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As WILX reports, Michigan State University has been turned into Metropolis in preparation for a scene between Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). A local reporter spoke with one of the film’s extras, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid the hefty lawsuit that with from leaking information. The source said that Robin, as currently included in the script, will be female — and then singles out “Hunger Games” actress Jena Malone as the Girl Wonder. You can check out the entire report below.

[from Andy:  Anything is possible, it would be rather cool to see this, we will just have to wait and see]

PC Gaming Market Holds Lead Over Consoles

The PC Gaming Hardware Market, which consists of personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming, is strong and healthy amongst the backdrop of general declines in the PC market.

Ted Pollak, Senior Gaming Analyst at JR notes that the $21.5 billion market is over twice the size of the console gaming hardware market. “We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid and high range PC builds and upgrades by gamers. Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment.”

Gaming has become one of the cornerstones of the entire home and personal PC market. As major companies evaluate their marketing and R&D budgets, JPR is seeing more investment in gaming oriented designs, and more money spent advertising to this group of consumers.

Jon Peddie, president of JPR, notes that “Nvidia, Intel, and AMD have enthusiast CPUs and GPUs that are so powerful, when combined with SSD’s and fast memory they absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation. Being able to drive 3840 × 2160 (4K) at acceptable frame rates is already a reality for the highest end configurations and the mass market is now able to push 2560 × 1440. PC Gamers with good displays are able to enjoy millions and millions of pixels more than console gamers get on HDTVs. This translates into being able to see more and a better gaming experience”



The PC Gaming Hardware Market is very diverse amongst its different segments. The high end Enthusiast segment is very performance and style oriented much like sports car owners. While the low end just wants to play games on something and this is why the segment is under threat from cheaper gaming solutions.
The report contains the following content:

  • After-Market AIB: Discussion and estimates of after-market graphics cards sales as upgrades and for home builds
  • System Configured PCs: Discussion and estimates of PC sales influenced by gaming from companies that either sell pre-configured or custom configured builds. Estimates are broken into notebooks and desktop segments.
  • Accessories and DIY: Discussion and estimates of accessory sales and the Do-It-Yourself builds
  • Charts, graphics, tables and more. Included with this report is an Excel workbook. It contains the data we used to create the charts in this report. The workbook has the charts and supplemental information broken out by platform.

Pricing and Availability
The Worldwide PC Gaming Hardware Market report series by Jon Peddie Research which covers 33 countries, notebooks, desktops, DIY, and accessories, comes in three versions: Enthusiast, Performance, and Mainstream, with each version selling for $7,500 and the set of three for $15,000. In addition, with the set is a summary report of the Total PC Gaming Hardware Market worldwide.


“Avengers: Age of Ultron is Darker, Science Fiction.” Says, Joss Whedon


Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon teased in a new interview that the film will be darker and more sci-fi-flavored.

“The model I’m always trying to build from is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie, but you don’t need any information,” Whedon told Total Film in the issue on stands now. “You’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re ready to just pick up in this new place. It’s got a sci-fi element to it that’s stronger than the other film. And it’s a little bit darker. Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping the team together is a completely different problem.”

The first film, of course, dealt quite a bit with the conflict between the characters as they tried to put the team together. To that end, the “keeping the team together” comment promises more of the same — so at least there should be some tonal stability there, even if the rest of the film is fairly different.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is due in theaters on May 1, 2015.


Steam phishing scheme steps up account jacking attempts with automation


The latest phishing scheme on Steam is attempting trick users into downloading malicious software that bypasses Valve’s Steam Guard security feature, according to Malwarebytes Unpacked.

Steam Guard is two-factor authentication for Steam accounts. Valve launched the feature in 2011 and made it mandatory for all Steam Community trades by the end of 2012. It works by placing what’s known as an “SSFN file” on computers that users have authorized with their Steam accounts. Steam checks for the SSFN file the next time around, and as long as it’s there, the service knows that the user has previously logged in to their account using that device.

In April, Malwarebytes Unpacked reported on a Steam Guard-based phishing scam that got users to enter their login information on a fake website and then manually upload the SSFN file from their computer. Once the phishers had a Steam user’s login details and SSFN file, they could get around Steam Guard and access the person’s account.

The phishers must not have been satisfied with the return on that method, because they’re now using a simpler strategy that more people may fall victim to. A private message is sent to advertise item trading with an apparently well-stocked Steam account, and the message includes a link to a fake login page. Once the user enters their details, the page asks them to download and run an additional piece of software to complete the login process.

According to Malwarebytes Unpacked, the software contacts a Russia-based website, then scans the person’s computer for the SSFN file and uploads it to the phishing site. Together, that information is enough to hijack the account.

Pre-order Dead Rising 3 PC TODAY on Steam, get 25% off


The great news continues today for Dead Rising fans. If you’re eagerly anticipating the release of the million-selling Dead Rising 3 on PC, you’ll definitely want to jump on today’s 24-Hour Steam Sale, which knocks a whopping 25% off the game’s pre-order price, but just for the next 24 hours. That also of course means that, as of now, you can pre-order the game!

Meanwhile, I can happily confirm that the PC version will release on September 5th, 2014 for $49.99. With today’s discount, that means you can pick it up for $37.49. This is absolutely the time to buy.

For the deeply curious, we also have some more great information and footage over on Steam regarding the game’s system requirements, frame rate, and performance.