Putting the Dalai Lama on a stamp surely constitutes the advocation of a religious figure. I'd be pretty surprised if they didn't have rules to stop you from doing that.
I think drinks companies must actually love aspartame. It's basically been arbitrarily chosen to be the focus of wide-spread (and still as of yet largely unproven) hysteria. It the perfect distraction, while they get to pump the drinks with as much sugar as they like.
She did? The Japanese media did that all by themeselves - and largely because she is female. Obokata made complaints about the gross invasion of her privacy even before this became a scandal. She was everywhere - and I don't think she had much choice in the matter.
I wouldn't claim she has any innocence in this case - but there was a pretty clear attempt by the center (especially in the early days) to scapegoat her and her alone for everything.
I don't own a Wii U or Mario Kart - but a quick glance at metacritic shows it getting reviews ranging from very good to amazing.
Without some kind of time-travel I don't see how that is even possible.
Champagne, Switzerland has been producing wine since before Dom Perignon came up with his method of making sparkling wine
Actually Dom Perignon worked hard to prevent the formation of sparkling wine, because it represented quite a big health hazard. Personally I think the threat of exploding wine bottles would have some parties a lot more fun.
We are delighted to hear of your most recent mouse developments. For too long has there been a line of segregation between those who work inside the office, and those that work outside. Before down, we only understood the concept of Internet time-wasting (an oft mentioned topic on Slashdot) in theory. Finally, we will get to surf porn at work and play flash games, with the same freedoms are everyone.
The Window Cleaners Union
It's probably not something to get too worked up about; but it does smack of laziness on the part of publishers that they can't be bothered to change this stuff. It's prevalent across all mediums though, and doesn't seem to work the other way around. The colour of Magic, for example, is billed as color in the US. But I still have to wince when I see adverts for the Time Travelers Wife shown in the UK.
It all depends on how you perceive enjoyment from a game. Personally, if the story is tight and engaging but linear I'll happy sit through almost any number of cutscences they throw at me. The idea of an "interactive movie" isn't an instant turn-off, it just has to be a good movie.
The problem with Heavy Rain and its type, is how to attract the right audience. Adventure fans may be drawn in with a story, no matter how conceptually linear, but they'll hate the twitch controls. But an action gamer is going to find the notion of any kind of 'game' here to be severely lacking.
But if they pull off the kind of dynamic storytelling they're promising then they may have something on their hands...
Replacing a newspaper is somewhat cheaper.
Bioshock sold well and was well received - but I wouldn't call it influential - you'd have to put System Shock on the list then surely.
But on the other hand I thought Ico was considered a commercial failure - despite being well received. It does count as an influence for the, much better selling, Shadow of the Colossus (so why isn't that on the list instead?).