Monday, September 24, 2007

Jackie Boy's at it again...

If you don't already know, Jack Thompson has put a new target into his crosshairs.

Halo 3.

Reading of this on GamePolitics.com has sent me into a rage. Especially since he is trying to have Halo 3 declared a public Nuisiance in Florida.

If you didn't already know, I'm a HUGE fan of Halo, and Halo 2. I am incredibly stoked about Halo 3, and to read about Jackie boy trying to get it declared a public nuisiance is so incredibly enraging.

Could someone please explain to me how in the fuck Halo 3 be a public nuisiance? Seriously? Is it the M rating from the ESRB? Or the duel weilding action of the Master Chief? Maybe the many placements of a sticky-plasma grenade? Wait, maybe it's when you pwn someone's face in multiplayer and you tea-bag their dead body, because you killed them with a pistol, and they had a shotgun?

Either way. It's a video game. If you don't want your kids playing it, don't let them, other wise, hope the retailers enforce the rating system.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Thompson Tactics

Video Game legislation. That single phrase has to be one of the most dim-witted phrases to ever make its way into politics.

Let me be straight with you. Video Games should not be regulated and/or controlled --Any way, shape or form-- by any government entity. Given there should be rules as to what minors should be aloud to get there greasy little fingers on, and that is what the ESRB is for.

Before I delve my way into to much detail, I would like to explain to you a few things.

1. Video games come in all flavors; Everyone (E), Teen (T), Mature (M), and even Adult Only (AO).
2. The Electronic Rating Software Board (ESRB) is responsible for giving these video games their rating so parents can make the appropriate decision when buying a video game for their Child, and retailers know who can buy what.
3. If a retail store sells an M rated (17 and older) game to someone under 17, then that retailer is the one at fault and NOT the company that made the video game.

ESRB is a sustained entity within the industry that rates their games for Retailers.

The way this works is ESRB gets a script of the game, and goes over the content to decide on the proper rating to label the game with (E, T, M, or AO), so the Retailer can sell the games appropriately.

When I say, so the Retailer can sell the games appropriately I mean it is the Retailers responsibility to keep minors from buying a game that is rated M.

Now, I'm sure you are bit confused with what I'm getting at here, so to make you understand, I would like to introduce you to a man named Jack Thompson. Jack Thompson is infamous to the gaming industry. If you follow Current Events in the Industry, you will see his name pop up quite frequently.

Jack Thompson is anti-video game. He believes that they are responsible for such events as Columbine, and the Virginia Tech shootings. According to Mr. Thompson, these very sad and tragic events were caused by Massacre Simulation Training Programs disguised as a simple video game. Yes, he did say such a thing, and yes, if you have common sense, you should be scratching your head asking WTF.

I've been following Jack Thompson for awhile, only because he happens to pop up all over the place, and if you do know anything about him, you know that the Company Take Two Interactive is Jackie boy's number one enemy. Between the game Bully, which Thompson wanted declared a "Public Nuisance" and banned from Florida, and the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mod Hot Coffee, and Jack's recent venture against Manhunt 2, it's safe to say that Jack and Take Two don't like each other so much. Take Two even has a settlement with Jack, stating that he would not threaten to sue to block sales, and will not communicate or accuse Take Two or anyone they are doing business with, and finally, Jack is to contact Take Two through their attorneys.

Jack has already failed, and I don't know why Take Two hasn't brought a suit against him for breaking the settlement. He actually sent for the most part, harassing e-mails to Take Two's VP Gena Feist. (You can find the entire article here.)

So now that you have a little background on the subject, I would like to introduce to you an article that I read on GamePolitics.com about a little stunt that Jack pulled with his son, and claims no one is enforcing the ratings set in place by the ESRB. (That article is here.)

Basically, Jack had his 15 year old son go into a Best Buy, to try and purchase an M rated game. He was successful, due to the carelessness of an employee, who after asking for some ID, and Mini-Jack said he had none, and stated she didn't care and sold him the game anyways.

Now tell me, how is Take Two responsible for this? Or the ESRB? Or the Video Game Industry?

Oh Jack, how you agitate me.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

IT

I'm quite fresh when it comes to the IT world. Currently I'm an IT Assistant for a large bookseller's Warehouse in Reno Nevada. ( Take a guess, it's not that hard to figure out.) I've come to realize one thing in particular in the first 6 months of my new career: I don't know shit. There is so much complexity when it comes to IT. It's almost farcical. It can almost be overwhelming trying to learn everything as you are going along.

I'm finding the more I don't know about something, the more books end up on my shelf. ( It's also quite nice that I get a fat discount because of my job!) I'm finding that I have my nose buried in several different books at one time. Be it CCNA, Active Directory, HTML and XHTML, A+, Linux, Ethical Hacking, Security+, or just leisure reading.

Until recently, I used to be the type to never read. I didn't care for it, even though I spend a good majority of time on the internet reading. I've found recently books to be an excellent source of knowledge and just pleasure alone. In fact, in the last two weeks I've purchased about 4 books. ( One might I add is The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- And it freakin' rocks.)

As of late, my main goal is to get CCNA certified. I've found a niche for Networking. I like it quite a bit, but with that comes an overflow of information that I need to know. Luckily, this job has helped me get the basics down of networking. I feel quite comfortable trouble-shooting a network.

With Networking itself, I've found security to be an issue, and I'm finding that I may have a deep interest for Network Security. Computer Forensics just sounds cool. So I've started to look into it, and I just might be pushing in that direction more as my knowledge grows.

To be honest, I don't really know anything when it comes to Computer Forensics. So naturally I have a few questions. Such as what the Job market is like? What kind of pay would a Computer Forensics person make an hour? A year? What kind of stuff would I be working on? Or am I better off sticking Network Security?

Either way, the IT field seems to be the right place for me. It has made me starve for knowledge, and has motivated me to ferret out and imbibe the knowledge I need to grow in this ever growing industry.

For all you IT folks out there, what have you found as you broke into the IT field? What are the pros and cons? Do you always find yourself having to pick up a book even after extensive experience?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Late night brain manumission

It seems lately my life has been about 3 quarters of a beat off. Which totally fucks up the rest of the scale. Between scheduling issues, work, school, friends, family, me-time, and most importantly my girlfriend, I feel spread thin. I believe Bilbo Baggins put it best when he said:

"I feel stretched, like butter being spread over to much bread."

I can't seem to give the right amount of time to make anyone happy. Including myself. It's really starting to piss me off. My lovely girlfriend doesn't like to go out and do the same things I do. So it makes it difficult to hang out around friends, because she never seems to have a good time. I also apparently work to much. --I love my fucking job. I'm tired of trying to make everyone else happy, I'm tired of making the compromise, and I think it's time I just do what the fuck I want to do. I'm 21 for Christ's sake. --Fuck Christ BTW.

Meh.

I've decided that Bud Light isn't so good. I need freshly tapped Sierra Nevada. Oh yeah... Fuck, I haven't been to the Bar in awhile. I think it's time for a round.

Halo 3 is going to kick ass. I'm fucking flabbergasted about it.

Bioshock is SICK.

Jack Thompson needs to fall off the face of the earth. The fuck.

My Job fucking rocks. I bet you wish you could get paid to learn how to do a wrist-roll with Nunchakus for several hours out of your working day for two days straight!!!

Wow... 4:12AM... I'm out... I'm going to go pound a couple more beers and pass out in front of my TV.

BRAINDUMP end