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Archive for June, 2007

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25 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

On occasion MC's from the underground are worth listening to. According to my real life MC Riz is in my extended network, he debuted on the BBC stage at Glastonbury.

You can catch his show by clicking here.

The fact that he's taken my only fan (Thanks mum) leaves no bitter taste. Don't agree with everything he says but he's still worth listening to.

Patchy

25 Jun 2007 by Dr_Gonz

On the offchance anyone still plays id games here (i realise it's a long shot), I only just noticed that Q4 got another patch the other day, including what seems to be  GTV type dealio, which is good news. On a similar front (though it's been out for ages), there is (allegedly) a good Doom 3 open coop mod, which adds the one feature I was really looking forward to in the game in the first place! Now Shades and I just have to install the game again and we should be set for coopery fun.

You maniacs, you blew it up.

19 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

Well we finally did it.

The BBFC banned a video game for the first time in ten years. We have finally succumbed to that most retarded of democratic ideals, that the average citizen is not able to choose what is right or wrong for themselves and to be trusted not to act irrationally or illegaly as a result.

Freedom of choice, not freedom of action was always my dictum when it came to video games. The only, single, one murder that was allegedly attributed to the original Manhunt by a disturbed 17 year old boy has lead to the banning of the game from UK shelves.

I wont go into the purile and empty comparison that cigarettes directly contribute to the deaths of thousands of people per year but are still widely available. I shan't of course wander into the minefield of knife and firearm ownership either.

It appears that we, as a nation, are unable to decide what we are allowed to watch, listen to or play because we cannot be trusted with our actions as a result.

This case is probably true for children. Kids are suseptible to ideas and other fantasies that make plausible realities. But lets examine the case evidence shall we? There is a single case where this game was a factor in a single crime. Great as that crime was, does a single crime allow regulation against the masses?

Let me give a different example.

A man gets a copy of the Bible from a hotel, its free of course. He reads in this widely available and totally uncontrolled document that he should stone sodomites and kill adulterers. So off he pops and beats a gay man to death. But the Bible, is a religious book and his actions are out of context, so his crime is insanity or malice as he has not been lead, influenced or anything else.

People will always be influenced by things. Games, music, art, whatever. What people do after these influences is their choice. Those suseptible to undue degrees of influence (Children, the mentally ill, etc.) should of course have their access controlled until they are of a balanced state of mind in order to know socities norms and make moral judgements. But thats what the rating system is for on games, movies and everything else.

Stop blaming the source and start blaming the individual. If we had hundreds of incidents inspired by one game we'd have a problem. We don't. We have a single incident. Of course the practicioners of fear politik will say "But what if we get more? It could be worse..."

I am sick to death of people trying to blame socities ills on ideas. It starts with videogames and rap music and ends with burning books by philosophers who dont fit 'the social norm'. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

Parents, be parents. Control your childs access to porn, violent films, video games and everything else of an unsavoury nature. Take an active part in knowing what your kid does and is involved in. Wake the fuck up. The middle class liberals are as much to blame as the disinterested council estate chavs. The first group nanny their children into a state of individualism that bears on narcassicim and the second couldn't give a toss where little jonny is and how much glue hes smoked that afternoon.

Video Games do not cause violence. People cause violence. Whereas that argument does not hold for guns and knives (They are the actioning instruments of violence) I have yet to hear of anyone literally beaten to death by a video game.

Ideas cause violence. Prejudice, misinformation, misunderstanding, ignorance, stupidity and basic retardation are all causes of violence.

STOP BLAMING THE FUCKING IDEAS AND START BLAMING THE PEOPLE.

Even then, even then...This game does not ask players to go out and murder (Ahem...Religion) nope, instead it simply portrays murder and bloodshed by an avatar onscreen. Is this happy and fun? Nope. Is it horrifying and fun? Yes. Does it incite murder? No. Does it tutor murder? No.

This plus God versus Sony recently is starting to get me depressed about the state in which we live when it comes to Games.

If your child is allowed to play brutal and violent games rated for and only supplied to adults, then the guardians are to blame. Or, shock horror, even the child. I dont expect kids not to violate age restriction rules, I did it constantly, I have of course yet to kill anyone but articles like this draw me closer.

To the nanny legal system and the bleeding heart liberals and those who cant for one moment defend the thing other than 'ban the source' I scream a big healthy fuck you.

I'm going to buy this game, copy it and sell it outside Game stores in the UK. I'm going to run LAN parties and console nights in with this title. I'm going to advertise group events and childcare day centres with this game on the recreation list. You know why?

Because you idiots finally blew it up, thats why.

Don't cry for me Regina.

18 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

Ladies.

I know this is going to be hard for you, I've called all the teen idol magazines and alerted the Samaritans hotline. This will be worse than when Take That broke up.

So I want you all to take a deep breath.

Ready?

Ladies, I'm officially off the market. Your man Shogz is getting married.

That's right, I asked the lady of my life and she said yes.

You may now collapse in tears at this lost opportunity.

Update on PSP Review and God vs Sony

14 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

The PSP has a major downfall. It's durability.

Sadly, tonight, I dropped my PSP. Not far, not much and not hard.

No scratches, no cracks, no dents, nada. So I'm thinking 'wow, pretty tough piece of kit'. Sadly no.

It didn't switch on, reboot or anything. Totally dead. So I'm right back to hating Sony 100%.

In other news 404 member SpiKe was on BBC's Radio 5 live discussing the Sony vs God thing from the gamers angle. Way to get into the media bud!

Not that anyone but the spambots actually read ANY of my articles.

God sues Sony

10 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

According to this article on the BBC, the Very Reverend of Manchester Cathedral is ocnsidering suing Sony for using the citys cathederal in Resistance: Fall of man. Quote:

 "We are shocked to see a place of learning, prayer and heritage being presented to the youth market as a location where guns can be fired..."

Whilst I'm all for Sony gettig even more of a mauling I have my reservations when it comes to this stuff. Anyone who's read my 28 Weeks later review will know I have a big jones for entertainment that uses local buildings and locations I recognise for action.
This smells too much like 'Video games are evil' to me and the above quote just tops it off. Coming from (very) reverend people who don't play games, believe all the pseudo science around games (They make you violent, socially introverted and a child rapist) and decide that the best way to champion Christianity is to sue games manufacturers.

Again, I'm not defending Sony, hate the bastards, but the Church looks even more fuddy duddy for this crap. How about trying to get an apology for the quiessence to slavery? Something on the torture and abuse of people in the middle ages? The constant stream of sexual scandals involving choir boys? Perhaps addressing the fact that the worlds most dire violent threat is in part caused by the errant perception of Christianity leading to violent reactionism? No? No?

Oh ok we'll sue videogames instead.

Idiots (That remark includes Sony). 

Somebody...

07 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

An appeal for internet content, sponsored by our friend from Robocop:

Content please...!

"...Heeeeeeelp meeeeee....."

Damned PR gurus

05 Jun 2007 by ShogZ

Apparently, according to one of the PR firms commenting on the god awful new London olympics logo:

"...it takes more than jagged writing to make something 'edgy'..."

I hope they don't critique music as well. Cos I'm all about jaggy.