It is for your buttocks.

Monday, March 2, 2009 | 04:06 PM | by
On of my favorite parts about Digital Overload setup on Friday is when the SUMO beanbags arrive. A truckload full of beanbag chairs which we can then amass into a huge pile and fling ourselves at, like a Chuck-E-Cheese ball pit for grown-ups.

But aside from that, I just love that we have these at the event. As a gaming event we couldn't ask for a more perfect seating solution for lazing about all weekend playing games. And if you're attending Digital Overload, who knows, maybe you'll even end up taking one home!

If not, you can always get one afterward. My personal favorite is still the Sumo Sac Gigantor. It's one best feature (size and comfort) is also it's one minor drawback. It's huge. Mine has not moved more than a couple of feet in any given direction since we set it up. It's not really something you drag from room to room.

In my dream house (which my girlfriend will never approve), we've done away will all of the beds and sofas, and replaced them with wall-to-wall Sumo Sacs. And the robot butler feeds us expensive pastries from titanium diamond-encrusted hover-plates.

Speaking of pastry, I did manage to squeeze in a few chapters of Killzone 2 amongst all the event preparation mayhem. It's a really good game. It's fun, it's gorgeous... in fact my only complaint, and this may sound odd, is that I have to play the game with the PS3 controller.

I would much rather play the game with the Xbox 360 controller, or even a mouse and keyboard. For this type of game, I just do not like the feel of the PS3 controller, and to get even more specific, I hate the analog sticks. I hate that they're convex instead of concave at the tops. It is not an optimal thumb comfort situation there, and Killzone requires a lot of precise control.

I know people have told me there are ways to make a 360 controller work with the PS3, or to put a PS3 controller inside a 360 controller shell, or install linux (I'd rather stick my testicles in a paper shredder) onto the PS3, etc etc. Frankly that doesn't realistically help the problem in any way, shape or size.

Again, it's a minor gripe. The game is still super fun, and I'll deal with the PS3 controller when I go back to playing the game. Which won't be until next week. Because, you know... I've got this thing to do this weekend.

Generosity Overload

Monday, March 2, 2009 | 08:42 PM | by
Just a friendly reminder, we're starting a new charity initiative with Digital Overload this year, which we're calling Generosity Overload.

For 2009 we've chosen to support our troops still overseas, and will be collecting items that they need/want, and we're excited to announce that ThinkGeek has signed on to participate. In particular we will be sending items to Ted Arnold and SrA Janna P. Wiseman who have signed up on behalf of their units. We're asking attendees to contribute any of the following items:
  • Hygiene products of all kinds
  • Bug spray
  • Extra socks
  • Blankets
  • Dried Snacks (like trail mix)
  • DVDs
  • Sheets for Twin beds
  • Video or Board Games
  • Headsets with microphones (so the soldiers can call home)
  • CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • Energy Drinks (or drink mixes)
  • Over-the-counter cold meds (Vicks Sinex would be great) and multi-vitamins
  • Anything anti-bacterial
  • Easy-Mac,  Pringles, Ritz crackers and Cheese spread
  • Cards and letters
  • Pre-prepared foods
We ask that you bring your contribution with you to the event, and that all food and personal items be new, and unopened in their original packaging. Second-hand DVDs and Video Games should be fine. Any attendee that contributes an item will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing during the event.

If you aren't attending Digital Overload, but would still like to contribute a bit to the cause, you can make a PayPal donation on or before Wednesday, and we'll go out and purchase items that the troops need.