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Just One More Level

Posted by zedpop on 26/06/07

Story (Via smh.com.au)

Resting easy with my DS in one hand and my wireless PS2 controller in the other I read this article today giving all virgins a hope in hell that’s it’s not a lost cause. It turns out that we aren’t totally mentally incapacitated after all and it’s not an illness, it’s merely, uh..an addiction?

No, wait! It’s not an addiction either, it’s merely geeky, though this quote from the article doesn’t sound too positive:

“Working with this problem is no different than working with alcoholic patients. The same denial, the same rationalization, the same inability to give it up,” Dr. Thomas Allen of the Osler Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.”

So I’m an alcoholic now? What if I’m already and alcoholic who happens to like video games too? Crap, now I’m just totally screwed.

Once again a newspaper article makes all gamers out to be total social misfits, like they can’t tell the difference between real life (chicks won’t talk to you) and second life (chicks will talk to you – but they’re really men). Me, I love video games, I love them to pieces there can be few better way to waste an hour (or six) that getting your guy that gold armour on level 47 of the Gorvak Mines.

Sure, I might be a little pale, but the TV gives me a sort-of tan. And sure it annoyWOWs my wife no end that I love the Wii more than spending quality time with her. But I’m not addicted. No sir. I mean, I wouldn’t spend so much time on them if they weren’t so loving awesome. As gamers go, I’m pretty lightweight, I can actually stand to tear myself away every now and again to do other things, like you know, work.

What I don’t think that any of these reporters get is that gaming is a whole sub-culture full of it’s own touchstones (memes), heroes (fatal1ty) and villains (3D Studios). It has a community (SL) a meeting grounds (message boards) and a government (Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft). It’s an entire civilization, thanks to Sid Meier. We have tools (gamesharks) and resources (internet) we have currency (l33tness) and language (pwnd!).

Screw it. Let’s be proud of our geekiness and our love of games. Let’s stand up and shout “WE ARE GAMERS!” with pride. We’re not sick, you are. You just don’t get it.

And as soon as I finish this level, I’ll do just that.


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Rock On, Pluto – Rock On

Posted by zedpop on 15/06/07


Story (Via National Geographic)

Well. Sucks to be you, former ninth planet of the solar system! You are now just a floating rock. Although I highly doubt that any science books will be changed and that children are still being taught that Pluto is a planet and that our solar system has nine planets revolving around the sun. That is, unless you home schooled by a conservative christian in which case you’re not allowed to use the ebil internets and the sun moves around the earth. Phew, glad we got that out of the way.

While it’s good that science is still looking to understand things we thought we understood fifty years ago, it would be nicer still if they were looking more at things that we don’t yet fully get, like cancer and the Republican Party.

Pluto, at 1:1 Scale So Eris (formally 2003 UB313, which if you ask me is a much snappier name) is much, much larger that Pluto and that Pluto is pretty much just a lost little asteroid stuck in the sun’s gravitational pull. Some of us love Pluto and were sad to see it go from Planet-hood. You think that they would be happy with that injury, but no they need more insult.

Even though this latest news tends to finally shoot Pluto in the head, it ends on a sweeter note saying that even astronomers cannot agree on what really, a planet is and that just maybe Pluto could still be a planet if you squint a little and turn your head to the side.

I’m sure we’re not done with this yet.

Just wake me up when the first book of the solar system is published that is sans-pluto, then we might take notice, until that point, Pluto can feel safe – at least in Primary School teachings and High School dioramas. You can’t keep a good rock down.

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