Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hey Mr. Thompson....

So if you don't know who Jack Thompson is, you might want to try to Google him.

I can't stand the guy. He is against one of passions --Video games.

This clip below is absolutely hilarious.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Halo rules them all

So, the trilogy is amazing. It's so amazing it even had a rap song made about it. It's even more so amazing because you're apparently going to be able to play the Halo theme song on Guitar Hero!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Halo 3 rap

While surfing the internetz I stumbled upon this absolutely hilarious video. If you're a Halo 3 fan, you should get a good laugh out of it.

Beyond the Gamer Stereotypes

This post is in response to a post at GameGirl.com

If you haven't noticed, a lot of attention seems to be going around for the people who make your gaming experience (specifically online.) less than enjoyable, is going to the lamers of gaming. Between campers, loud-mouth-obnoxious-kids, or tools, it just seems silly to me not to point out the many many numbers of gamers that actually make your experience worth while.

Believe it or not, their are people who play video games who still give the good ol' GG after a game. Win or lose. These people typically don't partake in insulting, racial slurs, or in general shit-talking. These are the guys who just want to play, and have nothing to prove. Are they not worth mentioning?

Why is it assholes get all the attention?

Oh wait... Assholes get all the attention because that is how the history of human kind is. Right?

So tell me folks, what is your multiplayer experience like with people?

Personally, I don't talk much shit, unless of course it's called for, and I never insult, or use racial slurs, or am just plain annoying for the sake of pissing people off. I find no point in pissing someone off if I can't see their facial expression. On top of that, I tend not to respond to assholes over the wire, so they can't get the satisfaction of getting a rise out of me.

Why do people even respond to morons, assholes, jerks, or just plain annoying people during a video game experience? I can't imagine it makes someone feel better.

I guess the whole point of this post, is to just point out that it's silly to give the losers of gaming an undeserving spot-light, because it only gives them more incentive to be an idiot.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Girl Gamers: What's the fuss all about?

--Let me start off by stating that this isn't so much a defense for girl gamers, but sympathy for the crap Female gamers go through because, well, they are female, and gaming is looked at as a "boy activity." I would also like to say in no way does any female gamer need my defense for their hobby, and I just want to point out and state a few personal opinions I have about the whole thing.--

So as of late, I'll catch random posts about Girl Gamers on the internetz. Whether it's on Digg, GamePolitics, or sites of the like, it always seems to be something ridiculous. When I say ridiculous, I mean people of the male gender are really retarded sometimes...

I've gamed with girls. Halo 2, Halo 3, World of Warcraft, Bejewled, Oblivion, Mortal Kombat, all sorts of games. Hell, my lovely significant other is a gamer that plays WoW and could own most peoples faces off. (And it makes me hot...). Some are better than me, some are worse then me, some are just as good. Which tells me... Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

So where am I going with this? When I read blogs about the shit Females have to listen too when they are online, it makes me shake my head and ask "Why?"

Here's a question for you: What does it matter if you're playing a game with a female? Are you really so compelled to say things like, "You must be a fat and ugly since you play video games." Or "Girls belong in the kitchen. Go make me a sandwich." It makes me embarrassed to be male sometimes... I played with a female on Halo 2 for a long time. She used to own people too. I am comfortable saying she was better than me, and every time we were in the lobby after a game of Team Slayer, people always had to talk shit to her because she was, well, a she.

Personally, I don't care what gender you are. I just want to play, I want to win, and most importantly, I want a good team that I can have fun with. If you're female and you suck, how is that any different than if you are male and suck? It isn't. Get over it.

I find it sad, and I would apologize, but it would be pointless.

For all you Female gamers out there, I just say ignore the chauvinism, and Game on.

So tell me folks, what is your take on Female Gamers? Why do you think they get so much guff? Do you think it's intimidating to play against a female better than yourself?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Manhunt 2's doomed publicity

So, as of late, there has been a lot of hype and media coverage over T2's game Manhunt 2. It's a super-violent game, where pretty much you hide in the shadows and only lurk out of the dark to somehow maniacally and grotesquely kill some unsuspecting victim. Hence the reason it is rated M, which means for people 17 plus years of age. All though it wasn't rated M to begin with.

