Kicking the Great Jaggi to Death in Monster Hunter Tri

June 18, 2012 -

Andrew Eisen mentioned this during Episode 7 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, so we thought we'd share the video here. The video shows him and his sidekick literally kicking the Great Jaggi, a major boss in Monster Hunter Tri, to death.

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Jamaican Authorities Find 24 Pounds of Cocaine in Xbox

June 13, 2012 -

A short story on Boston.com details yet another criminal using an Xbox 360 to smuggle drugs. According to Jamaican authorities, they have seized 24 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the shell of an Xbox. The seizure was conducted by the Jamaica Customs Department, who say that they discovered the cocaine at Kingston's airport shortly after a Guyanese traveler cleared customs with a laptop and a suitcase.

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Video Game Causes Bomb Scare

May 2, 2012 -

There's nothing wrong with being safe and cautious when it comes to suspicious packages. That's what local law enforcement thought as they called in the bomb squad for a suspicious package in the Township of St. Charles Illinois when someone spotted a small gray metal box near the Kane County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

The box was first spotted by security for the courthouse at 8:10 am, "stuck up on a berm, reinforced by stones, behind a bush in a landscaped area to the west of the courthouse entrance."

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The Man Your Games Could Sell To

April 24, 2012 -

Andrew Eisen's latest video is a sequel of sorts to his popular "Nintendo: Why Won't You Let Me Give You My Money?" video,  though this time we find him shirtless, with a kitten, and on a beach.

I will also go out on a limb here and call it the funniest video he's ever made. Enjoy! 

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Comic: The Difference Between North and South Korea

April 24, 2012 -

If there's anything that best illustrates the differences between North and South Korea, then it has to be this The Oatmeal comic, comparing one simple idea of collecting resources. While the comic is funny, the truth is that you would have to combine those images to get the true nature of North Korea: by day a prisoner works in the freezing cold, and by night they farm gold or resources to earn real world cash for their keepers. Yeah, sorry to be a Debbie Downer...

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Political Cowbells? There's an App for That

April 13, 2012 -

The cheering at political rallies is pretty good, but you know what it needs more of? Cowbell. This is such an odd app for iOS devices that it at least deserves a mention here, even though it is not a game, nor does it have much use outside of providing information and making a lot of noise. The app is called Cowbell 2012, and its sole purpose is to give users the ability to ring a cowbell at a political rally or out in public. Here's more about it from its developers:

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Crafting the Perfect April Fool’s Day Prank

April 2, 2012 -

Even though we missed the shenanigans of covering April Fool’s Day this year (it fell on Sunday and it’s rare that companies issue press statements and stories on the weekend - unless there is a trade show or fan event going on somewhere), we liked Andrew Eisen's video so much that we thought we should share it with you.

Andrew shows you what happens when you think you have the most diabolical April Fool’s Day joke ever.

Check out the video to your left, it's vintage Andrew Eisen - and by vintage, I mean completely insane...

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News Station Talks About Kids and the Nasty Language on Xbox Live

March 28, 2012 -

There's no denying that sending your child online to play a game alone is like sending a puppy into a lion's cage at the zoo. If you want someone to experience the crassness of society, you can get a quick lesson playing Call of Duty, Battlefield, or even UNO as teenagers call you every name in the book (and some you didn't even know existed). Anyone that plays games online knows this, but it's always interesting to see how local news channels handle such topics. Usually they handle it badly, but one station does a good job of delivering a balanced report..

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Mode 7 Changes Ending to Frozen Synapse Temporarily

March 23, 2012 -

Developer Mode 7 decided to change the ending of its game Frozen Synapse today (temporarily) to make a statement on BioWare's decision to give in to the gaming community demanding a change to the ending of Mass Effect 3. The new ending, which will be around for a week, adds some crazy fan suggestions including a pony and a dinosaur.

The new ending offers fans the following line, among others:

"This is the ending to a computer game. We don't care if you like it."

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Report: Mass Effect 3 Buyer Files FTC Complaint

March 19, 2012 -

While fans angry about the ending to Mass Effect 3 have formed groups and taken to forums, YouTube and other venues to lodge venomous complaints, one user has decided to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau. Of course, that's assuming you believe the post by "El_Spiko" over at the official BioWare forums.

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Geohot Caught With Pot

March 16, 2012 -

George Hotz may be best known as the guy that was sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3 and for jailbreaking the iPhone, but last week he was charged with a felony for something that didn't involve Electronic devices and hacking.

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Mac v. PC: Who Has the Coolest Demographic

March 6, 2012 -

Taken with a grain of salt and small amount of indifference, a study from data-driven review site Bundle that found that Mac users were cooler than PC users is kind of amusing. Their conclusion, based on an analysis of the spending habits of 700,000 PC and Mac buyers, is that Mac users were more "fashion-forward" and "style-conscious" than PC users.

