This game is rated M for… Mushroom cloud?
We joke, of course.
But the FBI recently paid a visit to a Texas gamer who was attempting to build a small nuclear reactor in his basement. They were accompanied by local cops as well as officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The man, described by NBC-5 as an “out-of-work computer whiz who redesigns (GP: mods, perhaps?) video games” is apparently a science buff with a fascination for all things nuclear.
The FBI searched his home but found no cause for concern. The feds did, however, take the man’s reactor project with them when they left, at the request of his parents.
Why did the young man embark on such a project? He told the TV news:
[Radiation is] in your tap water, you know, in the dirt. You could hold a Geiger counter up to a banana and get a count off of it. People do it in universities all the time. It’s just not usual that somebody does it outside of a university.
Authorities were alerted following a blog entry in which the man described possessing uranium and indicated that the background radiation of his home had doubled. Of the raid on his home the gamer-turned-scientist said:
[FBI agents are] just doing their job. That’s their job to come and check on stuff like that. When they left, it had been deemed that, you know, everything was within reason…. I think I’ll keep it cool for awhile.
GP: It’s interesting that the TV news report makes so much of the man’s gaming, even showing him playing Call of Duty 4 at his PC.