Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Free Games! Thousands of Free Games!

Gaming is more than just a hobby for me. It's a major part of my life and I have been gaming for most of my years. It started when the Space Invaders Arcade Game first arrived at the local convenience mart near my home in the early 80's. I spent hours playing it and have been following games ever since. I have always been proud of how much I keep up on all aspects of gaming and figured I knew pretty much every aspect of the industry.

But I have been missing one major key for a long time now....FREE GAME ARCADES.

Free Game Arcades are completely AWESOME! There are thousands and thousands games out now and all free! Classics like Frogger, Pac Man, QBert and more recent games like Tetris are all FREE!

I figured these sites were full of garbage just meant to pull you into clicking their ads. I WAS WRONG! THESE SITES ARE GREAT!

So great in fact, that I have been playing games on them for hours when I have free time. They are quick, easy and you can jump in and out of a game even if you only have 15-20 mins to play such as during a work break. (if your boss allows you to -_-)

You can also download the games for play on your computer or embed them in your website or MySpace!!

I love Free Game Arcades so much I have created my own! Just because I felt a lot of arcades were too unfriendly and the administrators really didn't respond to user suggestions or even friendly feedback. I also wanted to make sure I got all the best games in one easy-to-use place. :)

I would recommend the following sites for anyone interested in finding these untapped treasure chests: - The BEST Free Game Arcade is my own personal arcade site. I am trying to create the most user inspired arcade ever. If you stop by, feel free to send me suggestions or post about games you seen and I will grab them. I have thousands of games loaded already and plan to add thousands more.

Here are some other great sites I have gotten games from. These sites are not owned by me, but most arcades share game. These guys are great and I didn't want this whole article to be a shameless promotion. Just part of it. :P - Great arcade with good games. - Great games on this site. I have several of theirs on my site. - I have some of theirs also. - Yep, I sure did!

I would suggest you check out these sites and see all that you have been missing!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Hello Kitty Video Game Banned In U.S. For Adult S&M Content!

(I kept it as medical as possible. No cussing, but does contain adult innuendos)

The Entertainment Software Rating Board issued an Adult's Only rating on "Hello Kitty: Cuddles Land" on November 10 2007 after hackers had created a sadomasochism mod depicting a leather clad Hello Kitty administering painful sexual pleasure upon her boyfriend "Dear Daniel"

The mod, called "Hello Painful Pussy...Cat", features 6 new mini games including:
  1. Stroke the Kitty
  2. Shave the Cat
  3. Bat my Balls...of Yarn
  4. Shove my Face in Litter
  5. Find the Gimp

Hello Kitty is not the first game to have an original rating overturned after user-created content mods is found to add adult oriented material.

Grand Theft Auto: Hot Coffee Mod
In 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas received an Adults Only rating after users found code embedded within the game and created a hack that allowed you to access an adult only minigame that revolves around having intercourse. GTA Creator, Rockstar Games, had disabled the code to make sure that content was appropriate for the intended viewing audience. Parents were outraged when they found that the child-inappropriate game they had purchased for their child, contained inappropriate material for small children when kids would browse the internet unmonitored and download the patch! The ESRB was forced to reevaluate the game based on this content and had the game pulled from major stores to make sure that parents everywhere need not concern themselves with their child's development and safety.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Topless Mod
On May 3rd 2006, The ESRB changed the rating of Oblivion from Teen to Mature. The rating was altered after a female user created a content mod containing textures and code that renders the users avatar naked from the waist up.

The ESRB's success with the Oblivion incident and ability to hold a company or artist responsible for other consumers editing of their work has helped them to gain more power and strength to do what is needed to clean up this country. These are the latest lawsuits spawned by their dedication and vigilance:

America's Got Boobies!
Sharon Osbourne of the hit show "America's Got Talent", was arrested and fined $11,000 after officials found a discarded issue of People magazine containing the star showing her breasts on national television. A local Chicago man, Jack Holland, had created the "mod" by using his pen and some white-out to draw "ta-tas" on Mrs. Osbourne during his lunch break.

