February 16th, 2008

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When it's not possible to sink any further

Out of the blue today, someone posted a heads up that Gencon had declaired Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This was more than a little surprising given how much the damn convention gouges the average convention goer though it does explain why the money grubbing has gone into high gear the past year or so. All of a sudden it's easy to see why they started the VIG (Very Important Gamer) programa and raised fees across the board on both dealers and event costs. It just proves that there must be a truly impressive level of mismanagement at the company for this sort of thing to have resulted. Just look at that SoCal fiasco for example.

While all that was interesting, I was flabergasted to find out that gencon had ripped off the Make a Wish foundation for 150,000 dollars according to a recent lawsuit. I mean, holy shit. It's just a buncha steps down from gassing a few million Jews to ripping off charities. Not really right next door on the road to Hell scale or anything, but I think they can see each other on the horizons.

What's really surprising given these turn of events is that there dosen't seem to be any discussion of it on their forums. I took a look wondering if there was some more updated info and saw a complete news blackout with no entries to be found. I'm curious if perhaps the information just hasn't gotten around yet or if they're trying to surpress the details. God knows that neither piece of information is likely to inspire confidence and the latter will mostly cue contempt.

I just found a copy of the whole legal filing. I can't exactly post a pdf here so I took the time to cut and paste some of the relevant parts into an image file. Here's the bit about defrauding Make-A-Wish:

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Monkey buisness

Yesterday on NPR they had a segment on the so-called 'choking game', also apparently known as Space Monkey. The upshot is that complete morons decide it might be a cool-ass idea to throttle themselves until their brains are deprived of oxygen because it feels sort of wonky, and then they release allowing blood to rush back in leading to more wonky feelings.

My first thought was, what a bunch of fucking morons. This impression was heightened as they had some mother whose little space monkey burned up in re-entry on the show. She kept saying how smart her son was and how bright the kids who try this game are, as compared to the morons who choose to take drugs instead. WTF? Taking drugs is pretty fucking stupid, I'll grant you, but it's practically sound decision making when compared to choking yourself to the point of unconsciousness. Even the most doped out druggie spazzcase is aware of the fact that people need air in order to survive. Breathing is good. If you can't come to that simple conclusion than the fucking gene pool is better off without you. Maybe the parents should be sterilized so they can't churn out any more congenital idiots.

The show goes on to to counsel parents about how to spot the danger signs that they own children might be jumping on this idiocy bandwagon. I can just see it now.... I just don't know what to do. Little Timmy keeps badmouthing Oxygen and says that he admires trees because they take in Carbon Dioxide instead. Oh, whatever should I do?
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