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Yeah, shock horror, we went away and did stuff in real life, oh no, the world has ended, get a gript and move on, people.

So yeah, today was one of those days where something so heinously WRONG occured that the world stopped and we were allowed to get back on. So we've all heard about the pure paedophilic joy the Japanese are extracting from Idolm@ster, and frankly it's a little creepy...you haven't? No? Time for a recap:

The Idolm@ster is a game where you are manager of a sickly sweet Japanese pop act, right down to the dances they do, and the things they sing. It's halfway to a dating simulator...with one minor snag. All the girls look about 8 years old:

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See what I mean? I mean come on, you can claim the game is innocent all you want....but when the girls have trousers with splits up the side to the hip you kinda lose that right. So Idolm@ster...pretty creepy, huh? Well it gets worse, waaay worse.

Now there's a porn version, and yes, the girls in the new one still look about 8, and frankly...it scares me. Have some videos of the not-porn bits: http://www.dannychoo.com/blog_entry/eng/1067/TimeLeap/

Now again, you can claim they're 16 or whatever....but it ain't working. Flat chested 4 foot tall schoolgirls and porn, mmmm, arrests for all! Oh and before you say "digital characters have no age!" might I just make a point. Dead or Alive has gone so far as to expunge ages from Kasumi and Ayane to make sure they are still sex-objects in the US an Europe rather than walking jail bait. Yes, I know Japan has different standards, and they're entitled to them, there women are over the hill at 19 or something, that's fine because I can't judge their morals from my own biased viewpoint....but I can look at the game as an export from my own moral high ground (more of a mountain top).

Remember. Porn games, fine, sure. Porn games of 8 year olds.....yeeeeaaaaah......not so much.

mrchom [userpic]

You may have noticed that GrumpyGamers hasn't poster in a little while, this is out of respect for our beardy liverpudlian (and not as previously thought Scottish) friend Peter Moore moving from Microsoft....to the enemy of Grumpy Gamers everywhere.

Now we respect the fact he's moving for his family, we think that's great, it shows you can be in games and not be a prat.  Heck, we have massive respect for Mr Moore all round, we loved him for the Dreamcast, and we loved him when he came back and did it again for XBox.  He's our special little man with a really dodgy tan.

The reason we're in mourning is that by leaving for EA he actually takes with him a small grain of gaming goodwill, and by extension actually brings some credibility to the EA Sports brand.  Don't get us wrong, we don't hate EA because they're big, we hate them because of their standards and practices.

Hopefully Peter and the exec who stated annual sequels were not the way will have some impact on the ramshackle mockery of a set of studios that EA has become.

mrchom [userpic]

I'm going to do something in this post that galls me beyond belief....quote the News of the World.

Now, as some of you may know (if you bother to read anything I write) I am a big supporter of age ratings, they're great, if used properly they prevent people playing unsuitable games.  It's nice to have a board of people reviewing our films and trying their best to stop young kids playing GTA, it really is.

But seriously, people, when I see articles like this one:

GAMES MADE MY SON KILL

By Guy Basnett and Catherine Jones

THE parents of Britain's most violent teenage murderer has revealed how computer games dripping with bloodlust and death turned their son into a twisted killer.

Stuart Harling — who'd seemed a normal loving boy — got life for stabbing nurse Cheryl Moss to death while she was on a cigarette break.

In a sickening random attack the 18-year-old trainee accountant slashed and hacked her 72 times — just like he'd PRACTISED on the PlayStation in his bedroom.

Now, two weeks after he was convicted at the Old Bailey, heartbroken mum Lorraine Harling has confessed she and husband David had NO IDEA of the well of savagery that had quietly built up in their son.

School attendance officer Lorraine said: "Stuart never gave us any reason to think he was violent at all. He was a very normal boy—quiet and reserved. I used to call him ‘my little professor'.

"I knew he was playing the video games but we didn't really know what went on in them, how brutal and graphic they were."

