Hart & Usagi #94: Action In An Elevator


In episode 94 we chat about the Yakuza Remastered Collection, Tetris 99 coming to retail stores, and our time playing select games in Taito Legends 1 and 2 on the PlayStation 2.

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* Games Won’t Be Any Cheaper on the Google Stadia
* Tetris 99 For Nintendo Switch Coming To Physical Stores This Fall
* The Switch Mini Is Officially the Portable-Focused Switch Lite, Has Multiple Compromises Over Original Switch
* Bethesda’s Classic Doom Re-Release Requires a Bethesda Account
* Three New Street Fighter 5 Characters Leak Ahead Of Evo 2019
* Walmart is Quietly Removing Violent Video Game Advertising From Its Stores
* TurboGrafx-16 Mini Adds Seven More Games To Complete Lineup, Including Splatterhouse
* Phil Spencer Doesn’t Think That Cloud Systems Will Fully Replace Traditional Consoles Just Yet
* Sony Acquires Ratchet and Clank, Spider-Man Dev Insomniac Games
* Ion Fury Developer Donates $10,000 to Charity After Furor Over Transphobic Comments
* Yakuza Remastered Collection For PS4 Announced, Starting With Yakuza 3

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #23: NRA Gun Club


In this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we speak mainly on the recent school shooting. After solving that problem we talk about some video game awards and Christmas gifts.

* Sandy Hook Shooting: Video Games Take The Blame
* Walmart Sells Out of Guns, Bans ‘Dangerous’ Products
* Senator Jay Rockefeller Introduces Bill to Study How Violent Video Games Affect Children
* CA senator calls NRA’s response to violent games ‘pathetic and unacceptable’
* Video Games “Easy Target” to Explain Violence
* Awards talk
* Gifts

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Blame Yourself For Once

Hell will most likely have to freeze over before the majority people stop blaming the fantasy world for their real life problems. In this case I’m referring to Devin Moore, who killed three people in 2003 all while in police custody. Afterwards he said, “Life is like a video game; everybody has to die sometime.”

How many times do I need to keep saying this? Video games do not make anybody do anything. Yes, some games, like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, may give the player ideas, but in the end the player makes the choice to commit the violent act. Nobody made Moore kill those people. It was all his doing and nothing else.

Now there is a civil lawsuit in Alabama that was brought against anyone that even had the smallest amount to do with the game. This not only includes the developers and publishers, but also stores that sell the game. Specifically, Wal-Mart and GameStop. Hey while they are at it why don’t they include every gamer that owns a copy of the game? Makes as much sense as anything else they’re doing at this point.

I get so tired of hearing about bullshit like this. It’s obvious that Jack Thompson got into the heads of the victim’s families and convinced them that GTA has more to do with the shooting than Devin Moore’s fucked up head.

Speaking of Moore, did he come up with that retarded quote all on his own or did Forest Gump help him out. Actually, life is more like Jack Thompson; old, tired, and crazy.

GameSpot news: GTA killer case clears hurdle