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Three Swatting Incidents Attributed to Teenage Minecraft Player

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Three separate instances of swatting are being attributed to a 13-year-old boy who plays Minecraft, according to local police.

The name of the boy, who is from Southern California, is not being released due to his age. According to Ars Technica, he is now back in his parents’ custody and is set to appear in juvenile court in April, where he’s said to likely be put on probation.

Detective Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, who spoke with Ars, said that the boy has admitted to being responsible, and that “he felt he was wronged.” In one of these cases, he threatened to blow up a house with hostages inside.

“The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house,” Martinez said. “Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond.”

Swatting is the dangerous trend in recent years of making a prank call to police that results in SWAT teams being dispatched to a victim’s home. We’ve seen this happen with gamers a number of times, including earlier this year with Twitch streamer Joshua Peters who later spoke about the experience.

“I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you,” Peters said in an online message to the culprit in February. “They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to swat my stream.”

The penalties for swatting are serious. Although probation sounds like a light punishment in this latest case, that’s only due to the boy’s age; 19-year-old Brandon Wilson was arrested last month on suspicion of swatting and faces up to five years in jail if he’s found guilty.

Bloodborne Weapons

We showcase most of the primary weapons in Bloodborne as well as a few choice firearms. What’s your favorite weapon so far?

Mortal Kombat X Offers Easy Fatality Option, Goro DLC Confirmed

Mortal Kombat X will introduce a feature that allows players to more easily pull off the series’ signature finishing moves, Fatalities.

For many, Fatalities are the highlight of any Mortal Kombat game, but they can be tricky to pull off. At the end of a match, you’re given a limited amount of time to get into the correct positioning and input a series of button presses to initiate a Fatality. Fail to do so in time and the match will simply end, or screw up the inputs and you’re likely to end the match on a simple punch or kick, which I know I’m guilty of doing countless times.

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That’s where MKX’s new “easy Fatality” feature comes in. During the most recent NetherRealm Studios live stream, community specialist Tyler Lansdown confirmed fans’ suspicions that a small skull seen near the bottom of the screen in previous videos was related to easy Fatalities.

“Now, we’ve learned through years and years of study that there are a lot of people who just can’t pull off Fatalities, or they get freaked out or they can’t figure out the timing,” Lansdown said. “So when the game launches, you’ll have a couple of those–maybe three of them–day one. You’ll have those just to use and do easy Fatalities on.

“There are certain places you can unlock those and things like that. So you’ll always have access to easy Fatalities–if you want to use them.”

Also during the live stream, it was confirmed that Goro–who is available as a playable character if you preorder–will be sold as DLC in the future. This was already widely assumed, as it’s the standard route for DLC given away as a preorder bonus.

Mortal Kombat X launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on April 14. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were recently delayed and are now due out sometime this summer.

Get a PS4 With Bloodborne, The Last of Us, $20 Gift Card for $400

The reviews are in, and it looks like Bloodborne is a great excuse to get a PlayStation 4 if you don’t have one already.

If the PlayStation 4-exclusive has finally convinced you to get the console, Amazon has a great deal. For $400, you’ll get a PlayStation 4, a copy of Bloodborne, a $20 Amazon gift card, and copy of The Last of Us Remastered. You can find the deal on Amazon here.

GameSpot’s review gave Bloodborne a rare 9/10 for its agile, precise combat, fantastic artistry, and interconnected world.

If you’re looking for more great offers, check out GameSpot’s regular gaming deals posts, which round up the best discounts of the day.

Weekly Recap: New Halo Announced For PC, Arkham Knight Delayed Again


THE BIG STUFF:

Halo Returns to PC With Halo Online, But Only in Russia for Now: One of the week’s biggest pieces of news was one we did not see coming. A Russia-only Halo game for PC? Crazy! There’s no word yet on if it’s coming to North America, but you can watch a gameplay trailer here.

Batman: Arkham Knight Release Date Delayed Again: It happened again, but thankfully, this delay is a short one. The new Caped Crusader game from Rocksteady has been pushed a couple of weeks from its previously schedule June 2 release to a new launch date of June 23. At least there’s an epic new gameplay trailer to enjoy.

