Surprise, Surprise: You Can't Survive Those Leaps Into Haystacks

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In a paper titled "Falling Into Straw," physics students at the University of Leicester debunked any hope you had in the myth of leaping off a building and landing safely in a haystack in Assassin's Creed

After what I'm sure amounted to vigorous research into haystack leaps in the game, the students concluded that, put simply, you shouldn't do that IRL.  While the piles of loose straw would provide some cushioning from falls, you couldn't pull off the kind of jump an assassin does because the haystacks are too small.  The haystacks in game are only about 1.5m tall, and according to the paper, you could fall no further than 12-13m and expect that stack to save you.  If you're willing to sustain "severe injuries," you could stretch that height to about 50m, but you certainly won't be shanking any enemies after that leap of faith.

Hunger Looks Delightfully Unnerving

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From Swedish studio Tarsier comes Hunger, a game about helping a girl escape from a labyrinth of monsters in what the studio describes as a "suspense adventure" game.  

Kanye West is Working on a Video Game About His Late Mother

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In the video above, West makes mention of a video game he's been working on for the last six months based on his single with Paul McCartney, "Only One." The game is to be about West's late mother, Donda, "going through the gates of heaven," whom you help to ascend "by holding her to the light."

If it's anything like his wife's game, it's sure to be a hit.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is Only a Week Away

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Get it on February 24th in North America, and February 27th in Europe.

This Guy is Facing Five Years for "SWATting"

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According to the Chicago Sun Times, Brandon Willson aka "Famed God" has been arrested in connection to a SWATting prank that took place in July.  Willson apparently fabricated a murder claim in order to get police to a streamers home after hacking their consoles to attain their personal information.  Willson also at one point tried to take credit for the PSN hack last year, but has been confirmed to not be a part of the hack.

Police executed a search warrant at Willson's Las Vegas home where they found evidence connecting him to the SWATting incident.  Willson is charged with two counts of computer tampering and one count each of intimidation, computer fraud, identity theft and disorderly conduct.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

What do you think, is five years an appropriate conviction for someone involved in a SWATting prank?

MythBusters is Doing a Video Game Episode on January 31st

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Finally, prove that DOOM is ridiculous and impossible. Or is it?

MythBusters is taking on video game myths and impossibilities in their next episode on January 31, 2015.

DotA's Been Banned in a Philippine Village Because Kids are Killing Each Other Over It

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People in internet cafes in a village of about 60,000 in Dasmariñas City in the Phillipines are banned from playing DotA after two November murders were linked back to the game.  According to officials, players are betting on their games, leading to outbursts of violence as well as theft in the community. The official documents relating to the banning state that "it is a bad influence for the youth, the game/gambling game DOTA makes them violent and teaches them how to lie, cheat, steal and not farm from killing someone or die so as long as they can play."  

If an "internet shop" is caught with DotA, they will have their shops closed for a month.  Second time offenders will lose their permits, and third time offenders will have their business closed permanently and not be allowed a business permit.

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