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September 2003


September 30, 2003 11:59 AM EDT
Gamespy's 25 most Underrated Games
nd in at number 25 is Impressions' City Building Series (although they seem to have forgotten Emperor). Nice write-up by people who have obviously played the games seriously. Maybe it will encourage people to give them a go. Gamespy editor Delsyn especially like Pharaoh:

"Delsyn: I reviewed Pharaoh for the late, lamented PC Accelerator magazine, and it marked the only time in a review I ever deliberately inserted a sentence in order to get quoted on a box. In the review I wrote that "Pharaoh is a quantum leap forward for the city-building genre. (Expect to see that soon on a box near you)." Sure enough, the next version of the box had that quote on it.

Why did I do that? Simple -- I meant each and every word of it and I wanted to help get this game into the hands of as many gamers as possible. I still do. All these years later, Pharaoh is still a brilliant game. Don't get me wrong, the Caesar's and Zeus were also terrific, but very few games have consumed as much time in my life as Pharaoh."
You can read more of the ongoing series at Gamespy.

Angel Jayhawk

September 19, 2003 3:55 AM EDT
New Virus out in the wild
here is a new virus that takes advantage of a recent problem discovered with certain version of Microsoft Windows. More information can be found here: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.swen.a@mm.html . It dupes users into thinking they are installing a security update, when in fact it isn't. See screenshot: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/graphics/w32.swen.a@mm.3.gif. If you haven't updated your system, please do so at http://www.windowsupdate.com.

If you opened the attachment, it attempts to disable various anti-virus programs (like Norton Anti-Virus) as well as various firewalls (like ZoneAlarm). It will try to intercept your email username, password, and mail server settings, thus using your ISP's mail server to spread itself. It will attempt to send itself to everyone on your address book through email, as well as attempt to spread through KaZaA, shared directories, IRC, and newsgroups. It will modify your registry, add files to your computer. In short, your computer and possibly your ISP access will be thoroughly screwed by the time the worm is done installing itself on your computer, so it'll be best if you avoid getting infected so you don't have to deal with the resulting mess.

As always, don't open email attachments from people you don't know, even if it claims to be from Microsoft.

Angel Zen

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