I never was a big fan of fraternities when I was in school. Perhaps it was the fact that you had to pay to belong to them, or acceptance was determined on whether you could withstand a man peeing on you, all while you had to drink a gallon of milk in 5 minutes.
The recent story from the University of Vermont’s chapter of Simga Phi, a fraternity with over 293,000 lifetime members, is quite chilling. The chapter has been suspended for passing around a survey amongst their house asking their members “If they could rape someone, who would it be?”
“Sigma Phi Epsilon and its leadership programs are built on the concept of respect for both self and others. Any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated,” said a national representative for Sigma Phi.
(Meanwhile the Office ho’s and CEO’s party is still on for this weekend at the Delta Chapter…) Continue reading “Frat Accused of Asking Members “Who They’d Like to Rape”” »
A project entitled Alter Egoby photographer Robbie Cooper sets out to compare real world gamers with their online counterparts, giving us a glimpse into how gamers represent their own personalities through their online characters.
Cooper spent three years taking photos of gamers in Korea, France, China, and Germany, while at the same time documenting their online avatars in various games including City of Heroes, Second Life, and World of Warcraft.
The result was a fascinating look at how we perceive ourselves in the online world, and at the same time get lost in the fantasy of a world not restricted by the physicality of our bodies in real life. As the project’s description describes it, it’s a “phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction”.
Cooper has been no stranger to photographing gaming related subjects Continue reading “Avatars and Their Creators: This Is What Gamers Really Look Like” »
But if the holidays are good for anything it’s their ability for all of us to give back for a good cause. Joe Martino, the creator of SHADOWFLAME comic series recently donated 500 copies of his book to the charity Comics For Heroes.
It’s not only a great gesture by Martino, it raises awareness for a charity not a lot of people (geeks included) may be aware of. Continue reading “Giving Comics For a Good Cause: ShadowFlame Creator Donates 500 “Comics For Heroes”” »
We know developer Rovio is trying to capitalize as much as possible on its little iOS franchise known as Angry Birds. First the developer made plans to open a retail shop dedicated to pushing Angry Birds merchandise, and an animation studio for Angry Birds cartoons. This was shortly after announcing the half a billion downloads milestone.
Now, the company plans on infiltrating local parks and outfitting them with Angry Birds inspired playground equipment. Reuters reports: Continue reading “‘Angry Birds’ Take Over Your Local Parks and Playgrounds” »
We’ve seen some record shattering game sales and some even better advancements in the way we play video games.
But who can forget the events that were splattered in between it all. From Occupy Wall Street to protestors taking out Gaddhafi, the year was certainly momentous. What better way to capture it than through one of the most timeless toys in the history of man-kind?
Check out a sample of the full flickr album for some of the best moments of 2011 in lego form.
MURDOCH GETS PIED Continue reading “Flickr Presents: The Best of 2011…In Legos” »
Nintendo fans around the world can take a breather. Maybe?
If you happened to read the latest edition of Wired, you might have read an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, longtime Nintendo CEO and creator of epic franchises like Mario,and The Legend of Zelda, in which he supposedly revealed plans to retire.
The designer, who celebrated his 59th birthday this past month, supposedly wants to devote his time to working on Continue reading “Is Longtime Nintendo CEO Shigeru Miyamoto Retiring, Or Not?” »
After nearly 50 years, Doctor Who is finally ready to make the official transition to the gaming world (no, we’re just going to ignore that one].
The details, unfortunately, are a bit scant: while the BBC says Continue reading “‘Doctor Who’ Drops Into the Gaming World” »
Do you hate freemium games as much as The Daily Show?
Correspondent Aasiv Mandvi did a segment on yesterday’s show that takes quite a funny look at freemium games while profiling developers of Tap Fish 2 and a few kids who maxed out daddy’s credit card while playing the game.
Mandvi speaks to a parent and his three kids who racked up over $1500 in credit card bills playing the “Tap Fish.” Continue reading “Who’s To Blame For Kids Maxing Out Their Parents’ Credit Cards?” »
The New York Daily News has reported that Jerry Robinson, creator of The Joker (and to a somewhat lesser extent Robin), passed away yesterday afternoon in his sleep. He was 89.
Robinson met Batman creator Bob Kane in the late 1930′s and soon began working as an inker and letterer on the comic strip. In little time he was helping design and develop characters, and in Batman #1 (1940), the Joker was born. (Though Kane continues to dispute who had more to do with the character’s creation, Robinson is widely hailed as the man most behind it). Continue reading “R.I.P. Jerry Robinson, Creator of The Joker (1922-2011)” »
For those of you thinking Dartz was referring to the anime character, I regret to inform you that in the case of this article, it refers to the Estonian based armored vehicle maker Dartz, “the world’s most luxurious and expensive armored SUV company.”
