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Heroic Man Braves Burning House to Save His Xbox

Maybe this one. (Photo: Xbox)

A Kansas man clearly had his priorities straight when he reentered his burning house to rescue his Xbox.

The stupidity was displayed Friday in a northeastern town when the man realized he fled his house being engulfed in flames empty handed. So, feeling the adrenaline and realizing that he couldn’t go on if he didn’t have the gaming console to hug at night, he risked life and limb to go back in and grab it. Read More

XX in Tech

Almost Half of All Gamers Are Women So Stop Calling Us Bitches on Xbox Live

(Proof: playstationlifestyle.net)

The next time someone calls you the c-word on XBox Live, politely remind them of this neat little factoid: nearly half of all gamers are actually women, according to a new report published by CNN.

The report, crafted by the Entertainment Software association and titled “2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry”, states that “45% of all game players, and 46% of the most frequent purchasers of games, are female. Adult women make up 31% of the game-playing population.” Read More

Play Your Video Games

Teen on House Arrest Grows ‘Sick of Playing Xbox,’ Asks for Jail Time Instead

(Photo: suite101.com)

After 10 months on house arrest, a 19-year-old New Zealander has requested to serve the rest of his 11-month sentence in prison, as he’s grown “sick of playing Xbox.”

The New Zealand Herald reports that the unnamed man called up the local police station, told them he had “run out of Xbox games to play,” and would rather spend the final month of his sentence in a dark cell with other smelly dudes than shoot another stupid animated zombie. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Dave McClure Calls Big Omaha Attendee a ‘Lying Bitch’ and Zynga Employees Run Into Traffic

The picture of despair.

Lying Bitches 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, known for his rather dirty mouth, made a big slip-up at the Nebraska-based thinkfluencer festival Big Omaha today. According to Valleywag, Mr. McClure was giving a talk at the conference when he asked someone how good her iPhone battery life was. When she responded with a presumably positive answer, Mr. McClure called her a “lying bitch.” On stage. In front of tons of people. Read More

Friday Fun

Mountain Dew Truck Does Kickflip, Spill Automatically Transforms Freeway Into Chill Skatepark

(Screencap: wpxi.com)

Yesterday morning, a truck carrying America’s greatest export, Mountain Dew, turned over on freeway I-70 in Pennsylvania, causing hundreds of bottles of the deliciously caffeinated nectar to clutter the road and back traffic up for hours. As if out of nowhere, hundreds of skateboarders descended on the scene, just to chill and practice their ollies. Xbox scores across the Northeast region of the U.S. plummeted to terrifying lows as gamers everywhere learned the devastating news and flocked to stores to begin to hoard Mountain Dew. Or at least that’s how we like to imagine it.

The highway has since been reopened and no major injuries were reported.

Rumor has it that the X Games will take place on highway I-70 next year.

Play Your Video Games

Goodbye Cruel World: You Can Now Order Pizza Hut From Your Xbox

Art. (Photo: Polygon)

The future is finally here: Microsoft and Pizza Hut have launched a new app for Xbox Live that lets users order the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza (and other assorted items!) straight from their Xbox 360.  Users link their Xbox Live and Pizza Hut accounts (who has a Pizza Hut account?) and then purchases can be made via the game controller, voice input or Kinect gestures, which totally counts as exercise. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Zuck’s First Website Was Just as Embarrassing as Yours

(Photo: Angelfire)

Digital music licensing revenues surpassed those from radio for the first time ever, mostly thanks to Google Play and Xbox. [The Guardian]

If this really is Mark Zuckerberg’s first ever Angelfire page, it’s just as mortifying as yours was. [Gizmodo]

Q1 of 2013 yielded a strangely low number of IPOs: only eight companies went public in the three-month period. [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

Not to be eclipsed by Microsoft, Samsung is getting its own brick and mortar stores, but with a twist: they’ll exist solely inside Best Buys. Guess they really like the Geek Squad? [AllThingsD]

The Facebook phone is expected to be announced today. Yay? [New York Times]