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Tuesday, August 21, 2021

armed and dangerousRisk of physical injury during videogame play goes all the way back to the days of Space Invaders wrist.

I’d rather suffer that carpal-tunnel malady than a broken arm from trying to beat a Japanese arcade game sporting a plastic limb:

Arm Spirit, which is distributed by Atlus, is to be removed from 150 game emporiums as “a precaution”.

“We think that maybe some players get over-excited and twist their arms in an unnatural way,” a spokesman said.

The game manufacturer is less than sympathetic, considering:

“The machine isn’t that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it,” company spokesman Ayano Sakiyama told AP news agency.

Arm Spirit gamers advance through 10 levels, pitting their strength against a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua dog before reaching the final challenge - a professional wrestler.

I wonder which character is racking up the bone-snapping cred? My money’s on the Chihuahua.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/21/2007 11:25 PM
Category: Comedy, Videogames
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Friends of mine are having a dispute over what to name their next to-be-born child.

I’m sure they’ve used all the negotiation ploys there are. Assuming they haven’t worked yet, maybe they can use the offspring’s eponymous URL as the tiebreaker:

“One of the criteria was, if we liked the name, the domain had to be available,” [Mark] Pankow said. It was, and Pankow quickly grabbed [newborn baby boy] Bennett’s online identity [BennettPankow.com].

Basing your kid’s name on whether or not his/her name-branded domain is available? Kooky enough. I wonder if it would encourage offbeat name spelling, in line with some nouveau website addresses, e.g. Flickr. And will future schoolyard taunting focus on the quality of a child’s domain extension: “Check out Dyllan, his website’s a .net instead of .com — LOSER!”

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/21/2007 11:07 PM
Category: Internet, Society
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