Hi everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Whether it is with family or with friends I would like to wish you all the best.
So, "Merry Christmas and to all a Good Night". God Bless.
In this increasingly politically correct world that we live in, we are encouraged during this holiday season to say "Happy Holidays". This is to show respect to all cultures that are currently celebrating a holiday during this month and indeed there are many holidays. There is Kwanzaa, Eid, Hanukkah, etc., that currently share the same month as Christmas. So, why won't I say "Happy Holidays"? Don't I respect these other holidays? I do, I just don't believe that I should change what I'm saying to reflect someone's sensitivity. Let me explain.
Say I went to Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan and someone told me Happy Ramadan. Being a Christian, does this then mean that I have a right to be offended that he said this. No. It would be my problem since I decided to go to a predominately Muslim country, and so I would have to respect there culture and traditions that they have in their country. Its like going to Wendy's to expecting to buy a Whopper. It would be completely stupid on my part to be offended. But yet, it seems that I'm a bad guy for saying "Merry Christmas". I don't believe that I am.
In fact, I feel in many ways that saying "Happy Holidays" is even more disrespectful to everyone involved since it requires you to know absolutely nothing about someone's culture to say it. Lets face it, "Happy Holidays" is probably the blandest term that we could give this season of holidays. At lest, I believe it is. I would rather just say happy Eid or Hanukkah, etc. then to use the term "Happy Holidays". Then again, may be you disagree. In any case, I would like to hear from you. How do you feel about this subject?
If you have been coming around my blog recently you have probably noticed the lack of posting that has happened on this blog. The reason for that, is I've been playing allot more World of Warcraft, to get my character up to level 70 (which is the top level your character can reach. So as of last Monday, I reached that mark and am now working on getting my character geared up and ready for Kara (which is a 10 man raid instance in the game). So I apologize, to you and I do hope to get more of a steady posting pace in the coming weeks and into the new year.
This was the title of a resent article published by on the popular video game website IGN. In the article, they highlighted a recent study released by Hill & Knowlton which suggested that the majority of adults would like to see more government oversight as it comes to the sale of "Mature" video games.
This study was quickly shot down by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) which stated that the study was incomplete. The ESA, then went on to talk about how they are helping to protect children and educate parents with there rating system, etc.. But they never really released any counter information to discredit the study, and so we are only left with nothing more than a PR statement.
Do I believe that the government should regulate video games? Yes I do. Why? Because we can't trust retailers to be responsible in respecting ESRB ratings. If I was a parent and my kid wanted Manhunt 2 or any similar game, I wouldn't buy it for him or her. But, if there is nothing stopping retailers from selling the game to my kids they might just run out and buy the game with out my permission. I know I would if I knew my parents wouldn't allow me to get a game I wanted. Do I believe that my child would become a murderer because he played violent video games. No, but I wouldn't want to subject my child to that type of content in case he ever became depressed or anger. One thing that I have personally noticed is that my friends that are easily angered (or bitter) seem to consume a lot of violent programming. I'm not sure if it is the violent movies or video games that have helped them to be more aggressive or if they are aggressive and so they consume so much violence. This being said, I don't want to learn the answer at my child's expense.
And so, I do support government oversight in this area. And it is fine if you disagree with me.
BBC News reported a month ago that EA is calling for an open gaming platform. The idea is simple. EA believes that there should only be a single set top box instead of the current three being put out by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. In EA's vision Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo would become licensers of technology for manufacturers in order to produce this one open set top box.
It does sound good from the stand point of the game developers since they would only have to worry about developing for one system. Also, consumers would no longer have to worry about buying more than one system to play the exclusive games for each console. So, this seems to be a win, win for all of us right. But it will probably never happen. Each console manufacturer seems to have a different priority for why they produce there consoles. Nintendo is trying to be different, Sony sees there consoles as a vehicle to sell there latest technology and Microsoft sees the console as a stepping stone to get into the living room of peoples homes.
I personally don't see these companies being able to open up to each other. And even if they are able to come together. Just think what would happen if we had one gaming console. For one, there would be no incentive to subsidize the cost of the console since there would be no more competition. Normally, each company in the gaming industry subsidizes there console and makes their money back on the sale of games and accessories. But with a monopoly there would be no incentive to subsidize. And so your next console may cost $900 (which is was a estimated real price of the PS3).
Then again, as licensers of technology, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft wouldn't need to produce there own consoles. And what we could be looking at is a reinvention of the PC market. Where people take a chipset from one or more of these companies and puts together there own version of this open console. Which could actually make it harder to produce games for this open console since there wouldn't be any standard configuration that would necessarily exist in this model.
Also, if there is only one console and people are making money, by selling consoles. Then this could mean that the 5 year life cycle that we all came too enjoy, would be over. The incentive would be to simply pump out new versions of the open console so that they can continue to make money. Which this all comes down too.
