The Art of Video Games

Posted: July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Video games are a very popular form of entertainment among people of various age groups.  People use them for many different purposes and those uses increase every day.  There are games designed for fitness, dancing, reality, or just the thrill of a great adventure.  As games become more advanced, the uses for these games will also advance.

Many people and critics tend to focus on the negative aspects of games like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, etc. that may have show things like violence, drug references, vulgar language, and things like that.  Many have even gone on to say that these videos games cause people to reenact what they see in the gameplay and commit various crimes.  Now, I personally don’t think this is true mainly because I have played these games and also have friends who play these games.  They are just video games and forms of entertainment and any person in their right mind would know this. But there is also a reason why gaming businesses have age restrictions for certain games.  Even though I have to admit I throw some words around when I play video games.

If you would like to learn more about the revolution of video games, you should check out Gamer Revolution.

 

The end of HoL (sort of)

Posted: July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Phew.  We are now at the end of the House of  Leaves and if you asked me what this book was about or why the house did the things it did, I still wouldn’t be able to tell you.  In these pages of  House of Leaves it starts off with Karen having individual conversations with many people like scholars, scientists, writers, and her therapist.  The Navidson record tells how the house has had a different effect on each of the characters who have interacted with it. Of course, Holloway committed suicide, Tom went back to being a junkie, Karen left with the children, and Navidson has become completely out of it.  Then, Navidson and Dr. Mel O’Geery observe some different types of rock samples of many different elements with capital letters written all over them.  They actually put this in the book.  I don’t know if I am supposed to read this or how I’m supposed to interpret this.  We also get to the part where Navidson begins to write letters to Karen concerning the house and telling her to sell it, but mostly how he feels about her and trying to patch up their relationship.

Transformers 3 = AMAZING

Posted: July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Wow.  Transformers 3 is one of the best movies that I have seen in a while.  Even though I have only seen the first Transformers movie, I feel like I haven’t missed anything because the third one was so great and I have been told that the second one was not that great.  I watched it in 3d, and it just made it that much better, though the storyline is so good you really don’t need it unless you absolutely love 3d.  The autobots are so cool, because they talk and act like humans and then they transform into cool vehicles.  3d is so cool and you can tell that some scenes were altered to match the 3d.  I understand why people of all ages like to watch transformers.  It is a must-see and you will not be disappointed.

xbox kinect and nintendo wii

Posted: July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Nowadays, gaming is gradually picking up speed in terms of new ways to play video games.  In this media interface analysis, I will be comparing the Nintendo Wii with the Microsoft/Xbox Kinect.  I am an experienced gamer in the Wii, but I have only played the Kinect once, but I have realized that the Kinect requires you to use your MUSCLES more because my arms were tired after only one game of bowling. Even though this was the case, the Kinect also has advantages in the amount of games you can play like soccer, which you can’t play on the Wii. They both use motion sensors, but the Wii needs a controller when the Kinect does not. The innovation of these two gaming devices has really shown the increase in the amount of technological advances in today’s world.

“THE RING”…….(sigh)

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

First off, let’s get this straight.  Now normally I would not be watching a horror film on my own time and definitely not for fun (and no it’s not because I am a fraidy-cat) for the simple conclusion that I believe scary movies are not that entertaining.  I have not gone to the movie theaters and seen a horror film that would make me say “hey i liked that so much, I should buy it on dvd or make me wanna watch it again. Even the Freddy vs. Jason series, which is actually a different story because they are more funny than scary.

So as I am watching “The Ring”, I notice something that always happens in horror films: they always have someone stupid or crazy enough to try and be the hero or figure out what is going on, and most of the time, depending on the importance of the character’s role, something very bad ends up happening to them.

I can’t even lie.  The first scary movie I saw was this.  I guess that I can’t bag on horror films too much because if they didn’t exist, then those wouldn’t exist either.  Also, “The Ring” we know wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for “Ringu”.  I would like to end this blog entry by thanking the producers of the Scary Movie series for showing some humor in these horror films.

In “The Ring” there is one scene where the man is sitting down in a room watching the scary video tape that says after you watch it you will die in seven days.  The director placed the room’s phone in the view because of this mysterious call you get after watching the tape just to put emphasis on the phone.  When I look at this still image, the telephone serves as a punctum, because you know when you connect the tv screen with it you know what will happen next.

I have to admit, when I first started to read “The House of Leaves”,I thought it was gonna be another boring novel that I had to read for a English class grade.  But as I keep reading this book, I am actually getting more and more anxious to find out what is going to happen next.  Navidson and the gang continue to explore the mystery of the house.  Also, as you go further into the book, you begin to realize that Navidson’s brother Tom seems like a big, slow, junkie punk.  I mean, all this guy does is smoke and talk to himself!  Every time Navidson told him to do something he would either get scared and not do it, or do the complete opposite.

