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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Brownback and Romney fight over who is the bigger jackhole

Not that there was much chance of either Brownback or Romney getting my vote in 2008, but this little dust-up seals it.  Romney’s new ad:

I’m deeply troubled about the culture that surrounds our kids today… I’d like to see us clean up the water in which our kids are swimming. I’d like to keep pornography from coming up on their computers. I’d like to keep drugs off the street. I’d like to see less violence and sex on TV and in video games and in movies. If we get serious about this we can actually do a great deal to clean up the water in which our kids and grandkids are swimming.

Does the word “parenting,” or the concept of responsible parenting show up in this ad anywhere?  No?  Imagine that.  Brownback’s idiotic “I can be a bigger nosy Nelly than you” response:

In a move rich with irony, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released a new television advertisement decrying “the culture that surrounds our kids today,” despite the fact that Romney served on the board of Marriott International, which generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue through in-room pornography services at its hotels.

In stark contrast with Romney’s role at Marriott, which brought him over $100,000 per year, Senator Sam Brownback lead the fight against indecency and asked the hotel chain to stop offering pornography in its rooms.

Senator Brownback has been a leader on decency and media issues… Despite facing intense industry opposition, Brownback has worked to strengthen video game ratings standards and to study the impact of media on childhood development.

Hey Senator Brownback, would you care to maybe study the impact of involved parenting on childhood development?  How about the concept of responsibility?  Does that affect childhood development in any way?

God how I loathe the social conservative.  It’s not like there’s a better option on the left though.  Democrats are gearing up for another round of “Let’s ban the popular media format of the decade” all over the country.  Last time it was music, this time it’s video games.

If Fred Thompson or Rudy Giuliani come out with this crap too, I might just not vote at all.  I’ve had it.  Social conservatives can kiss my ass.  Let me say it again, for the morons in the cheap seats:

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE ANSWER TO YOUR PROBLEMS.  YOU ARE.

Posted by JimK at 06:39 PM on July 17, 2007
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Absentee Bloglord, part “a lot”

I know.  I have been really lax with this site over the last few weeks.  I have excuses!  ;)

Posted by JimK at 04:27 PM on July 14, 2007
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Monday, July 02, 2007

Gears co-op, anyone?

Anyone want to help a brother out on killing RAAM?  I can’t even do it on casual.  It’s driving me INSANE.  The AI (Dom) is more hindrance than help.

Hit me up with your gamertag if you’re interested.

Posted by JimK at 08:58 PM on July 02, 2007
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Friday, June 29, 2007

Games stuff - Test Drive Unlimited and Dead Rising

Yuck.  Both of them.  Let me explain:

Posted by JimK at 06:37 PM on June 29, 2007
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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Crackdown orb tip - Shai Gen plaza - Corpse ladder

I was having the worst time trying to get the orb that is located at the top of the pillar, next to the lion statue, right in the middle of the Shai Gen plaza area.  I was playing co-op with juggalo1987 and I helped him get it by shot-putting him up there while he was inside a car.  Problem was, he’s not advanced enough to lift the car and shot-put me up there yet.

I already tried jumping off every building around the plaza and landing on it, but; One, most of the buildings aren’t close enough or high enough.  Two, it’s like threading a needle with gloves and a blindfold on.  Three, you die when you hit the ground, so you have to regenerate and get to a supply point and climb the buildings each and every time you try.

I also tried stacking cars, dumpsters, trucks, the big yellow skips, nothing gets you high enough.  Then I had an idea: shoot harpoon bolts at the wall and jump on them.  The problem there is, your character doesn’t seem to have collision detection with the bolts, and that means the game doesn’t know you’re trying to stand on them.  So what can you pin to things with the bolts, something with which you definitely have collision detection?  Dead people.

And thus was born Corpse Ladder.  Kill someone, throw them at the pillar then shoot their dead body with a bolt.

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Hop from one to the other, grab your orb and go.  It also works at the lighthouse past Funland, and anywhere you can pin a dead body to a wall.

Posted by JimK at 09:41 PM on June 09, 2007
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Adam Mapelson out of the hospital

An update to this story...Brit gamer Adam Mapelson is out of the hospital.

Adam Mapleson, the British gamer who was shot after intervening to help security guards facing armed robbers, has been released from hospital.

A spokeswoman for Southend Hospital told The Reg that Mapleson returned home today after a week of treatment.