Her words will resonate with anxious parents all over Britain. For the most chilling fact about Harling—who was grooming himself as a serial killer—is how ORDINARY he was.

The mild-mannered schoolboy gained 10 good GCSEs, excelled at maths, led a scout troop and had a bright future.

But every night he would retreat into his darkened bedroom at home in Rainham, Essex, and enter a grisly virtual world that revelled in sadism, ritual blood-letting and death. Just like millions of other youngsters.

One of baby-faced Harling's favourite games was the notorious Manhunt, where players SLASH and SLICE their victims with meat CLEAVERS, cheese WIRE and CHAINSAWS, or suffocate them with plastic bags.

It was banned in New Zealand in 2004 but allowed onto the UK market uncensored.

Lorraine, 45, said: "I know these games are played by kids across the world, but some are truly horrific.

"And if they can cause a trigger to be pulled in someone's head they should be banned.

"Now I feel like people are looking at me, as if I should have read the signs. But I had no idea."

It was on April 6 last year that Harling's dark fantasy life became terrifyingly real. With his parents on holiday in Spain, he donned a long dark wig, sunglasses and jacket from the ‘killing kit' he had spent 10 months amassing on eBay. He then headed out with a large hunting knife.

At 10.30am, he spotted 33-year-old nurse Cheryl, having a smoke in the grounds of St George's Hospital, in nearby Hornchurch, and pounced — plunging the blade repeatedly into her back, neck, face, chest and skull.

Police soon captured Harling after he dumped the ‘kit', which had his address on the mail-order packaging. In Spain his stunned parents could not believe the news.

"I thought there'd been a mistake," said Lorraine.

"For an hour David and I didn't move. We sat there in shock. When we got back and saw him in his cell it was like talking to a stranger. He looked straight through us and gave one-word yes and no answers.

"When I cuddled him, he hardly responded and didn't kiss me. I still didn't want to believe he'd done it, but I think I was trying to kid myself. He was just so cold."

The couple then did not see their son for over a year — until his trial last month. Lorraine said: "He looked the same old Stuart, only he had a beard.

"But the way he was acting wasn't Stuart. I think there are two Stuarts — the one I knew before all this happened, and the one that's there now.

"They're two different people. He's not the Stuart I know."

The trial was told how police discovered that, before the murder, Harling spent days on the internet talking to paedophiles and researching serial killers such as the infamous Dennis Nielsen.

But none of this was known by his parents. They never suspected a thing. Throughout the trial Harling misbehaved. He snarled at the prosecutor: "I'm going to cut your f***ing head off and s*** down your neck!"

Harling had learned the foul threat from a computer game. Lorraine said: "Stuart was 11 or 12 when I bought him the PlayStation. For a long time I didn't even realise games had age limits on them. We'd just buy him the game that all the other kids had.

"I didn't really know what they were about. I think most parents are the same. But Stuart wasn't in his room on the PlayStation all the time. He was a normal boy. He wasn't that outgoing, but he had friends. He never did anything that made us worry.

"I was his mother, but I'd no idea what was happening."


Story courtesy of the News of the World

Yes, I am quoting the entire story, mainly because I don't want to be accused of misquoting the damn thing.

Frankly this just goes to show how bad this woman's parenting is.  I mean, we've had the BBFC rating things for NINETY FIVE YEARS.  Yes, ninety five years of them rating things with a standard system that is on all films, videos, and, over the past 15 years, on most violent video games.  These ratings must be on the front, side, and back of each case, at least one must have a description.  Game shops and videos shops have posters explaining the ratings, and shop assistants need to be able to explain them.

I'm not going to go into the "violent games cause violence" thing, it's stupid, I consider it more of a symptom of a pre-existing fascination with violence that causes people to buy these games.  What I am going to go into is how bad the parenting is.  You don't know what's in the games?  Then you're stupid, and deserve to not have children, it is your responsibility to check up on your what your kid is doing, your responsibility to find out what the BIG RED 18 on the front of the box means.  I mean, if all the other kids had 9mm berettas and a case of dum-dum bullets would you just BLINDLY follow and buy your little kid one?