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Starbreeze Sends Secret Special Message to Syndicate Pirates

February 28, 2012 -

Starbreeze hid an interesting easter egg within the disc for the PC version of Syndicate: a piracy style text file called "Syndicate-SBZ.nfo." The file, stylized after the calling cards pirates leave in cracked versions of software, offers some silly instructions on how to crack the game, followed by a more serious appeal to those pirating and cracking games: "Come work for us."

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Purple Monkeys and Presidents Day

February 20, 2012 -

Admittedly, I sometimes don't understand Andrew Eisen. Case and point, his latest video. Today is Presidents Day and he decides to release a video about the Monkey Watch game in Rhythm Heaven Fever. Let's just forget all the good works of our first and 16th presidents, and instead concern ourselves with the proper beat to keep in a mini-game about monkeys! 

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Andrew Eisen: How to Drop 15 Pounds, Right Now!

February 14, 2012 -

Since we really love Andrew Eisen and because it's Valentine’s Day, we want to share the love for his brand new video, "How to Drop 15 Pounds, Right Now!" We'll leave the description to Andrew, stolen wholesale from his YouTube channel:

"My Valentine's Day video was going to be nothing short of epic. It had it all: special effects, music, sex, laughs, tears, dancing elephants.

But that didn't work out.

So you get this instead.
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The Nintendo 3DS Video Telethon

December 29, 2011 -

Nintendo announced that it will host what it calls a "telethon" to promote its Nintendo video services on the 3DS. When you think of telethons, you might imagine Jerry Lewis helping to raise money for muscular dystrophy, or St. Jude's raising money for kids with cancer, so perhaps using the term "telethon" is a bit presumptuous on Nintendo's part.

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Modern Warfare 3 'Temporary Bans' Last 13.5 Years

December 14, 2011 -

If you've been banned from Modern Warfare 3 for being a jerk or cheating, you can start playing again in another 5,000 days. If you're a 13-year-old and you catch such a serious ban, you'll be 26.5 years old when you can play again. A serious ban is 5,000 days, or 13.5 years, according to MP1st. But don't worry - these bans are dubbed "temporary" by Infinity Ward.

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Marketing Firm Gets Fined for Homefront GDC Balloon Stunt

December 14, 2011 -

It might have seemed cute when marketing company TrashTalkFCM pitched the idea of releasing thousands of balloons into the San Francisco sky to promote Homefront during the Game Developers Conference earlier this year. But THQ realized as the balloons flew upwards and then inevitably fell down into the San Francisco Bay that maybe it wasn't such a great idea after all. The bad local and national publicity wasn't worth it.

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Video: Make Daddy Proud and Don't Get Eaten

November 21, 2011 -

Andrew Eisen noticed something a little peculiar while playing through Telltale Games' Jurassic Park. Andrew makes an astute observation on the different reactions from a father and a daughter when dinosaurs kill them in Telltale Games' newest title.

We won't spoil it for you - watch the video. The audio and video are pretty awful, but you'll get Andrew's point after watching it.

You can watch all of Andrew's other videos here.

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The Many Faces of Saints Row The Third

November 9, 2011 -

THQ says that the Saints Row: The Third community has created more than one million characters in the Saints Row Initiation Station, an online character creation system. The publishers says that there creations range from unique and hilarious, and to "often disturbing."

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PETA Upset Over Battlefield 3 Rat Backstab

November 7, 2011 -

You might want to sit down for this.

There’s a popular war video game out there that not only allows players to shoot hundreds upon hundreds of human characters but it also features the horrific and brutal snuffing out of a small and innocent life.

Yes, in Electronic Arts’ recently released Battlefield 3, players can kill a virtual rat.

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EA Maxis Pokes Fun at Herman Cain's 9.9.9. Tax Plan

October 18, 2011 -

EA Maxis is having a bit of fun with Herman Cain's 9.9.9. tax plan this week with a new video created using various The Sims products. President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney guest-star. You can check out the short video to your left.

If you're not familiar with the former Godfather Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate's plan, it promotes a 9 percent personal income tax, 9 percent corporate tax and a 9 percent national sales tax.

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Pirates Beware: Mario Will KILL YOU!

October 4, 2011 -

To the left you see the banner Nintendo is using on its Anti-Piracy website’s welcome page.

Not very welcoming, is it?

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Andrew Eisen's 1000 Subscriber Celebration Spectacular

October 3, 2011 -

Andrew Eisen's YouTube Channel has hit a wonderful 1,000 subscribers, so to celebrate he uses all the suggestions his subscribers sent in for a special MadLib. Unfortunately all of the suggestions for this MadLib were "penis." IF you find that word offensive I don't recommend watching the latest video.

If that word is a regular part of your vocabulary, then watch Andrew's latest and revel in it. And by it, I mean penis.

Congratulations to Andrew for his latest milestone!

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The Tommy Wi-Show Ep. 1: Mortal Kombat

September 26, 2011 -

The man responsible for the worst movie ever made (The Room) sets his sights on web TV with a new Machina.com show called The Tommy Wi-Show. In the first episode Tommy, or TW as his alien friends call him, takes on Mortal Kombat. Is the show bad? Good? So bad it's good? So bad it’s bad? I don't know - he sounds like a drunken German weightlifter... Watch the episode to your left.

