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7:15 AM on 02.15.2008  

PS2/Singstar Pop Bundle in the Gold Box Today

The ceramic white PS2 is bundled with Singstar Pop & two microphones for $99 @Amazon today. Never played Singstar, but this still looks like a pretty good deal to me. What say you fellow Dtoiders?

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10:59 AM on 01.23.2008  

U. of Maryland's "New" Study on Videogames

Cooper Lawrence lies to sound like she knows what she's talking about. Here is a direct quote from her debate with Geoff Keighley on Fox News:

"Darling, I gotta go with the research. And the research says there’s a new study out of the University of Maryland right now that says that boys that play video games cannot tell the difference between what they’re seeing in the video game and the real world…"

That "new study" is from 2005. What does it say?

100 college students with an average age of 19 were interviewed about violent depictions in games. The study showed that most of the students interviewed recognized that the games depicted negative themes and harmful stereotypes, but didn't think the content was harmful to them. Can someone tell me when college student were ever considered adolescent "boys?" Here is a quote from just one of the 100 students interviewed:

"The game doesn't make people violent -- it's just a game," said one subject, a 19-year-old woman, in a confidential interview with Killen's research team. "If they're violent, it's something wrong with them."

Granted, some people have a hard time separating real life from fantasy. Most, if not all, of those people have mental problems. Problems that existed before they played video games.

I don't know about you guys, but playing videogames has made me believe that I can bang alien lesbians, shoot a cop in the head, and then take a hit from a rocket launcher without any consequences whatsoever.

Below is a link to the full article that talks about the study. The article does mention claims that adolescents are more vulnerable to impulsive behavior due to playing video games, but it does not mention where that research comes from. Nevertheless, it still seems to me that Lawrence misrepresented this study to bolster her bullshit claims on Fox News. I'm still waiting for her response.

Source:
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/stories/020905/ent_020905067.shtml

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9:10 AM on 01.23.2008  

My email to an ignorant dumbass

Jim's FNC post got me all raging pissed off. I felt I needed to send an email to "expert" Cooper Lawrence. If I happen to get a response (I doubt it, these people don't have time for their kids, let alone some schlub like me) I'll post it later.

Ms. Lawrence

I'm sure you are receiving a few emails on the subject of your recent discussion on Fox News. I must say that, as a 24 year old gamer, I found your comments laughably inaccurate. You must understand that one of the first rules of journalism is that you must do research on your topic (in this case the game Mass Effect) and admitting that you haven't effectively negates your argument. When you snorted at Mr. Keighley's question as to whether or not you had played the game, I realized you had no idea what you were talking about. Unfortunately we do live in a society where children are readily able to access adult material on the internet, their cellphones, and their televisions. Fortunately each of those devices, and the XBox 360, have parental controls built in or that can be purchased so parents can monitor and control what their children are able to access. Unfortunately, we live in a society where most parents would rather coddle their children and give them whatever they desire without research, and then blame the companies for the content they produce. Now I would like to give you some statistics on gamers.

Sixty-nine percent of American heads of households play computer and video games.

Ninety-three percent of people who make the actual purchase of computer games and 83% of people who make the actual purchase of video games are 18 years of age or older. The average age of the game buyer is 40 years old.

The average age of video game players is 33.

As you can see, adults do play video games and to simply state that all video games are being played by adolescents is completely untrue.

I am interested in reading the new U. of Maryland research that you cited on Fox News. Can you please tell me where I can acces that study? I have been playing video games since I was about 7 or 8 and I never had trouble distinguishing video games from reality.

I implore you, the next time you are going to be cited as an expert on something, please do some research first.

Source: http://www.theesa.com/facts/gamer_data.php
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10:08 AM on 12.11.2007  

360 Orange Box in the Gold Box Today

Given my incredible ability to infer things from other things, I'm saying that the 360 Orange Box is going to be sold at a minimum of $20 off the normal price today on Amazon's gold box page (6pm PST.) If you were looking for a good excuse to buy it, today is probably the day to do so. I was expecting to get this for christmas but since I'm a sucker for a good deal, I'll probably pick it up today. Hopefully all of this conjecture and hearsay is true.

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7:34 AM on 11.23.2007  

Halo 3 Legendary Ed. for $80

The legendary edition is down from $130 to $80 on Amazon today. I don't know if it's down to that price for good, but most likely just for black friday. Still haven't played this game, not sure if I care to. One thing I am sure of is that I am a bad enough dude to save the president.

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5:02 PM on 09.17.2007  

Spaceballs: The Animated Series this fall. When will then be now? *Update*

Spaceballs: The Animated Series comes out on G4 this fall. I really hope this show is good. Spaceballs is an absolute classic movie and one of Mel Brooks' best. I can't wait for them to tear into Episodes 1-3. Here's a quick trailer.



