This Week on JungleDrums:
Your host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by SergeantJay and CptGimboid to delve into this week’s gaming and tech news! Your PC may be vulnerable to attacks, Intel Core i9 7980XE benchmarks leaked, evidence surfaces of a Nier: Automata sequel, and more!
- Recent ransomware attacks, including WannaCry and Petya, both wreaked havoc on hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe, taking advantage of a flaw found in the old SMBv1, which still comes enabled by default on Windows 10. SMB is a network file sharing protocol that Windows 10 uses to allow apps to read and write to files, as well as to perform services requests for another device on the network. There are three versions of SMB, but version 1 is the only one affected; versions 2 and 3 are not vulnerable.
- It has taken Intel a little longer to roll out its higher core count Skylake X parts based on the HCC — High Core Count — Xeon die. Many have speculated these CPUs were never actually planned for the desktop, but AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper launch has seemingly forced Intel’s hand. After all, the i9 7980XE’s only job is to dethrone AMD’s 1950X, which is currently the most powerful desktop processor you can buy. If these ‘leaked’ benchmarks are to be believed, it appears Intel has reclaimed their throne.
- One of 2017’s biggest surprises has been Nier: Automata, a collaboration between Yoko Taro and Platinum Games. The game stormed out of the gate when it launched at the end of February, beating its sales projections in the first month alone and easily surpassing the lowered expectations from its publisher, Square Enix. The action title continued its strong momentum through the following months as well, when it was announced back in May that sales have exceeded 1.5 million combined units. It appears that all of this success so far has prompted publisher Square Enix to potentially begin work on a sequel.
- Retro gaming has made a comeback with systems like the NES Classic, but none of them will do you any good if you have a stockpile of game CDs from yesteryear that you want to play. What might, however, is a new system seeking funding on Indiegogo that promises to play all of your old CDs from virtually any platform.
- Gamigo announced today that Ironsight, the free-to-play multiplayer military-themed first-person shooter developed by Korean studio Wiple Games, will launch in Western countries for Windows PC in early 2018. A closed beta test will begin in November and interested players may sign up for it on the game’s official website.
- Unlike its predecessor, Destiny 2 will release on PC. Although players will have to wait longer for it — Destiny 2 doesn’t launch on PC until October 24 but is already available on Xbox One and PS4 — the PC version does feature a variety of improvements and differences compared with its console counterparts.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.