So really the real winners in this open console will be the hardware manufacturers and not the gamers or developers. Then again, may be I'm wrong and we will all celebrate the day the open console arrives.
For those that have used it, Paypal has become probably the most convenient and safest way to buy products and services on the web. But, it appears to have a dark secret. Well, that of course is what security expert Steve Gibson is saying.
On the last episode of "Security Now" (which I recommend you listen to), Steve Gibson out lined how PayPal has been causing its users to go through a page set up by a third party (Doubleclick), as users are going around Paypal's site.
This redirection is particularly concerning, since it is not readily apparent to users of the site and has caused a concern for peoples' privacy. Depending on how far Paypal and Doubleclick's relationship goes, they may have all of PayPal's user information, which includes all of there banking or credit card information.
What ever the case is, it doesn't sound good. So if anyone has a chance, download the last episode of Security Now and comment on what you think it means.
It appears that not even the world of advertising exists without spoofs. A couple of months ago I posted to the blog Cadbury's commercial which featured a Gorilla playing the drums to Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight". This video went all the way around the Internet and is probably why Wonderbra has decided to spoof the commercial. The Wonderbra's commercial is pretty much the same as Cadbury's commercial, but with one exception. In Wonderbra's Commercial, there is a pretty woman in here bra playing the drums instead of a Gorilla.
Now to me this seems kind of like "cheap" marketing. But then again, I'm pretty certain that there are many guys out there that won't mind. Enjoy.
In two days, Nintendo will be releasing Super Mario Galaxy, which is probably there biggest game to date to release for the Nintendo Wii. But where is the advertising? Has anyone seen a commercial for it? It wasn't until today that I saw a commercial for this game, even though it releases Wednesday. There are no bill boards or other types of ads which you would think would accompany the release of one of there top franchises, but there is nothing. So I have to ask. What's up with the marketing?
This by the way is not the first time that there was near zero marketing for a Nintendo game. In August, Nintendo released the game Metroid Prime 3: Corruption with literally zero marketing. This lead to Matt Casamassina (an editor at IGN) to write an editorial on how Nintendo dropped the ball on marketing that game and yet here we are again, just a few months later, with zero marketing for Super Mario Galaxy.
Now this to me just doesn't make sense. And probably never will. Then again, maybe I've been hiding under a rock for the last several months and I really don't know what I'm talking about. So, now that I've finished my rant, I thought I would let you see the ad for the game. That is of course if you haven't seen it. Enjoy!
I saw this video on Marketing Safari's blog recently. Apparently Toyota has decided to capitalize on the success of World of Warcraft to sell there new Tacoma truck. Although I like the fact that Toyota is acknowledging this game, I'm not sure that the World of Warcraft crowd is the type of people to be buying pickup trucks. Then again I could be wrong.
Have you ever been driving and felt like using the washroom, but you didn't want to get out of your car. Well your in luck. Reuters is reporting that a Japanese company named Kaneko Sangyo Co. has developed a toilet for your car. Yep, you read that right. A toilet for your car.
Apparently, it comes with a curtain large enough to conceal the person using the toilet, as well as, a plastic bag for the waste. This sounds like a good invention in a sense, but I feel that overall it is pretty bad. It is nice that you don't have to leave your car to use the washroom, but just think of how your car is going to smell after you used the toilet. And what if the bag leaks. This device sounds like trouble.
I don't think that it will ever find its way into my car. Then again, maybe people will want to pick one up for those times when it is an absolute emergency. In any case we will have to wait and see if it sells. If it does you might just see it on a store shelf near you.
Sorry guys that there weren't any post over the last couple of days. I've been having some computer problems and I had to reinstall my operating system several times. So, I was busy fixing the problem, which I can say is finally fixed. So hopefully I will be putting something up over the next couple of days. And even probably tonight, if I can get everything reinstalled on to my computer. So, I'll see you then.
For all of you that grew up pumping quarters into arcade machine, it is now time to rejoice. Capcom annouced this week that they are working on Street Fighter 4.
Now as for details there are very little, but it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the trailer. Enjoy!
I was inspired to look up this video by a friend today, and I thought that I should post it. Now I know that anyone that watches this video will say that it is sexist (which it is). But, I think that some people can see the humor in this video.
And, if you feel that I'm not of equal opportunity when it comes to jokes about the sexes just look at this video I posted in August. So enjoy! ( Hopefully I won't get to much hate mail from this.)
I just had to post this video, which I say on today's Attack of the Show Episode. This Video is probably the cheesiest video that I have ever see, but has been able to garner 58,206 views at the time of this post. So enjoy!
Apparently, Israel has decided to begin to run a new controversial ad campaign where they are using Bikini clad models to help boost tourism.
Whether it will boast tourism or not I'm not sure. But I guess it does serve a purpose in showing that Israel does beaches and other areas, that are fairly nice. But as for the models, I think I agree with the women in the video. These ads send the wrong message. I'm sure that some guys will go there in search of these women, but not me.
