If you downloaded the latest Marvel’s Avengers updated with plans to stream your epic battle against AIM Supreme scientist Monica Rappaccini, maybe wait until Square Enix fixes the issue causing players’ IP addresses to float on the screen during gameplay. Update: The fix is in place.
Today’s main focus Marvel’s Avengers The update was finally about adding a showdown between the Cosmic Cube-powered scientist Rappaccini and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Exposing everyone’s IP address is an added bonus that is sure to delight streamers everywhere. IP address information is displayed on the screen as soon as the game starts, along with your username and the current time and date, which is pretty handy. Even more fun, the information bounces around the screen randomly, so it’s not like it can be covered in a clever overlay.
Why is sharing your IP address with the world a bad thing?
Your IP address, or Internet Protocol address, is a unique number that identifies a device’s location on the Internet. If someone gets their hands on your IP address, they can, for example, use it to determine your approximate location, something most Twitch game streamers try to avoid at all costs. The IP address can also be used to launch cyberattacks against your devices or to trick authorities into believing that illegal activity originated from your device. In other words, you don’t want your IP address showing up on screen in a video game that you might be sharing screenshots or footage of online. It’s bad.
Developer Crystal Dynamics is aware of the issue and has urged players not to stream until it is resolved. The “floating text string” mentioned in the Tweet below is the IP address information, which they probably should say directly, but chose not to.
And that, my friends, is the most interesting thing that ever happened to Marvel’s Avengers all year.
Update 1:46 p.m. Eastern Time: A fix is being tested and should be deployed tomorrow morning.
Update 6/23 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time: An update to the game went live this morning, removing the on-screen text.