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Article 5 Games That Actually Prove How Messed Up Kids Are

By Andrew Bridgman / October 17, 2013

5 Games That Actually Prove How Messed Up Kids Are

With the release of Grand Theft Auto V, people are more concerned than ever about the effects of children taking part in acts of virtual violence. There's a few problems with this worry, though: firstly, GTA V is rated M, and is absolutely not intended for children. Secondly, GTA V forces you to commit acts of violence. It encourages and rewards brutalizing and murdering your fellow man. What really reveals bad behavior in kids are when they lash out violently in games intended for them that don't reward such behavior. Here are the gaming acts of violence parents should have really been worried about.

 

1. Drowning and Starving People in The Sims

5 Games That Actually Prove How Messed Up Kids Are

The Sims was about life - the mundanities, the joys, accidentally memorizing certain Simlish phrases, everything. So, naturally, the most popular things to do in The Sims revolved around torture and death. There are a lot of ways for your poor, jibberish-spouting, unable-to-walk-around-a-plate Sims to die, but some of the most well-known ways required the active involvement of a player:

  • Removing the ladders from the swimming pool is probably the most repeated throughout the internet - the act forced your Sim to swim around aimlessly, getting stronger and stronger, until they tired out and drowned. It was so prevalent that the developers added the ability for Sims to climb out of the pool without a ladder in The Sims 3. Players responded by figuring out you could just build walls around the pool and they could re-live their Dexter-esque glory days.

  • The other way was to build walls around a Sim, trapping them and cutting them off from food, until they starved while soaking in their own urine. Their own blue urine.

No Sim, no matter how many times they fall asleep on the front lawn or refuse to clean up their messes, deserves to go like that. At least give them the dignity of burning to death after trying to cook mac 'n cheese.

Filed Under   the sims   oregon trail   violence

Article The 6 HOTTEST Sideboob Shots (of the NES)!

By Andrew Bridgman / January 8, 2014
The 6 HOTTEST Sideboob Shots of the NES

Filed Under   nes   sideboob

Article The NSA Infiltrates CounterStrike

By Andrew Bridgman / December 11, 2013
It was recently revealed through leaked documents that the embattled NSA were not merely running surveillance on internet and phone conversations, but also online gameplay communications (such as in the arenas of World of Warcraft, Second Life, and more). While this cost the organization a great deal in resources and time, ultimately no meaningful counter-terrorism intelligence was gleaned from the effort...EXCEPT THIS ONE.

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Filed Under   counterstrike   nsa   terrorism

Article Flowchart: Should You Pre-Order That Game?

By Staff / October 4, 2013
Flowchart: Should You PreOrder That Game

Filed Under   flowchart   preorders

Article 7 Videogame Worlds Recreated in Minecraft

By Andrew Bridgman / October 4, 2013
Videogame Worlds Recreated in Minecraft

Filed Under   zelda   mario   world of warcraft   halo   minecraft   mass effect   internerd

Article 7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

By Karl Smallwood / March 24, 2014

7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

There are thousands of awesome movie moments out there that are a result of a last minute change or improvisation. This is not a list of those things - this is a list of moments from movies that although pretty cool, took so long to film or include you kind of wonder why they didn't just say, "Eh, screw it, lets think of something else."

 

1. The blood drop scene in The Incredible Hulk took a year to get right

  7 Inconsequentially Cool Things From Movies That Took Way Too Long To Film

Source: Canada.com

As fantastic as that shot of a single drop of Bruce Banner's, radiation-filled vein gravy bobbing and weaving through a random factory in Brazil was, I'm pretty sure the movie would have still gotten the overwhelmingly average response it ended up receiving if it wasn't included. It may have even gotten a better response because without it we'd have seen the Hulk punch something like 10 seconds sooner.

For some reason though, the company behind that shot, Image Engine, spent upwards of a year tweaking that scene to get it just right. Now I'm no expert on making movies, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that if Image engine had spent the budget and time that, that scene ended up consuming on something else, like maybe the Hulk kicking Abomination in the sack, the audience would have appreciated it more than an artistic shot of a drop of blood in freefall.

Filed Under   movies   hulk   batman   the matrix

Article 10 More of the Most Miserable Creatures in the Pokemon World

By Andrew Bridgman / August 29, 2013

There is really no excuse for any Pokemon to not be constantly miserable: their lives are essentially a worse version of the life of a cockfight chicken, because at least there the chicken has a pretty good chance of dying, whereas the Pokemon will just get burned, paralyzed, poisoned, etc. and then healed right back up. Worse, society views treating them like this in a positive light – and somehow most of their economy is built entirely around Pokemon tearing each other to shreds. But in this nightmare world, there are some Pokemon that are way more miserable than the rest. We covered the first batch previously, and here are 10 more.

10. Whismur

"Whismur is very timid. If it starts to cry loudly, it becomes startled by its own crying and cries even harder. When it finally stops crying, the Pokémon goes to sleep, all tired out." (Sapphire)

What would make you start crying if you were a Pokemon? If I were a Pokemon, it would probably be something like "my entire existence." If you're not wandering through the grass or in a cave or in the water waiting to attack literally any person who walks by, you're a slave-fighter for someone who is using you for financial and personal gain. That would have me crying a lot. And if I were Whismur, my crying would escalate and escalate, putting me in a state of sadness and terror, until I literally pass out from exhaustion. Realizing that would happen every day for the rest of my life? That would also make me cry.

Filed Under   pokemon   miserable

Article Marvel Movies and DC Movies Are Almost the Same

By Andrew Bridgman / August 27, 2013

Filed Under   marvel   movies   comics   batman   iron man   dc

Article The 10 Most Friendship-Ruining Games of All-Time

By Staff / August 16, 2013

After nearly 200,000 votes (and lots and lots of comments about Dokapon Kingdom, which we owe an honorary shout-out to), you've decided the top 10 games that tore apart friendships like tissue paper. While some games incredibly did not make the cut, there's no denying that the games that did make it were built to test the limits of good sportsmanship and test relationships in ways that would make Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier piss their pants. Somehow I think those two would have split apart a lot sooner if they had to play Portal 2's co-op mode together.

10. Marvel vs. Capcom (series)

Well, it makes sense that if the worlds of Marvel and Capcom can't get along, why should you and your friends be able to? While the series pits the two universes against each other, they usually come together in the end to defeat some big bad (and totally cheap) mega-villain. Too bad the same couldn't be said for the friendships that were torn asunder by this game, such as when Darren was button-mashing and picking Cable LIKE A COWARD.

Filed Under   Friends   toplists

Article The Best Nerdy Costumes of Halloween 2013

By Staff / November 1, 2013

 

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  The Best Costumes of 2013

Filed Under   halloween   costumes   the weekly irl