Straight Scoop, Vol.1, No. 10


posted 11/18/2002 by Michael Askounes
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Thursday, November 14, 2002

A 19-year old Wisconsin youth has told authorities that the video game Grand Theft Auto III inspired him to go on a wild auto theft spree that involved over 100 vehicles(!). According to my sources, the suspect’s only regret is that he didn’t make it to 125, which is where he would’ve been able to unlock bonus cars to steal…

In unrelated news, my divorce lawyer told me that “I was inspired by Leisure Suit Larry 5” was not an acceptable defense for adultery. Oh well, back to the drawing board…

Good news from the boys and girls at Activision… It looks like the publisher has commissioned From Software to create a sequel to the excellent (and only) Gamecube RPG Lost Kingdoms, a title that put a little collectible card gaming into a standard console RPG format with excellent results. Scheduled for a 1Q2003 release, Lost Kingdoms II will feature updated graphics and over 100 new cards with which to battle with. Should be a great title; keep your dial tuned here for more news as it becomes available.

What… you were expected another joke? Who am I, Henny Youngman?

Friday, November 15, 2002

Run to your local software stores!! Wake the kids! Phone the neighbors!!! Agetec has announced the release of Fisherman’s Bass Club for the PS2!!! Oh, God… can it be true?!?!?! At last – all my dreams realized…

Microsoft has today released the X-Box Live Kit, which for the low low price of $50 will allow X-Box gamers to enjoy multiplayer titles over a broadband-only proprietary network. The manufacturer claims that over 50 X-Box live compatible games should be on store shelves by the end of 2003. Microsoft is taking a big chance in making the choice to support broad-band only, but it could be a choice that pays off huge somewhere down the line.

And to wrap up this edition of The Straight Scoop, here’s a “wacky” story hot off the wires:

It would seem that a customer in an international hamburger chain outlet in western Sweden lost his appetite when he discovered the restaurant's toilet seats were being washed in its dishwasher alongside the kitchen utensils. An employee (who in my opinion should be given the “Employee-of-the-Month” award) tried to reassure the customer by saying that the freshly washed toilet seat would be warm and pleasant to sit on. Well, at least their washing their toilets!

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Straight Scoop, and I do hope you’ll join us again next Monday for another dose of news and commentary.

Remember… keep your feet on the ground, and keep reachin’ for the stars!

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