It’s in the “Humor” category, but what’s going on in the nearly incomprehensible “Gamergate” controversy really isn’t terribly funny.
A great little fun-stupid-retro-tech tribute to video games with all the electronic boops and bleeps you might expect, artfully mixed with state of the art CGI.
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This helmet-cam video shows Dutch marines storming a ship hijacked by pirates, in a real-life version of a first-person shooter game.Youtube Video
Anti-vaccination kook Jenny McCarthy has been signed up as a “health expert” for a personalized exercise game by Ubisoft: Tom (son of Jack?) Chick gives a heads up: Ubisoft is using anti-vaccine wingnut Jenny McCarthy in its new Wii game.
Sony has a new game coming out for the Playstation 3 called LittleBigPlanet, getting the kind of reviews for which video game authors sell their first-born children. The amount of money riding on games like this is beyond most ordinary schlubs’ capacity to imagine.
But Sony has run afoul of the Religion of Peace™:
We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Qur’an deeply offending. We hope you would remove that track from the game immediately via an online patch, and make sure that all future shipments of the game disk do not contain it.
We would also like to mention that this isn’t the first time something like this happened in videogames. Nintendo’s 1998 hit “Zelda: Ocarina of Time” contained a musical track with islamic phrases, but it was removed in later shipments of the game after Nintendo was contacted by Muslim organizations. Last year, Capcom’s “Zack & Wiki” and Activision’s “Call of Duty 4” also contained objectionable material offensive to Muslims that was spotted before the release of the final games, and both companies thankfully removed the content.
And you know what that means. Sony is apologizing and delaying the release until all traces of offensive material are removed.
Mitt Romney’s not the only politician working hard to protect America from the pernicious effects of unregulated free-range video games: Clinton Would Crack Down on Computer-Generated Cartoon Sex.
Hillary Clinton is still outraged that Rockstar Games left a sexually-themed mini game nestled in its best-selling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2005.
You’ll recall the kerfuffle when the deactivated love scene was found buried in the code for the otherwise wholesome car jacking, cop-killing shooter. The unfinished mini-game featured clothed characters simulating sex acts. To access the scene, randy teens had to download and install a special patch developed by a Dutch coder, expending more effort than it takes to find real, human adult content on the web.
That all led some cynics to suspect Clinton of grandstanding when she called a press conference to denounce Rockstar and demand a Federal Trade Commission investigation into San Andreas. The ESRB re-rated the game to AO for “adults only,” raising the minimum age of purchase from 17 to 18 years old — a crucial year in which a teen develops the necessary psychological defenses to resist the Siren song of polygon porn.
But in a response to a questionnaire from the watchdog group Common Sense Media, Clinton reveals today that she still sees the affair as a victory for child safety. She describe her introduction of the doomed Family Entertainment Protection Act as a response to the “illicit” sexual content in San Andreas, and says, as president, she’d support regulation of the gaming industry.
“When I am President, I will work to protect children from inappropriate video game content,” she told CSM.
Yes, that’s right. And the game manufacturer caved. Islamic Phrase Removed from Capcom’s Zack & Wiki.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that the phrase “Allahu akbar” will be removed from the upcoming Capcom game, Zack & Wiki. Meaning “God is most Great” it is a common prayer in Islam. Capcom had apparently received complaints over the inclusion of the phrase from other parties as well.
“We have already contacted the team working on the game, and the phrase has been removed from the game and will not be heard in future videos released to the public,” said a Capcom spokesperson to CAIR.
“We appreciated Capcom’s willingness to address Muslim concerns and applaud the company’s swift and appropriate actions,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin.
UPDATE at 8/1/07 3:30:16 pm:
Video of the game, including the horrible hate speech. Expect this to be deleted soon.Youtube Video