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Trapped Chilean Miners Not Allowed To GameIf there's an upside to spending months trapped in a mine in Chile, it's that you get a ton of time to play games. The rescue holes they dug in Chile are just wide enough to fit a Nintendo DS or PSP, and you'd have countless hours to while away while buried alive playing Chinatown Wars. Sadly, evil psychiatrists are taking that pleasure away from the poor miners. In an effort to keep the crew in the mine sane, professionals have denied requests for MP3 players and video game systems, because it is feel they are too isolating.

"With earphones, if they're listening to music and someone calls them, asking for help or to warn them about something, they're not available," The rescue effort's lead psychiatrist Alberto Iturra Benavidesm said. "What they need is to be together."

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Links Of TheFeed: Reggae Seagal, Halo Reach

What can I say? As a kid, I really liked Steven Seagal. He was the king of bad action movies, with classics like Steven Seagal returns from a 7 year coma to kick ass in Hard To Kill, or Steven Seagal is ex-Navy SEAL / chef who fights mercenaries on a battleship in Under Siege, or Steven Seagal takes on Jamaican drug dealers in Marked For Death. Today, Steven Seagal is dealing with Jamaicans again, only this time he's singing some of the worst reggae ever recorded with them. Check it out along with some awesome Halo: Reach kills and more on this week's links.

  • Steven Seagal tries his hand at Reggae. Jah? [FilmDrunk]
  • Find out what happens when an Ed Hardy shirt comes to life. [CollegeHumor]
  • Video of some of the most impressive and ridiculous kills in Halo: Reach so far. [UnrealityMag]
  • The Mapleton Taxidermy and Cheese Store and 19 other ridiculous store combinations. [SuperTremendous]
     

I don't know what's happening in this video. It's apparently from an Indian movie called Kutty Pisassu, and stars Baby Keerthika and a Transformers robot. Whatever you do, don't watch it.

Eric Eckstein says this is better than both Transformers movies combined. Agree or disagree?

Blockbuster

Blockbuster Video, ubiquitous purveyor of rented DVDs, VHS tapes and video games, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company is a victim of declining sales due to competitors like Netflix and Redbox better catering to the viewing habits of consumers.

The company will likely close hundreds of its remaining 3,000 stores, lay off workers, and otherwise reorganize in order to lessen the weight of its nearly $1 billion debt. The plan is to reduce the debt to about $100 million through the bankruptcy filing. Blockbuster is seeking access to $45 million right away to ensure it can pay movie studios to keep its stores stocked with product.

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Exploding PS3 controller

In the most awesome consumer warning sent all century, Sony is warning gamers that counterfeit Playstation 3 controllers may explode!

The company says:

"SCEA advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous. It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user."

If you purchase and use a fake controller, Sony disavows all responsibility for mangled and burned fingers, damage done to your system, or sulfur burns on your couch.

My first question, of course, is where are these uncertain sources so I can purchase an exploding fake PlayStation 3 controller? It would be a fantastic prank to play on Jake "My hands are on FIRE!" Gaskill.

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Last week, in the course of presenting a televised debate on violence in video games, and whether the Supreme Court should uphold California's violent game ban law, Fox News LA reporter Michael Brownlee said the law is "aimed at cracking down on popular games like Halo and Cop Killer."

Cop Killer, eh? Haven''t heard of that one. That got us thinking about the divide between the content in games that are being released and played, and games like Cop Killer, that only exist in the imaginations of people who don't like games. In terms of violence and inappropriate content, real games can't possibly compete. So we compiled a list of the top seven most offensive games you can only play in the minds of game opponents.

Cop Killer


Cop Killer -- Gamers who purchased Cop Killer based on its title and artwork expecting a realistic law-enforcement murder simulation, but the game instead takes a wild left turn and offers a simulation of factory work. It's more of a Marxist critique of late industrial capitalism than a shooter. You play as a minimum wage employee of an arms manufacturing plant that creates the exploding ammunition known as Cop Killer bullets. While no violence is ever presented on screen, as you endlessly load pallet after pallet full of ammunition, you imagine where the bullets will go, and contemplate the nature of a system that pays you less than a living wage to toil endlessly in a factory whose only product is mechanized death.

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Super Street Fighter IV

If you've been waiting for a PC version of Super Street Fighter 4, it's not going to happen for a bit, if at all. According to Yoshinori Ono, the series producer, piracy rates were so high on Street Fighter 4, the PC version won't be released until some robust piracy protection device can be found. So blame the software pirates for this one.

To add insult to injury, according to Ono, the game is technically "99 percent ready" to be released on PC as it is, but Ono and company can't afford to essentially give away the new game, so no PC release is forthcoming. There won't be a Steam-only release either, as Ono feels it would be unfair to people unable to play the game through Steam.

