Controversial gaming app features dead Mongrel Mob member – Newshub

The developers of the Mongrel Mob Defence app have been threatened with legal action. Credits: Newshub.

A new gaming app has hit the market that features New Zealand gang members wearing crocs, touting pistols and killing each other.

One of the main players features the face of a recently deceased Mongrel Mob member, and some say it’s not a good look.

The Mongrel Mob Defence app, available on Google Play, was launched on Friday by developer Supremacy.

The app allows the player to pose as a Mongrel Mob member protecting his gang pad from Black Power.

While the app has earned a 4.7 star rating from its users, former gang member Denis O’Reilly says it’s irresponsible. 

“It’s potentially dangerous if people confuse reality and online stuff,” he told Newshub. 

“We’ve spent a lot of time in New Zealand getting people not shooting each other in family houses.”

Mr O’Reilly says gangs will not be impressed, and he doesn’t know anything about Supremacy as a company. 

“Is this some white organisation from America? Are these Russians having a go at us?”

The game presents users with a caricature of deceased Mongrel Mob member Greco, which is made up of a real photo of the late gang member. 

The image is superimposed to include the gang member wearing an iconic Mongrel Mob T-shirt and red Croc shoes, as well as holding two pistols.

Greco’s photo was taken by photographer Jono Rotman in 2008 during a series of portraits he took of Mongrel Mob members.

Mr Rotman was unavailable for comment, but has threatened legal action against Supremacy if the image is not removed, which Mr O’Reilly says the developers should take seriously.

“Rotman, who mixes with our brotherhoods, is fastidious about getting permission for

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New study recommends lowering blood alcohol concentration level for driving – KWQC-TV6

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A new study done by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is recommending that state laws should lower the blood alcohol concentration levels for driving.

Right now, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent or above. The report recommends lowering the BAC levels for driving to 0.05 percent.

The study says a person’s ability to drive is impaired at low levels of BAC, which increases the risk of an accident. The report also lists other countries where lowering the BAC law to 0.05 has been effective.

Some people in the QCA don’t believe lowering the BAC from 0.08 to 0.05 will make a difference in reducing drunk driving deaths. Some said they’re not sure whether lowering the BAC will result in people becoming more aware of the consequences of drinking and driving.

“I don’t know if it’ll change that a whole lot. I think nowadays everybody is pretty aware of it,” said Shane Gross, a Davenport resident.

Others believe lowering the BAC should become law.

“I just don’t see any reason not to lower it if it does make a difference,” said Mark Hendricks, a Moline resident.

Hendricks said he believes more people are aware of the consequences of drinking of driving and lowering the BAC could encourage more people to think about how much they drink.

“I think till make people think more about how much they’ve had to drink how long it’s been. So, yeah I think they’ll think about it more,” said Hendricks.

Other QCA residents said they would like to learn more about the reasoning behind the study’s recommendation to understand what difference this would truly make.

The study also recommends increasing alcohol taxes to reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related motor vehicle crash fatalities. However,

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Why gaming's new micro-transaction payment model is coming under fire – The Star Online

Success looked almost guaranteed. A popular game series backed by a huge brand. But games publisher Electronic Arts (EA) recently ran into massive controversy with its new game Star Wars Battlefront 2.

The debate over new payment models for electronic games has long been smouldering, but the latest EA release sparked a blaze of criticism that couldn’t be stamped out.

Concepts like micro-transactions and loot boxes (a kind of virtual treasure chest that players can buy or earn) are all contributing to making gaming more expensive and, some say, more unfair.

Micro-transactions have been part of the business model for online and browser-based games as well as smartphone games for some time now.

Many games are cheap or even free to play initially but the trade-off is that some levels, additional features, game enhancements and virtual goods have to be bought as the game progresses – with real money.

Now this “in-game payment” model is also to be found in full-price games costing US$60 (RM236) or more.

For example, in EA’s new Star Wars game, major characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were only available if you paid for them or played the game for a long time. Outraged players say this gives gamers with bigger budgets an unfair advantage.

EA has apologised and said that was never the intention. For now at least, all purchasing options within the game have been withdrawn.

Felix Falk, chief executive of Germany’s BIU industry association, sees the games industry as a trendsetter when it comes to business models. “The developers and publishers of digital games are among the most innovative providers of media content,” he says.

Users are offered a variety of games, content and payment models. Instead of buying a finished product, users can try out a game and then add more options and levels if they wish, Falk

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'Beer on Tap' at Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler's ball (copy) – The Advocate

Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler held its 33rd annual ball Jan. 20 at the Baton Rouge Marriott with a theme of “Beers on Tap.”

President Peggy Hebert welcomed guests and dedicated this year’s ball to the late Norman Pressler and Clif Murphy, members who passed away during the year. 

Ball Captain Tommy Benoit represented Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in The World.

King Dr. Blair Pope Wilbert was the King of Beers, Mr. Budweiser. The king’s pages were his three sons. Nathan and Michael Wilbert, dressed as twin Clydesdale horses, pulled a Budweiser beer wagon carrying their little brother, Daniel Wilbert, dressed as a Dalmatian.

Queen Christina Bourg Wilbert represented the local brew Purple Haze by Abita. She was accompanied by a witch doctor, Johnny Grimmitt, who put spells on the audience as the queen passed them by.

Susann Grimmitt represented Alaskan Black IPA, and Murphy’s costume was presented by Leona Benoit.

The emcee for the evening, Dr. Jimmy Hebert, lead the toast and call-out dance. He dressed as Red Stripe beer from Jamaica.

The ball continues with games, such as match the beer with the country or state it represented and beer pong with kick balls. Prizes were given to the winners. Board members who assisted were Jimmy DeFranceschi, Melinda Kent, Barbara Mier, Pam O’Neil and Margaret Scroggs. Remaining board members were in the Royal Court and returning Royalty.

King cakes provided by Hoyt Adcock were served at midnight to end the night’s gala.

Costumes were designed by Ladawn Jones and executed by Peggy Hebert, Ladawn Jones, Leona Benoit, Cathy DeFranceschi, Pam O’Neil, Chrisy Wilbert, Suzann Grimmitt and Mary Crowson. Decorations were orchestrated by Melanie Sullivan, Melinda Kent and krewe members.

Peggy Hebert assembled and edited the

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Santa Barbara City Fire to host poker tournament benefiting flood victims – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Courtesy: Santa Barbara City Fire Department

Officials with Santa Barbara City Fire Department say firefighters have personally experienced the devastation that the Thomas Fire and Montecito Flood has caused to the community.

As a pledge to help with the short and long term recovery, the proceeds from this year’s Mike Moses Memorial Poker Tournament will go towards the Montecito Flood Victims.

The Texas Hold’Em benefit poker tournament will be held Sunday, March 11th at the Carriage Museum on 129 Castillo Street.

A barbeque will start at noon, and the tournament starts at 2:00 p.m.

Players are asked to donate $100 or $800 per table of nine people. Funds include entry, food and drinks.

If attendees are only interested in food and drinks, they’re asked to donate $30.

Prizes are available to the final table participants.

To sign up or make a donation, click here.

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