Category Archives: Games

Hillary Clinton, Durbin and Lieberman Want Center for Disease Control to Investigate Video Games

To further ensure that Hillary has absolutely no hope as a presidential candidate:

Democrats Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Hillary Clinton of New York, and Dick Durbin of Illinois persuaded a Senate committee to approve a sweeping study of the “impact of electronic media use” to be organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.

DURBIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Hot Coffee Patch Reveals Porn and Hypocrisy

Mark Mumford tells it like I see it with There’s Sex in My Violence!

Shouldn’t someone be outraged over the fact that 17-year-old virgin geeks who play endless hours of ultraviolent video games might somehow be tainted to their very cores by two minutes of badly animated sex, despite how you are, as a typical American teen, so regularly co-opted, so viciously pummeled by crass product placement and violence on the news and wicked misinformation about everything from marijuana to abstinence to cafeteria food, well, it pretty much makes the tepid and completely unarousing sex on GTASA look like outtakes from "Shrek III: Now We’re Just Whoring It"? You’re darned right there should!

IL Gov Wants to Ban Graphic Video Game Sales to Minors

Slippery slope time. Evidently the video games rating system isn’t enough.

Some of the popular video games on the market right now allow kids to simulate and participate in violent and sexual activities. Soldiers heading to Iraq use simulations like today’s games in order to prepare for war. That may be OK if you’re a mature adult or a soldier training to fight, but is that really necessary for a 10-year-old child?

What a dickhead. I really don’t think that soldiers are training on Halo 2. Maybe using the Unreal graphics engine but doubtful they’re playing City #17 in Half-Life 2 to figure out how to conquer Baghdad.

Hi, parents. Be a parent. Don’t depend on Blagojevich to do it for you. I’m not saying it’s not difficult to monitor your kid’s media intake (and I have the fresh perspective of being childless) but still. I can’t wait to torture my kids with threatening to cut the high-speed if they fall out of line (of course by then it’ll be country-wide wireless so I’ll have to have a signal-jammer mounted on the birdfeeder aimed at the house).

My sister and I were not raised with violent games or toys at all – I think water guns was the extent of things. Oh and rubber band guns (ouch!). I think this might have been a reaction to my parents witnessing the Vietnam era and their background as teachers. I think that gave us a different perspective on war and warfare. I’ve always found it disgusting and repugnant. Unless it was against aliens.

I’m not going to go into my usual v-chip rant. I have a teleconference in a bit.

Sidebar: I love when Ron and I talk child-raising. We were watching something – I think 24 – and some character had locked himself inside his room from his parents and I turned to Ron and said we can’t let the kids have locks on their doors. Ron said: I’ll tear the door off the hinges. This reminded me of when our next-door neighbor ripped her teenage daughters phone line out of the wall. I think I’ll be the cooler one in terms of parenting – for all of this playful spirit, I think he realizes how important discipline was in his upbringing. Besides, since he’ll be a flight attendant I’ve always got the classic threat: Wait till your (other) father gets home. He’s not even going to change out of his uniform.

JFK Reloaded

Screenshot of JFK, Jackie, Gov Connally and his wife turning as they hear a gunshot.

In the too-tasteless for words department, a new video game or interactive computer simulation that puts you in the rifle role as everybody’s favorite patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald.

The demo is pretty pointless. But if you buy the full version ($9.99) you can enter a competition to when a cash prize if you can match the timing of Oswald’s shots according to the Warren Commission.

Tasteless – but any worse than shooting ‘virtual gooks’ in a Vietnam simulation?

Of course I have the opening number of Assassins in my head. Everybody’s got the right to be happy, eh?

Opening the Valve

Half-Life 2 logo.

Okay, I gave in and got a copy of Half-Life 2. The download and start-up was tiresome. I had to wait 2 hours for the game to download and then had to reboot my machine three times before the game started – along with a patch from Valve.

I’ve only played the first 15 minutes and it is stunning. I didn’t know a game could be this soaked in desolate emotion. It’s like being in a game of 1984. Or 2004 – 2008.

No spoilers. I’ll post a full review next year when I’m done finishing it.

You know what I thought was the coolest? The credits. That the credits of the game play over the first 3 minutes of game play – just like if you were watching a TV series. That is slick.

The best part is Ron got stuck in LA last night so he won’t be home until tonight. So I can play the game all day if I want. Yay!

San Andreas

Gangsta with guns and tats.

Do the ads for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas make anyone else wanna be a gangbanger?

I mean without the possibility of being imprisoned and stuff.