So word has come out that Ninja Gaiden II will feature packs of downloadable costumes on Xbox Live. Each pack of 5 costumes will cost you $2.50 (200 Microsoft Points). Of course this has lead to complaints from some gamers.

Perusing some of the comments on IGN:

This is the most appalling news I’ve ever read..$2.50 for each costume, you got to be ****** KIDDING ME…You guys would be fools to buy in this nonsense.


This is indeed a ripoff. But even knowing it’s a ripoff, I’m still going to buy it.

More, from someone who gets it. Sorta.

Man, talk about milking your customers. At least we don’t HAVE to buy it.

Overall, the reaction is mixed. People are stunned (stunned I tell you!) that the video game makers are trying to get a few more bucks out of some of its customer base.

Ya know. Barbie used to charge for outfits too. So, if you must dress your virtual doll, expect to pay for it. No one forces you to brush your ninja’s hair and dress him up all pretty while he goes killing people. But if you must make your ninja look pretty, you might not want to do it for free. N’est pas?

The rise in recent shark attacks has been blamed on Global Warming(tm).

Some experts suggest that an abundance of seals has attracted high numbers of sharks, while others believe that overfishing has hit their food chain. ‘I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s a convenient excuse,’ Burgess said. Another contributory factor to the location of shark attacks could be global warming and rising sea temperatures. ‘You’ll find that some species will begin to appear in places they didn’t in the past with some regularity,’ he said.

I wonder if this is a reporter prompted response or the ‘expert’ personally believes Global Warming(tm) is causing the attacks. In either case, since ocean temperatures are falling:

The world’s oceans cooled suddenly between 2003 and 2005, losing more than 20 percent of the global-warming heat they’d absorbed over the previous 50 years. That’s a vast amount of heat, since the oceans hold 1,000 times as heat as the atmosphere. The ocean-cooling researchers say the heat was likely vented into space, since it hasn’t been found stored anywhere on Earth.

It seems like a rather illogical conclusion to reach doesn’t it? What isn’t being blamed on Global Warming these days? It’s gotten to the point where the whole thing is a joke. This is caused by it; that’s caused by it. It’s really no wonder at all that the same number of people worry about it today as they did 20 years ago. All these blizzards during Earth Day/Global Warming celebrations in April aren’t going to get those numbers higher.

Update: Tim Blair notes that Global Warming(tm) will give us all AIDS too. Stunning.