Remi Gaillard - Pac-Man and Mario Kart

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Matt Barton
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Wow, these guys are pretty

Wow, these guys are pretty dumb.

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Rowdy Rob
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I agree, Matt.

I wasn't too amused by this stuff (sorry, Bill)...

Here's some videogame-oriented links to what I found at least mildly amusing.

Pac Man Horror Movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZWYwYqbfuM&feature=related

Live action Super Mario Bros. (College Talent show):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGQ20yDDVzQ&feature=related

(How the heck is everyone embedding Youtube videos on this site? I tried copy/pasting of your posts, editing the links, but get nothing. It would be much better if I could embed the youtube videos, rather than provide the link, but I understand if that's a "trade secret.")

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How to embed live videos
Rowdy Rob wrote:

(How the heck is everyone embedding Youtube videos on this site? I tried copy/pasting of your posts, editing the links, but get nothing. It would be much better if I could embed the youtube videos, rather than provide the link, but I understand if that's a "trade secret.")

You just have to copy and paste the "embed" code from YouTube or any other video site and then turn on HTML under "Input format" when creating a message here and it makes it active. HTML is not enabled by default in messages.

And there's nothing that we do that that no one else can do on this site, Rob, except delete messages and promote messages to the front page (and obviously admin stuff behind-the-scenes to keep the site running/up-to-date). Otherwise, everything else is open to everyone with a login name. You're also welcome to become an admin if you ever wanted to bump up your participation levels here, and certainly beyond that as well.

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Funny Videos

I've seen a lot of these types of videos...Some of the Mega 64 ones are funny. I guess I find them off-putting because I don't like the idea of harassing innocent people or just being annoying on purpose. I'd like them much better if they just did it with their friends rather than irritating innocent people. It's one thing to pull off something like this in a comedy club or what not; quite another in public (much less a private store!!) I think what started all this was the Jackass series which just didn't tickle me at all. Then again, I know plenty of people who love it! It was, after all, a very popular show.

BTW, the YouTube is done by changing the "input format." I don't know if you have the right level of permissions to do it; it's advised to limit it to admins because of fears of hacking and spamming. However, if you'd like to become some type of moderator...

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Well me and Elise were laughing until it hurt

I can see the humor in these vids, perhaps you guys have seen tons of them. But this is the first 'live' port of Pacman I saw. The throwing bananas at the motorcyclist in the 'live' Mariokart port seems sort of dangerous.

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Crimes on Film
Mark Vergeer wrote:

I can see the humor in these vids, perhaps you guys have seen tons of them. But this is the first 'live' port of Pacman I saw. The throwing bananas at the motorcyclist in the 'live' Mariokart port seems sort of dangerous.

No kidding! If I were a cop, I'd arrest these guys without a second thought. Their own YouTubes would be the perfect evidence.

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Funny the different senses

Funny the different senses of humor around here. If you remove any type of concern over people "getting hurt" or "breaking the law", then it's either funny or it's not. My wife and I found it funny, Mark and his wife found it funny, no one else seems to have found it funny. Fair enough.

European and Japanese "prank" laws are very different than they are here in the US. There are far less liability issues, so the pranks and prank shows are far more aggressive than they are in the US, where you'll get your ass sued in a heartbeat. I'm not sure one way is better or worse than the other, as each has their pluses and minuses (in the US, you're safer, but there's far less fun).

Anyway, since these take place in France, it's all good as far as I'm concerned, since the laws are different. This Remi Gaillard's story is rather interesting as well, as he started doing these when he was unemployed and gained quite a bit of notierity and started getting paid gigs out of it all. He followed his dream and went for it. These are actually quite popular on YouTube - all of the many videos are typically five stars with hundreds of thousands+ of views. Some of course are better than others and some appeal to other senses of humor than others.

I happened to post these two because of their videogame centricity and the fact that the little touches in each of the videos is actually very faithful to the source material (I thought the banana peel throwing was inspired! - both videos in my opinion are terrifically surreal). Good stuff in my opinion, but sorry to those who didn't like it! ;-)

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Speaking of banana peels...

I think the MythBusters will be tackling the banana peel myth in next week's (or is it Wednesdays?) episode! Seriously.

In fact, yes it is this Wednesday!: http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/mythbusters.html

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What is funny
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Funny the different senses of humor around here. If you remove any type of concern over people "getting hurt" or "breaking the law", then it's either funny or it's not. My wife and I found it funny, Mark and his wife found it funny, no one else seems to have found it funny. Fair enough.

I went and watched them again, and I'll tell you why *I* didn't find them funny. When you do a "prank" video, the entire comedy of a "prank" rests on the reactions of those whom the prank is played on. There are pretty much no reaction shots of the "prankees" in these videos. Basically, you're left with guys running around dressed up in "characters," and that's not particularly funny to me. If they had scenes of casual reactions to the "surreal" from ordinary people, that might have been funny. What's funny about watching guys running around dressed up as Mario or Pac Man outside of the "audience" reaction?

And I DID notice the guy tossing banana peels at the motorcyclist, but I didn't comment on that. As a former motorcycle rider who wrecked 3 times in 3 months, I *know* that such things are dangerous. Tossing things at a biker is a serious no-no.

Bill Loguidice wrote:

European and Japanese "prank" laws are very different than they are here in the US. There are far less liability issues, so the pranks and prank shows are far more aggressive than they are in the US, where you'll get your ass sued in a heartbeat.

I don't know about now, but some of the "prank" shows I saw on Japanese TV in the '80s could NEVER happen here. I recall one where male cameramen went into the female side of a Japanese public bathhouse. The nude women screamed and ran. The "comedian" cornered one unfortunate Japanese female, wrapped in a towel, and started interviewing her. The shocked and annoyed female started to answer, and the comedian pulled her arm holding up the towel. She recovered, but the comedian turned to the camera and said (translating) "I saw her naked!!!" The studio audience roared with laughter, but try that here in the USA (if they had public bathhouses), and you'd go to prison for sexual assault (as you should!)!! That's only the tip of the iceberg.... I saw very crude pranks over there on commercial TV that would make Howard Stern blush. Many Japanese shows had a perverted and/or scatological sense of humor, but I was generally repulsed.

To be fair, they had lots of hilarious (and much tamer) prank shows over there.

Bill Loguidice wrote:

You just have to copy and paste the "embed" code from YouTube or any other video site and then turn on HTML under "Input format" when creating a message here and it makes it active. HTML is not enabled by default in messages.

Good stuff to know. The next time I find a relevant video, I'll try that technique out.

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You're also welcome to become an admin if you ever wanted to bump up your participation levels here, and certainly beyond that as well.

Well, I just like reading and posting comments. "Admin" status is overkill. If posting videos had something to do with user level, then that's fair, in my book. I'd be happy just posting links to the videos.

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Ah Mythbusters another favourite of Elise and I

Discovery Europe / NL will probably have a very different broadcasting scheme (often a couple of months behind) so we'll see that one swing by.

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