“What kind of house do you got here anyway?  No lights, no central heating, not even any plumbing!  I’ve been shitting in a corner and pissing on a wall for two days.”  But he still is pretty funny.

As Reston, Wax, Jed, and Navidson go down the stairs to look for figure out what is making the mysterious house, Tom decides to stay behind like a coward and also a dummy because now he is by himself.  When the rest of the gang starts to head out, things get really scary.  They have to make their way through this maze of a house and suddenly they start hearing a crying noise like someone else is there.  As they approach the door they hear it coming from, they begin to get shot at by someone, but all they could really see was a silhouette of a man holding a rifle gun.  When this happens, Jed dies and Wax get shot and wounded and he eventually dies as well.

Now if this were to happen nowadays, I don’t know how many people (grown men) would actually would actually take the initiative to search this massive, spooky, neverseemstoend house because I know like hell I wouldn’t.

As they approach the bottom of the staircase, Reston an Navy try to haul the bodies of Jed and Wax up by some rope and from the beginning everything looks to be going well.  But then as they lift Reston up to the top, the staircase begins to expand, and it takes Navy on a ride along with it and that is where the story leaves off.

Does anybody want to share what they believe will happen next?  If so, please leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading, I’m outta here.

 

Wow we are already through 152 pages of “House of Leaves” and I still don’t know what the hell it is talking about.  Smdh. Where should I start?  This book has got to be the most confusing and weirdest book I have ever read.  I literally wanted to throw the book across the room just as Professor Stommel said I might. One of the parts that was really weird was when Navidson measured the house and it was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside!  Wait, i know what you’re thinking….how in the world is that even possible?  Because at one point it was bigger by 1/4 of an inch, then it grows to be 5/16 of an inch bigger!

One of the many astonishing attributes of the house is the mysterious doorway that appears and seems to mess with your minds and your thoughts and also causes the relationship between Karen and Navidson to go completely south.  When Navidson realizes this, he decides that he must find out the secret mystery behind this door.  Even though they are in the book, I don’t even know if they can find out what is up with that house.

Navidson also expresses himself and the many different stories told by many different people in a very vulgar and raunchy language which adds to the humor of the novel so that I won’t find myself throwing it into a river or something.

btw check out my think aloud protocol with the Xbox Kinect.

Ahh…comics.  Though i have only occasionally read an actual comic or comic book (mostly because I’m not that much of a reader anyways) the few that I have read were pretty cool . Whether you are an adolescent or an adult who is an avid collector, comics are always entertaining whether they are about superheroes and supervillians, like Marvel, or just an everyday character going through everyday life, like Charlie Brown.  But when I started reading an excerpt from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”, then I started to look at comics in a new light.

When you first hear the word comic, it is usually a funny assortment of cartoon drawings that tells a story about a particular character.  But have you ever thought about why our human minds accept the many different forms of cartoons and how they are able to visualize and make out different objects and parts of the body that occur naturally in everyday life even without the proper details.  Just like when everyone sees a smiley, they know that it is resembling a face even though it is one-dimensional and is really just a circle with lines in it.  He discusses the difference in iconic and non-iconic and how comics use icons to represent realistic things.  If you want to learn more about the underlying mystery of comics, just make sure to take a look at “Understanding Comics”.

As more and more people get in tune with new technology, the need to use simple things like books are becoming less and less relevant.  Although, there are some people (including me) who like to use old-fashioned, traditional means of technology to get through my day.  As a whole, society will never get rid of older forms of technology as stated in “Is print really dead?” because there will always be someone who does not know how to use ipads or pdas or smartphones or they just prefer to keep the simple pen and paper or something like that.

Hello, I would like to introduce you to my first blog entry where I have two books that seem to be very different in the content of what they are discussing in the book and they are also very different in size.  Like for instance, as I look at Writing Machines my first thought is that it is an easy read without even opening the book just based on the fact that it is my favorite color and its size even though I have been reading books long enough to realize that you can’t judge a book by its cover.  And maybe that’s a little cliché, but it’s the truth.  Now House of Leaves on the other hand is about three or four times the size of Writing Machines, but it does look a little more interesting with the various images on the cover.

 

Both books look very interesting to me, with Writing Machines having its barcode-like texture to it and words jumbled together like some sort of code that seems impossible to make out on the cover.  It has many pictures in it that shows how writing has evolved from many different forms including cave paintings, hieroglyphics, letters, and text messages.

 

I could not figure out what House of Leaves is all about just by looking at it unless it is a story about someone actually building a house of leaves, but I’m pretty sure that is not the case.  As I look through the book, there are some pages with words crossed out, upside down passages, one or two words, music notes and anything else you could think of so I believe this novel or whatever it is will be an extremely tough nut for me to crack.