Xbox One leaked, kid gets early access to system, posts on youtube


A video was posted online this morning on youtube by a young man claiming to have an XBOX ONE. His main youtube site is “EntertainmentOVO“.

He clearly shows off the controller, interface and a beta demo of the game Ryse. Something tells me this video was not sponsored by Microsoft. I think he and the father are in big trouble with a capital T. He might be a developer or a Microsoft employee.

What are your thoughts? Let us know.

8 yr old boy fatally shoots 90 yr old relative after playing GTA IV


Louisiana authorities say an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed a 90-year-old woman who was his caregiver after watching a video game with violent themes.

East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies did not provide a motive, but they said the boy was playing the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” — a realistic game that’s been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people — just minutes before the fatal shooting. The game is rated “M” for mature audiences and recommended for ages 17 and older.

Authorities are calling the shooting a homicide.

They said it happened shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park off La. Highway 67 east of Slaughter.

Sgt. Kevin Garig told The Advocate that the identities of both the shooter and the victim are being withheld to protect the identity of the juvenile. Garig said the woman died after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

WAFB-TV reports the sheriff’s office said that although the child told investigators that he accidentally shot the woman while playing with a firearm, evidence has led investigators to believe the child intentionally shot her in the back of the head while she was watching television.

Authorities said the woman was the child’s caregiver. Garig said the shooting involved relatives.

The community is said to be in shock over the incident.

“Where did she have the gun?” neighbor Johnnie Scott asked. “Where did he see the gun, was it in his eyesight? That’s the thought that goes through my head,” Scott told Fox8live.com.

“From a behavior therapy perspective, I would say that’s practicing,” Kristopher Kaliebe, a LSU Health Sciences Center child psychologist told Fox8live.com.

“So if you have a video game where someone shoots at a target, that’s sort of practicing shooting at a target. When you havea  video game that is shooting at a human being, that is practicing shooting at a human being,” Kaliebe said.

The child was released to his parents Thursday night.

Louisiana law prohibits authorities from charging the child with a crime because of his age, the sheriff’s office said. The law states: “Those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. However, nothing in this article shall affect the jurisdiction of juvenile courts as established by the constitution and statutes of this state.”

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Joe Biden Sat Down With Gaming’s Leaders Today, And One Of Them Brought A Copy of Blastman III


Joe Biden Sat Down With Gaming’s Leaders Today, And One Of Them Brought A Copy of Blastman III

This afternoon, U.S. vice president Joe Biden met with video game representatives to talk about the Sandy Hook shooting. Here’s a picture of the meeting in action. Hopefully it went well.

Wondering who’s who? The AP’s caption:

Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks during a meeting with representatives from the video game industry in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as part of the effort he is leading to develop policy proposals in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. From right to left are, Attorney General Eric Holder, Entertainment Software Association President Michael Gallagher, Biden, Electronic Arts Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Another shot:

Joe Biden Sat Down With Gaming’s Leaders Today, And One Of Them Brought A Copy of Blastman III

You can also make out Robert Altman, CEO of ZeniMax Media (the company that owns publisher Bethesda, among others) and ex-Epic Games president Mike Capps—both seated in front of Biden.

Joe Biden Sat Down With Gaming’s Leaders Today, And One Of Them Brought A Copy of Blastman III

One odd detail from this meeting: Pat Vance, head of the games rating board (the ESRB), seems to have brought a copy of Blastman III with her. What’s Blastman III? Either it’s the most obscure gaming gift ever presented to a Vice President or… we’re not sure. Maybe it’s a made-up game that the ESRB used for demonstration purposes. We’ve asked the ESRB to clarify.

Update: That’s exactly what it is. “Yes, ‘Blastman’ is a prop we created for the purpose of illustrating how rating information is displayed on game packages,” an ESRB spokesperson tells us.

And here’s Biden kicking off the meeting:

With members of the Cabinet and the gaming industry seated around him, the Vice President invited the press in, mostly to fill them in on his hopes for the meetings his post-Sandy Hook task force has been having. He said little about video games, instead referring to a range of issues, including interest in various checks on guns.

Gesturing to gaming industry leaders, the Attorney General and other Cabinet members, Biden did try to explain why he was meeting with entertainment executives and not just the National Rifle Association and mental health experts.

“We’re anxious to see if there’s anything you can suggest to us that you think would help, as this President said, diminish the possibility of … if we save even one kid’s life,” he said before hitting a tangent.

Later, he added, “There’s no measure that I’m aware of to be able to determine whether or not there’s a coarsening of our culture in a way that is not healthy. I don’t know the answer to that question. And I’m not sure what impact it would have or it wouldn’t have on the kind of events we’re looking at.”

Many fans of video games don’t believe that video games have a part of Biden’s talks. The science on whether video games can trigger aggression is mixed, and there have been no scientific studies that connect video games to violence. Whether games coarsen culture or not, gamers would doubt that games cause violence. Biden conceded that.

“We don’t even know whether some of things people think impact on this actually impact on this or not,” he said, turning to John Riccitiello, the head of EA. “And so I want you to know that you’ve not been, quote, singled out for help, but we’ve asked a whole lot of people.”

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