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Knights & Guns Is A Colourful Shooter Out On Switch Soon

Last year we told you about Knights & Guns, a rather fun-looking shoot ’em up that was targeting a release on Switch in early 2021. Obviously that didn’t quite happen, but it is now confirmed for a 10th September release with the game making its debut on Nintendo’s system.

It’s a shoot ’em up, or maybe better termed a ‘shoot up’, as you are constantly firing upwards at an assortment of enemies. As you can see in the trailer it’s all about colourful chaos, with a promise of 60fps performance and support for local multiplayer if you don’t want to tackle it alone.

Below is some enthusiastic PR blurb highlighting some key features, including a rather flexible approach to the campaign:

  • Traverse the map the quickest way or be a completionist. It’s up to you: will you finish the game in a few hours or will you try to find every secret, every armor, and every gun?
  • 60fps gameplay! Try the different modes! Hunt the monsters! Survive! Play on small, big and narrow maps!
  • Check out all the awesome suits of armor and, of course, all the GUNS! Lasers, shotguns, grenade launchers, sniper rifles… They are all here!

It looks pretty good to us; let us know if it’s going to earn a place on your eShop wishlist.

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Austin mass shooting: Newly-named murder suspect arrested in Killeen, police believe he was the sole shooter

KILLEEN, Texas (KXAN) — The Killeen Police Department announced officers arrested Sixth Street mass shooting suspect De’Ondre White on Thursday.

White, 19, is being held in Killeen City Jail, according to police, after being arrested without incident. Bond has been set at $ 1 million.

Officers said on Thursday at about 2:23 p.m., members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, with help from the Killeen PD SWAT team, found White in the 1300 block of Anna Lee Drive in Killeen. That’s west of South Fort Hood Street.

He was arrested on a warrant for murder in connection with the June 12 mass shooting that took place in downtown Austin, police said. White is awaiting arraignment.

De'Ondre White (Austin Police Department)
De’Ondre White (Austin Police Department)

“We are glad to work with dedicated professionals that are committed to keeping our communities safe regardless of boundaries. This case covered multiple jurisdictions, and together we were able to locate and take into custody a violent fugitive,” said Killeen PD Chief Charles Kimble in a press release.

White’s arrest comes just two days after the Travis County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges against the two previous teenaged suspects in the case, ages 15 and 17. White was named the new, sole suspect by the Austin Police Department on Tuesday.

APD claimed on Tuesday White was responsible for the death of 25-year-old Douglas Kantor in the mass shooting, which also injured 14 others. Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said new witness statements, ballistic evidence and surveillance camera footage led investigators to believe White was the one who fired the shots.

APD said White was interviewed after the shooting but was released back to Killeen. Officers said he changed his hair and appearance before hiding from law enforcement.

APD believes White fired the sole gun in shooting

According to an arrest affidavit for White, a disagreement between two rival groups of teens/young adults from Killeen led to the shooting.

When interviewed by police, two people within White’s group named White as the shooter, the affidavit said. One said a person with other group showed a gun, and that’s when White fired multiple rounds from near the curb line into the street at the other group.

“This information matches evidence on scene, specifically the location of the cartridge cases on the sidewalk and in the street near the curb, as well as the victim locations in the street, away from the sidewalk area,” the affidavit reads.

Witnesses said White admitted he shot in self defense during a discussion among the group once they returned to Killeen, according to the affidavit.

A third person in White’s group also said White was the shooter and described to investigators where White was standing as he allegedly fired shots into the street, which lined up with other witness accounts.

Crime scene investigators found eight cartridges at the scene in front of a pub on the sidewalk near the north curb line in the 400 block of East Sixth Street. A preliminary examination determined the eight cartridge cases were most likely fired from the same gun, according to the affidavit.

In White’s June 20 interview with investigators before he was released back to Killeen, he said his group was standing on the sidewalk facing the street, while the other group was in the street facing the buildings.

The affidavit said White “claimed to have turned away and then heard gunfire coming from [the other group].” But officers in the affidavit said this would not have lined up with where the cartridges and victims were found.