Frankly I hope she's ashamed of how she parented, but I know she isn't.  She, like all media, blame video games, she blames them because she doesn't understand them, she blames them because she wants any reason other than them to be why her son did this.  I agree, games makers need to get responsible, they need to think about acceptability and work their games in that vein....but conversely parents need to begin parenting and actually spend time with kids who play games, see what they play, and actually bother to look at age ratings.  I mean, come on, what is the point of an age rating system if you ignore it!

People ask me sometimes WHY I'm grumpy.  THIS is one of those reasons.

mrchom [userpic]

Now anyone who knows me knows that I don't really like some of the senior execs of gaming, not in a personal sense...but in a "You really shouldn't be talking because you're slimey/say silly things/give gaming a bad name/ blah blah blah". I don't like J Allard, I can't STAND Perrin "It's a Ferrari Under the Hood" Kaplan and the newest addition to that list has been Jack Tretton (Almost rhymes with cretin). Now before I go on I must explain WHY I don't like him. I feel his PR stance for Sony has been somewhat of a slimey position. He may be a very nice person, I may one day enjoy a tea while he has a coffee, he may well be very interested in the military tactics of the Napoleonic era...but I don't like him on PR.

First up here's him defending the PS3 non-price-cut (before Kaz Hirai announced that the 60gb model was getting the chop):



Right, so we have some idea that his PR style is....a little annoying. So imagine my surprise when I found him on Kotaku saying something I actually agreed with about e3. http://kotaku.com/gaming/kotakutalku/jack-tretton-on-the-death-of-e3-278422.php

Now forgive me for saying so, but Jacky Boy is right, E3 does need to go and hide in a hole till someone has a clue WHY it exists or IF it should even exist.  He's right to question these things because this is what I question every time E3 rolls around.  Sure, it's neat, it gives me trailers to download...but when all's said and done...what actually is the point?

mrchom [userpic]

So, at E3 Sony announced a price drop on their 60gb model of $100.  Now, this is still $100 more expensive than the 360 and....well...let's not compare it to Wii as I can only imagine that being utterly embarassing.  So they've got this expensive...but still manageable $499 package replacing the 20gb model, and a new $599 version replacing the 80gb version.  Got that?  So for $499 you now get 40gb more storage....wow.

Then comes the real kicker.

See, the SCEE boss says, in an interview today, that plans are in place to produce no more 60gb units for the US.  So once those $499 units are gone....that's it, no more, all done!  In effect, all this is is an increase of 20gb on a $599 product.  I mean come on, seriously, who is smoking what at Sony.  They had a great E3 but then manage to kick themselv in the shins the day afterwards with more random announcements by another exec in another territory opening their mouth at the wrong time.

Frankly I'm not surprised that Capcom expects a price drop before Christmas as there wasn't one at E3 at all!

But then again, America, think, you could be like us Brits who go from £399 with a free game and pad to £425 with two games and two pads.  So, effectively, it takes a highly priced console that isn't selling well because of the price, adds £26 on the price and then, because of the choice of games, makes it illegal to supply the console to anyone under 15!  I mean, good grief, what is happening here, do Jack Tretton and his associates really need this much of a wake up call.  PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING YOUR EXPENSIVE CONSOLES, MAKE SOME GOOD GAMES, HALVE YOUR PRICE, AND THEN SPEAK TO US......AND STOP MAKING CONCEPT ADS, WE HATE THEM.

I mean seriously, did anyone get the This is Living ads?

mrchom [userpic]

1. A new Mario Kart for Wii.  It's going to use a variation on the Excitetruck control system and some kind of funky way of using weapons.

Oh we called that one...and the control system...what we did not call was the STUPID "Wiil" that Reggie thought was great.  I'm sorry, but is every Nintendo game now going to require its own $20 shell?  Because if it is I'm not playing any more.

