September 18, 2005

Ah, Another Silly Headline

Love Sentenced to 180 Days at Drug Center

Yes, we all know it's about Courtney, but I think it's funnier if just read literally.

Stunning paragon of motherhood, isn't she?


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August 04, 2005

The Worst Song

I was brushing my teeth tonight and a song I absolutely loathe popped into my head for no reason.

Don't Mess With My Toot Toot

Made and remade by many. Urgh - what songs curse your thoughts?


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July 27, 2005

Oh, the Headline Fun


Clinton offered 40 goats, 20 cows to marry Chelsea.

Yay, CNN. Thank you for cracking me up this afternoon. Sorry to disappoint, but this isn't what the article's actually about. No incest incited.


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July 25, 2004

The One Before "A New Hope"

Episode III is now Revenge of the Sith.

I'm a giddy little girl when it comes to the Star Wars movies. Less than a year away...


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May 13, 2004

Video Games and AO Ratings

Brian and I throw an Atari party every year. We mentioned it in our blogs last year - think it was in mid July. At AP III in 2002, we actually pulled out the Playstation and hooked it up to a work-provided projector. One of my coworkers who had never played Grand Theft Auto III was tooling around switchin' radio stations, getting shot at, and being dissed (six times no less) by prostitutes.

And it was absolutely hilarious in a group environment. Can you imagine a bunch of your coworkers chiding you because your ride's not good enough to land a hooker?

So don't color me so surprised when CNN Money reports "raunchy" video games, as it says, two years later.
Nekkid people are coming to a video game near you. Some will be funny. Some will be sexy. And some will be just plain raunchy. At least three games on display at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3, the annual trade show of the gaming industry) feature characters frolicking au naturale – with two of those introducing sexual elements.

Where you'd expect to see this, of course, is "Playboy: The Mansion." The first game built around the Playboy license is due out this fall from developer Cyberlore and co-publishers Arush Entertainment and Groove Games. But what might surprise you is "Playboy" is the tamest of the nudity-enhanced games.

Sure, polygonal Playmates will strip down to their birthday suit for your character to photograph – and you may even be able to access the actual Playboy photo archives (Cyberlore hasn't yet decided). As far as sexual content goes, though, it's pretty tame.

The racier stuff will come from publishers Eidos and Vivendi Universal Games (V: Research, Estimates). Each plans to take a different approach to including mature content in their games.

While "Singles: Flirt Up your Life" (which Eidos is publishing in the U.S.) bills itself as a reality simulation of the single life, "Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude" sticks closer to the "Animal House"/"American Pie" formula.

Both are likely to push the Electronic Software Ratings Board's limits on what it allows in a M-rated game. (The M rating is the gaming equivalent of the film industry's R.) The next step up the ratings ladder is AO (essentially, an NC-17 or worse). Most retailers will not sell a game with that rating.
The rest of the article's content centers on the fact that most retailers will not carry AO-rated games. Well, most retailers, save speciality shops, don't contain the equivalent print materials (magazines, specifically), either. What's the big deal? If you don't like it, don't buy it. Decry it even, and keep your kids away.

Of course, with the adult entertainment industry, if you build it, they will...wait, I really didn't mean a double entendre here, but the truth remains in this industry. It's capitalism, and if it strikes people's fancy, it'll do well.

One last remark: A software tester working on this would be, well, you know, getting the kinks out of the program. Or back in.


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May 03, 2004

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Season 1 is coming to DVD

I could never figure that lasso thing out. Stopping bullets with bracelets seemed to require less dexterity. I do remember watching Wonder Woman, which came on at 5 sometime during either my 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade year. (Reruns at this point) just about every night. So, silly 30 something me is all excited about the chance to do it again.

There's something about first run television that really turns me off. Not sure why...perhaps I'm too impatient to "wait until next week." But syndication and DVD - I'm a pretty big fan. I caught almost the whole series of MacGyver in the early 90s when I was sick. And I used to watch Airwolf on USA when I was in high school.

So - June. Wonder Woman. I think I need a prominent Amazon Wish List.


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