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League of Legends player jailed in Texas over Facebook rant released on bail

Friday, 12 July 2013 13:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

League of Legends player Justin Carter, who was arrested by Texas authorities in February for “threatening” to shoot up an elementary school on Facebook, has been let out of jail on bail.

An anonymous donor provided 10% ($50,000) of the exorbitantly high $500,000 bail set needed to get him out of jail while he awaits his hearing on July 16. The bail, as noted by GameFront, is many times higher than the usual set for someone accused of murder is in the US, which is around the $100,000 mark depending on the circumstances.

“[Carter's family] is indigent, they’re poor. And even if they were middle class, I don’t think they could afford to post a $500,000 bond because it would require a 10 percent deposit, or $50,000, and I don’t know anyone who has $50,000 to get someone out of jail,” said Carter’s attorney Donald Flanary – who took the case pro bono.

“The thing is, the normal bail for someone facing murder charges, facing life in prison, it’s generally $100,000. This is a third-degree felony, he could get up to 15 years. Most of the time those bonds are around $10,000.”

Police arrested the 19-year-old after LoL “trash talk” went beyond the game and onto Facebook. When he was called “crazy” by another player, Carter sarcastically replied: “I’m effin’ crazy all right, I think I’m going to shoot up a kindergarten, and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.”

Apparently, a concerned Canadian woman saw the Facebook conversation, took a screenshot of it and sent it to the Crime Stoppers Association, who contacted the Austin Regional Intelligence Center. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,000 in reward money if the tip leads to an arrest.

Speaking with GameFront, Carter’s attorney said that while Carter’s comments were inflammatory, they were sarcastic in nature, and his arrest without any proof of intent shows lack of discretion by law enforcement.

“They’re so petrified by the world we live in, post-Sandy Hook, post-9-11, they don’t want to be the officer who has to say that something happened on their watch,” Flanary said. “And I don’t blame them, obviously they don’t want to have a school shooting in their backyard. I get that.

“The reality is that it’s okay to investigate, it’s not okay to continue to prosecute and arrest when it’s clear that it’s sarcasm.

“He was not talking in public, he was not talking to [the woman from Canada who reported him]. He wasn’t trying to make anyone afraid, he was intending to be sarcastic and say something distasteful and offensive. His speech is fundamentally protected by the First Amendment. ”

According to Carter’s family and his attorneys, while spending time in the Comal County jail, other inmates beat him several times, and he was placed on suicide watch and sent to solitary confinement. His clothes and other items were removed to prevent him hurting himself.

You can read a rather comprehensive report on the case through GameFront and MSNBC.

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36 Comments

  1. Aullah

    You CANT JOKE WITH THAT. You just cant. The same way you cant say bomb on a plane. Tho the bait was too much.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Canadian woman or NSA spook?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Chris8bits

    Land of the imprisoned and home of the fearful. A sad state is our “justice system.” I’m glad Justin is out of that hell hole and shame on the people who sent him to jail because they’re essentially worried about their paycheck.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    Thank god I don’t live in the land of “free speech” then. What a load of crap.

    I’m pretty sure that saying that you’re going to shoot up a kindergarten and eat their hearts goes well beyond the protection of the First Ammendmenr and straight into assault charges. Threat of violence is an arrestible offence.

    Frsnkly, they should buckle down more on this sort of crap online. Might teach some of these self obsessed assholes some basic human decency.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. For Blood

    @4

    Isn’t this a bannable offense. You should be banned for this. (See how ridiculous it sounds?)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @5 Considering the staff can and have deleted people for sexist remarks less abrasive than your own… no, not really.

    Try harder.

    Here’s a crazy idea. How about discussing the actual topic instead of trying to satisfy your ego?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @4 Thing is you have to prove intent. They found nothing on him and only have a smartphone snap shot of his comment taken by the lady in Canada – they don’t even have the original message. They found no guns, no knives, no maefesto, no explosives etc.

    To continue to hold him for this is stupid on the District Attorney’s part – unless there is something in his juvenile records which they are keeping quiet. Then again this is Texas we are talking about, and it is not known to ever admit it is wrong and will keep people incarcerated for as long as it possibly can.

    You can look on ANY Yahoo news post even if it is about kittens and someone is threatening the president, to “kills any democrat that comes in my county” to literally threatening to burn someone’s house down with them in it – or go read any story on limiting/allowing abortion and nothing happens.

    Yeah the comment was stupid – but I have seen worse online.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. For Blood

    @6

    Are you talking to yourself there?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @7 I’ll admit sticking him in an actual prison is excessive, and the bail is clearly not reasonable.

