Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The First Person Shooter, Can It Be Great Once More?

I guess you could say I'm "hard core" gamer due to the amount of time I dedicate towards playing games. Over the past decade I have watched the first person shoot genre (FPS) evolve and become something great. But these days it seems like the genre is loosing steam in terms of quality.

I will always love the FPS genre since it's what I grew up with as did many other gamers. The thing is the gaming market has become super saturated with shooting games and the vast majority of these games have nothing new to offer. All of the Call of Duties and the Halo's have just become bland and repetitive; only geared towards the gamer who enjoys online multiplayer.

Sure online multiplayer is entertaining but the single player experience is so much more important in my eyes. I feel like the mainstream first person shooters lack substance with their tacked on single player campaigns. Which I feel takes away from the overall experience, if the developers want to invest most of their time into the multiplayer I feel that they should simply produce a multiplayer game only.

That is not my only concern, there seems to be a lack of innovation in the FPS genre these days, mainly in the more popular games which shocks me. I feel like all the Call of Duties after the fourth installment are just expansions not many significant improvements or alterations to the gameplay mechanic or visuals, which is very disappointing. I know, I am superficial when it comes to games; its hard not to like pretty games I fell like they add to the gaming experience by creating a greater level of immersion.

For the FPS genre to progress and escape this rut that it is currently in rests in the hands of the developers. It is their choices that will ultimately decide the future of this genre that millions of gamers enjoy so much. So I hope that the developers will put on their thinking caps once again and produce some new, fresh and innovative first person shooters.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Empathy vs. Cyberspace

I have just watched this insightful vid from RSAnimate regarding empathy, regarding the concept of all humans and animals under the biosphere of empathy. 

I have wondered since: If the obliteration of time and space has brought people together and has since gave creation to a larger sphere of empathy, then, in theory, how would that relate to the Internet?

Monday, November 8, 2010

UK Royal Navy Hacked, Logins Released

The website of the UK Royal Navy has been infiltrated by a computer cracker named TinKode.  The information contained in these databases have been spread across the net. The intention of these actions have not been made clear.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Top 5 Ways to Look Like a Hacker

"Oh no, not this again!" You say to yourself. You hear about these "people" everywhere, from the news to the net to that one kid crying over a "hacked" Maplestory charatcer. Yet in the back of your mind, you wonder: "What would it be like if I had such power?" Well, the old saying "Fake it until you make it." Is still holding strong after I looked out into the American populace, and I may have what you might need... More after the jump!

Friday, October 1, 2010

If You Want to: Use Magneto's USB...

Afraid of damaging your USB drive when trying to remove it? The Jab Nab, coming from Germany, is one of the most "why didn't I think of that?" devices I have seen this year.

If You Want to: Pull a Bad Joke...

You don't know how much I wish I had one of these when I was a kid! Even though at first glance it may seem useless, imagine the faces on so many poor bastards the next time you walk into a library, open your laptop, hit the switch and run!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

5 Things More Awesome When Solar Powered

 I am not a fan of non-rechargeable batteries. They are an eye sore that usually fail when you need them long term and I hear that the ooze from the "ripe" ones don't have the best of tastes...But there are alternatives! If any of these things were powered by free energy, then  the world (might) be a much more convenient place. Including...

Friday, September 17, 2010

They can feel...well, not quite

Great, now they can adjust themselves to injury, I guess my shotgun shells aren't going to save me now. Engineers at Cornell have developed a robot that can adjust to its "injuries": More after the jump

Twocan Art Robot

No, as much as I would love to stage giant robo cockfights, wait, its a "twocan". This bot doesn't move, but is a true testament to what can be done when you have a lot of time on your hands.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

6 Reasons You Don't Deserve Modern Technology

     I have been counting the seconds, folks. Though the robot Apocalypse was postponed until 2012, I still have the feeling that, when not frantically attempting to erase Trojans clasping on to it's hard drive like a snapping turtle with lock jaw, my PC is also reciving hidden wi-fi messages from devices that feel like they are not being used to their full potential. In a world of narcissistic teenagers and their older, 9 to 5 counterparts, the masses are using more dependent on technology than ever before, making these reasons even more obvious.

Friday, September 10, 2010

5 Reasons to Loathe the iPad

   The apple iPod has held its place in the mp3 player market for as long as technically stunted dependent teenagers have judged a product by its popularity alone, or its mediocre storage capacities. More likely than not, you have used one of these musical contraptions. I, personally, welcome our new musical overlords.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

5 weird (yet awesome) USB drives.

USB's today are as prominent in todays world as notepads were way back when, (and are still in wide use now for most professions). Yet there is a line between being creative, and just going totally off the deep end! Many of us want to be unique. Well, I can assure you that that will be the cause if you get one of these puppies. More after the jump.