Scott Cawthon, creator of the survival horror game Five Nights at Freddy, spoke about his life before creating the successful game on the discussion page for his Steam game. “Before this, I worked at Dollar General,” said Cawthon. “I had three bosses who were still in high school.”
The manager of the Dollar General that Cawthon worked for says this is just not the case.
“Dollar Generals only have one manager at any time,” said Kevin Stookey, Cawthon’s previous boss. “I was the only manager there when he worked and I graduated high school one month after he was hired.”
Stookey says that Cawthon was an “okay worker” but that he spent most of his time bragging about how rich he was going to be when his new game came out.
“On multiple occasions I had to break up a storage room huddle,” said Stookey. “He wouldn’t shut up about this game and he was always distracting employees and customers with tales of what he was going to do when he made it big.”
Cawthon says that he’s trying to do right with the money he has been “blessed with.”
“I pay my taxes, I give to charity and I buy every copy of Mega Man 3 that I see,” said Cawthon. “I don’t do anything ‘evil’ with my money.”
Stookey has worked for Dollar General as a manager for two years when he was hired following a new effort by Dollar General to employ mostly high school students. He says that since he has graduated high school that his contract is almost up but the retail giant is allowing him to stay on until he finds another job.
“I have applied at our local Target for a Freezer Section Supervisor position but I’m still waiting to hear back.”
Sony has announced the free items for Playstation Plus subscribers for August.
All of the games drop on August 4th and here are the items you’ll receive:
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
- The Last of Us (PS3)
- Super Mario PS (Nintendo PlayStation)
- Hot Girlfriend of Your Choosing (Your Circle of Friends)
- $1,000,000 (Your Bank)
Microsoft has also announced the free items for Xbox Live Games for Gold for August:
- EA Sports UFC (Xbox One)
- Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Xbox 360)
- A Slap (The Wrist)
A team of Destiny players called Deepkill completed the impossible this weekend by defeating the Margbloss in the Magpie raid in one hour and 56 minutes.
If you’re familiar with the Magpie then you know how hard it is to complete the raid, let alone in under two hours. Part of the challenge of this raid is the possibility that a Margbloss could show up at any minute to thwart the best efforts of the party. A Margbloss is a particularly gruesome character in that if you can’t field its rays with your Milptheed weapons before it spawns its Needle Harp then your team is sent back to the entrance minus one Carpac.
Most teams take the long way around the Margbloss lair by cutting through the swarms of Silkbutters on the outer rings of the cave. This takes the crew out of harms way but adds an extra thirty minutes to the completion time which lowers the amount of XP, DigiCur, AP and BuffP rewarded for completion.
What Deepkill figured out is if you are able to kill the Margbloss first, it teleports you to the end of the raid for an instant win. The team devised a plan to attack from all sides using nothing but Thraxxers which choked the Margbloss and stopped it from unleashing its Thrypquills.
The entire run has been posted to Deepkill’s Youtube page.
UPDATE: This news story has been updated.
ZeldaAran.com, a website for Xbox One and PS4 trolls to secretly play Nintendo products, has been hacked and had its data posted online. The breach was confirmed in a statement by ZeldaAran:
“We apologize for this (sort of) unprovoked intrusion on our customers’ information.”
ZeldaAran’s slogan is “Troll hard. Play hard.” Users can sign up for the service which puts them in contact with Nintendo console owners to set up meeting times to play exclusive Nintendo games. Anonymity is key.
“Our trolls normally spend most of their day badmouthing Nintendo and it’s customers,” said Jeam Melon, CEO of ZeldaAran. “It’s imperative that their online reputations aren’t tarnished by a little pixel tryst every once in awhile.”
Link’s Crusade, the team behind the hack, have posted an unusually short manifesto to their site demanding that ZeldaAran shut down or they’ll release the rest of their information. The entire post is as follows:
“ZeldaAran must shut down or we’ll release the rest of the information.”
Users of the site have been mostly silent on the breach but some are worried they might lost their standing as top trolls in the community.
“I spent an entire year’s worth of 7th period Graphic Design classes building my rep on sites like IGN and Gamespot, “said an anonymous ZeldaAran user. “I am feared by most of the Nintendo fans there and I shudder to think what might happen if it gets out that I like Nintendo games too.”
UPDATE: A 20-page addendum to the manifesto has been posted stating the reason for the hack:
“Nintendo fans have been unfriended for too long. Unless these secret Nintendo fans want to come out of the closet and openly friend us, we will do it for them.”
Homphobic Taunts are now available in Rust (but only for admins during testing). When the taunts do go fully live it won’t be as a “pick your stance” option. Instead you’ll have your taunts permanently assigned to you based on your personality. It’s the same deal with how racist taunts are assigned in the game. Penis size is also permanently assigned but that is handled separately by a “compensation” algorithm.
As developer Garry Newman says via the dev blog:
“To clear up some confusion, when we it does go live you won’t get a choice of whether you’re racist or homophobic. We’re not ‘taking the choice away’ from you. You never had a choice. If in real life you are afraid of gays or think other races are bad then the game reflects that.”
This latest update has brought a number of other options too, including YouTube comments integration. The comments which are part of that system will be purely cosmetic and will show up as tattoos on your character. Eventually the developers might introduce a signage option to allow players to post their most hateful YouTube comments as a sign on their radioactive lawn. The company is accepting player feedback on the idea via recorded swatting calls.
Besides the usual bug fixes and weapon balancing the blog also mentions hate speech volume management:
“This week I finally finished up the first real pass at hate speech volume management. You’ll hear n-words and f-words echoing down long hallways, and some slurs will be louder than others. Things like anti-semitism volume levels and the thresholds that we switch between different race-baiting yells will probably need a bit of tuning still, but I’m pretty happy with where we’re at so far, especially in regards to homophobia.”
Rust is currently in Early Access on Steam. The game doesn’t have a firm release date for a 1.0 version but players are encouraged to keep buying the game just in case it eventually gets one.