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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey received death threats over Facebook deal

Monday, 31 March 2014 18:28 GMT By Sherif Saed

Oculus Rift co-founder Palmer Luckey said that he, and his family have revived death threats following signing the Facebook deal.

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“We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families,” said Luckey on Reddit.

“We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus,” he added.

Developers receiving death threats from fans over controversial decisions are unfortunately nothing new for the industry. Earlier this year Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen received death threats after removing his game from the app store, before that developers of Black Ops 2 also received similar threats over balance changes to the game, even Ninja Theory received them when it attempted rebooting the Devil May Cry franchise.

The reactions following Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus went from really positive, to incredibly negative.

Thanks, PCGamesN.

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22 Comments

  1. Panthro

    What the fuck is wrong with people these days.

    I am all about freedom of speech, and people can say whatever they like to there friends in person, on forums and wherever else but when it comes to harassing someone and there family over something so trivial as a piece of hardware I honestly believe they should face some type of punishment.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. jonnymelamet

    @Panthro I completely agree with you here mate.

    At the end of the day, the Oculus Rift is just a screen. A console if just electronics.

    There are more important thing in like than these material possessions. Maybe it is time the internet extremists learn what these things are.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Panthro

    I don’t agree with the Facebook acquisition but I am only being skeptical since I don’t like using it but it doesn’t mean it is destined for failure right out of the gates, as shit as Facebook is we all really have no idea of Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘bad’ intentions for the device.
    He could be into gaming even more than we are, we just don’t know.

    People are frightened about Facebook owning a virtual reality device but they don’t care about buying hardware from Microsoft?… Because in my opinion they are just as greedy as the next corporation, possibly even worse.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Panthro

    @jonnymelamet

    Some people are stupid, and those people need to be taught that they can’t harass whoever they like over something so trivial otherwise it will just carry on and possibly get worse.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Gheritt White

    I bet those came from Salarta and TheWulf, seems exactly the type of thing they’d do.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. fearmonkey

    Well remember those idiots that posted death threats and “I hope you die” tweets because of changes to guns in COD? It doesnt surprise me at all.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Michael Ireland

    @Gheritt White No, it really doesn’t.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. infernalism

    @Michael Ireland
    Could you imagine what a death threat written by TheWulf would look like though? I think it would have to be comprised in book form, sprinkled with 99.99% of 50% accurate, 50% bullshit social commentary, with a short sentence in the middle like “I hope you die, sir”.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. salarta

    At this point, anyone that does anything on the internet should expect to receive death threats.

    Important clarification: I am NOT saying people deserve them, or that it’s in any way appropriate for people to send them (it’s not). I am saying people need to be prepared for them.

    The internet is full of anonymous assholes. The Oculus guys may deserve criticism and negative perception of them for what they’ve done, but hell no to death threats. That’s going way, way too far, and nobody deserves that.

    It’s even worse when it extends to family. The family is not the cause of frustration. Targeting them is asinine, immature and soulless. And more importantly, it makes a damn good reason for ignoring anything the people making such death threats have to say on the matter. Intelligent, sensible people don’t threaten to murder someone for saying or doing something they don’t like.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Dragon

    Hey Palmer, do you really think this kind of guy can kill you?
    http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/Gamer_SP.png

    @infernalism,
    Maybe, it definitely isn’t something Palmer read, since it would have gone straight to spam in his e-mail.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. salarta

    @Gheritt White Hooray! In a few short years, I went from people on the internets giving me death threats, to people on the internets claiming I’d be the kind of soulless bastard that gives them out. Really, “thanks” for that.

    @Dragon Yes, that kind of guy could still kill someone if he was inclined. Don’t underestimate the damage a person could do if they were serious.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. Fin

    Oculus should be the worst company in America, not EA.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. lookingglass

    The reactions actually went from naive idiocy to intelligent pragmatism.

    So many internet denizens simply lack a basic understanding of the real world.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. TheWulf

    Gamers have sociopathic/psychopathic tendencies due to a lack of socialising, thus turning into not particularly nice and likeable people. News at 11!

    The same thing happened with BioWare and Mass Effect 3′s ending, though there was something of a chorus of support for the death threats there, since those poor gamers who’d bought a product were so, so wronged. And honestly, I don’t even feel angry at Luckey, I still think he was sheistered, so I feel pity and sorriness for him more than anything else.

    But no, they’re the most evil people on the earth because they were tricked, and they deserve to die. Fuck. This is why I have such a low opinion of people who play games.

    #14 10 months ago
  15. TheWulf

    @5

    You are so fucked in the head, it’s not even funny. What do you see when you look in the mirror each morning? You’re an insecure sociopath who feels jealous of more insightful and intelligent person, who has to lash out at them.

    What did salarta ever do? And all I did was voice sadness and pity for Luckey you twisted up freak. You’re just… I don’t even… How do you even get that fucked in the head? How do you even get that screwed up?