    I do think remarks like that should be arrestible and prosecutable offences though, online or off. I don’t care how much worse is out there. This is why America is allowed to have organisations such as the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church like walking around persecuting minority groups and promoting hate, because of “Freedom of Speech”.

    In most European countries, those people would be locked up in jail purely on the grounds of hate speech.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. bradk825

    I agree with the lawyer on most of this, except when he says “he wasn’t talking in public.”

    I think it’s long established that Facebook is public.

    9 has a good point about KKK and Westboro being totally fine to operate in the US. Canada has free speech too but we have “reasonable limitations” built into the law. For example, uttering death threats, hate speech that promotes violence or discrimination, or counseling to commit a crime are illegal. It’s not always prosecuted, it depends on the severity. Egging on your friend who then starts a barfight isn’t going to get you arrested for counseling to commit a crime. Talking your friend into robbing a bank will. Just to give an example.

    It’s different in the US though were freedom of speech is basically absolute. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see this guy arrested in most countries, but in the US I am very surprised.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. For Blood

    In America if you are white and a male, you have no rights.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mjshenay

    The question I have is… don’t we have better things to be doing than arresting stupid teens making stupid remarks… I mean my gawd, plenty of stupid people say asinine things like that, half of them on the internet… while we chase those morons down I’m sure there’s some one doing something actually malicious in the real world who’s been over looked. Because some poor Canadian women has a cow over something typed over face book

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @11 Right, and that’s why most of the people in power just happen to be white and male.

    Those poor men and their lack of rights. All those years of being judged, controlled and undermined based on their gender and the colour of their skin… those white men have it so damn hard. We should raise up our banners and fight so that white men can have the same basic human rights as women and people of colours!

    Good lord.

    @12 So you think cyber bullying is fake and kids just need to “toughen up”?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    The Texas legal system is largely based on a lust for revenge and taking pleasure from punishment. They tend to be quite proud of how unreasonable it is, even if it does absolutely nothing to deter crime.

    In this case putting the kid in the correctional system does more harm than good, just slap him with a fine to remind him that threatening innocent people isn’t rewarding in the long run

    #14 2 years ago
  15. For Blood

    @13

    Ha, you are so funny. White men in America cannot have hate crimes committed against them. The only way that is possible is if they are gay or it is based on a religion. A minority kills a white person it is murder. A white person kills a minority it is murder with an additional hate crime charge. White person calls a minority a racial slur hate crime. Minority calls a white person a racial slur, nothing. I could give more examples. Actually I have a good one. This whole George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin thing going on in Florida is getting national news because of race, but two African American teens shoot and kill a white baby, nothing.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    That wasn’t even a threat. First of all even a retard could tell it was sarcastic. Secondly he said ‘I think I’m going to shoot up a kindergarten’ now that’s of course a stupid comment, sarcastic or not, but it’s still not a threat, a threat is essentially a violent promise.

    @13, I think cyber bullying needs to be treated more seriously but jailing a guy for a silly, sarcastic comment(regardless of how tasteless), now that’s ridiculous.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Mjshenay

    @16 agree’d

    You do realize it cost money to put some one in jail. MY tax money has paid for that idiot to be jailed over… some sarcastic comment… that’s not cool

    @13 how about that kid who’s been just been assaulted, or the spouse that’s being beaten… while we scream and shout over something posted on the internet, domestic violence, in families and in our schools is continued to be over looked.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OnionPowder

    If we were to take away the rights of speech we don’t agree with (KKK & Westboro) then we would effectively give the government access to silence anybody they see fit.

    If we didn’t give everybody the same access to free speech then things like gay marriage, interracial marriage, women’s right to vote and protesting would be squashed before they ever got their foot in the door. You take the good with the bad so everybody has a chance to have their voice heard.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 Spot on, and it’s worth noting that the countries in Europe with the most censorship, who do try to punish people for thinking certain things, also tend to have the biggest extreme and fanatical organizations.

    It just serves to make people feel justified and righteous and more determined. When everything is out in the open, it automatically becomes less impressive. Once you try to oppress it, the pressure builds and the organizations have an easy time recruiting.

    The US has a lousy record of mainstream political support for organizations like the KKK, which granted them the influence and immunity to prosecution that made them powerful in the old days. These days they’re just a bunch of sad cunts in dresses with no influence on anything.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @16 I fail to see how one impacts the other, or causes it to be “overlooked”.

    At no point did I say stuff like domestic abuse was acceptable, so I’m not sure why that’s even being brought up. The main reason most domestic abuse lasts as long as it does is because it isn’t reported.

