At the end of 2017, a Call of Duty swatting incident in Kansas took the life of a completely innocent man after police killed him following a fake tip to the wrong address, but it does appear that multiple people will finally be held responsible. As we’ve previously chronicled, California resident Tyler Barriss reportedly called Wichita police to detail a supposed murder/hostage/arson in progress, using the address of what he apparently believed was one Call of Duty player intended as the focus of the ensuing police harassment, as provided by another player and played out live on Twitter. The address used, however, was apparently for a completely unrelated person, father of two Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door. Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and extradited to Kansas, having tweeted an admission of guilt and being suspected of multiple other incidents, including a bomb threat. While in … [Read more...] about Call of Duty swatting murder sees three men charged in federal court
Tanod duties and responsibilities
A case of gamer “swatting” in the U.S. has led to the death of an innocent father of two in Kansas earlier this week. According to reports, a Call of Duty player angry over an online wager put in a false hostage call to Wichita police in the hopes of bringing down an embarrassing and potentially deadly police response on another gamer. Tragically, the call targeted the wrong home, and when 28-year-old Andrew Finch opened his door, a SWAT member shot him dead. The police officer who fired is being investigated, and the gamer who called the police with the lie, Tyler Barriss, has been arrested in Los Angeles. Prior to his arrest, Barriss allegedly tweeted his innocence: “I didn’t get anyone killed because I didn’t discharge a weapon and being a SWAT member isn’t my profession.” His Twitter account was subsequently disabled. And while we’re visiting the intersection of gaming and death, Newsweek reported on an incident in which a … [Read more...] about Call of Duty swatting incident leads to man’s death in Kansas
I would like to close out this week with a lighthearted story of a MT in Labyrinth of the Ancients from an alliance roulette we ran this past weekend. Now, I still love Crystal Tower raids. But when you’ve run them a million times, you pretty much know the drill by heart. So, it’s not unusual to make up a bit of fun as you go along. One of those things we do for fun is pretend “racing” from one boss room to the next. I mean, those purple lines on the ground are finish lines, right? So, my alliance (and just about everyone I see in these raids) always sprint through transition areas, trying to be the first into the next room. Why not? As long as you’re not sprinting ahead to pull the boss before everyone is ready, there’s no harm in it. Apparently, someone in our raid thought otherwise. They must have been holding a private conversation about it that suddenly turned into a miss-tell. The response to this was priceless. And if people weren’t … [Read more...] about FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – “People who sprint in raids…”
I’m not sure what it is about Labyrinth of the Ancients that brings out the best in people. We’ve also been getting it a lot in alliance roulette lately. I’ve moved on to leveling my Summoner, so I’ve mostly been concentrating on figuring out how to work a new job in a big raid. That’s probably why I missed most of the fireworks until the grand finale last night. We had a tank on the C team who decided it was a a great idea to pull all the fights before pretty much anyone in the rest of the raid made it to the room. Consistently. I guess there must have been in-fighting among the tanks for aggro and stuff, too. Again, I was mostly involved in my own DPSing, so I didn’t get the whole story. This kind of stuff happens, but I guess it was worse than I realized. It wasn’t until the last boss, Phlegethon, when this particular tank got called out for his behavior. This must have struck a nerve, because though no one else made another comment … [Read more...] about FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – “Does my tanking bother you?”
My fellow starship captain over at Warp Core Breach wrote a fantastic article featuring his Star Trek Online crew the other day, and I loved it so much I thought I would attempt my own “meet the crew” post here. It’s not going to be anywhere near as well done as his, as I’m still just a fledgling Star Trek fan (was always more of a Star Wars kinda girl growing up *runs and ducks for cover*). I’m definitely going to try my best to learn what I can about the IP though, as knowing little to nothing about it right now sure puts a serious damper on roleplaying. The best part about doing all this, of course, is I finally got to sit down and customize my bridge officers until I got them looking exactly the way I wanted. I really enjoyed building them from the ground up, designing and dressing them up in their spiffy uniforms, choosing their hairstyles and yes, I’m well aware that my inner girly-girl is showing, but no one’s going to be looking like a … [Read more...] about STO Crew Reporting for Duty!