He posted on purepwnage as well:

Seeing as I am considerably healed now, but still a little incapacitated (one fat bruised slinged up arm, other than the big cut stapled together chest), I decided to sign up to the forums and express my extreme gratitute to everyone regarding this thread, and the other cople previous ones I managed to glance at.
I was going to leave it a little longer, but seeing as my brother brought me in a keyboard today to plug into this crazy hospital bedside tv/internet point, I decided that I had the strength to write. At least an abbreviated version before I can type with 2 hands again.
It has just blown my mind at how big this has become. It has been a very emotional (what I cant believe has been almost a) week for me. And reading your comments and best wishes has moved me considerably. Like a lot of you have said, teh_masterer’s words are so very true and I hadnt really acknowledge them properly until this happened.
I have been lucky and have recovered (even now) better than I can possibly have imagined. And I have all you to thank for your part to play in that.
Anyway. Before this evil connection decides to clear the message again. I will finish it at that. At least for the the time being.

Adam

Good luck, Adam, and try to explain to others why you did what you did.  We could use your kind of influence!

Posted by JimK at 06:36 PM on June 05, 2007
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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Crackdown render bug

This was odd...sorry about the quality, I was forced to take photos and video of the screen with my digital camera...Not sure how to screen cap the Xbox without trying to run the video through a capture card.


Can I just say that Crackdown is frigging awesome?  Oh, I’ve said that before?  Well it is.  FRIGGING AWESOME.  Also, I grabbed the Halo 3 beta and hated it, but then I knew I would.  Halo multiplayer attracts the worse kind of online players, annoying to play with and even worse to listen to.

Posted by JimK at 10:54 PM on June 02, 2007
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Gamer take a bullet for security guard

This story is all over the gaming blogs.  Let me tell you why it is impossible.

1. Almost all forms of guns are banned or severely restricted in the UK, so no gun crime could possibly occur.

2. All gamers are homicidal, self-absorbed maniacs and therefore it cannot be that Adam Mapelson ran to help a woman being menaced by armed thugs.  All reason and ration dictates that he obviously went to help menace her, but due to the fact that murderous criminals and gamers are the same - and cannot get along - they began to fight amongst themselves and the gamer took the worst of it.  Of course he was never shot at all, since...well, see #1.

A HERO commuter who collapsed pouring with blood yesterday after he was blasted in the chest tackling armed robbers on his way to work has regained conciousness, said police.

Brave Adam Mapleson, 24, was gunned down as he raced to help a terrified woman security guard.

Fellow commuters watched in horror as two gun thugs — who had held up the woman as she loaded a cashpoint machine — shot the IT consultant outside his local rail station.

Adam, shot at close range, was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

Last night he was fighting for life with parents Michael and Carolyn at his bedside.

But today, a British Transport Police spokeswoman said Adam’s condition had improved.

She said: “Adam is in a comfortable and slightly improved condition.

“He has regained consciousness overnight but remains in the high dependency unit at Southend Hospital.”

In all seriousness, I hope Adam gets better fast.  He’s quite the credit to youth, gamers and general humanity at large.  We could do with a few million more gamers like this, no?  So how do we know he’s a gamer, by the way?  Myspace, of course.  He’s a Half-Life2/Counterstrike/GTA fan.  Sweet.  Hopefully as he recovers. someone will get him an Xbox 360 and a copy of Crackdown to while away the hours.  I’d be honored to run the streets of Pacific City with him.

Posted by JimK at 11:54 AM on May 29, 2007
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Friday, May 25, 2007

Absentee Bloglord

I know, I’ve mostly been ignoring the blog.  between the Moore crap and this cold, I dunno.

OK, honestly, it’s the demo for Crackdown.  I have forsaken all else for that demo.  If the demo is that much fun I need to buy that game like, yesterday.

Posted by JimK at 07:46 PM on May 25, 2007
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

My baby, she’s in Texas

UPS says that my Xbox is now in the hands of the “fine” repair technicians in McAllan, Texas.  FIX HER, YOU PHILISTINES!

I fired up Maximum Carnage yesterday to fill the jones.  That was a great scrolling bash’em-up.  I also went with Mortal Combat II, but oh my God I suck at that game.  What happened?  I was never that bad.  I can plan and execute a 4-man raid on a casino held by terrorists with hostages, but I can’t beat Baraka?

Posted by JimK at 02:38 PM on May 17, 2007
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