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Tonight, The World Ends

OK, maybe not, but here's some year-end doom for you.

You just know Mr. Burke's got his fingers crossed tonight.
I don't know about you, but I spend New Year's Eve 1999 sitting quietly at home, in bed, with plenty of loaded guns at the ready just in case the world ended. Sadly, things went on as usual and I wasn't able to run through the streets in some sort of Mad Maxian post-apocalypse in a quest for gas. But maybe 2009 will be my year!

Here are a couple of things in motion right now that, while not at all related to games, give me hope for the end of the world.

- Earlier this morning, 30GB versions of Microsoft's Zune all decided to reboot and freeze up on the reboot screen, rendering them all completely useless. Microsoft's Xbox Man, Major "Larry Hyrb" Nelson has twittered a bit on the subject, and he claims that the Zune team is on the case. I, however, am with Destructoid's Jim Sterling on this one. It's hilarious. I'd ask you all to check your Zune to see if it still works, but... does anyone actually own a Zune?

- The television apocalypse may be at hand, and I'm not talking about the SAG strike vote. Time Warner Cable and Viacom are beefing over how much money Viacom gets paid to let Time Warner broadcast their channels. And Time Warner claims that if it caves to Viacom's demands, other networks will put some squeeze onto all TV providers, resulting in a $30/month jump in cable bills. So if you have Time Warner, you might wake up tomorrow unable to see Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and so on. This one has a loose video game tie-in, as it all leads back to Sumner Redstone's holding company, National Amusements, which is attempting to restructure its debt. That's the same Sumner Redstone that used to own most of Midway.

- As of midnight tonight, it will be illegal to send text messages while driving a car in California. What is this, RUSSIA? I look forward to watching people exploit the system by saying "I wasn't texting, I was looking for a new song to play on my music-capable phone" and watching courts explode with the ensuing nonsense. If you want to keep people focused on the road, just pass a law that bars all distractions instead of just lashing out at one specific piece of technology. Dopes.
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Posted by Jeff
You just know Mr. Burke's got his fingers crossed tonight.
I don't know about you, but I spend New Year's Eve 1999 sitting quietly at home, in bed, with plenty of loaded guns at the ready just in case the world ended. Sadly, things went on as usual and I wasn't able to run through the streets in some sort of Mad Maxian post-apocalypse in a quest for gas. But maybe 2009 will be my year!

Here are a couple of things in motion right now that, while not at all related to games, give me hope for the end of the world.

- Earlier this morning, 30GB versions of Microsoft's Zune all decided to reboot and freeze up on the reboot screen, rendering them all completely useless. Microsoft's Xbox Man, Major "Larry Hyrb" Nelson has twittered a bit on the subject, and he claims that the Zune team is on the case. I, however, am with Destructoid's Jim Sterling on this one. It's hilarious. I'd ask you all to check your Zune to see if it still works, but... does anyone actually own a Zune?

- The television apocalypse may be at hand, and I'm not talking about the SAG strike vote. Time Warner Cable and Viacom are beefing over how much money Viacom gets paid to let Time Warner broadcast their channels. And Time Warner claims that if it caves to Viacom's demands, other networks will put some squeeze onto all TV providers, resulting in a $30/month jump in cable bills. So if you have Time Warner, you might wake up tomorrow unable to see Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and so on. This one has a loose video game tie-in, as it all leads back to Sumner Redstone's holding company, National Amusements, which is attempting to restructure its debt. That's the same Sumner Redstone that used to own most of Midway.

- As of midnight tonight, it will be illegal to send text messages while driving a car in California. What is this, RUSSIA? I look forward to watching people exploit the system by saying "I wasn't texting, I was looking for a new song to play on my music-capable phone" and watching courts explode with the ensuing nonsense. If you want to keep people focused on the road, just pass a law that bars all distractions instead of just lashing out at one specific piece of technology. Dopes.
Edited by BiffMcBlumpkin
Jeff said:
"- As of midnight tonight, it will be illegal to send text messages while driving a car in California. What is this, RUSSIA?."
No, in Russia you can't drive a car while in California.
Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow, a bunch of things happening today.  And, Jeff, it is always a pleasure to read your opinionated articles like this. The first paragraph is hilarious, and that picture inset is a great inside joke. Good job!

