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Should video games be “on the hook” for Sandy Hook?

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No more dead children!

Haven’t you heard it before? Video games cause violence. Games are responsible for young men taking up arms and shooting innocent victims to death. Do video games make easy scapegoats for covering up the real issue or is there more to this debate then what gamer’s are willing to admit?

Same Old Song

There have been countless debates over the decades dealing with the issue of whether or not violent video games are the catalyst for “gun rage” in young adults. Everything from Mortal Kombat to GTA and just about every major first person shooter has been a target of this criticism. Is it justified? I guess it depends on who you ask. At E3 2012 several game designers expressed their distaste for “ultra violent” video games. In an article from a news site called Salon, they quote Waren Spector as saying this:

“The ultraviolence has to stop,” designer Warren Spector told the GamesIndustry website after E3. “I do believe that we are fetishizing violence, and now in some cases actually combining it with an adolescent approach to sexuality. I just think it’s in bad taste. Ultimately I think it will cause us trouble.”

The same site also reports that Antwand Pearman who is editor of the website GamerFitNation is calling for a “Day of Cease-Fire for Online Shooters”. He also had this to say.

“We are simply making a statement,” Pearman said, “that we as gamers are not going to sit back and ignore the lives that were lost.”

Here is the link to the site: 

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/19/shooting_renews_argument_over_video_game_violence/

If video games are to blame for the increase of violence in young men then movies ought to share a fair amount of that blame as well. Our films are ripe with sex, violence, and killing. The gaming industry is obviously just chasing Hollywoods coat tails. How many shoot ‘em up films have we had come out in the past few years alone? Too many to count. I think the main difference between film and games is that games by default attract a much younger audience. 

Who is to blame?

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How responsible are they?

I’d like to think that the real person responsible for any gun violence would be the offender. He/she committed the crime so why put the blame on someone or something else? You have to also understand why people get so up in arms over video game violence to begin with. History shows that they have many reasons to. 

In 2008 a 17-year old was accused of killing his mother and shooting his dad because they took away his copy of Halo 3.

link:

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/12/boy_killed_mom_and_shot_dad_ov.html

Last year a couple in Osaka, Japan killed their 3-year old because she threw away their gaming system. This is what the woman had to say:

“Even when we scolded her, she didn’t listen,” said Tanaka, “so we put her in a bag.”

link: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/04/3-year-old-killed-gaming-system_n_844569.html

A 13-year old kid from Oklahoma allegedly shook his his 9-month old baby sister to death because she wouldn’t stop crying while he was playing video games.

 

link:

http://www.imperfectparent.com/topics/2011/08/23/13-yr-old-allegedly-kills-infant-over-video-game/

The list goes on and on. With stories like these it’s understandable why gaming is an easy target. There seems to be some mental health issues in a lot of these cases as well. Many of us  have had kids cry while were engaged in an intense COD match, or even had our games taken away from us by our parents when we were kids yet we didn’t resort to such violence. Just like guns are regulated and some people should never own one, maybe games should be treated in a similar fashion. 

Lets start with the console makers. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are the “bread and butter” for any major video game company that looks to make a profit in gaming. They represent the first line of defense when it comes to the responsibility of insuring that parents have all of the tools needed to regulate content they don’t want their children to be exposed to. Parental controls are present in all three gaming consoles. As a parent you can filter out the content that you deem inappropriate for your child’s age. I think this needs to be taken one step further though. Parental control advertising should be present on the packaging of the console and should also be the first action that you are prompted to take once the console is turned on and skipping this step should not be an option. How about making  a california ID requirement for anyone looking to play an “M” rated game? 

Next up, game publishers like Activision and EA should be more aware of who they are marketing their games to. I would say they should be more conscious of the content they allow their developers to put in their games but to them the money speaks louder then their moral ethics. 

On the developer side is were i will say that these guys should be more conscious of the content they put in their games. I’m sure they are pressured by developers to come up with the next “big thing” in gaming but someone has to have a big enough “pair” on them to say enough is enough with the shooting and killing in games.

Retail is up next. Games should be displayed by their content rating. Games rated “E” for “Everyone” should be on one display while games with an “M” rating on another. Make it easy for parents to see. Second, “M” rated games should be treated like alcohol. No ID no sale! 

Last but not least, the parents need to be more aware of what they are letting their kids play. Don’t just take their word for it. Research the game. Educate yourselves about the different ratings and the content they may include. How bout if the parents actually sit down with there kids and actually observe the first hour of two of the game to make sure its up to their standards. We all play a part in this. 