Batman: Arkham Due Remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, Report Claims: A new report this week claimed that Rocksteady’s first two Batman Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, will be getting remastered versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is unconfirmed at the moment, so take this with a grain of salt for now.

THE OTHER STUFF:

Want to try BioWare’s Mass Effect 3? You’re in luck, as BioWare is now offering a free, one-hour trial of the 2012 game for PlayStation 3. The only catch is that you need a PlayStation Plus membership.

It’s not Star Wars: Battlefront, but a new Star Wars game is out this week. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is available now for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The game, a side-scrolling mobile action-platformer set in the Star Wars Rebels universe, lets you play as characters from the TV show.

The New York Times has an excellent, in-depth story on the controversial topic of online gamer “swatting.” It’s a comprehensive, deep dive into the issue, featuring lots of interviews and more. Read it here.

Good news, Resident Evil fans! The long-awaited, Resident Evil 5 “Gold Edition” content is now available on PC through Steam. Anyone who already owns the standard Resident Evil 5 through Steam or a boxed copy of the Games for Windows Live version can get a free Steamworks copy now and then buy the Gold Edition content for $15. Other bundles are available, too.

Are Call of Duty games actually about duty? That’s the topic that the PBS “Game/Show” tackled this week. The full episode, which is well worth a watch if you’re interested in the subject, is available below.

Looking for something new to play this weekend? After years of development following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Fallout developer Obsidian Entertainment’s role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is out now on PC. Buy it now on Steam or through the game’s website.

“From burnout to beer and playgrounds.” That’s the title of this excellent GamesIndustry International interview with BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk. Curious about his post-BioWare life? You’ll want to read this, for sure.

Good times for Clash of Clans developer Supercell, as yearly profits for 2014 were double what they were last year. Impressive! The success is the result of strong performance for the company’s marquee free-to-play games, including Clash of Clans and Boom Beach.

The Best Dad Ever™ has spent $100,000 to recreate Jurassic Park in LEGO form for his eight-year-old daughter. D’awwww.

Maybe you saw the recent story that claimed to have some information about Rock Band 4’s tracklist? Well, it’s not accurate, according to Harmonix’s Eric Pope. Some of the rumored tracks included Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore.

speaking of Rock Band 4 this list of songs is completely false! http://t.co/EKmjjYf6g1 CMON KPOPSTARZ

— Eric Pope (@MrPope) March 24, 2015

Whoa, man. Majora’s Mask mixed with Donnie Darko actually works? Yes, it does.

Want to learn English or Spanish using your Xbox One? Now you can. Rosetta Stone has released a free “Discover Languages” app for Microsoft’s new console that promises “immersive simulation.” It’s actually a pretty neat idea;.”Virtual travel experiences teach you the vocabulary and grammar necessary for real-world interactions. So before you book a flight to a foreign destination, grab your controller.”

Looking for a deal on Skylanders, Disney Infinity, or amiibo? GameStop has you covered. Today (March 28) and tomorrow, GameStop is rolling out a suite of deals on the toys-to-life category. Check out a breakdown of everything on sale below.

  • $20.00 off Skylanders Trap Team starter packs (PS4, XB1, XB360, PS3, WiiU, Wii, 3DS, Tablet)
  • $5.00 off Skylanders Eon’s Elite figures
  • Free Skylanders Giants 3-pack with any new Skylanders purchase of $19.99 or more
  • $25.00 off Disney Infinity Starter Pack (XB360, PS3, 3DS, WiiU, Wii)
  • $35.00 off Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack 2.0 (PS4, XB1, PS3, XB360, WiiU)
  • $20.00 off Disney Infinity play sets
  • $90.00 off Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack 2.0 collector’s edition (PS4, PS3)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a prediction for the future, and it’s a dark one. “Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people,” he says in a new interview. “If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.” What do you think?

LEGO fans, this one’s for you. Warner Bros. and TT Games this week released the latest LEGO game, LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin. The game is now available across the United States for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The game, of course, is based on the LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu TV series.

