Thursday, December 30, 2010

Electronic Arts Planning 'Madden Curse: The Movie'

What started as a simple joke may now become a motion picture.

Electronic Arts is developing "Madden Curse," a sports comedy that incorporates the infamous jinx, believed to strike NFL players who appear on the cover of EA's popular "Madden" video game with injury or poor performance.

The story will follow a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game's cover -- and subject to the curse.

The Wrap

Mega Man Christmas Carol

Sprites Inc.

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits

* Ke$ha - Tik Tok
* Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
* Train - Hey, Soul Sister
* Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
* Usher Featuring - OMG
* B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
* Eminem Featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
* Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
* Taio Cruz - Dynamite
* Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris - Break Your Heart
* B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin’ On You
* Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull - I Like It
* Young Money Featuring Lloyd - Bedrock
* Jason Derulo - In My Head
* Rihanna - Rude Boy
* Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce - Telephone
* Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
* Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
* Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me
* The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
* Jay-Z + Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
* Usher Featuring Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
* Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars - Billionaire
* Eminem - Not Afraid
* Iyaz - Replay

DJ Earworm

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hell’s Kitchen: A Hell of an Embarrassment

Here’s a recap on the winners and their prize-status by season:

Season one, Michael Wray
- Promised Prize: The winner’s very own restaurant
- Did he get it? No, but it was his choice.

Season two, Heather West
- Promised Prize: Multi-million dollar restaurant in the billion dollar Red Rock resort in Las Vegas
- Did she get it? No. Heather was named senior chef (not executive chef, as was promised)

Season three, Rahman "Rock" Harper
- Promised Prize: The winner will run a Multi-million dollar restaurant in the Green Valley Ranch Resort
- Did he get it? Yes – and he fulfilled his contract.

Season four, Christina Machamer
- Promised Prize: The executive chef for Ramsay’s own restaurant, London West Hollywood in Los Angeles w/a salary of $250k
- Did she get it? No. But she got part of it. Christina was installed as a "senior sous chef" (not executive chef, as was promised in show-related publicity and press releases throughout the season) with a $250,000 salary.

Season five, Danny Veltri
- Promised Prize: Head chef at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City
- Did he get it? No. Veltri was employed as a sous chef under Stephen Kalt at Italian restaurant Fornelletto at the Borgata. However, they at least gave him a cash prize of $250k.

Season six, Dave Levey

- Promised Prize: Head Chef at Araxi Restaurant and Bar in Whistler, British Columbia
- Did he get it? No. He got the title “Head Chef”, but was treated like a line-cook, working under Executive Chef James Walt. This is a step down from the Executive Chef title he held prior to competing in Hell’s Kitchen. According to sources, Levey resigned from Araxi just a few weeks after.

Season seven, Holli Ugalde
- Promised Prize: Executive Chef at The Savoy in London
- Did she get it? We wouldn’t be writing this article if she had… They did give her a cash prize of an undisclosed amount. Unrelated, Ugalde has been recruited by B Ocean Fort Lauderdale to be their Signature Chef for the new restaurant they’re opening.

Foodie Gossip

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nintendo seeks to trademark 'On like Donkey Kong'

Think it's "on like Donkey Kong?" Better make sure Nintendo agrees with you. The makers of the classic video-game franchise have filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to trademark the pop-culture phrase, "It's on like 'Donkey Kong.' "


Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Childhood Milestone: The NES Turns 25

An anniversary tribute to a system that touched millions of lives, including ours.

By Jeremy Parish

On October 18, 1985, Nintendo of America officially debuted the U.S. version of its first-ever home videogame console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was an overhauled version of the company's Family Computer, which had parlayed its rocky launch in Japan into a nationwide phenomenon in short order. The arrival of the NES was a stealthy attempt to defibrillate an American home gaming market that had lain dormant for nearly two years. In time, the success of the NES made Nintendo a powerhouse and confirmed that gaming was a legitimate medium rather than a passing fad.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

'Sesame Street' Pulls Controversial Katy Perry Duet

"Sesame Street" started previewing its 41st season on the Web this week, releasing teaser clips featuring stars like Jude Law,, Colin Farrell, and Run-DMC's Reverend Run. One of the shorts, however, got a lot more attention than the rest: a two-and-a-half minute video of pop star Katy Perry singing a reworked version of her 2008 hit "Hot N Cold" with Elmo. The issue: the perception that Perry's outfit wasn't appropriate for a show geared toward children ages one to six.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Stupid California Police Warn Parents of Pedobear, the 'Pedophile Mascot'

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning parents about a disturbing new phenomenon made popular by pedophiles and sexual deviants.

