line-up. Lenovo had stated that the GTX 11xx series would launch around Fall. Also, Nvidia is scheduled for a talk at Hot Chips on August 20th with the description of their talk being “NVIDIA’s Next-Gen Mainstream GPU”.

The Hot Chips conference is just a month away so we won’t have to wait too long to find out if the GTX 11xx series is actually happening this Fall because chances are that they will reveal it there and then open up pre-orders, at least for the GTX 1180 that will supposedly launch 10 days after. We hope that this happens since the mining craze ruined the GPU Market and prices are finally getting back to normal now and if the new series of cards do get announced, the current GTX 10xx might get cheaper, much to the joy of PC Enthusiasts who have been waiting to upgrade or build a new PC.

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VACation Time: 60k+ Accounts Banned, VAC Ban Record Set

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the best competitive FPS and has been ever since it’s release. With tournaments all throughout the year and many professional teams and players, CSGO is still a very active game with an even more active community. However, players of the game have been questioning Valve over the years for what seems to be lack of support for the game itself in terms of updates and anti-cheat. Valve has responded to the players by releasing Panorama UI and by totally stepping up their game when it comes to Anti-Cheat. While it is not as intrusive as ESEA or Faceit, the Anti-Cheat has been working wonders lately.

July 19th 2018 is a day that’s going down in CSGO history as the day 61 THOUSAND accounts got banned. That is not a joke, 61k VAC bans took place and the forums where cheaters gather is just filled with them complaining about it. As a CSGO player myself, all I can say is thanks mr volvo. The game has been using a hidden trust factor to match players of similar trust together in an effort to combat cheaters and AFKers but this VAC Wave has made the majority of the fanbase extremely excited and happy since there was a lot of rampant cheating going on lately.

3rd most played game.

It’s great to see Valve give attention to CSGO with all these updates since it still is one of the most played games on Steam and arguably the best Competitive Shooter out there.

All data mentioned above has been taken from SteamDB.

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Is No Man’s Sky Finally Good?

No Man’s Sky reached for the stars but crashed and burned horribly with players and critics criticizing its lack of variety, no multiplayer, story or any of the things initially marketed. This led to a lot of refunds being given out by Hello Games and a lot of consumers learning to never pre-order games based on trailers and marketing videos, especially in this day and age where keys can’t be sold out like physical copies of games.

Originally released in 2016 to lacklustre reviews, Hello Games stated that they would work hard and release updates to the game to make it better. And they stuck to their word, releasing three major updates, all of which have added new features or functions to the game which include but not limited to basic multiplayer, story mode and lore. The upcoming NEXT update which is another major update is going to expand the multiplayer so you can finally play with your friends, bump into random people and even race people. The NEXT update is also being timed with the Xbox One release of the game which will feature this new update, along with a release on WeGames.

So is the game any better now? People seem to be saying that it is, based on the Steam Reviews. While the game did get slammed with a LOT of negative reviews when it released, things seem to be getting better as there are a lot of positive reviews now. At this point with all the updates and content that is being added to the game, it can only be speculated why they would release the games in 2016 in its half-finished state. Was it pressure from the publisher? Was it because they didn’t want to become another Star Citizen? That we won’t know for sure but what we do know is that Hello Games is making an effort to improve their game and are doing it with free updates rather than hiding it behind a DLC. In due time this game could really turn into what it was initially meant to be and as a gamer, it’s always good to play a game where the dev team have actually fulfilled their vision.

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GTA Online: After Hours Nightclub Update Brings Back ‘Gay Tony’

Los Santos is a city of bright lights, long nights and dirty secrets, and they don’t come brighter, longer or dirtier than in GTA Online: After Hours.

Partner with legendary impresario Tony Prince aka ‘Gay Tony’ to open and operate a top shelf Nightclub featuring world-class DJ acts SolomunTale Of UsDixon and The Black Madonna, and use it as a front for the most concentrated network of criminal enterprise ever to hit San Andreas.

The party starts on July 24th.

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Call of Cthulhu Launches October 30

Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG, will begin the spread of madness on October 30 this year – just in time for Halloween. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and uncover the chilling mysteries of this Narrative RPG game, descending deep into a world of inevitable insanity and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe.

Four new screenshots give you a glimpse of what’s to come across the deep, single-player story following private investigator Edward Pierce’s as he scours the island of Darkwater for answers regarding the mysterious deaths of the Hawkins family. Lead him along the razor’s edge of madness, as he’s confronted with a terrifying web of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors…

Nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of all. Your mind will suffer – balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.

Call of Cthulhu releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 30.

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