Swatted Runescape streamer posts emotional plea on YouTube

Runescape player Josh Peters posted an emotionally-intense video on YouTube last week, immediately after being swatted while streaming in front of nearly 60,000 people.
“Swatting,” if you’ve managed to avoid the term until now, is the practice of placing a “prank” call to a police department that prompts it to deploy an armed response team to the home of whoever it is that’s earned the caller’s ire. The police kick down doors, wave guns, and generally terrorize everyone inside, ideally while the target is streaming. So far, nobody’s been killed, but the possibility is terrifyingly obvious.

In Peters’ case, he was particularly upset because his ten-year-old brother answered the door. “I see you posting my address. I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to swat my stream,” he says in the video. “I don’t give a shit about what you have against me, or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me so let it be with me and do not involve my family in any way, shape or form with this. They don’t deserve that.”

Peters is clearly distraught, and rightfully so: If either the kid or the cops had been any jumpier, the outcome could easily have been horrific. It’s not much more than blind luck that nobody’s been shot during one of these raids, and placing a ten-year-old child in that kind of danger because you’re mad at someone on the internet is utterly incomprehensible.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Swatting is reprehensible. It’d be great if Twitch could take stronger steps to combat things like sharing addresses or other personal information in chat, although the inherently interactive nature of streaming clearly makes it tricky to control completely. Better still, I’d be thrilled to see police develop new, less gun-wavy ways to address these situations. But ultimately, and tragically, it’s up to streamers to be aware of the risks, and address them proactively: Contact police before it happens and make them aware of what’s going on.

And if you’re thinking about pulling this “prank” on someone? Think about this: 19-year-old Brandon Wilson was arrested on February 5 for swatting someone on the same day that Peters went through his ordeal, and according to the Chicago Tribune now faces up to five years in prison. That’s a lot of life to trade for the privilege of being a jerk on the internet. So do yourself and everyone else a favor: Don’t.

Swatted Runescape streamer posts emotional plea on YouTube

Runescape player Josh Peters posted an emotionally-intense video on YouTube last week, immediately after being swatted while streaming in front of nearly 60,000 people.
“Swatting,” if you’ve managed to avoid the term until now, is the practice of placing a “prank” call to a police department that prompts it to deploy an armed response team to the home of whoever it is that’s earned the caller’s ire. The police kick down doors, wave guns, and generally terrorize everyone inside, ideally while the target is streaming. So far, nobody’s been killed, but the possibility is terrifyingly obvious.

In Peters’ case, he was particularly upset because his ten-year-old brother answered the door. “I see you posting my address. I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to swat my stream,” he says in the video. “I don’t give a shit about what you have against me, or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me so let it be with me and do not involve my family in any way, shape or form with this. They don’t deserve that.”

Peters is clearly distraught, and rightfully so: If either the kid or the cops had been any jumpier, the outcome could easily have been horrific. It’s not much more than blind luck that nobody’s been shot during one of these raids, and placing a ten-year-old child in that kind of danger because you’re mad at someone on the internet is utterly incomprehensible.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Swatting is reprehensible. It’d be great if Twitch could take stronger steps to combat things like sharing addresses or other personal information in chat, although the inherently interactive nature of streaming clearly makes it tricky to control completely. Better still, I’d be thrilled to see police develop new, less gun-wavy ways to address these situations. But ultimately, and tragically, it’s up to streamers to be aware of the risks, and address them proactively: Contact police before it happens and make them aware of what’s going on.

And if you’re thinking about pulling this “prank” on someone? Think about this: 19-year-old Brandon Wilson was arrested on February 5 for swatting someone on the same day that Peters went through his ordeal, and according to the Chicago Tribune now faces up to five years in prison. That’s a lot of life to trade for the privilege of being a jerk on the internet. So do yourself and everyone else a favor: Don’t.

FIFA 15 receives no limit 15k packs, Brehme FUT Legend

EA Sports FIFA on Twitter made two announcements moments ago that included a new FUT Legend and no limit 15k packs. The news about unlimited 15k packs for FIFA Ultimate Team came about 6PM in the UK, and you will have 24 hours to take advantage until these packs are unavailable.

The tweet that delivered this news came at the regular time, as many FIFA 15 players know all too well. That tweet about no limit 15k packs can be seen below this article, although what we like more is the new FUT Legend for Xbox gamers.

We have included the player stats for German legend Brehme above. As you can see with his card you have 89 PAC, 75 DRI, 86 DEF, 82 PAS, 66 SHO, and 86 PHY. Sadly, this card is only on Xbox and certainly for the fans of FUT Legends.

What’s your thoughts on the Brehme FUT Legend card and also, the no limit 15k packs? Do you agree with others that FUT is dead, or is this just those annoyed by all the changes and server problems?

EA FIFA 15 FUT Servers Down

Below Full FIFA is updating the status of the EA FIFA 15 servers, today, April 9, 2015. EA are currently undergoing maintenance. Return to stay updated on the status of the servers. Please see the FIFA 16 wishlist/improvements link below and leave your comments or suggestions.

We’ll be performing a scheduled maintenance for all FIFA 13, FIFA 14, and FIFA 15 online features, including FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) and EA SPORTS Football Club (EASFC) on April 8, 2015 beginning at 11:00 PM PT (April 9th, 7:00 AM UK) with a total downtime of approximately 4 hours.

During this time, all online features in FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA World, and FIFA Mobile will be offline—this includes the FUT Web App and the EASFC Companion App.

There has been a huge spike in complaints over the past hour on Facebook and Twitter, as well as reports have been made on Downdetector within the last hour. Gamers across the world have reported technical difficulties signing on to the servers.

At the time of this publication several visitors to Full FIFA have reported that they are unable to play FIFA 15 online friendlies, seasons or Ultimate Team. One frustrated gamer stated “Love how ea only responds when their product is for sale.” An unfortunate gamer share their frustration “Having this issue since last 2 days in fifa 15 on ps3.
tell me any fix ASAP!”

“The EA servers are not available at this time. Please try again later,” is the message FIFA players are getting when trying to play online.

EA Sports FIFA twitter page has not formally reported the problem, but this persistent issue will sure deter players supporting the franchise.

FIFA 15 Cover Adds US Player Clint Dempsey in North America

Argentina’s Lionel Messi being named to the cover of this year’s FIFA game, FIFA 15, for the third year running was an unsurprising–if a bit unexciting–choice. As it does every year, EA Sports said last week it would offer regional cover stars in addition to the global Messi-only one, and it turns out North America is one region getting its own special cover: Joining Messi will be Clint Dempsey of the United States national team and Seattle Sounders FC.

Announced over the weekend at a friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Sounders (the Major League Soccer team Dempsey plays for), this altered version of the cover pushes Messi slightly to the side and places Dempsey just behind him. Depending upon which platform you purchase the game on, you’ll see him wearing a different jersey.

The only cover appearing at the game showed Dempsey in his Xbox-clad Sounders jersey, likely due to a marketing deal Microsoft has with the Sounders. However, as you’d imagine, that will only be the case when buying the Xbox One or Xbox 360 versions. On PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, you’ll see Dempsey in one of the red-white-and-blue jerseys worn by the US team during this year’s World Cup.

This marks the first time a player from the US has been on the cover since FIFA 12. That year saw England’s Wayne Rooney joined by Mexico’s Rafael Marquez and the US’ Landon Donovan. Consequently, FIFA 15 isn’t the first time we’ve seen more than one player on the cover of the game.

The 31-year-old Dempsey is among the best players on the US team, as evidenced by his three straight World Cup appearances and the goals he scored against Ghana and Portugal this year (the former of which came only 30 seconds into the game).