Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

May 31, 2013 -

Robert Bowling's LA-based game development studio Robotoki had a scare this week when heavily armed police officers from the LAPD raided the offices in response to a panic alarm going off. Polygon chronicles the saga pretty well - complete with some still photos from an ADT security camera - but the short of it is that things could have gotten ugly because of a cardboard cutout from a game.

The panic alarm was set off by a curious game designer who saw a freshly installed panic button and decided to press it. Bowling tells Polygon that he figured out who the culprit was after reviewing the security tapes.

"Our studio is equipped with a 'panic' alarm in case of an armed threat, which was installed yesterday," Bowling said. "One of our designers, who shall not be shamed, pressed it on his way out because apparently when boys find buttons that they are unsure of, their first instinct is to push it."

When police arrived at the offices they made their way to the entrance and encountered a life-sized statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Simon "Ghost" Riley, which the police mistook for a gunman.

"I was in my office when they arrived and saw them coming up our stairs, guns drawn," Bowling said. "They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors."

After they cleared the offices and realized that the man with the gun was actually a statue they all had a good laugh and chalked the incident up to an innocent mistake. They even played some games.

You can read the whole account on Polygon. While I know that whoever pressed that panic button may have committed an innocent act, this story could have ended with their studio head being shot to death by the LAPD. They have been known to shoot people by accident, after all.

Source: Polygon

 


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Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

Let us call the Developer who pushed the button "He who shall not be named"

 

That can be his nickname "Hey 'Not Named' did you get that code debugged?" "Hey 'Not Named', I need that report."

 

"DO NOT PUSH RANDOM BUTTONS 'Not Named'!!!"

I may be crazy, but I am not insane.

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

After this they might want to rethink the life sized statue in Combat Gear and Assault Weapons that is standing in the lobby? Just cause...

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

I would think they'd want to rethink the accessibility of the panic button to curious employees first.

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

I can't help but be reminded of a quote from Terry Pratchett (from Thief of Time):

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

After they cleared the offices and realized that the man with the gun was actually was a statue they all had a good laugh and chalked the incident up to an innocent mistake. They even played some games.

I'm glad they were able to take the situation in stride. ^^; Thing like this sometimes turn out much worse.

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

*nod* I am thinking to how this compares to Boston's police department which, when a mistake happens, tends to go into 'it was their fault, they hoaxed us!' overdrive and then talks about how the people were lucky they police did not just shoot them.

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

They have been known to shoot people by accident, after all.

That's a feature not a bug. 

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

That's a feature not a bug.

It's both. The bug is when they shoot someone who isn't a black guy.

Re: Robotoki Stormed by LAPD

I use the LCPD:FR mod on the PC version of GTAIV. This happened. I believe the in-game chat went something along the lines of, "It's just like real life!"

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