The Game Rag


“So let me get this straight… if I want to turn off my PS2, I have to reach around to the BACK of the system and flip a hard to find little switch? If I wanted to rearrange my entertainment system every time I wanted to turn something on or off, I would… um… I would do that. But I don’t want to do that. I know you can hold down the reset button on the front of the system for a few seconds to put the system into standby mode, but who has time? I’m a busy man, with cheeseburgers waiting to be eaten! I don’t want to have to bend over for THREE SECONDS just to turn off my freaking PS2.”

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1. Start (NES): Where would we be without the start button? Probably still watching the attract mode in Super Mario Bros., that’s where! Sure, hitting A or X or, um, any other button will often function just as well to start a game, but there’s something about following that “Press Start” instruction to the letter that makes beginning your gameplay experience that much richer. As if that wasn’t enough, the start button lets you pause your game so you can go get a cheeseburger (except in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! where trying to pause makes you do an uppercut when you were JUST ABOUT THE FINALLY BEAT SODA POPINSKI BUT NOW YOU WASTED YOUR STAR AND DAMNIT! GET UP! GET UP DAMNIT! CRAP!)”

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Sony today announced a new tiered pricing structure for the American version of its PlayStation Signature line of products.

The move adds new, lower priced options to the recently announced Japanese line of high-end PlayStation-branded merchandise, which currently includes designer PSP cases, Sony-branded wine glasses, and crocodile leather-strapped watches.

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Contest winner J.T. ruins the first Game Rag podcast.

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The recent riots that have plagued Western embassies across the Middle East have been rated "E" for "Cartoon Violence" by the Arabian Software Ratings Board.

The ASRB said that the riots, sparked by months-old Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, are appropriate for all ages and provide good fun in a social setting.

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The Association of Bakers, Confectioners and Dessert-makers (ABCD) today issued a formal letter to Nintendo Co. Ltd. protesting demeaning portrayal of bakers in the game Yoshi’s Cookie.

The letter says that the game gives children an unrealistic perception of what a baker’s job is really like.

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