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    Video Game Hazards

    This was too good to pass up.
    From the archives of NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System publication, CALLBACK:
    I had been playing "Space Invaders" for about two straight hours when I and an inexperienced co-pilot were launched to find a man believed to be injured who was lost in dense underbrush. After we got to the search pattern only 100 to 200 feet above the ridgeline we were searching, I started "seeing" (imagining) the Space Invaders descending down the windscreen. I gave the helicopter to my co-pilot, who continued the search at a higher, safer altitude. It took me about two minutes to de-program the Space Invaders out of my vision.

    Why did this happen? Two hours of self-induced strong visual programming plus mental exhaustion from a normal day and intense game "arcade fever" combined to catch me off guard in a quiet moment in the I am sillyI am sillyI am sillyI am sillypit...The knowledge that I was dangerously close to "granitus" and a well-developed ability to concentrate on the instruments and facts pulled us out of that situation. Needless to say, I donít spend that extended a time period in the arcade anymore! (June 1984, #60)
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    The filter is obviously a bit wacked. Anyway, the word censored out is the "part of an aircraft from which the pilot(s) fly the aircraft".
    Last edited by Zach L.; 01-17-2005 at 02:45 PM.
    The word rap as it applies to music is the result of a peculiar phonological rule which has stripped the word of its initial voiceless velar stop.

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    I'm never playing arcade games ever again! *Runs away in the woods*

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    I guess I'd better stop flying my helicopter around!!!
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    Sometimes after playing a lot of GTA or Carmageddon I'm tempted to use my ebrake to fishtail and run someone over. Haven't given in yet, but the traffic around here is making me start to wonder when it'll happen

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    I often feel like whipping out a BFG and laying waste to the people in whatever long checkout line I happen to be standing in.
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    Unfortunately my pants can't hold a shotgun, pistol, flashlight, plasma gun, and BFG at the same time, but yeah.

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    Just store a manipulator gun in there instead. Whip it out, pick up trolleys/carts with it and watch how people react when they see them hurtling through the air towards them as fast as a good tennis serve.

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    Anyone here play DDR? I got it some time ago, and shortly afterward I began to experience the peculiar phenomenon of compulsive side-stepping
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    Well, at least your addiction won't kill anyone, unless you sidestep off a cliff or in front of my skidding car or something

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    i once spent about a week programming without talking to anyone (well, almost) and when i went to see my mom the first thing i said was 'push line of text can i have some scrambled eggs'




    that didn't really happen but damn it would have been quite amusing! but my mom probably would've hit me, because she's awesome
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    but my mom probably would've hit me, because she's awesome
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    Programming-induced masachism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Govtcheez
    Sometimes after playing a lot of GTA or Carmageddon I'm tempted to use my ebrake to fishtail and run someone over. Haven't given in yet, but the traffic around here is making me start to wonder when it'll happen
    You'd fit right in driving in New Mexico.
    The word rap as it applies to music is the result of a peculiar phonological rule which has stripped the word of its initial voiceless velar stop.

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    Everytime I'm outdoors and hear a loud high pitched noise, I flip out thinking a cliff racer is attacking me.

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    >>Everytime I'm outdoors and hear a loud high pitched noise, I flip out thinking a cliff racer is attacking me.<<

    I think its shadow chasing me with a siren

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