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Earlier today, news outlets began reporting that schools and colleges across the UK were being closed following a spate of email bomb threats. It now appears that today's activities may have been a result of a feud between between Minecraft players.
Over 24,000 bomb threats were sent to more than 400 primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges across the UK, resulting in numerous evacuations. The emails read, "We have sent in a student with a bomb. The bomb is set to go off in 3 hours times, if you do not send $5,000 USD to [veltpvpcom]".
VeltPvP is a US-based company that operates Minecraft servers, and the emails were apparently intended to result in the suspension of its domain.
Usually when video games die they are consigned to the history books, never to be officially played again. Epic, though, is doing things a little differently with dead game walking Paragon.
Amid the astonishing rise of free-to-download Battle Royale game Fortnite, Epic announced its other game, free-to-download MOBA Paragon would close down on 26th April after it failed to find an audience.
Now, Epic has said $12m worth of Paragon assets will be free to all developers to use with the Unreal game engine, which opens up Paragon's character models, animations, environments, VFX and dialogue related to all of the game's 20 heroes to appear in other titles. There are over 1500 environment components and a sample map to tinker with, too.
Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins currently makes around $500,000 a month.
The 26-year-old former professional Halo player told CNBC his astonishing monthly revenue comes from a combination of factors that includes his mammoth 3.7m Twitch followers, 5m YouTube subscribers and millions of social media followers.
The bulk of the revenue comes from Amazon and Twitch Prime subscribers, however. It costs $4.99 a month to subscribe to a streamer's channel. In the interview, Ninja said he had benefited from a promotion between Twitch and Fortnite maker Epic that lets Amazon and Twitch Prime subscribers obtain loot in the free-to-download Battle Royale game. This is "one of the main reasons for the influx of subscribers currently to my stream" he said.
Amazon has brought back one of its most successful offers just in time to go live alongside the site's Easter sale. Right now, you can buy anything from the Amazon Warehouse Deals section of the site and get 20 per cent off the listed price, discounted at checkout.
For the uninitiated, Amazon's Warehouse Deals section is where any and all 'seconds' items go, these being items that have suffered damaged packaging, minor cosmetic damage or have been returned as unwanted (not faulty). Amazon then discounts these products pretty heavily and sells them on as a Warehouse Deal. It's a lot like that little section at the end of your IKEA trip where you suddenly spot that Billy bookcase you're after with an extra 20 off.
All Warehouse purchases come with a no-questions-asked 30-day return guarantee as well, in case you're not happy. Getting this extra 20 per cent off the existing price cuts makes for some hefty discounts on some very nice things.
Jolly pirating game Sea of Thieves will get a Day One Patch - an, wait for it, eyepatch!
It was an opportunity for a joke British developer Rare could not miss, said a Reddit member named Jefabell in a post nearly three weeks ago - and it appears to have caught Rare's eye.
Spotted in the Sea of Thieves clothes shop ahead of tomorrow's launch was a Day One Patch with the number one emblazoned onto it. "A message in a bottle from Jolly Jefabell washed ashore," the item's description reads. "Eye patch makers read it and said 'aye'."
The new and improved Vive virtual reality headset - the Vive Pro - will cost 800 and will begin shipping 5th April. Pre-orders are open on the Vive website and at various retailers now.
The existing Vive VR headset, meanwhile, will be reduced in price to 500.
The Vive Pro most notably leaps to 2880x1600 resolution from the existing headset's 1080x1200, but also has built-in headphones with noise cancellation and a redesigned head strap.
For the past few years, Logitech has garnered a very good reputation as the maker of various bits of PC gaming gear. If you happen to feel like trying out a new keyboard, mouse or headset, you should check out Amazon's Easter Sale, which features a lot of those particular things.
Among the range, you'll find discounts of up to 55 per cent off headsets, keyboards and gaming mice. Noteworthy examples include the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse, one of the industry's favourites, which is down to 41 today. You'll also find the G433 wired 7.1 surround gaming headset for 68 and the G413 mechanical keyboard for 59.
Perhaps most excitingly, though, you'll find the Logitech G Saitek Farm Simulator Controller, down 60 to 139.99 at the moment. That'll definitely fulfil all of your more tactile Farming Sim needs.
In January, Eurogamer reported that a Lego The Incredibles game was in development.
Now, new Lego toy packaging has seen the game confirmed - for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
Lego Junior The Incredibles 2 toys sets include an advert for the unannounced video game (thanks, The Brick Fan).
Burnout Paradise Remastered has earned the franchise its first chart top spot in over a decade.
The much-missed smash 'em-up racing series last hit number one with Burnout Revenge, back in 2005. However, Burnout's best ever week of launch sales still belongs to Burnout 3: Takedown back in 2004.
Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch, last week's other launch of note, earned Nintendo's pink puffball his (her?) biggest UK debut ever.
Survive Mars? It took me the best part of a day to decide where to land. And with good reason: there's a lot of stuff to think about from the very off here in this wonderfully detailed planet colonisation sim. I'm not sure that on my most recent attempt at surviving Mars - spoiler: I didn't - I was any quicker at finding a parking spot than I was on my initial outing.
Firstly, what to name the initial rocket? Tricky business! I tend not to rename things in games these days. Not quite so much, anyway. Soldiers? Too many of them, and they only die on you. Cities? Who is bolshy enough to think they deserve to decide what an entire city should be called? But a rocket? Christ, there is romance to a rocket. Romance and the suspicion that they will be in limited supply. I was going to call my first Surviving Mars rocket Feynman, but I couldn't bring myself to type that in given the dim view he sometimes took of the whole space mission stuff. So I went with Hawking. He has been in all our minds this week, of course, and he has always struck me as the kind of man who would enjoy getting his name stuck on a rocket.
What to pack in the rocket? An eternity of fretting. (This is why I've never progressed very far with Dwarf Fortress, which Surviving Mars, at times, kind of reminds me of.) And then the landing zone. This stuff is crucial. Not only do you get to spin a beautiful globe of Mars to pick your spot, probably choosing, your first few times, between a few suggestions the game has made for you in advance, when you finally do pick that spot you then have to pick a smaller spot within it. You use up a few probes to reveal the terrain in any sectors that look promising - nice and flat for building stuff - and then you try to slot yourself in between resources. Concrete's crucial in the early game. Metals would be nice. You can make oxygen pretty much anywhere and ditto electricity. What you're really looking for, I think, is water. Your first landing brings no people with it, just drones, and with drones you try to get the essentials running - oxygen, electricity, water - and then you can build your first habitation dome, plug it into the grids and pipes and start thinking about making food and calling in some actual human crew.