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Facebook mob wrongly blames Mass Effect for school shooting

12/15, 1:23pm

Despite error, video games frequent scapegoat for violent acts

Following the school shooting in Newtown, CT, early media reports mistakenly pinned the rampage on 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, the brother of the actual shooter. Facebook users rapidly found a profile belonging to a Ryan Lanza, scavenged his profile, and discovered that he was a fan of Bioware's space opera Mass Effect. A hundred-page comment stream deriding the game, and its creators began -- without any of the people making the comments having confirmed the accuracy of the information or that the Ryan Lanza they were attacking was the right one, even hours after the real perpetrator was identified. Ryan Lanza, the police later clarified, wasn't the perpetrator of the crime.

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BioWare, Razer show off Mass Effect 3 PC, Xbox, iPhone gear

02/16, 3:40pm

Razer outs Mass Effect 3-themed gaming gear, more

Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just introduced its Mass Effect 3 branded gear. Developed by and licensed with BioWare, there are seven peripherals in total. This includes a gaming mouse, mouse pad, gaming keyboard, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox 360 headset, iPhone 4/4S case, and messenger bag. All the peripherals are based on Razer's existing products.

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First-hand: Razer's Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming gear

06/09, 8:20am

We look at Razer gaming hardware live

Razer has used E3 to unveil a new set of Star Wars: The Old Republic peripherals that we got a look at on the show floor through a glass csae. The Gaming Keyboard is by far the highlight of the group: it uses an Art Lebedev-inspired set of adaptive keys that change their context depending on the circumstances in a game, such as for calling up specific Force powers in SWTOR. A touchscreen, however, is genuinely new: the LCD resembles a large trackpad and supports multi-touch, and should potentially be very good for games that can use it, presumably including BioWare's online RPG.

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