Speed Racer

February 4, 2008

At work I caught the Speed Racer trailer this weekend.  It looks awesome, its shot in HD entirely green screened and Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer.  Its shot to look anime-ish.  I think it will be a fun movie, although I am not a big Speed Racer fan so I don’t care about fidelity.


Sushi meets Tapper

January 23, 2008

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(Photo Credit: My sister’s sushi skills)

I don’t know how many of you remember Tapper. I have heard it called other names, but usually it is called Root Beer Tapper. The premise is people order a drink and then you fill it and send it down the bar to them. If you take too long they leave, or if you send it the wrong place it crashes. Simple but fun. Elegant video game design. Well I am going to share with you an addictive little game called “Sushi Go Round

It may simple at first, but as you get to the higher levels it is very fast, and the orders become more complicated.


When Shoemakers forget they’re Shoemakers

January 11, 2008

Me: Hey hand me the phone.

You: why?

Me: I need to call Converse

You: why?

Me: they forgot something

You: what?

Me: just the fact they are shoemakers (with a small clothing spin off).

get off your high horse and back on your high tops.  silent commercial that aren’t PSAs have no place on my television.   people like mindless marathons of sitcoms, its relaxing.

I vote this is the world’s stupidest ad campaign.  its like “wow! be different, get up do something, think for yourself” and at the same time “think like everyone else, care about name brand shoes, buy our shoes because they make you an individual like everyone else”


Enlarge your Brain/Save the World

November 27, 2007

Free Rice Game

Everyone should check this game out!  It is a vocabulary quiz and for each word you get right 10 grains of rice are donated to or by the UN (I think).  They started easier and got harder.   I love learning new words!

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Here is some more info:

A new U.N. campaign donates 10 grains of rice for each question you answer correctly at http://www.freerice.com. It’s already generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people.

FreeRice offers players multiple-choice definitions of a word, and each correct answer generates 10 grains of rice for the United Nations Worldl Food Program. The game relies on advertising revenue to underwrite its rice campaign.

On October 7, the day it was launched, just 830 grains of rice were donated. But by November 8, more than 77 million grains were donated, the equivalent to more than 7 million correct answers!


Say Hello to Halo 3

September 26, 2007

I like video games. Let me clarify, I like some video games. I like guitar hero, maybe even to an obsessive degree. I enjoy dance dance revolution. I own all of the Tony Hawk series. Other than that if you flipped through my games you’d see some trivia based games, and ones with Simpson’s characters. But some people love video games. A particular example is Halo and its sequels. Now I have never played it, so all of my states will be biased opinions with no substance. I might one of them this week to check it out because there is just so much hype. The lines were like Black Friday or the iPod release at some game stores. The presale alone was in the millions. Something like 3 million copies were sold the first day.

What I don’t understand is why? If it is a really fun game I understand that millions of people would by it (the franchise is worth in the hundreds of millions, Halo is considered a power entertainment series like Harry Potter). I don’t understand why they would need it in advance or wait outside. I personally like first person shooters, but I don’t understand how the story could feel urgent to someone. Maybe I should catch up on the story (there are 5 novels, comic books, and a top secret movie deal in the works).

Hopefully I won’t be doing a follow up post in a week about video game exhaustion deaths, like that poor bastard in China.

In all fairness: The game got great reviews, aside from customers who received scratched discs, gamers are loving it.


Video Game Death

September 17, 2007

BEIJING, China — A man in southern China appears to have died of exhaustion after a three-day Internet gaming binge, state media said Monday. The 30-year-old man fainted at a cyber cafe in the city of Guangzhou Saturday afternoon after he had been playing games online for three days, the Beijing News reported. Paramedics tried to revive him but failed and he was declared dead at the cafe, it said. The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet. The report did not say what the man, whose name was not given, was playing. The report said that about 100 other Web surfers “left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man’s death.” China has 140 million Internet users, second only to the U.S.. It is one of the world’s biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players, many of whom hunker down for hours in front of PCs in public Internet cafes. Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed “Internet addiction” in users, many of them children and teenagers, who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.


I would previously have just been baffled at how someone could get addicted to the internet or a video game, but now I could understand a little bit. I find there are days where 3 or 4 hours will just disappear when I am online. And now that I have guitar hero I just want to play all the time.