I will speak briefly on gun control. Gangsters, thugs, murderer’s and every other piece of garbage that can get a gun illegaly will do so regardless of the laws in place. The every day citizen should have the right to buy and keep a firearm in their home or on their person in order to protect his/her home. I think it might benefit our society if everyone who qualifies was able to carry a gun on the street. Yeah just like wild west. How likely would someone be to “car jack” someone else or rob a store if they knew 9 out of 10 people they came across had a gun? This is just a thought but maybe teachers should be required to carry a firearm in school. It’s sad that i’m even talking about this but i’m tired of hearing about students being shot dead by some sicko who decided they wanted to end the lives of someone else because their pain was too great. Lets just do a better job of regulating who can own a gun and give out much harsher sentences for gun violations. I’m not saying that it is an easy fix by any means but we need to start somewhere. 

Enough is Enough!!!

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The gaming industry DOES glorify killing. If you disagree, punch yourself in the throat!

Now i’m talking to you gamer’s out there. Every time video games get blamed for violence you see the immaturity of an already immature industry rise up. Listen, i understand your frustration with the major media networks who point the finger at your favorite games and say that its causing our young men to become animals but you have to see it from their perspective. How many games have come out in 2012 that glorify shooting and killing? How bout the last few years? 

1. Call of Duty

2. Red Dead Redemption

3; Battlefield 3

4. Hitman 

5. Gears of War

6. Uncharted

7. Max Payne

8. GTA

9. Crysis

10. Rage

Now all i did was list the big shooters of the last few years. My point is that every time someone outside of the gaming industry peeks his/her head in all they see is shooting and killing. If a parent were to look at a trailer for Max Payne what would they see? A scene were a man walks into an office space holding two guns opening up fire on the people in the room. Now we know that Max Payne is simply giving the “bad guys” what they had coming to them but your mom probably doesn’t. Congress doesn’t. Now us “Believers” like to quote a bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:22 which reads: “Abstain from every form of evil”. Another translation says stay away from the “appearance” of evil. What am i trying to say? Video games are filled with violence for the sake of violence. Don’t think so? Why do shooters sell so well? Don’t you dare say its because of the story! When a person sees a player in-game get his “top” blown off and is rewarded with a few points for accurately squeezing the trigger on his virtual sniper rifle he feels a rush of adrenaline. He wants more. He craves it. 

 Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller recently introduced a bill that would allow the National Academy of Sciences examine any link between violent video games and media, and violent acts by children as reported by news site, Politico. 

link:

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/sen-jay-rockefeller-wants-shooter-games-and-violence-studied-85298.html

People in the gaming industry seem to be in a rage about this. Why? Yes i understand it feels like the government is just picking on the industry again but it has to be more than that and you have to see that by now. What is more important to you? Gaming or the safety of our young people? Just for a moment entertain the thought that violent video games could be having a negative effect on a certain percentage of our population. Isn’t that worth looking in to? I believe it is. Movies should be looked at in the same manner as well. Anything that could potentially stop another Sandy Hook incident is worth a shot. Listen, if video games are to blame then i believe the truth will eventually come to light. If they are not then the light will shine on that as well. As gamer’s you have to be more open minded though. There is a reason why countries like China, Australia, Brazil and Germany have banned several video games from being sold on their soil. Sometimes you have to look at the greater good. If the trade off for eliminating certain games means we have fewer violent incidents then it would be worth it. Hear my heart. All i’m saying is lets keep our options open. The violence in our country goes way beyond video games. Our society is just screwed up plain and simple. Video games just take all the heat because they appeal to children just by the nature of what they are and anything that even remotely seems like it can hurt our children will be scrutinized. 

Closing

Man is wicked. I hope you have realized that by now. We love violence and we are becoming more and more desensitized to death and killing. We enjoy the things we shouldn’t and don’t enjoy the things we should. Video games are just one drop in the bucket of reasons why we are the way we are. We live in a God-less country and yes i said God. We are self-indulgent and could care less about what happens to another human being. Our problems are far greater than a damn video game! Lets not let what happened at Sandy Hook happen again. Lets do anything and EVERYTHING we can to prevent it. Even if that means giving up the things we love. As always, i want to know what your thoughts are on the matter and i also want to know what makes Wii U MAD?

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What if this was your little girl?


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Dial “M” for Mature

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Does this really make our games more mature?

