Archive for 2007

About Suzie Sex in Video Games
December 1st, 2007 by Suzie
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SprungVideo Games can get a short stick sometimes. They’ve been blamed for pretty much every school shooting committed in the last ten years. Supposedly they lead to violence and rage. Supposedly they lead to social ineptness, isolation, and the breakdown of society. Books, on the other hand, which have inspired wars, fascism, and cult suicides, are seen as an educational and a highly worthy hobby. But I’m going off track a bit here. Games are violent. You cannot argue with this fact.

I have to admit here to being a bit of a pacifist. Given a choice between war or diplomacy, I pick diplomacy. That’s why, in Civilization 4, I keep winning by setting up the United Nations and voting for unilateral peace. Equally, if I’m given a choice between shooting someone or saving them, I’ll save them.

However violence is only one adult theme. Sex is the other, and sex is what I want to talk about. So far I’ve seen surprisingly little of it in mainstream games. Sure you have those Japanese hentai dating sims, but if you consider the array of top selling western games right now you won’t be finding anything more erotic than a fur bikini or a panty shot.

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About Monique Gaming on a Laptop
November 30th, 2007 by Monique
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Dell Laptop I recently upgraded computers. As a college student, a laptop made the most sense; as much as I would like an amped out desktop system, going balls to the wall with the latest card and processor, I needed something portable. I needed something light.

But Iím also a gamer, so I couldnít get an Apple. I didnít feel like having to tweak my system and manipulate it simply to run Counter-strike, or Hellgate: London.

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About Leslie What Not to Say In My Presence
November 28th, 2007 by Leslie
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While visiting my parents for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, I was struck at how obnoxious a commonly uttered parental phrase had become. I hadnít heard it in over a year, and quite frankly I wish to never hear it again.

We were discussing my work, my education, life as I now know it in my semi-new city. How are things? What have you been up to? Still playing those mindless video games? Excuse me? Just stop right there for a moment.

BrainAge Are all video games an avenue to mindless brain off-switching? Do we benefit from playing them in more ways than just entertainment and relaxation? If you actually sit down and play a video game then think about it for a minute, youíll probably be able to draw the conclusion: yes, there are benefits. The general idea that video games are undermining critical thinking and intelligence in todayís gamers and kids couldnít be farther from the truth.

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