Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Thanks to William for calling this to our attention: Yahoo used our screenshot for a list of the "Best Podcasts You've Never Heard, but Should."
- Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter.
- Internet dating firms entice lonely hearts with faked profiles based on real people.
The subject of love bedevils us all.
Yet once you've found it, how do you propose to the woman with whom you want to spend your doddering dotage?
For one gamer, there was an absolute solution: create a game that she would have to play to the end to win his heart.
I am tearfully grateful to Kotaku for revealing the tale of EquinnoxX, a passionate gamer.
He decided to meddle with a Contra cartridge in order to create the perfect proposal for his one true love.… Read more
Valentine's Day is a horrible tradition. It's a romantic "musical chairs" where you either stand alone in a metaphorical puddle of rejection, or turn to your partner and price out the worth of their love in flowers and chocolates.
To hell with it.
To level the playing field, I say we need to put science fiction's premise of the humanoid robot companion on the fast track to becoming a reality. … Read more
Same-gender romance will soon be in the air in Star Wars: The Old Republic, meaning your Jedi Knight or Bounty Hunter will have more opportunities to get some lovin' in the online game.
To date, characters' romance options have been limited by class and gender. But in a blog post today, Jeff Hickman, executive producer of the BioWare/EA title, revealed that that's shifting come spring -- to an extent.
The upcoming Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack, he said, will make it possible for players on the new planet (called Makeb) to flirt with same-gender non-player characters, created by BioWare to give quests, sell items, and otherwise move the story forward. Players will not yet, however, be able to put the moves on same-sex companion characters, the NPCs that accompany them on their intergalactic escapades as a major plotline piece. … Read more
Online role-playing games, typically of the massively multiplayer variety, have a reputation for wreaking havoc on real-world relationships.
Now, researchers can back up that notion with survey results and can pinpoint the problems that result from such gaming. The survey, from researchers at Brigham Young University, is set to appear tomorrow in the Journal of Leisure Research.
The findings confirm what many gamers know all too intimately--perhaps having heard the message delivered loudly in words with four letters. Three-quarters of spouses of online gamers wish their partners would put more time and effort into their marriages than they put into … Read more
Valentine's Day approaches, and in case you're one of those odd ducks wondering about the Most Intimate iPad Game, here's your slam-dunk recommendation: Fingle. Based on my time with it here at the office, it's earned nothing but awkward blushes.
Fingle's an iPad-only app because you wouldn't have enough finger room on an iPhone or iPod. It's basically Twister with fingers: two players place one hand each on the iPad and put their fingers on the spaces indicated, then start slipping and sliding around the board as indicated. Stay long enough on the … Read more
It started on Facebook. She looked into his two-dimensional eyes, ignored the fact that the game was called Mafia Wars, and decided that this might be love.
Oh, perhaps it didn't start with precisely those indications of love and foreboding, but I can tell you how it ended--with an $8,386.88 lawsuit for "misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, defamation of character, and intentional infliction of emotional distress."
Tired of dating people who stare at you blankly when you talk about your affection for Asimo? Dream of having a robot baby head all your own one day? Online dating site Robot Passions says it can help you find a partner who shares your love of robots--or at least thinks Gundam is pretty cool.
Robot lovers longing for a date with metal sexpot Roxxxy might be disappointed to learn that the site is currently restricted to humans. It does, however, note that it hopes to include robots among its members "once their AI is sufficiently advanced." Wait, what does one get a Roomba for Valentine's Day?
Robot Passions is part of Passions Network's extensive roster of free online dating sites, which include such other geek offerings as Comic Book Passions, Zombie Passions, Trek Passions, and Ninja Passions.
Join one site in the network and you're automatically a member of the entire network, though as you register, you can choose the sites that best match your interests if you'd prefer, for example, not to include members of the Mullet Passions site in your search for love. … Read more
I am sure that, like me, you have already bought your flowers and used a very special body wash.
However, how can you be sure that your Valentine's Day--or any other date night--will go off with an appropriate timbre?
Please, then, go down on your knees and give thanks to Shagscore.com. Of all the days in the world, Shagscore decided to launch today, so that your Valentine's Day can be more of a sure thing.
Shagscore has a very simple--and surely scientific--premise. Once you enter details of your dating plans, Shagscore's "shagadelic" algorithm is … Read more