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Hall H Of Horror: The Comic-Con Attack

It wasn't exactly the crime of the century (or even the crime of the month), but the assault at Comic-Con this past Saturday is notable, if only for its setting. Although the trailers and movie scenes shown at the Con are often very brutal, actual violence at the San Diego nerd gathering has been all but non-existent... until this year.

At Hall H on Saturday, near the end of the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel, an altercation broke out between, reportedly, two friends, both wearing limited edition Comic-Con 2010 Harry Potter T-shirts. The incident reportedly started when a fan suggested his friend leave his seat at the panel because he wasn't into what was being shown, and ended when one stabbed the other near his eye with a pen. After the assault, the suspect was held by attendees of the Convention until security and the police could take him away to jail, where I'm sure he had fun telling other inmates what he was in for. The stabee was taken to a local hospital; His injuries are apparently not life-threatening.

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Three-Volume History Of Rockstar Games Detailed, Priced

If you were looking forward to purchasing and perusing Rockstar Games' ambitious, three-volume company biography, Digital + Analogue: The Art and Science of Rockstar Games, sorry. The book has been canceled. Instead, a different Rockstar book, with no title yet, is planned.

The work was to contain “hundreds of color photographs and never before published videoscapes all culled from the archives of the creators will acquaint readers with the vast areas within the games that allow unparalleled freedom, and a unique experience every play,” as well as CDs and DVDs that were to contain extra content for RockStar games. It was going to cost $450, which is way too much for you to pay for a book, let's face it.

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Sexy Mario

The federal government is spending approximately $434,000 to develop a video game aimed at helping pre-teen girls resist peer pressure to have sex. The avatar based game/social-simulator doesn't have a title yet, but it's being developed by The University of Central Florida and is expected to be complete by 2011.

The idea is to give you points for certain social skills in a virtual world populated by avatars, but you won't just be staring at a screen; you'll be wearing a full motion-capture suit to really put you in the skin of a pre-teen girl at a party or a malt shop or something. Then, boys will approach you and try to get the goods.

Professor Anne Norris of the University of Central Florida describes an interaction in the game like this: "A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo."

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Ice-T

Ice T is so hardcore, he even makes tweeting seem manly. Case-in-point: The old school legend (and friend of TheFeed) was recently arrested in Los Angeles. Rather than cower under his bed like you would have done, he got on twitter and posted the following:

"Some punk b*tch rookie cop named Fisher #10026 Made the arrest of his bullsh*t career today. Arresting the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt. Out in 20 min. Come on son...

He said "I know who you are and I don't give a f*ck!" That was right after I called him a punk b*tch.. Then they questioned me about FLTG

In other NEWS! Bout to go do some more voice overs for my character GRIFFEN in Gear Of War 3 today. Gotta pimp past all the bullsh*t. Moovin

All right? Is that hardcore enough for you people? He calls out the cop that arrests him, and then goes and does voice over for the new Gears game.

Ice-T's Twitter Account

California Senator And Two Psychiatric Groups Petition The Supreme Court Over Violent Video Game Law

As you might know, the Supreme Court could perhaps decide the fate of all video games this fall, when it rules on whether California was within its Constitutional rights when it passed a law requiring retailers to prevent minors from purchasing M-Rated games.

Now, other states are jumping on the bandwagon in support of California. Eleven states have joined a multi-state coalition is seeking to restrict the sales of violent games to kids. The latest to join the league of anti-gaming states: Connecticut.

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hardcore mom

Staten Island mom Deborah Berardi is a casual gamer, but she's pretty hardcore. Berardi is accused of helping her twin sons clean up the scene of a beating they'd delivered, then going inside and playing Frontierville on Facebook.

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New 'Brutal Legend' Images

I don't know about you, but I love when video game industry honchos take off the gloves and tell us how they really feel about each other. Case-in-point: Tim Schafer, CEO of Double Fine and creator of Brutal Legend and Psychonauts recently gave an interview to Eurogamer where he was asked what he thought about Activision head Bobby Kotick, and how he runs his company. Here's what Schafer said:

"His obligation is to his shareholders. Well, he doesn't have to be as much of a d*ck about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total pr*ck. It seems like it would be possible. It's not something he's interested in."

