Category:  WTF?

By Patrick Kulikowski, March 27, 2014 0 News, PC, WTF?

Remember the movie My Girl with Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Macaulay Culkin?

I certainly do. It was the quintessential tearjerker drama film of the early 90s and it left my child self feeling pretty terrified of bees. And now in the Year of Luigi 2014 it apparently has a browser-based sidescrolling platformer made after it.

According to the game’s creator, Mark Lehand, My Girl the Movie – The Video Game has you “play as Thomas J and live the world of My Girl.   You see and do everything he does in this beautiful interactive experience.”

You can play the game yourself right here. Your arrow keys and the ‘I’ key are all that are required. Good luck with those bees.

I’m still trying to come to terms with what the heck I just played. “Put on his glasses! Put on his glasses!” Jeez.

By Patrick Kulikowski, March 12, 2014 1 News, WTF?

UPDATE: Foxx has issued a new statement on his Parappa the Rapper Facebook fan group, stating that he is suing Perry “for defamation of character, slander & harrassment.” The full statement can be read here.

The voice actor behind everyone’s favorite kung-fu chopping, noodle-stomping rapping dog recently got on several fans’ bad side after being accused of scamming fans out of money.

Parappa the Rapper star and professional rap artist Dred Foxx, who has voiced the titular character since its 1997 PS1 inception, had allegedly agreed in late 2012 to record ten lines of dialogue in his Parappa voice for a fanmade animation project by two college students named Jacob Collins and Cameron Perry.

The two students agreed to pay Foxx $100, but several months passed with no results. Collins and Perry initially understood Foxx’s rationale for the lack of developments at first, owing it to the effects of Superstorm Sandy in late Oct. 2012 and the rapper’s computer issues. Foxx even said that if he couldn’t do it within a respectable amount of time that he would refund the money. However, after more weeks of in-action and a Facebook post where Foxx asked fans for donations for his broken iPad, the fan animators demanded a refund, threatening legal action.

This set off a chain reaction of hostile comments between both parties, with Foxx claiming that there was “no agreement in writing” regarding the fans’ request and that the two fans were just trying to “capitalize” off his market by attaching their name to his.

The entire back-and-forth over Facebook between the two can be read here. After news broke out online regarding this incident and fans began voicing their outrage on Foxx’s Facebook fan group/Parappa the Rapper 3 petition, he closed off entry to the group and is planning to create a new “selective” group. While Foxx issued an apology for going “out of character” with his public meltdown on Facebook, he hasn’t particularly apologized to the two fans, who as of this writing have still not been refunded their money.

In the meantime, Foxx has stated that he will not be responding to any inquiries and that he will be uploading a YouTube video of his side of what he calls “petty buffoonery.” It still remains to be seen how he’ll kick, punch, turn and chop his way out of this alleged scandal.

Source: AT7ADDAK | Facebook

By Maxwell Coviello, December 1, 2013 1 Gaming culture, WTF?

Oh God, why?

A Twitch user by the name of Moltov is currently live-streaming a speedrun of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Sounds pretty old hat, right?

Oh how wrong you are. Because Moltov is doing a speedrun with a Wii classic controller covered in honey. A controller covered in honey.

What was the thought process leading to this decision? Did Moltov expect an added challenge? Is this some weird intersection of gaming and outsider art? The mind, it is boggled.

I assume that the fact that Moltov has to repeatedly dip the controller into a bowl of honey is because he needs to give it a periodic re-coating of the bee goo. It kind of makes me want to vomit everywhere.

If you are morbidly curious, please check out the livestream.

By Andrew Martins, April 22, 2013 0 News, WTF?

In what has to be the most creative (read: highly illegal) use of a Pac-Man cabinet since the arcade market collapsed, a South Carolina man was arrested after investigators found over 55 pounds of marijuana in the machine.

According to a press release from Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, Luis Tyler, 40, was seen accepting the game containing the large amount of pot on April 16.

Officials reportedly pulled Ravenell over shortly thereafter and confiscated the cabinet, the ganja and Tyler’s car.

“Our efforts to make Orangeburg safe will not stop. We are and will continue to investigate the criminals in our community and make arrests,” Ravenell said in the release. “You may be looking for a high score but what you’ll get is ‘game over!’”

Nice wordplay there, Sheriff.

Tyler was subsequently charged with trafficking marijuana and slapped with a $75,000 bond. You can check out a gallery of the cabinet, Tyler’s mugshot and the whole mess of sticky-icky after the jump.

Source: The Times and Democrat | HardcoreGamer

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By Tom Farndon, January 16, 2013 0 Multiplatform, News, WTF?

Art comes in all shapes and sizes, but if a large portion of the gaming community is to be believed, then the inclusion of a foot-tall statue of an eviscerated female torso in the special edition of Dead Island Riptide may at least be in poor taste.

For those that missed the uproar yesterday, Deep Silver revealed the “Zombie Bait Edition” of their upcoming zombie maim-’em-up for the European and Australian markets. As such announcements are wont to do, the questionable bonus was showcased front and center.

By last night, Deep Silver issued a statement via Twitter apologizing for the statue, somewhat blaming the autonomy of the company’s various branches across the globe. As for the decision to include and rationalizing it by saying it was meant to reflect in-game actions.

“For the limited run of the Zombie Bait Edition for Europe and Australia, a decision was made to include a gruesome statue of a zombie torso, which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.”

Deep Silver apologized further, stating that “for now, we want to reiterate to the community, fans and industry how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again.”

The damage has been done, so all that’s left is damage control. Whether this means never doing it again or having some add-on band-aids sent out to owners of the statue has yet to be seen.

