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Weekly Roundup: Turn Off Your Videogames Edition

We wish presidential hopeful Barack Obama would apply his change motif to his outdated and
stereotypical views of media usage. Yesterday while in
Beaumont, Texas,
Obama remarked, “It’s not good enough for you to say to your child, ‘Do good in
school,’ and then when that child comes home you’ve got the TV set on. You’ve
got the radio on…You’ve got the video game playing…so turn off the TV set. Put
the video game away.”

So the problem is not with underpaid and overworked teachers
that work in overcrowded, under-funded classrooms; in Obama’s imaginary world,
parents are at home playing video games and watching TV, waiting for their
children to return home from school. One change
we would like to see in this country is a movement away from reductionary, and obsolete

This week Sony made a few confirmations: Disgaea 3 would be
released in August, Twisted Metal for the PS3 is in development, and the long
anticipated release date for Metal Gear Solid 4 will be June 12th. Sony also announced a PS3/MGS4/Dual Shock 3 bundle that is expected on/near June 12th.

360 owners can now download the Call of Duty 4 patch which includes: a mute system similar to the one in use in Halo 3, a third person perspective for spectator mode, improved accuracy for sniper and ACOG scopes, new kill cam modes for claymore, air strike, and grenade kills, and most importantly, a fix to host migration. Now, when a host leaves a multiplayer session, the party is no longer sent to the main menu. Hoo-rah!

Best news of the week: Publisher Treasure is bringing a Tech-Gaming Nintendo DS favorite stateside. Bangaio Spirits will be released this Spring according to Treasure president Masato Maegawa. He also stated that the game is pretty much
all-new, not just a remake of the Dreamcast and N64 game and will also include a level editor. We’re exploding with anticipation.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Great, another politician belittling games.

  2. No other site in mentioning Twisted Metal. Where did you get your info?

  3. Screw Osama, let those kids learn themselves.


    Actually he has a point; our educational system is a mess. But, turning off the games isn’t really going to help. The US needs to spend more on education and less on the war.

  4. Barack makes sense. Turn that shit off and raise your kids.

  5. I expect Sony to give a date for HOME soon. After seeing the article of shmups, I sought out Banga-Io. Wow, what a great game. I’ve put more time in that than COD4 lately.

  6. Another politician talking badly about games, Let’s see Now Hilary and John have a friends.

    Master Chief/Mario 08!

  7. Look at those textures in MGS4; the inside of that dumpster looks like poop in more ways that one. Let’s hope the final game looks better than that!

  8. Can’t wait for Twisted Metal PS3!!!

  9. Those textures do look booty.

  10. Everything I know I learned from games.

  11. Yeah, for Disgaea, the best SRPG series in the world. I can’t wait till august.

  12. I don’t see anything wrong with what Obama said. Americans need to turn off their TV’s video games, and radios.