“No victims were located on the sidewalk and no projectile defects were located in the building behind [White’s group],” the affidavit said.

DA wants to add aggravated assault charges

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office released a statement Thursday evening, saying it will be presenting the case to a grand jury and asking that White be charged with murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault.

The office also plans to ask that White be held in custody while awaiting trail.

“We’re grateful to the Lone Star Task Force and APD for bringing Mr. White into custody,” said Travis County District Attorney José Garza in a press release. “We know this has been a scary and stressful time, and appreciate our community’s patience throughout the investigation. Based on both forensic and eyewitness testimony, we have full confidence that the person responsible for the shooting has been arrested and is no longer a danger to our community. At this time, we believe that Mr. White was the only shooter.” 

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

'Slap in the face:' State spends $350K on accused Santa Fe shooter while families wait

SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) — Joe Tisdale doesn’t understand why the man accused of shooting and killing his mother is still at a mental health facility three years later instead of in jail awaiting trial.”It’s a slap in my face. I got to go visit my mother at the gravesite. He shot and killed her, cold-blooded,” Tisdale said. “I don’t have a choice to see if my mom could come visit me anymore, but his family can come visit him while he’s supposedly sick in the head. It’s not right. I don’t want another year added to it again.”

Tisdale’s mom, Cynthia, was a substitute art teacher at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, when Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly killed 10 people and injured 13 others.Video evidence from the mass shooting hasn’t been released and will likely remain confidential until the case goes to trial. Tisdale is worried that may never happen.

Pagourtzis was charged with capital murder and faces life in prison if convicted. In February, after Pagourtzis was deemed not fit for trial, a judge ruled the 19-year-old could stay at North Texas State Hospital in Vernon for up to 12 more months.

“If he wasn’t fit to stand trial, why didn’t it happen within the first month? Why was it an issue six weeks after the shooting?” asked John , a Santa Fe Independent School District police officer who was injured in the shooting. “It looks like, from our standpoint, or from mine anyway, that this is relaxed.”

Since December 2019, Pagourtzis has been committed to the state mental health facility that treats incompetent patients who are so mentally ill they can’t understand the charges against them or effectively communicate with their lawyer ahead of trial. Until Pagourtzis is deemed competent, the case can’t move forward to a trial.

13 Investigates recently met with three of the Santa Fe families who are eager to pressure the judge, doctors and the district attorney to make sure everything is being done to release Pagourtzis for trial.

“This is the only way we have to add pressure,” Barnes said. “We’ve contacted our congressmen and we’ve done everything we can do on that end. There should be pressure put on them to say, ‘Look, why is this guy still here?'”

Scot Rice, whose wife Flo survived after being shot five times at the school, said every time there’s another mass shooting, it brings him back to that day and his frustration with the delayed trial continues.

“You can work this system to your advantage and this could last forever,” Rice said. “We’ve seen him in court and him joking around with his lawyers and cutting up. He can turn it on or turn it off, I’m sure.”

Pagourtzis’ defense attorney, Nick Poehl, said that’s not the case. He said on the outside, it might look like Pagourtzis is competent, but the actual conversations between the two of them indicate he is not.

“This is a young man that, because of his mental health problems, he lives in a different world than the rest of us. He perceives reality in a different way and that’s about the best way I can put it,” Poehl said. “He sees things that aren’t there. He hears things that aren’t there. That impacts the way he perceives reality.”

Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, who is prosecuting the case, said as psychologists and psychiatrists work to restore his competency, his office is monitoring Pagourtzis’ progress periodically. But, he said, they can’t push the hospital to hurry treatment or demand doctors report back more frequently.

“The frustration with the criminal justice system is that the rights of crime victims often are placed second to the rights of the accused,” Roady said. “I get it. I get that they seem to be constantly being told no, or not yet. And I understand their frustration and we share it with them.”

For victims like John Barnes, a school security officer who was shot during the incident, it feels like every update they’ve received in the three-year-old case is delayed justice.

