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Man faces 5 years in jail for Heroes of the Storm threats

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Man faces 5 years in jail for Heroes of the Storm threats

Sacramento man Stephen Cebula has been indicted for threats made via Heroes of the Storm, says the Department of Justice.

Cebula, 28, was brought to Heroes publisher Blizzard's attention on July 3, when players reported him for making violent, sexual, and racist threats via in-game player chat.

Though he was quickly banned from chat, Cebula posted threats to Blizzard itself via Facebook, saying he would "pay [Blizzard] a visit with an AK47 amongst some other 'fun' tools."

He was arrested on July 12 and questioned by the FBI, whose case files state that he claimed he wanted to "scare those whom he had threatened" and that he "fantasised about oral sex and sexual intercourse with his five-year-old niece".

Prior to the incident, Cebula had been charged with threatening a member of his school's staff, and had told Sacramento deputies he wanted to kill someone in a local park.

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Design doc for cancelled LucasArts Indiana Jones game surfaces

Design doc for cancelled LucasArts Indiana Jones game surfaces

The full design document for a cancelled Indiana Jones adventure game has surfaced online.

A sequel to LucasArts' Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix never made it out of development.

Set in 1947, the game would have run on LucasArts' SCUMM engine, and would have seen Jones searching for the Philosopher's Stone in a race against in-hiding Nazi scientists.

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Square Enix is making an RPG for the Apple Watch

Square Enix is making an RPG for the Apple Watch

Square Enix is in development on a role-playing game for the Apple Watch, entitled Cosmos Rings.

First reported by Famitsu, then confirmed via Square Enix's website, Cosmos Rings' development will be led by Takehiro Ando, and its art direction by Final Fantasy vet Yusuke Naora.

Ando created the Chaos Rings mobile RPG series, indicating the game could be a spin-off or spiritual sequel to that series.

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Nvidia's new Titan X is absurdly powerful

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Nvidia's new Titan X is absurdly powerful

The latest version of Nvidia's flagship Titan X video card is, according to the manufacturer, "the biggest GPU ever built".

Boasting 3,584 CUDA cores running at 1.53GHz, and 12GB of GDDR5X memory, Nvidia says the card is "even more reckless" than the recently announced GTX 1080.

Outperforming its predecessor by "up to 60 percent", the new card allegedly delivers 11 teraflops of computing performance.

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"Huge demand" sees System Shock confirmed for PS4

"Huge demand" sees System Shock confirmed for PS4

The remake of 1994 sci-fi classic System Shock has been confirmed for PlayStation 4.

The PS4 version's 2018 release window was announced yesterday on PlayStation Blog by Nightdive Studios project director Jason Fader.

"There was such a huge demand for a PS4 version that we immediately did what we could to make that happen," said Fader.

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Reminder: Ping Zero begins tonight

Reminder: Ping Zero begins tonight

The Ping Zero LAN event kicks off tonight at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland.

This will mark the 49th LAN operated by Ping Zero, and the first in partnership with Kiwi retailer Mighty Ape.

Over the course of the weekend Mighty Ape will give away a custom-built gaming PC to one lucky attendee, while Ping Zero itself will contribute a prize pool valued at NZ$3000 for tournament prizes and giveaways.

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Rocket League cross-play could happen in “a few hours”

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Rocket League cross-play could happen in “a few hours”

Rocket League developer Psyonix says cross-platform play could happen if only Sony would co-operate.

Vice president Jeremy Dunham told IGN that the developers had solved the technical issues surrounding play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“We’re literally at the point where all we need is the go-ahead on the Sony side and we can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working no problem,” said Dunham.

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Live-action Pokemon film gets Detective Pikachu on the case

Live-action Pokemon film gets Detective Pikachu on the case

A deal has been signed to produce a live-action film adaptation of the long-running Pokemon franchise, Variety reports.

The film will not be a direct adaptation of the property, however, focusing instead on “Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.”

It will be produced by Legendary Pictures, best known for the Dark Knight trilogy, in conjunction with Nintendo.

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Destiny: Rise Of Iron has a ridiculous new Sparrow

Destiny: Rise Of Iron has a ridiculous new Sparrow

Destiny’s upcoming expansion Rise of Iron will include a brand-new Sparrow design, inspired by the Iron Lords.

The Iron Gjallarwing follows the same design principles of the popular Gjallarhorn rocket launcher, with silver wings and metallic accents.

For those who do not pre-order, it will be available from the in-game Eververse store - without the black and silver paint job.