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I always thought of Mario Party as a game of luck that involved chance rather than actual skill. Because of this, I always disliked the game and never played it much. I also disliked the game because it took so long to play, often taking multiple hours, which is why I disliked playing a full game of monopoly. Another complaint that I had with the game is that the character you choose has no effect on the game or how you play. I personally like a game where picking a specific character has a benefit or challenge. So every time I saw that Mario Party 8 or 9 are coming out, I just viewed it as a dying attempt to save the Mario Trademark, which in this regard is strictly based off luck. So this blog will focus primarily on the fact that I think that Mario Party is solely based on luck and your ability in the mini-games. This past week, my friend challenged me in a bet and had the challenge defeating him in a game of Mario Party. I hoped I could Sadly, I was proven wrong when by my friend who showed me Mario Party is all skill rather than luck. We started off wit h4 players, and he guaranteed that he would win in the beginning because he said he was best at the mini-games, which often decide how many coins a certain player obtains. It turns out that not only did I lose the bet, my view on Mario Party was changed because although the rolling of the game dice is slightly luck, the mini-games can allow a player to obtain so many coins that it can benefit him in the end of the game, because the person who has the most coins gets primary shots at the stars, which is the objective of the game. This changed my opinion of Mario Party slightly, in that I now can confidently saw that the initial Mario Party, which have only “Party Mode” can be called luck because you never get a chance to improve your mini-game skills. This is later changed in the sequels when they create a part of the game called mini-games, which then allows you to become an expert in the mini-games, allowing you to be a better Mario Party gamer as a whole. Although I lost the bet, it still doesn’t change my opinion that there is a great deal of luck involved in Mario Party, whether it be to where the star happens to go, to the number you receive in the gaming dice, to who ends up taking your coins and stars away. It is because of the great deal of luck and the length of the game that although it is a classic, I do not like Mario Party.

the modern gaming industry seems to have taken a strong interest in updating it’s players education, as the games Words With Friends, Hang with Friends, and Scramble With Friends seemed to have become popular overnight about a year and a half ago.   These three ZYNA apps have become the primary source of entertainment on the smart phones, along with Temple Run.  As an app for the smart phone generation, you will find millions of young adults obsessed with 3 games thad do an excellent job of not just being entertainment but educating young people from a vocabulary perspective.  It is well documented and known that the vocabulary of college kids is one of the weakest aspects of their education. Words, Hang and Scramble with Friends have each allowed the smart phone generation to expand their vocabulary while on the run. These games are easily accessible, because unlike most games, you don’t have to pay a cent to acquire the full versions.   They are now accessible to Iphones as well as Androids, which gives access to many different college students. Most people play these games while doing another activity entirely, which also makes the game easy because it allows for muli-tasking. I personally end up playing the game while I’m riding in a bus or car, or am waiting for laundry, or just in general doing another task where I have a couple of minutes in between. Not only am I using my time wisely by partaking in other task, but the little free time I have is being used to expand my vocabulary in a competitive state. For those that don’t know, all three games are meant to expand vocabulary in different ways. Words with Friends is basically Scrabble on a phone. Scramble with Friends gives a set of 16 letters, and you must create as many words out of those 16 random letters in 2 minutes. Hang with Friends is basically hangman on a phone, but you are  given a select few letters to create a word off of rather than all 26 alphabets being available. The drawbacks to these games is that these games have a great deal to cause people to be “addicted” to their smart phones, which is becoming a extreme problem in the modern world, especially in college students. Combining texting, games, youtube, and internet has made some people hooked to their phone at all times. Yet, as someone who has a smart phone and enjoys all these liberties, I’m not one to complain. The competitive nature is also a pro, because you will find many friends playing each other in these games and actually getting excited about playing a game that will expand their intellectual range. It is because of this that although it may result in college student being addicted to their phones, that I am in favor of ZYNGA creating more games of this nature that will allow people to grow in their mind as well as be entertained. I know for one that if any person thinks they are a good Scramble or Words player, I look forward to playing in order to display competitive spirit.