While you’d have to think armored, luxury vehicles are a specific enough niche as it is, Dartz is launching an electric version of its Mojo Two-Seater that targets the safety conscious, yet green individual.
Jo-Mojo will have an 80 horse-power electric motor with 90 lb-ft (122 Nm) of torque, Continue reading “Car Of The Future? Dartz BULLETPROOF Roadster Goes Electric” »
According to China Daily, Liu Yang is a 12 year old boy from the Northeast, Chinese province of Shenyang, one of the most industrial cities in the country. In April of this year, Yang fainted in school because of leg pain and was taken to the hospital. It was discovered that Yang was suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare case of bone cancer that’s reported in roughly 0.3 people out of 1,000,000.
Yang’s father has diabetes and can not work. He’s stopped treating himself so that he can pay for Yang’s treatment. The family is renting a temporary house without heat, saving the money from their heat bill to put towards Yang’s treatment. Continue reading “Boy Uses Chess To Battle Cancer, How Can We Help?” »
Fortunately artists Marko Manev, Hexagonall, and Edson Muzada have crafted some extremely cool minimalist movie posters, paying tribute to comic book movies in a 1950s style that’s heavily reminiscent of the Golden Age of cinema.
Here’s a look at a few that stand out: Continue reading “5 of the Best Minimalist Comic Book Movie Posters You May Ever See” »
Travelling at a thousand feet per second, a cannonball went sailing into a small California town north of San Fransicso when a myth-busters experiment went south.
Puncturing walls, bouncing off car lanes, and going through roofs, this is one experiment that busted more than just a myth. As the video below explains, some people woke to find that the crashing sounds they heard weren’t thunder, but were indeed something else.
One man found something surprising when he came out to his mini-van:
I looked inside…and there was a cannonball…about 5 to 10 inches.
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Continue reading “Mythbusters Experiment Goes Wrong, Fires Cannonball Into Neighborhood” »
But by trade Byrne is a carpenter who obviously needs his opposable thumbs to lay down the rug. But after an accident that cost him his most important finger not named the middle, he had to make a choice: be stuck as that guy who shakes four of your fingers instead of five, or replace the thumb with something else…
For those of you who are just being introduced to the series, it was recently renewed for its fifth season and is currently one of the highest rated shows on cable, regularly drawing anywhere from 4.5 to 5 million viewers a night.
Sons of Anarchy revolves around a biker gang that has all but quit their day jobs to make ends-meet by illegally importing weapons, modifying and selling them to various gangs, and protecting local businesses from getting jobbed. Continue reading “‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season Finale Airs Tonight” »
Even if classical music and stringed instruments aren’t your forte, there’s too much to love in this video by cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, who, whilst editing a video of his cello performance some months back, found that his producer had thrown light saber effects into the mix.
Thus was born CELLO WARS, and Nelson soon found himself an entire legion (of his best troops) of new fans.
The Force is strong with this one, and his evil Empire twin.
If it looks a bit expensive, it was… Continue reading “Cello Wars: Play Strings With a Light Saber, This Is What Happens” »
Chicago police say that a 24 year old convicted criminal, Anthony Miranda, asked a man in a parked car for a lighter…than proceeded to point a gun in the man’s face and ordered him out of the car.
According to the story in the Chicago Sun Times:
At some point, Miranda’s attention was diverted and the victim was able to grab control of the gun and the two wrestled. Continue reading “Mugger Picks Wrong Victim; Gets Messed Up By MMA Fighter” »
With the recent influx of games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 3 flooding the market, Kotaku reported the international Red Cross has announced that it’s investigating whether the rules of the Geneva and Hague conventions should be made mandatory in war-based video games.
THE GENEVA CONVENTION TREATY
To further elaborate the issue, here’s some history: The rules and regulations of the Geneva Convention (first held in 1864) make mandatory the humanitarian treatment of war victims, addressing the humane treatment of people overall (or lack thereof).
The following Hague Convention (first held in 1899) addresses specific kinds of warfare (chemical, bio-chemical, and so forth). Continue reading “War Crimes and War Games: Does The Red Cross Want In?” »
Just be thankful you aren’t Commisioner Gordon (coming back from the dead can be messy enough as it is). Continue reading “Is Batman Getting Creepy?” »
So fellas if you’re not dating a gaming girl already, here are a few reasons to maybe make sure your next girlfriend is a gamer:
According to a recent GameHouse infographic/survey, girl gamers are a lot more happy, social, and sexually/physically active than non-gaming girls.
The infographic, which was originally published in Venturebeat, also shows that most use online gaming as a way to relieve stress, while others to connect with friends and socially interact. Continue reading “Study Shows Female Gamers Have More Sex Than Non-Gaming Females” »