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Most Disturbing Box Art Ever

After completing the illustration for this Zelda-derived minor character spinoff game, the artist replaced the nylon stocking on his head and resumed stroking his limbless Bratz doll with a horsehair brush, while muttering it puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the hose.


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Mass Erect

Everyone’s favourite British content-rating outfit, the BBFC, has given Mass Effect a “12″ rating. We learn this by way of their sober, considered report entitled “OMG Boobz”:
“If playing as a male character the scene can take place between him and a human woman or a humanoid female alien. If playing as a female character the [...]


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Super Mario Galaxy Subliminal Suggestions

This is the box art for Super Mario Galaxy.
Certain people have noticed that particular letters in the logo have a gleam on them.
They are:
UR
MR
GAY
Weird, huh? What do you think it means?


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Flying Cigarettes, Talking Condoms and Virtual Homelessness

New shit has come to light about Sony’s forthcoming virtual community service, in the form of a talk given by Peter Edward at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival (link > GamesIndustry.biz):
Edward was discussing supervising the Home environment, although Sony doesn’t intend to become a “virtual police” force. Instead, it will be providing different areas within Home [...]


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Insane Millenialist Fuckwits Send “Left Behind” Game To Troops In Iraq

From The Nation (via Digg).
As an official arm of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.
“We feel the forces [...]


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Zombies Can Be Black, Too

I originally posed this question on the forum at Ars Technica a few days ago:

New Resident Evil 5 trailer is spectacular – and disturbing
If you haven’t seen it yet - GO. It looks unbelievable. Insane, crushed HDR lighting actually works for this game. You almost feel like you need sunglasses to look at [...]


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Damn Lies

From an ESA booklet given out at E3 (via ArsTechnica):

67% of American heads of households play computer or video games
The average game player age is: 33
In 2007, 24% of gamers were over the age of 50
38% of game players are female
The best-selling video game super-genre by units sold for 2006 was “Strategy,” with [...]


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E3 Fallout, Miscellaneous and Sundry

Microsoft stealthily deployed a backwards compatibility update for Xbox 360 owners yesterday via Live (what else). Always nice to see. Details on what changed here.
Also on Live, the demofest continues: The BIGs and Stuntman: Ignition. I love the whole next-gen downloadable demo scene that has emerged; it is just brilliant to be able to try [...]


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The Infantilising Continues Unabated

In the U.K., this ad has been banned by the Adverts Council. It was running on the subway tube:

in its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority said: “We considered that the vivid depiction of the crashed car and burning tyre, combined with the slogans implication that people could achieve inner peace through acts of violence, was [...]


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NY Times Plays Manhunt 2, Shrugs

Nice to see some level heads out there in the ‘mainstream media’. Well, at least in the Arts section.
Choice quote:
I did not find Manhunt 2 particularly frightening or sickening, more like a violent interactive cartoon. But I’m used to games. As Mr. Zelnick suggested, I wanted to see how the game stood up against the [...]


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