DEEP SILVER ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FIRST ZOMBA GAME—DEAD ISLAND: EPIDEMIC

Most of us are familiar with MOBA-type games (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) but now Deep Silver has created an all new genre that they are debuting with their upcoming Dead Island: Epidemic called the ZOMBA (Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena).

The game will be a free-to-play PC game that pits three teams against each other in a desperate fight for survival. Against what? We don’t know. We’ll have to wait for Gamescom for more details to emerge.

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Banana Zorro’s ‘Zoba’

Zoba refers to a fool (in this case a fool in love). Let’s hope all the 

Devon Adams, Dylan Klebold and Rachel Scott

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Here’s another account of the incident when Dylan helped Rachel Scott out with the sound for her performance in the talent show.  Unusually, this time it’s told by Devon Adams, who says she was in the sound booth with Dylan at the time—this is the first time I’ve heard this version of the story.

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This is from Day of Reckoning: Columbine and the Search for America’s Soul by Wendy Murray Zoba, p. 183.

When, during her junior year, Rachel had performed a pantomime called “Who Nailed Him There?” about the man who put the nails in Jesus’ hands and feet to secure him to the cross, the background music cut out midway through her performance.  She continued without the music.  When the music finally came back on, it picked up where she was in the routine.  Dylan Klebold was the sound technician that day and some have speculated that he might have purposefully sabotaged her performance.  But Devon Adams, who was a friend of Rachel and Dylan, was in the sound booth with him when it happened.  She said Dylan rescued Rachel’s performance.  ”He was freakin’ out,” she said.  ”He’s going, ‘Stupid tape!’  Rachel kept going, and he tried his best to get it back up.  It was just a bad tape.  He got it to work better than it had been.  He adjusted the levels a little bit and it came out okay.”  Devon said Rachel was “a wreck” after that performance but that she thanked Dylan for fixing the tape.  ”That was the only time I ever saw her cry,” she said.

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A bit more about Devon Adams, from p. 196-198:

The fifteen/thirteen debate came up again when I met with seventeen-year-old Devon Adams, who was completing her junior year at Columbine.  She had been a good friend of Dylan Klebold and was part of a small circle of CHS students who had met regularly since May 1999 to work through the tragedy by writing poetry.  Because of her friendship with Klebold, it had been difficult for her to express her grief through the standard avenues, such as school assemblies or memorial tiles.

Devon wrote a poem called “A Blessing” in which she struggled to reconcile two Dylans.  There was the kind and playful Dylan she remembered, who used to bounce balls off her head in the swimming pool and who wore a goofy Hawaiian shirt to her “murder mystery” sixteenth birthday party, playing Les Baggs the Tourist.  Then there was the other Dylan—the one who hid semiautomatic weapons under his trench coat and laughed after calling Isaiah Shoels a racial epithet.

As part of her grieving process, Devon planted a tree and wrote about it in the poem excerpted here:

May this living memory

Grow as tall as you

And taller

To heaven, to the angels, to God herself

May the roots grow to Hell

And bridge the gap

Bring together love and hate

Create absolute understanding.

Her longing for absolute understanding was a prayer everyone in the community seemed to utter at some point, but it was a longing that for many remained unmet.  Devon’s frustration was real: In all of the community-sponsored healing events, two names never came up.  To most people, there was only that one Dylan, the evil one.  ”There are people who won’t accept that he was a friend to people, that he was nice, smart, gentle.  Some won’t hear about it,” she said.

Still, Devon did not cling to sentimental remembrances of her lost friend, as if to absolve him of his crimes.  She was in math class when the shooting started and escaped quickly without encountering the killers.  She reached safety and was listening to news reports that included descriptions of the killers, but no names.  ”I knew immediately that it was Eric, and when I heard the description of the other boy, I knew it had to be Dylan,” she said.  Devon returned to the school and went to police to identify her friend as one of the killers.

