InnerSloth’s popular social deduction game Among Us was hit with a DDoS attack on Thursday, bringing servers offline all weekend. Nearly two years after its initial launch, Among Us found massive success during the pandemic, enlisting millions of players to uncover the sinister imposter. Though hype for the game has since died down, Among Us still sees impressive player counts. That said, Among Us servers are no stranger to downtime, with multiple instances of intermittent server outages and crashes keeping people from completing their tasks.
Among Us received a major content update at the end of last year which completely revamped InnerSloth’s multiplayer game. The Cosmicube update introduced new cosmetics, roles, and a progression system, adding a whole slew of new ways to enjoy the game. It was also announced that a VR version of Among Us is in the works. Though the VR version has no release date, it was confirmed it would arrive on PSVR and Meta Quest sometime in the near future. Since the pandemic-driven hype for the game began tapering off, it was suggested that Among Us’ Cosmicube update and VR announcement were instrumental in revitalizing interest in the game.
According to the official Among Us Twitter account (via Eurogamer), the game’s servers are down thanks to a DDoS attack. The Among Us server outage began late Thursday, March 24, at the end of the workday, with the game’s Twitter account announcing that both NA and EU servers were getting DDoS’d. At that time, the team confirmed it was working to resolve the issue, but as of Sunday, the servers were still down. In an early tweet, the Among Us team claimed the game was sabotaged, with the developers complaining about the inconvenient timing of the attack. The team was still working to resolve the issue on Saturday, and by Sunday the Twitter account was void of any official announcement.
A DDoS or denial-of-service attack, is a cyber-attack that targets software or online services, making them unavailable to users. Multiplayer games are often victims of DDoS attacks, in which perpetrators will employ them on opposing teams, forcing a disconnect for an easy victory. Larger DDoS attacks can cause massive lag spikes or disrupt services entirely. Depending on the severity of the DDoS attack, the interruption can last minutes, hours, or even days. Last July, Ubisoft won a $150,000 lawsuit against perpetrators of DDoS attacks against Rainbow Six Siege. The gaming company filed a formal complaint against operators of the SNG.one website, accusing the culprits of providing software and services that aid people in performing DDoS attacks.
DDoS’ing is a big problem, especially for the multiplayer gaming industry. While small DDoS attacks are common among games like CS:GO or Valorant, larger attacks have caused catastrophic problems. World of Warcraft Classic suffered a DDoS attack during the launch of its Burning Crusade expansion, and a DDoS attack against EVE Online left some players unable to defend their territories from invaders. Hopefully, the Among Us developers can find a solution for its server outages soon. Since the attack occurred over the weekend, it likely disrupted many players’ plans of jumping into a match to catch an Impostor.
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John Krasinski Finally Breaks Silence After Doctor Strange 2 Cameo
John Krasinski finally breaks his silence following his cameo appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The latest Marvel Studios movie to hit theaters released on May 6, and has quickly proven a hit at the box office, grossing over $700 million worldwide so far. Doctor Strange 2 reviews have been positive, though there are some elements that have dominated the conversation around the movie online.
One of those has been the movie’s approach to cameos, which, thanks to the prominence of the multiverse plotline, had been the subject of much fan speculation. In the Doctor Strange 2 Illuminati scene, one of the most popular fan theories ended up coming true, with Krasinski appearing as Earth-838’s version of Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic. Since Marvel announced an MCU Fantastic Four movie was in development, viewers have been waiting for when the franchise would make take the first step towards introducing them, making this fancast-come-true a big moment for many audience members.
Now, Krasinski breaks his silence with his first tweet since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released. The actor remains extremely coy, however, revealing that he just wrapped on a movie and finally has some free time. He asks his followers if there’s anything out he should see, and a wink is heavily implied. Check out Krasinski’s tweet below:
As happy as many were to finally see Reed Richards in an MCU movie, his 838 variant met a violent end at the hands of the Scarlet Witch, which has many questioning what Krasinski’s Doctor Strange 2 Mr. Fantastic cameo means the first. For many, bringing in an actor this big has to suggest he is intended to return in Fantastic Four, but given the nature of the multiverse, this is not necessarily the case. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, for example, the three Peter Parker variants are played by different actors, meaning this could have been Kevin Feige & Co. winking good at a popular fan-cast.
Bringing back Patrick Stewart to play Doctor Strange 2‘s Professor X in the same scene seems to support this, since the actor’s age and long history with the part would make it a surprise if he was intended to headline the MCU X-Men. However, given that all of the variants Doctor Strange and Wanda encountered were played by their respective MCU actors, the long-term potential remains a possibility, if not a certainty. Krasinski opted not to break the news with his first post-release tweet, but that fans are likely to keep a close eye on his feed from now on anyway.
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Absolute Bluetooth Volume on Android Explained & How to Disable It
Absolute Bluetooth Volume allows Android users to control both the volume of the Bluetooth device they’re connecting to and the volume of the phone with one volume control. This feature has been around since 2015, and it is likely already available on your phone. There are pros and cons to Absolute Bluetooth Volume, and there is also an easy way to turn it off.
Bluetooth is a useful feature in itself, although the need for better controls has become even greater in recent times with so many devices moving away from physical ports. This is particularly true when it comes to headphones, with the 3.5mm port becoming less common and forcing users to rely more heavily on wireless headphones. Absolute Bluetooth Volume was a long-awaited feature on Android devices. Prior to its inclusion in Android, Bluetooth devices required the user to control the volume of the accessory and the phone volume separately.
