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Charges filed against FSU student following Internet threat

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349w ago - Two misdemeanor counts of disrupting a school operation have been filed against a Frostburg State University student who allegedly made an Internet threat of "shooting up the school," according to district court documents.

The charges were filed in a criminal summons issued by a district court commissioner following consultation between the C3I Unit and Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg.

Although the charges against 19-year-old Allieu Shaw of Gaithersburg are on file, there was no record this morning that Shaw had been served the summons. A trial date is set after the defendant is served a summons.

Shaw faces a maximum penalty of one year jail time and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

He was taken in handcuffs from FSU's Annapolis Hall, Room 148, at about 2 p.m. Tuesday after the C3I Unit learned of his location.

The university has placed Shaw on interim suspension pending an administrative hearing to be conducted by FSU.

According to court records, Shaw was playing the game "Call for Duty 4" in the XBOX Live gaming system with players around the country when he allegedly stated the threat of "shooting up the school." The statement reportedly contained a description from Shaw concerning "how he was going to do it."
 

Secret Xbox 360 games

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349w ago - The titles in development they don't want you to know about: There are some seriously anticipated sequels in the works right now, and we're about to strip them bare before your eyes...

Gears of War 2

We loved Epic's system seller as much as the next gamer. But, come on, after the never-ending hype it had... it wasn't finished, was it? The whole 'leaping into a jeep and roaring off just as the long-awaited Brumak tottered into view' reeked of a stitch-up, and when it was announced at E3 that PC owners would be getting a shedload of extra content... that was a ripe fart in the face for 360 owners.

Except if you really believe those naysayers, you're missing the bigger picture. As critically acclaimed as it was, Gears ended up being a sacrificial lamb. Why? So that the true blockbuster - Gears 2 - a bigger, better, ballsier and markedly more ambitious outing could shine even brighter. Epic are already well into development with their answer to Halo 3; in fact, by the time it's announced to widespread gasps and hollers at the climax of the Microsoft presentation at E3 '08 this upcoming summer, Gears 2 may even be at a stage where it's on course for a 'shock' Christmas 2008 release.

Don't believe it's possible given Epic's tradition of not releasing games...
 

Update: Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy

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349w ago - Update: We have recently discovered that yesterday afternoon (12/11/07) Microsoft took away the freebie part of this offer (the software). However, Microsoft is still running the survey and 3-month feedback program. This means anyone who signed up after the cutoff is still going to be monitored, but recieve nothing in return for the forfeit of privacy. Microsoft apparently thinks your privacy isn't worth anything now.

Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate? Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations? Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program.

For the small price of privacy and perhaps some dignity, you can let Microsoft watch your every move for 3 months, in return for some software of your choice. Surveys are also required, one at the start, and then another in 2 week intervals, but compared to the bigger issue those are pretty painless. Some might find this to be an excellent deal, with software prices high, and cost of your free time to be almost nothing at all.

Through the following link you can sign up for this program, which has the following rules:

Participation is currently limited to US residents of 18 years and older.

You are the owner of the...
 

Sony Announces Early 2008 Line-Up

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349w ago - Make no mistakes about it, Sony is not joking around when it comes down to first party releases. Having come off a solid holiday line up, including blockbusters like Uncharted, Warhawk, and Ratchet and Clank, SCEA has wasted no time in announcing their early 2008 offerings.

The great news here is that they've made MLB 08: The Show official, as you may have read in Ben's piece. This is great news because this year's MLB 07 was a fantastic game, but MLB 08 looks to improve in virtually every facet, with a visual overhaul to boot. Moreover, we're finally getting a WipeOut HD release date: early next year it is, which usually indicates a period between January and February.

Of course, for those pining for the smell of burnt rubber, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue will arrive within the first quarter of 2008 (we predict March). To top things off, the PSP's God of War: Chains of Olympus will also hit in March, so keep an eye out for that.

Below you'll find Sony's current line-up, much of which, you should notice will arrive before the Spring:

PS3/PSN
MLB: The Show 08 (PS3) - Spring 08
Hot Shots Golf 5 (PS3) - March 08
Wipeout HD (PSN) - Early 08
Rat Race (PSN) - Winter 07/08
echochrome (PSN) - Q1 2008
Grant Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3/PSN) - Q1 2008
PixelJunk...
 

Unreal Tournament developer doles out some tips

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349w ago - Unreal Tournament III finally gets released in the US tomorrow and one of its developers, Art Production Manager Chris Mielke, has posted some tips on the PlayStation.Blog.

So if you're picking the game up at any point, make sure you take note of Chris' advice. While the main bulk of his post is a walkthrough of the level "Suspense" he also includes some random pearls of wisdom. Check out the blog post and try to osmose as much information as you can in readiness of tomorrow.

We love the idea of developers coming online and giving tips about their upcoming titles. We've seen this before with "things to try" lists for demos and would be happy to see the trend continue. Not that there are many other games coming for the rest of the year - which is fine by us. We're swamped with all the great releases over the last two months.
 
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