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I got this email from Citibank about how much eCash I had earned and so of course I went to check out the deal. It turns out that unlike Discover card, I can't use the $300+ I've earned to pay my credit card, but I can get tiny discounts off no-name junk on their Extra Cash website.

While perusing the site to see if there was anything I'd be remotely interested in, I checked out the Electronics page. The junk on this page ranges from $2.99 mp3 players (after you use $27 in eCash) to mp3 player cases, to a blu ray player, and some various scanners. Really worthless crap, even with the discount.

Then I scrolled to the bottom and saw this: Citibank Extra Cash EGM subcription . A subscription to EGM, the leading source for info on the latest games for consoles such as the 32x, Game Gear, and Super NES.

Ok, aside from the fact that we all know that EGM is no more and apparently Citi's rewards program team never got the news, where in the blue hell did they get the description for the magazine? Or I suppose I should say 'when did they get the description for this magazine?' as it is roughly 15 years behind?

Or maybe there's something I don't know and Nintendo and Sega have begun releasing games for those systems again? Did I miss some advertisement telling us all to get those systems out of our attics, dust them off, and hook them back up? Is there some new HDMI adapter for them to hook them up to our new fangled TV's? (course, my systems are not in the attic because I'm hardcore enough that I have 13 game consoles hooked up to one TV, but who's counting?)

Anyway in case you don't feel like clicking the link, here's the full description of the magazine from the Citibank Extra Cash site:
Electronic Gaming Monthly focuses on new electronic games for console video game units, including the Nintendo, Super NES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32x, Sony Play Station, and portable game systems such as the Nintendo GameBoy, Sega Game Gear. EGM also features regular columns on the latest game releases as well as special sections devoted to movies, records and other subjects of interest to the male youth market.








Seriously what the hell is wrong with people? All of these problems seem to stem from the fact that they have not woken up to fact that not everyone that plays games is a fucking child. Some of us played games as children in the 80s and still enjoy it today. I'm 33 and that's my story. It's the same thing with cartoons. In Japan, cartoons (aka Anime) are used to tell dramatic stories to adult audiences. But here when I watch anime I get a bunch of my peers going "you fuckin watch cartoons?!" Fuck you all, stupid masses.

Also, it's just always some new scapegoat for our world's problems. Every fucking time I see videogames get blamed for youth violence I have to say "yeah and war, murder, rape, suicide and sex didn't exist until the creation of videogames right?" When I was a kid it was Dungeons and Dragons being blamed. Then it was heavy metal. Then it was cartoons. My fucking GI Joe and Transformers were too violent but somehow Tom & Jerry isn't.

People are just close minded fucking morons. Along with all this other shit, think about the mentality of the parents that wanted Big Bird's imaginary friend Snuffalaphugus to not be imaginary because they thought it was harmful to their children to watch puppets have imaginary friends... yeah... you got it... they thought it was ok for their children to watch talking puppets but not talking puppets with imaginary friends. ?!

I am a parent. I've been playing videogames for about 25 years. My son is 8. He has some behavior issues of his own and so I do my job and don't let him play videogames all day because I see that for HIM it can be a problem. I also don't allow him to play games with subjects beyond his maturity level. Parents need to do their job. Media needs to stop blaming Doom and friends for all of the world's problems.

And they make us gamers appear to be the uneducated ones... games rot your brain... yeah, sure. And the abundance of awesome reality shows are really good for you apparently. Fuck them all.