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From Xbox Live Arrest to Greed Bug Fix- News Roundup 15th February 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Command & Conquer, Dante's Inferno, EA, News, Xbox Live

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

From Xbox Live Arrest to Greed Bug Fix- News Roundup 15th February 2010

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

From Xbox Live Arrest to Greed Bug Fix- News Roundup 15th February 2010

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!

From Xbox Live Arrest to Greed Bug Fix- News Roundup 15th February 2010

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.

Add a comment3 comments
Marius Goubert  Feb. 15, 2010 at 21:38

Tiberian sun for free? Nice!! Fingers crossed it will actually install. Just bought Red Alert 2 but forgot how rubbish the graphics are and I am just too shallow to even give it a chance.

me  Feb. 16, 2010 at 11:18

Red Alert has been free since the release of RE3. Personally its the only red alert game I have ever needed (well, with the Aftermath/Counterstrike extra discs). Best game ever - forget the graphics, the speed and simplicity of the game are what make it!

Matt Gardner  Feb. 16, 2010 at 12:09

I really liked Red Alert 2, kinda enjoyed the cartoony graphics too! Admittedly it was pretty shallow as an RTS (all you had to do was build an army of Prism Tanks and you were laughing), but the Russian handler was hot, the acting was hamtastic and there were some brilliantly absurd units. I really liked the smaller, limited-squad or hero unit missions that actually required a bit of thought.

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