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Introduction to Web Hosting Bandwidth

One of the first things to do in the entire process of building a website is to purchase both a domain name and a hosting plan. The options for a domain name is pretty vast, as long as it has not been used or bought by someone else. When it comes to a hosting plan, […]

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Control Ultimate Edition Coming to Steam August 27

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Control Ultimate Edition was announced by 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment on Wednesday, hot off the heels of the trailer for “AWE,” the upcoming expansion for the game. This new edition will include the base game and all expansions and be Control’s introduction to the Steam marketplace on August 27, 2020, the one-year anniversary for the release of the game. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Control Ultimate Edition will release on September 10. Furthermore, purchasers of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions will receive free next-gen upgrades for the release of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

 

Remedy Entertainment is holding a Twitch live stream on August 13 at 12:00 PM EST where fans can get a glimpse of what to expect. The stream will feature 15 minutes of gameplay from the upcoming “AWE” expansion and a discussion of Remedy Entertainment’s storytelling methods and the “Remedy Connected Universe”. This will all be hosted by Same Lake (Remedy Entertainment’s Creative Director) and Mikael Kasurinen (Control’s Game Director).

 

 

Control was originally announced as a project codenamed “P7” in 2017 and officially revealed during Sony’s E3 2018 press conference. After three years of development, the game released on August 27, 2019 to high praise from critics and players. Here on Sick Critic, the game received a 7/10 for being a “sophisticated and exciting game filled with a rush of adrenaline…” The staff also collectively named it Sick Critic’s 2019 Game of the Year and gave it Honorable Mention in our “Top 10 Games of the 2010s” article. However, its awards certainly don’t end with our rankings. In The Game Awards 2019, Control won Best Art Direction and was nominated for seven other awards, including Game of the Year and Best Action/Adventure Game. It also received plenty of other nods in the Golden Joystick Awards and several other award shows.

 

Control Ultimate Edition will release on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for £29.99.

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How To Calm Achilles With Gifts In A Total War Saga Troy

How To Calm Achilles With Gifts In A Total War Saga Troy
Achilles is one of the major factions you can play as in A Total War Saga Troy. Check out this guide to find out how to calm Achilles with gifts in A Total War Saga Troy. This way you won’t have to worry about him going full rage mode or any of the other modes if you don’t want.

How To Calm Achilles With Gifts In A Total War Saga Troy

If you look in the Hot Blooded Achilles tab for Total War Troy, you will see that you can give Achilles Gifts to calm him down. The game doesn’t really tell you how to do that, so you might be stressing about him going into a certain mood. When Achilles hits 100% in any mood, you will be given the option to pay for gifts, or to let him go into that mode. The more you pay him with gifts, the more expensive it will be the next time. You cannot get out ahead of it and have to wait until a mood strikes him. Sadly if he is already in a mood, you can’t give him gifts to stop that mood either.

There are multiple advantages to letting him go into certain moods as well. Outraged will let you go on a murder spree for quite awhile, but cost you resources. The other advantage is that it resets all other moods to zero. This means if you are about to go into a mood you don’t want, focus another one and that one you don’t want will drop to zero. If you are really in a bind you can send Achilles away or off to duel and his mood won’t go up or down.

Check back soon for more A Total War Saga Troy guides.

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What Will the New Normal Be Like?

We are indeed living in some of the most interesting times. There have been some events in the history of the human race that has changed the way we live, that is true, but these happenings took years to effect drastic changes. Wars raged on for years before affecting the entire world, whole continents used to be spared from medical pandemics. Now, COVID-19 has affected each and single country directly or indirectly. In a matter of weeks, the way we lived has changed. What is exciting and a bit scary is that months from now when we will eventually come out of our lockdowns and quarantines, there is a huge possibility that there will be no going back from the way we live only months ago.

The new normal as pundits have coined the period pos-COVID-19, will indeed be new and will be markedly different from how we used to do things in February. The COVD-19 pandemic is one for the history books – so devastatingly major that we humans may already define our lives as everything that happened pre-COVID and months from now, post-COVID. This can be both good and bad. The environment’s condition has improved, we now have a deeper appreciation for personal relationships, health has become a priority. But then, freedoms we used to take for granted such as mobility and assembly have been curtailed. The new normal does have pros and cons to it.