Officials say, "This is an outrage. And Mrs. Osbourne will be punished severely for her part in this. My child might have picked up this magazine out of the trash and seen her bare and exposed. If I had any clue were my kid was right now, I'd make sure to give him a safety hug."

Dr. Phil Exposes Himself.
11/7/07 - Denver CO: Postal Clerk Hugh Jass confesses to a visiting Government Official, "Today, I was watching Dr Phil and I noticed his head looked a lot like a penis." This "verbal head mod" spurned Police Officials to arrest the famous Doctor on Friday after careful examination of several episodes of The Dr. Phil Show and confirming that his dome does resemble a phallic object.

Police Commissioner, Random Drool, states "It's obvious that a very serious crime has occurred. We're just trying to figure out what to do. The best approach at this point seems for us to behead the man. Decapitation just seems right after what he has done to us. Besides, he was running out of good advice anyway."

Hehe, I joke. But this is a very serious issue in my opinion. Grand Theft Auto I can see getting a reevaluation, but Oblivion getting one is rediculous. I completely feel that we need to keep inappropriate items out of the hands of children, but I think parents should also be aware of what their kids are doing on the internet and in games. Adding more laws does make you a good parent. So, I am just writing this goofy piece to raise awareness about how the ESRB is using their power. And to get "The Hoff" more press. Hehe

BTW: I am not affiliated with any of the people posted above. Nor would they want me affiliated with them. God knows I've tried to be. But they are all close to me none the less. Well 200 yards close. But Dr Phil, Hasslehoff and The Osbournes all were very polite with the way they worded the rest of their restraining orders. They still care.

Also: I'm not very familiar with spoof laws. So if I stepped on any toes with my slapping goofy art on these, and you hold copyright or something, please let me know. Just trying to be funny, not a thief. I've been labeled many things, "pervert", "idiot", "politician"(ouch), but I try to never be a thief.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Success of Wii

The Success of Wii by Grace Weir

It was 2006 and through out the industry, many analysts thought that it was the dawn of an era for Nintendo. After being the #1 console in the world for more than a decade, Nintendo had lost its edge to its two main competitors: Sony and Microsoft. Since their launch in the 1990's and 2002, respectively, both companies had been able to displace Nintendo to the third place.

When the Japanese company made public the name of its new console, critics thought that it was more than the dawn of an era: it was the end of a legend. It was impossible that such a product could put them back in the first place.

Although Nintendo is known for some great games like the Mario Bros. series or the Zelda games, it wasn't enough to save the brand. For many, Nintendo would remain in the third place forever, destined to be overshadowed by two juggernauts with enormous amounts of money ready for product development.

After all, the Xbox 360 was a seventh generation console that packed a lot of hardware. The same thing happened with the Playstation 3. Both products include top-notch hardware; everything to make their games the best looking ones in the market.

So, if the Nintendo Wii is a technically inferior product, why is it so successful? There are several reasons for that. The one that stands out is its price. With a retail price of $250, the Nintendo Wii is a lot cheaper than its competitors. After all, the core system of the Xbox 360 costs $299 and the basic system of the Playstation 3 has a final price of $599. It's impossible for Sony and Microsoft to lower their price to that level.

On the other hand, the Nintendo Wii has decided to exploit the nostalgia market in two fronts. The first one is through backward compatibility; the Nintendo Wii is compatible with the games and controls of the Nintendo Gamecube, the previous console made by Nintendo. That way, long time users wouldn't be affected with the transition. The second front is through the Virtual Console. With the Virtual Console you can buy and download game hits of the past like Ninja Gaiden and Double Dragon.

Ease of play is another important factor in the success of the Nintendo Wii. The designers of the console noticed that there were a lot of people who didn't play console games because they were not interested. In order to attract that public, they designed the Wii with innovative games. How so? Through a new control.

The control of the Wii is the main reason why this console has become so successful. It has closed the breach that existed between hard-core gamers and non-gamers. With a Wii control, anyone can play.

Nintendo has proven that the console gaming market isn't about having the latest technology in graphics, or the best technology in sound. Consumers crave for entertainment at an affordable price, and that's precisely what Wii gives to them: a lot of fun for less money.

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