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!!!
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.
…because it is now possible to earn a badge in 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.
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:
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-
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.
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.
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.