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2010: Year in Review

The Escapist Staff | 31 Dec 2010 16:00
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March 2nd, 2010

Security Locks Down Infinity Ward, Ousts Studio Head

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Something is rotten in the state of Infinity Ward today, as reports hit the grapevine that security forces had paid the Call of Duty developer an unannounced visit - and at least one of the studio heads no longer had a job.

First off, caveat: This is breaking news, and the details are hazy, so take everything here with a few grains of salt.

According to G4, something is afoot at Infinity Ward, reported an anonymous source "close to" the developer. The source claimed that a "bunch of bouncer-types" had suddenly shown up at the building, and that they refused to answer queries about why they were there. "Everyone is on edge, said the source.

The source said that the unannounced visit may have had something to do with a meeting between Activision and Infinity Ward bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West earlier in the day - relations between the publisher and developer had been "tense" as of late, according to the source.

Read more about this event here, but you can also check on the ongoing legal struggles between ex-Infinity Ward heads, Activision and EA here.

March 7th, 2010

Ubisoft DRM Authentication Servers Go Down

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Ubisoft's new DRM scheme is already causing problems, as the servers required to authenticate games went down today.

When Ubisoft announced its new DRM system, that required PC gamers to be connected to the Ubisoft servers at all times while playing, one of the biggest concerns that gamers had is what would happen if the servers went down.

Well, as it turns out, when the Ubioft severs go down, no one can play their games and Ubisoft customers get very upset. At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games. Fast forward ten hours and it seems that the problem still hasn't been resolved, despite the assurances from a Ubisoft representative that the servers were "constantly monitored."

March 8th, 2010

Child Must Have Thought a Gun Was a Wii Remote, Mother Says

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A young girl was fatally shot after mistaking her step-father's gun for a Wii Controller, her mother said.

So, imagine you're home and you hear an intruder. Like any good homeowner, you grab your gun to deal with them. Then, realizing it wasn't anything that required the sweet kiss of hot lead, you put the loaded gun down on the end-table, safety off, and forget about it. Totally reasonable, right? Who would expect that when your three-year-old step-daughter is playing the next day, she would find it and shoot herself?

That's exactly what happened in an unidentified household in Tennessee, according to Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe. According to her mother, the girl may have thought the gun the girl's step-father left on the table was a Wii controller. It's worth noting that the mother was actually in the room when the incident occurred, yet apparently failed to notice - or perhaps care - that her child was playing with the weapon.

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