South Korea Hates Gamers.

Here’s just one image from a slideshow of many which you can view over at All Voices of a South Korean boot camp for ill disciplined children, many of whom have become addicted to playing video games. Apparently a crack squad of Korean military psychotherapists have discovered that by stripping children to the waist and have them rub snow onto their exposed flesh will in fact rid them of any further desire to play a games console. It’s science and you can’t argue with it.

Many of the kids who are forced to attend these camps by their parents openly confess that they’ve become obsessed with games and  as one training instructor explained: “Nowadays, the children are selfish and really dependent to parents. They even become violent and disrespect the older. Moreover they easily quit whenever encountering problems. It can not be accepted in our country. For that reason, the parents would like to send their children to the military training course to help them to be better and win themselves”.

Here’s an idea, let’s just put this out there but how about a similar military boot camp for the work shy, lazy, reality television addicted parents? You know the ones who have quite clearly failed at bringing up their kids and are so idle they’d rather let the military take care of them? Just a thought.

(via All Voices)

Avast! Batman: Arkham City Trailer.

Holy Schnikes Batman! Here’s the trailer for the sequel to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainament’s highly popular console game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which proved itself a smash hit with gamers across different platforms. This new game, Batman: Arkham City, promises to expand on all the elements that made it predecessor so successful, while at the same time expanding on Batman’s story and adding in a new villain Prof  Hugo Strange.

Did I lock the front door?

Call Of Duty’s Killer Care Package.

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'Oh that's just f@cking crate!'

When we’re not navigating through the murky waters of internet entertainment, we here at the HMS Friday like to relax with a little video game time. And what better game to relieve some stress than a multiplayer session on Call Of Duty: Black Ops.  Except it’s not very relaxing, if it’s not the squeaky voiced American kids killing us repeatedly then it’s…wooden boxes from the sky? Easily the best “WTF?” kill we’ve seen yet.


Further proof that no matter how good you are something will always come along and make you feel like a right prick.

User Swastika Art On Call Of Duty: Black Ops.

The crew here at HMS Friday have been religiously putting in the hours playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops and haven’t so far been disappointed in the latest addition of the first person shooter franchise. But one thing which has soured our experience is the noticeable rise in the number of online players with swastika flags for their clan tags and gaming cards which show up etched onto their weapons during play.

The two pictures above clearly illustrate how some players have hand designed the Nazi flags using the customisable options Treyarch have built into the multi-player section of the game. Yes, you could argue the swastika is everywhere on the Zombie Maps and has popped up on numerous occasions during single player campaigns in previous Call Of Duty games, but for a player to actually spend time and effort creating a replica Nazi flag, either to be deliberately controversial or worse, is offensive for gamers like us who see it as a representation of Nazism. Should developers Treyarch enforce a ban on those responsible?  What do you think?

UPDATE: You Tube has some videos where players have uploaded instructions on how to make and design swastika flags for Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Here’s two examples:


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Avast! Possibly The Best Workplace In The World.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that these pictures were taken at the palatial mansion of a  South American drug lord, but you’d be very wrong. They are in fact snaps of the offices and headquarters of Level 5, a Japanese gaming company. They are responsible for many titles but their most famous is Prof Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS. If you want to see more of their lavish workplace, (after you’ve wiped away those salty tears of jealousy), chart a course for their main website HERE. Overtime must be such a drag.

Now With Added Zombie Action

Gaming giants Rockstar released, what has to be in our own humble opinion, the greatest single western themed game there has ever been. We’ve been addicted to it since it’s release earlier this year and yes we have also been sucked into paying a little extra for the down loadable content, but boy has it been worth it. Hours upon hours spent riding through sun parched landscapes, rounding up cattle, shooting our way out of stand-offs and hunting grizzlies. But now it seems Rockstar have taken a gamble with their third and final piece of DLC for the game, a departure from their previous content which stayed true to giving the player an authentic taste of the wild west. Undead Nightmare, which will be released on Oct 26th, is an expansion on the single player campaign of the game and features zombies. Although this sounds initially like a sell out and pandering to the on going pop culture obsession with the undead, judging by the official trailer above, (zombie bears, anyone?) it looks like Rockstar know what they are doing. Was there ever any doubt?