Shadow of the Eternals dev arrested on child porn charges

[UPDATE] Kenneth McCulloch charged with possession of child pornography after police seized "significant" number of computers during search; Precursor Games issues statement.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Precursor Games representative issued a statement to GameSpot on the matter.

“We are deeply upset by this," reads a line from the statement. "Having just learned of these disturbing charges today and based on the serious nature of them, Kenneth McCulloch is no longer affiliated in any way with Precursor Games.”

The original story follows below.

Precursor Games developer Kenneth McCulloch, 42, has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to an official release from the Niagara Regional Police Service.

Company CEO Paul Caporicci confirmed on the Precursor Games forums that McCulloch is no longer associated--in any way--with the studio.

"Having just learned of these disturbing charges today and based on the serious nature of them, Ken McCulloch is no longer affiliated in any way with Precursor Games," he said.

Police executed a search warrant at McCulloch's St. Catharines, Ontario residence yesterday, seizing a "significant" number of computer systems and peripheral devices. The police began investigating McCulloch in April.

McCulloch is charged with one count each of possession of child pornography, making child pornography available, and accessing child pornography.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

McCulloch was a founding member of Precursor Games and, prior to his arrest, was listed on the company's website as "Lore-keeper. World-Builder. Dream-merchant." His employee profile has since been removed from the site.

Precursor Games, staffed by many former Silicon Knights developers, is currently working on Shadow of the Eternals, a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.

The company temporarily canceled the game's crowdfunding campaign earlier this month and has yet to disclose how or if the game will move forward.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Judge-bill
Judge-bill

If the dude is guilty, string him up by his toes and beat him. I could actually see that being used as an incentive to donate to the development. "Donate $100 and you get to throw rotten eggs at Kenneth as he dangles upside down over a tank of sharks." I'd pay money for that and to get Shadow of the Eternals. That is if he is guilty of course.

Slagar
Slagar

I fail to see the need to make this news. The guy is probably going through a very difficult time; might be worthwhile in showing the guy some kindness, and perhaps help if he needs it. In all fairness, we know very little about the situation.

Plataea
Plataea

I hope this doesn't prevent them from completing the game or hurt its quality.  A sequel to Eternal Darkness would be awesome.

frylock1987
frylock1987

look at all the pedophiles defending this guy.

Pretty sure if that fat slob was looking at pictures of your kids or little sister, yous would be calling for his head....

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

making child pornography available= "distribution"   They're going to fuck him hard for that if he's convicted..My dad was a parole officer and always talked about how pedophiles don't last long in prison..

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Bet this guy gives out the best Halloween candies

brain20035
brain20035

Maybe he was doing some research for developing a Japanese game :D

Kraven-1985
Kraven-1985

Must say im impressed with the authorities here. I dont know how on earth they found out he was in possession of that stuff, but good job. I would suppose they have some sort of internet surveillance program going on.

Xyllix
Xyllix

I'm 18yrs old. And if a previous girlfriend of mine sent me a pic and I'm still in possession does that make me a raging pedophile who needs to be "burned alive". Shit people you don't know all the details so stop jumping the gun you instigating motherfuckers.

GamerGeek87
GamerGeek87

Why are so many jumping on the guilty/burn him alive bandwagon?

He has been arrested and charged, he has not been proven guilty. We dont even have access to one shred of the evidence that got him arrested, so why jump to conclusions?

toyo75
toyo75

No matter how much accomplishment he has attained, they are all made insignificant by his despicable act against innocent children.

DP1130
DP1130

Oh man. Sick bastard. 

I hope they keep developing the game, but it will have a cloud over it for sure. Best bet, rename the game. 

Lets move forward. House of Corrections will take care of Mr.McCulloch (Sick bastard)

JoInfo
JoInfo

This fat person gets his rocks off to little kids. HAHA.

dadistiller
dadistiller

man thats messed up on so many levels. 

dyack cant catch a break. 

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Wow, Eternals project can't catch a break. It's probably better for them it wasn't funded as the outcry right now would make for a grade-A cluster**ck.

gwhite2
gwhite2

So a guy looks at 16 year old girls naked on his computer and that makes it ok to torture the man. I bet you look at 16 girls when they pass by you. Maybe we should do the same to you sicko!!

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

If anyone sees this message, turn back now. There is nothing of value in this article's comment section. As it turns out, being a rational and intelligent human being is not a prerequisite for using the internet.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

I think GS should take this article down. Whether or not it's 'game related' is irrelevant. The sheer amount of offensive comments on this topic and video game website is getting out of hand. 

Incubus420
Incubus420

This is disgusting and embarrassing, as to why it's news that needs to be shared with the rest of us is beyond me.  This just harms the rest of the development company and anyone else affiliated with this scumbag.  

GAME-QUEST-EX
GAME-QUEST-EX

@Slagar

Sorry, but child pornography is child pornography & it's pure evil: there is simply no excuse for him having any material of that type in his possession. Zero excuse. Nothing will ever justify that. Ever.