    Sigh.

    Gamers display sociopathic/psychopathic tendencies. News at 11.

    #15 10 months ago
  16. TheWulf

    Or persons, rather.

    But yes, I can understand people lashing out at me because I call them on their twisted, sociopathic, fucekd-in-the-head shit. But what did salarta do? That’s why I’m angry, I guess. If it were just me, I could have just laughed it off and laughed at how incredibly petty and worthless a person #5 is.

    But salarta?

    Really #5, fuck you.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. TheWulf

    And this bothers me because all gamers like #5 do is reassert my beliefs that humanity is separated by a genetic divide. Where on the one side you have herd animals who’re prone to sociopathy (no individual elements to care about), psychopathy, and violent responses to unexpected results (just like sports fans); and on the other you have pack animals, who’re made up of creative, emotionally intelligent people who’re actually self aware enough to have a thought of their own. So I just feel reassured that people like #5 are insecure herd animals, driven to sociopathy by their own feelings of inadequacy.

    And pack animals, like myself, get insulted and called every name under the sun by people too unintelligent to realise what the meanings of those words are, or the weight of the accusations they make. Because, really, you have to be a totally fucked up sociopath to do what #5 did. That’s the first thing on VG24/7 I’d call a bannable offence.

    You’re a brainless, witless sheep of a thing, #5. I won’t attribute you with more than a number because you don’t deserve it. You’re a pathetic, bile-filled, pissant of a creature with no personal drives or ambitions beyond obeying the herd, and attacking anything that might be a threat to your herd.

    Oh no, individuals, a threat to the herd! Let’s label them with things and show them how completely pathetic we are!

    Because, honestly. All this does is reinforce over and over how I feel about people. And especially how I feel about herds. Because, yeah, a person happens to be insightful and intelligent, you’re scared by that, so I’d totally send death threats to a person I sympathise with. You complete lackwit. I mean, do you even think about what you’re saying? Have you ever considered a word you’ve ever said beyond just aping herdwords?

    People like you infuriate me, because you’re so completely vile and pointless. You serve no purpose on this planet whatsoever, other than to consume. You’re no better than a virus. You just consume, replicate, and attempt to destroy any perceived threats to your survival.

    So, yeah. I feel completely justified in my views.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. TheWulf

    And the reason I took to salarta?

    I don’t always agree with salarta, but salarta possesses a rare thing: insight. Herd animals just copy what others say, they see the herd attacking someone, so they just say the most obvious thing. “Oh, this is a bad thing. Hm. I’ll accuse a threat to the herd with this! I don’t know what it means, but hey, that doesn’t matter!

    That’s why I don’t like dull-minded herd animals, because they never actually think or consider their actions — they don’t have basic human elements like empathy, guilt, and emotional intelligence. They just eat, sleep, reproduce, and attack. That’s all they do. So if I see a person just reproducing the words of another, I’m not going to see that as being particularly insightful.

    Salarta, on the other hand, has always made me stop to wonder if I’m wrong because he (or she?) is capable of unique opinions and perspectives which I hadn’t considered before. Insight. Insight fills in the gaps, because it comes from personal views held by a person. A herd animal has no personal views, they just repeat what they’ve heard, like automatons. They have no capability for insight, they don’t have the intelligence for that.

    So I enjoy insightful people, they’re a rare joy.

    Now, isn’t it interesting that such an insightful person was attacked by the herdbeast? I’m sorry, but if you herdsters are just going to keep reaffirming my world view, it’s never going to change. Salarta strikes me as more of a pack animal than a herdster, and as such, a provider of new and original thought. I’ve come to value what salarta has to say. But apparently the herd sees these new and original thoughts as strange and weird, they’re a threat, they’re not of the herd.

    I’m so glad I’m not just a cud-chewing herd animal. If I were, I’d be a cancerous lesion that despised invention, innovation, and insight. Some of the most important things humanity has to offer.

    So, yeah. I distinguish between herd and pack. And some people I judge as wanting because they’re herd.

    When you see the completely unintelligent, low-functioning sociopathy of #5, it’s hard not to agree with my position unless you also want to throw accusations of death threats around.

    #18 10 months ago
  19. Dragon

    @salarta,
    Problem is that, even if he were serious, he needs his momma just to go to the toilet, and I assume his momma is more… sane than him.

    Also, looks like someone wrote a PhD thesis here. Unfortunately,
    http://static.tumblr.com/mfxyxgh/wZ5m5ze9a/tldr.jpg

    #19 10 months ago
  20. Matt27

    his family have received*

    #20 10 months ago
  21. Gheritt White

    @7: Does too. :-P

    #21 10 months ago
  22. YoungZer0

    Anyone else thinks that TheWulf sounds like some sort of psychopath with his herd analogy?

    #22 10 months ago

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  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]