“We’re sick of it. We just want it to be done. I want this guy to go to prison and I want it to be over with. Period,” Barnes said. “I would love for my phone never to ring again about any of this.”

‘Very disheartening’

Rice said in the first year after the shooting, he thought things were moving forward. Now, he said every time there’s another setback in the case, he wonders why Pagourtzis is able to continue living in a treatment facility, without facing the consequences of the alleged attack.

“This whole thing is very disheartening,” Rice said. “While you’re having Thanksgiving and there’s an empty chair, an empty plate, you’re just wondering what he’s doing. What’s his family doing? Are they visiting? Are they talking? Is he having turkey and dressing out on the picnic table under a tree?”

Poehl said, and the hospital confirmed, that Pagourtzis spends his time in group and individual therapy as well as classes designed to help restore his competency.

Poehl said he, too, thought a trial would have already been underway, but says that cannot happen until Pagourtzis is able to communicate with him and understand the charges against him.

“I’m confident that they’re giving it their very best efforts, but this isn’t repairing a car. This is a human brain. It’s a human personality,” Poehl said. “They try different things, different medications, different types of therapies to try to get him back to competency and at some point they may, or at some point they may not be able to.”

Victims said they worry the state-run psychiatric hospital where Pagourtzis has been for the last year and a half offers the alleged mass shooter too much freedom, and an opportunity to avoid a harsher punishment than if he were confined at a county jail or state prison.

RELATED: ABC13 goes inside the facility where violent, mentally ill accused killers and rapists are treatedFive years ago, 13 Investigates went inside the maximum security mental health facility where Pagourtzis and hundreds of Texas’ most violent accused killers, rapists and otherwise criminally charged defendants wander the campus of a renovated geriatric treatment center.

Back then, the hospital told us that once patients are admitted, the handcuffs and shackles come off. The dormitory doors are locked only at shift changes and guards are out of sight in a “calculated effort to not make it oppressive,” the hospital told us in 2016. Actively violent patients are kept in a more secure, locked unit where staff work behind fortified glass and locked doors.

Pagourtzis was transferred to that facility in December 2019, delaying the trial that was set for February 2020. His stay there keeps getting extended.

“The intensity of the efforts to restore him to competency has not slacked off. It may seem that way with the passage of time, but the urgency of the issue is still the same,” Roady said. “The frustrating fact that it has taken this long does not mean that we have lost confidence in the efforts of the state hospital to get him restored.”

Still, Tisdale said he’s worried the mental health treatment is a delay tactic and that the case will never go to trial.

“He’s got an open (area), roaming around, eating good, sleeping good,” Tisdale said. “He’s not dealing with the true justice system right now.”

Poehl said Pagourtzis didn’t have any mental illness treatment or diagnosis prior to the shooting, but he did “hear” things that weren’t there on the day of the shooting and that was a contributing factor.

“There’s no doubt in my mind and there’s no doubt in any of the multitude of experts that have examined him, not just the ones that work for me, the ones that worked for the prosecution too,” Poehl said. “TV dramas aside, you can’t coach a person to effectively fake mental illness. It’s not rational. People are just too rational and you can only turn it off a certain amount.”

Roady said the Galveston County DA’s office has sent other defendants to the state-run hospital whose competency was restored much quicker.

The state said the cost of care per person is $ 673 a day, meaning it would cost the state $ 245,645 to treat Pagourtzis for another year. State taxpayers have already spent close to $ 350,000 on his treatment.

“The danger with waiting, in addition to the pain that our families are still going through, and the frustration in our office, is that time works against you. Witnesses move away, memories can fade,” Roady said. “Fortunately, we’re able to refresh those memories because the investigation into this was extraordinarily extensive and well done … but time passing is never a good thing.”

In 2016, the hospital said about 85% of patients treated for competency prior to trial were referred back to the court within 95 days. The discharge time is slightly down during the pandemic. Now, the state says 55% of patients are ready for trial within a year – or on average, within 52 days.

The average length of stay for 61% of patients is 110 days. About 39% of patients are at the facility an average of 410 days, according to the Texas Health and Human Services, which oversees the facility.