The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children.

Recently, pedophiles have adopted the bear as a mascot.

Although there have been no reported sightings of the image on the Central Coast, individuals dressed in the bear costume and car decals have been seen in Southern California.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Controversial ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ Will Finally Be Released

By Kamau High

“Duke Nukem Forever,” a video game synonymous with never being released, is finally being released.

The first person shooter about a space marine with a penchant for off-color humor who battles aliens with increasingly destructive weapons, was to be the fourth installment in a series of games that garnered critical praise and generated controversy for its depiction of women. After 10 years in development, 3D Realms, the studio behind the game, announced it was shutting down in 2009.

The game is being finished by Gearbox Software and will be published by Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the “Grand Theft Auto” series. The game is being shown to consumers and the press for the first time at a video game convention today. Gearbox hopes to release the game next year.

The Wall Street Journal

Monday, August 30, 2010

Synopsis Of Gin And Juice On Wikipedia

The song begins with a sound effect of a human urinating, followed by an interlude in which an unknown male is speaking, denouncing one of his associates for either committing mater-sodomy in the immediate vicinity or for having bad breath, it remains unclear which. The unknown male requests some bubblegum, presumably to remedy the situation.

We are then introduced to the narrator, Snoop Dogg, as he discusses the exigencies of his life; his hometown of Long Beach, California, is very dramatic. He finds the will to create his unique musical style amidst all this drama, and does so daily. He then entreats the listener (affectionately called a “g”) to enjoy his tale in said musical style.

Mr. Dogg's tale starts at 2 am in his home, where a party has been taking place and is continuing late into the night, because his mother is away. Women are copulating in his living room, presumably in a lesbian fashion, and intend to do so until 6 am, when they will leave. Mr. Dogg and his associates decide to join the sapphic women. Ever-prepared, they retrieve prophylactics pre-emptively sequestered within their pockets before dimming the lights and shutting the doors behind them.

After stipulating that his regard for the females does not involve love, Snoop Dogg and his associates decide that the use of one ounce of marijuana would be a fitting tribute to the act and his regard of the situation and the women. Rather than go into details of what is taking place behind closed doors, he tells the listeners (affectionately called “motherfuckas”) to reminisce of revelry in general, preferably while bouncing.

The said revelry consists of the chorus line and the subject of the song title: cruising down the street, smoking marijuana, and sipping on gin and an unnamed juice. The unnamed juice is likely of citrus origin, though the properties of gin renders it miscible with all fruit juices. It is possible that the previous scene, and the upcoming scenes, are projected memories of the narrators told in the present sense. Mr. Dogg then attempts a chiasmus about his constant preoccupation with pecuniary matters.

In another memory, Snoop Dogg has procured a bottle of Seagrams brand gin, and is intent on consuming it himself, but his associates have worked up a thirst as well. They present their empty cups for Mr. Dogg to fill, but have not offered any payment for the alcohol. Mr. Dogg is angry at the prospect of sharing his alcoholic beverage without consideration, as these requests happen all too often. He acknowledges their requests, but reminds them that his needs come first.

Mr. Dogg quickly diffuses the situation by reminding the listener that he is very good at cultivating music that captivates his listeners. He wants to know, “Who listens to the words that I speak?” This is most likely a rhetorical question. We do not learn if he ever does share the Seagrams.

Mr. Dogg leaves the party, beverage in hand, for the middle of the street, presumably because his house party has grown beyond the bounds of his yard. He meets a young lady named Sadie who had previously dated one of his associates. He flirts with the young lady, but does not expect physical contact because the weather has remained a sultry 80 degrees Fahrenheit. As she initiates physical contact with his testicles, the heat becomes too much. Snoop tells Sadie to release his scrotum and informs her she will be denied further contact with that part of him. He says “at ease”, likely to calm down Sadie, but also in an attempt to relax all involved. Mr. Dogg then runs off to engage in an act of mobbing with his associates (affectionately called the “Dogg Pound”) in order to cool off and feel a breeze. He urges all to do the same.

