3 Year Old Girl Killed; Mistook Gun for Wiimote
A three year old American girl has fatally shot herself after mistaking her father's gun for a Wiimote.
This story is currently breaking, but a few details about the tragic incident have been made public by local news reports:
"According to investigators, the girl's father had left a semi-automatic weapon on the counter, and the child mistook it for a "Wii" video game controller. The child was fatally shot in the abdomen."- WSMV
A number of smallminded Americans will doubtlessly throw their Wiis away and start preaching about how dangerous it is. I just hope that they remember that you shouldn't leave your "semi-automatic weapon" anywhere near your child- or keep one in the house in the first place!
Ubisoft DRM Servers Downed
Whilst Activision have been recently hogging the title of gaming's evil supervillain, Ubisoft has assumed the role of their bungling henchmen. First they announce a staggeringly unpopular DRM... then they announce it for a whole slew of upcoming titles... then it gets hacked... and now it doesn't work. At the time of writing, the DRM servers simply aren't allowing anyone to connect: which means that no one can play the Assassin's Creed 2 on the PC. Angry gamers are justifiably flooding the forums after paying good money for software they can't use!
Currently, Ubisoft have only released a brief statement about the sorry situation:
"I don't have any clear information on what the issue is since I'm not in the office, but clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable, particularly as I've been told these servers are constantly monitored.
I realise that's not ideal but there's only so much I can do on a weekend as I'm not directly involved with the server side of this system."- Ubisoft UK Community Manager
Frankly I'm starting to doubt whether Ubisoft is actually a games company at all; since they currently appear to be some sort of psychological research agency that's analysing the effects of long term abuse on PC gamers. All joking aside, this will probably be the last straw for the few optimists who've been giving Ubisoft the benefit of the doubt. [via Gossipgamers]
Black Creator's New FPS Revealed: Bodycount
Remember Black, anyone? This ridiculous FPS rocked the Xbox and PS2 by taking Burnout's attitude to racing and applying it to blowing stuff up with massive guns. Huge explosions, brutal SFX and enough flying debris to make John Woo shed a tear were the order of the day- and it seems that we're in store for more of the same.
Codemasters recently employed Stuart Black (one of the key creatives involved with the original title) to develop a secret FPS project, and now Official Xbox Magazine have blown the lid right off it. Whilst the full OXM preview will be released in their next physical publication, their blog confirms that Codemaster's mystery project is called Bodycount, which is described as "a spectacular and frankly mental first-person shooter."
Sounds familiar! Let's hope that Bodycount can make its mark in the oversaturated FPS market. [OXM]