The siamese triplets worry me though, I don't remember them being in the movie. Thoughts?



*Update*

According to IMDB Mel Brooks co-wrote the pilot with Thomas Meehan, the guy who wrote Spaceballs. Brooks is also doing the voices of President Skroob and Yoghurt. Daphne Zuniga is reprising her role as Princess Vespa as well. No word on whether Bill Paxton is on board though.

Wait, is it Pullman or Paxton? They're the same guy anyway.

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8:10 PM on 09.13.2007  

64 Bits of Mega Power!

Ben likes the jaguar, and Ben likes chili mac.



Who would want to play this game after seeing a commercial like that?

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10:44 AM on 09.13.2007  

Uwe Boll gets a new project, doves cry

The third B in the unholy triumvirate of talentless hacks (Bay, Bruckheimer, Boll [featuring special guest Paul Haggis]) has bought the rights to the yet-to-be-released RPG Legend: Hand of God.


“I think Legend will be very successful because of its unique blend of high fantasy and dark atmosphere. The world of Legend contains major crossover potential and was already adapted as novel and audio book” says Boll from the set of Far Cry, which he currently works on in Vancouver with Til Schweiger, Ralf Möller and Udo Kier.

Seriously, I know it's a business, but why do people let this asshole ([email protected]) shit all over their creations? The sad thing is, I've got a friend who is in Postal, and now I want that to be good. Anyway, here's a little synopsis of Legend for those of you who, like me, have never heard of it.

"For decades, the Order of the Keepers of the Holy Flame has watched over the portal that once allowed demons to invade Aelfal. The ever-burning Holy Flame prevents another invasion - until one fateful night: The flame is extinguished and demonic hordes descend on the Order’s abbey. The last surviving member of the Order, who is ordained as a Keeper that same night, sets out to find the legendary "Hand of God." Accompanied by a Bright Elf, he searches for the shards of the powerful artifact – and in the process uncovers a sinister plot. The flame wasn’t extinguished by accident – somebody wanted to open the door to the demonic realm forever. The hero and his unusual companion form an unlikely team as they set forth to keep the impending invasion at bay."

I can only imagine what this will be like in Uwe's Midas-like hands.

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12:24 PM on 09.12.2007  

Bob Molinaro is a Fucking Douchebag

Just got reading Sterling's post about resident cuntwaffle Bob Molinaro tying videogames and Kevin Everett's injury together. I shot over to the full article because I had to check the whole thing out. Molinaro's drunken ramblings have to be some of the most baseless, retarded, fear-mongering-style journalism I have ever read. I posted a comment on the Virginian-Post's website, but it's up for review, so I'm posting it below as well. I want to encourage everyone to go the article page, sign up, and post some educated retorts to this shitnozzle's excuse for journalism. Then go back to blowing shit up and respawning your "jacked-up players."

"Have you ever played Madden? Compared to a real NFL game there is no violence at all, cartoon or not. Yes, injuries are simulated, but you don't see bones breaking like in real life. In football there is an inherent risk on every play that you can be hurt. Professional players accept this risk every day, and are (for the most part) extravagantly overpaid. Everett made a mistake by putting his head down while tackling (something they teach you not to do in 4th grade) and he paid the price. Do I feel bad for him? Yes, like most people do, gamer or not. To randomly call out one segment of the population and essentially claim they are not human (4th paragraph) is poor journalism at it's best and pointless sensationalism at it's worst. Pathetic"

Also, cocks.

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4:38 PM on 08.27.2007  

Angry Video Game Nerd: Atari Porn

I always knew about Custer's Revenge but have never seen it in action. AVGN shows a bunch more weird Atari porn games that I've never heard of, half of them being ports of others where gender roles are switched.

Oddly enough, my Sunday routine is exactly like Beat 'em & Eat 'em. Go figure.

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1:51 PM on 08.26.2007  

Uwe Boll-trayal

Lance Martini over at FilmDrunk has posted Uwe Boll's email address along with a hilarious anecdote that lays out just what an egotistical shitstain Boll really is.


"I was talking to [name withheld], trying to convince him to have a Uwe Boll film night, because I thought it would be pretty hilarious for him to analyze his work. Anyways, he got all quiet and then told me that Uwe Boll cast his wife (a pretty awesome actress) in one of his films. So about a week before they were supposed to start shooting, he told her she was going to do a nude scene...she said she wasn't, he said "You will do it because I am Uwe Boll" so she told him to go fuck himself, and then he told her she would never work for him again so she laughed at him. And I guess the girl he replaced her with almost had a breakdown because when she was doing the nude scene he kept telling her how awful her body was and how he should have found someone more attractive."

Email little Ewey at [email protected] and tell him what douche he is.

Also, my header sucks cocks!

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