Inquiry

For my inquiry, I investigated why the media hates video games. The media very obviously has something against video games but why?

  1. It hurts the media because the more you play video games, the more you play video games, the more you are not watching the media and so on. So the media puts out stupid stories about how “vIDeo gAmes ArE cORrupTinG OUr yOUth” so the parents don’t let their children play video games, so they keep watching TV, so that they keep getting more money.
  2. People LOVE to put responsibility on anything but themselves and try to blame anything. Video games are just a new thing to blame things on and the media said the same thing about rock and rap music as well.
  3. A story is more likely to be read if its somehow connected to video games. For example if I were to write a story about drunk driving with the headline “Drunk driving” then people will probably not read it because “its just another drunk driving story”. However if I change the story slightly and change the headline to “Drunk Driving BECAUSE VIDEO GAMES!?!?” then everyone will read it.
  4. Because they don’t understand video games. Most reporters don’t understand how video games could be just as story driven as movies or books. 

So why does this matter?

Rock Paper Shotgun did an excellent article on why this does matter and to quote said article:

Let’s imagine a different circumstance. There’s been a new scientific breakthrough in nanobiology. Scientists have discovered a newer, more efficient way to guide particular proteins using implanted magnetic beads. Within this niche of scientific research, the recently published paper on this finding is of huge interest, opening up many possibilities for further research. It’s speculated that this could lead to significant improvements in immunoprecipitation. And a PR for the research group has sent out press releases to the media, in the hope of getting a story out there, thus attention for the group and better chances of further funding. So what’s the story we read? Well, you can bet it isn’t going to include the word “immunoprecipitation”, and is going to include the words “curing cancer”. The story published would be one of unidentified great speculation, reporting the potential uses of this development as if they are direct results, and likely saying something about Alzheimer’s near the end. And then one paper might deliberately misinterpret the entire thing and report, “TINY MAGNETS TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR ORGANS!” or similar, and cause a worldwide panic about the process and hold back progress by a decade or so.

It’s very easy for the media to convince millions of people about a subject very quickly just for money and that’s why this is a problem for everyone, not just gamers. There NEEDS to be an unbiased news station that accurately reports the news and evaluates the facts for EVERYONE, not just gamers. 


Yet Another Hundred Word Challange

John was a simple man with a simple life. He woke up at exactly 7:00 every morning and did the same thing every day of every week of every month of every year. John went to work everyday of his life. For some people this would be hell but John loved every second of his job as a cleaner. He went around the large building cleaning every inch of it. But one day he discovered a bright blue police box. “Strange” he thought as John continued to gaze at it as though it wasn’t really there. “But how would I know…”

Homework: VAC Ban wave on cheaters!

A sampling of LMAOBOX's features, from its official website.

VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) is anti-cheating method by Valve and is currently in place in over 320 games on Steam. VAC does not ban based off how you play but rather scans your computer for anything that would change the game. Things like mods and other things are not banned by VAC because they cannot be used to cheat. VAC bans are different to server bans as server bans are by the server owner and are for that server only. VAC bans are different because when you’re VAC banned you cannot connect to any server for every one of those 320 games that are protected by VAC. Harsh punishment yes but there is literally no way you could get VAC banned unless you “accidentally” download cheats (and play with said cheats). But with such a system there are bound to be programs that slide through the cracks. One of these programs are LMAO Box, a cheating program for the popular multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2. This program could be used to: Aimbot(automatic aiming), Triggerbot(auto firing when the crosshair was on an enemy), ESP/Wallhack(being able to see enemies behind walls), Projectile prediction(works with aimbot, predicting the distance and speed for projectiles to hit their targets) and Spambot(spams chat). LMAO Box was one of the most popular cheats because the paid version was undetected by VAC. Until now. Thousands of competitive players were VAC-Banned in this wave, a full list can be seen here. Another thing that Valve added is if two accounts have the same linked phone number then both accounts get VAC banned. This shows that Valve really do care about their games and we should be looking forward to more additions to all of their games.

Full article: http://games.mxdwn.com/news/vac-ban-wave-strikes-down-cheaters-in-team-fortress-2/

Thinking Hats:

White Hat: LMAO Box is not longer a menace to the TF2 community

Red Hat: Most people are happy that they no longer have to fear the cheaters. However the cheaters are not happy for obvious reasons.

Yellow Hat: You no longer have to face cheaters on TF2!

Black Hat: Cheaters can no longer play the other 320 games that they wouldn’t cheat on.

Green Hat: Perhaps Valve shouldn’t ban people from the other games and just the game you cheated on?

 

What are your thoughts? If you want to, leave a comment explaining your view on the situation.

Bill Cipher; Adventures in Destruction

A game.

Features!

  • Use A and D to move left and right
  • Use the mouse to aim. Hold left-click to charge up your lazer!
  • Kill the cats using your laser
  • Get money from killing the cats
  • Upgrade your stats and take over the world!
  • Post your time and any bugs in the comments!

Play it here!

HONDWED WURD CHULINGE

Everyone was happy and having fun! There was a carnival in town and everyone was having a jolly time, eating hotdogs and licorice, going on rides and drinking Coke. Then suddenly a whistle blew and everyone disappeared. By disappeared I mean slowly and brutally murdered with a axe, feeling the sharp edge of the blade piece their skin, feeling the blood trickle down their chest, the pain entering their nervous system… By the way the whistle happened to be the train whistle coincidentally going off at the same time as the Horseless Headless Horseman decided to kill everyone. Total coincidence.

100 word challenge

Normal:

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Backwards:

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Auto Corrected:

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Translated to Latin:

Et ecce hoc gun! Chi Prat paucis brachium maiestatis suae Eva; Resonator Chi impia !!!!!!! Lathe tandem aetate iuvencum? Ad Mas OD quid !!!! DNA ton St. Calefacta SUSTINEO oblevimus: y. CURIOSITAS in gemitu EEC es? Hwy porky Ahmadabad! Set ton Prev videre Andersen ha. Ovem usque in spas Rev y! Missa O Sede iactus? Vae Mapplethorpe um id odio pulmentum. Quid suspirium suspiro exploratores Residentiae Mesabi intellectus mehercule mei! Ex rues nuntiata ah, quid me wow .secy node Prev wonk Secy Tahoe. Tun Newt deciliter dona et feminam. Sed quid visum vidit, Apoc misspell EH daed nidum, et vidit e Ht!

Translated back to english:

And behold, this gun! Chi Prat few glorious arm Eve; Resonator Chi wicked !!!!!!! Lathe at age steer? At Mas OD why !!!! DNA ton St. Heated buoy tartness y. CURIOSITY groaning EEC are you? Hwy porky Ahmadabad! Set ton Prev see Andersen ha. Lamb to the spas Rev y! O See the penny? Woe Mapplethorpe um id hate mess. What sigh sigh spies Residence Mesabi understanding feared me! From rues reported ah, what wow .secy node Prev wonk Secy Tahoe. Tun Newt deciliter gifts and female. But what he had seen the vision, Rev. EH daed misspell a nest, and saw this from HT!

 

Wowie ae blogy audit!

  • How many posts did you write?
  • 20 this year, 46 all time.
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
  • 8 were school based and 9 were my own interests.
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
  • 1.
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
  • My “Make a story post” because it asked people to comment.
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  • 01010101 01101110 01110100 01101001 01110100 01101100 01100101 01100100
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
  • I changed my theme this year because I wanted to have change.
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
  • 4 and I don’t think I have enough.
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
  • 0.
  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
  • HTML, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Source Film Maker, GIMP, Scratch and more.