THE GEEK CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

February 18, 2015

[alcohol] Video games + bar = genius

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Filed under: Japan,Video Games



Cafe Bar Continue is a bar in Osaka that has every video game console since the original Super Nintendo set up at the bar, allowing you to play games while you drink. It was like being in your own living room, except with a bartender at your service.

Video games are surprisingly difficult to start playing when you don’t know the language. We ended up playing a fighting game, and finally devolved to Super Mario Cart, where we confirmed once again that Yoshi is an asshole.

April 28, 2008

Two Great Tastes, Taste Great Together

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Filed under: cats,lol*,Video Games

LOLcat + Call of Duty 4 = Epic Win!
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Ben and I have recently been obsessed with Call of Duty 4 multiplayer.  We regularly get beat down by 14 12 year olds, who severely ravage our meager noob skills with high-pitched epithets.  And yet we keep playing.

Because we are Team Townie.

March 29, 2008

Do Not Incinerate

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Filed under: GIKKU Approved,Video Games

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The Portal Companion Cube, now in a convenient, plush version.  Note: HUGE SUCCESS.

February 8, 2008

Wiihab

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Filed under: Video Games

Doctors use Wii games for rehab therapy

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO – Some call it “Wiihabilitation.” Nintendo’s Wii video game system, whose popularity already extends beyond the teen gaming set, is fast becoming a craze in rehab therapy for patients recovering from strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries.

The usual stretching and lifting exercises that help the sick or injured regain strength can be painful, repetitive and downright boring.

In fact, many patients say PT — physical therapy’s nickname — really stands for “pain and torture,” said James Osborn, who oversees rehabilitation services at Herrin Hospital in southern Illinois.

Using the game console’s unique, motion-sensitive controller, Wii games require body movements similar to traditional therapy exercises. But patients become so engrossed mentally they’re almost oblivious to the rigor, Osborn said.

“In the Wii system, because it’s kind of a game format, it does create this kind of inner competitiveness. Even though you may be boxing or playing tennis against some figure on the screen, it’s amazing how many of our patients want to beat their opponent,” said Osborn of Southern Illinois Healthcare, which includes the hospital in Herrin. The hospital, about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, bought a Wii system for rehab patients late last year.

“When people can refocus their attention from the tediousness of the physical task, oftentimes they do much better,” Osborn said.
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November 26, 2007

Bad Idea Bears: Video Game Training for Terrorists?

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Filed under: Morality/Ethics,The End Is Near,Video Games

I’ve been playing this video game called “Assassin’s Creed” lately.  You play a Muslim assassin in the 12th century, and your goal is to assassinate all the Crusaders and Templars in the Holy Land.  A lot of the game relies on sneaking around and not being detected by the guards and soldiers and such.  It’s a fun game, but part of this game mechanic disturbs me — sometimes you sneak into a group of scholars or monks to get past military checkpoints, and to get closer to your assassination target.  You even bow your head and put your hands together to pray when you’re “undercover” as a scholar/monk (your character is the one in the middle, in the image below).

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Does this sound familiar to anyone?

November 25, 2007

Rockin’ Out

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Filed under: Video Games

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Meet “The Gewgaws”: Brad on bass, Allen on Guitar, Heather on drums, Debbie on vocals.  Camille, our moral support.  We rocked “When You Were Young” on medium, baby.

Unfortunately, right after this photo was taken, I tripped over my Xbox, knocking it over, and scratched the Rock Band game disc beyond repair (and I tried everything from furniture polish to toothpaste to boiling the disc).  That was the end of our Rock Band dreams, at least for the evening.

I am now headed to GameStop to buy a new disc. 

November 22, 2007

A Truly GIKKU Thanksgiving Here In California

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Filed under: Food,GIKKU Approved,Video Games

This year, my family and I gave thanks in style.  I invited everyone over for a homemade Thanksgiving dinner, the first at my condo:

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Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots, Creamed Corn, and Truffled Mashed Potatoes.  The biggest hit was the brussel sprouts… go figure!

Then, the most awesome part… I showed my parents the Wii and they played Wii Sports Tennis:

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Jerry’s sleeping because he rocked out on the drums on Rock Band before my parents got there.

It was a good Thanksgiving.

November 14, 2007

Cal Band + Video Games = GIKKU Approved

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Filed under: GIKKU Approved,Video Games

Here is the Cal Band doing a video game-themed halftime show. Can you name all the games?

Mike: Fast forward to 2:40 remaining for your theme song.

A group effort by Allen, Ben and Mike