As Gamers Prepare for Guinness World Record, BitDefender Warns of Game Related Threats
Article by George Norman
On 08 Apr 2009
No matter what Change 4 Life or the Bavarian Minister of Interior have to say about videogames, the simple truth of the matter is that we like them - we like playing them, we like getting high scores, and we like that studies have shown they increase visual acuity. A bunch of gamers from the UK are once again drawing our attention to the gaming world by trying to make it in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The whole thing will go down like this: the gamers will start playing Burnout Paradise on the 18th of April and will play the game over Xbox Live for a period of 24 hours. The event will take place in Glasgow and it is meant to achieve two goals: to set a new world record and to draw attention to the GamesAid charity. Even if the gamers do not set a new record, at least they will have been successful in making GamesAid better known.

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The challenge will not be an easy one as participant Kirsten Kearney, former Frag Doll, explains: “Going for this kind of marathon gaming record is a lot harder than you might think. Keeping your morale up while concentrating on a screen and maintaining hand-eye coordination is tough, and you have to rely on using your second and third wind to help you through hardest going parts. It's made easier by the fact that we have chosen a game like Burnout Paradise, which has a great deal of variety and fresh downloadable content that we can use.”

If you would like to check out the “Top 50 Games of All Times” as listed by the Guinness World Records commission, check out this article.

On a more serious tone, BitDefender, company that specializes in providing security software solutions, has issued a warning to all gamers regarding a new wave of Trojans that attempt to steal your games passwords. One of the threats that has been identified by BitDefender is Trojan.Swizzor.4, which has rootkit capabilities and gets your computer to manifest the following symptoms: high CPU usage, low internet bandwidth, shortcuts may appear on the desktop, IE runs in the background. It must be noted that BitDefender provides a gamer-oriented security solution called GameSafe (details here).



Tags: Games, GameSafe, BitDefender, Burnout Paradise, GamesAid
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