Category Archives: Games

Faa…faa, faa, faa, faa, faa, FIFA!

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 9.55.17¡!¡!¡!¡!ATTN¡!¡!¡!¡! fans of soccer, Футбол, futebol, voetbal, football, calcio, fútbol, Fußball, fotbaloví, piłka nożna, 足球, sokker, فٹ بال, and all the rest…the grand tournament we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us: THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP. The United States drew a rather tough grouping this time around: Group G, alongside Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. But it looks like they have a decent team again this year and, who knows, perhaps they’ll muster up some magic.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 9.53.11The games start this Thursday, 12 June, when Brazil takes on Croatia (16h00 US est). The US begins their bid for the cup on Monday, 16 June  (18h00 US est) against Ghana. Continue reading

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The Age of Video [Game] Violence?

Who needs another [nonviolent] distraction? Here’s one surely to bring you back to the good old days when video games didn’t involve larceny, homicide, rape, and other human atrocities. Sure, a few blinking ghosts get whacked, or the round chomping mouth bleeps and “expires,” but does Pac-Man promote violence like the electronic video games of today? What’s astonishing to me is that in spite of the game’s low tech graphics, lo-fi music, and bare bones storyline, I still experience a high level of suspense and excitement trying to make Pac-Man outrun the hungry ghosts. How about you?

I like Pac-Man, and I’ll be curious to know what scores you all pull down on Google’s web version of the classic arcade game (see the link above). But this post is also a roundabout way to give a nod to the Supreme Court’s recent review of another free-speech challenge: Whether U.S. states can ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The public radio stalwart Diane Rehm had a show about this very issue last month that’s worth a listen.

Do you suppose Lou Highness was referenced (with a slight emendation to his poetry) in the Supreme Court decision or dissent?

The currents rage, the dawn’s upon us
This is the age of Video [game] Violence
No age of reason landing upon us
This is the age of Video [game] Violence

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