Our current lockdown situations are serving as a dry run for the major effects the COVID-19 will eventually impose on our lives after its reign. The question is, are you ready for this “new normal”? Here are some changes you need to be aware of now:

Commerce and the nature of work

Not only has this pandemic changed the nature of business and work, it has forced some of its facets to mature. COVID-19 has created a survival of the fittest scenario among commercial and work practices, and what remains will not only survive, but will compose what will be the “new normal.” And we realize that some of our pre-COVID habits are actually impractical and don’t make sense, so that’s good. After all, there’s really no need to constantly use the ATM and get cash, drive to a store to buy things, and use your cash to pay for your purchases when you can have anything delivered to your house. Why waste an hour of two to commute to work when you can finish everything at home and even extend your work hours for an hour or two?

So, perhaps the conversation that we should be having as a society isn’t about where we are going to work after the post-covid dust settles, it should be how we are going to work.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurelfarrer/2020/05/12/the-new-normal-isnt-remote-work-its-better/#3df35cd82405)

 

Healthcare gets the spotlight

Even before COVID-19 started wreaking havoc, the health sector has already been subject to huge structural pressures and undergoing rapid advances in technology. For one, the global population, particularly in Europe and East Asia is ageing, posing a major challenge to governments in ramping up efforts for elderly care and geriatric medicine. COVID-19 has been overwhelming healthcare facilities anew, not to mention presenting a new race for experts to produce a …

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Remedy’s Control Coming to Steam


The world of 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment’s Control will make its way to Steam on August 27, 2020.

Originally released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Epic Games Store, this release will contain the original title and all of its expansions (including the upcoming AWE expansion) for $39.99.

The Control Ultimate Edition will be available on the Epic Games Store and digitally for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 10, followed by a physical release for consoles at a later date. Note that those that purchase the console versions of this edition will receive a next-gen optimized version of the title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at no additional cost.

Remedy Entertainment’s Creative Director Sam Lake and Control Game Director Mikael Kasurinen will be live on Twitch tomorrow (August 13) at 9:00am PT, where they will provide an exclusive first look at the first 15-minutes of AWE gameplay and discuss the “Remedy Connected Universe.” You can tune in on their Twitch channel here.

Control follows the story of Jesse Faden, who explores the Federal Bureau of Control in search of her brother Dylan. Along the way, she discovers that the Hiss has taken hold of the area, and she must fight her way through while discovering Objects of Power.

You can read our review of the base game here (we gave it a 90/100).

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Remedy’s Control Coming to Steam

The world of 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment’s Control will make its way to Steam on August 27, 2020

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A Total War Saga: Troy Review

In-between their mainline installments, Creative Assembly and SEGA have released A Total War Saga: Troy to the world. Is this epic journey one worth trying out, or should you stick to Total War: Three Kingdoms? Check out our review and find out.

A Total War Saga: Troy Review

A Total War Saga: Troy follows the Trojan War and the heroes that took part in it. You can either play as a Trojan Hero or as part of the Greeks that fight with the Trojans. The whole thing begins with Paris, prince of Troy, taking Helen from Menelaus. Helen was wife to Menelaus, who is the king of Sparta. For this insult, Menelaus goes to his brother Agamemnon, who agrees to help him rally the Greeks to aid in the battle. For Greek Heroes, you have Menelaus, Agamemnon, mighty Achilles, and Odysseus.

On the Trojan side of things, you have Prince Paris and Hector, who are both in contention to be king of Troy. Aeneas is a cousin of King Priam, Troy’s current king, and agrees to help the brothers out. Lastly, there is Sarpedon, a king in his own right and self-proclaimed son of Zeus. Together they rally their neighbors and allies to help fend off the Greek invasion. Capture Troy or defend Troy; the choice is yours.

For those of you unfamiliar with Total War games, things are broken up into two phases. First is the overworld phase, where you march your armies, do diplomacy, manage your cities and armies, and take agent actions. The second is the battle phase, where you load onto a smaller map with your force and duke it out. There is an auto-resolve, so you don’t have to waste time on lopsided fights, but these are risky and result in you losing units often. Still, if you fight every single battle, you will be playing for a very long time.