"I have never tried to defend Dylan, ever.  There’s nothing to defend.  What he did was wrong and I can never make excuses or defend that," she said.  "The boys had to be punished.  They did something terribly wrong and they hurt so many people," she said.  But Devon felt frustrated that the people of one church condemned Eric and Dylan to hell but "were never willing to talk about it."  That is, she felt that church—and others—seemed unwilling to talk about the other Dylan and Eric, the human beings.  She said, “I felt sorry for any kid who knew them in that church.  It was harsh.”

This was when she brought up the cross controversy.  ”Those [two] crosses were in no way there to glorify them.  They were there as a memorial for their friends.  They were our friends, and we’re allowed to mourn too.  By ripping down those crosses, people were saying that we weren’t allowed to mourn.  According to the Bible, Christ died on the cross for all sins,” said Devon.  She felt that destroying the two crosses implied that Christ died for all sins—except Eric’s and Dylan’s.

Qatar to expel seven Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Qatar to expel seven Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Saturday, 13 September 2014 13:25

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the people to be expelled are: the Secretary General of the Brotherhood, Mahmoud Hussein [Pictured above], member of Freedom and Justice party Amro Darraj, Hamza Zoba, Ashraf Badriddin, Jamal Abdul-Sattar and the renowned preachers Isam Talima and Wajdi Ghoneem.

Muslim Brotherhood sources said that…

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"Do You Believe in God?" Columbine and the stirring of America's soul

This is a pretty lengthy article from Christianity Today from 1999 about the Columbine massacre, with many quotes from the families of the victims, survivors and other mourners.

Naturally, since it’s a Christian magazine, there’s a lot of “God talk,” and combined with the fact that Columbine was/is pretty devoutly Christian, and evangelical Christian at that, it may be a bit much for some.  (Certainly Brooks Brown found it oppressively religious, as he notes in his book No Easy Answers, and given their video rants about Christianity, no doubt Eric and Dylan thought likewise.)  It may be an eye-opener to non-Americans or indeed anybody not used to that kind of religiously fervent environment.

Also, side note: all subsequent Columbine books have borrowed heavily from the reporting in this article and in author Wendy Murray Zoba’s subsequent hard-to-find book (incorporating much of this article) Day of Reckoning: Columbine and the Search for America’s Soul (2001).

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'Do You Believe in God?'

Columbine and the stirring of America’s soul.

Wendy Murray Zoba

OCTOBER 4, 1999 Christianity Today

It may be that there will be no salvation
for the human spirit
from the more and more painful burdens
of social injustice
until the ominous tendency in human history
has resulted in the perfect tragedy.
—Reinhold Niebuhr

When Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, taunted, tormented, and massacred 12 of their peers and a teacher (while seriously wounding 23 others) at Columbine High School on April 20 of this year, Niebuhr’s prophetic insights about the banal and heroic aspects of human nature were fulfilled. The “ominous tendency in human history” and the “salvation for the human spirit” came together for a brief, but life-altering, interlude at Columbine High. It bears the mark of the perfect tragedy.

Some have even called it a watershed. William Kristol in The Weekly Standard(May 10, 1999) noted that as politicians “stumped on behalf of their favorite ‘solutions’ ” in the wake of the Columbine tragedy, “the speeches rang even hollower than usual.” Nancy Gibbs wrote in Time: “With each passing day of shock and grief you could almost hear the church bells tolling in the background, calling the country to a different debate, a careful conversation in which even Presidents and anchormen behave as though they are in the presence of something bigger than they are.”

What is the “something bigger”?

The tragedy has been dissected into many parts: gun-control issues; uncensored access to dangerous information on the Internet; the violent media culture; the cliquish school culture; the need for parental oversight; the separation of church and state. All of these contribute to, but do not alone account for, that “something bigger.”

I traveled to Littleton with the hope of answering the question that has haunted Presidents and anchormen—and us all: What is the meaning of that day at Columbine High School when (as one local pastor describes it) insanity fell like a meteor?

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