Even if it was based on the game, it’s hard to believe that anyone would proudly display a fake female dismembered torso on their bookshelves.

Source: @deepsilver via TwitLonger

By Allain Richard, October 12, 2012 0 Gaming culture, Industry, News, WTF?

Just when you think the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are seriously looking out for the safety of millions of innocent pets, they go after your childhood memories instead.

PETA recently released a mock Pokémon game as a response to the recent release of
Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 in an effort to show how that Pikachu in your control is actually your slave.

Dubbed Pokémon Black and Blue, the game is also being used as a way to show how the entire Pokémon series made bullies more prevalent in schools.

“As battling Pokémon grew in popularity generations of children were growing up believing that Pokémon exist for no other reason than to be used and abused by humans,” a statment from PETA charged. “Children learned about dominance instead of compassion. While Pokémon faced the worst abuses, children also started bullying each other.”

There’s plenty of bullying to be found in school, but saying Pokémon may be a major factor in kids picking on other kids seems a little… Farfetch’d. If anything, proponents of the long-running series could say it brings children closer together, as they build their team and their friendship.

Personally, I tend not to think about PETA’s tactics, or the organization as a whole, at all. They rarely show up, but when they do, I feel they go way too far with their violent messages.

Source: Ludos Mundi

By Andrew Martins, June 28, 2012 0 Gaming culture, Multiplatform, News, WTF?

When Square Enix announced yesterday that Kevin Pereira, the former host of G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” would host a “game show” based off of Quantum Conundrum, not a whole lot about the project was revealed.

All we knew was that the production company/marketing firm/indie publisher iam8bit was involved, it would be shown on Machinima, and that a puppet version of IKE would be featured as well.

Having now watched the four minute episode…I have no idea what I just watched. I mean, I feel like I’ve just bared witness to a mescaline-infused dream somehow made manifest on YouTube.

It’s cooky, it’s strange and it weirdly fits in with the oddball stylings of Kim Swift and Airtight Games’ puzzler. It also helps that Pereira still has his somewhat over-the-top, psuedo-dickish demeanor from AOTS.

“I’d be in the crazy dimension to pass up the role as host for the most epic show ever,” Pereira said in a statement. “Have you SEEN Ike? How can you say no to anything involving that little guy?”

You can check out a gallery of promotional shots, as well as the trailer and full episode after the break. Just make sure to count your crazy pills beforehand.

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By Andrew Martins, June 21, 2012 0 Gaming culture, Humor, News, WTF?

It’s always strange when our somewhat insular world on the internet breaks out into the mainstream. While it’s happened a number of times, from the Guy Fawkes mask to LOLcat, this instance is pretty hilarious.

In Flo Rida’s music video for his latest single “Let it Roll,” internet comedian/dancer/filmmaker Nathan Barnatt struts his stuff in beautiful Miami, Fla. as his Keith Apicary character. While that would be funny by itself, Apicary dances in a bunch of different Miami locales, from the beaches to a “hoppin’” night club.

There are ladies. There is alcohol. And there is one broken handrail after a particular fall down some stairs staged by Apicary.

His involvement in the Flo Rida clip isn’t the first time Barnatt has at least tried to be in a music video.  Earlier this year, his character Apicary participated in an audition to dance in a Kimberly Cole music video.

Known for his incredibly awkward outfit and physical brand of humor, Apicary most recently made headlines for getting banned within 45 minutes of PAX East this April after dropping his pants and dancing around at the Rooster Teeth panel.

You can check out the full video after the break. Keep in mind that the video is semi-NSFW for some thong action, though mercifully it’s not Apicary sporting one.

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By Andrew Martins, May 29, 2012 0 News, WTF?

In the world of news reporting, every once in a while there’s a mistake. It happens. People get misquoted, numbers get jumbled up, and television anchors rarely tell weathermen to keep having relations with farmyard fowls.

What happened on the BBC’s News at One program last week is a pretty monumental snafu.

During a segment involving the very real, very disturbing situation in Syria, the topic quickly turned, naturally, to the United Nations Security Council. Seeing as they’re a major part of international relations throughout the globe, that’s pretty much par for the course.

However, what happened next isn’t, as the emblem for the United Nations Space Command from the Halo series was used in lieu of the Security Council’s logo. Seeing as though both entities, fictional or not, have the same abbreviation, it’s probably safe to guess that someone got lazy and took the first picture they found on Google Images.

The BBC has since removed the graphic from future broadcasts of the segment. Video of the segment, however, can be seen after the jump.

BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen,” a BBC spokesman said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week’s News at One bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake.”

Truth be told, the news has been getting games wrong for a while now. When errors like this start seeping into real news, there’s a problem there. As a reporter in my day job, this kid of mistake is so painful because anyone with half a brain knows you at least double check your information on Wikipedia. (I kid.)

Source: The Telegraph

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By Adam Ratte, April 12, 2012 0 Multiplatform, News, WTF?

How much would you pay for the ultimate piece of swag? $50? $100? If you’re a fan of the Resident Evil series and are completely gaga over the upcoming Resident Evil 6, then how does $1,302 sound?

Capcom recently announced that was how much their super ultimate awesome special edition of doom will cost you (that’s not really the name). What you get, however, is the game along with Leon S. Kennedy’s in-game jacket and four tablet case covers. The jacket will be available in small to extra large, while the tablet covers each come with a different character’s name engraved on them.

The “deal” is up on Capcom’s Japanese e-store, so start saving and maybe one day you too can look as cool as Leon.

Source: Gamespot | Capcom e-store