PC gaming company Razer is bolstering its board. The company this week announced that Mr. Koh Boon Hwee has joined the firm’s board of directors. Koh previously served as the chairman of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Telecom Group, and the DBS Bank Singapore.

Want to go inside the mind of veteran Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono? Now you can…kind of. Capcom has published a lengthy interview with the well-known developer, covering topics like the company’s move into China and tons more. Read the full thing here.

Here’s a pretty excellent piano/guitar cover of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s theme music.

Looking for a good deal on a mobile game? You’re in luck, as a variety of 2K Games mobile titles have been marked down. Here’s what’s on sale through April 5:

  • XCOM: Enemy Within for Mobile ($12.99 → $4.99)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 ($14.99 → $4.99)
  • BioShock for iOS ($10.99 → $2.99)
  • NBA 2K15 ($7.99 → $2.99)
  • NHL 2K ($7.99 → $2.99)

What does Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski think about VR? We now have a much better idea, as the veteran game developer has published a lengthy blog post on the subject. Something to consider, though, is that–being an early round investor in Oculus VR– he has a vested interest in seeing the technology succeed.

The second part of the Pillars of Eternity documentary, which chronicles the game’s development–including its wildly successful Kickstarter and development process–is now available. Called “Road to Eternity,” you can watch it for free right here.

38 Studios has been closed for years now, but Curt Schilling’s failed game company is still making headlines–but not for much longer. The final 38 Studios auction was held this week in Rhode Island. PC monitors and more were sold.

Want to sleep with Assassin’s Creed? Now you can, by way of this Assassin’s Creed Unity-themed bedroom set, which includes a pillowcase, sheets, and more.

Indie developer Fatshark has released a new gameplay trailer for Bloodsports.TV, a new “Gladiator-style” arena game coming to PC. Check out the trailer here to see what it’s all about.

Have a great weekend!

Resogun Defenders Review

Housemarque’s voxel-packed side-scrolling shooter Resogun is easy to love for it’s stimulating visuals and soundtrack, but once your newfound fascination with voxels and dance music finally cools, it’s the challenge to survive and the call of the high score that draws you back. This tradition is upheld in the new Defenders DLC, which contains two new modes: Protector and Commando. Protector mode is a more punishing and exciting variation of the standard game–you earn powerful upgrades at a rapid pace but typically die in one hit–while the Commando mode has you defend the last house on the planet as either Arnold Schwarzenegger or an Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator, sans spaceship.

OK. It’s obviously not Arnold Schwarzenegger, but while defending humanity’s last home from incoming enemy spacecraft and environmental hazards, you do randomly spout some famous lines in his voice. It’s a fun touch, but don’t let the comedic side of Protector get in the way of what’s most important: defending that house. You run along the ground, firing into the sky as enemies nosedive into frame. Although the house you’re defending can withstand some damage, similar to structures in the classic game Missile Command, all it takes is one hit for you to die in Commando mode, and there are no continues. You do have a few of the same abilities as your spaceship, including bombs and speed boosts, and you can jump, which is useful when ground-based enemies eventually appear. Because you can fire in more than two directions with the right analog stick, Commando mode feels like it has more in common with twin-stick shooters than it does with Resogun.

Blasting through increasingly difficult waves of enemies in Commando mode is challenging and the Schwarzenegger impersonations are humorous, but fighting on foot isn’t as thrilling as zipping around in a ship. You don’t move particularly fast, and your gun is underpowered for what feels like too long relative to how fast the number of targets increases on screen. This new style of gameplay is intriguing because it’s different, but it lacks the sense of speed and excitement that’s typical of Resogun. That’s not to imply that it’s bad or even not fun–you still experience the wonder of voxels and the drive to earn higher and higher scores, and likely a bit of laughter–but Commando mode just doesn’t compare to the rest of Resogun.

If you’re looking for something more fast-paced and exciting, focus on Protector mode. It plays very similar to Resogun proper, where you zoom around a ring-shaped level, shooting down enemy ships and rescuing vulnerable humans on the ground, but you earn weapons and armor upgrades at a much faster rate than usual. The trade-off is that enemy swarms grow equally fast and you don’t start with any extra lives; the only second chances you get are in the form of expendable shields that occasionally come as bonuses for saving humans.

