Category: My Thoughts


Gaming sites and magazines are already talking about the next generation Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox 720. Even though these names aren’t set in stone, we all know what systems they are talking about. Sony has made a lot of mistakes with the PS3 that will need to be fixed if I’m going to get a PS4. I own both the Xbox 360, since launch, and the PS3, a year after launch. I’ve seen many updates between both systems. I’ve seen new exclusive games come out that have kept people tied to their favorite console. I’ve even had to deal with the mistakes made with both systems. But after all this, I still favor the Xbox 360 much more than the PS3. Let me review what Sony needs to work on to make the PS4 work for me and probably many other gaming enthusiasts.

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Jack Thompson is known for lobbying against violent video games. He had been doing this for years… until he was disbarred in 2008 by the Florida Supreme Court. He argues that violent video games cause teenagers to become murderers. These games allow the teenagers to practice their violence in the games (Murder simulators) before committing the crimes in real life. He was against games like Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV, which I agree are a bit too violent as video games, but they are mature adult rated games. He was also against games like Bully, Halo, and Mortal Combat. He said, after one murder, that the shooter trained on Halo. Halo? The game where the red guys and the blue guys shoot each other. Yeah, that is Halo.

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It’s hard to believe, but just today, I saw multiple articles about sites converting to HTML5 for the Apple iPad launch. It’s hard to believe that a device could have such an impact on the Internet. Last week it was the CBS.com announcement that they were testing an iPad version of the site to run their videos in HTML5. This week it looks like The New York Times and Time Inc. are preparing their sites to use HTML5 in preparation for April 3rd’s iPad launch. Rumors have it that NPR and Wall Street Journal iPad sites are also in the works, using HTML5.

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If you find that you scour the Internet for news just so you can comment on it and then email it to all your friends, you may have Foot in Mouth Syndrome. If you receive emails stating that you must forward it to 20 of your friends, and you do… you may have Foot in Mouth Syndrome. Many people are getting Foot in Mouth Syndrome and don’t even know it. Are you one of them. Seek out help now! Hopefully I can point out some things, to watch out for, that will help you protect yourself.

I always tell people to not believe everything they get from the Internet or by email. They soon forget what I even told them. Case in point – I just received an email from someone who was upset with our President over things he said about the military. He supposedly said that the recruits needed to pay for their own healthcare, because they knew what they were getting into when they signed up. They should not burden the country for their medical costs when they get injured in war. (That’s a very brief version of what was sent) I quickly jump to my trusty Internet site, that verifies rumors, and it states whether they are true or false. Turns out that what the President said was false and was actually a satire by the comedian John Stewart. It’s sort of like watching the Saturday Night Live news and thinking it is real. Yes, Chevy Chase is not a real news anchor. (showing my age here)

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Twitter’s Best Kept Secret

I’ve used Twitter for quite some time now and find it to be very useful. That wasn’t always the case though. The first time I went to Twitter.com, I was prompted with “What are you doing now?” and was asked to enter it using 140 characters or less. It didn’t really make sense. Why would I want to type in what I was doing, at that time, for thousands of people on Twitter to see in the main timeline? I’ve seen people post things about going to the movies, getting ready for work, drinking their morning coffee, and other tasks that we complete on a daily basis. Why was I going to join Twitter?

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The first Atari 800 hooked to a 13" color television.

I love computers. I grew up with computers. I feel I was around during the start of the home computers. I’m a big Mac fan at home but have always used PCs at work. There are just some days where we get those water cooler conversations about how much computers have advanced, how they have changed from the old days, or how we can’t even imagine living without them. I may get into some geek techno babble here (you may need a babel fish! ;-p ), but those of you who understand will enjoy it.

The first computer I ever used was an Apple II+. I was in 10th grade at the time and instantly fell in love. It may have only had a black and white display, using characters like $ and @ in place of graphics, but I knew that I wanted to make a living with computers. I thought then that computers were the way of the way of the future. For this article I want to refer to my favorite computer, the Atari 800. You can probably stick your first computer in here too.

I got my Atari 800 back in the days when it first came out. It was a powerhouse at the time with 48K of memory (upgraded from 16K), an 88K disk drive for storage (much-needed after using the cassette tape storage), and it displayed 16 colors at 320×192 pixels on my 13″ TV. I dabbled in some programming on the Atari and also enjoyed some early computer games. Hey, that was about all there was to do on a computer.

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Too Wrapped Up in Video Games

What is with some gamers online? I just finished a game of MAG (you could insert your own online game here) on the PS3. If you haven’t heard of MAG, it is basically a Call of Duty type game with up to 256 players in a match. Anyway, some of the players were really getting upset because of noobs (new players) in the game or others not following the objectives.

What really gets me is that this is just a game. It’s a video game! Some players really get too involved with the game. They get really upset when they are losing or when others aren’t playing up to their standards. They let foul words fly, they team kill others, or they just leave in the middle of the game.

What has this world come to when you can’t get online to play a “friendly” game with others who you may not know? Where is the courtesy that you see on the streets when you hear a friendly “hello” from a passerby? How do these people really act when they are in the everyday world?

I’ve put many players in their place. I put up with it for a little bit and then I turn on my mic and start giving it back to them… in an overly kind way. “You do know this is a video game, right?”; “Wow, you sure our letting this get to you.”; “Is your world going to end if you lose this game?”; “It’s just a game… It’s just a GAME… IT’S JUST A GAME!”

I’ve had a few actually calm down and apologize. Others shoot my character in the back and just keep on doing what they are doing. Some, like tonight, just leave the game in disgust.

Maybe we should all go back to playing more civil games like Uno, Scrabble, or Yahtzee! Nah, they would probably just toss the board on the floor after losing.