The turnaround has families of Santa Fe victims questioning why Pagourtzis is still at the facility and not at trial.

“If you’re that good, then move him on out. I mean, he should be good to go, right?” Rice said.

A hospital official told 13 Investigates that after two years, the effectiveness of being able to restore someone’s competency dramatically decreases to where they start considering long-term options for people who may never go to a trial.

There are 55 people who have been there five years or more and 28 more people who have been there at least 10 years, according to the state.

Poehl said Pagourtzis is in an age group where, because of his mental health concerns, it could be hard to restore competency, which means he doesn’t really have a timeline of when – or if – the case will ever go to trial.

“He either gets restored to competency or he doesn’t,” Poehl said. “At the end of the day, he’s locked up. He’s going to be locked up kind of one way or the other, and so how big a difference that makes to some people, that’s for them to decide.”

If his competency is never restored, Poehl said the suspect could be sent to a civil commitment facility for the rest of his life.

Roady said he can keep the case open for as long as a possible sentence would run, and he intends to keep fighting for it to go before a jury trial.”If the story ends with him dying in custody, undergoing restoration to competency, then that’s not the right ending,” Roady said. “The right ending is for him to be restored to competency and brought back to this county so he can face trial for what he’s accused of.”

‘Uncertainty is difficult’

Tisdale tries to imagine what it looked like inside Santa Fe High when his mom was gunned down and killed, but doesn’t know for sure if he’s right.

“I know who my mother was and I know what type of protection she’d be trying to give to the kids and things like that, so it’s always played out in my mind,” Tisdale said. “I want to know how he was acting that day. … What was his demeanor? How was he moving forward? What was happening? And I want to know if there was any thing that maybe could have been changed also for public safety reasons, too.”

Even though he knows it’ll be painful to watch, he is tired of waiting for video evidence — showing the alleged shooter moments before his mom’s final breath — to be released.

He wants to know exactly what happened.

RELATED: Upcoming Santa Fe High School documentary tells stories of survivors and victims

Current state law allows agencies to withhold releasing video evidence in open investigations. Agencies can choose to release information, but if they give it to the family members of victims, they’ll also have to apply that decision to anyone else who requests the video, including news outlets.

For now, Roady said he’s still hopeful the case will go to trial so he is withholding the evidence.

“The law doesn’t give those families special right of access,” Roady said. “If we share it with them then anyone else with a morbid sense of curiosity has the right to go into that and put it on social media.”

Since Barnes was a law enforcement officer at the school, he had access to some of the evidence that is currently being withheld. Since he’s no longer an officer, he was able to share what he could with Tisdale, Rice and other victim’s families, but he said it doesn’t offer the same closure as viewing the footage in person.

“I was as honest as I can be with what happened, but the truth of it is until you see that video. … it is not the same,” Barnes said. “With anything, if you see pictures or videos the video really tells you a lot more than I can talk about what happened, so I would really like that to happen with the victims seeing it.”

Poehl supports the decision to withhold releasing any evidence to families. He said that’s because he still is hopeful the case will go to a trial, in which case he’ll want any potential jurors to come in with an open mind about the case.

Still, Rice said parents of the victims deserve to know exactly how their children died that day.

“We don’t care if (Pagourtzis) can talk to his lawyer or not because he could take the fifth and never (testify) anyway, so we want the evidence to speak,” Rice said. “If he doesn’t want to go to trial and speak for himself, we really don’t care. We want to see him tried and convicted and in prison.”

Poehl said if it looks like Pagourtzis’ competency won’t be restored in a reasonable time frame – or ever – that should be factored into the decision to release information.

“The uncertainty is difficult, just like it is for the victims and their families, the uncertainty of when is this going to end? When do you reach a point where not every day, all day is about this for the rest of our lives?” Poehl said. “That’s difficult for anybody to go through, and it’s especially difficult for the victims. It’s no easier on his family at this point. I can assure you of that.”

