Condoms and Cancer

Condom companies have known this for years. You should know it too.

Condoms Cause Cancer.


Steampunk Keyboard

Check out this sweet sweet keyboard.

I wonder if I could do the same thing with scrapping...



5 Most Influencial People in Gaming Who Never Lived

My husband caught this great book today as it came in from cataloging: The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived. The book is fun, but that's not the point.

The point is, in gaming, we have our own list of people who are not real, and yet, have influenced us heavily. Here's a list of the top five, though they are in no particular order.

1. Mario (Super Mario Brothers)
Momma-Mia! Who doesn't love this little pisan and his brother, Luigi? Jumping, bouncing, kicking, flapping, flying, and wearing a raccoon suit, Mario has been with us as long as many of my readers have lived.

2. Link (Legend of Zelda)
The first epic hero on an epic quest, Link has seen reincarnation after reincarnation and everytime he has made a 5 on the Wolverine Scale, which is no mean feat. As the first group of gamer girls and boys collectively swooned over this hunk-a-hunk a burnin' heroeness, a star was born; one of the two that would carry Nintendo into the future.

3. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
With both sets of bazookas blazing, Lara Croft came out of no where to capture the imaginations, and libidos, of gamers every where.

4. Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
His legend endures! Though we are long passed the time when we had to pay to play the little yellow guy, we still do with millions of hits a year to sites that host him. He's showed up in webcomics and on super highways. And all of us know him by name.

5. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy 7)
Say what you want about this bad, bad pretty boy, Sephy's gotten under our collective skin and won't get out. Whether impossible to beat or impossibly easy, he has spawned his own sort of mythos and run amok with it. With references to him everywhere, even if just in passing, we can't get rid of him.

Oh Yeah...

Thanks to Julia for sending me this dose of wrongness.

1992 TV Commercial for the Legend of Zelda


Son of a...

I am NOT buying a PSP!

It couldn't have been ported for the DS, could it?

grumble grumble grumble...

Gaming Equals Better Surgeons

Check it out


Better hand-eye coordination...

Precision in technique...


Why are they so surprised?

Of course, I have issues with this:

A 2004 survey by Gentile found 94 percent of U.S. adolescents play video games for an average of nine hours a week. Game-playing has been linked to aggressiveness, poor school grades and can become a substitute for exercise.

Game playing is linked to agressiveness for only the first fifteen minutes after playing because of the associated adrenaline rush. Games that give you this rush, such as Doom and Halo, have large, tight knit communities who play together and pal around at competitions and conventions. It's a well known fact that friends and loved ones have closer relations after being situations that raise adrenaline.

Excessive game playing has been linked to poor grades, yes, but regular game play has been linked to better math and cognitive skills leading to better grades in math and science. Hell, I didn't get Algebra at all until after I started gaming.

And in our culture, anything is a substitute for exercise. Have a gamer kid? Get them Dance Dance Revolution. Look at that! Weight problems in gaming is solved!



Researcher Finds Scant Evidence

Linking Violent Behavior to Video Games

Thanks to GamePolitics for this one.

I have a friend named Nancy.

What makes her feel violent? Parent Teacher conferences.

What relieves those violent feelings and lets her relax? GTA: Vice City.

Trust me, saying video game violence leads to real violence misses the point. I don't feel violent after playing a video game and neither does anyone else after playing a video game. Sure, you get a surge of adrenaline, but you also get the same surge after riding a roller coaster. Do roller coasters lead to violence? Of course not.

Just like the people who blamed their actions on music, today's blaming of video games needs to be recognized for what it is: refusal to take responsibility for your own actions.


Ghost Rider!

Ah yeah, baby! It is awesome!

I have only one complaint: They didn't back check their script for inconsistencies.

After saying that the demons could not walk on hallowed earth, they show Dark Heart assaulting the priest keeping the contract safe in his church. The scene was cool, but really should have been prefaced with a reason as to why Dark Heart could walk on hallowed ground. It could have been as simple as two words to the priest protecting the secret.

Also, after showing that Johnny had to be sewed up after being injured his first night out, he didn't need sewing up after taking a couple hundred rounds from the police the next time out.

Don't worry if you haven't seen it, I haven't spoiled a blessed thing. ;)


Piano Squall

Check out this awesomeness on YouTube: Piano Squall

Cactrot, dressed as Squall, performs Final Fantasy arrangements for the piano. Load and listen. When your mom complains you aren't getting any culture, tell her you're listening to fine classical music... which you are.


Aqua Teen = Terrorism?

I'm losing faith in law enforcement.

This is just ridiculous. The ads were up for two weeks before they were noticed and no one placed a 911 call over it. I smell an election coming up. The kind where someone is trying to get re-elected by 'showing' the public that they are doing their 'job.'