What's New 

A couple of releases this week I am really amped for. Call Of Duty: Rezzurection DLC, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Rezzurection is alledgedly going to be the last of the DLC for the Black Ops game from the COD franchise. Who knows with them, but this DLC will surely amaze as the others have before. Of course, Eh-Rok is in Hawaii on his honeymoon, and I don't have a 360, but when he comes home, I am pretty sure he is going to buy it, and we are hoping to play this weekend, and I will let you all know how it is. This is an all zombie map pack, with one of them being on the moon, which will surely be pretty badass in itself. Sad to see the DLC for this game come to an end, however, Modern Warfare 3 is on its way, so we won't have to wait much longer for new Call Of Duty to play!!! Deus Ex: Human Revolution came out on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this week as well, and is highly anticipated. I believe Eh-Rok is getting this one as well, so watch out for his blog on it if he is, I know he like Deus Ex. From the Screenshots and videos I have seen from this game, I am extremely jealous that I can't play it, although, I might get it on PC. As you all know, I have had Eh-Rok's PS3 this week while he was gone, so I played a lot of Killzone 2, Infamous, Infamous 2, God Of War III, and Assasin's Creed, so watch for an updated blog from me. 

What I am Playing 

For now, I am not going to put anything here, I will do an updated blog this weekend for what I am playing, because I am hoping to buy a PSP this week. Right now though, I have Eh-Rok's PS3, loving it! Killzone 2 is an amazing shooter, I really wanna try Killzone 3 after the demo of it I played, it appears to be a very solid franchise from what I have played. I made it through most of Infamous, and even though I am not big on superhero games, this game amazed me! You knew you were a superhero per say, although you could be a bad guy (I never did), but at the same time, the amount of game play it had and the different things you did on your missions and side missions made it feel like an RPG in a way, a shooter, and a superhero, all in one! I loved the start of Infamous 2 as well, and I hope someday I can finish playing it (hoping I get a PS3 someday). God Of War III was what I expected it to be and more. Tyical Krados ripping apart baddies, and great gameplay with even greater of a storyline from the other 2 God Of War games. Assasin's Creed was odd to me, simply though because I haven't played the other games in that franchise, so I was really confused as to what to do and what was going on. All in all it has been a fun week with his PS3, and I am sad to give it back to him, but hopefully I get that PS3 this week to start reviewing games on that. Wish me Luck!!! 

Have a great week everyone, and keep on gaming!!
 
 
DISCLAIMER: I am not a psychologist by any means, have not hard core researched this topic, this will be strictly opinion base from me, don't hash out on me for facts to back what I am saying, as this will be strictly opinion based!! Thank you, and enjoy: 

 

    Alright, so this week I am only focusing on this topic, so check Eh-Rok's Blog page to get the latest on new releases. I am writing about Violence in Games vs. Violence in this world, because right now, it is the hottest topic rising, especially with the latest riots happening in London and blame being put on social media and gaming. First, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the London riots, and the victims and families affected by the ridiculous shooting spree in Norway. A lot has come out of Norway because that jerk-off Anders is saying he used Call Of Duty to train for this shooting spree and get insider info on how policing works. That is crap, the most Call of Duty can offer you is war simulation, it does not provide any insight what so ever on how military or police run their operations, the most that it tries to make realistic to real life is the guns, even then, in real life, you can't really tag your gun. So what that guy is saying is crap, knowing that people will freak out and start blaming the gaming industry, which sure enough did happen, a lot of stores in Norway started to pull violent games off of their shelves. This guy had every intent of doing what he did, game or not, just he did his research and knew that if you blame it on some sort of social thing, be it music and T.V. (like Columbine) or social media (Riots in London, story after the jump), and then people just automatically blame it on these industries, making them the enemy when in fact those people are just dumb and ass holes (excuse my language). The only people that I feel have any excuse of mental problems with violence are soldiers that suffer from PTSD after coming home from war, now those guys have seen a lot of messed up stuff, in REAL LIFE, not some freaking video game!! I myself have played all kinds of shooters throughout my life, in fact, I usually will choose any FPS over any game any day of the week. Am I a violent person? I have never thought violent things, never wanted to take a gun and shoot people, never wanted to blow stuff up (except fireworks, but every guy does that). Its just ludacris to think that people actually think that playing video games influences your kid's thoughts and actions, its called bad parenting people. You ignore your kids or treat them like crap, they are going to get angry, I don't blame them, I would be pissed too if my parents didn't show any care for me at all.  This guy was effed in the head, with or without video games to 'influence' him, if anything, video games with some sort of violence are usually a way to get out your frustrations ethically, without doing harm to others. I will admit, when I get pissed, its fun as hell to blow stuff up in COD. Another recent cop out for violence lately has been social media, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.