Absolute Bluetooth Volume is a feature that is available for devices running on Android 6.0 or later. According to the Android Open Source Project, it allows the phone to send audio information through the phone, edits that audio information to match the volume, and then controls the volume of the Bluetooth device to make sure accurate volume is achieved. While the source device can detect changes and change volume coming from the Android device, changes to the source device can also be shown in the volume controls on the Android device. Confused? Here’s what it all boils down to: If someone turns down the volume on a Bluetooth speaker/headphones while it’s connected to your phone, you’ll be able to see the new volume reflected in the controls of your phone.
Unfortunately, many Bluetooth-enabled devices aren’t designed to handle Absolute Bluetooth Volume. As such, some may encounter audio issues when Absolute Bluetooth Volume is enabled. If you find that your Bluetooth device is having volume problems when connected to your Android phone, disabling Absolute Bluetooth Volume might do the trick.
First, open the Settings app on your Android phone, scroll to the bottom of the page, and tap ‘System.’ Next, tap ‘Developer Options,’ scroll down the page, and look for the option titled, ‘Enable absolute volume.’ Tap that, and you’ll disable Absolute Bluetooth Volume on your Android device. If you ever find yourself wanting to re-enable Absolute Bluetooth Volume, follow these steps again to turn the feature back on.
Absolute Bluetooth Volume is automatically turned on in most Android devices, so unless you’ve already messed with the settings, it’s likely already enabled. If you’re currently connected to a Bluetooth device, you will need to disconnect it before changing these settings. Absolute Bluetooth Volume is very useful, but only if your Bluetooth device can handle it. It offers much better audio control than Bluetooth would otherwise be able to on an Android phone, and it can even increase audio quality. If you aren’t having any issues with your Bluetooth accessories, keep Absolute Bluetooth Volume as is. But if it’s causing problems, now you know how to disable it.
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Is the Green Mile Based on a True Story? the Answer Is Complicated
The Green Mile follows the imprisonment and execution of Michael Clarke Duncan’s John Coffey, but when it comes to whether or not The Green Mile is based on a true story, the answer is complicated. The fantasy-infused drama introduces a group of prison guards – including Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) – who work on death row in a Louisiana penitentiary, nicknamed “The Green Mile.” Edgecomb tells his story as an older man looking back on the movie’s events. In his younger days, Paul was tough, as his job required, but he was also ethical. He didn’t believe in pushing the psyches of men who were already stressed about their impending demises any more than necessary.
The dreary routine of the prison was shaken up when an inmate named John Coffey arrived. Though innocent, he was a black man who had been convicted of raping and murdering two young white girls. Since The Green Mile, based on a book by Stephen King, takes place in the southern U.S. during the Great Depression, it’s immediately clear the gentle giant didn’t stand a chance of winning back his freedom or saving his life. The film’s fantasy aspect kicks into gear when both guards and people learn that Coffey has the miraculous ability to heal other people from ailments and injuries. Unfortunately, neither his innocence nor his supernatural talent was enough to save him from an emotionally devastating death via the electric chair.
While The Green Mile isn’t a true story, the Stephen King novel does draw from real-life events. Stephen King doesn’t often take on biographical works, but there’s enough evidence to suggest that one particular individual inspires The Green Mile’s story. It’s hard to believe that the caring John Coffey could face the horrors that he did in prison, because he was clearly innocent of his accused crimes. Nonetheless, the Green Mile chronicles this and does a harrowing job of depicting an innocent and abused man on death row. Here’s whether or not The Green Mile is based on a true story and its real-life inspirations explained.
Since this kind of tragic, unfair derailing and taking of a life has been documented in great quantities over the years, the question naturally arises as to whether The Green Mile is based on a true story or not. Technically, the answer is “no.” The movie is an adaptation of the 1996 Stephen King novel The Green Mile. That said, there are certainly strong parallels to the real-life George Stinney case. The aforementioned youth was a 14-year-old boy convicted of killing, and possibly sexually assaulting, two young girls in 1944. There are differences; Stinney was from South Carolina instead of Louisiana, and the film’s plot is set a decade before the events of his case. But, there are additional similarities between him and John Coffey. Despite being a minor, Stinney was also executed by the electric chair the same year of his arrest and trial, and his innocence of the crime came into question too many years too late.
John Coffey was portrayed in director Frank Darabont’s 1999 King adaptation, and like The Green Mile’s story, Stinney seems to have been innocent of his alleged crimes. In 2014, a South Carolina circuit court judge vacated his past conviction – meaning his previous guilty verdict was void. It was determined that Stinney’s Sixth Amendment rights, which pertain to criminal prosecution, had been violated. Not only that, but the judge believed it was likely the boy’s confession had been coerced, which should have made it inadmissible in court. Like Stephen King’s book, The Green Mile, George Stinney never had a chance; an all-white jury decided his fate, and his so-called counsel provided him with barely any defense.
While not a true story, The Green Mile is based on a book. The heart and plot of the book remain intact for the movie adaptation. However, some changes were made to prevent the film from being “too sad” (if that can be believed). The Green Mile book’s ending is actually more depressing. After Elaine dies, readers are made privy to the fact that Paul’s wife Jan died in his arms after a tragic bus accident. This final blow is not featured in the movie, as it only would’ve brought out more waterworks than necessary. Another figure who died in the book (again) is the mouse Mr. Jingles, who passed shortly before Elaine. Finally, one of the most heinous villains in the novel doesn’t appear in The Green Mile film adaptation. The character Brad Dolan is an attendant at the nursing home, who shares many traits with the guard Percy. He lets loose on the older Paul quite often and, thankfully, was cut from the movie.
Beautiful and horrifyingly tragic, The Green Mile is on par with films like the Matthew McConaughey-starring legal drama A Time To Kill and 1988’s Mississippi Burning. Though The Green Mile isn’t based on a true story, it’s another movie that chronicles a small snapshot of the widely documented failings of U.S. law enforcement. In addition, it points the finger at legal systems in racialized cases during this time period.
Original Source: screenrant.com
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