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Weekly Shenanigans #6

Hmmm. This is going up a bit later than usual today. Then again, I got up a bit later than usual, if that’s any excuse. Anyway, I’ve got a few more links for you than usual, from all over the internet (which, as I understand it, is actually a series of tubes). Topics cover a range of things, from the funny, to the nerdgasmic, the the outrageous. It’s a carefully formulated balance of content designed to… who am I kidding. It’s a bunch of random crap I find interesting. Down the rabbit-hole with you:

  • For starters, I’m gonna go all dealicious/slickdeals/cheapass gamer on you. For reasons unknown and not entirely understood, Bioshock and Oblivion are being bundled together into a package that’s $39.99 on Xbox 360 and $29.99 on PC. Words cannot describe how wonderful a deal this is. If I didn’t already own both games, I’d be out buying right now. You, though… maybe you don’t have them yet. That’s a problem. Fix it!
  • This story is old, but (sickly) fascinating, and its title, “The Adventure of the Camera Shy Computer” really doesn’t do it justice. I would’ve preferred, “The Epileptic Computer,” or “The Big Computer That Couldn’t.” Sometimes it’s nice to know how far we’ve come.
  • Traditional Media is Dead and Dying: The RIAA has once again succeeded in making the little guy (or woman, in this case) suffer for the presumed, collective sins of the entire file-sharing community. The court handling the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case has ordered her to pay $1.92 million dollars for downloading and sharing music using the Kazaa file-sharing service. That’s $80,000 per song. Want another metric? The idiot judge on this case just ordered her to pay 240 Kias, or 1,600 new 13-inch Macbook Pros, or 38,400 new PC games, all for something that’s barely worth money in the first place – poor-quality music. You know all those gamers that were planning on attacking Valve for making them buy Left4Dead 2 as a standalone game? They should take all that energy and put it into something positive, like burying all the dinosaurs over at the RIAA.
  • Double Trouble: On a similar note to the sobering news above, the citizens of the United States of America never cease to amaze me. Simple folk they be, with little understanding of machines or technology or electronic doo-dads. First of all, a report was released revealing that broadband adoption is on the rise. That’s all well and good, were it not for the fact that we’ve only hit a grand total of 63%. What the heck? Are we that archaic? Are there that many people out there who think that internet access is a luxury? If this doesn’t bother you, allow me to put it another way: we JUST NOW made it into the top-20 for countries with the highest level of broadband penetration. Behind Lithuania, of all places. I’m proud of you, Lithuania, but it’s a little ridiculous that we’ve been bested by you.Secondly, people in local governments all across the United States are power-mongering fools with delusions of Big Brother-esque grandeur. The lovely/quaint/deluded city of Bozeman, Montana wants job applicants to list all their social network logins and passwords so they can make sure they don’t hire anyone of *ahem* questionable morals or some such nonsense. These guys need to a) learn a little about the rights to privacy American citizens are afforded; and b) stop blatantly infringing on those rights.
  • On a much, much lighter note, Gabe from Penny Arcade has confirmed that their “Cardboard Tube Samurai” character will be appearing in Tekken 6. That’s mad, wicked awesome. I don’t even know how to describe my happiness. I might buy T6 just so I can play as that guy.
  • Lastly, this comes courtesy of a Kotaku post I noticed yesterday – there’s a gallery up of various artists takes on those lovable Italian plumbers, Mario and Luigi. Here are a few of my favorites; they really illustrate (haha) the wide range of interpretations.

Would you be surprised...

... if I told you I can't decide which one of these is my favorite?

That’s it for now. Enjoy what little weekend you have left, for Monday brings corporate/academic monotony.


June 21, 2009 - Posted by | Gaming, Humor, News, PC gaming, State of the Blog, Tech, Weekly Shenanigans | , , , , , , , , , ,

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