The Week in Review: Bill Nye, Bullying and Boycotts

The Week in Review: Bill Nye, Bullying and Boycotts

In this week's edition, the internet rallies round a little girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars, and Black Ops' Castro-killing level sparks a campaign to get it pulled from stores.

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May the Force Be With You, Katie

Some days, the internet deserves nothing more than a punch on the nose, but today is definitely not one of those days. First grader Katie was being bullied at school because she had a Star Wars water bottle and when her mother found she wrote about it for the Chicago Now website. It quickly caught the attention of the denizens of the web, who flooded the comments section of the article with messages of support. Katie's spirits were so lifted by the comments that she complimented her water bottle with a Star Wars shirt. Well done internet, have a cookie. (Link)


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Science Guy Takes a Tumble

Beloved purveyor of scientific wisdom, Bill Nye, collapsed while giving a lecture on climate change at the University of Southern California. Reports suggest that Nye was pushing himself too hard, and eventually exhaustion caught up with him. Nye recovered relatively quickly, and completed his lecture from the safety of a chair. Apparently, the assembled crowd reached for their phones in order to tweet the news, rather than going to help Nye, which is a little sad really. (Link)


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BioWare Teasing ... Something

BioWare is announcing something at the Spike Videogame Awards, but rather than leave fans completely in the dark, it's released a series of cryptic clues, hinting at what the mystery announcement is about. The first clue was a snippet of video featuring a guy with a futuristic looking gun, and then barcodes that contained binary information for "-129.5 °F.," the atomic weight of iron, and the website address for the British Secret Intelligence Service - previously known as MI6. The rumor is that BioWare is making a team-based shooter set in the Mass Effect world, but we'll have to wait until next month to see if that's true. (Link)


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Activist Group Tries to Get Black Ops Banned

The Alliance for Global Justice - which sounds like a superhero team - has denounced Call of Duty: Black Ops because it has a level where players try and assassinate Cuba's Fidel Castro. The group claims that Black Ops is part of a culture of "US Militarism" and that children must be protected from its influence. AFGJ is urging concerned parties to go to retailers and demand that the game be taken off the shelves. Sadly for the AFGJ, it started its campaign after Black Ops went on sale, which is perhaps just a little bit too late. (Link)


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Kinect Is Not Watching You

Microsoft has issued a statement saying that despite comments made by one of its executives, Kinect was not being used to mine demographic data in order to target ads. The idea that Microsoft might be using Kinect to spy on people came up after Interactive Entertainment Business COO Dennis Durkin said that that was one of the things that Kinect could be used for. Microsoft said that privacy was one of its main concerns, and that Kinect owners had nothing to worry about. (Link)

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Interesting week. The first story hits you with a d'awww so hard it almost hurts.

Always loved Bill Nye, glad he's ok. It'll be a sad day when he dies. Oh ya and fuck twitter.

I haven't played the Mass Effect games, but a friend of mine has promised to lend them to me and force me to play them soon. I hear good things, and I like co-op gameplay so team shooter could be cool.

While I don't care about Modern Warfare games that much, not a fan of hearing people trying to censor any games.

And as for Kinect obviously most crazy rumors are exaggerations or entirely made up, but I still don't really think I'll be getting it either way. The Wii already offers all the motion control gaming I can put up with, for most games a normal controller works better.

I'm sure they can go ahead and pull "Call Of Duty: Black Ops" from the shelves; it already sold more copies than there are people on earth.

So... The Internet saves a Loli Star Wars fan thus restoring my faith in humanity , Bill Nye collapses and people tweet instead of calling 911 which sends my faith back down the chart, Bioware is teasing us again, an obscure group tries to ban the single greatest selling thing ever and Kinect is not watching me shirtless in my underwear playing the aformentioned best selling thing ever(or doing "other" things).

All in all, typical week on the internet.

In other news, the Desert Bus charity stream is dancing to a certain well known swedish pop(?) song.

Google naked Kinect girls, then tell me Kinect isnt watching you ;)

008Zulu:
Google naked Kinect girls, then tell me Kinect isnt watching you ;)

Nothing came up.

strum4h:

008Zulu:
Google naked Kinect girls, then tell me Kinect isnt watching you ;)

Nothing came up.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SchmuckBait

Schmuck Bait at it's finest.

strum4h:

008Zulu:
Google naked Kinect girls, then tell me Kinect isnt watching you ;)

Nothing came up.

What? But naked Wii girl was up in less than a week.

Black ops ISN'T FOR KIDS DAMN IT!!!1111 If you let your kid buy Black ops and then complain about it then you are a horrible parent.

People didn't try to help him and instead used Twitter? what is this world coming too?

Hopefully a team based shooter made in the masseffect world is NOT what it is.

Im hoping for a proper alpha protocol.

What?! Someone was making fun of a little girl's love of Star Wars? It was Yahtzee wasn't it? Wasn't it?! (shakes fist in anger)

Surprisingly, this week, besides Nye, wasn't a big shocker to me.
@ Katie, the new Jedi, I think the Bullying epidemic is starting to become more and more of a concern to parents and education authorities. Not too long at school, we declared a new holiday, HERO day. A day denouncing the evil of harassment and supporting our fellow humans. Which I didn't have a problem with.. Free love and all that noise, but they forced it upon us with an assembly, parade, and IMMEDIATE suspension on all bullying.
@ Nye, the popularity of tweeting is annoying. One of the greatest scientists of now collapses and no one dares to help him up right before they inform their followers? For shame.
@ Bioware, AWWW SHIT.
@ Black Ops, OK, this one REALLY doesn't surprise me. EVERYTIME a new Call of Duty comes, some one is certain to flip shit. Last time with MW2 it was the Russians and this time, a Super-Hero coalition. It's getting old.
@ Kinect, I really don't care whether they're watching the store where the Kinect I didn't buy is. If I did own one however, I would play nude. Cheers, Microsoft.

Mcface:
Hopefully a team based shooter made in the masseffect world is NOT what it is.

Im hoping for a proper alpha protocol.

Thatd be nice :o

 

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