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The Week in Review: Sex Scandals and Piracy

| 1 Jan 2011 06:00

In this week's edition, Anonymous is digitally pursued to Texas, and Kinect sexy time gets sensationalized by a local news outlet.

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FBI On the Hunt for Anonymous, End Up In Texas

As part of an investigation into the recent DDoS attacks on PayPal, FBI agents have seized data from a Texas-based server hosting company which they believe may hold the key to finding those responsible. PayPal investigators provided the Bureau with several IP addresses, one of which agent tracked to Germany, then France, and then back to the US. Unsurprisingly, the FBI hasn't been forthcoming with what it's uncovered. (Link)


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PC Gamers Pull Together, Get Vietnam Map

There's a bonus map in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, but DICE decided that players would have to work for it if they wanted to play on it. DICE set the bar high - players on each platform had to perform 69 million team actions - but in just over a week the PC players were able to co-operate their way to a new killing ground. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 are both around the halfway mark, so at this rate should unlock the map sometime around January 8th. (Link)


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Black Ops Pirated Lots, No One Surprised

Like its predecessor, Call of Duty: Black Ops has won the dubious honor of being the most pirated PC game of 2010 with a staggering 4.3 million downloads. Nipping at its heels was Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with 3.9 million downloads, and Mafia 2 with 3.5 million. Black Ops also put in a decent show on the Xbox 360 piracy chart. It didn't come in at number one, but it did manage a very respectable fifth place, with 930,000 downloads. (Link)


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Kinect Brings Motion Controls to Azeroth

A team at the University of South California are using Kinect to add motion controls to Blizzard's hugely popular MMO, World of Warcraft. TGestures replicate certain keyboard and mouse actions, and while the level of control is currently fairly basic, it's said to be surprisingly fun. The researchers believe its system will be of great use in the world of rehabilitative therapy, and could aid in combating childhood obesity. Hit the link for a video. (Link)


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Local News Channel Reports on Kinect Sex Game

ThriXXX's Kinect-using, fondling simulator has received some attention from a local CNN news affiliate, based in El Paso, Texas, and it's about as sensationalist and misinformed as you might expect. After buying her 5-year-old son Edwin an Xbox 360 and Kinect for Christmas, she was shocked to discover to discover the terrible things that people were doing with Kinect. Sadly, the news that the Microsoft had blocked the ThriXXX game seemed to provide little comfort. (Link)

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