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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Why is the "Hot Coffee" issue so HOT?!?!

It was a normal day for me. I got up, took a shower, went to class, and came home for my four-hour break. Nothing special. That was, until I got to take a look at my favorite gaming news sites, only to find one of the most controversial decisions made in recent times.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was pulled from store shelves due to the Hot Coffee Mod.

Let me start with this: I'm a 22-year-old gamer who grew up playing games. It's always been a part of my life, and it always will be. With that out of the way, it confuses me why they gave this ruling, but at the same time I understand. Allow me to explain.

The GTA series is widely known for being a sandbox kind of game. You can basically do what you want. If you want to grab a police car and chase criminals, you can. If you want to grab a taxi and collect fares, you can do that also. The big thing about this series though, is that if you want to get a hooker, or kill a policeman, or just about any person you see, you can do it to your heart's desire. That is primarily what fuels my confusion on the subject. When playing a game of GTA, most people do what they can't do in real life. Kill enough policeman and you get swarms of retaliation from fellow policemen.

The thing that confuses me about the situation is that while maiming and killing all the innocents and criminals alike is fine for the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), showing a textured model of a human body isn't (keep in mind that it's a POORLY rendered model at that). The last time I checked, the game shipped with a Mature rating. That means anyone under the age of 17 shouldn't be playing the game... Why is it that people don't want to raise thieir own children anymore? No parent should be able to say they don't know what the Ratings mean, because just about everywhere I've seen games sold, there's a Ratings Definition sheet somewhere around. Be it cardboard and sticking off of the cabinet or a plastic sheet that sticks to the window, the ratings are everywhere i've seen video games sold. Not to mention that the game package has the rating along with a little box on the back explaining WHY said game got said rating. The days of "I didn't know what I was buying" should be long past.

If you're a parent and you hear the name of a FELONY such as Grand Theft Auto, it might just clue you in on what it is that you're paying for. If anyone should be sued, it's the parents for bad parenting. If you buy your 13-year-old a game rated Mature, and your kid goes out and does something crazy like shooting people out of a moving car, the question SHOULD be "Where did your kid get the guns" or "How could this go on without your knowing." I'm sick of hearing video games get the rap for someone else's bad parenting. Blame the parents there. Bottom Line.

Let's touch another part of the case - the "Hot Coffee" Mod. It seems to me that if it takes someone an inordinate amount of time hacking the game code, and changing the original game data, then there is no way the mass population can even access it. Let's not forget that on console versions, there needs to be significant modifications to the hardware to even access said code with the console itself. It takes a modded system, you have to edit the code on a PC, then upload it BACK to the console to even attempt to see it. That tells me that less than 3% of the installed base will even TRY to see it. Big Deal.

Now, in a way, I can understand the ESRB's rating change because the code IS STILL in the game. That's understandable in that right, but when you think about the rest of the game, what does simulated sex add to the game? Not much at all. It's already an extremely violent game aimed at older audiences, so what difference is this from an R rated movie scene? Anyone seen Monster's Ball?

Personally, I think that this entire thing is just a ploy by politicians to take a blow at one of the most controversial games of all time. Having played GTA:SA, I admit to enjoying it for hours on end. Having not played "Hot Coffee" on the other hand, I can admit that underwhelming interactive sex scenes that you have to work hours just to take a peek at aren't on my "To Do" list.

To close, I'd like to make a suggestion to all those parents who buy their kids games, then blame them for the demise of their children: Start being a good parent and stop relying on the court system to fix where you've obviously went wrong.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Long time, no hear from!!!

I've been busy in the last couple months!! Here's a recap:

May

Classes begin on Interactive Media Design and Digital Media Production and I work on them for the next two months.

July

I find out that I got a 95% in IMD, and a WHOPPING 100% in DMP!!! Class also begins in Business Communications (resume, portfolio, and career opportunity class) and Digital Media Assembly (Every project done here added into one big CD-ROM that can be sent along with resumes, with my designing the interface, layout, etc.).

I got to go to my Aunt Joann's house in the week off of school from the 3rd to the 10th and LOVED IT!!! I'll post pics sometime soon.

MySpace

I decided to join up on this site, and I have my profile up gathering a good amount of friends since my stay began.....which brings me to my current topic: SPAM. Read On!

The Rant.....

Is it just me, or is it annoying to look at someone's posted bulletin and realize that it's a spam message with something ignorant in it like "If you don't repost this, you'll die in (X amount of days)...." or "Your sex life will suffer...." I can deal with the "Do you wanna lay me" or "If you love Jesus..." ones , but the threatening ones? THE ISH HAS GOT TO STOP!!!

Isn't the general consensus of life to do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Would you like someone to knock on your door at your home, and for you to answer it only to find someone telling you "Now that you've opened the door for me, you gotta knock on 7 of your neighbor's doors, or i'm gonna kick your ass!!"

I didn't think so...

So the next time you consider posting another one of those annoying-ass life-threatening SPAM messages, think about the neighbor analogy. Why? Because if my neighbor told me something like that, i'd be OBLIGED to KICK HIS ASS. M'kay Pumpkin?

-Deejay Knight

Be advised, unless you see D'Juan Irvin or Deejay Knight somewhere near this message, it isn't me. I wrote this at 2:09pm on Friday, July 22, 2005. Thanks for understanding :).