Thanks to Kyle Orland for the tip.. I think.

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More Than One-Hundred Hours?!?

September 20, 2011 -
In Andrew Eisen's latest video he actually may go bonkers as he contemplates another Legend of Zelda game offering "more than one hundred hours of gameplay." He illustrates the point with Wind Waker. On a personal note, a hundred hours is a drop in the bucket when you are playing Disgaea 4..
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A Mother's 'Long-Overdue Reaction' to Brown v. EMA

September 15, 2011 -

I'm all for letters to the editor, but one written by one Tina L. Bechtel, is particularly over the top and needs to be read to be believed. The Marysville, California mother of at least one son (at least the one she mentions in her letter) delivers what she calls her "long-overdue reaction to the 'supreme sellout' of our children," referring to the Supreme Court's decision earlier this year in the Brown v. EMA case.

WaPo on Tea Party Zombies Must Die

September 8, 2011 -

Another interesting editorias about Tea Party Zombies Must Die - this time in the Washington Post. What's interesting about this opinion piece is that the author, Alexandra Petri, is a recovering (I think) comedian and part-time pundit who can see both sides to some degree but shrugs off the manufactured outrage as.. well, manufactured:

"I tried to get indignant about the game. I really did. This morning, I sat and furrowed my brow and thought dark thoughts for a good half-hour.

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Video: Your Mom Hates Fox News Too

September 8, 2011 -
Our own Andrew Eisen offers an interesting video that proposes a unique marketing campaign for Fox News involving moms. The source material will be familiar to GP readers - you can find those videos here and here.
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Resistance 3 Invades London's Theater Scene with Punchdrunk

August 31, 2011 -

London's theater world is apparently about to get a taste of video game culture thanks to Sony, Resistance 3 and London theater group Punchdrunk. Running September 1, through Sunday, Punchdrunk performs "…And Darkness Descended," an "interactive theater experience based on the game Resistance 3, where participants must survive, by cooperating against alien invaders (or not cooperating, as the case may be). Punchdrunk is keen on performing in a way that encourages lots of audience participation and this particular performance should be no exception.

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SeanBJust goes to show what I have said for years. Your ability to have sex does not qualify you for parenthood.04/15/2014 - 9:21pm
NeenekoSo "worked" vs "failed" really comes down to who you think is more important and deserving04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoThough I am also not sure we can say NYC failed. Rent control helped the people it was intended for and is considered a failure by the people it was designed to protect them from.04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoIf they change the rules, demand will plummet. Though yeah, rent control probably would not help much in the SF case. I doubt anything will.04/15/2014 - 1:35pm
TheSmokeyOnline gamer accused of murdering son to keep playing - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2014/04/15/21604921.html04/15/2014 - 11:50am
Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
ZippyDSMleeIf SF dose not start building upwards then they will price people out of the aera.04/15/2014 - 10:59am
Matthew Wilsonthe issue rent control has it reduces supply, and in SF case they already has a supply problem. rent control ofen puts rent below cost, or below profit of selling it. rent control would not fix this issue.04/15/2014 - 10:56am
NeenekoRent control is useful in moderation, NYC took it way to far and tends to be held up as an example of them not working, but in most cases they are more subtle and positive.04/15/2014 - 10:24am
PHX CorpBeating Cancer with Video Games http://mashable.com/2014/04/14/steven-gonzalez-survivor-games/04/15/2014 - 9:21am
Matthew Wilsonwhat are you saying SF should do rent control, that has never worked every time it has been tried. the issue here is a self inflicted supply problem imposed by stupid laws.04/15/2014 - 8:52am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Government created price controls don't work though. They may keep prices down for the current inhabitants, but they are the primary cause of recently vacated residences having astronomical costs. Look at New York City as a prime example.04/15/2014 - 8:50am
NeenekoI think free markets are important, but believe in balance. Too much of any force and things get unstable.04/15/2014 - 7:25am
NeenekoWell, the traditional way of keeping prices down is what they are doing, controls on lease termination and tax code, but it will not be enough in this case.04/15/2014 - 7:24am
Matthew WilsonI said that already04/14/2014 - 4:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, The could also lower prices by increasing supply. Allow high rise apartment buildings to be built to fulfill demand and prices will drop.04/14/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthe only way they could keep the price's down, would be to kick out google, apple, amazon, and other tech companies, but that would do a ton of economic damage to SF, but I am a major proponent of free markets04/14/2014 - 2:54pm
NeenekoThe community people are seeking gets destroyed in the process, and the new people are not able to build on themselves. Generally these situations result in local cultural death in a decade or so, and no one wins.04/14/2014 - 2:09pm
NeenekoWell yes, that is the 'free market', but the market is only a small piece of a much larger system. The market does not always do the constructive thing.04/14/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew WilsonWell that is the free market... they learned a valuable lesson restricting supply will drive up prices.04/14/2014 - 1:57pm
 

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