Pirates are incredibly resourceful and clever when it comes to defeating copy-protection schemes, so I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a solution to be found, but still, Street Fighter 4 was a very strong selling title in spite of its reportedly widespread pirating, so I wonder why a PC release wouldn't make sense, even given the actions of miscreant PC pirates.

Source: Andria Sang

Halo: Reach Multiplayer

According to users of Bungie's Halo: Reach message board, and G4 readers contacting our news tip line, some gamers  are having disc errors and freezing when trying to load Reach, rendering the game unplayable. Judging from the comments on the message board, the machines most affected by the glitches and problems appear to be launch 360s, specifically, those with 20GB hard-drives, although some Elite owners and others are reporting problems as well.

Microsoft's official word on the problem: "We are aware of a very small number of customers reporting that their copy of Halo: Reach is causing a 'disc read' error. Those affected should contact Microsoft customer support at 1-800-4MY-XBOX for troubleshooting assistance."

A quick survey of G4's email list revealed that all the Halo: Reach errors we've noticed have been smaller glitches (disappearing avatars, dropped multiplayer games, inexplicable checkpoint placement etc.) as opposed to game-killing errors. How about you guys? Have you noticed anything going wrong with Reach? If so, let us know in the comment section.


APB Beta Moving Forward In A Matter Of

Well, that was quick. According to an announcement on Realtime World's website, the company's crime-based MMO APB: All Points Bulletin is shutting down for good, most likely in the next 24 hours. So soon, it will be the end of the world for devoted APB players.

Below is the official statement from Realtime Worlds:

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Video Game Industry Issues Arguments Regarding Appeal Of California's Violent Video Game LawAccording to an article published by Common Sense Media, almost 72 percent of adults are in favor of a California law that prevents retailers from selling violent games to children. Common Sense Media cites a Zogby poll of 2,100 adults who believe the sale of "ultra-violent" video games to minors should be illegal.

The report also says that the majority of people polled "feel the video game industry is not doing enough to protect kids from accessing these games."

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Farmville

According to a report published by Lightspeed Research, 17 percent of "casual" gamers consider themselves addicted, so it's not just the hardcore that believe they suffer from gaming withdrawal. The survey, conducted of gamers who favor social networks, found that more than half (58%) of users of social networks have played games on it, with  with two thirds (68%) starting to play in the last year including 12% in the last month.

Ralph Risk, Marketing Director of Lightspeed Research Europe, says: “Social games are becoming a key aspect in people’s lives, with almost one in five people feeling they are addicted. At the same time they are opening up the gaming market to new groups of people, making it a great opportunity for brands to communicate with players through providing an engaging experience and useful and relevant rewards.”

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A gamer in a small West Virginia town was banned recently from Xbox Live because his profile listed his hometown as "Fort Gay." He wasn't slinging invectives against our homosexual brothers and sisters, though. Fort Gay is a real place.

Moore (as he's identified by The Associated Press) couldn't convince Xbox employees his town was a real place, so he was suspended for a few days before reason returned and the ban was lifted. For the records: Fort Gay has been around since 1789, a full 6 years longer than Microsoft itself!

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Bieber Fight

TheFeed editor Jake Gaskill is a big fan of Justin Bieber. Jake says The Beeb (that's what Jake calls him) is the king of tweens, and the king of real rock and roll. So he's totally offended by TheOatmeal's "How many Justin Biebers could you take in a fight" quiz. Jake is crying right now. Look what you did, The Oatmeal!

By the way, I could take 21 Biebers. How about you?

 

 

Campus PD - All New Tuesday 10PM ET »


Take another ride with the men and women who keep the peace in college towns across America. Season 2 of the hit series, Campus PD, features new cops, new cities and first ever ride alongs with police officers in Mexico as they patrol the hottest Spring Break destinations. 

Tomorrow night, in the season premiere, police respond to a noise complaint from a house party near the University of Cincinnati with reports of possible underage drinking going on.  And in Highland Heights, KY, near Northern Kentucky University, a routine traffic stop for expired tags leads to a K-9 unit finding an empty bag that smells suspiciously of marijuana.

Campus PD returns for Season 2 tomorrow night at 8PM ET, directly following Attack of the Show. For more information, go to our Campus PD show page. 
 

 

Atlus Web Site Hacked, Fans Warned To Check Their Systems For Viruses And Malware

Atlus Games, the company behind the Shin Megami Tensei series and my personal favorite Trauma Team, has been dissolved. Atlus's parent company, Index Holdings, announced today that it is steamlining its operations and dropping Atlus as an independent entity, although the Atlus brand will continue to exist in some capacity. How this will affect Atlus in terms of the American market remains to be seen, but the company says Atlus games currently in the works will likely continue.

The awesome thing about a weird Japanese game company like Atlus is its ability to make left-of-center titles that could never be released by "major" game companies, like Catherine, an adults-only RPG/horror game for the PS3 and 360. Catherine is apparently 80 percent finished, and is due out in Japan soon. Work continues on the title, for now.

Source: Gamasutra

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