Rated “M” for mature

we all know were this came from. Remember the 90’s? If you do then you understand that this rating was in response to the back lash by parents and congress over games like Night Trap and Mortal Kombat. It was designed as a way for parents to determine what would be the appropriate content for their children.

Now days the “M” rating seems to just be an excuse for developers to cram as much violence and profanity into their games as possible. More and more games are being created with one thing in mind. Killing. Forget about the good old days of the platformer and power ups lets just focus on head shots and loadouts. Since the beginning of this generation, shooters have dominated the market led by the one and only Call of Duty.

Rated “I” for Immature 

Ever since the huge success of the Call of Duty brand it seems as if every developer who made a shooter tried to “one UP” Activision. Even those that didn’t make first person shooters started to. Even franchises that were once in the third person perspective in prior games have succumbed to the pressure of becoming the “next big thing”.

In the process of copying and pasting successful formulas of other franchises such as Gears of War, it would seem as if the point of gaming is getting lost. Fun and creativity are being over shadowed by an assembly line of carbon copy shooters.

If it doesn’t involve shooting, killing, sex or foul language then it is deemed to be “kiddie”.  Some of the greatest games of all time featured bright and colorful worlds filled with “power ups” and warp pipes. Gaming, since it’s inception has always been a family affair and the content reflected this. Nintendo has pushed this more than any other company which is why they now are branded a “kiddie” console maker when all they are doing is creating content that speaks to wide margin of consumers. I once read an article about how it was time for Mario to “grow up”. What do you mean “grow up”? I’m sure you have all seen some of the fan art online depicting a realistic Mario Bros. and it all looks cool. You just can’t expect Nintendo to really take that route. Mario is a kid friendly, family oriented mascot for a major family oriented company. It would be like Disney making Mickey Mouse grow up to suit the needs of those who are now in their thirties and forties. Which brings me to my last point.

Rated “GAM” for i’m a “Grown-Ass Man”

Remember when the Gamecube was called a “kiddie” console cause it was purple and had a handle on the back? Never mind that it gave us some of the best games of all time like Zelda Wind Waker, Resident evil 4 and the Metroid Prime series. Remember how the Wii was supposed to be a console for kids and old folks? Never mind that it gave us Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 which are two of the best reviewed games of all time. Don’t get me started on the nonsense i hear about how “grown men” play COD and not Mario or Zelda. Since your such a “grown-ass man” how bout you do something with your time other than playing videogames? That’s what i thought.

Closing

Gaming was meant to be enjoyed by all and that’s the way we should treat it. It doesn’t matter if your single, married with kids, or a kid yourself, gaming was created for everyone to enjoy. When i hear adults talking about how their too grown to play certain games but they will play others it makes me question their maturity. Don’t be immature. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a hobby, just don’t act like it all has to be catered directly to you. Remember, you were a kid once and i’m sure you remember what it was like the first time you smiled when you held a controller. Everyone should be able to enjoy a moment like that.

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Are you really mature?


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John Carmack can “pretty much guarantee” that many games will target 30fps next gen

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Maybe NEXT, next-gen.

It appears that a very prominent figure in the gaming industry doesn’t believe that the so-called “next-gen” consoles will be running your favorite games at 60fps. Here’s what founder and technical director of ID software, John Carmack tweeted yesterday.

” unfortunately, I can pretty much guarantee that a lot of next gen games will still target 30 fps.”

This news comes courtesy of DSOGaming. Here’s the link down below.

http://www.dsogaming.com/news/john-carmack-still-believes-that-a-lot-of-next-gen-games-will-run-at-30fps-6043/

Well this doesn’t look like good news for all you Wii U haters. It doe’s make owning a PC seem more and more like a better idea to those looking to get a next-gen system. As always my friends, leave your comments and let me know what you think as well as letting me know what makes WII U MAD?


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Why focusing solely on hardware specs today will disappoint you next -gen.

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How much are you willing to spend on this?

In 2013 Microsoft and Sony will announce their “next-gen” consoles.This announcement alone will surely destroy Nintendo’s future plans for the Wii U. Sony and Microsoft’s consoles will simply be too far advanced in future technology for Nintendo’s “current-gen” console to compete. What!? Wait!…Get that nonsense the hell out of here! That garbage is what Sony, Microsoft, and several of the big gaming sites would have you believe. Don’t buy in to it. Why? Focusing solely on hardware specs today will disappoint you next-gen.

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“It’s hard to say right now. I do not think we’ll have a console with a lot better graphics than the PS3 currently offered. I believe the future will be to offer consumers better and more accessible experience .The aim will be to make more people enter the world of video games and try to design titles for women.”

