The Torch Top 5, week of February 10th

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5) More Than Valentines

The week of February 14th is well known as the week of Valentine’s Day, but there is so much more going on. On February 14th last year, one billion people in over 200 countries rose up and demanded an end to violence against women. This has become the One Billion Rising event and will be repeated every year on this date until violence against women is gone.

All of February is also Black History Month. It is a month to remember history, so we do not repeat it, in an attempt to end racism all over the world. Originally it was to remember the dark times in United States, but has since become a worldwide remembrance month.

4) Charlie Chaplin publishes novel

Famous actor Charlie Chaplin wrote a novel shortly after his final American Classic. The novel, titled Footlights, follows his film, Limelight, but with roots in reality and not fiction.  Like Limelight, the novel is about an aging, alcoholic clown that through unforeseen circumstances saves a ballerina from suicide.

Footlights have laid untouched in Chaplin’s private archive since 1948 but has now been published by CineStore.

3) Dungeon Keeper Mobile Highly Criticized

EA Mythic released the long awaited follow-up to the Dungeon Keeper franchise, originally by Bullfrog. The game was instantly met with criticism for its ridiculously long waiting times that could only be remedied by purchasing “gems” for real money.  Some blocks, that were almost instant to break in the previous games, now takes between 4-24 hours to break, unless you pay for it.
As if that wasn’t enough, it was later discovered that the Android version of the game only allowed top rankings. Whenever you purchase something, it asks you to rate the game. The rating is the same you see on the Google Play Store page. If you try to give anything but 5 stars, it will not send the result. Instead it asks you for feedback.

Peter Molyneux, the creator of the original game, has been quoted by BBC saying “This is ridiculous. I just want to make a dungeon. I don’t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped.”

2) Linden Lab gets new CEO

On February 5th, Linden Lab published a press release stating Ebbe Altberg will take over the role as CEO. Altberg was previously the CEO of BranchOut and have also been on the executive team of Yahoo.  With more than 25 years of experience in team management, Linden Lab hopes Altberg will bring the company to new heights.
The previous CEO, Rob Humble, who left a role as Vice President of EA’s Sims division for Linden Lab, stated on his facebook page that he intends to start a new company. His new focus will be on art, entertainment and “unusual things.”

1) Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away

Hunger Games actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away Sunday February 2nd. He was found dead in the bathroom of his office on Manhattan to what is believed to be a drug overdose.

Hoffman starred in over 50 movies and over 20 stage plays in his 15 year long career. During this time he has been awarded one Academy Award for best actor and three Tony Awards for his stage plays.

Hoffman is survived by his brother, his wife and his 3 children.

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