Posted by cstrang

"I don't know about you, but I spend New Year's Eve 1999 sitting quietly at home, in bed, with plenty of loaded guns at the ready just in case the world ended."

I spend EVERY New Year's Eve like that.  Except I usually have a half gallon of whiskey, too.

Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin
cstrang said:
""I don't know about you, but I spend New Year's Eve 1999 sitting quietly at home, in bed, with plenty of loaded guns at the ready just in case the world ended."

I spend EVERY New Year's Eve like that.  Except I usually have a half gallon of whiskey, too."
That isn't that big of a deal, to Gerstmann that might be New Year's 1999 but in certain parts of the country that's known as an Alabama Tuesday.
Posted by heavymtlhead

But does it end with you? That's the real question here.

Posted by McBain

Spent, Jeff. Spent.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

It's the end of the world as we know it... and I feel fine.

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Posted by rugripper40

dudes  happy fkin new year       hope this year jings 4 yous...jersey slang...lol...and jeff,as usual,everythings kool with me and my smokin hot girlfriend....and if you still talk to the other  gamespot crue i know,give them a happy new year cheer from me...peace chris

Edited by BiffMcBlumpkin

The real shocking revelation here is that we already have enough knuckleheads to have reserved rugripper1 through rugripper39.

Posted by Jackel2072

And what are the chances of the zombie apocalypse starting tonight Jeff?

Posted by Bartiemus

considering we get new years eve ahead of you guys. in NZ its already new years day and all is well

Posted by NinjaSquirrel

No, in communist russia, phone texts YOU.

Posted by RHCPfan24
BiffMcBlumpkin said:
"The real shocking revelation here is that we already have enough knuckleheads to have reserved rugripper1 through rugripper39."
So true.
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NinjaSquirrel said:
"No, in communist russia, phone texts YOU."
Leave your Yakov bullshit at the door.

I was watching this thing on CNN and they were t
Posted by FiestaUnicorn

I have a zune.  It's broken.  Again.

Posted by Arkthemaniac
BiffMcBlumpkin said:
"Jeff said:
"- As of midnight tonight, it will be illegal to send text messages while driving a car in California. What is this, RUSSIA?."
No, in Russia you can't drive a car while in California."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, good one.
The world won't end yet, Jeff. God likes this site too much.
Posted by AndrewB

I own an 80gb Zune. I think the biggest question is who owns a 30gb (1st gen) Zune.

By the way, the Zune is the best media player-only media player (read: the iPhone/iPod touch is the only piece of hardware with a leg up on them; if only they were cheaper).

Posted by asian_pride
Edited by sage3k

Hopefully things will not end tonight.. I still have a lot of things and some more women on my list!

The Time Warner and Viacom beef will result in us (the consumers) losing badly. it sucks that the big corps are trying to save money by putting pressure on the network broadcasters. I'm in the online Advertising biz and it's the same everywhere. (The K&L incident personally caused me a few headaches with their ad campaigns.) But that is NO excuse for the actions being taken. Let's hope for the best in '09, but I'll keep my fingers crossed just in case.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Fuuuuck, I have Time Warner.

Posted by JoelTGM

Wait, I never heard about this.  So what will happen?  Is it zombies?  Locusts?  Now I'm worried, all I have is a broken pellet rifle and a kitchen knife.  I hope the world ends next year instead so I can prepare better.

Posted by PLWolf

Happy New Year!!
I think dopes was too nice a word, Jeff. ;-)

Now I'm going to go home and hide under my bed. lol

In all reality I plan to drink beer, play Guitar Hero World Tour and pass out before midnight. I'm old and it's been a long year....I'm mean day. :-p

Posted by Josh

The second point Jeff brings up is an excellent reason to be familiar with bittorrent and RSS streams! 

Don't pay for cable when you don't have to. Let chumps do that!
Posted by uhrag

Happy New Year to all bombers! It's already 2009 here in Finland. Gotta go and take years first sauna now ^^!

