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Virtual Rape = Real Prison?

May 7, 2007 at 7:50 am by  

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Police in Brussels are investigating the report by a Second Life player that they were raped online. That is, their digital representation was sexually molested against their will. Online. Which is raising some interesting legal issues.

For me, the issue is pretty clear-cut. But in an age where the molestation and stalking of minors online IS a punishable offense, where do we draw the line? What should be the difference in punishment?

I hate to belittle the feelings of the complainant in this case, but frankly I’m a tad pissed that they would equate the molestation of a virtual character to what a person feels when someone is holding them down and thrusting themselves violently into them. What it feels like to be drenched in a stranger’s sweat. The cold humiliation, the fear of existing in the real world, these things have no correlation to a world where the victim could have simply pressed a button on their computer to “reset” everything. A victim that could have walked away at any moment.…

The 12-year-old disabled girl was sexually assaulted by six men and forced fed drugs, including cocaine. The girl lived with her mom in the Rexdale Blvd. and Hwy. 27 area in a home that was being used as a haven for drug dealers and addicts. It is being alleged that the mother was aware of the activities and helped in facilitating them.

“She had levels of crack cocaine in her system so she was obviously given drugs,” confirms Supt. Ron Taverner. “Several males had performed various sex acts with this 12-year-old developmentally challenged young girl. It’s certainly a situation that is very rare. A situation that is very despicable.”

The males accused range in age from 19 to 55 and have been charged with a variety of crimes, including sexual assault, sexual interference and a number of drug offences. The 42-year-old mother is facing the relatively rare charge of corrupting children. It’s punishable by up to two years in prison. The girl is in protective custody.

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UFO: Extraterrestrials

May 3, 2007 at 5:03 pm by  

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Attention game developers! If you want to make money off of us gamers, and you are trying to take advantage of our nostalgia, please load up UFO: Extraterrestrials to see how it is done. Instead of ruining a genre by adding to it, this Russian developer has copied one of the greatest games of all time, and simply updated it with higher resolution and better graphics. That is all we want you to do.

I booted this game up with almost no hope for rekindling that love I have for X-Com. I’ve almost given up on feeling those same emotions while playing a game. I can’t even get those feeling by going back and playing the originals. I’m not a graphics whore, but seeing those old sprites makes me wonder how I ever loved those games in the first place. Boy, was I shocked when this one loaded up.

This game is a carbon copy of X-Com. And that is a very, very good thing. What tweaks I have seen so far have been very good.…

Uwe Boll Gets Positive Review

May 3, 2007 at 8:36 am by  

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How many of you read that title three times, just to make sure? Believe it or not, Todd over at Twitch says that the movie surprised him in a good way.

Rather than continuing to fight his public and online image Boll has decided to embrace it, intentionally elevating the level of absurdity and shlock here to never before seen levels, all in the name of creating one of the most coarse, vulgar and offensive comedies ever put to celluloid. (Full Review)

I’m actually gladdened by this news. I’ve enjoyed stomping on Uwe’s nuts over the years as he ruins game franchises by turning them into SilverScreen shitbags. But who in their right mind thinks that anyone else would have made a hit out of these games we love? Doom, anyone? And with everyone piling on Uwe, I feel myself getting defensive over him. Kinda how I feel about George Bush. In both cases, the haters go beyond being rude to the point that they create a lovable caricature out of a real person.…

Eye of Judgement Update

May 2, 2007 at 4:06 pm by  

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A new video of some gameplay.  I am getting geeked out over this, but I’ll keep assuming that nobody else here cares.

What I want to see now is a video that overlays the feed from the TV with a shot of what the gamer is doing with the cards and his/her hands.  Oh, fuck, who am I kidding with the politically-correct gender bullshit.  HIS hands.  No female is ever going to touch this game.  Evar.…

Police say, Shaun A. Lockett, 32, and another relative, Lashawn S. Brown, 27 severly burned Mr. Lockett’s 10-year-old daughter with scalding water and the denied her medical treatment. She died a week later.

The girl, Quiniece Lockett, was blind, partially paralyzed and had cerebral palsy. The girl suffered second and third degree burns to her back, neck and legs after being lifted out of her wheelchair and placed in the scalding water by Lashawn Brown. When the father returned home, the opted to not seek medical treatment, but rather to apply salve to the burns. Burns so bad that Quiniece’s skin was falling off.

“This girl died a horrible, horrible death,” said city Police Chief Charles Kellar. “I’ve seen everything that comes down the pike. This is one of the worst ones. It’s just horrible.”