While doctors work to restore Pagourtzis’ competency for trial, Tisdale said he spends every day searching for distractions to keep him from getting angry about it all over again.

He said a chapter of his life was closed when his mom was killed. Now, he just wishes he could get a glimpse into one chapter, one day of Pagourtzis’ life to get one step closer to closure.

“It’s the loss. We all have it, in different ways, but we’re all connected through that loss and pain and suffering and we want some answers,” Tisdale said. “Our loved-ones need answers. The children need answers.”

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Fortnite update 16.40 leaks: New skins, Catwoman, hidden POI, six shooter, LTM

In this LTM players will also have to keep a lookout for other stranded players and keep an eye out for parts needed to repair a downed helicopter.

One of the big additions to Fortnite with update 16.40 will be the female Oro skin which was teased last night.

The official Fortnite Twitter posted: “Pay homage or perish… tomorrow, you decide.”

Read Also: More Hints At Samus Aran In Fortnite Emerge, This Time In A Comic

Elsewhere, it’s been revealed that today’s update will vault the Exotic Dub Shotgun weapon.

While the latest Fortnite update could also have some files in it for an upcoming in-game event.

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Fortnite UPDATE 16.40 patch notes, server downtime, Hunger Games, Female Oro, Six Shooter

Fortnite update 16.40 is about to be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PC and Android.

The next major Fortnite update has a May 11 release date on consoles and PC.

As a big numbered update, v16.40 will launch alongside a period of server downtime, which kicks off at 9am BST in the UK.

While there’s no official server downtime schedule, fans can expect the game to come back online by 11am BST at the latest.

The news was announced by Epic Games on Twitter, complete with teasers and streamlined patch notes for update 16.40.

“Your offering will be applAUded,” reads a Fortnite tweet. “The v16.40 game update is scheduled for release on May 11. Downtime will begin at approx. 4 AM ET (08:00 UTC).”

Based on the wording of Epic’s tweet, some fans believe Fortnite is preparing for a Hunger Games crossover. Participants in the Hunger Games are referred to as Tributes, which ties in to Epic’s teaser.

Epic is also teasing the release of a female Oro skin, which you can get a glimpse of in the tweet below.

According to the update 16.40 patch notes, the Exotic Marksman Six Shooter will join the game, while the Dub shotgun will be vaulted.

You can see the full list of Fortnite update 16.40 patch notes below.

Fortnite update 16.40 patch notes…

New Additions…

• Line ‘em up and knock ‘em down with the Exotic Marksman Six Shooter

• New summer-themed additions in Creative

• Catch a win in the next Wild Week starting May 13

• As part of this update, we’ll be vaulting the Exotic shotgun The Dub

Update 16.40 General fixes…

• Visual issues on Toon Meowscles and similarly-styled Outfits on certain platforms.

– We are aware of visual issues with the Toon Meowscles and similarly-styled Outfits on the PC Performance Mode alpha, Nintendo Switch, and Android.

• Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.

– When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.

• Trail colour of the Harmonic Axes Pickaxe doesn’t always match the selected Style.

– The trail colour when swinging the Harmonic Axes Pickaxe doesn’t always match the selected Pickaxe Style.

Update 16.40 Battle Royale fixes…

• Landing at a different location than intended.

– Players will rarely find themselves dropped at a different location than where they were gliding towards after jumping out of the Battle Bus.

• Long-pressing the Inventory Button selects first Craftable item.

– When long-pressing the Inventory button to pull up the Crafting tab, players may sometimes see their first Craftable item selected instead of their equipped item if they have multiple craftable Items in their Inventory.

• “Hunt Wildlife” Quest not tracking progress properly.

– The “Hunt Wildlife” Quest is currently not tracking progress properly.

Update 16.40 Creative fixes…

• HUD displaying incorrect memory cost before placing device or Gallery.

– Before placing a Device or Gallery, the pre-placement HUD displays the incorrect memory cost.

• Build not properly editing when building/editing fast in Creative.

– Rapidly editing / triple editing builds will sometimes not properly edit the selected piece in Creative Mode.