Total War Troy Review

One of the areas Troy differs from its predecessors is in its resource management. You used to pay gold to recruit units and maintain them. However, now you need food to recruit and sustain basic units, bronze to more powerful soldiers, and gold for the best fighters. These help to prevent a steamroll of the best units, and was something I liked quite a bit. The same happens with settlements; you not only use gold, but also need the required wood and stone to upgrade buildings. With so many resources, you have to think about where you are going next. That gold city is lovely on paper, but the bronze mine will make your army stronger in a shorter period of time.

That’s not to say that there isn’t a downside to this style of play. I played most of my campaigns on hard, and there are two difficulties above that. At turn 120, I was still finding armies with simple militia units and basic slingers. If you don’t get the needed resources early on in the game, your late game won’t exist. At the same time, I faced Hector, and he had six units total, so sometimes the AI is just dumb. Then the next Trojan army I faced had Hector’s chosen and Trojan spearmen in a full army. This isn’t uncommon in …

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Cosplay Wednesday – Pathfinder: Kingmaker’s Octavia


Based on the Pathfinder franchise, Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition is set to release this month. In honor of this game, Gamers Heroes takes a look at a dead ringer for Octavia.

A member of the cosplay scene since 2008, ver1sa’s cosplay of Pathfinder: Kingmaker’s Octavia is true to the character. Both the cosplay and the leathercraft were done by her, and she’s even got little details like the ears captured perfectly.

Not only does ver1sa like to create new costumes of her favorite characters, she is also in love with video games (some of her favorites are Tales of Vesperia and the Devil May Cry and Tekken series). Needless to say, this costume was likely a no-brainer for her.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker Octavia Cosplay


Credit goes to KIRA for the photos.

You can find ver1sa on DeviantArt here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.

Do you enjoy a bit of gaming cosplay? Or maybe you’re passionate enough to do it full time. Drop me a line at casey@gamersheroes.com and we’ll feature some of your cosplay.

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How to Enforce Password Policies in Linux (Ubuntu / CentOS)

As much as Linux is considered a secure operating system, its security is just as good as the password strength of login users. Password policies exist to ensure that a strong password is set for users and as a Linux user, you should be mindful to enforce these policies to make it difficult for breaches to occur. You surely don’t want users configuring weak or guessable passwords which can be brute forced by hackers in a matter of seconds.

In this article, we touch base on how to enforce password policies in Linux, more specifically CentOS and Ubuntu. We will cover enforcing password policies such as password expiration period, password complexity and password length.

Enforce Password Policies in Ubuntu / Debian

There are 2 main ways that you can enforce password policies. Let’s take a look at each in detail.

1) Configure the maximum number of days that a password can be used

For start, you can configure a password policy that requires users to change their passwords after a certain number of days. Best practice dictates that a password should be changed periodically to keep malicious users off-kilter and make it harder for them to breach your system. This applies not just in Linux but in other systems such as Windows and macOS.

To achieve this In Debian/Ubuntu, you need to modify the /etc/login.defs file and be on the lookout for the PASS_MAX_DAYS attribute.

By default, this is set to 99,999 days as shown.

linux-login-defs-defaults-entries

You can modify this to a reasonable duration, say, 30 days. Simply set the current value to 30 as shown and save the changes. Upon lapsing of the 30 days, you will be compelled to create another password.

Modify-pass-max-days-login-defs-linux

2) Configure Password complexity with pam

Ensuring that password meets a certain degree of complexity is equally crucial and further thwarts any attempts by hackers to infiltrate your system using brute force.

As a general rule, a strong password should have a combination of Uppercase, lowercase, numeric and special characters and should be at least 12-15 characters long.

To enforce password complexity in Debian / Ubuntu systems, you need to install  the libpam-pwquality package as shown:

$ sudo apt install libpam-pwquality

Install-libpam-ubuntu-linux

Once installed, head out to the /etc/pam.d/common-password file from where you are going to set the password policies. Be default, the file appears as shown:

update-common-password-pam-file-ubuntu

Locate the line shown below

password   requisite   pam_pwquality.so retry=3

Add the following attributes to the line:

minlen=12 maxrepeat=3 ucredit=-1 lcredit=-1 dcredit=-1 ocredit=-1 difok=4 reject_username enforce_for_root

The entire line should appear as shown:

add-password-policies-ubuntu-linux

Let’s flesh out what these directives stand for:

  • retry=3: This option will prompt the user 3 times before exiting and returning an error.
  • minlen=12: This specifies that the password cannot be less than 12 characters.
  • maxrepeat=3: This allows implies that only a maximum of 3 repeated characters can be included in the password.
  • ucredit=-1: The option requires at least one uppercase character in the password.
  • lcredit=-1: The option requires at least one lowercase character in the password.
  • dcredit=-1: This implies that the password should have at last a numeric character.
  • ocredit=-1: The option requires at least one special character included in the password.
  • difok=3: This implies that only a  maximum of
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Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021


Studio Head Chris Lee announced on Twitter today that Halo Infinite will be delayed to 2021.

