I’m in that dangerous stage of video game boredom.

You know: the one where I don’t care about any of the one billion games I’ve already got on Steam, Epic, Orgin, GOG, Bethesda, and Uplay and start wondering about new time-sinks. In related news: how’s Tropico 6? GOG’s having a sale on the previdammit I just bought Sid Meier’s Pirates.

People fulminating about violent video games again. Yay.

Look, I feel that there is an Understanding, or there should be. I am now in this lane. A certain segment of the population is now in that lane. I am retired, so I stay out of their lane; and they should stay out of mine. Particularly when it comes to things like video games, which are frankly a convenient whipping boy for whatever general damfool feels like being a damfool in public this week. If you don’t like ’em, don’t play ’em; and if you don’t want your kids exposed to ’em, don’t let them play ’em. Aside from that, mind your own damned business.

I have spoken.

How do I feel about this Paranoia video game?

I’m not sure.

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Please do not use cars as video game platforms.

This is a very, very, very, very, very dumb idea.

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Q. How do you turn junk into treasure?

A. Bury it in the desert:

A cache of Atari game cartridges, including copies of one of the worst video games ever made, have sold for more then $100,000 after being discovered in a landfill site in the desert.

The ‘one of the worst video games ever made’ thing, of course, refers to¬†E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A landfill copy sold for $1,535 – which is weird, because if you click on that lin you’ll see that you can get in on Amazon for around eighty bucks. ¬†Not that you should spend eighty bucks on that game either, by all accounts…

Moe Lane

Quote of the Day, Teach… The Parents Well… edition.

Gabe of Penny Arcade:

Last night I was a guest speaker during a PTA meeting at my son’s school. I spoke about video games, ratings and the importance of paying attention to what your kids are playing. I thought it went really well and I figured I’d break down my talk here in case anyone wanted to take some of my ideas and do something similar at their kid’s school.

You know… people¬†probably should. I remember what many parents (including mine!) got pretty wrong about roleplaying games, when I was a kid; I imagine that it’s a lot worse for video games, given that there really is a lot more in the way of objectionable material that’s accessible to kids. Sharing one’s knowledge on this topic seems like a mitzvah.