Video Games

November 15, 2010

Video Games and Addiction

I thought today I would provide my readers with a bit of entertainment along with some words for thought.  We all play games and while we play them from time to time they or someone else playing them has done something to make us mad.  Most of us quit but some of us get angry at others, yell at others, yell at the computer, break the computer or one of many other anger infused reactions.  I’ve collected a group of videos that really go to show how bad some people are addicted to their video games. 

So what constitutes addiction?  Is it the amount of time spent?  I used to spend 12 hours a day playing whatever video game I wanted to at the time but I would still get all the things in real life I needed to get done, done.  I paid my bills, spent time with my girlfriend and made it to work on time every day?  Was I addicted?  Is it when you start ignoring your family?  When are you actually addicted to a game?

What does the community think?  Is video game addiction real?  Can it ruin someones life?  Is it possible for someone to become so involved in game that they loose sight of the real world before them?  Guys passing up sex to play games?  Where does it end? 


April 26, 2010

California Video Game Law Unconstitutional?

The Supreme Court said Monday it will be deciding if a Californian law passed last to prevent the sale and rental of  “patently offensive” titles to minors is  unconstitutional.

Justices agreed to hear the appeal after a U.S . appeals court based in California struck down the law, which also imposes strict video game labeling requirements, as unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear and rule on the arguments during it’s upcoming term which starts in October.  It’s one of most important cases for the term so far. 

“In appealing to the Supreme Court, the state argued that the free-speech guarantees of the First Amendment do not bar a state from prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors under 18.”

The law was adopted in 2005, however it has never been put into effect because of the mounting legal troubles it has faced.

“The law prohibits the sale of an interactive video game to anyone under 18 if the game was so violent it was “patently offensive,” according to prevailing community standards and lacked serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”

On a personal level I have no objection to barring the sale of M rated titles to minors.  I just don’t believe children, especially ones in the 8 – 13 year old range, should be playing violent video games.   It will be interesting to see how this pans out.  This is the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case on Video Games.

April 15, 2010

Top 10 Video Game Cinematic Trailers

I’ve always been a sucker in CG trailers for video games.  As such I feel inclined to gather them all in one place.  Let me know what you guys think of these videos.  These videos are in no particular order but I am going to number them all the same.   These are just some of my personal favorites these aren’t necessarily the “Best Ever” but all the same they are awesome.  Let me know what you guys think. 

1.  Dragon Age: Origins – Gray Warden


2. Dragon Age: Origins – Sacred Ashes


3. Gears of War I : Mad World


4. Gears of War: Last Day Extended Trailer


5. Gears of War III: Ashes to Ashes – Dom looks so badass


6. Mass Effect 2: Cinematic Trailer

7.  Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat – This is an old one i know but it’s still good especially for it’s time

8. Dawn of War II Intro – These guys look grisley and mean.

9. Mechwarrior 5: Debut Trailer – Again another amazingly put togeather trailer

10. Eve Online – Custom Trailer.  This is a custom video but it’s epic none the less. 

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