Thursday, February 17, 2005

This is all really funny. In a sick sort of way.

I was browsin' the news over at Daily Rotten and came across a news article stating that a boy who played the GTA games stole a car and killed three people. Now the relatives of the victims are suing Wal-Mart, Sony, Gamestop, and Take Two interactive stating: "What has happened in Alabama is that four companies participated in the training of Devin ... to kill three men". The boy was 17 when he bought the games, and such is a major premise of the lawsuit against stores.

Now, lets look at another fine example of Boys, GTA, and Wal-Mart:

Last weekend I found myself in the Wal-Mart electronics section. A young boy, no older than 10, was instructed by his Aunt to find a game. The boy could not find one he liked, so the Aunt pointed at GTA 3 and said: "What about that one? Do you like that?" The boy paused for a moment, looked at the game and said "But... its got swearing in it. You don't want me to play that, do you?" The Aunt replied, "Well, do you like the game or not? I'll buy it for you." This poor boy was now in total disbelief. He must have thought it was some kind of trap, and repeated his bit about how the game had swearing in it, and he shouldn't play it. The Aunt insisted that since she knows he's played it before, that he likes it, and that they'll buy it. The boy picks up the game box and they wander away.
Now you might say that maybe it's okay because it was his Aunt, and she doesn't realize exactly what the game is. BUT... a few scant seconds later I hear the boy in the next Isle over saying: "Mommy, is it... okay if I get this game?" The mother says sure.
And I've seen this so many times it hurts. Hell, one of my co-workers bought GTA Vice City for her son's 12th birthday. I've seen parents walk up to the counter, little child in tow, trying to buy some violent game for their kid and the STORE CLERK talks them out of it.
"See the giant M on the box? That means the game isn't for kids."
"Its not?"
"No, it has violence and swearing and adult situations."
"I didn't know that."
At which point the clerk probably thinks: "REALLY? You couldn't tell that by all the guns, gangsters, and half-naked women on the fucking box?"
Of course the Clerks just don't want the parents comming back, yelling and screaming, that they sold such a terrible game to a child.

Can we start slapping lawsuits down on these parents? Please?

Side note:
GTA is bo-ring. I don't like it much. Sure, its fun to run around and steal cars, but I hate doing the missions, and I hate being a mobster-guy.
Give me an open-ended GTA style game and make me a person killing bad people, and I'd like it.
Ooohh.... A Boondock Saints game!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Elvis without his shoes would be dissuaded

Sorry about that, I'm reading Callahan's Lady. Howsabout... A stoner that's decided to go sober would be disjointed. A man with no fiber in his diet is deregulated... A skined animal is deferred... When Robert's phone line was disconected he became discombobulated... Okay, I'll stop.

Incidently my girlfriend actually picked up the book and finished it before me. I'll have her hooked on Spider yet!

The real reason I write this is to tell you that I can never ever be sick and stay home from work again. Apparently 8 women can't do my job and quite frankly, it makes me feel kind of special.
The reason is that they don't know how to use my brand spankin' new electic pump lift. Its a pretty terrible excuse considering they could have just use the regular hand-jack with one person pulling and a couple people pushing. (You remember the ramp, right?) Luckily my district manager, Ray, showed up and was able to bring the skids up. Hurray for Ray!
Also whilest I was away hacking my head off, the daily on-hands (inventory counts) were not done in the back room. but thats no big deal.
So Tina has requested a crach corse in electric-pumpery so that she may do my job in the event that I'm not there.
Well, thats enough about work.

Hey kids! Go over to ScummVM and download Flight of the Amazon Queen and Beneath a Steel Sky for FREE! Flight of the Amazon Queen is a pretty good adventure game. A bit too easy, but I'm having fun playing it. Haven't started Beneath a Steel Sky yet, but I'm sure its damn fine.
I want to make another adventure game. I'm just a-itchin' for it! All I need is a good idea. I'd LOVE to do a D'Shai-based adventure game! But I'd need a bunch of people to help... at least one writer, a few artists, and a competent programmer. And myself to be motivated enough to stick to such a huge project. So I'll stick to somehting small and fun.

Thats about it.
Oh- I read today that they're inventing a closet that can check your schedule and the temperature outside and tell you what you should wear. This can also be acheived, for much less money, with sticky-notes and a thermometer outside your window. Sheesh.

-Jeff, slightly icky sicky pirate.