Spies with surveillance agencies in the United States and United Kingdom may have spent time undercover as orcs and blood elves, infiltrating video games like “World of Warcraft” in a hunt for terrorists “hiding in plain sight” online.
That’s the finding of the most recent round of documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to British newspaper The Guardian.
Agents from the CIA, FBI and Pentagon and England’s Government Communications Headquarters infiltrated WoW and virtual world “Second Life,” as well as collecting information on the Xbox Live gaming network, according to the documents.
Battlestar Galactica Online studio Artplant has launched a new MMO called Entropy.
The space-faring game, which is now available exclusively through Steam Early Access, takes place in a distant future when humanity is desperately “working to maintain a crumbling interstellar civilisation”.
It promises to offer a “persistent, open-universe experience” that brings “fast, real-time, player-controlled space combat to the space MMO genre… along with player-driven dynamic trading and sandbox gameplay”.
From Marvel to The Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter franchise, the LEGO license has been churning out quality tie-in titles for the better part of a decade. With so much attention being paid to outside influences, it’s about time the brick building phenomenon had the chance to reflect, catch some quality “me time” and treat itself. The result is The LEGO Movie Videogame.
Scheduled to release alongside the new movie in February, 2014, TT Games‘ latest take on the LEGO universe follows the filmic adventures of Emmet, an everyday mini-figure granted special, accidental importance. Featuring over 90 characters, as well as 15 locales taken straight from the film, The LEGO Movie Videogame also promises to up the series’ authenticity, with a brand new, all-LEGO animation style. That means no more off-putting background animations, in which smooth and semi-realistic buildings clash with studded brickwork.