    Recently there was a massive a massive riot that took place in London that lasted days before the London police got the situation under control. Stores were looted, buildings were burned, and it was just sheer utter chaos.  And what was blamed for it? social media for allowing teens to spread the word of the riots and get more teens to do the same thing. So what if you take away social media? People still have texting, phones to call each other, and email, there in lies this riot could have happened with or without social media being used to spread the word. What went wrong in these riots was it took the police too long to respond to the riots in force, in turn allowing for word to spread more, more people to think the destruction is cool and join in. The only part social media had in this riot was that the rioting was made public, and it kept us in the United States up-to-date with the events that transpired. The London police could have also have used social media to be aware of these riots before they even started, and could have allowed them to respond sooner to the starting point of the riots and quite possibly de-escalated the situation before it was able to get out of control. 

In conclusion, the only aspect that I agree with those blaming media of any kind on violence is that yes, people that are dumb enough to want to get violent can get ideas by playing these games or talking to other wierdos online, when you look at the big picture, no way in hell does the gaming industry create these games to attempt to teach people how to be violent. Some people were born with bad genes that cause them to have these horrible feelings and to want to act out, not video games. Its not like there is some sort of hypnotism going on here people, wake up and realize that it boils down to they will do it, with or without 'influence' from games!



DISCLAIMER: Again, this was a strictly opinionated article, so do not come after me asking for resources, I have none, this is my opinion, if I offended you, I am sorry, but I am entitled to my opinion, one of which I think that a lot of gamers alike  would agree with. Thanks for reading, Have a great week, and GAME ON!!
 
 
Well, now that summer is coming to a close, we are finally getting some nice weather here (better late than never) so I have been doing a lot of yard work in preparation for a lot of family (approx. 30 people) that will be visiting my house this weekend, so I haven't had much gaming, so this week, I am going to talk about a HUGE announcement for Wii COD fans that happened on 08/04, then I am going to discuss a very sensitive topic, violence in games and how it affects people. Let's begin, shall we?

New Releases

There wasn't much New release wise that really appealed to me to feel we should discuss, however, there was a HUGE announcement on 08/04 by Activision for Wii owners that love the Call Of Duty franchise. Activision announced that Modern Warfare 3 will be ported over to the Wii console. What they didn't say however, is the exact release date and who is making it, which you can speculate that a lot of people are thinking that Treyarch is going to do it as they did Call Of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii. I really hope that either Activision does it or that they find someone else to do it though, don't get me wrong, Treyarch did a fantastic job at porting over Black Ops, however, I feel that is where the support for Wii owners from Treyarch stopped, especially since we have only seen patches, no DLC. And right now, they are getting ready to release the final DLC for Black Ops on every other system, and still not one DLC for Wii. Now I still play it, still love it, but would have at least thought they could have ported over some sort of new map pack by now. Who knows, maybe now that they are done doing DLC for the major systems, they might, just might, focus on the Wii, but probably not. Say what you want about Wii graphics, I will agree, but when it comes down to it, for Wii owners, this is sure to be a huge release, and I am definitely going to place my pre-order for it.