Connecticut man pleads guilty for his part in gaming group's 2014 swatting incidents

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Wethersfield, Connecticut man has pleaded guilty for his part in a series swatting calls to police in several states in 2014. Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Tollis was arrested on September 10, 2014 by agents from the New Haven, Connecticut division of Federal Bureau of Investigation for his part in participating in a series of swatting incidents that occurred earlier this year in Connecticut and other states. Tollis, along with other members of a gaming group calling themselves TCOD (TeAM CrucifiX or Die), helped coordinate a series of attacks against people.

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Anita Sarkeesian targeted by anti-femnist flyers outside E3

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a move that can best be described as lacking in tact and tastefulness, someone decided to post flyers in and around the venue for the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles joking about feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian.

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Twitch streamer caught up in child pornography scandal

April 15, 2015 - James Fudge

A Twitch streamer has found himself embroiled in controversy after a file that viewers noted as "child pornography" popped up on his computer during a live stream. The Denmark-based Twitch user, Søren "RandomRambo" Jensen (also on YouTube), makes his living streaming on Twitch playing such games as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Path of Exile.

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'Mortal Kombat X' producer leaves Twitter after threats to family

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV reports this morning that Mortal Kombat X producer Shaun Himmerick has decided to leave Twitter after his family was threatened by unscrupulous people on the social media network.

In a series of tweets, Himmerick explained why he was leaving Twitter:

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Calif. teen arrested for swatting attempts in two states

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

A thirteen-year-old Camarillo, Calif. boy was arrested on March 17 for allegedly making multiple calls to police departments in Ventura County, Calif., and New Jersey in an attempt to "swat" three different targets. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the teen (whose name was not released because he is a minor) allegedly made three calls reporting violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

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Manchester, NH 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' player gets targeted by swatter

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

A 27-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire says he was targeted by someone online after police were sent to his home last Sunday night. Leighton Timmins, a 27-year-old who works in the IT department of a local college, says that police received a call purporting to be him and claiming that he had shot and killed his father in his apartment.

Of course he never called the police and his father was not in the residence (and quite alive somewhere else) when police entered his residence on Sunday evening.

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Congresswoman Katherine Clark Wants FBI and DOJ To Prosecute Online Harassment Cases

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) is calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to do a better job of handling cases of online harassment - particularly those that target women. Clark took a particular interest in GamerGate and activities that have been associated with the Twitter hashtag because Boston-based developer Brianna Wu is in the district she represents.

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Couple Plays 'Call of Duty' While Infant Suffers From Brain Injuries

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A couple from South Yorkshire, England are currently on trial for their part in giving their infant son brain damage. According to a report in The Star, the couple (who are not named) played a newly launched "Call of Duty" video game while their four-month-old son lay in his crib with a severe brain injury, according to what the court was told by prosecutors at the couple's ongoing trial.

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Is The Party Almost Over For Bad Actors On Twitter?

February 5, 2015 - James Fudge

In an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo doesn't mince words when asked by an employee about the company's efforts to get rid of trolls and serial harassers from the social media platform:

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Report: Gamers and Hacktivists Big Players in DDoS Attacks

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Arbor Networks (cited by the BBC in this report suggests that hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of new (but not necessarily technically sophisticated) attacks to take web sites offline. The new report from Arbor Networks examines 10 years of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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AbleGamers' Weird Weekend of Porn, Charity, DDoS Attacks, and GamerGate

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It was a strange and troubling weekend for gaming and disabilities charity AbleGamers. After agreeing to accept funds from a charity put on by porn star Mercedes Carrera and then declining because of disclosure issue with the stream promoting the funding drive, AbleGamers found itself the target of a DDoS attack.

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Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about certain aspects of the GamerGate movement - accusations of engaging in harassing, threatening and doxxing women. In her post, Day urges those who love gaming not to let other people drive them away:

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The Legalities of GamerGating

October 14, 2014 - Dan Rosenthal

Perhaps missed in the September issue of the International Game Developer's Association's monthly "Perspectives" newsletter, lies an interesting analysis of the legal issues surrounding the #gamergate debacle. Written by Suzanne Jackiw, a 3L at Chicago-Kent University of Law, "The Legal Issues of #GamerGate" delves into the questions of cyberbullying, harassment, and defamation that have been so closely associated with the GamerGate "movement".

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Riot Cracks Down on Unruly 'League of Legends' Players

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games has deployed a new update that puts in place a method for better controlling "toxic" League of Legends players from ranked matches, Eurogamer reports.

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PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube's most popular personality PewDiePie has decided that, going forward, he will turn off comments on all of his videos. In his latest video he explains in great detail why he thinks comments on his videos are mostly useless and an aggravation to deal with.

"I go to the comments, and it's mainly spam, it's people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these...just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn't mean anything," he says in the video.

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'The Creatures' Founder Gets Swatted While Live Streaming 'Counter-Strike'

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night a founding member of the popular YouTube channel The Creatures was the victim of swatting, and the entire incident was caught on his live stream. Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson was playing Counter-Strike on a live-stream when a SWAT team showed up and took him to the floor of his office at gunpoint.

"Uh oh, this isn't good," Kootra said during the live stream. "They're clearing rooms - what in the world? I think we're getting swatted."