Piloting a fully-upgraded ship is a treat rarely afforded in other modes, where extended boosts and more destructive overdrive cannons are reserved for the best players, so Protector mode is a great way to experience a side of the game that may have been out of reach before. It’s oh-so-sweet to have a massively upgraded ship, and because the difficulty also scales fast, you still feel like you’re being challenged, even with all of the added firepower.

If Resogun has already run its course in your mind, there’s nothing in Defenders that’s going to lure you back in for the long haul. Of course, it’s hard to imagine how someone could ever get enough Resogun, being that it’s one of the best arcade-game experiences in years. In that sense, Defenders is a worthy addition to an already great game that will no doubt please anyone with a fondness for fighting within an inch of their life while also blowing up everything in sight into tiny, beautiful pieces.

First 007 Spectre Trailer Revealed

MGM today published the first trailer for this year’s 007 movie, Spectre, and it gives us a lot to think about.

One line in particular stands out to me. “You’ve got a secret. Something you can’t tell anyone, because you don’t trust anyone,” Moneypenny says to Bond at the beginning of the spot. What do you make of that?

Here’s the official plot description for Spectre:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.”

What do you make of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Spectre, which also stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz, opens on November 6, 2015. The movie is being directed by Sam Mendes, who was also behind 2012’s blockbuster Skyfall.

Looking for more Spectre content? Check out this behind-the-scenes video that shows the difficult–yet rewarding–job of shooting an action sequence on top of a mountain.

The fate of the James Bond video game series is unclear. Call of Duty publisher Activision is thought to have dropped the license, and it’s unclear if anyone picked it up.

PS4 Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC News Coming Next Week

Just because the first expansion for Dragon Age: Inquisition–Jaws of Hakkon–launched first on Xbox One and PC, doesn’t mean it’s not coming to PlayStation 4. The content will indeed be released on Sony’s new console, and BioWare is planning to announce more details about the PS4 release sometime next week.

“Jaws of Hakkon is a timed exclusive for the Xbox One and PC (through Origin). This approach allowed for a lot of support from Microsoft and Origin in launching the DLC, so [it] did have that benefit for the team, and we appreciate the partnership,” BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn said as part of a Kotaku Q&A session today.

“However, as a timed exclusive, it is definitely coming to the game’s other platforms, and based on our internal discussions I expect we’ll be announcing more details next week.”

“I hope no one boycotts the purchase, as it’s a pretty fun adventure that WILL be available on all platforms,” he added. “That said, everyone is free to vote / message / communicate how they feel, so if that happens it happens. We’re definitely paying attention.”

Jaws of Hakkon was released this week only for Xbox One and PC as part of an exclusivity arrangement between BioWare owner Electronic Arts and Microsoft. The terms of this deal prohibit BioWare from even disclosing the length of the exclusive period.

So far, the Jaws of Hakkon expansion has been confirmed only for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. BioWare has not announced any plans to bring the DLC to last-generation consoles such as Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

In Jaws of Hakkon, players will “discover the fate of the last Inquisitor and the powerful dragon he hunted.”

Set in an overgrown wilderness populated by the Avvar hunter people, the content will see players exploring an “ancient Tevinter fortress that hides a dangerous secret.”

Gamers can also expect to face off against new enemies, and amass new legendary armor and weapons. Jaws of Hakkon concludes with a battle against an “ancient god of war bent on destroying the world.”

For more on Jaws of Hakkon, check out GameSpot’s review and some images in the gallery below.

GS News Top 5 – Bloodborne’s Horrifying Heroes; Fan-made Morrowind Remake!

Community remasters of Half-Life 2 and Morrowind are set to impress, Batman: Arkham games could be coming to current gen, and free Xbox games for April!

Gaming Deals: $220 New 3DS XL Smash Bros. Bundle and 10% Off PSN Games

Today’s best deal comes from Walmart, which is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $220. Alternatively, the retailer has a New 3DS XL bundle with your choice of select games for $219. Eligible games include Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Code Name: Steam, and quite a few more.