Plus, the article states that police began investigating Kenneth McCulloch in April of 2013, so he didn't just start collecting or viewing the material all of a sudden, out of the blue. He didn't just stumble across it for no reason.

Also, this sort of thing makes news because Kenneth McCulloch was one of the people working for/with Precourser Games, which is in the process of making "Shadow of the Eternals."

Being arrested and charged with crimes of this type is an automatic scandal in the press; that's why it's news, especially with some sort of video game industry connection.

I do hope that he somehow gets the professional help he desperately needs along the way, but if any of these charges against him are true, then he flat-out broke the law; pure and simple.

Possessing, viewing, transmitting and making that sort of disgustingly evil material available is immoral, unethical, and illegal; he is now beginning to suffer the consequence of his actions, and he hasn't even gone through the entire legal/judicial process yet.

Zeus
Zeus

@frylock1987 Look at all the retards attacking this guy.  We know NOTHING about what was ALLEGEDLY found.  I'm not sure how it works in your country, but innocent until proven guilty is the standard for any civilized nation.  Besides that, Canada's anti-pornography laws can even target the Dragon Ball Z manga so it's hard to take these claims seriously without knowing more.

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

@Kraven-1985The other employees most likely spotted the illegal material on his computer over time and reported it to the authorities.

ooblah
ooblah

@gwhite2  

There's a huge difference between looking at them as they pass by, and watching/filming them having sex.  The mere fact that you're defending this guy makes you just as suspicious as him.

Vienreich
Vienreich

@Dudeinator I'll spare myself the agony of the reading after your wise words. Thanks man

DarthLod
DarthLod

@Incubus420 blah blah. it harms nothing if a guy wants to look at pics of a 16 yr old girl naked.

OldKye
OldKye

@WeWerePirates @Xyllix Wow first I see a article about people being arrested for child pornography on my favorite game site.

Then I see the law being used to arrest the kids I suddenly feel sick to my stomach.....

gwhite2
gwhite2

Woohoo witch hunt it is :)

Seriously if he was filming them that would be wrong, but looking at 16 year old girls? Who really cares.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

@ooblah@gwhite2 "The mere fact that you're defending this guy makes you just as suspicious as him."

That's a pretty poor attitude to have in general. Also without commenting on what he's accused of doing as of right now that's all we can say for certain, he's accused. So lets at least wait for a trial before climbing on our high horses and going on a witch hunt m'kay?

SergioMX
SergioMX

@DarthLod @Incubus420 Harms nothing, except for the minors being exploited or trafficked or forced into doing that for older men to get their jollies off of. How about their parents? Guess no harm is done. Idiot.

CincoToes
CincoToes

@DarthLod Where are yall getting the info "16 year old?" I'm just seeing this.

frylock1987
frylock1987

@RAD_RADIO @WeWerePirates @Xyllix  

You sir, are a dumbass.

Robbing someone and raping a child are two completely different things that can't even be compared the only comparison you can do, is say they are both illegal to do. thats it.

Mausingen
Mausingen

@ooblah I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there's nothing wrong with 16. It's age of consent where I'm from. 

ooblah
ooblah

He wouldn't be filming them as if he was making a high school documentary, he'd be filming them engaging in sexual activity, you fucking moron.  And you seem to be fixated on these 16 year old girls - it's disconcerting.  Never once did they mention 16 year old girls in the article.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

@ooblah@WeWerePiratesNo witch hunt. You are just telling us who you think is suspicious.

Funny story. I live in the UK, age of consent here is 16. we've got a tabloid, an utter rag which has a feature on called page 3 with a topless model. Until ten years ago is used to be perfectly fine and legal for this mainstream paper to have 16 year old models. Some years back fear of pedophiles was a big story. Famously there was an angry mob attacking pediatrician's house. While at the same time as whipping people into a frenzy about pedophiles they ran a feature counting down a 15 year old model's 16th birthday so they could feature her on page 3.

As creepy as I find leching on 16 year olds and I don't really feel inclined to defend it myself accusing people of being suspicious for not being outraged is a slippery slope. There's no reason to be any more suspicious than of the righteous indignation mob. Indeed if anything there is less reason to suspicious because at least they are probably being honest about their opinion.

8smokes
8smokes

@ooblah @WeWerePirates bs our justice system is fundamentally flawed. you just proved that statement wrong when you said u believe in innocent until proven guilty, because that's exactly what our justice system strives to do. The 'funadmentals' of our justice system have nothing to do with your cop-out argument. Find a better one. And by the way, they're 'alleged' crimes.

ooblah
ooblah

@WeWerePirates  

There's no witch hunt here, I firmly believe in innocent until proven guilty - I will state, however, that our justice system is sooo fundamentally flawed.  Also, gwhite2, the moron I was responding to seems to believe that there is absolutely no difference between looking at an underage person as they walk by, and owning/filming/distributing videos of underage people conducting in sexual activity (presumably with people who are over 18).  Calling McCullock guilty is absolutely premature at this point, but defending his crimes (whether they're alleged or not) makes you just as suspicious.