That was a quote from James Armstrong who is the VP of SCEE. (CEO SCE Spain+Portugal) You can read the article that was translated and posted on Gaming Bolt.

(http://gamingbolt.com/sce-executive-ps4-may-not-have-better-graphics-than-the-ps3)

I’ve touched on this before but who in their right mind can afford another 400$ to 500$ gaming console. You might as well spend that money on a PC at least you can use it for a million other task’s on top of having the definitive version of your favorite non first party title. Sony and Microsoft know’s this and as much as they won’t admit it they know Nintendo is on the right track by offering gameplay innovation (Their specialty) over supped up specs. Its just too expensive for the consumer. Of course Microsoft and Sony can and most likely will sell their new consoles at a loss but how much of that cost do you expect they’l absorb? Eventually some of that cost will pass to consumers. 80$ games, maybe? Look i’m not saying The “nest-gen” consoles won’t be more capable than the Wii U. It will be newer tech, of course they will. I just don’t feel they’ll be anymore capable than the Wii U is over the current PS3 and 360. Maybe a little more. Definitely the leap won’t be as significant as the jump from Ps2 to Ps3. Don’t believe me? How bout you take Crytek’s word for it. In an article from http://www.Gimmegimmegames.com, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that there wasn’t even a strong chance that the brand new PS4 and 720 would be on par with the current AVERAGE PC on the market today. He went on to say this…

“But PC has caught up. With current generation consoles and what’s on the horizon – new ones – due to the fact that the cost of CPU and memory are so much more expensive than they were in the past, it is simply impossible to have the same kind of impact on the console business; to be so far ahead of PC.”

(Here’s the link :http://gimmegimmegames.com/2012/12/crytek-ceo-says-next-gen-wont-be-as-big-of-a-leap-as-360ps3-were-crysis-3-maxes-current-consoles/)

Now you see why Microsoft has been pushing Kinect and Smart Glass. They see the huge potential in reaching out to the casual market. Microsoft saw the attention and most importantly, the revenue that the Wii brought in. They want that. So doe’s Sony. This is why they will focus on multimedia. Streaming services like Hulu and Netflix continue to surge and they due very well on consoles. Adding more of these types of services will bring in the casual base looking to do more than play videogames. Look at Nintendo’s approach with WiiUTvii. Like the idea or not this  is the type of service the next-gen consoles will be focusing on. Finally i think we may be getting to a point were better graphics just isn’t enough. Developer’s are gonna have to start pushing gameplay innovation over polygons if they want to stay viable in the market.

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Sorry Microsoft but “uncanny valley” is in another castle.

Gameplay

Polygons, textures, lighting, physics, particles, blah blah blah. What about gameplay? How about a new and interesting way to interact with the gaming world. Quit giving me the same controller we’ve been using since the SNES and then modified by the Playstation. Four face buttons’, two analog sticks and a bunch of shoulder buttons cant be the peak of the gaming controller. In fact it isn’t. The Wii U gamepad is proof of that. It offers a new way to interact with the game your playing and if developers really get a hold of that concept we could really be in for some of the best gaming experiences since the analog stick was added to home consoles in the 90’s. Just look at the use of the Wii U gamepad in Nintendoland or Zombie U. If you played those games with just a standard controller then they probably wouldn’t even deliver the same experience. So what are Sony and Microsoft going to do? Just give us better graphics? Then what? Kinect was a good start. It just didn’t work. If Microsoft can perfect the idea of Kinect and make it work seamlessly with their new console than the next Xbox could be a huge success with both casual consumers and the “core”. What will Sony do? I doubt it has anything to do with Move 2.0. What is going to convince the mass market to commit to buying a new console if all it does is beef up the visuals? Of course the “hard core” will buy in to them but the casual needs a hook to reel them in. One thing is for sure is that 2013 will be interesting for the gaming industry. Will new consoles with bigger and better specs alone drive the industry forward? Will Nintendo become irrelevant? I guess only time will tell. Until then folks, tune in next time and i want to know what makes Wii U Mad?

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Will they disappoint? Or will it be mind blown?


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Trine 2: My first review

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This is one beautiful game

Story

The story of Trine 2 revolves around three companions being led on an adventure by a mysterious force know as the Trine. Our hero’s consist Amadeus the wizard,  Pontius the knight, and  Zoya the thief. A talking flower tasks our hero with finding her sister. Yup, a talking flower.You will follow the three hero’s on their journey as they battle goblins, giant spider’s and the occasional  giant boss in an effort to save the day. Or maybe save a princess, who know’s.