I am fairly confident that I could ask every single kid my age in this country about the game monopoly, and they all would know what it was and have played it at some point in their lives. That may be an exaggeration, yet it doesn’t take away the fact that monopoly may be one of the most intellectual and competent kids games created because it is a fun game as well a game that has professional aspects to it. I would compare it to a game such as Scrabble, which allows a player to enjoy yet still exercise his brain in an enjoyable way. Even though most games that have intellectual aspects to it are usually not fun, I share fond memories of Monopoly because it taught me my interest in business. The game, as most people know, revolves around players competing to gain money, properties, and utilities deeds in an attempt to make your their opponents go bankrupt. Some of the properties have become so famous that their very names strike a familiarity with people, such as he famous Boardwalk, which is the most expensive property in the game. The game allows for people to use skills and terminology of a businessman in a game. It allows the player to practice simple arithmetic and even money management skills. I remember a I was in high school and we were at Barnes and Noble, and a kid said to his father when his father ran out of money on his gift card, that the card was Bankrupt. The father asked where did the kid know that term from, and the child replied monopoly. I found this extremely funny because it reminded me of my first experience playing the game, where i thought i had become a full-fledged businessman just because I knew some of the terms of monopoly. One of the few drawbacks that I feel exist within the game is that the game is too long, and there are not many ways to shorten it unless you limit the amount of terms a person can play. I know this because that is a personal experience that happened multiple times between my cousins and I. Also, it is not meant for a large group of people to play, and honestly should not be played by more than 5 people.However, this often results in some of the properties not being bought, creating arguments on who would have ultimately won. I also believe monopoly is one of the elite games created because it is available for all ages groups. i still could sit down in my free time and be willing to play a game of monopoly at the age of 19, just as I was when I was 9 years old. It is because of these factors that monopoly is still one of the top game today, and everyday movies, and video games create their own versions on Monopoly because they know that will attract customers. You never know, they could have learned that business tactic by playing monopoly as kids.

I always thought of Mario Party as a game of luck that involved chance rather than actual skill. Because of this, I always disliked the game and never played it much. I also disliked the game because it took so long to play, often taking multiple hours, which is why I disliked playing a full game of monopoly. Another complaint that I had with the game is that the character you choose has no effect on the game or how you play. I personally like a game where picking a specific character has a benefit or challenge. So every time I saw that Mario Party 8 or 9 are coming out, I just viewed it as a dying attempt to save the Mario Trademark, which in this regard is strictly based off luck. So this blog will focus primarily on the fact that I think that Mario Party is solely based on luck and your ability in the mini-games. This past week, my friend challenged me in a bet and had the challenge defeating him in a game of Mario Party. I hoped I could Sadly, I was proven wrong when by my friend who showed me Mario Party is all skill rather than luck. We started off wit h4 players, and he guaranteed that he would win in the beginning because he said he was best at the mini-games, which often decide how many coins a certain player obtains. It turns out that not only did I lose the bet, my view on Mario Party was changed because although the rolling of the game dice is slightly luck, the mini-games can allow a player to obtain so many coins that it can benefit him in the end of the game, because the person who has the most coins gets primary shots at the stars, which is the objective of the game. This changed my opinion of Mario Party slightly, in that I now can confidently saw that the initial Mario Party, which have only “Party Mode” can be called luck because you never get a chance to improve your mini-game skills. This is later changed in the sequels when they create a part of the game called mini-games, which then allows you to become an expert in the mini-games, allowing you to be a better Mario Party gamer as a whole. Although I lost the bet, it still doesn’t change my opinion that there is a great deal of luck involved in Mario Party, whether it be to where the star happens to go, to the number you receive in the gaming dice, to who ends up taking your coins and stars away. It is because of the great deal of luck and the length of the game that although it is a classic, I do not like Mario Party.

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I have loved sports my entire life. I have played sports since I was child and even till this day, watching sports is one of my favorite ways to relax. Therefore, I was extremely attracted to the arcade games that ESPN.com was sponsoring as an attempt to gain more publicity for its site. I have never been more disappointed in a video game in my entire life. As my prompt, I claim that ESPN absolutely fails as video game producer. As a multiple billion dollar corporation with a monopoly on the sports world, the games that I got to play seemed like a sad product of what ESPN was capable of producing. The graphics were horrid. It seemed like the playstation games from the early 2000’s were more sophisticated, while the controls made no sense at all. There were many times that I clicked the left button and my player would then continue to go right. The speed button wouldn’t work at random times, and although i did very well in the scoring, I must say that a corporation with status of ESPN should hold itself to higher standards. Although many will say that it is just a site arcade game with no real effort probably put into the game, I have other examples of games that cause ESPN to be known as a failure in the gaming world. The NBA 2k series as well as the NFL 2k series were among the biggest busts in video game franchise history. Having played the NFL 2k series, the game was primitive compared to the ultra popular NFL Madden game by EA sports. Although I am biased toward the Madden games because it is my favorite video game, anyone with any taste in sports gaming will agree that the ESPN games simply weren’t up to par with EA sports, which has become a multi-billion dollar corporation in it’s own right. NFL 2k was slow, the game wasn’t realistic, and often a player got bored playing the game. The only benefit that the NFL 2K series had in comparison to the madden series was that the graphics were far superior. However the NFL 2K series failed to create any buzz and disbanded after 8 years. Now, Madden has become a cultural phenomenon where we get to vote on the cover athlete, there is a curse of the madden cover (which for all you madden lovers out there, I do believe in) , and the madden cover athlete appears on Letterman and George Lopez TV shows. EA sports also beat out the NBA 2K series for over a decade with it’s NBA LIVE franchise. ESPN has seemingly made a increased effort, combined with the demise of the NBA LIVE brand, leaving NBA 2K as the only viable basketball game in the market, which can’t really be counted as a success. As much as people despise ESPN, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that they can do better than the picture below, which obviously shows some very poor gaming, graphics, and even the poor controlling is visible in the game.

