Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Josh Olin, Community Manager at Call of Duty: Black Ops developers Treyarch, thinks that "pundits" and "angry entitled fans" are ruining creativity in video games. They're not.
In an interview with NowGamer, Olin - who admittedly must wade knee-deep through stupid questions from assholes as part of his job - says the following:
Personally, as a community manager who lives in the media or social media world every day, I think the social culture of video games is moving in a more negative direction as technology and social media continues to grow. Rather than growing with it, the trend seems to be devolving. More and more gamers seem to forget what this industry is all about.
It's a creative industry – the most creative form of entertainment in existence. Too many developers who try new things are getting burned by "pundits" and angry entitled fans who look to be contrarian, sometimes simply for the sake of being contrarian. The only thing this attitude aims to achieve is stunt that creativity and innovation even further, which is something that no rational gamer looking to be entertained would want to do.
He's right about the sentiment that's out there. The kind of people who actively comment as part of a video game community are, sadly, often prone to focus on the negatives, and can often be quite rude when doing so. It's enough to get a man down and make him think the world is out to get him.
But to say that's the reason creativity is being stunted? Come on. Haters Gonna Hate, Josh! If a video game developer designs its games according to the whims of the squeaky wheels, then it deserves to have its creativity stunted, because true innovation takes guts.
The audience doesn't know what it wants before it has it. It never asked for Ico, or Katamari Damacy, or Deus Ex, or BioShock ahead of time. Those games were dropped on them, from creative developers who weren't afraid to roll the dice and take a few risks, and became much-loved classics because of that.
Posted by TexasLoner at 4:51 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
In the report, RT points out that the American made video game has earned more than $1 billion in sales worldwide and than you don't have to own the game to see the No Russian mission, you can also watch it on YouTube.
Walid Phares, Director of Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tells the news channel that terrorists may even use the game for training.
"Indeed it is a trouble to look at the game and reality," he said. "The issue is we need to know if terrorists or extremists are using these videos or DVDs or games to basically apply the model.
"I think those who have been radicalized already – that is supposed in this case jihadists, Al-Qaeda or other kind – they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train,"
Media critic Danny Schechter adds that some video games can influence people.
In the No Russian level, players take on the role of Joseph Allen, who has infiltrated a terrorist group as Alexei Borodin. Borodin and the terrorist group he has infiltrated enter the Zakhaev International Airport and begin to gun down civilians.
Taken From Kotaku
The New York Times,
Posted by TexasLoner at 7:55 AM
Monday, January 24, 2011
The mainstream stereotype of video games, especially MMORPG's, as antisocial diversions that rip up relationships is well known. That makes Wanda Kirk's recollection, of how playing World of Warcraft with her son helped her through her divorce, heartwarming indeed.
Kirk, a mother nearing 50, writes that she ordinarily would have refused her nine-year-old son's request to spend his allowance on a Warcraft installation disc and subscription. "Until my husband delivered the 10-minute fatwa: he wasn't happy, had never been and wanted (or already had) the younger girlfriend," she writes for Salon. "Without warning, I joined a great and storied company: the Unwanted."
Seeing the video game as means of therapy for her son, Kirk ended up exploring Azeroth with him, learning qualities of his personality that she wouldn't have seen otherwise, and discovering things about people and herself in the process. She ends the piece with 13 tips for playing World of Warcraft; many of them, of course, read like metaphors for getting through life.
In the end, what defeats the antisocial stereotype is the fact the game was played socially, and by that I don't mean unseriously. Kirk played with her son. "He sat with me and hugged me and helped me fire-blast Scarlet Hunters and retrieve crates stolen by Dustwind Harpies," Kirk writes. "Through these wild characters, all the gore and running, with the shrill shriek of Decayed Morlocks in my ears, I felt his love."
Summarized by Kotaku
Full story here
Posted by TexasLoner at 7:34 AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Posted by TexasLoner at 10:08 PM
Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas - because the Star Wars director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012.
Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of - but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year.
He recalls, “George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.
“He’s going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, ’My nerdy friend won’t shut up, I’m sorry...’
“I first thought he (Lucas) was joking... and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, ’If you’re George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there’s no way you haven’t built a spaceship for yourself... So I asked him... ’Can I have a seat on it?’
“He claimed he didn’t have a spaceship, but there’s no doubt there’s a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go... It’s gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I’ll be blown up like the rest of us.”
From Toronto Sun
Posted by TexasLoner at 8:13 AM
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I was just watching the Jets vs Patriots game, when I realized that none of my Superbowl picks were even close to the finals. The Cowboys (XD) and the Saints.
The Dallas Cowboys dropped this season for no good reason! It left me frustrated, not only at the team, but at its fans too! No one I know likes the cowboys for no reason. And I mean beyond this season's disaster. Most, in fact bandwagon on whatever team looks good. After the Saints won last year, there was a lot more Saints gear in front of my face in one day, then there has been in 10 years.
On the flip side, I almost feel guilty if the Jets win the Superbowl. I started liking the Jets after the one year stint with Favre, and took the organization as my 2nd favorite team after the Jets landed LT from the Chargers.
Posted by TexasLoner at 7:40 PM
We were pretty stoked when Google debuted its multiple account sign-in feature, and reader Sam has discovered a way to switch between accounts faster using a small URL tweak.
I was flipping between two Gmail account tabs using Google's multiple logins feature, and I noticed that the two URLs are almost identical:
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox. It turns out that switching between the 0 and 1 (and presumably higher numbers if there are more than 2 accounts logged in) switches accounts. In particular, since there is no keyboard shortcut for switching between accounts, editing the URL may be the fastest way to do so using only the keyboard.
In fact, the fastest way to switch between them using only the keyboard would be to bookmark the sites and create address bar keywords for them, so you can flip back and forth using just a few keystrokes instead of having to use your mouse. Thanks, Sam!
Taken from LifeHacker
Posted by TexasLoner at 11:22 AM
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Is it me or are the quality of youtube videos declining recently? It's gotten so bad that I barely visit youtube at all. I can't find a decent video to watch. Maybe it's because I don't have to right people subscribed, and maybe its because I don't put enough effort into searching, but what I do find, is usually trash
Posted by TexasLoner at 5:58 PM