Score 5/10 5 being average. not poor. 

GamePlay

This is were Trine 2 really shines. Each of the three characters has their unique abilities. The wizard can summon objects like metal boxes and platforms that can then be levitated and manipulated to help with solving puzzles and clearing jumps more easily. This works extremely well when your playing online. Just seeing the different ways players will come up with to help each other out in situations is a blast. Then there is the thief who is the most nimble of the group and uses arrows and a grappling hook. She can swing across chasms and snipe enemies from a distance. Last but not least the knight. Pure melee combat and the ability to put up a shield for defense gives this character a distinct advantage over the others. When playing alone you will constantly switch between characters to solve puzzles and complete tasks. Although you may have a go to guy, you probably wont stick to that one character for far too long.

Score 8/10

Online

Now when playing online things get a lot more interesting. Lets say your stuck andclear clear a jump. Simply just turn into the wizard, create and summon a box allowing your fellow player to jump on it and be levitated to safety. In return he can (if he’s nice) do the same for you allowing you to join him on the other side. Another example would be if you were trying to hold up a draw bridge using the wizards ability but a fire spitting plant keeps hawking flame balls at you. No problem. While one player uses the wizard to hold up the bridge another uses the knight to shield him from the fire attacks allowing the third player to successfully escape. Make sense? Good.

Score 8/10

Visual Fidelity

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OMG! 

This game is gorgeous. Trine 2 boast’s some of the most beautifully rendered backgrounds seen in any video game this gen. Sure its an indie game but its time for people in this industry to stop saying that as if its a bad word. Simply put, this indie game is one of the best games on the Wii U platform and that’s saying a lot. The characters are detailed and fluid in animation. While not the greatest looking models when viewed up close, they still are impressive. It’s the backgrounds that really though. From lush forest’s to to sandy deserts Trine 2’s visuals never disappoint especially in the lighting and texture detail. In later stages of the game i was completely floored by the visuals. Just wait till you get to the Goblin Menace chapters.

Score 8/10

Extra Credit

Let me take a minute to talk about the extra content that you get when you purchase the WiiU version of Trine 2. First off you get the Goblin Menace DLC included. This includes a new short campaign tasking the hero’s to face of against the leader of the Goblin’s. While short, the DLC will provide you with enough to keep you satisfied. Speaking of the Goblin Menace the visuals in those levels exceed those in the main campaign. One in particular features some of the best texturing iv’e ever seen. Period. Now lets move on to controls. Iv’e played the PS3 version and it plays great but being able to use the Wii U’s gamepad to draw the wizards majestic boxes with your finger or stylus as you would on an ipad changes things quite a bit. For starters its much more intuitive. In fact trying to pull off the same ability using the analog stick felt cumbersome in comparison. Lets also mention the fact that the Wii U version, outside of the PC version clearly looks the best.

Score 7/10

Verdict

Trine 2 is an amazing game regardless of which platform you play it on. Great gameplay, fun online co-op and awesome visuals make this a must have game for any console. It doesn’t hurt that the Wii U version packs a few extras and better visuals making it the definitive version.

Final Score 7/10 Remember…this isn’t IGN or Gametrailers so a 7 means the game is damn good by my standard.

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Yeah..see what i mean? Gorgeous!!!


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The Hip-Hop Gamer. Why he’s underrated and why game journalism needs him.

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Who’s this guy you ask? You know who he is. If you don’t then let me introduce him.

Ladies and gentlemen! Introducing…the Hip!…Hop! Gamer!!

If you haven’t checked out his site or seen any of his video’s then you should. Let’s talk about why he’s an underrated journalist and why game journalism needs him. We’ll start with what he has working against him.

His Hip-Hop, or thuggish nature. Let’s be honest. When you think of video game journalist you probably immediately start to picture guys like Geoff Keighly and Adam Sessler. Clean cut, well spoken and somewhat charming. How bout a guy who talks with a street slang? Wears a do-rag? Raps and sports a WWE championship belt complete with a spinning logo to represent his status among gaming’s elite journalist? Doesn;t quite fit into the mold of the cookie cutter image your used to right?

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Answer his question,fool!

