Review of the “Left Behind” Videogame

Ars Technica’s review
of the silly Left Behind game. Their final verdict is it is an overhyped christian propaganda game that has a mildly entertaining plot and below average gameplay.

As you wander around in the first missions, learning how to buy buildings and convert followers, you’ll notice how bland the game looks. This would have been great looking about five or six years ago, but right now it just comes across as boring. There are a lot of bad guys running around, denoted by red bars over their heads, and they will shoot red balls at you. These balls sap your “spirit,” which is like mana, and you have to pray to get it back. In the first mission I spent a lot of time running away from big gangs of people who were shooting these anti-God balls at me, and that got old quickly. Run and pray, run and pray. It was a lot like being at Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time

The Gilbert’s U-238 Atomic Energy Lab comes in at number 2. I bet you are curious as to what toy could be more dangerous than one that comes with a geiger counter.

In 1951, A.C. Gilbert introduced his U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, a radioactive learning set we can only assume was fun for the whole math club. Gilbert, who Americanmemorabilia claims was “often compared to Walt Disney for his creative genius,” had a dream that nuclear power could capture the imaginations of children everywhere. For a mere $49.50, the kit came complete with three “very low-level” radioactive sources, a Geiger-Mueller radiation counter, a Wilson Cloud Chamber (to see paths of alpha particles), a Spinthariscope (to see “live” radioactive disintegration), four samples of Uranium-bearing ores, and an Electroscope to measure radioactivity.

Top 10 Christian Tourist Traps

Above is a picture from the Golgotha Mini Golf course in Kentucky where the lamb of god watches you putt.

What better says family fun than an attraction that translates to “Hill of Skulls” in the original Aramaic? The first nine holes offers such old testament highjinks as the Garden of Eden and Moses parting the Red Sea while the back nine concentrate on the miracles of the new testament. Various angel statues dot the landscape while Christ himself stands watch at the 18th hole…talk about pressure to perform!

It’s evident that the owners were short of funds when creating the park since many of the scenes are recreated with whatever ornaments could easily be found. Small plastic statues of armadillos and poodles are lined up to enter a shoddily constructed ark and elves from the Wal-Mart garden department helpfully stand in for various religious icons. I never knew St. Peter wore lederhosen!

FL Cops Dressing in Drag to Catch Traffic Violators

I wonder if they tried this in South Beach?

Officer Delicious, aka West Palm Beach police officer Terry Golden, stands at Okeechobee Boulevard and Jog Road on Wednesday morning as he watches for cars running red lights and alerts nearby fellow officers. “I’ve seen people drive by eating food and when they see me, the food just falls out of their mouth” Golden said of his outfit.

(via The Daily Drip)

Hungry For a Month

This blogger decides to spend no more than a buck a day on food for a month.

For the month of November, I’m only spending $30 on food. The only exception will be things that are freely available to the average person (salt taken from restaurants, sauce packets from Taco Bell, free coffee from an office). Buying in advance is fine, but at the end of the month, it all has to add up to $30 or less.

(via J-Walk)