Posted by Bellum
Jeff said:
"
- As of midnight tonight, it will be illegal to send text messages while driving a car in California. What is this, RUSSIA? I look forward to watching people exploit the system by saying "I wasn't texting, I was looking for a new song to play on my music-capable phone" and watching courts explode with the ensuing nonsense. If you want to keep people focused on the road, just pass a law that bars all distractions instead of just lashing out at one specific piece of technology. Dopes.
"

I hope you realize that texting while driving is a really, really stupid idea.
Posted by Aaox

2009 in 27 Minutes here in England. I could be doing 50 other things, but I'm posting this. Welcome to THE NEXT NEXT GENERATION! FWOOSH!

Posted by kboy

Driving while texting is still totally legal in Texas.

Posted by Dig_Douglas_III

haha

yep my zune is dead.

Edited by Brackynews
AndrewB: I own an 80gb Zune. I think the biggest question is who owns a 30gb (1st gen) Zune.
That one's easy.  All the early adopters that made it possible for you to own an 80GB.  As Tycho said, "that'll teach 'em."

@BiffyMcB: in Russia it isn't called an emoticon, it's called a Putinicon, and all "negative" Putinicons are prohibited. They're even considering outlawing the "suggestive wink" Putinicon. Sounds insane but it's 100% true.
I'll forgo the obligatory "Oticon" joke, but will all the winks be replaced with the kissing-boys-stomachs Putinicon?  O_o
Posted by Xolare

NOOO NOT NICKELODEON!

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Posted by JoblessTerence

Zunes shutting off at midnight?
ZY2K9... IT BEGINS!

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

In the UK, it's illegal to do ANYTHING in your car.

Posted by pedantics

In Australia, its illegal to use a "handheld" phone whilst driving (that includes text), however it's totally OK to drive with a whopper in one hand and a jumbo beverage in the other.

Solution: get one of those 80's telephones shaped like a hamburger.

Posted by S53

I own a Zune. It works.

And it's WAY better than the god-awful iPod will EVER be.
Posted by Kazona

As long as we still have porn...

Posted by Phished0ne

No jeff, in Russia you dont text on your phone,  your phone texts ON YOU

Posted by C0V3RT

Wow, I have a 30gig first gen Zune and didn't even realize it was broken until I read this.  In visiting the Zune website, it's going to remain frozen until tomorrow at which point I'm supposed to reboot it after noon.  What the F.  Tax return can't come soon enough to get myself an iPhone.

Posted by rugripper40
lol@biff  that was my age many years ago ,now 47 and still rockin...listen up and enjoy,cause you only have 100 yrs to live,it goes quick...rock on ....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O14_SS4iDM&feature=related
Posted by Red

I'm in Mexico right now with my family and some hawkers were like "Hey, you want Cuban Cigars?" and my brother said "No, they bad for you!" and they said "Hey, the world's gonna end in 3 years so it don't matter!"

I was quite amused.


But at least it means that we won't die for another 3 years.
Edited by rugripper40

and the name rugripper is cause ive laid flooring,among other things, forever...now im on to better things...lmfao

Posted by Claude

Will it end east coast time or west coast time... let me know, I want to be prepared.

Posted by Lunarbunny

Yay for Fallout 3 references in captions!

Edited by rugripper40

isnt that wonderful...another microsoft freeze up...wasnt enough with the three rings of death...lets adds somemore junk for the public to consume..,lol.....till the bugs are worked out they can keep all there next gen junk..sony,microsoft and all of the above,,,,,,,and time warner can keep there subpar cable...i have a real flatscreen and real hd can only be seen with direct tv....i thought everyone was in the year 2008..going into 2009    cable sucks monkey balls imho

Posted by mabber

I just signed up to tell you guys,  my launch zune is dead.  wtf???  how can this happen??

Posted by ch13696

LOL. I spent '99 new years playing a prank on my cousins. I waited till the last second and then flipped the switches in power box for the house. Scared the crap outta them.

Posted by Seraphim

Dude, I totally own a first gen Zune...and it broke.  On top of that, I run linux, so if this requires a patch to download, I'm screwed.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Hahaha

Posted by Absurd

If there is an Apocalypse we must form an army.

Posted by roofy

my poor zune 30,
please turn on,
please...  :(

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