Lockett and Brown initially lied to police stating that they had taken the girl to the hospital, but the hospital states that there is no record of this, and had they seen the girl, she would have been automatically transferred to the burn unit.…

Two teens were arrested and charged with first-degree assault. Kyle Meredith and Mateusz Dybala, both 16, are charged with pouring drain cleaner on playground equipment located at Victory Villa Elementary School in Baltimore County. This resulted in two year-old Payton Potochney suffering second and third degree burns after sliding down a slide that had been covered in the industrial strength drain cleaner. The youths also face juvenile charges of reckless endangerment and second-degree burglary stemming from the fact they broke into the school to obtain the drain cleaner.

Payton has since undergone five surgeries that involved doctors having to remove skin from several parts of the toddler’s body to place on the back of his thighs and calves, where he sustained the burns.

You can donate to the toddler’s recovery fund via The Payton Potochney Fund at any Bank of America branch.

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AI Finalist Arrested on Drug, Assault Charges

April 30, 2007 at 12:12 pm by  


Jessica Sierra was a finalist on Season 4 of the popular American Idol television show. She also has her version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on the American Idol Season 4 album.

She was also arrested on Sunday by Tampa police after an incident at the Hyde Park Cafe in which she threw a heavy glass at a customer, hitting him on the head causing a cut over his eye. She was also reported to be belligerent and uncooperative with police. She tried kicking out the windows of the patrol car she was placed in.

While in police custody, a small amount of cocaine was also found in her possession. Sierra was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a detention facility and was released on $11,500 bond.

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Arrests made in Umbrella Death

April 30, 2007 at 10:56 am by  

Violent crime in Rome’s Termini Station is so rare that the violent death of a young commuter, 22-year-old student nurse Vanessa Russo, came as a shock to residents.

After Russo had refused to give over her bag to two women, one of them stabbed Russo in the eye with the tip of an umbrella. The umbrella entered Russo’s eye socket and pierced her acerebral artery. She would die two days later.

With the help of witnesses and surveillance cameras, police would identify and apprehend 18-year-old Doina Matei. She would eventually be sentenced to 16 years in prison for second-degree manslaughter.

Matei made the news again this year. After spending almost 9 years in prison, she successfully applied for a semi-custodial measure that allowed her to spend her days out of prison and return to her cell from 10 pm to 6 am.

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GNotW: Gamer Saves Family from Inferno

April 27, 2007 at 5:10 pm by  

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A 9-year-old boy’s habit of rising early each morning to play videogames may have saved his life and the other 6 members of his family.

Davien Hayden has made it a habit of getting up very early to play some videogames before he goes to school. While non-gamers are sleeping in like a bunch of lazy fucks, this diligent boy is up first thing every morning saving the princess and leveling up. But this last Tuesday, Davien was forced to put his gaming lessons to the test.

The first thing he noticed was the sound of breaking glass. Then came the acrid smell of smoke. Davien knew something was amiss from his hours of playing SimCity 2000, and cried for everyone to get out of the house. It didn’t take long before the home was a raging inferno.

The family has given Davien all the credit for saving their lives this week, but all Davien is quoted as saying is, “Too much fame, dude.” The kid is a true hero. Every morning from 6:15 to 7:45 and for two hours right after school and before he does his homework.…

5% of Market Share Must Mean Something…

April 27, 2007 at 3:42 pm by  

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Why does it seem like all extremists are perfect hypocrites? Loud people seem to always do the exact opposite of what they claim to stand for, and actually do all the things they mock others for doing. A few cases:

Review: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

April 27, 2007 at 12:42 pm by  

A likable, long-haired antiques dealer named George (Ray Lovelock) takes his motorcycle and heads out of the crowded city to do some business in Windermere. Along the way, he has an accident with Edna (Cristina Galbó), another traveler who has inadvertently backed her car into his motorcycle while at a gas station. While not serious, the accident does leave the motorcycle temporarily disabled. Feeling guilty and obligated, Edna agrees to take George to Windermere herself. She just needs to stop by the village of South Gate to visit her sister, Katie (Jeannine Mestre). Once there they find that Katie is delirious and her husband (José Lifante) has just been murdered moments earlier. To top things off, Katie has become the prime suspect but she adamantly denies having anything to do with her husband’s murder but rather a walking dead man (Fernando Hilbeck) committed the horrible act.…

Dreaming of Electric Sheep

April 27, 2007 at 10:46 am by  

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Science Fiction suffers from a severe case of Cassandra Syndrome. It has the ability to see into the future, but it is cursed in that no one believes it. We scoff at Star Trek communicators, and 15 years later everyone has a cell-phone. We laugh at Dick Tracy’s watch, and now we pull out our Nokia and go from watching TV on the Subway, to videotaping a street performer, to video conferencing with a friend, to downloading and listening to the latest tunes. But the cycle is never broken. We continue to doubt the possibilities of the future, and never fail to be unimpressed when that future arrives.

