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[01 Jul 2006|10:13pm]

Funny story. I was at Newbury Comics today, looking at CDs, and came across a particular CD in the "Top 30 CDs this week" rack.

Dragon Force. At #17.
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Pac-man for Prison Reform [21 Mar 2006|07:41pm]


Computer games help convicts cope
By Mark Ward
Technology correspondent, BBC News website

Oregon's prison system in the US is turning to computer games to help rehabilitate felons.
Inmates who have a clean disciplinary record for 18 months are being given a chance to buy a small handheld game console.

The gadget has 50 simple games onboard that can be played through small TVs fixed in cells.

The Oregon state prison system said the gadgets also help to stem some of the trouble incarceration often provokes.
Time trial

The game gadgets, made by technology firm DreamGear, have been introduced to Oregon's correctional system as part of a larger incentive system that starts to help prepare prisoners for life outside jail.

The escalating system of non-cash incentives rewards those prisoners that stay out of trouble.

After six months of clean conduct, inmates get the chance to buy a 7-inch LCD screen with a cable hook-up for their cell. Inmates earn the money for the tiny TV, which costs $300, via the wages they earn doing jobs while in jail.

In 2004-2005, almost 2,400 LCD TVs were bought by inmates of Oregon's jails. The state has a prison population of approximately 13,000 people.

Six months of good conduct also grants the right to buy CD players and discs, and gives access to social groups and clubs.

After 18 months, inmates are offered further incentives, such as more visiting hours and get the chance to buy ice cream.

They are also given the chance to buy the game gadget which costs $35. The graphics in the 50 games stored on the gadget resemble those seen in mid-1980s consoles.

The titles of games on the DreamGear gadget include Star Ally, Smart Escape, Dragon Poker and Space Castle.
Troubled times

Perrin Damon, communications manager for the Oregon Department of Corrections, told the BBC News website that it had sold 809 consoles to inmates that had earned them between November 2005 and January 2006.

He played down media suggestions that the console and other incentives were being used to tackle unrest in the state's prisons.

"Oregon's prisons are among the safest in the nation and have been for some time," he said.

Instead, he said, the TVs, music players and game gadgets were part of a larger programme that tried to modify prisoner behaviour and make rehabilitation easier.

This was important, said Mr Damon, because 95% of the state's prisoners will eventually return to the community.

The game gadgets were part of the so-called quality of life incentives that try to make prisoners "gravitate toward the pro-social behaviours critical to successful transition back to the community".

Statistics show that trouble in Oregon's state prisons has declined following the introduction of the gadget incentives.

Over the past three years the incidence of misconduct reports, assaults on warders and fights between inmates has declined, even though the numbers of prisoners has increased.

The non-cash incentive system was introduced following legal changes that introduced minimum sentences for some violent crimes.

This meant that 40% of the state's prisoners could no longer earn time off their sentence for good behaviour.
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hey, check this out! [19 Jan 2006|11:38pm]

really funny video, just got to stick it out a little.
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genmay gives another gift unto the world [03 Oct 2005|02:56pm]

If you know what's good for you, you should listen to ytcracker: http://ytcracker.com/nes/

Nerdrap 4 Lyfe
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[12 Sep 2005|11:59pm]
hey everyone

i started a gamers club page on my website. right now its just a calender but i'll add stuff to it later

reply to this with any important events gamers club related and i'll add them. ie birthdays, club faires, school events, ect.


VP Chris
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Indeed [17 Aug 2005|04:29pm]

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hey gang! [31 Jul 2005|07:44pm]

Hey Gang! Your president here. Just wanted you folks to post when you want the first meeting to be. Everyone is due back on the 4th, I believe, and I would like to have the meeting sometime before the end of that week. Check your class/karate/SGA/masturbatory schedules to make sure there are no conflicts.


-the meeting the week after the first one will be freshmen/exec board only, as I assume club fair will be the first weekend; meeting prior to that will be the first full rostered meeting.
-Metal DDR pads are secured so DDR in the pub can start anew.
-the weekend of september 22 will still be known as LOTR extend-ation. All three extended movies back, to back, to back, it will probably have to start at 11 in the morning so that we can fit in meals between the movies (yes, we plan on feeding you).

any suggestions or comments let me know.
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Ok gang let's play a game!! [19 May 2005|01:27pm]

ok read this and comment with your thoughts. Especially girls.

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[18 Apr 2005|07:09pm]

this is for everyone in the BIG GAME!

i was thinking about how rediculusly powerful you guys are getting so im gonna turn this into a guantlet where from now on if you die, you stay dead if anyone makes it to the end we'll do something special

but just so you know . . . DUN DUN DUN!!!! its gonna get harder
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[14 Apr 2005|10:52pm]

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[17 Mar 2005|04:23pm]
I want this

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[13 Mar 2005|03:54pm]
Great Gamer
GM says drop 2d10, aanndd... you roll 73% !
Not too bad- not too bad at all. You're not exactly a first generation gamer, and you probably have other hobbies besides rolling dice and slaughtering orcs, but you've managed to collect enough knowledge to impress even the most experienced gamer. Pull out a few more nights for gaming and spend some more time with the obscure books, soon you're well on your way to becomming the Ultimate Gamer.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 76% on dice
Link: The Real Gamers use Dice Test written by luminasita on Ok Cupid
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HA! HA! [03 Mar 2005|02:42am]

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The first step [16 Feb 2005|09:34am]

Ha! I always thought it could happen, I didn't realize it already had

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[30 Jan 2005|04:58pm]
Emma's Web

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Oh yeah...nerd sandwich [10 Dec 2004|10:23pm]

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Cause we all need to laugh [05 Nov 2004|12:47pm]

The Republican National Committee announced today that the Republican Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. Marc Racicot, RNC National Chairman, explained that the condom more clearly reflects the party's stance today because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually getting screwed...


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The Gamer male [30 Oct 2004|08:37pm]

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[20 Oct 2004|11:40am]

Its funny, I swear
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The Forge [27 Sep 2004|11:45pm]

Yo! I just wanted to pimp an online RPG design and theory forum. Some would call theorizing about how best to make and play pen'n'paper RPGs extremely pretentious - I would argue that it's the best thing to happen to rolepaying since roleplaying was invented. A lot of the best RPGs and ideas about how to play RPGs that I've come across came from this forum - it's definitely something you guys should check out. It's heavy on the reading, but worth it.

The forum is called the Forge, and it's at http://www.indie-rpgs.com


P.S: Start with the "Articles" section - it'll prepare you for the jargon. Then check out the games that have been published by these guys - Sorceror, Donjon, Elfs, The Pool, The Riddle of Steel... and so on.
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