Video Games

M.I.A. Due to the Empire

Sorry everyone.  I’ve been MIA the last few days.  I’ve been busy, boarded up in my basement, sitting in my easy chair….Playing tb1bxvwifxxxxbaxpxxxxxxxxxx_0-item_pic

Really really good.  There’s a couple of the online Multiplayer modes I don’t particularly care for but there’s lots of content here.  So I may actually be a while before I resurface

KIDDING.  Of course.  I have two small kids..both of whom have been sick all weekend.  I have been playing a lot into the nights though and I LOVE it

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

 

I’m a Gen Xer…Holy F#&*

I am a Gen Xer. 
 
Sometimes in the early mornings in my daily shower I get reflective about things.  This morning I found my mind wandering to the subject of my life, my generation and all the incredible things that have happened in just my short time on this planet.
 
First off…lets get the definition crap out of the way for those reading who have no idea.  I stole this from Wikipedia..read the entire article HERE
 
Gen X is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom describing a generational change from the Baby Boomers.  In a 2012 article for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, George Masnick wrote that the “Census counted 82.1 million” Gen Xers in the U.S. The Harvard Center uses 1965 to 1984 to define Gen X.

Gen Xers are often called the MTV Generation. They experienced the emergence of music videos, new wave music, electronic music, synthpop, glam rock, heavy metal and the spin-off glam metal, punk rock and the spin-off pop punk, alternative rock, grunge, and hip hop.

Compared with previous generations, Generation X represents a more apparently heterogeneous generation, openly acknowledging and embracing social diversity in terms of such characteristics as race, class, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 

You’re welcome.
 
So I was born in the mid 70s, smack dab in the middle of Gen X So I was thinking of some of the stuff that I’ve experienced and things that have changed in my short life..here’s a (perhaps not so) brief list

GEEKY TYPE THINGS

THE EVOLUTION OF PHONE TECH – In my life I’ve talked on a roatary dial phone, punched keys on a touch tone phone, owned early cell phones (motorola bag phone anyone?) late 90’s motorola flip phones, Palm Treo, Blackberry, to my current iPhone.  I’ve seen the invent of cell phone technology, text messaging and smart phones..all in less than 40 years.

VIDEO GAMES – So here’s the short list of consoles I have personally owned.  Atari 2600, NES, SNES, N64, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360, XboxOne.  Thats not to mention all the ones I haven’t owned, Playstation 1, 2 3 and 4, Sega Genesis, Turbografix 16, Atari Jaguar, and a whole bunch of others I’m not mentioning.  That’s not to mention the handheld consoles too, gameboy, gamegear, PSP, Nintendo DS, DSI, 3DS.  Graphics from simple squares to 8 bit Super Mario bouncing across my screen for hours on end to the hi res 3D graphics of the current consoles.  I also remember dropping quarters into arcade games as a kid, One game I can remember loving was Rampage.  Anyone else remember this one?

STAR WARS – There has literally not been a time that I can remember in my entire life that Star Wars didn’t exist.  I have always had a healthy obsession with this (see my other blog posts, you’ll figure it out quickly)  This movie changed the way movies are made and set the bar for visual effects and sound design.  Even today, ILM and Skywalker Sound (If you didn’t know are the result of the direct success of George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise)are the Hollywood standard for sound and CGI Effects in movies.

THE INTERNET – Could you imagine what the world would be like today if the internet didn’t exist.  I lived in that world..up until highschool.  I still remember a bunch of us being herded into the school library and shown this wonderful thing called the internet.  Back then it was all text based and dialup.  I went to a rural highschool so we had to dial into the most local University to get access to it.  After highschool I went to college and was introduced to the world wide web and Netscape Navigator.  After that it continued to evolve…websites for everything, social networking, blogging, twitter, Facebook, the list goes on and on.

WORLD EVENTS

 
Looking back there has been a lot of stuff happen in the world during my lifetime.  Here are a few highlights in no particular order…actually there is an order…of when I remember them
 
  • Princess Diana was married and then buried
  • Challenger space shuttle explosion
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Chernobyl Disaster (Same year as the Challenger, yay 1986)
  • The Gulf War
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • OJ Simpson Murders and Trial
  • 9-11
  • 5 Catholic Popes
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Death of Michael Jackson
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Hong Kong Handover
  • Y2K
  • San Francisco Earthquake
  • Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions 2 years in a row
  • Toronto Maple Leafs Stanly Cup Champs not at all
I realize that there is so much more that I haven’t mentioned.  Comment below some of your favourite developments of the last 40 years or so

 

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

End to Video Game Demos?

As a pretty avid video game player this is a pretty crummy thing.  It appears that some of powers that be at various video game publishers are saying that “A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don’t have in other industries such as film.”….ummmm huh??  I guess these video game guys spend too much time in front of their graphics programs and have never seen a movie trailer.  Video game demos, for me, are an essential part of the VG purchasing process and they should, no, must continue.  Video games are expensive, especially to people younger than me who hold down “McJobs” getting paid minimum wage and put every last penny away so they can buy the latest and greatest.  These are big purchases for these kids, and would I, as an adult, buy a TV or car without giving it a test drive first? or at very least read stats/specs/reviews online?  That answer is a resounding NO!!  Good or bad, game demos allow us the consumer to separate the few games that are gold from the literally hundreds of polished turds out there passing themselves off as video game magic.  I mean, look at all the video game adaptations of movies there has been…not many worth mentioning are there?  I would say that the act of these VG houses trying to do away with  demos is a subtle way of trying to stop the consumer from getting a sneak peak and thus making us buy crappy games that will just get traded in next time we visit our local EB Games or Blockbuster store.  Just my 2 Cents.

Oh and here’s the Link to the article that spawned this post