August 18, 2010 at 11:10 am (video games) (, , )

Guess what guess what guess what guess what?!  Guess who’s going to play GLaDOS’ replacement, Wheatley, in Portal 2?!  Apparently people at E3 complained so much about the GLaDOS replacement in the demo that they listened and responded!  Guess guess guess, it’s the best!!!

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Bagel Ruins Limbo

August 2, 2010 at 9:06 am (cuteness, video games) (, , , )

Seriously, this game is one of the coolest things I’ve played this year.  Bagel is actually looking at the character you play, a little boy who is currently upside down.  The game is in all black and white and it looks stunning on top of being a very clever puzzle game.

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The Boy Scouts of America have folded under demands from boys everywhere….

April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm (Uncategorized, video games) (, )

…because it is now possible to earn a badge in video games.

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More fun facts about Nintendo

April 5, 2010 at 7:04 am (video games) (, )

And we’re back with more trivia about Nintendo.  Here are a few fun snippets of a fun infographic, go to Bits and Pieces to see the whole thing!

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The Psychology of Video Games

March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm (research, science, video games) (, , , )

BF Skinner, noted researcher and psychologist, had trained rats in cages to press a lever in order to get a pellet of food.  Yes yes, it’s the Skinner Box.  He was running out of pellets one night, but rather than stop with the experiment, he decided to change it so that the rats got a pellet after hitting the lever ten times instead of one time.  And thus, he discovered a new idea: operant conditioning.

How does this relate to video games?  A million ways.

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Reason #7 that I don’t want to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

December 28, 2009 at 8:30 am (video games) (, , , )

I love video games, and I love violent shoot em up video games more, but I just get a little squirmy about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  I’ve played it twice now, at two different people’s houses, and it’s crazy detailed and intense and awesome, but I still can’t reconcile the fact that a) it’s mimicking a war real people are still involved in, and b) it takes place in a part of the world where my husband is from.  I don’t think I’d be super comfy playing a Redneck Wargame that took place in the hills of NC, either.  But now here’s yet another reason to not get this game:  Kotaku is reporting that the Karachi, Pakistan map has signs written in Arabic, which is not spoken in Karachi. Here, let them explain:

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See, because boomerangs can’t pick up things

September 17, 2009 at 8:07 am (video games) (, , )

This made me laugh so hard this morning- it’s from a Cracked feature called “If Video Games Were Realistic“.

Enjoy this look at a realistic Zelda game-

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Everybody loves doughnuts…

August 9, 2009 at 7:43 am (video games) (, , , , )

Xbox Live is completely amazing.  Not only do they release and actually promote the best new independent video games, but they arrange fun events like “Call of Duty All Nighters” and “Family Game Night”.   We’ve been playing ‘Splosion Man for the last couple of weeks, and it’s one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played.   I’m not a game reviewer, but it’s seriously clever and original and….here’s the story:

Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden. For what emerged was not a man—it was Splosion Man™. “And all who saw him were ‘sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat.” Able to ‘splode himself at will, Splosion Man launches his way through levels, an uncontainable force.

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Mario: The New International Language

July 13, 2009 at 7:55 am (pop culture, video games) (, , , )

This is from India’s Got Talent, which is a pretty fun show that I watch at Kumail’s parents’ house and understand most of despite the fact that it’s all in Hindi.

You’re welcome!

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Eden: The Digital Rendering of Willem Dafoe

June 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm (movies, video games) (, , , , )

Antichrist is a movie that premiered at Cannes this year starring Willem Dafoe.  I have not seen this movie, but it’s apparently about a couple who, after their toddler dies, retreats to a cabin in the country.  Creepiness ensues. Wikipedia, in its infinite impartial wisdom, describes some of its “controversial” scenes thusly:

She hits His testicles with a wooden plank so hard that it is implied they are crushed. While He is unconscious, she masturbates him until he ejaculates blood. She then drills a hole through his shin to bolt him onto a grindstone. In a later scene, She cuts off her own clitoris with a pair of rusty scissors.

Well, just like anyone else, when I read that passage, I think VIDEO GAME.  And sure enough, one is being made.

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