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http://espn.go.com/free-online-games/- to play the game, or take your pick in whatever game you would like  to play.

Red. Blue. Yellow. Gold. Silver. Diamond. These are words that when said together, ignite one word in every boys mind. POKEMON. Besides the fact that all of these are colors, they all have one thing in common, and that is that they were versions of the most popular hand held consul game ever, Pokemon. Since it was Easter this weekend, I thought that I would make this blog as a religious driven argument. To understand this blog, I have to take all readers back to my own background upon this argument comes from. Since I went to a Catholic Jesuit High School, all students were required to take a Theology course every semester whether we were Catholic or not. During my senior year of High School, my theology teacher proposed that he was not a fan of Pokemon because he felt it encouraged kids to be part of cults and also promotes values of evolution that do not agree with the way the human body works. Again these are his thoughts not mine. Sadly, he even wrote a book on how Pokemon was an inherently bad game for kids to play. I was even told that it had been banned at one of the Christian grade schools. I remember thinking at the time that it was ridiculous that we have come to a point where even Pokemon is being analyzed as the work of the devil. Therefore, my prompt for this blog is that I do not believe Pokemon is a metaphor or symbol for Satanic worship at any place in the game.

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When he showed this image in class, I was shocked because since I hadn’t played since I was a boy, i was unaccustomed to the new stuff that pokemon has been putting out there. Sadly, i had no idea that the new Pokemon games had even created something as bizarre as this pokemon. I reminisce on the good old days where the only focus we had was on pikachu and charizard. I remember my theology teacher stating that he main reasons he disapproved of Pokemon was because there were some types of Pokemon that he called Physic and Dark pokemon. My counter argument for this was that although it has been 10 years since I last played Pokemon, I seemed to recall that there are other Pokemon that could be considered just as heavenly as the dark pokemon are considered evil.  He also proclaimed that Pokemon was a source of evil because it allowed kids to categorize based on looks alone. I countered saying that it wasn’t necessarily looks that a group different from another, more like there skill set. For example, football players and basketball players are not put in the same league because they have different skill sets. It’s the same thing. He also brought up the text in the image, using it as evidence of Pokemon having the godlike power of sending people to hell, which can cause a effect on children and cause them to lose faith. Again it seems astounding to me that we live in a world where Pokemon is being critiqued on the same level as the bible. No matter what the complaints are about pokemon being satanic lingo, i definitely will cherish it as part of my childhood gaming.

 

The game Ethnic Cleansing, created in 2002, is known as one of the most politically incorrect games in the gaming market today. I was introduced to it during the previous year in high school. It was used to us as an example of media planting ideas in our minds blindly, very similar to the propaganda concept that has discussed in class. This game is played by a person who has to go through a ghetto to kill black people, and then proceed to kill various Jewish before proceeding to the end of the game where he must kill Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel.  This game is clearly a Neo-Nazi propaganda idea, and clearly places ideas within the players head that these actions are appropriate. As my thesis, i propose that games provoke racial hatred by common consensus such as these should be banned from the gaming industry. I propose this because it is free media rights such as these that allow and initiate racial problems that plague our society today, and companies such as Resistance Records, which runs the game, ought to either shut down the game or at least modify the game to prohibit racist ideas. I know many people will claim that the games we choose to play is our freedom given to us by the constitution, but I have always claimed that a society with too much freedom can be more dangerous than no freedom at all. Freedom such as the ability to create your own games that can spread racist propaganda will eventually lead to racial ideas being branded into people’s mind and become part of their lifestyle, as this game has been publicly publicized by Neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists. This argument has been supported by the Anti-Defamation League as well as Stuff Magazine, labeling Ethnic Cleansing the 4th most controversial game. Oddly enough, people have also been sound in rejecting this game, as Resistance Records attempted to create sequels to Ethnic Cleansing, and all attempts failed and were not as popular. Not only does the game itself give away unpleasant ideas of racism, the phrase “Ethnic Cleansing” is said to mean  ”purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic area”, however not to be confused with genocide”. Such similar acts have been known to be conducted in by Nazi’s as well as in Yugoslavia and Cambodia. It is because of this unpleasant nature of ideas attached to the games that I support my original premise of controlling games with negative ideas attached to them.

This link will allow those to view the game, it’s images, sounds, goals, and levels and depending on whether you have the correct programs installed, will allow you to play the free version. http://www.resistance.com/ethniccleansing/catalog.htm