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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello fellow Jabber Loggers and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday! Today we’re going to look at a revolutionary game that catapulted the Playstation 2 (PS2) to new heights. When the system came out it seemed like the company could not keep up with the demand. The games were excellent, addicting, and if you had one you were at the top of the food chain. Personally I felt that after the explosion of the PS2 the games became stale but one game hit the streets and my mind was made up. The PS2 was going to go down in history with the release of Grand Theft Auto 3. The versions before it dealt with drugs, money, and crime in general but Rockstar Games pushed everything to the limit with this installment of the franchise.
Grand Theft Auto 3’s Liberty City was brought to life with a three dimensional environment, crazy characters, multiple story lines, and fluid controls. Within this game nothing was taboo. I mean nothing! Your character is a street thug who takes part in a robbery but gets shot by his girlfriend and is left to be arrested by the police. Afterward your character is being taken to prison with a couple others and the vehicle is stopped by gun wielding thugs who are there to break out their boss. Your character and a friend take off in a vehicle and you begin doing jobs in order to make your way up the chain of command within a local Mob type group. Jobs include drug running, committing hits on rivals, money laundering, and many others.
In order to succeed in finishing the jobs of Liberty City, one needs to have an arsenal like no other. This games gives the player just that, an arsenal. You begin with hand to hand combat but your weapons grow as the jobs become tougher. The weapons range from a baseball bat, pistol, machine gun, AK-47, grenades, rocket launcher, sniper rifle, chainsaw, and many other weapons. One can do whatever they want and it seems crazy but within this game it can be done. If you happen to become bored with the jobs of Liberty City you can roam the streets on foot or by vehicle and explore. Every vehicle in Liberty City is available for your character to drive off with. You can also drive an ambulance, police cruiser, fire truck, helicopter, a singe engine Cessna, a bus, and even a tank.
The game seems unbelievable but it’s real and Rockstar Games is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What makes this anniversary so historical is that they have successfully ported a version of Grand Theft Auto 3 to the iPhone and Android powered phones. I downloaded it today and the game is just as smooth on my iPhone 4 as it was on the PS2. In all honesty I was thinking the game was going to blow on my phone but I was completely wrong! The graphics have been increased a bit and the controls work great. If you happen to have an EVO or any other Android phone with a large screen the game will be that much more smooth. I have experienced no lag time and I’m impressed with the mobile version of this game. I do understand that this game sounds like a complete desensitized version of life but it is only a game. This is not a game your children should play so if they bring it up you should tell them NO. The game is for mature audiences only. Although the game contains the crazy that our world is made of, there are police within the game that your character cannot escape. Well…let me rephrase that. Your character can escape the police, however, not for long. There is a wanted system within the game and the higher you go the more police come out to take you out. I believe if you get to the highest wanted level there are FBI agents and Army personal who come out. When that happens you have no where to go. Congrats to Rockstar Games on their 10th anniversary. Go to the iTunes App Store or Android Market to download this class now! Happy reading folks and game responsibly.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Horror movies are my genre of choice. Out of all things horror, my favorites involve Zombies. Almost anything that deals with a Zombie Apocalypse is good in my book. The leaders of my fascination have to be, “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the video game, “Left 4 Dead” on the Xbox 360. If something like this really happened, I would expect it to look how it’s portrayed on the previously mentioned show or game.
So what if it really happened? Where would you go? If you were split from your family or group what would you do? Since we were kids we were told that if we were ever lost to stay in one place. Eventually someone would find you but this never involved zombies. Would you stay in one place in hopes that your group would find you or would you leave? Your chances are rather slim if you head out by yourself but what if you’re given the task of scouting ahead for the group? Or what if you’re simply lost?
If you happen to find something of use or importance to others you’re obligated to leave some sort of message right? This obligation is what interests me the most. You’re alone and separated from your family or group, you get to a spot where you think others will head, and you leave a note for them to find. What would your note say? I think it would be very interesting to see what your responses would be. I would like for you to put yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and think about what you would do to survive. If you reached safety or what was thought to be safe, what message would you leave for other survivors?
