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PETA goes games and gives Mario a kicking

November15

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have jumped on the games band wagon to pick on children over a video game that sees Mario (a collection of pixels) wear a virtual romper suit named after a non-existent animal.

PETA - change your PR team NOW!

Come on PETA – I appreciate what you stand for but what is the point in this? Are you trying to get kids on side? I don’t think this is the way to do it. The games are pretty good, why not be more positive instead of investing in games and decrying them in the same breath? Absolutely bizarre marketing ploy, like making TV ads highlighting the evils of watching too much television.

Why not just go and steal some children’s candy and then lecture them on the importance of brushing. You sicko’s.

Pick on someone in your own tax bracket, and stop the Holier than thou attitude. ITS A GAME FOR KIDS, not a countryside hunt.

I admit I like anyone drawing attention to indie games dev’s, but wagging a finger at Super Meat Boy, with this lame tofu rip-off, just stinks of cheap column inches. It’s cynical and only serves to highlight how much power meat has and how weak and feeble veganism is. I’m turning my back on years of vegetarianism and i’m off to lick a cow. You did that PETA. You did that….you sicken me.

Evil Super Tofu Boy

 

The Waiting Room – One Hospital. Hundreds of Stories.

July21

The waiting room is a film and social media project about healthcare. Focusing on a ‘safety net’ hospital in California, The waiting room is also a repository of conversation topics and emotions felt in the online waiting room.

 

One Hospital. Hundreds of stories.

Lance Weiler – Collapsus

July20

Collapsus is a brand-new transmedia project from SubmarineChannel that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary. Collapsus looks into the near future and shows you how the imminent energy crisis affects a group of ten young people, who appear to be caught up in an energy conspiracy. Collapsus is the transmedia project associated with the documentary, Energy Risk. 
Collapsus is directed by Tommy Pallotta, producer of Scanner Darkly and Waking Life, and director of American Prince.

Collapsus Trailer from SubmarineChannel on Vimeo.

Who Wants to Be a Terrorist?

July18

At last – reality TV with some actual threat. It’s what the world has been building to since Survivor first soiled the airwaves.

See - they were only joking.

Connected Robot speaks in Parliament

July17

Giant killer robots, pens and politics – What’s not to like?

In an innovative attempt to address political disengagement among the youth, this project sees a writing robot connected to a web portal which will scribe the exact issues concerning the target audience, word by word inside the Houses of Parliament, to ensure every voice is heard.

 

Youth says: Give us more oil. And chainsaw attachments...

Immigration Nation

July17

An interactive look into the origins and personal stories of Australia. Telling stories from all nations who ended up in the country as well as the indigenous peoples. There are linear tales as well as a great interactive documentary.

FlashMob Gone Wrong… Tom Scott

July14

Technologist and humorist Tom Scott gives an insight into the power of words and actions and what can happen when you add unregulated social connections at Ignite. Ignite is an event of 1 speaker with any topic, 5 minutes, 20 slides and the slides rotating every 15 seconds automatically around the world.

The mantra is ‘enlighten us – but make it quick’

Budget Hero

July12

I for one am pretty sure I could single handedly run the American financial system – on my own and at lunchtimes – better than congress. Having always known this and yet unable to convince the Whitehouse to let me try, I was overjoyed when I found this fantastic interactive piece of journalism which uses game dynamics to explain how the budgeting of the American government works.

A great educating experience which deals with a huge amount of complex information and converts it into an easy to understand series of actions, which are actually fantastic fun to play with and explain some very sophisticated themes.

Solve the US financial crisis while pretending to play minesweeper.

What Teens Think About Privacy

July10

An ongoing blog by Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick looking into teen attitudes to privacy. Download the paper in progress from the site.

Danah Boyd

MacDonald’s Video Game

July8

Hmmm…. What to do first? Turn children into obese fanatical walking heart attacks or flatten the Amazonian rain forest and ram it with diseased wildstock? These and more fun questions facing players in the fast-food video game by Molleindustra.

Carcenogenic disk with coronary thrombosis to follow. Have a nice day now!

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