We return to the chorus narration, where Snoop Dogg continues to consume marijuana, gin and juice while cruising in a vehicle. He is still concerned about his financial situation, stated in an identical chiastic manner.

The narrator then recalls a memory that happened later in the same day, presumably at the house party. His friend, Dr. Dre, pays Mr. Dogg a visit, presenting him with several bottles of Tanqueray brand gin and a very well-endowed joint of marijuana. The marijuana is of a strength colloquially described as lethal, as he cleverly alludes to through a reference to the bubonic plague. The combination of drugs proves too intoxicating for Mr. Dogg, and he is forced to imbibe less vivaciously, but he refuses to stop altogether. Dr. Dre then introduces Mr. Dogg to some women whom he has brought from a neighboring city in Los Angeles. Snoop Dogg makes his intents to bed (or cot) the women clear, but warns them beforehand that he does not intend to make them climax nor stay with them after copulation has occurred, because he does not love them. Women whom he does not love he refers to as “hoes”, the origin of which is unclear, but is in no way related to the garden tool.

The song ends with a final repetition of the chorus, where some spontaneous words are uttered after the title verse (a slang word phonetically spelled BEE-OTCH). Mr Dogg's mental preoccupation with money matters is reiterated multiple times.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

WWE Star -- Victim in Lady Gaga Concert Scam

JTG -- a self-professed Gaga fanatic -- tells TMZ, he went on and successfully tracked down and purchased two $125 tickets to Lady G's sold out Wednesday night show in L.A. But when he showed up to the Staples Center, the ticket lady refused to accept them ... because they were fake.

Now JTG is on the rampage, desperately trying to track down the scumbag who swindled him -- but first, he wants to make sure the bad guy gets the respect he deserves.

The wrestler tells TMZ, "Game recognize game, so I gotta respect his hustle. But when I catch him, I hope he can respect my Brooklyn-style beatdown."

JTG says he's been power dialing the Craigslist con artist ever since ... but it keeps going straight to voicemail.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Woman's nude photos exposed by tech support

Meet the new disco zombie in Plants Vs Zombies

Yesterday, PopCap announced that they’d decided to retire the dancing Michael Jackson-shaped zombie from future versions of Plants versus Zombies. I asked them what they’d be replacing him with. The answer has a hairy chest, white flared trousers, and fabulous hair.

PC Gamer

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Michael Jackson Estate Forces 'Plants vs. Zombies' Update

The latest update of "Plants vs. Zombies" on iPhone made a change to one of the most recognizable adversaries in the game. Since the game's launch in 2009, the Dancing Zombie has bared a striking resemblance to Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" music video, complete with red leather jacket, tight, too-short pants and white socks. That all changed with the latest update to "Plants vs. Zombies," as the Dancing Zombie is now disco themed. Why the change? Apparently PopCap heard from the lawyers of Michael Jackson's estate.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Free Passes To Macworld 2011

Macworld 2011

Mushroom Kingdom Gurls (California Gurls Parody)

Microsoft exec mocks iPhone 4, dubs it Apple's Vista

By Gregg Keizer

A top Microsoft executive today compared Apple's iPhone 4 to his own company's problem-plagued Vista operating system.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

The 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World

#9. "Suck butter from my ass" (Chupe mantequilla de mi culo)
#8. "A thousand dicks in your religion" (Elif air ab dinikh)
#7. "He's as thick as a bull's walt" (that is, as dense as an erect bull penis)
#6. "Let a hungry Carpathian long-haired she-wolf blow your dick, fuck" (Gladna Karpatska valchitza s dalag kosam minet da ti prai deeba)
#5. "Fuck the 18 generations of your ancestors" (Cao ni zu zong shi ba dai)
#4. "Grandfatherfucker" (Afatottari)
#3. "I'll make sarma with your penis' skin" (Glirit mortin hed sarma shinem)
#2. "May God give you to search for your children with a Geiger counter" (Da bog da trazio detzoo Gaygerovim broyachem)
#1. "Stick your hand in my ass and jerk off with my shit" (Sa-mi bagi mana-n cur si sa-mi faci laba la cacat)


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nike Gives Pedobear His Own Shoe

If you thought YaoKustoms' ‘Just Did It’ Tiger Woods Supra High Tops were rather controversial, wait until you see this trendy new pair of Nike sneakers.