Then again, Israel is one of the countries that I would hopefully like to visit in the future, in order to see all of the Biblical sites that I have read about in the Bible. So, I guess I have another reason to go. (Just Kidding)
** I forgot to mention that I spotted this video on Breitbart TV. I don't know much about the site, but I thought I should give them a mention since this is where I found the video.
Editor & Publisher reported this week that Stephen Colbert stated that he will be running for President, to the delight of his fans. The Colbert Report host, apparently has plans of not only running for president, but in running for the nomination for both parties, so that his fans could decide what party he should belong to.
Whether he will win or lose we can't be sure. But the one thing that I know is that it would be a sad day in America if he were to win. Now, I don't personally have anything against Stephen Colbert, I actually find him to be quite funny. But, I feel that it would be sad to see someone elected on the share fact that he is a funny Comedian.
Stephen Colbert's candidacy is an obvious joke that will boast his ratings etc., but in doing so would degrade the office of the presidency. It is almost like the time Michael Moore ran ficus trees against unopposed senators during an election for his show "The Awful Truth". All of these stunts only bring us all down, as these are our leaders.
I know that many of the people that seem to run are not high quality people, but they try there best. And if we are not completely satisfied with who is running than it means that perhaps it is time that we ran for office ourselves and try to change the system and our country from the inside and not by always complaining about it from the outside. Then again, that is what I think. What do you think?
BetaNews this past week reported on a Digital Journal article that reported that Apple is planning to release the iPhone through Roger's Wireless mid-October. The selling price for the phone (according to the article) will be a staggering $799, which puts it $400 over its US price. If this report is true (which I seriously doubt) it would be a very stupid move for Apple since it would encourage people to simply buy an iPhone in the states and get it unlocked.
But then, I believe that this report is bogus, since we haven't even seen an ad for the phone yet and it is mid-month. If the iPhone was really coming out we would have already seen a commercial for it. So this story is bogus. Then again, maybe I'm wrong and we will see one in the next week. I'm just not going to be holding my breath for one.
Normally when parodies come out we all laugh and that is the end of it, but it seems that not everyone these days gets the joke. MSN TV is reporting that the owner of the song "When you wish upon a star is suing Fox over it's Family Guy parody called "I Need a Jew".
The song appeared in an episode entitled "When you Wish Upon a Weinstein" that never originally aired on TV until recently, but was distributed with its season 3 box set. The lawsuit filed against Fox seeks to stop the shows distribution and is seeking damages as they call the parody copyright infringement.
Also this week, Computer and Video Games reported the creators of the "The Simpsons" video game where forced to remove stuff from there game due to complaints from people in the industry. "The Simpsons" video game contains parodies of a bunch of video games from the past 30 years. One of the companies that complained was Rockstar Games, due to The Simpsons' parody of Grand Theft Auto.
I find these complaint rather ridiculous, especially when you consider companies like Rockstar games have made a career out of offending people. But now, when the shoe is on the other foot these companies just don't like it. Then again, maybe it is not the developers but simply the legal team being over zealous.
In any case, hopefully future parodies will not suffer from these complaints in the future.
Hey guys. Its been another slow week so I thought that it would be a good idea to share a little of what I've been think of over the last little while.
Recently, I have become concerned about the level of respect for Authority that I have been seeing in the world. Never before have I seen, so many people opposed to their governments. (This is not a statement of whether or not you oppose the war or not, but is a statement towards the fact that people seem to be fighting each other.)
Even the way we drive shows this warring of people that exists in society. People do not drive the speed limit anymore, nor do they consider the other drivers or the pedestrians as was what happened in the past.
There are two crosswalks by my neighborhood and every time I cross at one (without fail) there is someone that will drive through the crosswalk without stopping. Even though we have rules against speeding and driving though crosswalks when people are crossing people seem to still do it with little regard for these laws.
Maybe it was because I was younger, but it seemed like in the past we were more at peace with each other and that we all tried to obey the laws that were out there more than we do now. But this is the way that I see it. How do you see it? I would like to hear your thoughts on this, as I hope I am not the only one that feels this way about our society. Then again, maybe I am.
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"I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” she told the judge before he announced the sentence."This is absolutely insane, but it gets worse. Paris' attorney "...testified that to his knowledge Hilton did not drive during the 30-day period. He said he then advised her that he believed her license was no longer suspended."
"I can’t believe that either attorney did not tell her that the suspension had been upheld,” the judge said. “She wanted to disregard everything that was said and continue to drive no matter what."Also, as Paris left the courtroom, a reporter asked her what she thought of the court ruling to which she responded,
“What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke.”So, she still doesn't get it yet. I hope that her time behind bars will change her mind about what she did, since she could have killed someone. People that drink and drive are only asking for trouble and so I'm glad that she got caught for it.
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