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Gamergate Event Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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A Gamergate event in Miami was evacuated on Sunday after organisers received multiple bomb threats. The event was being held by the Society of Professional Journalists and the threats occurred during a panel that presented the “pro” side of Gamergate. It took multiple threats to get the events attendees to evacuate. Organiser and moderator Michael Koretzky said they received a total of six bomb threats.

The first threat occurred around 1.15pm but attendees decided to stay at the event. Eventually, more specific threats were phoned in to both The Miami Herald (a prominent local newspaper) and the Miami police. Those threats stated a bomb would go off at 2.45pm. At that point, the event was properly evacuated, but the panel discussion continued outside. The area was deemed safe again around 4.45pm, more than two hours after the evacuation.

Nobody has taken credit for the bomb threats. Most agree that the threats could have come from anybody on either side of the Gamergate debate, or it could have just come from bored trolls. For an issue that has given rise to such a large volume of vitriolic online harassment, these threats could have come from anywhere.

Gamergate started more than a year ago as a supposed movement against unethical video game journalism. However, the movement was quickly associated with all manner of hateful behaviour. Several prominent women in the games industry and game journalism were harassed and some were even forced to leave their homes. It was quite confusing and most people stopping following events relating to the movement after a few months (it got rather depressing to watch). Apparently, the friction left over from the movement hasn’t faded yet.

The event in Miami apparently didn’t have any people representing the “anti” side of Gamergate because they declined to attend.

Both panels can be seen in full on SPJ AirPlay’s Youtube channel.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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