I’m gonna tell you this. I have a lot of respect for this man as a journalist. He’s got heart. When you watch his video’s and not just listen but hear what he has to say you will begin to see the passion he has for the industry. Not everyone has given him a fair shot though. Believe it or not i have read post’s oh his site were he was called “nigger”. Seriously?! Yet he didn’t let the negativity stop him. I think when people look at him and lets be honest, they see a black man from the “hood” and dismiss him. You know what though. This guy gets the goods. From one on one’s with developer’s to the big show’s like E3 i have watched him grow. He recently just celebrated 5 years in the industry and here is why that’s a good thing.

Game journalism these days often seem right out bought sold to the big publisher’s. Games’s that are sequels to last years sequels of the sequel that came the year before it get all the attention and praise. Granted games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed are well deserving of the spotlight they often aren’t innovating at all. Yet they score highly. Let a game come out that dares to be different or God forbid that game be for a nintendo platform and watch the venom spew. When Hip-Hop gamer did a show on Zombie U he addressed some issues. (ill post the link and his review at the end of the article) Hip-Hop gamer touched on the fact that several of the major gaming sites practically pissed on the game review wise for absolutely no reason but bias alone. I’m sure you guys have seen the reviews and they are all over the map but if you talk to anyone (consumer) that’s played it and they will tell you they love it. Nintendo Miiverse is prime example of that. The big sites dismissed the game based on what they were expecting from another franchise like COD. Its like these guys are just going through the motions and collecting a check at the end of the day. The passion is gone. This is were i was impressed by the Hip-Hop gamer. He made this statement…

“Everyone Wants To Be A Critic Without Having A Heart To Be In The Business”

So true. That’s why i love the indie game journalism scene. The guys on youtube and the guys that host blogs have the heart just maybe not the resources that the big guys do. It’s my opinion and hope that i see the Hip-Hop gamer do bigger and better things in this industry in the coming years. Support him cause he represents you (the consumer) well. So this was my opportunity to give credit to whom credit is due. As always i want to here from you guys and let me know what makes WiiU mad?

So here are those links.

(zombie U impressions “ign gamespot two birds killed with one stone”)

(zombie U review)


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Why it’s a good thing G4 tv was cancelled.

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As most of you probably know already, G4tv will be re-branded in 2013 as an upscale men’s channel. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

When G4tv first launched, without a doubt it catered to the gaming crowd with shows like Arena, Cinematech, Portal, and Cheat among countless others. If you loved the gaming industry then G4tv had something for you. Remember Icon’s? Sometime in 2005 after a change in management, the network decided to adopt a more male-centered approach and ditch its gaming roots. The next thing we knew we were bombarded with re-runs of Cop’s, Star Trek, Worlds crappiest police chases and so on. Even shows like Attack of the Show seemed to loose the plot, focusing more on antics than gaming. G4tv became sort of what Spike tv is now. This may have brought in more ratings (read $) for the network but it was a disservice to the gaming audience that had helped make the network what it was. In my opinion the only bright spot in the network was Electric Playground and X-Play. Although i feel Morgan Webb was sort of a Nintendo hater. So why is the re-branding a good thing you ask?

Simple. We’re better off without G4tv. Many people outside of the gaming industry tend to look down on it and see it as childish and immature while many within the industry are trying to paint a picture of growth and maturity. Well it doesn’t help the cause when you have a network that is supposed to be dedicated to the industry portraying itself as network for prepubescent or even slightly post pubescent (if that’s even a proper term) man children. I mean they aired the porn convention just weeks after airing E3. Seriously. How could anyone watch the G4 network and take the industry seriously? They couldn’t. Even i stopped watching as i’m sure many of you did. The question to ask now is if there can ever be such a network that is solely dedicated to gaming while remaining fun and entertaining yet paying absolute respect to the industry and the people who drive it.

I believe that answer is a definite yes. The real question is will there be a network willing to take the risk in devoting time and money to developing such programming. Who would the most likely candidate be? How bout Sci-fi? Sorry. SyFy. Would programming dedicated to gaming  fit in with shows like Face-Off and Monster man? Spike tv? Or how about a series of Hulu plus exclusive gaming shows? One thing is for sure, what ever network in the future decides to take on this endeavor should really reach out to the gaming community. How about getting some of the big sites like Gametrailers, IGN and Kotaku involved? How about some of the smaller guys who have dedicated gaming channels on social network sites such as Youtube. Those places are were the talent and passion for the industry is in my opinion. I think the gaming industry needs a strong and correct representation in the mainstream media. Lets just hope it wont be too long before someone dares to replicate and surpass the early success of Tech Tv and the G4 network.

As always i want to hear your thought’s on the subject and tell me…what makes WiiU Mad?

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Rest in peace my old friend. R.I.P.

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