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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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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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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100 Thieves defeat OpTic Gaming in a grueling 64-minute game to win their NA LCS debut – Dot Esports

As any Call of Duty fan knows, there’s a ton of history between Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and OpTic Gaming. But today was the beginning of a new chapter in their story, as 100 Thieves and OpTic Gaming both made their debuts in professional League of Legends.

Right from the start, fans could tell that both teams were playing not to lose, as the early game was extremely slow with a lot of farming and failed ganks. But 18 minutes in, 100 Thieves jungler William “Meteos” Hartman finally secured first blood in the bot lane.

Despite facing a deficit in the kill column, OpTic slowly built map control as they held a 5-3 turret advantage at the 20-minute mark. Then, 100 Thieves stunned everyone by quickly securing the first Baron just 21 minutes into the game.

The mid game started to stall out as both teams fought for map control—until about 35 minutes, when 100 Thieves ADC Cody Sun picked up his second kill. OpTic then flipped the script and translated this into a teamfight victory near the Baron pit.

As the match progressed, both teams continued to fight over objectives, although the first inhibitor didn’t fall until 56 minutes into the game. When the game clock struck one hour, however, OpTic lost all map control, which resulted in 100 Thieves securing an Elder Dragon and Baron.

Moments later, 100 Thieves finally cracked OpTic’s base and took down the Nexus to secure the organization’s first win in the NA LCS. Cody Sun’s Kog’Maw led the way for 100 Thieves, producing a 6/1/3 scoreline—and 100 percent kill participation. OpTic’s mid laner, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, was on top of the scoreboard for the Green Wall at 4/0/2.

OpTic will look for their first win

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Don't Play Poker? You Still Can 'Pass the Buck' – Voice of America

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Now, it’s time for Words and Their Stories.

Each week, we try to have a new story. In these stories, we explain English words and expressions. Often, they come from day-to-day events in our lives and become part of the language.

The expression “pass the buck” is an example. A card game may be the origin of this American expression.

Gamblers in saloons of the Old West may be responsible for “pass the buck.” To understand how we have to learn about the game of poker – then and now.

In poker, each player, one after another, mixes the playing cards, and then passes them out. They deal them. Back then, an object — often a Buck knife — was placed in front of a player whose turn it was to deal.

A man named Hoyt Buck created the Buck knife back in the early 1900s. As a young blacksmith in Kansas, Buck wanted to find a better way to make knife blades stronger and hold their sharp edge longer. He produced his first Buck knife in 1902 and the family company is still making Buck knives today.

But let’s get back to the poker game.

Okay, so the person with the marker, or the “buck,” in front of them had a decision to make. They could either keep the deal or give it to another player. They would pass the Buck knife, or other similar marker, when they did not want the responsibility of dealing.

So, today when someone passes the buck, they fail to take responsibility for a problem. They want someone else to solve it.

“Pass the buck” led to another American expression. Former President Harry Truman, who enjoyed playing poker, made this one famous.

A friend of Truman’s presented him

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