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Ponder, ponder.

August 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

John Carmack says that the idea that procedural synthesis will be “worth a damn” is a fallacy. I guess he’s going to have to fight Will Wright in a cage now.

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Oh my.

June 3rd, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc.

Well, E3 just became even creepier and more depraved than I’d previously thought possible. Probably not 100% worksafe.
That guy is - officially - the sketchiest dude on the planet.

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I am famous in Germany.

May 25th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc.

Well, not famous - but definitely QUOTED:
Und sollen sofort mitten im Geschehen sein: “Wir wollen, dass unsere Spieler sofort nach dem Login interessante Dinge tun”, erklärt Mythic-Mann Josh Drescher. Denn: “Man spielt, um zu kämpfen, nicht um herumzulaufen.” Ergo: “In diesem Spiel wirst du keine Ratten töten.”
This is the first piece to trickle in from [...]

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Jack Chick was right!

March 29th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc.

Dungeons and Dragons really DOES make you kill people:
A South Jersey man is being jailed without bail in Montgomery County, Pa. on charges that he stabbed three people to death last Friday in King of Prussia.

[T]he motive appears to be jealousy, but [investigators] are also looking into some sort of connection with the fantasy role-playing [...]

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Good stuff from Lum.

February 19th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc., Rants

Just trust me and go read it.

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OH JOY. My two least-favorite things COMBINED…

February 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Politics, Rants

…Tuscaloosa, Alabama and ridiculous lawsuits related to “video game violence.”
A lawsuit claims the video game “Grand Theft Auto” led a teenager to shoot two police officers and a dispatcher to death in 2003, mirroring violent acts depicted in the popular game.
The suit announced Tuesday seeks damages from the game’s manufacturers and two stores that allegedly [...]

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Why God, WHY?

January 29th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Gaming, Misc.

[Via Ubiq] - The Complete Guide to Unlawful Carnal Knowledge for Fantasy Role-playing Games:
Most everybody has had a character come in contact with a person of the opposite sex, but the encounter was nothing more than the brief statement: “I’ll have sex with the fair lass and leave.” This leaves out a lot of exciting [...]

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All hail Lum!

December 17th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Politics, Rants

Stalwart voice of reason in the wilds of our kingdom of fear:
GTA: San Andreas is not a game that is appropriate for children. It is full of profanity, random acts of violence, terror, drug usage, and Samuel L. Jackson. None of these are appropriate for children. I would also note that the movie “Pulp Fiction” [...]

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Crunch Time.

November 21st, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc.

The New York Times has picked up on the whole EA Spouse debacle.

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The Scottish killed JFK.

November 21st, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Politics

Via Reuters:
A new video game to be released on Monday allows players to simulate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
The release of “JFK Reloaded” is timed to coincide with the 41st anniversary of Kennedy’s murder in Dallas and was designed to demonstrate a lone gunman was able to kill the president.
That’s right. [...]

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Quick Update.

November 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Gaming, Politics, Technology

I forgot to mention it, but Cory Doctorow - the author of the “Anda’s Game” short story I linked earlier - is an editor at the so-very-very-excellent BoingBoing and EVERYTHING he writes (including his Locus Award-winning first novel) is published under a Creative Commons license. Cory has long been a pile of awesome for [...]

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Anda’s Game

November 15th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Gaming, Politics, Technology

(via Lum)
Salon.com is running an interesting (fictional) story about the (very real) issue of online “sweatshops” in MMO gaming. What’s EXTRA-interesting is that the story (similar to all of the content on this site) is published under a Creative Commons License - a first for Salon. As a result, I’ve placed a [...]

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eBay-resistant virtual economies.

October 13th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Politics, Technology

A very interesting piece on harnessing and/or controlling the “real world” economic value inherent in MMOGs.
Among MMOG customers and developers, online debate rages about the unfairness of the time-investment vs. money-investment trade-off. Those who have an excess of one resource and a shortage of the other face off against those with the opposite resource imbalance. [...]

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John Kerry…

September 29th, 2004 · 2 Comments · Gaming, Politics

…Senator, presidential candidate, war hero, video game superstar.

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Dodging Betamax II.

September 23rd, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

Sony has announced plans to support MP3 in addition to their proprietary Atrac audio format. Assuming this means the PSP will launch with MP3 playback capabilities, I think my choice regarding next-gen portables is pretty much finalized.

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Up, up, down, down…

August 23rd, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc.

What the world needs now is a pair of NES Controller hot pants.

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Checkmate, pt. II

July 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc., Politics

From Fischer’s website:
Flash! July 15, 2004 Tokyo, Japan
The World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer has been viciously attacked brutalized seriously injured and very nearly killed when he was illegally detained and arrested by the Japanese immigration authorities at Narita international airport in Tokyo Japan. Also the Japanese immigration authorities at Narita international airport have illegally detained [...]

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Checkmate.

July 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc., Politics

Folks are no longer searching for Bobby Fischer, as the chess guru has been detained in Japan for extradition to the United States, pursuant to violations of UN sanctions in the early 90s related to his playing chess in Yugoslavia against his old Cold War rival, Boris Spassky.
Since “officially” retiring from chess in 1996 (to [...]

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Steal this game.

July 7th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

Some years after officially bowing out of the Console Wars, Sega has decided to release a USB version of the controller for their old Saturn console. Insofar as there are no PC titles available that would call for the specialized controller, it’s a fairly clear nod by a (once) major developer to the idea [...]

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A/S/L?

June 2nd, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

MMO Dating.
Clearly, this can only end well.

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