The fun when some dude yoinks an airport map screen to play Apex Legends

    
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Look, sometimes you just need to play video games real bad.

The original story appears to be gone from the radio station’s blog, but the pickup on The Oregonian, as reported by Kotaku, is still up. Apparently, a man decided it would be a super great idea to plug his PS4 into one of those big ol’ airport monitors next to the flight schedule, the ones that usually show maps or ads. And then he proceeded to play… Apex Legends for the entirety of the Portland International Airport to see.

According to Kotaku’s report, the “incident [was] heard on the local emergency scanner as a ‘hijacking’ of the display.” The story does have a good ending, as airport authorities were able to convince the man to unplug and move on, though hilariously, he did ask to finish his match. (They said no.)

I honestly cannot decide whether this is weirdly wholesome or an early candidate for this is why we can’t have nice things. As far as gamer stunts go, this one seems pretty harmless.

Source: KXL via The Oregonian via Kotaku
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rafael12104

Heh. I bet gamers have a very different reaction than most to this story.

And, yeah he didn’t hijack anything. Sheezus. He plugged in. As simple as that.

I say good on him for trying to spend a long layover wisely. Heh. Although, does he always carry around his PS4? Heh. Sony has a new portable and they didn’t even know it.

And as others have mentioned, this might be a cottage industry in the making. Renting out monitors at airports. I would love it for long layovers. I just pay a few bucks, plug in my Switch and play a little Warframe on a bigger screen!

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Mewmew

Yes, he did hijack the display. That’s what they call it when you have your own signal going over a display that is supposed to be something else. And it was displaying a map of the airport before he plugged in, so he definitely hijacked it.

One of the official definitions of hijack is “take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.” Which he did.

As a gamer, I don’t feel for him or think he is in the right. I don’t see his side of things, though it’s also not a terribly huge issue either. If I was Security at the Airport I’d just make him unplug it as they did.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

There’s a picture of him playing on the other linked articles, and it seems like the airport map is still being shown, so he probably used the ad monitor for this. But I agree that he shouldn’t do this, also that’s really not a big issue.

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rafael12104

No. You misunderstand me. Given the current state of affairs, using the word hijack in an airport is not something to be taken lightly. Characterizing that for other officers or officials over coms could result in a tragic response. And we don’t need that type of misunderstanding.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Honestly, this seems like less of a stunt and more like something one of my sons would do to squeeze in just a few more minutes of gameplay.

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3dom

What have you done? Now I want screens in subway, buses, malls to plug my phone (or portable gaming platforms) and play games.

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Greaterdivinity

though hilariously, he did ask to finish his match. (They said no.)

He saw an opportunity and took it. Can’t blame the guy.

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Minimalistway

Airports should use this as a way to introduce Rent-a-Screen-o-matic, pay by card, connect your device, wait for the your flight to be canceled, keep playing.

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silverlock

This would greatly reduce my rage factor when they take three hours to decide to cancel my flight.

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Fred Douglas

Replacing a photoshopped picture of a guy without his shirt on looking thoughtfully at his trousers or watch or whatever with a bloke playing a video game being dubbed a “hijacking” is delightful.

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Mewmew

I think you all are confused about what was actually on the monitor. It was a map of the Airport. Something important for people trying to quickly find where they need to go.

One of the official definitions of hijacking is “to take over (something) and use it for a different purpose”. Exactly what he did.

Have you all really never heard of a hijacked signal? It had an official purpose at the Airport and he absolutely hijacked it for his own use instead.

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Bryan Correll

why we can’t have nice things

We can’t have nice things because the airport authorities were buzzkills?

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Armsbend

“The story does have a good ending”

It has a good beginning and middle too. I doubt anyone missed the ads for watches or perfume too much.

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Tanek

Seriously, that was probably the best use that monitor had ever been put to in its existence.

Heck, learn from this. Put some up specifically for that purpose and run the ads on the side as people play. Guarantee they’ll get more views. :P

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Mewmew

It was a Map of the Airport he took over. Something that a lot of people would miss if they weren’t sure where to go.

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zoward

Nope. If you look at the pics in the Kotaku story, you can see that both the flight listings and maps are still up on other screens right next to him. My guess is that he “hijacked” an ad screen. Mad props to the guy!