It’s difficult not to be struck with a sense of déjà-vu in today’s news roundup as Sunsational - South Florida News – issues a stark warning regarding the dangers of children playing online video games. Steam announces a momentary shut down for routine maintenance which yes, means no Thursday night Left for Dead 2. Lastly, MOH: Airborne comes to Xbox Live Games on Demand.
Consoles are "playground" for predators
Online gaming on the PS3, Wii and Xbox is not safe for kids warn South Florida news Sunsational. It's become ‘a sexual playground for predators’ where paedophiles ‘lure children through headsets and private messages’. Sometimes they even pretend to be children themselves, making it very difficult to tell potential friend from potential sex attacker (a bit like the paedophile who disguised himself as a school). Jefferson County investigator Mike Harris was certainly talking NONCESENSE when he warned ‘Sex offenders will go anywhere kids go.’
According to Sunsational, a woman called Erica McWhorter [age not specified] reported how she was sent romantic messages by one ‘Romantic Devil’ on Xbox Live. ‘It was very scary. He said, ''Are you a girl? How old are you? Do you have a web cam?’'' He then went on to ask if she wanted to see his ‘private parts’. ‘Children don't always tell their parents because they're afraid they will take the game away instead of trying to solve the problem’ added Mike Harris, who then said parents must report anything suspicious to local law enforcement who know exactly how to ‘track down criminals through cyberspace.’ [GamerRss]
Steam Downtime to Prevent Matchmaking on Thursday
After a hard days work there’s nothing quite like getting together with a few friends and rampaging through hordes of the undead with a chainsaw. But this Thursday – specifically from 6pm PST to 9pm PST – it looks like we’re going to have to make do with Hollyoaks, The One Show and Gok Wan to unwind, as Steam is undergoing scheduled maintenance.
This means that all games which rely on matchmaking, like Left for Dead 2, will be unplayable, and there will be no access to the Steam community, Steam downloads and also the Steam store. Valve insist their maintenance will be as swift as possible, but that won’t stop a lot of people cursing the day the opted for a digital download over a good old fashioned hard copy. [1up]
MOH: Airborne joins Xbox Live GOD News
For those who enjoyed the more or less open-world environments of Medal of Honor: Airborne, which saw you parachuting behind enemy lines across France, Holland, Italy and Germany etc, the game is now available on Xbox Live Games on Demand. You can pick up a copy of MOH: A for £19.99 – although to be fair, it’s not worth more than about £10, and you’re probably better picking up a pre-owned copy. The game is slightly dated now (having come out in 2007) but the online multiplayer, which sees one side dropping in by air while the other defends from the ground, is still good for a few laughs even three years on. [Eurogamer]