Torch Top 5, week of Oct 7th

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5) RockStar Games Launches Updates for Grand Theft Auto Online 

Following the recent release of the multiplayer version of Rockstar’s new Grand Theft Auto game, GTA FIve, players were met with several bugs and technical issues which have now been fixed by an update to the game. According to a message on the  Rockstar Games Website, they were happy with the feedback given to them by their community, they state:

 “Thank you everyone for continuing to bear with us since yesterday’s initial roll out of Grand Theft Auto Online – we’re aware that a variety of technical difficulties have made it difficult to get access and that the experience has been a bit less than smooth for many of you who jumped in straight away, so here are a few updates as of this afternoon to keep you all apprised.”

Rockstar’s  new Grand Theft Auto Five is no stranger to controversy, taking on the media surrounding its portrayal of excessive violence and the PC Gamer community who have yet to see a PC version of the game released.
4) Linden Lab Announces special Prizes at IndieCade 2013 
Second Life creator Linden Lab have announced a special prize for  the 2013 IndieCade Festival. For the first time, all nominees and official selections from PC, MAC and Linux games will be offered the opportunity to have global distributions without any listing fees through independent digital game distribution service, Desura. This would also allow nominees and official selections  to automatically be a part of Desura’s new partner program, in a Press release, Rod Humble CEO of Linden Lab comments:
“We’re a  proud supporter of IndieCade and its mission. Celebrating and supporting independent developers is a goal Desura shares with IndieCade, and we’re happy to be able to award distribution and promotion to all nominated and official selection games at this year’s event.”
IndieCade is an annual festival that supports the development of independent games. It is held  in Los Angeles in early October.
3) Keane to Release ‘Best of’ Album 
English Alternative rock band Keane will be releasing their best of album for their 10 year anniversary.  Beginning in 2003 Keane released several singles such as ‘ Everybody’s Changing and ‘This is The Last Time’ under an independent label called Fierce Panda, ”Best of Keane’  is set to be released  along side the band’s new album, ‘ Higher Than the Sun’ on November 11th.

2) FBI Find Website That Trades Guns, and Drugs for Bitcoins. 

The FBI have found a billion dollar black market website that allows users to buy illegal items such as guns, and drugs using the digital currency Bitcoins. A federal complaint was released on Oct 2nd that charged 29 year old Ross William Ulbricht with a list of conspiracy crimes allegedly committed through his website. According to the complaint the website’s revenue totaled 9.5 million BitCoins with a commission of  600,000 Bitcoins. Although the exact figures of the Bitcoins is always changing, authorities estimate that the figures are the equivalent of 1.2 Billion USD with a commission of 80 million USD.

1) Author Tom Clancy passed away

Best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66 on October 2nd at Baltimore General Hospital.  Clancy is known for the books that have been the inspiration for some of the worlds most iconic games and movies, among others the Rainbow 6 game series and the movies Hunt For Red October and Sum Of All Fears. His latest novel, Command Authority will still see its release in December this year.

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