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August 04, 2007

Immigration struggles highlighted in video game

iced.JPGMiami Herald | Immigration struggles highlighted in video game | ICED! -- a play on the acronym for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office -- is scheduled to be available for free download next month.
A Japanese computer science student fails to take a full load of university classes and loses his student visa. A 10th-grade Indian girl is detained because of a high school essay she wrote on the Department of Homeland Security. These are two of the characters in ICED! -- a video game that invites players to step into the shoes of foreigners who run afoul of the U.S. immigration system. It is part of a burgeoning genre of video games that examines major social and policy issues such as the Palestine-Israel conflict, the situation in Darfur and the electoral college. ''The game allows you to get into the body of a person, so you can experience what they are going through. There are very few opportunities to get that perspective,'' said Mallika Dutt, head of the nonprofit Breakthrough, which produced the game and uses media to highlight social issues around the world. ICED! -- a play on the acronym for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office -- is scheduled to be available for free download next month. It differs greatly from games like Border Patrol, which popped up on the Internet last year and exhorted players to kill illegal immigrants as they entered the country. ICED! seeks to show how immigration laws passed in 1996 expanded the number of crimes that can trigger deportation and limited immigrants' rights to appeal. Players try to avoid deportation by keeping a low profile and performing community service. Shoplifting or jumping a subway turnstile loses points. Lose too many, and your character ends up in a federal detention facility.

August 03, 2007

How to: Use Bittorrent

UltraNewb: A beginner's guide to BitTorrent - Lifehacker I love...

August 02, 2007

Wii Deep Sea Diving

Wonderland: Wii Diving

Forever Blue is a new Wii game that lets you navigate through the deep blue sea with your remote. You're a deep sea diver, and you're surrounded by whales, sharks, manatees, and all kids of giant, cool sea creatures. You start on a diving boat that takes you out onto the water—then you step into your gear and go.

August 01, 2007

New Warcraft expansion revealed: Wrath of the Lich King

"Leaked" FAQ for WotLK - WOW Insider New features include:

#The death knight is the first hero class in World of Warcraft; once certain criteria are met, players will unlock the ability to create a new death knight character, which will begin play at a high experience level.

# Level cap raised to 80

# New profession: "Inscription allows the player to permanently enhance their spells and abilities and to create mysterious items of power to use, trade, and sell."

# New and existing characters will be able to customize dances (??) and hairstyle

# Northrend will be about as big as Outland and will take about as long to complete.

# Players will fight Arthas himself

Click through for more details.

July 31, 2007

The Cheapest Laptop

Crave via C|net | Meet the cheapest laptop in the...

Portable GPS jammer

In-car GPS jammer subverts mobile tracking devices - Engadget
If you're the type who just may be the victim of undercover GPS tracking (read: promiscuous), you should give some serious thought to this one. This simple cigarette adapter plug-in reportedly "knocks out GPS logging or GPS tracking systems that may be operating in your vehicle," and considering that it sports a two-to-four meter operating range, just about every automobile outside of an 18-wheeler (or limousine) should be covered. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on how much this potential life-saver will cost, but its slated to ship "soon" to the devious and uber-paranoid sects.

July 30, 2007

Gimme Friction Baby, a fun flash game

Casual Gameplay Design Competition #3 The top winner from the...

July 28, 2007

How to: Make your own tattoo gun from a Nintendo 64

Case Mods: Convicts Inked Using N64 Rumble Paks - Kotaku...