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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 — 4 years ago
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
For years now I have heard this after saying what I do for a living, “Wow, that sounds interesting. So what’s your best or worst call?” Now, I’ve heard this many times and at first I was annoyed with it. I never wanted to say what I did for a living but then I thought about it. Why exactly do people want to know about what I do? The general public’s curiosity made me even more curious. After talking to several people I found out that they want to know because it’s not something you hear about that often. What we do for a living is very interesting and people really want to hear our stories.
All this curiosity has made me more than happy to talk about what I do. I’ve been in this line of work for a long time and I have heard just about everything you can think of. I’ve taken suicidal calls, medical calls, shootings, funny calls, car chases, and many more. I could blow your mind with the calls I’ve taken and you would be left with the question, “How do you do this for a living?” My answer would be, “It’s what I do and I’m damn good at it.” I have also shared moments with my work family that will never be forgotten and to explain it to someone would only scratch the surface of those specific moments. It’s these stories that I want to share with people; the calls you don’t hear and are curious about.
One time I was working the night shift with two of my co-workers. The night was rather calm and I was on radios. We talked throughout the night, which seemed to drag on, and a trooper keys up on the radio and says that he’s checking a residence for a girl that was possibly being held there by her boyfriend. I asked if he wanted any status checks and he said he was 10-5. This means that he doesn’t need any status checks. My co-workers and I went back to chatting and a couple minutes into the call an officer yelled something that no one ever wants to hear.
“SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED, OFFICER HIT.”
I can’t describe the feeling that went over me but my co-workers and I jumped into action to get an ambulance out to the scene to stage and direct other officers to assist those who were out at the house. It was unnerving to be in the dark of what was going on out there. We knew the gist but the specifics were unclear. We helped by looking up info on the house and it’s possible occupants. Anything the officers asked for we did it. After that we sat there as each officer called out his or her perimeter location. The standoff lasted past our shift and when I got home I couldn’t sleep. After a while I had to force myself to go to bed. When I woke up I looked online for the news story. It turned out that the suspect was arrested, one person died, and the officer who was shot was fine.
Moments like this happen at any time and I’ve seen my fair share. My experience in dispatch is not only interesting but it’s amazing. It’s something I want to share with everyone and I want you, the readers of this blog, to know more about what we as 9-1-1 dispatcher’s go through during these moments. It is also the basis of a Kickstarter project I started that will include a live podcast featuring the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers. This podcast would give you a better idea of what we do and deal with. It will also start with dispatch but eventually I would like to add police, fire, and EMS. I will provide a link below to the Kickstarter page for pledges and rewards. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. My fellow dispatchers and I have many stories and this is just one way you can hear about them.
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