2. A new Mario Party for Wii.  Blah blah, more party games, Nintendo love them.

Nope, kinda conspicuous by its absence for a big franchise, particularly one that everyone can play regardless of actual skill.  Wassup wit dat, Nintendo?

3. A pretty new DS of some sort.  We're going to have one for the old, the young, girls, boys, hairdressers, EVERYONE.  A light but large DS for those who do not get on with the current size.

Again, no, rumours were unfounded.  Mediumly surprising, I suppose.

4. A new Nintendogs either for Wii or DS.  It sold like hotcakes, a new one will sell more.

No, we just had lots of mentions of the old one.....and Brain training.

5. Mario Galaxy.  Lots of Galaxy, with someone stylish playing it.

About 30 seconds of galaxy, and nothing playable, wow, Nintendo are really spoiling us with new footage of big titles!

6. Guitar Hero Wii: We'll have some kindy of wacky extra feature, god I feel so cynical.

It was mentioned...along with the guitar shell....a shell that was not shown (despite being ALL OVER THE PRESS) and, heck, no gameplay.

Right, I admit it, some crappy predictions there, but then I also thought Nintendo would have the most fun show.  How wrong I was, their show was Reggie talking about face-meltingly boring statistics for 35 minutes.  This is not the Reggie conference you know and love....this is Reggie gurning for a hour while no one cheers at anything.  It was horrible, turgid, awful, sludge-borne drivel.  Frankly with Wii Fit Nintendo have moved into an area that is not-games.  I mean, come on, we have a publisher here that does cookery, fitness, and crosswords, what next, a landscape gardening sim?  Maybe some hot TRAIN SIMULATOR action.  Seriously, people, Nintendo's stuff is going to sell like hotcakes....but is it gaming?  No, this is the kind of thing we see salesmen on bid up TV trying to flog on a Wednesday afternoon to bored housewives.

1. Surface showing of Killzone 2, from screenshots the game needs some spit/polish before it's ready, so I wouldn't expect a big show.

Not true, Killzone looked funky in motion.  Oh, true, the level design and graphis level is.....so so.  Frankly the character models and lighting all make up for it though, good stuff.

2. Not much mention of EA.  Microsoft already got the announcement that it would be running 60FPS on their hardware, Sony might not want to risk losing any more.

Spot on, EA got a fleeting mention in passing and nothing more.

3. Rumble Controller.  I'm saying nothing more.

Not today, earthlings, maybe another time.

4. Motorstorm 2 announcement.  We all know it will probably be coming, so we might as well accept it.

Nope, wrong again, although for some reason they did show Motorstorm 1.....again.

5. Lots of Final Fantasy.  THE big exclusive that Sony have, and the trailers will look gorgeous.

None, zippo, zilch, what the hell, square, where were you?

6. The Price Cut.  Sony have already confirmed it...but here we'll get charts and graphs and zzzzzzzzzzzzzRIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAACERRR!!!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZzzzzz

Yup, they talked about it.  And they said sales had doubled.....perhaps they have doubled from pathetic to "less than stellar".

Sony's conference was, perhaps, the best of the three, aside from the overly long and not really all that interesting demo of Metal Gear Solid 4...good grief that was tedious beyond belief.  Echochrome looks fantastic....very simple, yes, but really entertaining (like a simplistic version of portal), like MC Escher: The Game.  inFAMOUS also looks very good...like Crackdown meets Heroes, meets Fable.  It galls me to say that I was actually most interested in what Sony had to say....but at least I can still say I wanted to slap Jack Tretton in the face till he bled.

mrchom [userpic]

Right, I want brevity here, so let's cut to it.  I'm going to do....six predictions for each of the remaining two conferences.  Why six?  Well I happen to think it's a nice number, certainly nicer than 4 and better looking than 9.

