Some GameStop stores in the city of Philadelphia have begun to require customers to provide fingerprint scans if they wish to trade-in their used games. The new requirement is intended to serve as a anti-theft measure that can help local authorities track criminals who use GameStop stores as pawn shops.
Drexel University professor Frank Lee took over the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia last year to play a gigantic game of Pong, setting the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Architectural Video Game Display.” Last night he doubled the record with a massive game of Tetris.
Here's one that can't wait for the next Police Blotter roundup. Cops in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby say a man who uses a specialized wheelchair was trying to sell an Xbox, "started talking like a gangster" and then stabbed his potential buyer five times when the man reneged on the purchase.
This is what Grand Theft Auto would look like in real life — a group of Honda Civic street racers are spotted by a police helicopter, then flee through the streets of Philadelphia. They outsmart the cops, and then upload the whole thing to YouTube.
Crime is a constant feature of video games writing. Somewhere, someone is doing something illicit with them—sometimes comically stupid, sometimes tragic. Games and consoles are currency, objects of dispute, sometimes even weapons themselves. Kotaku's Police Blotter is here to round up the latest in games crime.
Frank Lee, a professor at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media and Design, brought a five-year obsession to a successful conclusion on Friday: play the world's largest game of Pong, using the side of a building in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Japan Arts Matsui, an art festival being held for Japan relief efforts July 7-9, will be screening select episodes of Retro Game Master as part of the festivities—check it out if you're in the area. [Phillyjam.org]
This is Gillian Grassie, a Philadelphia-area harpist. That's not the sort of instrument that gets a record deal; harpists typically fund their recordings by playing weddings, dining rooms and the like. To raise money for her next album, Grassie took requests, and found that video game patrons are very willing to…
A loveless gamer on Craigslist defines compatibility in terms of Tetris.
A Philadelphia-area postal worker with sticky fingers has admitted to intercepting $86,000 worth of games originally intended for subscribers of GameFly's video game rental service.
Video Game Growth Initiative Philadelphia, or VGI, grew out of IGDA's Philly chapter, and it's looking to make the City of Brotherly Love into an East Coast magnet for games development.