White House: Now Under New Management

The White House: Now Under New Management

""The message that we are sending the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly and we are going to do so effectively and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals," the president said."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_suspected_terrorists
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iBankai

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This article came up in a thread about video games on NPF and I thought it was well-written and very interesting: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_142/3052-The-Myth-of-the-Media-Myth

Quote: "Alexander Sliwinski, Contributing Editor at Joystiq.com, attacked the myth at the core of the image problem. "The thing I love people saying is that videogames as a whole are violent. Mature rated titles made up only 6 percent of the rated games in 2007. If there's anything remotely over the top with one or two of those titles, it'll receive 90 percent of mainstream media's videogame attention for the year. Not only that, but many mainstream media stories pick up on games that aren't even rated and are 'outside the industry' like Super Columbine Massacre or JFK: Reloaded. It would be like the film industry being blamed for people making snuff films or amateur bedroom porn."

For David Edison, Associate Editor at GayGamer.net, the "image problem" has affected him personally, as it also affects me. "There's certainly a prevailing antipathy against gaming out there," he told me. "I'm a gay man living in lower Manhattan - in other words, I've got a pretty open-minded support network! And yet I've been rejected on dates for being a gamer, lost the respect of 'mainstream' friends by working in games media and spent more brainpower and tongue-time justifying the participation of adults in the videogames industry than I'm willing to admit. And almost without exception, those non-gamers who do accept games as a valid, mature, interactive art and entertainment medium do so only after having their standing biases challenged."


I knew that there were video game haters out there, but I thought it was a minority, not a majority. I find the sentiment that video games are for children to be absolute hogwash, along with the fact that video games make children violent, lead to obesity, etc.

I'm an adult and I'm a gamer. I'm also a female gamer. I've been playing video games since I was 12 years old, along with my mother! I have fond memories of coming home from school to a snack and several rounds of Mortal Kombat against mom; or the day we celebrated with pizza for making it through the end of Smash TV and Ms. Pacman on two-player mode together in the same night. Ben and I play console games together, and we game online in an MMO together. I certainly don't consider myself a violent person, yet I've played video games from a young age and not all of them were roses and candy lets save the puppies kind of games. My brother played GTA when he was 13 and still loves ruthless games, and he's about as passive as they come. I've never even heard him yell or raise his voice before, let alone have a tendency towards violence. (And to make a point, my ex and I had a copy of GTA that my mother played through before she bought it for him because it was rated mature before deciding he was mature enough to handle it - because she's, ya know, an actual parent).

All in all, I agree with one of the experts who believes its just a matter of people fear what they don't understand. I'm shocked that there are so many people in this day and age of technology that seem to loathe and fear video games! Why not sit down and play with your child and see what it's all about? If you're worried about them wasting too much time, set a limit on the amount of gaming they do a day. And hey, if you're that worried about the games, why don't you set a limit for TV in general and make your kids do other activities? There's room for fun and creativity you know.

It reminds me of going into GameStop during the holidays at the Burlington Mall a few years ago. The line was huge, Dad gave the kid the money and he stood in line. The game was rated M, so the clerk had to have the father come over and tell him "This game is rated M for Mature, and I need you to agree to understanding that prior to allowing your underage son to purchase it. Its store policy." Bravo for Gamestop and the clerk! The man was livid yelling about how he just wanted to buy the damn game. In other words, he doesn't give a damn what his son does. But I bet if little Johnny goes out and shoots someone at his school, well it was the video games fault! Not because Mom and Dad didn't actually monitor and parent, but because they gave him what he wanted, sat him infront of the electronic babysitter, and never bothered to discipline or provide a true sense of right or wrong.

Don't blame the games because you can't be bothered to be an actual parent and involved in your child's life. Don't assume that video games are evil until you've sat down and played them yourself.
KG

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Wow I haven't even had a chance to read my friends list in a while, we've been so busy with Christmas stuff, especially now that the power's back on! I spent most of the day (from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.) on Sunday baking cookies. I'm almost finished with the cookie tins. Ben finished shopping for his family, now he just needs to finish my shopping and he plans to do that Friday since we have snow today and his company Christmas party tomorrow night right after work. I need to remember to have him pick up a $10 B&N Giftcard when he's down in Newington for one of the neighbor kids. Need to finish all the rest of the baking tonight so I can get the packages sent out UPS tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to my "vacation." I'll be off work from 12:45 p.m. (although we have a luncheon afterwards) on Christmas Eve and won't go back until January 5th. Yeah I'm totally going to sleep in late and play RaiRo for like three days straight. Totally.

Merry Christmas, ya'll!
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Xykon rules

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Got up at 4:00 a.m. and hit the Black Friday sales. Ben's parents are done. I still need a sweater and Xbox360 game for my dad & brother. I'm working on mom's presents (she requested homemade - making a lap quilt/wall quilt and pendant necklaces). I have two more things to buy for Ben plus a few things for his stocking and he's done.

Time to eat some Thanksgiving leftovers and convince Ben to lug the tree and Christmas decorations out of the basement. ^_^

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh yeah...random meme:

Your rainbow is shaded red.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
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Xykon rules

Whoops!

Guess I hurt someone's feelings on the Stretcher boards. Finally a good conversation and suddenly the thread is gone. I guess pointing out the fact that all Muslim's aren't terrorists, and that there is much in common as Islam was taken from the Christian faith didn't sit to well with the Christian fundies.

Or maybe it was the fact that I pointed out that Fred Phelps is a zealot? Oh noes! Guess what folks, we get zealots and pyscho's in every religion! Christianity is just as bad, if not worse, than many other faiths for breeding fundamentalist whackos.

I just really find it hilarious. Heaven forbid we question, right? If the Pastor says the sky is green than surely he is right! If the bastardized King James Bible says so, it must be the truth. Lets not look into the history of the changes to the religion, we'll just all be mindless drones. Lets pretend the books left out don't exsist, every other relgion is automatcially wrong, and we're right 100% of the time because Pastor/Pope/Reverand says so. We don't want to rock the boat with contradiction.

Bring on the hate mail, its already started. Today should be entertaining!! :) I've been thinking about leaving those forums for a while now, too much fundamentalist close-minded right-wing Republican thinking for my taste. Thinking this might be the straw that breaks the camels back. If you get offended over one silly little post because it lumps Christianity with other religions and the whole thread needs to be taken down, you got bigger issues than I can solve for you.

Aaaahhhh...the world is so full of sheeple!
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Orihime

It's That Time of Year Again

I know I say this every year. When considering your charitable contributions this holiday season, please keep the Child's Play Organization in mind.

http://www.childsplaycharity.org/

The creators of http://penny-arcade.com have teamed up with hospitals to help create wish lists for children who will be spending the Christmas holiday in the hospital. Some of these children are in very bad shape and will be spending Christmas, what should be a really joyful time, in a children's ward alone.

Fellow gamers, I'm specifically looking at you. This charity was created by the gaming community to bring the joy of games to sick children.

For those in the Boston area, the Boston Children's Hospital's wish list for Child's Play is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3BI2LVVRH4KZG?reveal=unpurchased&filter=all&sort=universal-price&layout=compact&x=10&y=7

If you can't afford to buy an item but still want to help, its time to look through your closets and see what you can offload. Child's Play is also an e-Bay Giving Works member. You can sell items on e-Bay and have the proceeds go directly to Child's Play.

If you'd like to hold a fundraiser for Child's Play, you can PayPal the funds to them here: childsplaycharity@penny-arcade.com.