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Links Of TheFeed: Harry Potter & The Starcraft Debacle

I love the 4th of July. Hanging out with friends and family on a sunny day, grilling copious amounts of meat and capping it off with explosions in the sky all in the name of patriotism. It doesn't get much better than that, and I can't wait to get the weekend started. But it's still Friday, and before you go and get your sunburn on, go ahead and take a look at some links from our friends.

  • Check out some awesomely weird works of sandwich art on Uncoached.

Grand Theft Auto 4

This story, culled from the Enterprise News of Massachusetts, makes me nostalgic for the heady days of the mid aughts, when blaming crime-sprees on Grand Theft Auto was in fashion. According to The Enterprise, a couple of young people in Raynham were "playing Grand Theft Auto video games" the other night, and decided to do some suburban crime. The 12 and 16 year old tagged the neighborhood with graffiti, stole some gasoline, then tried to make Molotov cocktails and blow up a building. The 12 year-old said the pair was inspired by the game.

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North Korean Homefront Barbecue Truck: A Sensitive Photo-Essay

Like cubicle-ferrets all over the world, lunchtime is very important to TheFeed. So today, we were overjoyed to received an email from THQ promising that "Pyongyang Express," a North Korean barbecue truck, was parked outside.

"I hope they serve dog, just like in my homeland!" Jake Gaskill said... But no, they were serving up heaping helpings of Homefront marketing. I haven't played this shooter yet, but if marketing campaigns are any indicator of gaming success, I'd give it 5 stars already.

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If you need any evidence of how serious the BP catasrophe is, consider this: Attack of the Show, generally the home of light-hearted internet memes and pop culture news, took an investigative trip down South to bring back a hard-hitting 60 Minutes style reports. Check them out, in two parts, below:

 

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Links Of TheFeed: Sketch-A-Smurf

I thought you should know that hot on the heels of terrible G.I. Joe and Transformers movies, Hollywood is also rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and have made a Smurfs movie. Yep, the little blue guys who are harrassed by a bald wizard deserved a movie for some reason, and now you get to watch the trailer. Is it awful? You bet it's awful. Check it out along with some cool Etch-A-Sketch drawings, a funny CollegeHumor vid and more in this week's links.

  • Use the warp whistles in Super Mario Bros.? CollegeHumor will let you know why you're only cheating yourself.

 

Links Of TheFeed: E3 Anticipation

For whatever reason, I've always liked Nick Cage. I know he makes terrible movie after terrible movie but maybe Raising Arizona just made that big of an impression on me as a kid. The Rock didn't hurt either, and Con-Air is good in it's own ridiculous way. However, after a while he decended into self parody, started making the same pained faces in every movie and starting cranking out some genuine stinkers. Even though I was hoping for a revival after his turn in Kick-Ass, it seems he might be back to making steaming piles with The Sorceror's Apprentice. To see what I mean, check out this week's links.

  • Finally, this last link isn't funny, but it's a personal favorite. You see, I went to UCLA, so I take great delight in the sanctions that were recently levied against the USC Trojans. Cheat On!







 Rock Band 3

This year's E3 will no doubt feature a ton of amazing games, both playable and announced, but I'm most interested in a couple titles: Rock Band 3 and Dead Rising 2. Dead Rising 2 because the first game is a absolute classic, and Rock Band 3 because I can't wait to see if the semi-rumors of a keyboard peripheral pan out. What can I say? I've always wanted to be Ben Folds.

What about you? What are your must-know-about E3 titles?

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G4's interns do a number of different interesting tasks, from playing video games so we can get capture to washing Patrick Klepek's hair, but we don't usually ask them to dig through rotten meat to retrieve video game trailers. Today is an exception.

Digging Through Meat: A Photo-Essay

This box arrived promoting Bulletstorm from EA, People Can Fly and Epic.

"Perishable?" Uh-oh. This can't be good. Wait until you see what's inside it.

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