Does it get any more offensive than Pedobear, the mascot that has become synonymous with creepy pedophiles everywhere? The innocent looking grizzly's latest appearance comes on this interesting piece of footwear created by the American-based sportswear giants.

As for the name of these shoes, for now we'll call them the Nike Pedob-Airs.

Total Pro Sports

Monday, June 21, 2010

Best Ever Cease And Desist

The very special but also very real letter is from the National Pork Board, who claims we're infringing on the slogan "The Other White Meat," a slogan they're apparently thinking about phasing out anyways.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Molester "Monk" Lured Boys With His Wii

A 46-year-old Taiwanese man has been arrested for raping four young boys.

The perpetrator would invite young boys to his house on the pretext of playing his Nintendo Wii. Apparently, he would then sexually assault the children. One of the boys' mothers noticed that something was bothering her son, and he told what had happened to him. The mother then contacted the police, which began the investigation.

The man, who sports a shaved head, is supposedly not a real Buddhist monk, but rather, a "bogus" monk. He says that the sex was consentual.

Under Taiwanese law, it is illegal to have sex with minors under the age of 14 — regardless of consent. For each count of rape, the accused faces a seven year term prison sentence.


Google ditches Windows on security concerns

By David Gelles and Richard Waters in San Francisco

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally.

“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.

“Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” said another.

New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said one employee. “Microsoft we don’t feel so good about.”

Financial Times

American cage fighter 'rips out still-beating heart of training partner after fearing he was possessed by the devil'

By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 4:21 PM on 30th May 2010

A U.S. cage fighter ripped out the heart of his training partner while he was still alive after becoming convinced he was possessed by the devil, it was alleged today.

Jarrod Wyatt also cut out Taylor Powell's tongue and ripped off most of his face in a brutal assault that police said looked like a scene from a horror film, officers said.

They claim they found the 26-year-old standing naked over his friend's body with parts, including an eyeball, strewn around the blood splattered room in Klamath, California.

Daily Mail

Woman Sues Google for Bad Directions

Rosenberg, a Los Angeles California native, is suing Google because Google Maps issued directions that told her to walk down a rural highway. She started walking down the highway--which had no sidewalk or pedestrian paths--and was struck by a car. She is suing Google for her medical expenses ($100,000), as well as punitive damages. She is also suing the driver who struck her, Patrick Harwood of Park City, Utah.

On January 19, 2010, Rosenberg was apparently trying to get from 96 Daly Street, Park City, Utah, to 1710 Prospector Avenue, Park City, Utah. She looked up the walking directions using Google Maps on her Blackberry. Google Maps suggested a route that included a half-mile walk down "Deer Valley Drive," which is also known as "Utah State Route 224."

There's not much more to say--she started walking down the middle of a highway, and a car hit her. Who wouldn't have seen that one coming?


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Video gamer hunts down, stabs man who killed his online 'Counter-Strike' character

By Michael Sheridan

Thursday, May 27th 2010, 11:55 AM

Watch out who you kill in the virtual world, it may inspire someone to attack you in the real one.

That's what happened to one Frenchman, who was stabbed and nearly killed by a fellow "Counter-Strike" player, according to London's Telegraph.

Julien Barreaux reportedly spent six months looking for the person who killed his online character in a virtual knife fight, and eventually found the foe living only a few miles away in Cambrai, a town about 2 hours north of Paris.

The 20-year-old, armed with a real-life kitchen knife, went to the man's house and brutally stabbed him in the chest. The victim, identified only as Mikhael, survived the assault after the blade missed his heart by less than an inch.

"Barreaux was arrested within the hour and told us he had wanted to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character," a police officer testified at the trial, the Telegraph reported.

The overzealous video gamer will spend two years behind bars, and receive anger management therapy.

