13 Jun 2007

Net Crawl: The 40th post on this blog

Yes. I've only had 40 posts so far on my blog. BUT... almost every post here requires some time to research on and write so I dare say I've put a fair bit of effort into this blog... although I don't post very often.

Anyway, here's a bunch of links for you to click on.

  • Chess champion Garry Kasparov has been arrested for leading a march through Moscow in opposition to Russian President Vladamir Putin. Like. Wow. You would think a true chess champion would have seen that coming.
    - Slashdot article
  • When the Virginia Tech shootings broke out on the news, every gamer's favourite attorney, Jack Thompson, blames the shootings on video games when no information whatsoever was given. He simply assumed that the shooter trained for this event by playing games like Counterstrike. True enough, the shooter turned out to be a Korean boy with some skill in CS. Jack Thompson continued to spread lies on TV stations like Fox News, preaching anti-video games messages to the world. For those who don't know who Jack Thompson is, this is the guy who tried to ban sexually-explicit/violent games like Bully, GTA, and The Sims (YES, I'm serious. He claims The Sims has inappropriate sexual content similar to GTA's Hot Coffee mod). And then the following happened:
    - Kotaku dissects Jack's lies
    - MSNBC agrees with Kotaku
    - Jack calls for FBI investigation on Kotaku
    - Jack sues Kotaku
    This is one whacked-up attorney... Good news though: He's on the verge of losing his license to practice law because of... well... professional misconduct.

  • No link here for you to click =\ only a bunch of interesting (well... at least for ninty fans) release dates appeared on Famitsu:
    July 2007: Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Fuuketsu no Grimoire (NDS, Square Enix)
    July 2007: MushiKing Super Collection (Wii, Sega)
    July 2007: Wii Health Pack (Wii, Nintendo)
    July 2007: Mario Party 8 (Wii, Nintendo)
    August 2007: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (NDS, Square Enix)
    October 2007: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo)
    November 2007: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2 (NDS, Nintendo)
    November 2007: Dragon Quest IX (NDS, Square Enix)
    December 2007: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii/NDS, Sega)
    In late 2007: Wii with DVD playback (Nintendo)
    2008: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Capcom)
    FF Tactics on DS! I LOVED FF Tactics on GBA! I hope a US version comes out soon... but knowing Squenix and how long they take to translate/localise games...
    On the other hand, US gets Mario Party before Japan does, so let's hope we get Galaxy soon too ;)

  • The Freakonomics Of Wii Shortages (Freakonomics blog via Gamespot via Kotaku)
    An interesting read...

  • Finally, 2 cool videos:
    - Cool Wii picture browser art
    - REALLY cool Halo+Metroid fan movie
And that concludes number 40. I hope this has alerted you(the reader) about Jack "I hate video games" Thompson and his nefarious plan to ban violent video games. I hope he tries to ban America's Army.... hmm... that'll be very interesting......

I might start working on the next article very soon... something related to Esplanade, 7.30pm, 16 June 2007...

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