In a former life, I worked for Christopher Charla. He was a nice man, and a very good editor. I rooted for him when he left game journalism and went off into the world of game development, and was saddened by the fact he named his child Oscar, instead of Dig-Dug like he'd threatened.

Charla has made some very good games in his time at Digital Eclipse/Backbone Entertainment. All of them, simply, pale in comparison to this masterwork of video production.

By the by, Charla's the manipulating the action figure and doing the voiceover work.

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Okay, so the headline for this entry is horribly misleading, so much so I expect to be overcome with grief and not, say, able to finish a third bowl of Cookie Crisp.

But if you ever wanted proof that Nintendo is out to lure more than just video game fans with its new console, here it is. The Associated Press will be providing news for a new Wii News Channel which can be accessed, of course, through the Wii's dashboard interface. The news channel debuts Saturday.

Now it seems odd that people might use the Wii for their daily news, especially when they can just turn on CNN, or use a dedicated reporting site on the Internet (which can also be accessed via the Wii), but hey!  I thought it was kind of odd for Nintendo to name a game console after the sound I make going down a rollercoaster or, to be a bit more blunt, a bodily function I like to avail myself of now and again.

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The Bishop of Rome, aka The Pontiff, aka The Pope has just spoken out about video games.

Benedict XVI issued a release today that said, "Any trend to produce programs and products ? including animated films and video games ? which in the name of entertainment exalt violence and portray anti-social behavior or the trivialization of human sexuality is a perversion, all the more repulsive when these programs are directed at children and adolescents.?

The message was released for World Communications Day, and urged people to not, for god's sake, pick up the BFG and frag their fellow man.

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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to play it on their PSPs.

Frank Miller's epic comic 300, based loosely on the battle of Thermopylae, has been made into a movie and video game.

The game, as done by Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive, is nearing completion. Which means, as you know, bad news for the Persians.

And check out the cool, gory trailer after the jump...

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Sidhe Interactive wants you to not try this at home. Especially the man-thong parts.

Jackass: The Game has a date with density. Or destiny. Or maybe just the PSP.

Dig the kooky warning, and behold the creepiness of the creepiest shooting minigame on Earth or in outer space.

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On the slowest news day in the history of humanity, Microsoft has opted to send its PR missionaries out among the masses to promote, get this, a box.

"The final box art for 'Mass Effect' has just been released, and is now available for download," Microsoft's flacks announced today. "We wanted to provide you a glimpse at BioWare?s highly-anticipated, epic science-fiction action and role-playing game 'Mass Effect.'"

For all those who've woken in a cold sweat, gripping the sheets, and wondering when Microsoft was finally going to come out and announce the box art for Mass Effect was available for download, your long-standing anguish and soul-wrenching torment is finally at its end.

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I learned to drive in the back seat of a car, watching my hoary, public high school driver's education teacher leering at the young girls as they frequently applied too much gas and not enough brake.

This young man, however, learned to drive by playing video games. And then he stole a car (more than once), drove to the airport, and hopped on a plane. Apparently, playing video games did not teach him how to fly the plane, nor did it teach the fine minds at Southwestern airlines to perhaps be wary of a small child attempting to board an airplane alone.

Read the amusing tale here.

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Ten radio station employees were fired for having engineered a contest where listeners were encouraged to drink large amounts of water and hold it in order to win a Nintendo Wii.

The contest was called "Hold Your Wee for a Wii," and a 28-year-old woman died from water intoxication after drinking two gallons of water in a very short time. Radio station KDND ("The End")  in Sacramento, Calif., wisely decided to ax the radio show that held the contest and the idiot hosts (as well as seven other employees) who thought it was a good idea to torture people in the name of entertainment.

Read the news story here and the initial blog post recounting this unfortunate situation can be found here.

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European game developer ZootFly shocked the Internet when it put up a series of gameplay movies featuring the Ghostbusters in what appeared to be a next-generation game.

Well, it turns out there is a Ghostbusters game in the works. Or there would be, if ZootFly can arrange to get the license to make the game.

You can see the movies here. They are, decidedly, awesome.

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Here's something fun: The Internet claims you can temporarily revive a "bricked" (Read: non-functioning) Xbox 360 by wrapping it in a towel, turning the console on, and leaving it that way for about 10 minutes.

"You're the worst character ever, Towelie."

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