You name it, I play it. The only console I don't have is the PS3 and that is by choice. I am proud to still have an Atari 2600 that works! I recently added a Nintendo 64 and Atari 5200 to my collection of classic systems!
I have been a hard core gamer every since I could cross the street to my local Sears to play "Sinbad" pinball. I have had a home gaming console since the original Pong and haven't stopped gaming. I've been lucky to attend 7 E3s, write reviews for several webzines, and have been published numerous times in print regarding education and gaming. If you haven't figured it out, I am a teacher :-)
A over zealous and quite possibly unstable Second Life gamer was arrested in Delaware for
attempted kidnapping of her virtual ex-boyfriend. Well, the media report is kind because
the virtual ex-boyfriend is in fact a virtual lion in Second Life. The report states Kimberly
Jernigan, 33 of North Carolina, was so distraught after the virtual breakup she went into a
"downward spiral". She allegedly drove to Delaware, broke into his house, and lied in wait
for him. When he returned home he entered his house to see a stranger pointing an laser
beam object at him. He fled, called police, and upon their entering the house they found a
kidnap kit of duct tape, taser, BB gun, and handcuffs. They also found Kimberly's dog in the
bathroom duct taped (I guess she had to practice first or something). She was arrested an
hour later in Maryland after a brief struggle.
FYI, it says she is a virtual woman in the game. Unfortunately for her, in real life she will be
doing some real time. She is currently charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary, and
aggravated menacing (must be a fancy term for stalking).
I've played Second Life and have attended a virtual concert there and found the whole
experience rather bland. But then again I was'nt a lion hooking up with psychotic southern
I just cruised by my local Blockbuster and I noticed the Madden 09 covers had Favre. The
employees told me that they were delivered with the new cover (not replacement printouts)
and that they were told they were the only show in town to have them.
The question is, why doesn't every Madden 09 have the correct cover? They obviously were
able to provide them to Blockbuster, why not everyone? Will future Madden 09 shipments
have the correct cover or is Blockbuster the only store getting the Favre Jets covers? By the
way, the Madden Wii still have Favre in a Green Bay uniform.
And, as an added bonus, Blockbuster is giving a Summer Gaming bag with goodies to anyone
who purchases a game at $49.99 or higher. Goodie bag pictured below. Pretty much, if you
are over ten, this bag is pretty useless. Though the Super Star Champ temporary tattoo is
I just spoke to my local store regarding my pre-order of the GTA IV Special Edition and the
manager revealed that I was the only person to pre-order the Xbox 360 GTA IV Special
Edition. He went on to break down all the pre-orders for GTA IV for me.
Regular Edition 18 for the 360
18 for the PS3
Special Edition 1 for the 360
6 for the PS3
We were both surprised that the PS3 and 360 pre-orders were dead even but the Special
Edition orders were heavily weighted towards the PS3. I am really curious what the NPD will
reveal later regarding specific GTA IV sales per console.
Anybody else have numbers from their favorite store?
[p.s. The penguin is there because when I google searched "preorder madness" it gave me
the penguin, go figure]
Do you have more than one version of any Gameboy iteration?
Own any extra peripherals and controllers you no longer use?
and the big question
What will you do with your Rock Band Drum Set when you tire of Rock Band?
Waste is a very large part of our society and so is gaming. The waste that is being created
by gamers is growing every year. As gamers, it is important to have the latest system,
game, or accessory. But where does it end? I know several 360 owners who have
purchased new Elite 360s. DS owners with fat and slim DSs. PS3 owners excited at the
news of a
new slim PS3. Isn't one working system enough? Do you need
multiple pieces of equipment that are essentially the same thing, just in different
packaging? How many next gen systems does one gamer need?
Every piece of hardware, software, and peripheral leaves a carbon footprint, some larger
than others. What is the environmental cost everytime you make a purchase? Will you use
the item for a
prolonged period of time? Look at the Wii fit board, how long until it is landfill?
done a great job identifying areas that the big three can improve in and also provides a link
so you can email the company of your choice recommending they become more earth
friendly. Visit the site and drop the big three a note today.
Personally, do something about the problem. I did. I made a choice to not buy the complete
Rock Band set. I have the game but I
use my Xplorer guitar from GHII and a USB mic. I don't have the drums nor will I purchase
them. All those Rock Band drums, the two million plus out there, will eventually have to be
thrown away. I'm really disappointed that a more environmentally friendly alternative isn't
available for the drum set like these
mini sized drum pads. I want to play the drums in Rock
Band but not at the expense of the planet's future.
Perhaps you are familiar with the worse video game offense that I know of. The Atari 2600
E.T. debacle. Atari was so
concerned with their image they crushed and then slabbed over truckloads of E.T.
cartridges that weren't selling. Even though the game sucked, the waste Atari created was
So what can we, the gamers, do to make gaming greener? Here are some simple steps:
1. Only purchase necessary gaming accessories. Fan systems, steering wheels, cases, and
other peripherals are not needed to enjoy the games. Do you really need a stage kit with
smoke and mirrors to enjoy Rock Band? How many steering wheels do you need? Restrain
your purchases and the larger the item the more cautious you should be when purchasing
it. Case in point, where are all those Steel Battalion controllers nowadays?
2. Trade your old video game equipment. Trust me,
there is a gamer who wants what you have. I recently acquired an Atari Jaguar and am
looking for an Alien vs Predator. Don't throw the old games and systems away, someone...
somewhere wants them. Lets keep them out of the landfills.
3. Recycle your electronics. Costco
established a trade in program with Greensight
Technologies where you can even get cash back for trading in your electronics. It is sad but
only 1 in 4 consumers in the United States actually
recycle their electronic waste. Way too
much is making it to the landfills that shouldn't.
I was cruising through the new game release lists and came across a budget DS title from
Destineer called "Plushees". I didn't know if I should laugh or scream. Plushee is rather
close to plushie which is a term describing people who have sex with stuffed animals. I had
heard about this practice years ago from one of my friends. He had wanted to do a
documentary showcasing its participants. Unfortunately for us all (or fortunately I guess),
he is currently directing music videos and his idea never got off the ground.
However, the practice has hit the main stream. Of course,
Urban Dictionary has a
definition of it and of course someone has made a
Wiki for the practice. Probably where
most of you have seen it is in the following clip from YouTube where the practice made a
strange appearance in a C.S.I. episode.
Now, my question is, did the developers and distributors of the game have no knowledge of
the fetish association with their title or did they not care? I realize it is spelled differently
but the description of the game troubles me further;
Stuffed animals that have come to life and need your virtual love and care / ESRB E
Virtual Love! and this game gets rated an E and people are upset about GTA IV?
Another past game comes to mind with a questionable title that hit US stores years ago.
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Yup, the title really grabs ya by the balls, doesn't it? The game had several sexual
reference and innuendo using British slang. It was also rated an E for Everyone in the