What I want to do is document all of your notes on a new blog. You submit the message you would leave and I will post it for others to read. You can name where you live right now as a starting point or you can use any location you want. The point is to dive into your imagination and come up with notes that you would leave for others to read. Maybe someone will stumble upon your message and give an update on the current state of that specific location. You could even leave tips on how to take down a zombie. It’s up to you and it’s all about interaction and participation. The more that participate, the more interesting it will be. If this sounds confusing I will give you an example.
“It’s crazy out here babe. I made it to Holland Police Department but it’s empty. I hope you see this. I’m heading south to Saugatuck. The state police has a post there.”
In the above example, I have left a message for my loved one and anyone else who may pass through. I want to see something like this from you, the readers, of this new blog. It can be anything you want but it has to be within the scope of a Zombie Apocalypse. Let’s dig deep folks. It’s time to let your imagination and creativity flow. If you were in this horrific scenario, what would you leave behind? What would your note say?
(Make sure to click Notes for the Living for a submission of your note and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)Post Views: 143
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
“An eye for eye makes the whole world blind.”
Is this something you believe? I’m sure we were all brought up to be kind to others and show sympathy and compassion but do we always feel this way? How about murderers and hardened criminals? I have seen court hearings where a suspect will stand up and address a victims family or families depending on the case and some apologize for what they have done. At times the family has forgiven the suspect but I have always thought about myself in that situation. I see myself as a kind person and all but I don’t think I could forgive someone for doing something harmful to a member of my family. Sure I can say that I might forgive someone depending on the circumstance but really, deep down, I’d probably want justice or revenge in the sense of an eye for an eye. I mean seriously, for one moment, I want you to think about it. You’re a good person who feels that an eye for eye is wrong and that the person will get what’s coming to them when they die and ready for judgment but what if it were your family? Do you think you would react the same way? This is a member of your family that has been hurt. Does the suspect deserve a life sentence or should that person or persons meet swift street justice?
I’ve spoken to a few people about this and it’s interesting to me to hear what others think about the concept of an eye for an eye. Now, please don’t take me for an evil heartless person. This post is simply a way to generate discussion on a topic I used for a project I did in class last month. The project involved creating a city and developing posters and such for it. The professor wanted us to dig deep into our imagination for this project and after a brainstorming session with a good friend of mine the city of Bounty Land was born. The following is an excerpt of my creative proposal for this city that was born out of the concept of an eye for an eye,
“Welcome to Bounty Land, a city built for justice. Although it appears to be normal, the city holds a controversial yet needed purpose. No children inhabit the city of Bounty Land. Those who have been convicted of a crime with a life or death sentence will be brought here. The same is true for those on the run, the fugitives. Once arriving at Bounty Land those who have done wrong will be assigned to a sponsor in a specific sector of the city. They will be made to believe that he or she will be rehabilitated rather than completing their sentence. The abolished will work until the day comes that reflects their specific sector, and on that day the guilty will be let out on the street to be hunted. In the end, the once predator will become the prey.”
There is more to this idea and I plan on possibly creating a graphic novel based on Bounty Land but I’d like to know what you think. How do you really feel about an eye for an eye?
Let’s look at it from another side. Have you ever watched, “The Boondock Saints”? If not, it’s a superb film and is worth watching. The movie is about twin brothers who believe they are on a mission from God to dispose of those who seek to harm the innocent. Their main targets are the Mob who inhabit their city. They protect the innocent but they murder criminals. There is an FBI agent who is trying to figure out who has been killing off the criminals of the city and once he figures out who is doing the killing he eventually sees what they are doing as good. He believes their purpose is needed. What do you think of this concept? Is murder the same thing no matter if you’re doing it to criminals or do we live with some type of, “We Don’t Tolerate Scum” attitude and there is a difference? I would like some honest opinions here. It really doesn’t matter what I think but if it came down to it, I would need to know without a doubt that the accused person was guilty before I went straight to an eye for an eye. There are many people out there who have been convicted of a crime and 20 or so years later turn out to be innocent, so yeah…I’d need some proof first. So here it is folks, the concept of an eye for an eye. The choice is yours and the topic is on the table. Don’t be afraid to respond, I’d like to read all of your responses and trust me, after this post I will get back to the funny posts. This topic has been on my mind for a while now and soon enough I will have some stories written to go along with Bounty Land. I have concept shots and models for the hunters so it’s coming along. Make sure to respond people!Post Views: 195