 

When you see the robot in action, you will have one of two feelings (most likely both): Part of you will be cynical about the progress being made. It will look like a puppet-show, and the emotions and reactions from the designers will feel canned and corny. And then there will be moments when you feel like you are seeing the future in the present.…

After completing final exams a group of college students head to Daytona Beach to celebrate Spring Break, with visions of sex and alcohol dancing in their heads. While crossing through Georgia, they are met with a crude detour that does not lead them to the land of beach, boobs and beer, but rather to the small town of Pleasant Valley. This little town seems to be frozen in time as there are no televisions, phones, running water or any other technological advances seen over the last 100 years. Even the inhabitants seem to be straight from a casting call of “Deliverance” with more inbred, racist hicks than you can shake a stick at. When they are informed that they are now the guests of honor at the annual Guts and Glory Jubilee celebration, complete with free room and board, food, extremely curvaceous females and more importantly, beer…how could they pass it up? What could possibly go wrong?…

Eye of Judgement

April 26, 2007 at 1:55 pm by  

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This is something I’m looking forward to. While most of us think of graphics when we hear “Next-Gen”, Nintendo has proven that it is how we interface with games that makes them feel Next-Gen. Both the Wii, with its motion-sensing remote and the DS, with its touch-screen and microphone, are absolutely killing Microsoft and Sony with their blistering graphical powerhouses. But that doesn’t mean that Nintendo has the market cornered.

Right now, Sony’s hottest franchise is the new SingStar games in which you interface via microphone. And Guitar Hero 2 for the 360 is so hot for Microsoft that you have a hard time finding it in stores. Which is why I’m excited to see the upcoming Eye-Toy for the PS3 getting revolutionary games like Eye of Judgement. This nails something that Morbid and I talk about on the phone quite often. We bemoan the loss of interpersonal competition that card, pen and paper, and board-gaming used to provide us. If this game hits a similar chord in enough people, I can see a future sort of gaming that would make today’s traditional gaming pale in comparison.…

Ohio University Shuts Down P2P Use

April 26, 2007 at 1:21 pm by  

ImageShackThere has been some real drama in the swivel household of late. My Life-Partner has been interviewing at various universities around the country which will determine where we live for the next several years. Ohio University has been at the top of that list, and was only narrowly discarded yesterday. Well, thank the godless universe for that! Athens, Ohio is going to be a ghost town within a decade, as they have decided that the RIAA’s wishes are more important than their enrollment numbers.

Here’s the skinny: Ohio University has been one of the most highly targeted campuses in the United States by the RIAA. Athens is a very small town, and there isn’t much to do there besides walking up and down Court Street, drunk on wine coolers, and listening to your iPod. (And probably the more bandwidth-taxing hobby of downloading porn and trying to tug one out before your roommate gets back from his CHEM lab) The RIAA has been working with the University to try and stem the tide with various “outreach” programs and dorky posters.…

Woman Dies After Camel Sits on Her

April 26, 2007 at 7:45 am by  

One of the owners of Mini-Akers Exotic Animals, Cathie Ake, was killed when one of the camels in her care crushed her to death after kicking her and then sitting on top of her. Cathie Ake and the camel named Polo were being filmed by a local TV station when during a break in filming, the camel became agitated and attacked Cathie. Polo then sat on her after she had fell under the animal. Cathie’s husband believes the camel was agitated by mating season.

The couple had just purchased the animal at an auction 3 weeks ago and were keeping the 1,800-pound animal in a 50 foot by 80 foot pen. Cathie’s husband is now finding a new home for Polo the Killer Camel.

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Man Sentenced for Raping 9-Year-Old

April 25, 2007 at 1:46 pm by  

ABBEVILLE, S.C. — William Edward Ronca, 26, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the rape of a 9 year old girl. The girl, whom William admitted to having sex with once or twice a week for two years, ended up pregnant.

A school guidance counselor notified authorities after noticing the girl had become withdrawn and would not participate in school activities. She was then taken to a medical facility where it was then learned she was 7 months pregnant. She gave birth to the baby by Cesarean section and then given up for adoption.

Am I becoming so jaded after all these years of posting these stories, that it wasn’t the visions of this man having sex with a 9 year old, or the visions of a 9 year old girl giving birth that shocked me, but rather the fact that a guidance counselor actually noticed something was wrong with a kid?…