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I really can’t say enough about how good Heavy Rain is

It’s incredible how immersive the game is and how such an simple control scheme manages to just draw you in. You’re constantly on guard for what the next choice is going to be, and at times it becomes clear that they simply intend for you to fail. Just like the characters you’re playing there are simply some things you can’t do. You miss 3 buttons in a row and something bad happens and you realize that seems like exactly what was supposed to happen.
I shot and killed a man today, and I find that it’s really sticking with me. I find myself going back over the scenario and trying to figure out what I could have done differently to avoid that. Maybe if I’d just intervened a little earlier… I don’t know. But the thing is, I never consciously made the choice to shoot him, but at the same time I didn’t do it accidentally. I tried to talk him down, but it just came to a point where, with how he was talking, I felt certain that he was about to shoot my partner and instinct took over, I pulled the trigger. And I immediately thought “Holy crap, I just shot him…” It wasn’t conscious, and it’s not as if I accidentally bumped the button, at that moment I was just so immersed in the game that I instinctively knew that at that moment I had to do that. And I find that amazing, and I’m left wondering what that instinctive choice means for the rest of the game…

I guess you can file this under “What liberal media?”

Received an e-mail yesterday from a reporter for the Dayton Daily News which referred to President Bush as “our warmongering, torture-supporting fascist-in-chief”.

You want an example of biased reporting?

Try this Reuters report on for size. The author isn’t reporting on the United Nations’ release of an atlas showing pictures of how the earth has been changed by humans over the last 30 years, instead they’re trying to make the point that the atlas is meant to make.


A Slide for Soar Eyes

     “Oil Prices Slide More Than $2.50 a Barrel”–headline, Associated Press, April 27, 3:25 p.m. EDT
     “Bush Lays Out Energy Plan As Prices Soar”–headline, Associated Press, April 27, 5 p.m. EDT
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Ok, please, everybody just remain calm

A van has overturned in Florida, killing 2.
Personally I don’t have a clue why it’s newsworthy, but 1290 WHIO seems to think it’s important enough to make the top-of-the-hour news so who am I to argue.
I pray that we will be able to overcome this great national tragedy.

Score one more for the blogosphere

Eason Jordan has quit at CNN.

CNN’s chief news executive Eason Jordan quit on Friday over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed in Iraq, possibly by U.S. forces, the television network said.
CNN said on its Web site that Jordan conceded his remarks at last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos were “not as clear as they should have been.” Several participants at the event said Jordan told the audience U.S. forces had deliberately targeted journalists — a charge he denied.

The controversy gained steam last week, with Internet bloggers posting their accounts of what transpired at the Switzerland forum, an event attended by political, economic, academic and media figures from around the world, the CNN site said.

Good news

Experts seem to have ruled out the prospect of an “unkillable zombie Bin Laden“. 🙂

4 (more) out at CBS

Senior Vice President Betsy West, 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard and Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy were asked to resign. Mary Mapes, the segment’s producer, was fired.

The action was prompted by the report of an independent panel that concluded that CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece. The panel also said CBS News had compounded that failure with a

Fox to provide news for Clear Channel stations

Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation’s largest radio station operator, has picked Fox News Radio to be the primary source of national news for most of its news and talk stations, officials announced Monday.
The five-year agreement initially covers more than 100 radio stations.
Fox will provide a five-minute top-of-the-hour newscast, a nightly news broadcast, and around-the-clock dedicated national news coverage. In return, Fox News Radio will have access to news produced by San Antonio-based Clear Channel’s news network.
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That sound you hear is tens of millions of Liberals wailing in anguish.

Rather out at CBS

Dan Rather announced Tuesday that he will step down as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in March, 24 years after his first broadcast in that position.
Rather will continue to work full-time at CBS News as a correspondent for both editions of 60 Minutes, as well as on other assignments for the news division.
CBS made no mention of a potential successor.
Rather, 73, has come under fire for his 60 Minutes report on President Bush’s service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. The report relied on documents that cast Mr. Bush’s service in a negative light. Critics charged that the documents were forgeries, and CBS News was unable to vouch for their authenticity. An independent commission is now investigating the matter.