Sony is offering 10% off your PSN purchase this weekend with the promo code LQ8ERDQH3A. There are some restrictions that you can read about here (no discounts on Plus memberships, for instance), but it’s important to note it’s only good for the next few days and can only be used from your PSN account one time.

Bloodborne might be brand new, but you can buy it and a $20 PSN card for $65 at Target, effectively giving you $15 in free PSN cash. Alternatively, you can pick up a PS4 bundle that includes the system, Bloodborne, and The Last of Us Remastered for $435 on Amazon.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

GameStop’s excellent PS4 trade-in offer, which gives $175 for certain Xbox 360 or PS3 models, is available until April 5. The store’s spring sale event is also ongoing.

A standalone PlayStation 4 system is currently $350 on eBay.

Walmart is offering The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle for $399 with a bonus controller and either Watch Dogs or Need for Speed: Rivals.

The Kollector’s Edition of Mortal Kombat X is $135 if you preorder through Newegg and use the promo code EMCAPNT78.

The fourth week of Sony’s Spring Fever event is now on, and focuses on God of War, with God of War and God of War II‘s HD remasters costing $6 each for PlayStation Plus members. You can find the full lineup of the PSN games included in Spring Fever here.

Other PS4 game deals:

PlayStation Plus’ free games for March include Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty on PS4, CounterSpy on PS3, and OlliOlli 2 on Vita and PS4.

Xbox One

The Xbox One Master Chief Collection bundle is $350 from the Microsoft Store with a bonus copy of Titanfall.

Walmart continues to offer the Xbox One Master Chief Collection bundle with an extra controller for $349.

The Kollector’s Edition of Mortal Kombat X is $135 if you preorder through Newegg and use the promo code EMCAPNT78.

Forza Horizon 2’s Fast & Furious spinoff is available now for free until April 10.

Cowboom is offering used Xbox Ones for as little as $230 with promo code XONE4215.

Microsoft’s new Deals With Gold offers are now live. Xbox Live Gold members can get Forza Horizon 2 or Evolve on Xbox One for $48 each, Threes for $3.50, or XCOM: Enemy Within on Xbox 360 for $10. Find the full list of this week’s deals here.

Other Xbox One game deals:

The free Games with Gold titles for March include #IDARB on Xbox One and BioShock Infinite on Xbox 360. April’s games have also been announced (but are not yet available for free).

Wii U

The Super Mario 3D World/Nintendo Land Wii U bundle is available for $260 on eBay.

If you don’t mind a refurbished system, Nintendo’s online store has a bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.

Dell has an Amiibo bundle with the Mario, Zelda, and Pikachu figures for $40 with a $25 gift card.

3DS

Get Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire and your choice of Groudon or Kyogre collectible figurine for $31 at Walmart.

PC

Steam has a nice Sega-focused sale going on this weekend, offering Company of Heroes 2 for $10, The Typing of the Dead: Overkill for $5, Valkyria Chronicles for $6.79, Alien: Isolation for $12.49, and much more. You can even get a 93-game bundle for just $80.

The Humble Store has a 2K game sale going on and is offering a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line with the purchase of any game in the sale. That includes Evolve for $45, Civilization V: The Complete Edition or XCOM: Enemy Unknown – The Complete Edition for $12.49 each, Civilization: Beyond Earth for $25, and the BioShock Triple Pack for $11.89.

Green Man Gaming is currently offering discounts on orders for some of the year’s biggest releases. You can get Grand Theft Auto V for $46.79, Batman: Arkham Knight for $43.79, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for $15.59, Battlefield Hardline for $50, Magicka 2 for $11.24, Offworld Trading Company for $30, and Mortal Kombat X for $43.79. You can find all the discounts in Green Man Gaming’s VIP page, for which you can sign up for free.

Green Man Gaming also has a sale on Bethesda games, offering Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition for $10.19, Skyrim’s Legendary Edition for $13.59, and more.

You can get 20 percent off at Green Man Gaming with the code: JBTBG5-7GVTE8-W2YXRV

The original Syndicate is free on Origin.

Other PC game deals:

PS Vita

Amazon is selling the Wi-Fi version of PlayStation Vita for $170.

Hardware

Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.

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