• Prop-O-Matic features not functioning correctly.

– We’re investigating an issue that is causing the Prop-O-Matic features to not function correctly.

• “Recent Islands” list does not update.

– We’re investigating an issue where the “Recent Islands” list does not update after entering an Island.

• Small white boxes appears on Consumable thumbnails.

– We’re investigating an issue that is causing small white boxes appears on Consumable thumbnails.

Update 16.40 Mobile fixes…

• Players cannot change their custom controller settings while playing Nintendo Switch in docked mode.

– In docked mode, players are shown a ‘Keep These Video Settings?’ message and are unable to change their custom controls.

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Fight Your Friends in the Fast-Paced Shooter Cymatically Muffed

Author: Kelsie Eddy, Co-Owner, Kelsam Games
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Summary

  • Fast-paced top-down shooter Cymatically Muffed is available for Xbox One today.
  • Take down a headphone-stealing scientist in the Co-Op Campaign.
  • Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 player PvP games around.

Don’t you hate it when you wake up and some scientist has experimented on you and stolen your headphones? It’s time for a fast-paced top-down shooter where you and your friends can find that guy and make him pay. Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 local multiplayer PvP games around, your call. Get your revenge — or just send someone home crying — today with Cymatically Muffed on Xbox One.

Cymatically Muffed

Games are better when nobody has to watch and everyone can play. Get back to the glory days of local multiplayer with 8-player splitscreen. Fight your friends in free-for-all deathmatches, or play as a team in deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Puc, or Cops & Bombers. There’s something for everyone. Even my mom plays. With over 50 weapons, 9 game modes, 18 maps, holiday theming, and tons of customizations (yes, slappers only) you’ll never get bored. Now the only problem is if your friends are late, or have to take a phone call… just kidding! Muffed is drop in/drop out so it really is all fun and games until someone gets hurt, or goes home crying.

But wait, what about that thieving scientist? Learn to hate Dr. Wolfe in the story comics — no reading required. Then hunt him down, on your own or with a group, in the Co-Op campaign. You’ll have to escape the lab. Make sure to grab your Muffs (headphones) when you find them! You’ll need the adrenaline boost they provide to aid you in your struggles across 5 worlds and their boss battles. Play your way with quick-swap weapon combos: run and gun, sneak around and throw stuff, or just mow people down. No judgement here. If your Muffs didn’t need so many batteries you’d be unstoppable. No wonder Dr. Wolfe stole them.

Cymatically Muffed

Finished the campaign? Test your mettle in the endless survival levels. Definitely co-opable. Face down wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies as you prove your skills. Make sure to stock up on grenades. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of your Muffs for this one too, as they make you faster and stronger. Pro Tip: Muffs also decrease the timer for the weapons crate, so you can find that laser sword much faster.

Cymatically Muffed

Last question, what’s with the weird name? Cymatics is how sound impacts matter, and the big headphones are Muffs, so Cymatically Muffed is a play on how listening to music can help you perform better. My husband, Sam, and I like to listen to music while we work. It helps us get into better flow. When we jumped into making Muffed four years ago, it was a completely different game, but the idea that bumping music would remove limits for the characters has always been there. We’re very excited to finally be sharing Cymatically Muffed with you today on Xbox One. We’d love for you to check it out!

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Cymatically Muffed

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Don’t you hate it when you wake up and some scientist has experimented on you and stolen your headphones? Muffed is a fast-paced top-down shooter where you and your friends can find that guy and make him pay. Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 player PvP games around, your call. ▼ PvP Battle Mode for 2-8 Players ▼ It’s a muffs eat muffs world for competitive players. Battle it out against your friends in free-for-all style or team up using one of our many customizations. The extensive array of maps and modes provides replayability that will make this your go-to game for groups of any size. ▼ Co-Op Campaign for 1-4 Players ▼ Earn your muffs, leave your mark, find your place. Explore on your own or team up with your friends in this exciting adventure campaign. Make your way through a wide variety of hand crafted levels as you discover the secrets Cymatically Muffed has to offer. Have friends that are late to the party? There’s no need to restart, they can join a game in-progress. ▼ What are Muffs? ▼ Muffs are Dr. Wolfe’s latest development in cyber enhancement. Unleashing the power of cymatics, these massive headphones will make you stronger, faster, and smarter (maybe). They also monitor your health, inventory, and a slew of other nifty information.

