Posts made in February 9th, 2012

Attacks on online players

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Browser Games, Online Games

Kaspersky Lab published new article “Frauds connected with online games: evolution of black market” by Christian Funk. In last four years cybercriminals got large benefits from salling stolen players accounts and items of characters.
Whatever it is- cards, board game, or game with cops and robbers- attemps to fraud are as old as game itself. Wanting of winning makes people cheat to get a advantage and to win a game.
It also concern online games. So-called “cheats” occur in all types of games- especially in MMORPG, helping impatients or less experienced players to win quicker and get better score.
From the time of Internet development  MMORPG are on first place among games in terms of longest of a play. In those games you have to create your own character in game world.
With time characters are developing, or get to higher levels.About power of a character decides not only its level and skill but also equipment, like weapon. To a success also has an input all kinds of weapons – swords, knifes, arc, armor. To have those weapons sometimes you have to buy them from developers. Users want to be better and have better power and so they buy additions. They built large accounts which will sooner or later interest hackers.
There is nothing strange that in the online games arised fully developed economics. In becoming an owner of items great role plays trade. Currency used in a game (usually virtual gold)is one of many  objects.
Perceived value and market price of items are quickly valued and actualizations of games and expansion packs, which are adding new objects. New items and new ways of getting them guarantee lack of stagnation on items market. Because of that game developers are following the market to maintain on it.
This market is characterized by quick development and big financial potential. So only the matter of time was when creators of viruses will be interested in it. While many of these items, accounts and currency offered for sale were sold by their owners, constituted a large part of the illegal gains from phishing attacks.
To sum up it is better to play online browser games, such as skill games because you will be sure that you will not be attacted by hackers.
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Want to be fit? Play online games!

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Online Games

Many people think that vanishing boarder between real and virtual world may be very dangerous. That is probably true, but we must remember that every rule has its exceptions. Some time ago in USA has been created game that should helps people lose weight. Last research conducted by Indiana University shows that regular visits in virtual world of online game Second Life helps to lose weight in real life! Sounds impossible? To participate in the experiment were invited people with overweight and obesity in age between 30 and 50 years. They were separated in two groups, one was playing the game, second one was meeting in real life. After twelve weeks people from both of groups had lost about 4,5 kilograms. The were also similarity in theirs body mass index and body fat. The scientists believe that motivation and confidence built in game have positive influence on daily human life. What appeared, members of the online browser game Second Life made bigger progress in healthier diet and physical activity. Their colleagues from second group did not make so significant changes in any above-mentioned area. Except way of thinking, diet and exercise was analyzed lenght of sleep. By visualizing in virtual world real-world behaviour is easier to imagine the consequences of a particular behaviour, for example: if our virtual character will get fat because of eating to much, we would not do it in reality (otherwise we still will be overweight).
Virtual program was at least as effective as the so-called: program ‘face to face”. And in some ways was even better. Online game Second Life has potential to reach out to people who normally would never go to the gym or start a diet. It could be because of lack of the free time or complex of being too fat. What is interesting another American scientists have noticed that people exercises more intense, when instead of doing it alone, have company of avatar.

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