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1:30 PM on 05.06.2014

Valve pulls shady Earth: Year 2066 from Steam, offering refunds

After rising through the Steam Greenlight approval process, Earth: Year 2066 was released on Steam Early Access just last month for $19.99. If you follow Jim Sterling's fine work over at The Escapist, you'll be all too famili...

Jordan Devore


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Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




3:30 PM on 03.27.2014

Anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on fraud, gun trafficking charges

California state senator Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday on charges of honest services fraud and gun trafficking. A vocal opponent of violent videogames, Yee should be no stranger to long-time Destructoid readers given his ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl...

Tony Ponce



Precursor employee arrested for child porn possession photo
Precursor employee arrested for child porn possession
by Tony Ponce

[Editor's note: In light of some of the commenters' statements, I have slightly revised some of the wording of the original article so as to tone down my gut reactions. It's a topic I feel very strongly about, hence my response. But I understand that my personal thoughts should be left for another time and place.]

Shadow of the Eternals studio Precursor Games was hit by a major bomb yesterday when it was learned that one of the studio's own was arrested on charges of child pornography possession. Kenneth McCulloch of St. Catharines, Ontario, had his house raided following an investigation that dated back to April. A "significant" number of computers and hardware were seized and McCulloch placed in custody.

McCulloch had been with Precursor ever since the team was still running wild as Silicon Knights. Obviously, he no longer works there -- CEO Paul Caporicci made that crystal clear in a forum post last night, while all other evidence of McCulloch's association with the company has been erased as though he never existed.

How this will effect the development of Shadow of the Eternals is a worry for another day. For now, a man's career is pretty much over.

CRIME: St. Catharines man facing child pornography charges [Bulletin News Niagra] (Thanks for the tip, Ocho)

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9:30 AM on 06.06.2013

Man chooses month of prison over month of Xbox games

A New Zealand young offender has chosen to spend the final month of his house arrest term in a real prison, rather than spend another four weeks trapped in his home with his emotionally crippling Xbox system. He was so sick o...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Taito's Crime Connection wants your phone's contact info

Crime Connection, the latest iOS and Android title from Square Enix subsidiary Taito, is a free-to-play "social crime simulation" in the style of Mafia Wars. There is a serious caveat to the game, however, and I'm not talking...

Allistair Pinsof

2:30 PM on 03.18.2013

Sandy Hook shooter allegedly trying to beat a high score

An anonymous "law enforcement veteran" claims the Sandy Hook shooter was comparing "high scores" of previous mass murderers and intended to beat a record. According to this totally responsible and not-at-all reckless source, ...

Jim Sterling



Teen shoots parents with pistol, blames violent games photo
Teen shoots parents with pistol, blames violent games
by Jim Sterling

A Washington state teen has been charged with murder, the 14-year-old having shot his mother and father in the head after he was grounded from electronic devices. Nathon Brooks may be tried as an adult for the crime, though reports suggest he might be suffering from mental illness of some kind. 

Brooks, for his part, has decided to shift the blame to violent videogames, in what looks like a cynical exploitation of ludicrous stereotypes to avoid accountability. 

"He said he quit playing violent videogames because he thought they were making him more violent," said Moses Lake police Sgt. Mike Williamst. "I asked him how much he played video games, and he told me '24/7,' up until he got his electronics taken away."

Brooks added a voice in his head was telling him to murder his parents, Jonathan and Elizabeth, and he had in fact considered murdering them since the age of eight. You can expect news sources to not focus so much on the "murderous head voice" thing and find the "GTA definitely did it" part far more salacious.

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1:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Former GameStop VP in prison for stealing $1.7 million

Some may call GameStop employees crooks for giving customers pennies for their beloved Maddens, but only Frank Christopher Olivera, former VP of corporate communications and public affairs at GameStop Texas, has been sentence...

Allistair Pinsof

7:30 PM on 03.04.2013

Donkey Kong also got ripped off for an iOS game

What was that saying again? "When it rains, it pours"? The Android developer who released a game unwittingly starring Yoshi may have been able to cover his ass -- albeit barely -- but there is no way in hell that the mastermi...

Tony Ponce



Android rip-off dev did not know who Yoshi was photo
Android rip-off dev did not know who Yoshi was
by Tony Ponce

A few days ago, we learned about Era's Adventures 3D, a new Android game that stars an unlicensed character model of Mario's faithful mount Yoshi. It sounds incredibly ballsy that anyone would pull such a stunt and not anticipate the consequences. As it so happens, the creator is claiming complete ignorance about Yoshi's identity.

In responding to Ars Technica, Era dev Botond Kopacz stated, "Actually this is an indie game developed by one developer, so due to the limitation of effort, I purchased a cute character from TurboSquid, one of the biggest 3D asset stores, without knowing the background story of the character Yoshi, since I'm not a Super Mario fan.... Once the game was released on the Play Store, after spending hundreds of hours in making the game, I started receiving 'kind' mails from Super Mario fans that I stole Yoshi, etc. So I started Googling and I realized that the character is really from the Super Mario series."

Naturally Kopacz is planning to alter the model, but I nonetheless find it highly unlikely that a non-Mario fan who is nonetheless invested in gaming would not at least recognize such an iconic figure from the biggest gaming franchise of all time, even if he couldn't identify Yoshi by name. Has he never seen a T-shirt, webcomic, video, or news article that featured the green dino? You'd have to work extremely hard to keep yourself completely in the dark.

Nintendo's Yoshi sneaks on to Google Play in unlicensed game (Updated) [Ars Technica]

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7:00 AM on 02.28.2013

Yoshi shoots atomic snot in this Android rip-off

I heartily enjoy smartphone gaming, but it's hard to defend mobile distribution platforms when shameless rip-offs that steal characters and assets wholesale from other, more popular games can find find shelf space without an...

Tony Ponce



How to steal from Elder Scrolls and not get away with it photo
How to steal from Elder Scrolls and not get away with it
by Allistair Pinsof

Limbo of the Lost is the stuff nightmares are made of (see above) and the stuff of lawsuits, as well.

It's a perfect storm of all things terrible that makes a game in the adventure genre -- a genre that even at its worst can only be subpar -- so vapid, bizarre, and poorly executed that it somehow transcends the ridiculous and becomes a surreal, captivating experience.

And if you get a distinct Elder Scrolls or World of Warcraft vibe, or suddenly feel nostalgic for Beetlejuice, it likely has to do with Limbo of the Lost stealing art from all those things. Having the ghost of better games linger over one of the most terrible games of all time is what makes Limbo of the Lost an oddity and a trash classic.

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9:00 PM on 01.29.2013

Be your own Don in Omerta - City of Gangsters

Organised crime sim Omerta - City of Gangsters is giving you the chance to be the Don of Atlantic City, complete with your own crew of gangsters and on-the-nose nicknames. I like the look of this character creator, specifica...

Alasdair Duncan

11:00 PM on 11.16.2012

ArmA 3 devs to remain in jail after being denied bail

Bohemia Interactive's Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been locked up for some 70 days now, having been arrested while on holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos. The two are accused by the Greek government of espionage ...

Harry Monogenis

8:30 AM on 09.03.2012

Resident Evil 6 stolen, being sold for ludicrous amounts

A small quantity of Resident Evil 6 copies have been thieved and are floating around Europe, waiting to be purchased. It was originally reported that a retailer in Poland had broken street date by a month, but Capcom has conf...

Jim Sterling