Indianapolis shooting: FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year; 4 Sikhs among victims

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis’ tight knit Sikh community mourned Saturday as members learned that four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.The Marion County Coroner’s office identified the dead late Friday as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.

Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt, said Hole apparently began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself.It was not clear if Sikhs were targeted.

Police Chief Randal Taylor noted that a “significant” number of employees at the FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community. Some members gathered at a local hotel Friday looking for information on family and friends.

“I have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized,” Komal Chohan, who said Amarjeet Johal was her grandmother, said in a statement issued by the Sikh Coalition. “My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere. Enough is enough–our community has been through enough trauma.”

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 Sikh Americans in Indiana, according to the coalition. Members of the religion, which began in India in the 15th century, began settling in Indiana more than 50 years ago and opened it first house of worship, known as a gurdwara, in 1999.

The attack was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting in the Atlanta area and amid ongoing attacks against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hole’s motives remained unclear Saturday.”While we don’t yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees, and the attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence, said Satjeet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director. “Further traumatizing is the reality that many of these community members, like Sikhs we have worked with in the past, will eventually have to return to the place where their lives were almost taken from them.”

The coalition says about 500,00 Sikhs live in the U.S. Many practicing Sikhs are visually distinguishable by their articles of faith, which include the unshorn hair and turban.

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that agents questioned Hole last year after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop.” He said the FBI was called after items were found in Hole’s bedroom but he did not elaborate on what they were. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press shows that officers seized a pump-action shotgun from Hole’s home after responding to the mother’s call. Keenan said the gun was never returned. Indianapolis police said Friday that Hole opened fire with a rifle.

Smith, the youngest of the victims, was last in contact with her family shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, family members said in social media posts late Friday. Dominique Troutman, Smith’s sister, waited hours at the Holiday Inn for an update on her sister. “Words can’t even explain how I feel. … I’m so hurt,” Troutman said in a Facebook post Friday night.Weisert had been working as a bag handler at FedEx for four years, his wife, Carol, told WISH-TV. The couple was married nearly 50 years.

McCartt said Hole was a former employee of FedEx and last worked for the company in 2020. The deputy police chief said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

The killings marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings across the country and the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in the city in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March. In other states last month, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

The family of Brandon Scott Hole released a statement to the local station WRTV Saturday:
“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed. Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”

“The Hole family and its representatives decline all interview requests at this time.”

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Associated Press reporters Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker in Washington and Pat Eaton-Robb in Connecticut contributed to this report. Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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Review: Godstrike – A Frustrating Time Mechanic Scuppers This Twin Stick Shooter

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Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

A little over a year ago, a new bullet hell game called Profane released on the eShop and was swept away almost immediately in the constant stream of other new titles. Due to disputes with the publisher, Overpowered Team decided to have the game taken off the eShop a few months later, while it worked on re-releasing a new version that the studio had more control over. That re-release has now launched as Godstrike and… we wish we could say it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, the final product is rather underwhelming.

Godstrike’s narrative is kept relatively simple. It tells a tale about a civilization of people that benefit from the power granted to them by magical masks from their unnamed god. Of course, it doesn’t take long for power to corrupt, and one of the mask owners decides to start consuming other masks and spreading chaos throughout the land. The people successfully seal the monstrosity away in a temple, but the passage of time allows the evil mask to grow in power again, so it’s up to your hero and their mask to fight into the depths and restore peace to the land once and for all.

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Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

It’s an interesting — though somewhat tired — premise, but Godstrike doesn’t invest too much effort into creating a narrative that can really resonate with the player. You’re left to fill in the blanks as vague, throwaway lines before each boss fight indicate something about the personality and past of the person trapped under that mask’s power, and… that’s about it. Still, it’s tough to be too critical of an arcade game with a limp story, and what’s here at least provides a nice general framework to give the battles a little more meaning.