So, first up Nintendo:

1. A new Mario Kart for Wii.  It's going to use a variation on the Excitetruck control system and some kind of funky way of using weapons.
2. A new Mario Party for Wii.  Blah blah, more party games, Nintendo love them.
3. A pretty new DS of some sort.  We're going to have one for the old, the young, girls, boys, hairdressers, EVERYONE.  A light but large DS for those who do not get on with the current size.
4. A new Nintendogs either for Wii or DS.  It sold like hotcakes, a new one will sell more.
5. Mario Galaxy.  Lots of Galaxy, with someone stylish playing it.
6. Guitar Hero Wii: We'll have some kindy of wacky extra feature, god I feel so cynical.

Second up we have Sony, ahhh, Sony.  Frankly they were a source of hilarity last year, so let's hope they can be again.

1. Surface showing of Killzone 2, from screenshots the game needs some spit/polish before it's ready, so I wouldn't expect a big show.
2. Not much mention of EA.  Microsoft already got the announcement that it would be running 60FPS on their hardware, Sony might not want to risk losing any more.
3. Rumble Controller.  I'm saying nothing more.
4. Motorstorm 2 announcement.  We all know it will probably be coming, so we might as well accept it.
5. Lots of Final Fantasy.  THE big exclusive that Sony have, and the trailers will look gorgeous.
6. The Price Cut.  Sony have already confirmed it...but here we'll get charts and graphs and zzzzzzzzzzzzzRIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAACERRR!!!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZzzzzz

Cynical, yes, probably biased too, but what ya gonna do, this is after all GRUMPYgamers.

mrchom [userpic]

Well, let's see how we did:

>>Peter Moore will walk on stage with a funny headset and a dodgy tan (any tan on a scotsman is wrong).

Well it looks like I got this one, that dodgy tan is still there....

>>He will talk about bringing the 360 experience to people all over the world, how accessible and interactive it is, all the same marketing bumph we've seen for god knows how long.

Oooh, so close, the other guy, Jeff did this one with his Scene It! stuff

>>Moving on Peter Moore will talk about the massive third party support MS have and cue some kind of demo reel of multiplatform games that no one cares about for that precise reason. Assassin's creed will be underplayed for precisely this reason.

Nope, no real mention of the multiplatform we just got a normal 360 reel instead

>>Peter Moore will come back and burble for 20 minutes about the 360 community, and how Live has affected millions of people the world over (normally by disconnecting them at random, costing them massive amounts of points, and STILL beating PSN into the ground with both hands).

Hoo hah, spot on, Moore talked about the 1 person signing up to Live every 8 seconds or so, I win.

>>Now we move onto some 360 exclusive stuff, PGR 4, Banjo, Blue Dragon, same ol' same ol'.

PGR, check, Banjo, fail, Blue Dragon, fail.

>>Then Peter Moore will return and talk about how well 360 is doing all over the globe (presumably a globe omitting Asia and those parts of Europe that ain't Britain) because of its easy accessibility before showing us a demo roll of XBLA stuff. Personally I think some Speedball 2 and Sensible Soccer need to be shown or people at MS will be losing skulls. Finally we get a surprise announcement that Marathon is heading to XBLA along with DooM 2.

Speedball 2 was missing, no DooM 2, but we did get some SWOS and the announcement of Marathon.....2.....Marathon 2???  What the hell happened to Marathon 1?

>>Then just when we're wrapping up we get Peter Moore saying there's 3 trailers he's forgotten. Fable 2, AN UNANNOUNCED RARE GAME (Which will either be horribly sweet and cloying, or new and awesome), and finally Halo 3.

Dammit where's my Fable 2 trailer, Microsoft have gone insane.  No unannounced Rare games (yawn).  But, we did have some Halo 3, and what a cracker it was.  Almost worth the whole (slightly dull) conference.

>>Well, there we go. I also predict a $60 price cut on all 360 packages, some whoring of the GTA episodic content, and of course the community presence of Major Nelson.

No price cut, and no Major Nelson....but we did get some whoring of exclusive episodic content.

