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LAPD successfully protects citizens against video game character

Written By: Bob - Jun• 02•13
To be fair, "Ghost" is pretty badass.

To be fair, “Ghost” is pretty badass. Even as a statue of a mythical character.

I laughed, and laughed, and laughed

Late last night the offices of Los Angeles-based independent game studio Robotoki were stormed by the Los Angeles Police Department after a curious designer pressed the building’s “panic” button, studio founder Robert Bowling told Polygon.

The 911 response ended in a tense showdown with a life-sized statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s Simon “Ghost” Riley, which the police mistook for a gunman.

Earlier today reports circulated that the studio had been the victim of a “swatting” prank, in which a third party tricks law enforcement authorities or emergency services by providing details of a made-up threat, triggering an emergency response dispatch to the target of the prank. Swatting pranks are not limited to 911 calls; swatters can spoof a victim’s phone number, obtain and use a victim’s personal information or hack phone and computer systems.

Bowling clarified that it wasn’t a prank, but the mischievousness of an unnamed designer that brought the LAPD to his door.

“Our studio is equipped with a ‘panic’ alarm in case of an armed threat, which was installed yesterday,” Bowling said. “One of our designers, who shall not be shamed, pressed it on his way out because apparently when boys find buttons that they are unsure of, their first instinct is to push it.”

Read on to the end. I’m just happy Ghost survived.

In a manner of speaking.

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  1. Matt says:

    “Boys”? Go look up “Mollyguard”

  2. Rob Crawford says:

    “Our studio is equipped with a ‘panic’ alarm in case of an armed threat, which was installed yesterday,”

    WTF? Why?