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Angry gamer locks dog in freezer for 30 hours

- May 28th, 2014

A Florida gamer allegedly barred his dog — Fancy Ketchup — in the freezer for 30 hours because the mutt had the nerve to get between him and his first-person shooter.

The Spring Hill Courier reports:

Thirty-nine-year-old Dennis Gibbs told authorities “I was playin’ the game, and he just jumped and knocked the controller out of my hand. … I just got caught up in the moment”.

Fortunately for Fancy Ketchup, (How could someone bestow such a glorious name upon a creature only to treat it so miserably?) Gibbs’ freezer was stereotypically full of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and ice cream which, according to police, sustained the pooch during its 30-hour ordeal.

And fortunately for the good name of gamers everywhere, another player called the cops when Gibbs bragged in-game about what he’d done.

Fancy Ketchup sustained only minor freezer burn.


Tomodachi Life’s lack of gay marriage sends ‘hurtful message,’ says GLAAD

- May 8th, 2014


[Update, May 9: Nintendo has issued an apology and promised that any possible sequel will "strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players."]

Nintendo has come under fire for excluding gay characters and same-sex marriage from its upcoming 3DS life simulator Tomodachi Life.

A Sims-like game with little Mii characters, Tomodachi Life players can fall in love, get married and have kids — but only in the “traditional” sense.

That’s prompted the gaymer community to call on Nintendo to support “Miiquality.”

But while Nintendo claims it meant no offence, it isn’t backing down from its straight-Miis-only policy.

“The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation,” a spokesperson for Nintendo said in a statement. “We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.”

American LBGT rights group GLAAD hit back in an interview with Venture Beat.

“In purposefully limiting players’ relationship options, Nintendo is not only sending a hurtful message to many of its fans and consumers by excluding them, but also setting itself way behind the times,” GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz told GamesBeat. “It’s been over a decade since The Sims — the original ‘whimsical and quirky’ life simulator — allowed its users to marry any character they wanted, and many other mainstream and massively popular video games have followed their lead since. Nintendo should do the same.”

h/t Polygon