Archive for the ‘video games’ Category

Michael Vick THIS close to going from social pariah to Madden 12 cover

April 19, 2011

Quarterback Michael Vick (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

The line of the day comes from Yahoo! Sports blogger Chris Chase who writes, “Letting people vote for things is how America ended up with Jimmy Carter, Purple M&Ms and Taylor Hicks.”

Just think, it was only 21 months ago  that Michael Vick was serving hard prison time in Leavenworth for dog fighting. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, alias Ron Mexico, is so popular with football fans that he just advanced to the final round of voting to see who will be on the cover of the EA Sports video game Madden 12.  That’s a pretty significant comeback in popularity for a guy that four months ago tv pundit Tucker Carlson said should be executed.

It will be either Vick or Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis who grace the cover of Madden 12. Hillis would be the most anonymous player ever to be a Madden cover boy. The former journeyman/7th round pick had breakthrough season with the Browns last year rushing for 1,177 yards. In fact, Hillis was the first white guy to rush for 1,000 yards in the National Football League in 26 years.

Considering the Madden Curse, Vick may NOT want to be on the cover. Besides, who wants to be on the cover of the video game for the year that the NFL cancelled its season?

Madden video game adds new feature: Concussion Mode

March 31, 2011

How slow of a news day was it for the National Football League? Let’s put it this way, with the current NFL lockout and labor dispute, NFL.com had a lead story on its website today about the new edition of EA Sports “Madden” video game adding a “concussion mode” for players. The new feature would randomly eliminate players and make them sit out after suffering head injuries.

Banned Serena Williams video game commercial

March 26, 2011

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RELIGIOUS RIGHT VIDEO GAME (WITH PLAY-BY-PLAY)

January 31, 2011

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55 MILLION PEOPLE PLAY “CALL OF DUTY” AND ONLY ONE OF THEM IS GETTING ANY CRAP ABOUT IT

November 21, 2010

 KOBE BRYANT IS NOW IN THE MEDIA CROSSHAIRS

Oh, the outrage!

You’d think Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had actually killed someone rather than just PRETENDING to shoot people on a video game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the hottest video game on the planet. It sold 7 million copies in the first 24 hours after it went on sale. The Call of Duty series has sold 55 million games. Bryant appears briefly (for a couple of seconds) on the game’s commercial.

Critics are lining up to blast Bryant for appearing in the commercial, saying it promotes violence.  Tim Keown of ESPN.com wrote a particularly ridiculous piece that he filed from from an Oakland mortuary. Meanwhile, the L.A. Daily News even likened Bryant’s commercial to last year’s incident where Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards brought a gun to the arena. Arenas was prosecuted and suspended.That’s right, people are implying Bryant should be suspended for shooting a gun in a commercial.

So, how come Jimmy Kimmel gets a free pass for being in the same commercial? He shoots a freakin’ rocket launcher for God’s sake.

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LOSER OF THE YEAR

August 21, 2010

You have to give Craig Smallwood of Hawaii some credit. If he wins his current lawsuit he will get to go into the Slacker Hall of Fame. Smallwood is suing the manufacturer of Lineage II, saying the video game ruined his life.

Wired magazine got a copy of Smallwood’s lawsuit. It contends that NCsoft failed to warn customers that its video game is “addictive.” Smallwood says between 2004 and 2009 he spent 20,000 hours playing Lineage II. His attorneys claim he is “unable to function” because of his video game addiction.

Among the things Smallwood can allegedly no longer do because of video game addiction:

* getting up in the morning

* getting dressed

* bathing

* communicating with friends and family

It wasn’t included in the lawsuit but “having sex” should probably been added to the list.

COLE HAMELS BLASTED AS A HOMOPHOBE FOR “CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2” PERFORMANCE

January 8, 2010

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is being derided as a “homophobe” for a secret acronym he placed in a taped video game message.

In October, Hamels taped the apparently hilarious faux PSA for an organization called “Fight Against Grenade Spam” shown below. It decries the use of random grenades in the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” The video received rave reviews and high ratings on YouTube.

Unfortunately, somebody on the Internet finally figured out that the letters in Hamel’s fake organization stood for “F*A*G*S.” The online video has been pulled by the video game’s manufacturer.

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DANISH WEBSITE TURNS BEATING WOMEN INTO A VIDEO GAME

November 17, 2009

There’s a new anti-domestic violence website from Denmark called “Hit the Bitch.” Unfortunately, the site may be sending mixed messages. When you click on hitthebitch.dk, you are invited to play a video game, the purpose of which is to hit a young woman in the face with an on-screen hand controlled by your mouse.

The harder you strike the woman the more points you get and the more bruises the actress playing her receives. The top of the screen also rates your punches as a certain percentage “pussy” and a certain percentage “gangsta.” The harder and more often you hit the girl the more points you get.

You reach the end of the game by striking the woman hard enough (or often enough) to reach the level “100% Gangsta,” whereupon a voice and message comes on the screen to chew you out and tell you that hitting women is wrong. Unfortunately, the voice and message are in Danish and you only get there by repeatedly hitting your “bitch.”

GOLDEN TEE TO START MANUFACTURING SLOTS

November 13, 2008

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GOLDEN TEE

Golden Tee Golf is one of the most popular bar video games of all time. Now the company is going to start making casino games such as slot machines.

The company, which is based out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, says developing gambing games is its best way to grow.

 

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