Videogames replacing Gym Class

So this is something that has been on my mind for a while now…every time I see something like Wii fit or other videogame devices it really bothers me. My whole beef with this innovative and often times enabling inventions in the video game realm is that they are facilitating people being lazy. America has certainly caught a bad rap for being the most overweight and to many the laziest nation in the world and apparently the extreme rise in videogame production and complexity plays a role in this.It wasn’t until taking this class that I developed a legitimate beef with the makers of the Nintendo Wii. My qualms stemmed from the fact that nothing can compare to a good ol’ fashion sweat session and the Wii is very insulting to believe that it can do so. It has gotten to the point where instead of going outside and jogging or playing basketball, or doing yoga, all you have to do is plus in your controller and lay on the carpet and simulate these activities. Then the makers of these videogames want to make it seem like they care so much about our youth’s fitness by creating these games when in actuality all they are doing is enabling them to stay lazy and inactive. Nothing can replace actual physical activity, not even physical activity on a television screen. So when these videogame systems try to essentially trick our kids into thinking they are being active when really a child could stand to burn more calories actually walking to the gym before they begin to workout I have a huge problem. Away with the Wii’s and lets all participate in some old school P.E!

Mario Kart: Evaluating the Phenomenon

So I read one of the blogs posted earlier this week regarding videogame playing in dorms and it really got me thinking about my own experiences. Speaking as someone who has lived in the dorms all 4 years of his collegiate career I have seen videogames do everything from create a friendship between two people who one would think would never be able to relate on anything to damn near destroy friendships that have endured years of issues. I have played many different games in the dorms, everything from Fifa to Halo to Wii sports but I must say that the most transcendent game I have encountered would undeniably have to be Mario Kart. Now granted with the recent advances in technology, Mario Kart is available on many different consoles but I’m old school. Mario Kart on N64 is the best version ever made. It never fails, every time someone moves in with Mario Kart on N64 handy, people from all over the dorm gravitate toward their room to take part in the inevitable madness. This is something that has always made me smile because it is absolutely intriguing to see how my residents and res-hallers all over the country can play 20 games on an XBox or PS3 but own an Nintendo 64 for one reason, Mario Kart. Granted N64 has made some other valuable contributions that have stood the test of time as well such as 007 Golden Eye and Super Smash Bros. I have never seen a game as revolutionary and boundary crossing as Good Ol’ Mario Kart. I know that I am not the only person who can relate to this and if you are so unfortunate to be one of the unlucky few who cannot, invest in Mario Kart, a N64, and a few controllers and watch the magic unfold!

Computer intelligence in videogames becoming too real???

In my dynasty mode on NCAA I came across an interesting idea…are the games becoming too real and too intelligent? I would say that as of now we are becoming dangerously close to that answer being yes. I came across this conclusion while recruiting players in my Dynasty mode to convince them to come to the University of Miami. This would seem like it would be a simple enough task right?  but it in fact is not. Players from states as far away as Michigan are extremely against coming to Miami unless they are willing to overlook proximity to home in order to play for a title contender. Other players who really want to go to a rival school of Miami like Florida State would not come to Miami no matter how many recruiting pitches or promises I make to them. This absolutely amazed me at first, it made me think, wow! how is this game able to do all of this and still seem like a videogame as opposed to some sort of virtual workshop or demonstration. It has always intrigued me to think about the evolution of videogames and even more specifically, football games. I remember the days when a player barely had a choice on the plays they run let alone the players they recruited, their strength of schedule, or let alone their actual gameplay. So it is through playing in my NCAA dynasty mode that I have realized that videogames have truly taken a momentous leap towards closing the gap between videogames and real life. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen but one this is for sure, it is certainly happening…

NCAA 11: An Experience Not A Game

Seeing this intro really led to an epiphany of sorts for me. NCAA is not just a game, in fact it is much more than that…it gives college students all over the world to feel like they have a personal investment in a game for the first time ever. When you can experience simulation football that seems so real that it takes you back to those faithful Saturday evenings there is something absolutely magical about that…This is the game that I have chosen to play for the semester and I cannot say that I have been disappointed in the least…I have even developed somewhat of an, dare I say, addiction to the popular college football videogame…When you have opportunities like playing as your favorite school, alma mater, or current institution and control players that you see in class every day or walking around campus, there is certainly something captivating and magnetic about this. Any college football fan should experience the phenomenon known as NCAA 11 and for those of us who are still enrolled at our respective universities that affinity is magnified…I sincerely can’t put this game down…even when i’m not playing it…