Today's news roundup sees a bit of breaking news from across the pond as a youth is arrested for stating his intentions to carry out a school shooting over Xbox Live, it looks like Dante's Inferno's Greed Bug will be receiving a patch, and RTS rejoice as EA reclassifies the first three instalments of its hugely popular Command & Conquer series as freeware.
Xbox Live informer averts possible school shooting
A Canadian youth has been arrested for stating his intent to carry out a horrific school shooting on Xbox Live. Whilst playing online, the unnamed Vancouver high school student discussed the specific individuals that he would be targeting as well as chilling details of his plans.
The other player, a Port Alberni resident, questioned the youth further about his threats but was quickly disconnected. Deeply concerned, he proceeded to inform the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of the conversation- which was followed by an intensive investigation and swift arrest. RCMP Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik offers the following statement:
“This incident demonstrates the power of the electronic world and how different enforcement agencies can quickly work together to protect the citizens they serve, regardless of obstacles such as international barriers.”
"It is a reminder to the public to report any suspicious activities to police as their information may save a life"
At this early stage, it's difficult to know whether or not the disturbed young man was genuinely serious about going through with his threat. After all, the anonymity of online gaming provides a perfect forum for discontented individuals to vent and let off steam. We'll keep you updated as this story develops. What is clear, however, is that there's a definite line separating healthy smack talk and threatening behaviour, and that conscientious citizens are willing to speak out and keep our online services safe. [Vancouver Sun]
Gamekilling Dante's Inferno bug will be patched soon
Dante's Inferno shipped with a hellish secret: a gamekilling glitch that forced many gamers to abandon their save files. Known on the forums as the 'Greed Bug', this nasty little error is triggered when gamers leave and return to an arena with a lever in the Greed level of hell. Doing so stops the lever from working, effectively grounding the player and ruining the save file if it was overwritten after leaving the room!
Luckily, help is at hand. The Dante Team angels have twittered that they are aware of the problem and working on a fix that'll soon be available.
"We apologize for the Greed bug and a patch is coming in soon.Spread the word that a patch is coming. -Go to Hell -Go to Hell 11:45 PM Feb 12th from CoTweet"
Well, we're spreading the word! Naturally, we'll let you know when the patch is released. [danteteam Twitter feed]
EA's Valentine Present: Free C&C!
Hardcore Westwood fans will already be rejoicing at the news, but in case you missed it: EA has classified Tiberian Sun, Red Alert and Command & Conquer as freeware. These titles are free to download from their official site. These games were instrumental in defining the RTS genre and are generally considered to be some of the finest strategy games ever released.
There is a problem, though. These titles are not fully compatible with Windows Vista and Windows Seven, and numerous reports of failed installations and crashes have marred what should have been a joyous Valentine's Day present. I was gutted to discover that Red Alert refused to work as my original disk is scratched beyond recognition! Still, they're free- you could do a lot worse than downloading them and finding out for yourself.