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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 15, 2019.

How Privacy Settings Compare Across Xbox Live, PSN, And Other Platforms

How Privacy Settings Compare Across Xbox Live, PSN, And Other Platforms

Earlier this week, Steam introduced a handful of new privacy options and, in a move that doomed number-crunching megalith Steam Spy , changed its default settings so that only friends can see which games you’ve been playing. In this one particular area, Steam is now ahead of the rest of the pack.

If you want, you can manually make your game details public. This includes how many hours you’ve...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers May 25, 2019. 7 comments

Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Video game developers can collect our data, and for now, they can sell it to advertisers. But that may not be as easy in the future due to California’s new data privacy law . On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we do a follow-up episode after last week’s analysis of the state of gameplay data and privacy.

First, we talk about games we’re playing. Jason and I are both playing the Switch port of...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Apr 13, 2019. 17 comments

Oculus Accidentally Hid Creepy Messages In Thousands Of VR Controllers

Oculus Accidentally Hid Creepy Messages In Thousands Of VR Controllers

With every bit of new technology that hits the market, it’s hard not to wonder: In what previously unimagined ways will this compromise my privacy? Turns out that’s also something very much on the mind of the people who make the latest gear. On Thursday, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell informed the public via Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers have shipped with creepy...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Sep 13, 2018. 20 comments

After Shooting At Dr Disrespect's House, Streamers Are Concerned For Their Safety

After Shooting At Dr Disrespect's House, Streamers Are Concerned For Their Safety

Yesterday, one of Twitch’s best-known streamers, Dr Disrespect, was forced to abruptly shut down his stream after someone fired a gun at his house, shattering a window. Police have since said the shots likely came from a BB gun, but this and other recent incidents now have Twitch streamers concerned for their privacy and safety.

It’s been a frightening and tragic few weeks for public figures...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 30, 2018. 5 comments

Riot Accidentally Sends A ‘Few’ League of Legends Players Other People’s Personal Info

Riot Accidentally Sends A ‘Few’ <i>League of Legends</i> Players Other People’s Personal Info

Some League of Legends players received sensitive private information that belonged to other people earlier this week due to errors by Riot, makers of the internationally acclaimed multiplayer game. Instead of getting access to their own requested account info, several received phone numbers, email addresses, and detailed player histories of other people. A Riot representative wrote on Reddit...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 11, 2018. 14 comments

TF2-Inspired Loadout Is Shutting Down Ahead Of New European Regulations

<i>TF2</i>-Inspired <i>Loadout</i> Is Shutting Down Ahead Of New European Regulations

Edge of Reality’s 2014 free-to-play online shooter, Loadout, is getting shut down on May 24. The developer announced the news on Steam earlier this week, citing, among other reasons, the prohibitive costs of making the game compliant with new European regulations.

“Loadout just received a few death blows,” wrote the CEO, Rob Cohen, on the game’s Steam page. “Any one of these could have been...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Apr 18, 2018. 19 comments

Guild Wars 2 Developers Criticized For Technique Used To Suspend More Than 1,500 Accounts

<i>Guild Wars 2</i> Developers Criticized For Technique Used To Suspend More Than 1,500 Accounts

Late last week, ArenaNet, makers of the MMO Guild Wars 2 , suspended over 1,500 player accounts it suspected of cheating. According to one of the players caught in the sweep, the studio accomplished this using what some users and experts are calling spyware to monitor people’s computers for known cheat programs.

“Today, ArenaNet suspended 1583 accounts involved in the use of illicit...

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Patrick Klepek Patrick Klepek Sep 07, 2017. 20 comments

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed , anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social networks have encouraged us share everything, including where we're hanging out....

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