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PlayStation, Xbox, and ESL Twitch Accounts Compromised

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch profiles for the official PlayStation, Xbox, and eSports League (ESL) channels were compromised or hacked by an unknown third-party yesterday, according to this Polygon report. That unknown person or persons altered highlights in all the channels with various messages - some of which were racist and homophobic.

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Riot Cracking Down on Unruly 'League of Legends' Players

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games is cracking down on League of Legends players who think it is cool to use slurs and those who engage in "unsportsmanlike behavior" by handing out 14-day or permanent bans.

In a thread on Reddit, Riot's Jeffrey Lin provided some more clarity, and explained that manual reviews of complaints are present to ensure people are not unfairly banned.

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Poll Results: Breaking Things While Playing Games!

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In last week's poll we asked our readers, "Has a Video Game Ever Made You So Mad You Broke the Controller?" The majority of votes seemed to indicate that almost half of respondents have enough control not to break a controller either because it is defective or because the game someone is playing becomes too frustrating.

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Report: Some YouTubers Think Taking Publisher Money is Okay

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new survey released by Gamasutra reveals a disturbing fact about YouTube gaming personalities; of those who participated in a survey, around 26 percent admitted that they had taken money directly or indirectly to promote a game or brand from a publisher.

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'Male Only' Hearthstone eSports Competition Angers Gaming Community

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A requirement for Finland's Assembly Summer 2014 Hearthstone competition has outraged the gaming community. According to this PC Gamer report, an announcement page for the Hearthstone qualifier reveals that "The participation is open only to Finnish male players." The qualifier's organizers, the Finnish eSports Federation, are taking a lot of heat for this requirement and for their explanation why they have decided to separate and/or exclude players based on gender.

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Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Huffington Post report, a sore (and unidentified) loser who lost a game of Call of Duty match sent a police SWAT team to his opponent's house. According to the report, which is based on reporting from the New York Post, a police SWAT team was dispatched to a Long Island, N.Y.

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Banned Titanfall Players Can Still Play Online... With Other Cheaters

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn's website for Titanfall introduces a new section explaining what happens to players who are flagged as cheaters. According to the information on the site, if you are flagged as a cheater, you will be banned from normal servers and corralled into a special "cheater's only" category that limits your online play to matchmaking with your own kind.

On the question of "what happens" when you get banned, Respawn offers the following answer:

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Chicago Man Plays GTA V While Two-Year-Old Son Suffers From Broken Leg

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Chicago man is being held on $1,000 bond after being arrested for allegedly continuing to play a video game for more than two hours while his two-year-old stepson suffered with a broken leg. According to the Chicago Tribune, 19-year-old Luis Matienzo would not stop playing Grand Theft Auto V - even as his stepson sat crying in a playpen because he was suffering from a broken leg.

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Tulsa Man Locks Child in Closet So He Can Play Video Games

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Tulsa, Oklahoma man and his wife have been arrested by police after a maintenance man found their four year-old daughter locked in a closet. The man, 26-year-old Darren Nashburn, said that he locked his daughter in the closet because she was throwing things and because he didn't want to be distracted while playing video games.

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Andrew Eisen: Games I Own, But Haven't Played

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Way back in October of 2012 we asked our readers in a poll "How Many Unplayed Games Do You Own?" With Steam Early Access, Humble Bundle sales and sales on digital and retail console games, many of our readers admitted that they had a shameful backlog of titles that they had yet to play or install.

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Police: Child Drowned While Mother Played Video Games

September 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A 22-year-old Tennessee mother has been charged with abuse and neglect in connection with the March 2013 death of her three-year-old daughter, according to an Associated Press report republished on The Times Free Press.

A Van Buren County grand jury indicted Samantha Brymer-Armstrong on Tuesday related to the March death of her daughter, Kayleigh Armstrong, who was found unresponsive in a swimming pool at their home in Spencer, Tennessee. She died the next day.

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BioWare Writer Quits Following Online Abuse, Death Threats to Family

August 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Does an abusive and abrasive community scare away game development talent? That depends on how far individuals in such a community are willing to go in order to express their disdain for what a game developer is doing. When members of a community think that it is acceptable to wish death or a sexual assault on someone, it has a very real affect on game developers - or anyone else in the public eye.

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Disabled Twitch.tv Gamer Gets Caught Walking on Camera

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A wheelchair-bound gamer who regularly appeared on Twitch.tv has been accused of faking his disability after he stood up and walked while on camera. No, he was not broadcasting live from a faith healers temple - he just sort of did it while his camera was on. Now he is facing the outrage and wrath of the gaming community and the punitive verdict of Twitch.tv, according to Eurogamer.

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Three Pro League Of Legends Players Get Stiff Penalties for Bad Behavior

January 25, 2013 -

GameSpot reports that Riot Games has issued bans to three European Team Solo Mebdi players for what they describe as widespread in-game verbal abuse. Riot Games has issued a lifetime ban for professional League of Legends player Khaled Abusagr of Team Solo Mebdi. Riot said that he engaged in a consistent pattern of in-game verbal abuse, racism, anti-Semitism, and threatening behavior.

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InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
 

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