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Crazy Japanese Obstacle Courses: Celebrity Edition

We've shown you the total awesomeness that are Japanese obstacle course competitions. And we've brought you the true power and spectacle of Hard Gay. So now head three minutes into the video below to see the Beyond-Ultra-Power-Awesomeness that happens when you combine the two. Bonus Awesomeness awaits when the British announcer points out that Hard Gay's competitor "takes one to the old happy sacks". [youtube]mn4-Y1n7DdM[/youtube]

The Best Wii Games You’ll Never Play

The Nintendo Wii is a lot of fun, but it's in a bit of a new game drought right now. While the rest of us sit with bated breath awaiting Super Smash Brothers and Metroid, some folks have made some Wii games of their own. Or at least they pretended to and put videos on the Internet. Here's a whole series of rejected WiiPlay games from the folks at Loading.Ready.Run. Wii toothbrushing is probably the best idea ever, but there is something a little sinister about this series of clips. The Wii controller is all fun and games until someone dies in a spray of obviously fake CG blood. [youtube]MwX8I7PA6t8[/youtube] The Wiimote should not be used to spread butter, margarine, or any other spreadable food item. [youtube]9XXLrrLA6RU[/youtube] Finally, a little bit of NSFW video to keep your mind in the gutter: [youtube]JpB9BpeGJGw[/youtube]

Extreme Japanese Sports, Nagano Makoto

I am not a very sports oriented person, as several people will tell you. In fact, I learn most all of my American sports knowledge from my mother-in-law. But, I do like extreme sports, like skate boarding, snow boarding, and the Ultimate Viking Challenge. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this challenge, this is possibly the most difficult obstacle course ever made. It was originally a Japanese show but now airs in the US on ESPN and in Europe. I don't often get the chance to watch the show, but when I do it's definitely worth it. Anyway, I am not writing about that right now, what I wanted to talk about today, actually to show you a video of today, is Nagano Makoto, the only person so far to get to the final stage of Viking, The Ultimate Challenge. He lost by running out of time in the last five feet of the course. Below is a clip (albeit of very poor quality) of Viking so you get an idea of what is going on there. [youtube]SUEnEGYRuz0[/youtube] Nagano Makoto is on another show very regularly, a similar obstacle course themed show called Sasuke, or Ninja Warriors in America. He is a common guest on this show. Either way, check out his video below from his appearances on Sasuke. He is amazingly graceful and agile. [youtube]QkBkZpK-fYQ[/youtube]

The Virgina Tech Shooter’s Last Victims: Logic and Sanity

The Virginia Tech murders got plenty of coverage in the press and on the Internet, but none of the writers here at Unsought Input weighed in on the subject. Really, there wasn't anything left to say that hadn't already been said a hundred times on a hundred channels already.

But now there is something interesting going on that isn't getting enough coverage. Did you know that there are two more casualties to add to the list of 32 people killed by Seung-Hui Cho? In addition to murdering and wounding all those people, Cho somehow managed to kill common sense and reason in thousands of commentators and high school principals across the country.

For example, school officials at Clements High School in Texas kicked out a student because they thought he posed a threat. No, he didn't threaten anyone, or buy guns, or stalk girls, or anything like that. He made a level in the game Counter-Strike based on a map of his high school. And posted it on his MySpace page.

For those of you who are out of the video game loop, Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter where you fight a bunch of terrorists, or alternatively fight a bunch of anti-terrorist troops. As you can imagine, it involves a lot of shotting and blowing stuff up. It's most fun when you compete and cooperate with other players.

Now why would a student replicate his high school in such a game unless he was using it as a simulation to train for an attack on his school? In the weeks since the VA Tech massacre, thousands of people would think that's a very good question. That's because they are scared out of their wits.

Why would he do such a thing? Listen, in high school I bought a game named Sim City 2000 (no I will not let you download it for free). One of the first things I did, after getting the hang of how to build a city, was build my home town. My home town was a dismal failure because I lived in a suburb with no industry and there were some scale issues, but that's beside the point.

Later in my high school career, I was president of the computer club. Yes, I know that also makes me king of the nerd patrol, whatever, I have to represent. One of our projects was to build a map of the school in the game Doom (or maybe Duke Nukem, the memory is getting hazy). It was a lot of fun, trying to get the textures right, figuring out where to put the power-ups so that the game would be fun to play.

It never occurred to us that we were doing anything wrong, or that we could use this map for plotting elaborate scenarios. It never occurred to me that building my little home town in Sim City and then unleashing tornadoes on it was wrong. That's because the whole idea is ludicrous.

Why do people play video games? Because, like any game, they are interactive. Some games take interaction to the next level, allowing you to do more than just explore virtual places - you can build your own. This appeals to the same kids who loved Legos when they were younger, and while they may not be the star quarterback or head cheerleader, they are hardly murderous misanthropes.

But what about the link between video games and violence? It turns out the link isn't quite that simple. Apparently only unstable people are really effected by violent video game content, but not any more than they are by violent movies, or even increases in room temperature.

What about the link between Cho and Counter-Strike? Uh, did he ever even play Counter-Strike? Or any video games for that matter? Does anyone actually know, or are they just making it up to get on TV?
After a tragedy like this, people want closure. They want to be able to do something to make sure it doesn't happen again, or find something to place all the blame on. Unfortunately, Cho was a self-important nutjob who refused the help that was offered to him at every turn. There's not really much we can do about that, so bring out the scapegoats and lose the rationality.

More Mario Bros

In keeping with Dwallz post today on a live action Mario Bros, I thought I would entertain you with something I found that I thought was amusing. Please keep in mind that the titles of these videos are Mario Frustration, so could all of the water bottle toting protesters please leave the room now?


Click on read more to see the other two parts of this video. It's worth watching even though it's 23 minutes long. I mean, you are already killing time here anyway, might as well watch it all.