The bulk of your time with Godstrike will be spent attempting to overcome its gauntlet of punishing boss fights, each of which is sure to take quite a few tries to take down. Your primary attack consists of a fast-firing peashooter that rains fire wherever you direct the right stick, while your left stick is tasked with guiding your nimble hero through the scores of projectiles that the bosses toss your way in a constant deluge. Considering each boss has multiple phases and health bars, it’ll take a bit of time before you’ve learned the patterns well enough to see these fights through to the end. But, then, that’s sort of where the main problem of the gameplay loop comes in.

See, the whole gimmick of Godstrike is that your life bar is literally just a timer at the top of the screen that ticks down. If you get hit by anything, it’ll drop fifteen or thirty seconds off the timer, and if it gets down to zero, the next hit knocks you out. It’s one of those ideas which sounds cool theoretically, but it quickly comes apart once you see how it’s executed. In practice, the whole ‘your time is your life’ thing boils down to you dealing with a constantly decreasing health bar while you’re attempting to tackle an enemy who already puts up more than enough resistance. There’s no feeling of empowerment or innovation here, just a constant sense of soft frustration as you lose health every second… well, just because.
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Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

An attempt at making this idea a little more interesting is found in the loadout system, but even this feels shallow. Every defeated boss grants you access to both a new active and passive buff—an upgraded gun or a temporary time slow—to make future fights a little easier. You can equip up to four of the passive buffs as you see fit, but the active buffs demand that you give up some of your precious seconds while they’re equipped. The problem is, most of the active buffs don’t feel like they meaningfully improve your chances, and the time cost incurred to even have them means it often makes more sense to go with only one or two staples.

It feels like this half-hearted ‘hook’ was decided upon to make Godstrike stick out from other challenging bullet hells, but building the whole game around it only weakened the otherwise strong elements. The boss fights themselves are entertaining to learn and master. The controls are tight and responsive. These two things alone provide a nice foundation upon which a better game could’ve been built. And yet Godstrike never capitalizes on that, because you’re too often left wondering why you’re playing a game that makes itself needlessly more frustrating without ever providing compelling reasons for why it must be so. The time mechanic is certainly a unique idea — it’s just not a particularly good one.

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Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

The disappointment continues with the presentation, which fails to impress. The art style lacks any distinguishing identity or visual flair, giving the whole game a flat, simplistic, uninspired appearance. Textures are extremely basic, animations feel rather stiff, and the boss designs themselves are unmemorable. How many times have you fought a rock monster in video games? Or *gasp* an evil floating skull? The music is similarly uninspired; it’s simply there. Sometimes, not even that — we’re still not sure whether an awkward boss fight that had no music was just a weird stylistic choice or a glitch.

For those of you that can get past all the drawbacks, there’s some replayability to make the package a little more worthwhile, at least. Depending on your skill level, it should only take a few hours to get through the ten fights here, but then there are other modes to play through. ‘Arena’ gives you access to all buffs and lets you pick whatever boss you want, so you can focus on getting better times and trying new strategies. ‘Challenge’ tasks you with running a gauntlet of all the bosses while dealing with certain buffs disappearing. ‘Daily Challenge’ is pretty much the same thing, except you can only play it once per day. All told, we’d estimate you could squeeze maybe ten or fifteen hours out of this before putting it down for good.

Conclusion

Godstrike in many ways feels like an early access game. There are glimpses of a better game in here somewhere, but the overall unpolished feel of its design and presentation really drag down the otherwise solid controls. Revising (or removing) the time mechanic and honing in on a more distinctive art style could’ve made this one a tentative recommendation but, as it stands, that’s impossible. If you want a good boss rush game with similar gameplay, we’d recommend you pick up Furi; if you’re looking for a good shmup, there’s no shortage of those to be found on Switch. Either way, we wouldn’t bother with this one unless you’ve exhausted all other options.

This article originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews