As another week goes by, so to do we bring only the best, most bizarre, most outrageous news stories from about the internet. Some are funny, some are strange, but  all are sure to entertain and educate…

Man Nearly Dies…But he’s not a NEWB!

Black Ops Marathon

He doesn’t look to good…

There is a certain stereotype that exists in the gaming community of the marathon gamer: a guy who sits down at his console or computer on Friday afternoon and doesn’t move until Friday night…the next week. Well, recently that stereotype got some serious reinforcement when Okan Kaya of Australian played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for 5 and a half days straight: 135 hours.

Unsurprisingly, Okan set the Guinness World Record for longest gaming sessions. The procedure did allow him to take breaks every once in a while, which was probably a good thing. At the end of this incredible marathon, Okan was 37th on the World rankings of Black Ops 2. Good on you buddy, good on you..

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Even Moar Parkour!

mirrors-edge

Man, I loved this game… Just wish i could Parkour IRL…

I’m a big fan of high concept games that don’t quite hit the mark. They maybe a little disappointing to play, but I think its something about the potential you can see underneath them. As such, Mirror’s Edge was a personal favorite of mine. Free running in first person doesn’t really work all that well, but I was willing to stick with it for the amazing sense of style and the cool concept.

So, surprise surprise, I was elated to here Mirror’s edge 2 is in the works. Oh, what’s that? You don’t care about this? I’M DOING THE NEWS AND I’M REPORTING ON THIS!!

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Google fights UN: beatdown expected.

Google-Drive

OH NO! They’ve deployed the cloud!!

The internet is a glorious thing. You are reading this right now, so I expect you more or less agree. Sure it has some rough edges and some dark corners, but more than anything those are human problems. However, SOME people seem to think the internet needs some form of government oversight.

“governments from around the world are set to make some potentially big changes to its technical specifications and domain name system in December, under the auspices of the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union. The ITU says the new treaty is required to ensure “the free flow of information around the world, promoting affordable and equitable access for all and laying the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth.”

Well, Google doesn’t like this. The internet giant has come out in opposition to the UN resolution, but oddly enough has stated it isn’t trying to stop the regulation, just trying to keep the internet open and inclusive. Honestly (and this is the libertarian side of me coming out), If you want the internet to remain truly open, inclusive and free, Regulation is your worst enemy.

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Czechs to the Rescue!

Czech President

Pictured Above: Awesome Politician

Military games are a tricky and touchy thing. You often want to give a realistic recreation of the modern military, giving some form of respect to the military and what it does, while at the same time including cool location and guns to your players, with which they will proceed to frag the mother loving crap out of each other with.

If there is one game that has the most respect for the military, I think ARMA would be a good pick. However, in what appears to be an attempt to get source material in Lemnos, Greece, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pelzar, two men on the team developing ARMA 3, have been detained on charges of espionage. I guess they should have gotten permission before photographing military installments…

Well, now these two have the President of the Czech Republic on their side. Vaclav Klaus has come to the aid of these two Czech citizens, declaring that “The fate of our citizens anywhere in the world matters to us.” I wish them the best of luck in resolving what seems to be an unfortunate misunderstanding.

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You Shall not…PROFIT!

LOTR Slots

I really hope that Gandalf yells his catchphrase when you lose…

I like The Lord of the Rings. I also, on occasion, enjoy casinos. Apparently, somebody thought that these two interests should be mashed together in a horrible monstrosity of bad taste. The Tolkien estate has sued Warner Brothers over the creation of a Lord of the Rings themed Slot machine. While Warner Brothers does have the right to use the LOTR imagery for products, I’m not sure this is what was originally in mind:

The original contracting parties thus contemplated a limited grant of the right to sell consumer products,the complaint claims, “of the type regularly merchandised at the time, such as figurines, tableware, stationery items, clothing and the like. They did not include any grant of exploitation such as electronic or digital rights, rights in media yet to be devised or other intangibles such as rights in services.”

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Is this awesome or not?

I don’t even know. Prof. Layton is the one game I continually play on DS, and I’ve definitely enjoyed seeing Phoenix Wright yell OBJECTION far to many times, but together? I just don’t know how to feel about this…

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Metallica and Tony Hawk?

Metallica

Oh, how the mighty fall…

I have many fond memories of playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater during my High School years. It was during this time that I also first listened to Metallica, starting my persisting love of Rock. I never once thought these two things would join together…and never thought that I’d be just a bit disappointed by it.

As part of the upcoming DLC for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, two band members of Metallica will be playable characters. “Activision has today confirmed the game’s Revert expansion will feature Metallica singer James Hetfield and bassist Robert Trujillo as playable characters.” I’m sorry, but this just seems a little bit desperate…