Manhunt 2 was getting coverage before the game went gold. It seemed to get a lot of attention mostly due to the hype involving Rockstar's game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Where somebody had found a way to get to part of the game that the average gamer couldn't. This later became know as the Hot Coffee Mod where the player could make the lead character have sex with his girlfriend. Due to this, there was an uproar, between anti-gamers, parents, the ESRB, and the like. Let me make it clear that this was not an easy thing to get to, and you had to know how to pull apart the game itself to even get to it. Also, you couldn't get to it on a console such as Playstation 2, you had to do it on a PC. So again, this was part of the game that the average gamer couldn't get too.

Due to the hype around a previous game owned by T2, Manhunt 2 became a prime target because of, how shall I put it, questionable content in a previous game they made. All of this hype, and pressure, not only was on T2, but more so on ESRB who rates the games. I believe due to politics, Manhunt 2 got the A0 (Adult Only) rating originally, which pretty much makes a game impossible to sell. Sometime later, there were "changes" made to the game, and it was re-rated to its current rating of M.

Now that Manhunt 2 has been released, the anti-gamers, Leland Yee, Jack Thompson, etc.. Are wondering how Manhunt 2 could be so violent and only have an M rating. Especially considering the Wii version where you actually "perform" the killings with the motion activated controller.

Now what is the plaintiff's defense on the matter? It's getting into the hands of "children" and going to psychologically harm them, and the ESRB as well as the Video Game industry, is letting it happen.

I can sympathize with the children part. Young kids, and even some young adults should not play this game. It is oriented for people that are of a more mature nature. It is a violent game, and kids shouldn't be subject to things of a grotesque nature such as Manhunt 2, or games of the like. What I can't sympathize with is where the blame is being placed.

ESRB rates the games. Understanding the rating system is not in any way confusing as I have read all over the internet. E is for Everyone, T is for Teen, M is for Mature (17+), and AO is for Adult Only. Now that we have that out of the way, lets cut a little more into their defense.

Manhunt 2 is rated M. So for people of 17 years old and up. So, the ESRB recommends only people 17 plus be able to purchase and play the game. Now who sells the games to the general public again? ESRB? Noooo, they just rate the games. Try retailers. Like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Game Stop, K-Mart, and the like. They are where people buy their games.

Now, I know for fact, that Walmart, Best Buy, and Game Stop ID check. So they can verify age. In fact, when they ring the game up on the register, it buzzes at them to check the customers ID to verify that they are 17 or older. You can even see it on the display they have that shows you how much you owe. Now do they always check my ID? No, mostly because I look like I just came out of the mountains somewhere.

I've known kids who have been able to get by the age verification at most of these retailers. So that tells me that the M rating means squat to the retailers. Now tell me, how is it the ESRB's fault that games like Manhunt 2 get into the hands of Children? It's not.

Further more, people like Leland Yee are getting praise for taking a position against Manhunt 2. Arguing that "a first-person, interactive game about a vicious rampage doesn’t trigger an “adults only” rating, you have to wonder what would?" Is 17 to young to witness violence? A 17 year old is on the border of adult-hood. Is this not true?

On another note, Manhunt 2, (in my personal opinion) is not a game of interest to most gamers. It has the graphics of early PS2, and the story line isn't enticing in the least bit. For the most part, the game itself is weak. I could understand Manhunt 2 getting so much coverage, but the fact of the matter is, to gamers, this isn't that great of a game. If the media coverage did anything, it helped Manhunt 2 with sales because gamers, and people period, are wondering what the hype is all about.

I believe, that parents need to get more involved with what their Children do. If you know me, that comment may sound odd, but it's true. If you're worried your child's fragile little mind will be warped by certain or all video games. You have the power to tell them no. If you don't mind letting your children play M rated games, and yet you find yourself siding with the people who want to ban M rated games, you're a hypocrite. Stop blaming someone else because you are stepping aside as a parent. Get involved, get informed.

So I'm curious, where do people stand when it comes to this blood-bathing, psychotic, interactive, violent game? Do you think 17 years old is too young for a video game of this nature? As a parent, where do you think the line should be drawn on video games of this nature?