Infinite Interactive, a video game developer headquartered in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received death threats from gamers frustrated by a glitch in one of its puzzle games.
Threats were received via email and the game in question is Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords which has a battle malfunction in its Playstation Portable (PSP) version of the game.
According to company CEO Steven Fawknerat Capcom’s Captivate 08 event in Las Vegas:
We are not used to death threats as we got one threat in 25 years of game development. Puzzle Quest comes out and we had six death threats and one bomb threat.
The award-winning Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords game series combines role-playing with strategy and puzzle elements. It utilizes a competitive Bejeweled-style playfield to simulate combat and other activities common to role-playing games. The glitch affects how computer-controlled characters operate in battle sequences.
Mr Fawkner said he thought at least two of the threats were serious but did not report them to police as most of the emails came from the US, he told gaming news website Eurogamer. He said:
They actually left their email addresses on them, so we know who they came from.