    @18 There’s a very big difference between a difference in opinion and hate speech. Hate speech should be considered a crime, and is in most countries. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether I agree with it or note

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OnionPowder

    @20 and there is a big difference between having freedom of speech and not having freedom of speech.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    Freedom is an illusion in any society. The only way to truly achieve freedom move to a deserted island.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. bradk825

    @18 That’s the philosophy in US which has been working fine for them and to a point I agree. However because there are legislators, 3 levels of courts etc we have also been very successful with our rights with responsibility philosophy here in Canada. We have the right to free speech, but we have the responsibility to use it without causing harm to others.

    In other words if you lie in court, that’s not protected by free speech, neither is slander or libel that can ruin another person’s life. The thinking is “my right to swing my fist ends where my neighbour’s nose begins.”

    The government does not get the ability to censor anyone they want, or anyone at all really. Our government doesn’t have as much authority as the US. If there is a violation of someone’s rights based on a behaviour that would be covered under free speech, it’s up to the court to decide what is right. If either party is upset with the verdict they can escalate to the provincial supreme court, then can escalate again to the federal supreme court if still not satisfied. In other words, people never end up convicted of a crime simply for saying unpopular things, or things inconvenient to the government.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. xxJPRACERxx

    Man, if I was this kid, now I would truly have the intention to kill these fucking bastards, prosecutor and judge after what they did to me.

    It’s ok to do a preventive arrest while investigating. But they found nothing and he’s been in jail since February, got his ass beaten multiple times and rot naked in isolation… Damn, I know I would want revenge after this.

    Damn, I’m so pumped up reading this I want to punch something and it isn’t even happening to me…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. fearmonkey

    Stephany’s post at @7 pretty much said what I want to say. I have seen and heard much worse. This kid is being made an example of, he is being made to endure what he has endured because this might make someone else think twice about saying similar things. I am sure eventually he will get all charges dropped and a slap on the wrist, only after they have made the point clear.

    It’s the person that snitched on him that I hope karma has fun with. The person obviously couldn’t tell what sarcasm is or wanted to make this person suffer because they hated their comment.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. For Blood

    @Ireland Michael

    I responded to your comment when you criticized what I said. I stated exactly why white males have no rights in America and I couldn’t even get an “Oh”, thanks buddy.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Mjshenay

    @20 [Ireland], The two issues are very similar. A cyber bully is no different, than a “bully” within a family unit, except a cyber bully probably won’t break you arm or you neck

    and a quick you tube search for “Anti Bullying” has a video with 9 million views [9,000,000]
    another search for anti domestic violence… highest views are roughly 700,000

    So an angry Gamer threatens to kill kinder-gardeners, some one finds out, reports him and jails him with a 500,000 bond

    A woman brutally beats her son, some one finds out… looks the other way “Oh look this kid threatened to kill KINDER GARDENERS…”

    #27 2 years ago
  28. FrogMouthMarauder

    Ireland Michael…you remind me of someone I know from another gaming site. Probably not the same cat but your logic sounds about like his. Speech is speech. You shouldn’t be jailed for it if it is clear you are harmless as this guy is. If words warranted criminal charges, then give me the electric chair for all my future crimes. :/

    #28 2 years ago
  29. FrogMouthMarauder

    What a stupid, paranoid world we live in. Everyone seems to be full of warrantless suspicion because we believe the government lies about terrorism. It is all a ploy to turn us into a world of spineless snitches and subservient lapdogs.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. FrogMouthMarauder

    Oh…eff me…hah, it is you, Michael! I knew those self righteous rants sounded familiar!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Ireland Michael

    @30 I highly doubt I’m whoever you seem to think I am. I don’t post anywhere else.

    He sounds awesome though, whoever he is.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. FrogMouthMarauder

    Oh no, you are. Probably. Your name links directly to TGV, formerly VGC. Either that or it’s one hell of a coincidence.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. FrogMouthMarauder

    This whole situation reminds me of the world of Demolition Man in that sarcasm seems to be a lost art.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. FrogMouthMarauder

    Anywho, the site looks great! It has come a long long way since its humble VGC days! Jens Erik and any of the old crew still around there? Tell them I said hello!

    #34 2 years ago
  35. ChunkyLover112

    So, you guys think the dude got raped? This is not a joke. I’m just asking because I’ve heard it happens a lot in US prisons–especially to young gamers.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Rosseu

    He put “jk” and “lol” in the comment in case people didn’t get he was being sarcastic. But never mind that, put him in jail for months and put $500,000 on him, that’s a better idea!

    #36 2 years ago

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    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]