New York to use Xbox 360 as part of emergency broadcast system

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:56 GMT

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Attention gamers who live in New York: If a tornado, horde of zombies, Mecha-Streisand or a plane piloted by John Cusack starts heading in your direction, the state has you covered.

Because you are engrossed in playing MW2 or Harry Potter you would have no idea if such a calamity was about to transpire, therefore, the state plans to start sending alerts via Xbox Live.

State Deputy CIO Rico Singleton, said the plan makes sense, “considering the amount of time our youth spend on video games, and while he provided few details on how the plan will be implemented, he did confirm it is currently in testing.

More through Information Week, via Joystiq.

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