Well, I'll be back with predictions for Nintendo and Sony later, although frankly they will be somewhat more abbreviated due to the fact  that 1. Nintendo are less predictabe, and 2. Sony's conferences are very VERY dull.

mrchom [userpic]


Well, Microsoft's conference begins in....oooh....4 hours...so let's make some predictions.

Peter Moore will walk on stage with a funny headset and a dodgy tan (any tan on a scotsman is wrong).
He will talk about bringing the 360 experience to people all over the world, how accessible and interactive it is, all the same marketing bumph we've seen for god knows how long.

Moving on Peter Moore will talk about the massive third party support MS have and cue some kind of demo reel of multiplatform games that no one cares about for that precise reason. Assassin's creed will be underplayed for precisely this reason.

Peter Moore will come back and burble for 20 minutes about the 360 community, and how Live has affected millions of people the world over (normally by disconnecting them at random, costing them massive amounts of points, and STILL beating PSN into the ground with both hands).

Now we move onto some 360 exclusive stuff, PGR 4, Banjo, Blue Dragon, same ol' same ol'.

Then Peter Moore will return and talk about how well 360 is doing all over the globe (presumably a globe omitting Asia and those parts of Europe that ain't Britain) because of its easy accessibility before showing us a demo roll of XBLA stuff. Personally I think some Speedball 2 and Sensible Soccer need to be shown or people at MS will be losing skulls. Finally we get a surprise announcement that Marathon is heading to XBLA along with DooM 2.

Then just when we're wrapping up we get Peter Moore saying there's 3 trailers he's forgotten. Fable 2, AN UNANNOUNCED RARE GAME (Which will either be horribly sweet and cloying, or new and awesome), and finally Halo 3.

Well, there we go. I also predict a $60 price cut on all 360 packages, some whoring of the GTA episodic content, and of course the community presence of Major Nelson.

Check back tomorrow for Ninty and Sony predictio--OH GOD, A GIANT ENEMY CRAB!!!! NOOOO!!!! GET IT OFF!!!!!

mrchom [userpic]

Now we here at GrumpyGamers were nigh on stunned by something EA have done today.  I mean monumentally stunned, so stunned that you might say our flabber was well and truly gasted beyond our means of comprehension.  This was something said by an EA CEO that so worked us up into a lather of  unbound questioning that we're half wondering whether someone is playing jokes around the place.

It appears that someone has taken EA boss John Riccitiello and replaced him with an almost exact duplicate intent on stating that the world must change.  We, for one, assume the fellow to be either a Cylon or one of those awesome Mysteron possesed undying blokes from Captain Scarlet.  You see, John Riccitiello has said that things in gaming cannot go on as they have, that games have stagnated, that yearly sequels are not the answer.  I mean we have to assume this is some kind of colossal joke, right?  This is a man who is CEO of a company who has just started a "Casual Games" division and also a company which produces 95% of its games with either an annually changing subtitle (Underground, Icon, Street, the sort of bland descriptor we can put to anything) OR a year in the title, heck, sometimes they even split what should be one game into many parts! (Road to World Cup, the NCAA titles).

I mean, some on, we like originality as much as the next people but when we hear EA say things like this we fall down laughing, it's almost as bad as Sony coming out and saying "Games consoles cost too much" or Microsoft saying "In general Hardware failure is something that Nintendo and Sony cannot ignore".  The out and out guts it must have taken for this man to say something so stupendously hypocritical from an industry point of view is INFURIATING.

I will say this though, if this does mark a change in EA towards making proper sports games every 2 years with a DLC player update then I think I can approve of it, because frankly they're pumping out so many titles these days it truly boggles the mind.  I mean, in any one season of football you can have FIFA, FIFA Street, FIFA Manager, FIFA World Cup/Road to World Cup, FIFA European Champioship, FIFA Champion's League and UEFA Cup.  All of these with 12 month development cycles is making them an industry joke.

If you want our opinion, and if you're here you do, then EA needs to sort out its own house before it goes banging on to anyone else about how annual sequels are something of a bore.

Oh, yes, if you want the original article then go here.

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