Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Crossy Road creators making new Pac-Man game
Bandai Namco has tapped Hipster Whale, makers of Crossy Road, to put their spin on Pac-Man for his 35th birthday. They came up with Pac-Man 256, a mobile game that adds a twist to the dot-eating formula that’s based on the original game’s infamous level 256 glitch.
Pac-Man 256 is an endless maze runner in which Pac-Man eats dots, avoids ghosts, and attempts to outrun a wave of pixelated gibberish that threatens to overtake the screen. The glitched death wave is based on the aforementioned level, which makes it unplayable.
Like Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256 is played from an isometric perspective. Pac-Man will face his old nemeses: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde, as well as other strains of colorful ghosts.
Hipster Whale is working with Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver on the free-to-play game, which will be available for mobile devices this summer.
Palmer Luckey sued by ex-VR employer for breach of contract
Palmer Luckey and Oculus VR have been hit with a new lawsuit alleging that the virtual reality firm’s co-founder breached a confidentiality agreement with a former employer, which was developing its own VR technology.
The suit, filed by Total Recall Technologies in California court, accuses Luckey of taking confidential information he learned while under contract and using it to develop the Oculus Rift.
TRT contracted Luckey to develop a head-mounted display in 2011 and signed an agreement to keep details of that work confidential, according to the suit. Through 2012, TRT provided Lucky with feedback in order to improve the display’s design.
“Without informing [Total Recall Technologies] … Luckey took the information he learned from the Partnership, as well as the prototype that he build for the TRT using design features and other confidential information and materials supplied by the Partnerhsip, and passed it off to others as his own.”
Total Recall is seeking damages from Luckey and Oculus VR.
Repeated NYC high school bomb threats done to impress gamers: investigators
Bomb threats emptied out Susan Wagner High School three times over 10 days, and the teen arrested for making them apparently did so to impress friends he met playing games on Xbox Live, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Two other Staten Island schools were evacuated on Tuesday.
The teenaged suspect, according to the Advance, “was egged on by his online friends, whom he met playing an Xbox game.” The suspect is accused of sending a threatening email to Susan Wagner High School’s principal, causing an evacuation on May 14.
After police searched the building, he sent another taunting email, and another, threatening to detonate four different bombs missed by the sweep. He followed that with a phoned threat to “blow up this [expletive] school.”
Two other high schools in the borough’s northern end also cleared out after receiving bomb threats.
Gauntlet reboot’s creator promises free overhaul with ‘brand new mode’
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Arrowhead Game Studios is promising big changes for Gauntlet’s reboot, but the big news is why these changes are occurring.
“In truth, we were never fully satisfied with how Gauntlet turned out. So, rather than just fixing little things here and there, we have been working on the core of the game to turn it into what we originally envisioned.’
- Emil Englund, Gauntlet director on Arrowhead Game Studios’ site
For those who bought the game, the improvements will come in “a free major content update for the game,” which includes “a brand new game mode,” as well as improvements to the game’s campaign and Colosseum mode.
Gauntlet is available now for Windows.
League of Legends introducing near-instant punishments for verbal harassment
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Riot is testing a new system in the European Union that will be able to punish League of Legends players for negative behavior nearly instantly.
“The system’s initial tests in EU kick off today and take aim at verbal harassment. The system delivers reform [notifications that link evidence of negative behavior with the appropriate punishment] that help players address their negative behavior. Your reports help the instant feedback system understand and punish the kind of verbal harassment the community actively rejects: homophobia, racism, sexism, death threats, and other forms of excessive abuse.”
- Riot Games, in a blog post
Players can be punished with a two-week or permanent ban within 15 minutes of the match’s end.
“The player behavior team will be on deck, hand-reviewing the first few thousands cases the instant feedback system sorts through. If the test goes smoothly, we expect instant feedback to roll out to all regions shortly. Like we mentioned up top, this test marks the beginning for instant feedback. Upgrades will allow it to shoulder more reform and punishment responsibilities and even reward positive play.”
- Riot Games
The post also details updates coming to the system in the coming days, including updates sent to players that report others as well as rewards for positive play.
Modder brings Just Cause’s grappling hook to GTA 5
Just Cause 2’s grappling hook has been put into the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5.
Coupled with a parachute, you can tear through San Andreas, zooming to the tops of buildings and chaining vehicles together.
The mod was made by JulioNIB, who created Iron Man and Flappy Bird mods for Grand Theft Auto 4. The hook can attach to buildings, vehicles, and bystanders, as well as chain together multiple targets. The modder is working on the ability to steal vehicles while attached or standing on them.