Posts Tagged ‘Media’

Last week I wrote a post about Robert Nozick book “Anarchy, State and Utopia.” I used the game “War of Warcraft” to illustrate how people contrary to Nozick’s theory would jump at the chance to enter this machine. This got me thinking about the un-bachelor party I went to a few weeks ago. We all ended up getting into a debate about this game. The conversation started when one of the more socially awkward guys brought up the game. He started explaining his character and how he is part of something called a guild. If there is one thing that will clear the room quickly it is talking about your fantasy football team, or anything regarding “World of WarCraft.” The other guys at the party were ripping on him for playing this game, but they were doing it in a sly way.

This guy is the brother in-law of the person who throws this yearly party. I always feel responsible for taking care of him because I know what it is like to be socially awkward. I quickly changed the subject a bit and instead of discussing his guild I went into how addictive this game and others can be. This has become such a problem they have built treatment centers to help people quit playing MMORPG’s, on-line shooters, and Madden. The topic changed a bit when someone brought up how a guy is suing the makers of “World of WarCraft” because he became addicted to it. He was unable to stop and was so pulled into the game he lost his job, house, and family His case is; there should have been sign on the package warning people of how addictive this game can be. I believe he will win this case and win big; others disagreed with me.

I have felt, and seen the withdrawal symptoms from not being able to play video games. I have also seen how they can stunt your progress in life. My video game addiction is Madden. I get so into the franchise mode I end up feeling like I really own this football team (or that could be a psychosis symptom.) Madden will call to me every second of the day. My mind becomes consumed with my next game, or what kind of off season moves will I make. I will get irritable if I am unable to get lost into this fantasy world. I did buy the newest installment, but I do not play very much. The games I do play are just as intense as getting high. I will only play once or twice in a two-week period. I am immediately consumed with wanting to play another game. It is really hard for me to walk away. This compulsion to consistently play almost destroyed my relationship.

My son is a huge Call of Duty gamer, and plays online with his friends all the time. He chooses to do this any chance he gets. Last year his grades slipped and he was grounded from video games until his grades improved. This entire time he was crabby, irritable, and restless. He seemed to slip into a minor depression and the first week without them seemed to be the worst. He would spend his free time watching other people play this game on YouTube. I could not believe the effects this was having on him. His withdrawals seemed almost as worse than anything I had experienced. I think it is the on-line factor which seems to cause a greater feeling of longing. Playing on-line seems to create a realism factor you cannot find by playing against the computer.

My younger brother is a huge World of WarCraft player. He is twenty years old and does nothing but play this game morning noon and night. He started playing this game when it first came out and has accomplished nothing since. He is an intelligent person, but chose not to go to college. The thing that blows me away more than anything else is he has never had a job. He still lives with his mom and shows no signs of ever doing anything with his life besides playing this game. I have heard of people spending tens of thousands of dollars to purchase characters from other people. This concept just blows my mind, and is a perfect example of addictive behavior.

It will not be long before Nozick’s concept of the experience machine becomes a reality. My entire life has been spent playing video games. I have seen how they have evolved over the years. It is getting to the point where they have done all they can do with these systems. The only logical step up is virtual reality. Once this concept becomes a reality you will find many more people losing their house, job, and families. I think this guy will win and win big. I am guessing the settlement will be in the multi-million dollar range. The stupid thing is everyone knows this game is addictive, and he should have recognized his addiction prior to losing everything. This settlement will open up the doors to multiple lawsuits with every Tom Dick and Harry trying to cash in.

I picked up the album “Have One On Me” by Joanna Newsom this weekend. I have to say this is one of the top 5 or 10 worst albums I have ever heard. I have a process when I listen to a new album. I will play it three times in a row, so I can get a good feel for it. I will sometimes dislike a song the first time I hear it, but enjoy it the second or third time. I will not give this album such a courtesie, I can hardly get through it a first time. It would be too much torture hearing it a second or god help me a third time.

I discovered this album on Amazon’s top 100 sellers list. I would categorize this music as Indie Folk. I find Indie music in general to be hit or miss. I will sometimes enjoy it because it is different, while other times I find it overwhelmingly artsie.

I enjoy the musical arrangements, the way she plays the piano is relaxing and peaceful. Where this album falls apart is when she opens her mouth and attempts to sing. It is truly dreadful, and shame on which ever record company decided to produce it, and infest the ear drums of anyone unfortunate enough to listen.

I am a big lyrics guy, even if I do not like the musical arrangements, if the song has good lyrics I will usually cut it some slack. unfortunately with this album I can not get past her annoying voice to even attempt to understand the words which are coming out of her mouth.

I would recommend anyone who is thinking about purchasing this album to do themselves a favor and stay as far away as possible. This album is not even worth stealing.

I give this album -5 out of 5 stars.

I am a huge fan of the Fox show “24.” I have seen every season, and with each episode the show left me salivating for next week. I am sad to say; the current season of “24” is a huge disappointment. The only purpose this season holds is it works great to fall asleep to.

The story line is more of the same, yes every season is about the same topic, but in prior years they added intriguing and interesting side stories. In certain years you always suspect someone is on the inside, and it was enjoyable trying to figure it out. This year it seems very predictable to guess who is the deceiver. I am bored with the whole thing.

I also think this show has served it’s purpose and continuing it only affects how we will remember it. I feel it is getting extremely un-believable, yes I could accept all the internal bad guys. I am getting tired of the story twists where someone within the government is evil. I know politicians are far from honest, but to believe season after season there is someone in our government who is trying to destroy us is getting played out.

I am also sick of the main character Jack Baur. His behaviour and character traits are getting annoying. He either whispers like a douche, or screams like a rage aholic. The current President is annoying as well, I did not like her last season, and I was disappointed she came back.

The new CTU characters are dull and boring as well, I don’t know about you but it is hard to take Freddy Prince Junior seriously. He is more a pussy than a bad ass. I also can not stand the woman he is marrying, there is no way she could hide her true identity enough to qualify to work at CTU. The process to become a FBI agent is almost a year-long, and I would assume this job requires a little more extensive interview process. I can not stand the side story line where this one guy at CTU keeps hitting on this chick. I think she is hideously disgusting, and I am sick of them trying to infer she is attractive. Perhaps this computer geek is consistently intoxicated and has permanent beer goggles on. Finally I can no longer stand Cloe, and her constant facial expressions. This woman looks like she is constantly constipated.

I will continue to watch this season it serves its purpose as a visual sedative. The story line of the good guys preventing  terrorist attacks within a twenty-four hour period is getting dull. I would recommend the writers of “24” make next season their last. I hope they have enough balls to give this show a proper send-off ala “The Shield.”

Overall I give this season 1 out of 5 stars. I think everyone involved with this season of “24” should be ashamed of themselves for ruining a classic show.