The Week in Review - Plants, Prisons and Interpretive Dance

The Week in Review - Plants, Prisons and Interpretive Dance

In this week's edition, "zombies on the lawn" lead to inmates on the loose, and Marvel takes heat over its Happy Meal toys.

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Braid Becomes Even More Artistic

There are a number of ways you could tell someone about a videogame, but one of the most unusual has to be turning it into an interpretive dance and performing it in front of an audience. That's what a troupe at Chaparral High School in Parker, Colorado did with the game Braid, turning the game into a ten part piece that lasted over an hour. Hit the link for a video, y'know, if you like dance and all. (link)


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Ubisoft Drops Draconian DRM for R.U.S.E.

Ubisoft will not use its much hated "constant internet connection required" DRM that has garnered so very much ire from gamers for strategy game R.U.S.E. Instead it will make use of the much less hated Steamworks. Sadly, it's not a time to start singing that the witch is dead, she is just wounded, as Ubisoft will continue to use the DRM on other games. (link)


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Valve Hints at Plans to Defend Some Ancients

The thing about Ancients is that - as wise and powerful as they are - they're awfully fragile, and therefore need a lot of defense. What's that? They're buildings? Ok, you've caught me, I've never played a game of DotA, but thousands of others have, and it looks like Valve might be getting ready to turn the mod into a full-blown game, following the registration of a DOTA trademark. Hit the link for more details. (link)


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Zombies (and Plants) Lead to Prison Break

For a so-called casual game, Plants vs. Zombies is pretty darn addictive, so much so that if you have a job where concentration is in any way important, you should probably avoid playing at work. This was something a prison guard in the Phillipines had to learn the hard way, after landscaping and the walking dead distracted him long enough for prisoners to purloin his keys and escape. "Whoops" doesn't seem to quite cover it really. (link)


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Marvel Takes Heat for Human Torch

What's the worst thing about a Happy Meal? Not enough fries maybe? Burger not amazing? Perhaps that patronizing bag of carrot sticks? Well, according to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the worst part is the horrifying toys that come with the food. Apparently the Thing, and his catchphrase "It's Clobbering Time," will incite violence all across the nation. Good thing we were warned in time. (link)

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Quite a week it was... Was it not?

Why is it that the people who want to protect the children are a lot stupider than the kids they're trying to protect?

Radelaide:
Why is it that the people who want to protect the children are a lot stupider than the kids they're trying to protect?

I like to believe it's natural selection and we're slowly evolving.

Nouw:
Quite a week it was... Was it not?

Very much so. I'm still amazed Plants vs Zombies was so addicting. And those happy meal toys thing was hilarious.

Glad to see Ubisoft has learned its lesson...even if it only took them forever to do so!

Logan Westbrook is now the Escapist's officer in charge of digging up old news, I guess. (And I'm not just referring to this article; it's just that those three didn't allow comments.)

I suppose I can understand the Escapist wanting to "bump" its articles, and they were excellent articles, but it seems out of place in the news section, seeing as I'd already read them on the Escapist days earlier. Usually posts in a magazine's news section are sourced from other places, not just the exact same magazine from a couple of days ago. Just sayin'.

Mental note for prison guards: when playing computer games, do not leave your keys dangling in reach of prison inmates.

DotA already has spawned 3 games outside of the Warcraft 3 engine. League of Legends, Heroes of Newarth and Demigod. Valve will actually be the 4th studio (presuming no one else makes one) to "turn the mod into a full blown game".

If you haven't played it, I suggest trying out League of Legends, it's free and a lot of fun. People are also much kinder than on DotA and HoN games, giving LoL the reputation of being a "noob friendly" DotA game.

 

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