In a statement made by Lee, he mentions that the delay was done to make sure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo experience that meets their vision. He goes on to mention that there have been a number of development challenges as well, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts that have been affecting us all this year.

You can view the statement below from the official Halo Twitter account:

Following the story found in Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite will continue the story of the Master Chief, serving as the third chapter of the “Reclaimer Saga.” Recent news regarding the title states that the game’s multiplayer portion would be released as a free-to-play game, and that the title will feature split-screen gameplay once more.

In regard to the soundtrack of the title Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps) will serve as one of Halo Infinite’s three composers, along with both Curtis Schweitzer and Joel Corelitz.

The game will come out for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Source: Twitter
Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021

Studio Head Chris Lee announced on Twitter today that Halo Infinite will be delayed to 2021

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Los Santos Summer Special Now Available in GTA Online


The Los Santos Summer Special for GTA Online brings with it an array of new activities and experiences to Rockstar Games’ title.

Players will be able to get behind the wheel of the following vehicles as part of this update:

  • Invetero Coquette D10
  • Lampadati Tigon
  • Declasse DR1
  • Vapid Peyote Custom
  • Benefactor BR8
  • Imponte Beater Dukes
  • Albany Manana Custom
  • Canis Seminole Frontier
  • Bravado Youga Classic 4X4
  • Dundreary Landstalker XL
  • Benefactor Glendale Custom
  • BF Club
  • Maibatsu Penumbra FF
  • Bravado Gauntlet Classic Custom
  • Declasse Yosemite Rancher

Also included are 15 new types of Off-Road Wheels, 30 new sets of Street Wheels, and new tire designs.

Galaxy Superyacht owners will be able to launch six new co-op missions either solo or with an Organization for backup. Players can also get Double Rewards on these missions through August 19.

For those who want to burn some rubber, two new Open Wheel racecars and a new Open Wheel Race Series with nine tracks are now available. A number of improvements to Open Wheel gameplay – including the ability to change tire type when pitting and visible tire wear and body damage indicators – have also been included. Players can net Double Rewards on all Rockstar-created Open Wheel Races this week.

Those who’d rather create their own tracks can do so with the Open Wheel Race Creator. Included are more than 60 new props, which include pit stops, racetrack archways, paddocks, and more.

New Business Battles have also made their way to the game as part of this update. Those who win one from now through August 19 can earn themselves the Pink Dot Tech Mask, on top of other rewards.

Eight high-stakes modes will make their way to the The Diamond Casino & Resort this week as part of the Diamond Adversary Series. These will also pay out Double Rewards this week.

Arcade junkies will be able to play QUB3D and Axe of Fury in arcades around Los Santos this week. Those who want to play solo can also dive into Street Crimes: Gang Wars as a single-player game against AI opponents. Players can purchase these games for themselves from the Pixel Emporium on your Arcade Laptop.

Make sure to pay a visit to Solomon’s office this week – those that track down all 10 props can get themselves a reward from the man himself. In addition, there are multiple reports of low-level drug deals taking place on the streets – keep your eyes peeled for any vehicles and activities that seem more suspicious than usual.

The fashionistas among us can cop hundreds of new clothing items in stores around Southern San Andreas and Blaine County. Items include tracksuits, leather jackets, masks, shirts, tees and more.

Note that a number of quality-of-life improvements have been added to GTA Online. Below is a list of the highlights:

  • Players can now return Personal Vehicles to storage via an option within the Interaction Menu.
  • Requesting a Pegasus Vehicle is more convenient than ever, with many additional spawn locations being added to reduce your travel time to the closest available location.
  • Players can now own up to eight different Properties
  • When entering the Diamond Casino & Resort, punters will now be told how long they will need to wait before
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