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According to Game Informer, William Bennett (a well known cultural commentator who served as U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush) had some pretty harsh words for men who play video games in his book The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood. Apparently, guys’ video game habits are a contributing factor to the decline of males in education and the workforce.
In the article, entitled “Why Men Are In Trouble,” Bennett calls out video games in a couple of passages. In the first he writes, “Man’s response has been pathetic. Today, 18-to- 34-year-old men spend more time playing video games a day than 12-to- 17-year-old boys. While women are graduating college and finding good jobs, too many men are not going to work, not getting married and not raising families. Women are beginning to take the place of men in many ways. This has led some to ask: do we even need men?”
He concludes the article by stating “We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, ‘Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married.’ It’s time for men to man up.”
Well that’s a bit extreme, I’d like to know where his research came from. Maybe some guys are a bit lazy, but any guy I know who loves to game is currently going to college and working hard to fulfill their dreams of whatever it is they want to be. And they’re all out there trying to date. Besides, girls are gaming too…are they not even considered here or do females balance it better? I love to play but it isn’t effecting what’s important like doing well in school…
I think this is a bit ridiculous, because some people are just plain lazy and you can’t help that. Can’t just use video games as a scapegoat - if it wasn’t Xbox or PlayStation, it’d be their laptops or TV making them procrastinate. Or going out and partying. Seriously now…
Thoughts, gamers? Message me what you think, or reblog and share your opinions that way.
Yesterday in 1996, Nintendo released the Nintendo 64 in North America. Take a minute and share some of your favorite N64 memories. :)
I think my favorite was beating my very first game, that crazy sense of joy I got by finally defeating the final boss in Yoshi’s Story. I’ve been hooked on video games ever since.
What are some of your favorite memories of playing the N64?
Just curious - leave your feedback here! Do you find it better to rent your video games or would you rather own them?
What do you think? Leave me your opinions here! Do you think 3D makes gameplay better or worse? Why or why not?
This may have been asked before, but as the holidays are fast approaching and I’ve never gotten a huge amount of responses, so I’m hoping to really stir up a good debate this time and hear how you guys feel about this year’s FPS war.
Call of Duty has been on top of the FPS world for several years now, with annual editions putting up insane sales numbers. I’m a huge fan of the series myself, and I still find myself playing the multiplayer and Zombies mode with my friends. However, this fall sees the arrival of its biggest competition to date in the form of Battlefield 3. I’ve never personally tried Battlefield, but I hear great things about it and I really want to also give it a shot. However, many gamers are feeling divided over these 2 amazing FPS. Some are being SUPER protective of their favorite franchise, and others don’t get what the fuss is about - why not try both?
Now, the big question: Where do you stand in the upcoming FPS war, and why?
Be nice, gamers: I know 99.9% are well versed in the art of trash talking, but please try to keep your comments civilized instead of turning this into a giant flame war. Not trying to hurt feelings here, but to shed some light on which direction gamers are leaning. Which one are you going to buy? Are you going to get both? Or are you sick of FPS dominating the gaming market and are getting neither?
Share your opinions, gamers!
If any of you gamers are like me, achievements really count and are an important part of playing. There’s something extremely satisfying hearing that familiar sound and looking up what you unlocked. Of course, achievements aren’t everything when it comes to gaming, but it adds a fun and competitive element to whatever it is you’re playing.
So for all you fellow achievement hunters out there, you’ll be happy to know that all of Batman: Arkham City’s achievements have been listed.
Website xbox360achievements.org has the list, and I assume it’s the same for PlayStation 3’s trophies as well.
THE LIST BELOW HAS SPOILERS, SO DON’T LOOK IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!
I’m Batman (10) – Become the Bat
Acid Bath (10) – Save the damsel, but is she in distress?
Savior (10) – Save the medical volunteers
Chimney Sweep (10) – There is only one way in
One Armed Bandit (10) – Hammer the point home
Communication Breakdown (10) – Clear the airwaves
Gladiator (10) – Last man standing
Wrecking Ball (25) – Stop the unstoppable
Lost And Found (10) – Uncover the secret of Arkham City
Sand Storm (25) – We are legion
Hide And Seek (25) – A deadly game of hide and seek
Ghost Train (25) – Fight for survival
Freefall (25) – Don’t look down
Exit Stage Right (50) – All the world is a stage
Forensic Expert (10) – Collect enough evidence to locate the gun for hire
Contract Terminated (25) – Stop the contract operative
Serial Killer (25) – Track down the serial killer
Mystery Stalker (15) – Reveal the mystery watcher
Distress Flare (5) – Answer the call for help
Broken Toys (25) – Destroy it all
Ring Ring (5) – Answer a ringing phone
Dial Z For Murder (25) – Stop the phone booth killer
Stop the Clock (15) – Time is running out
Bargaining Chip (15) – Reunite the separated couple
AR Knight (25) – Complete all augmented reality training exercises
Fully Loaded (10) – Collect all of Batman’s gadgets and upgrades
Aggravated Assault (10) – Stop all assaults in Arkham City
IQ Test (10) – Solve the first riddle
Conundrum (20) – Rescue the first hostage from Riddler
Mastermind (20) – Rescue the second hostage from Riddler
Puzzler (30) – Rescue the third hostage from Riddler
Intellectual (30) – Rescue the fourth hostage from Riddler
Brainteaser (40) – Rescue the fifth hostage from Riddler
Genius (50) – Rescue all the hostages from Riddler
Bronze Revenge (10) – Obtain 24 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Silver Revenge (20) – Obtain 48 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Gold Revenge (40) – Obtain all 72 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Campaign Bronze (10) – Obtain 24 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Campaign Silver (20) – Obtain 72 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman)
Campaign Gold (40) – Obtain all 108 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman)
Flawless Freeflow Fighter 2.0 (5) – Complete one combat challenge without taking damage (any character)
Twice Nightly (75) – Complete New Game Plus
Gotham Base Jumper (5) – Jump off the tallest building in Arkham City and glide for one minute without touching the ground
Pay Your Respects (5) – A moment of remembrance
Story Teller (10) – Have 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man
Catch (5) – Find someone to play remote Batarang catch with
50x Combo (5) – Complete a combo of 50 moves (any play mode, any character)
Perfect Freeflow 2.0 (5) – Perform a perfect combo including all of Batman’s combat moves (any play mode)
Gadget Attack (5) – Use five different Quickfire gadgets in one fight (any play mode)
Perfect Knight: Day 2 (75) – Main Story, Side Missions, Upgrades, Collectables, New Game Plus and Riddler’s Revenge (as Batman)
Question, gamers: Do you like looking at achievements early to know what exactly you need to work toward while you play, or just find out as you go along? Why or why not?
Are you happy with Nintendo’s Ambassadors Program?
Share your thoughts, I’m super curious how people feel about it.