"You are a menace to society," Judge Alexiane Potel said. "I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street."

New York Daily News

Friday, May 28, 2010

Did Warner Bros. Pirate Antipiracy Technology?

Fri May 21, 2010 @ 01:52PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Warner Bros. has been sued for stealing an antipiracy technology patent.

The claim comes from a German company called Medien Patent Verwaltung. According to new infringement lawsuits filed against Warners, Technicolor and Deluxe in New York and Germany, MPV says that in 2003, it introduced the studio to a method of marking films with a distinctive code so it could track back sources of piracy to the exact theater in which an unauthorized copy originated. MPV says it has been trying to get Warners to pay for use of the technology since it allegedly began incorporating the invention in prints throughout Europe in 2004.

“We disclosed our anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. in 2003 at their request, under strict confidentiality, expecting to be treated fairly," MPV says in a statement. "Instead, they started using our technology extensively without our permission and without any accounting to us. However, we had taken care to obtain patents to protect MPV's technology, and we are now in a position where we must assert our rights.”

Warner Bros. declines to comment on the dispute. But we've discovered that MPV made a little mistake in its New York lawsuit.

The patent that MPV cites in its complaint is 7,187,633, entitled "Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding."

But our search of the patent records reveals that patent number has another title: "Marking of a Data Medium Material for Information Intended for Reproduction." There is another patent entitled "Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding." The assignee? You guessed it: Warner Bros.

Did the Germans accidentally steal the title of Warners' own patent when suing the studio for stealing?

The answer appears to be yes. Reached for comment, New York attorney Richard Garbarini, representing the plaintiffs, admits the error and says he will file an amended complaint.

In the meantime, there's still the larger issue of whether a major studio stole technology to help it prevent people from stealing its movies.

The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Is That A Cracked Version Of Max Payne 2 On Steam?

The Steam executable for Rockstar's Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne bears a striking resemblance to a no-CD hack released by now defunct piracy group Myth. Could it just be a coincidence?

Steam Forums

Portal is FREE!

Portal used to cost money. Until May 24th, it's free. End of story.

Well, technically speaking, there are some strings attached. Fortunately, they're entirely decorative. We just like the way they look, swaying in the gentle breeze created by a million people simultanously fainting from shock at the news that Portal is free. Now you have no reason not to try Portal.

"I have a reason," some of you are probably typing into an angry email. "You see, sir, I own a Mac."

Well guess what: For the first time ever, Portal is also available for the Mac.

"Capital news! But the excellent puzzle adventure Portal won over 40 Game of the Year awards; Surely it must cost at least five or six hundred dollars."

You'd think that, especially since it actually won over 70 Game of the Year Awards. But, like we keep saying, Portal is free. Free on the Mac. Free on the PC. But only until May 24th. So you only have a few days to decide if your free copy of Portal is worth the price we're currently charging - which is you ever-so-slightly moving your index finger just barely enough to click the big red "download" button right there to the left.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Saving a penny -- pirating the Humble Indie Bundle

By Jeff on May 10th, 2010

One common email we have been getting is people notifying us that they see live Humble Bundle key links around the internet on various forums, 4chan, and even Steam! I decided to look into this a little bit and try to guess how big of a phenomenon it is.

After some simple math, I estimate that over 25% of Humble Indie Bundle downloads are 'pirated' -- that is, users download from shared links from forums and other places without actually contributing anything. Note: that is not including BitTorrent and other sources.

How do people pirate the bundle? When I say this bundle is DRM-free -- I really mean DRM-free. Not only do the games themselves have no copy protection (not even a simple serial number check), but the Humble Indie Bundle website has limited copy protection. That means there are no download limits, everything is reachable on the command-line with 'wget', you can resume downloads, and do anything else you would expect to be able to do with a personal download link.

25% seems incredible given that you can simply pay $0.01 to be completely legitimate. Is this figure correct? Let's take a look at some raw download data.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ten Wrestlers Who (Miraculously) Aren’t Dead

7. Spike Dudley

From the looks of this video, Dudley’s specialty seems to be getting lifted over some dude’s head and tossed out of the ring like some kind of Druidic virgin sacrifice.