Here you go:
And here’s the problem:
“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”
Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:
Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.
And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:
Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs. Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling. Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point. On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.
So what’s up with that?
And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”
As seen on Geary:
(Actually, lots of times when joints get national attention, they raised prices, oh well.)
Anyway, Richmond District NIMBYs won’t appreciate a bus stop like this, I’ll bet. People are already complaining about this kind of thing in the less-trafficked parts of the Sunset…
This big sign is at the corner of Fell and Divisadero. It promises a quick 43 minute trip up to Rohnert Park from the “Bay.”
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And yet, Google Maps has the journey at one hour.
Even if you choose the Golden Gate Bridge as your starting point, the trip will take more than 43 minutes.
(Perhaps the Graton people think you own a Suzuki Hayabusa or Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird or something.)
To add injury to insult, the place sucks, apparently.
“Every bit as bad as the previous reviews, maybe even worse. Place already stinks of smoke, no comps, mediocre food and watered down drinks way overpriced to go with crappy service, ridiculous “dress code”, rude and patronizing “security”, tightest slots / worst blackjack odds anywhere in N. Cal. I wouldn’t go back to this place if you paid me.“
Oh, Graton Resort & Casino, will you ever win?
It’s coming on Saturday. It’s going to be epic. Deets below.
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See you there!
SAN FRANCISCO CONSUMERS TO PARTY HEARTYAT EXCLUSIVE Wii PARTY TOUR STOP
Interactive Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour Rolls Into San Francisco on Dec. 11
WHAT: It’s not often that holiday shoppers can gather together for a free, hands-on look at one of the season’s most remarkable games. Families and friends in the San Francisco area will be on their feet and having a blast when Nintendo of America’s extraordinary Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour makes a stop at
Four Embarcadero Center on SATURDAY – one of only five scheduled stops in the region.
Consumers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to experience the one-of-a-kind social fun of the new Wii Party video game aboard a special Nintendo-themed 15-foot Airstream trailer. In addition to providing a fun-filled break for holiday shoppers, the Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour will offer area residents a chance to win their own Wii console and a copy of Wii Party.
Created exclusively for the popular Wii system, Wii Party is designed to get families and friends on their feet and having fun together. The game features 13 party game modes and more than 80 entertaining minigames, some of which take the action from the TV screen into the living room.
For example, “Animal Tracker” challenges players to pick up the Wii Remote making a particular animal sound, while “Hide ‘n’ Hunt” asks players to locate a controller that’s been cleverly hidden by another player. Whether they’re playing cooperatively or competitively, Wii Party gives every player a turn in the spotlight by putting their customized Mii characters at the center of the action. More information about Wii Party is available at http://wiiparty.nintendo.com.
WHO: Kids, adults, teens, parents, game enthusiasts and holiday consumers of all kinds
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Four Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94111
Now, normally, this would be yet another edition of Jerry Brown Throws Down and I’d already be telling you just exactly what he can’t abide. But I don’t know, he’s not really throwing down on this one.
Anyway, get all the deets of California’s official anti-gambling Self Exclusion Program below. It used to be run old school, but now the joint is going online – that’s the news of the day.
El Protector de los Jugadores, Jerry Brown:
Brown Introduces State-of-the-Art Technology to Help California Gambling Addicts Help Themselves
SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today unveiled an innovative, web-based computer program for all of California’s licensed cardrooms that is intended to help addicted gamblers break “their spiral of debt and addiction” by allowing them to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling establishments.
“This system serves as a safety net for gambling addicts fighting to end their spiral of debt and addiction,” Brown said. “These are people who have chosen to help themselves, and we’ll assist them in keeping their pledges not to gamble.”
An estimated one million Californians suffer from problem or pathological gambling, and more than 1,000 of them have signed up for the Attorney General’s Self Exclusion Program, which allows problem gamblers to voluntarily exclude themselves from licensed cardrooms. So far, the program applies only to card rooms and not to the California lottery, tribal casinos or horse racing, but if the cardroom program is successful, it can be expanded.
To join the Self Exclusion Program, a problem gambler fills out a form, has it notarized, attaches a photograph and chooses to be excluded for one year, five years or his or her lifetime. The Self Exclusion form can be found at http://ag.ca.gov/gambling/exclusion_self.php
Of the 1,009 gamblers voluntarily on the list, 285 are for one-year terms, 196 are on for five- years, and 528 signed up for lifetime terms. Options are offered because some patrons are trying to learn to gamble responsibly while others are pathological or compulsive gamblers.
All the deets, after the jump.