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04 Jun, 2008

Aussie developer received death threats

PSP News | Six of them. And a bomb threat.
Steve Fawkner, CEO of Australian developer Infinite Interactive, has revealed that the developer has received death threats due to a bug found in the PSP's Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.

Fawkner, who founded the company in 1989, made the startling claims at Capcom's Las Vegas Captivate 08 show.

"One death threat in 25 years of game development. Puzzle Quest comes out and I had six death threats and one bomb threat," Fawkner quipped while unveiling the company's newest game, Neopets Puzzle Adventure.

Most of the threats were regarding the bug in Puzzle Quest which saw CPU controlled player assistant no longer have any effect. Speaking to Eurogamer, Fawkner elaborated on the threats.

"They were all emails, and I think at least two of them were possibly serious! They actually left their email addresses on them, so we know who they came from... We had a PSP bug and someone said, 'We're going to send you a bomb and blow the studio up!' But, er, we can track that email."

However, Fawkner has said he won't be intimidated, laughing off the possible life-threatening situation the little PSP puzzler has created when asked if he had reported it to the police.

"No. Most of them were people who were going to kill us who lived in the States, and we're in Australia, so unless they were actually serious enough to hop a plane flight over to Australia and gun me down."

Still, we advise you folk who live near the company's Port Melbourne studio to keep an eye out for any frustrated PSP owners and be ready to flee.

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22 Comments
5 years ago
Wow, seriously pathetic. I hope they catch these losers.
5 years ago
Wow, just wow...
5 years ago
haha people get so worked up over a game they issue death threats, jeez. Well I guess some people also complained about the reduced breast size of female characters in Age of Conan recently that the developers were forced to issue an apology as well. Just shows some people really get worked up over games.
5 years ago
No wonder gamers get negative steriotypes by the non-gamers. Its fanboys who are giving gamers a bad name by doing stuff like this. Shame really.
5 years ago
I immediately thought it had something to do with that developer that focus' solely on movie->game adaptations, the one palgn consistently rips a new ahole when reviewing their games.You know, they did jumper and chipmunks i think.
5 years ago
Times like these are the only times I think to myself "no wonder JT goes on about video games the way he does". I mean seriously, grow up you pathetic losers.Now there's been times when I've been playing a game that's REALLY pissed me off and I've said some bad things about how developers should kill them self.But I don't honestly mean it and I don't go sending cowardly death threats.

These people should do us a favour and quite gaming and leave us sane gamers play our games without you assholes.
5 years ago
They have their email addresses, so why not alert the cops over in their countries? Cause you never know what people will do thes days...
5 years ago
any suprise most were americans, they make the same threats if you beat them in a game
5 years ago
It must be in least some way a kind of sick and twisted flattery that they make death threats, because they are frustrated over a bug found in your game.
5 years ago
Yeah I guess. If someone says they will kill you because there is a bug in your game, they must love the game so much they want it to be perfect. Umm, still not that nice of a way to say you like a game...
5 years ago
Hah what a blast. I hope the guy who issued the bomb threat is in America so that the fool will be charged under the terrorism act. Anyway I think those guys are quite safe in Port Melbourne as there are a few Military contractors there.
5 years ago
That's quite disappointing. Especially considering that one would think that puzzle games fans are generally wiser than most gamers.

I still remember the Forge debacle with Heroes of Might and Magic 3, where an expansion pack was largely done due to death threats.

It's a very, very big blemish on our global society that many people still think the best way to keep things done is to hold a person's life at ransom.
5 years ago
Makes you wonder how many death threats Bethesda got over Oblivion.
5 years ago
^The difference being that Oblivion had so many modding tools that it was almost quicker to mod-fix the bugs yourself than to orchestrate a serious death threat icon_razz.gif

Seriously though, whoever is enough of a **** to do something like sending a threat of any kind, should be hunted down and removed from the human gene pool. We have enough wars and death over REAL issues without these piss-poor excuses for humans threatening violence over a GAME.

A more ironic question would be to ask how many death threats Rockstar received which demanded them to stop making such violent games. My bet is that plenty of people are hypocritical enough to do something like that, sadly. :/
5 years ago
These people are seriously pathetic.

Normally I would say it isn't 'just a game', but some people take it WAY too far...
5 years ago
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A more ironic question would be to ask how many death threats Rockstar received which demanded them to stop making such violent games. My bet is that plenty of people are hypocritical enough to do something like that, sadly. :/
The ironic part is you not realising the hypocracy present in your own statement that the people making death threats should be killed.
5 years ago
Nah, I said "removed from the human gene pool". Castration should do the trick. icon_wink.gif

I'm not going to enter into the whole debate about capital punishment here (though I should say I'm not particularly in favor of it, in case my post gave you the wrong impression. My self-reflexive sarcasm is sometimes so ingrained that I forget to point it out). Suffice it to say that whoever sends death threats about a game is sufficiently pathetic that I don't particularly care what happens to them, as long as they don't try and fulfill said threat.
5 years ago
Lord Haart speaks the truth. People pathetic enough to get that worked up over a puzzle game need to get chemically castrated in order to make sure no more single-minded idiots are born. icon_biggrin.gif
5 years ago
just go to show that people are idiots before they play the games, and the games don't make them that way.
5 years ago
If I had the adresses of the people sending the death threats then I would send them death threats for sending pathetic death threats
5 years ago
Gasleak wrote
If I had the adresses of the people sending the death threats then I would send them death threats for sending pathetic death threats
So... you'd end up sending one to yourself?
5 years ago
Gasleak wrote
If I had the adresses of the people sending the death threats then I would send them death threats for sending pathetic death threats
Welcome to the forums. If you look, this topic is from July, it's not always a good idea to bump topics this old. Look at the date of the last post to see how old the topic is.
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Australian Release Date:
  25/05/2007 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $49.95 AU
Publisher:
  AFA Interactive
Genre:
  Puzzle
Year Made:
  2007
Players:
  2

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