Monday, February 20, 2012

i choose to do an ethnographic study for my essay topic.  i will be focusing on social media sites, facebook and myspace.  On why people go on it and why they made their face book the way it is. Also on why they choose to put in certain information and decided to leave some out. I will also be focusing on video games and gamers, and their behaviors of when and when they are not playing these video games. Also i will tie this into the focus of the clas, identiy.

Monday, February 13, 2012

when the controller, controls you..

video games are harmless, right?  Not in the the movie Gamer. In this movie, video gaming just got a whole lot more intense. Criminals don't go to prison, the are actually used as real living avatars in the video game "slayer." Gamer's can control the criminals every action in a war like game and these criminals have no way to resist. But in this game when these criminals are killed, they are permenatly killed. While the gamers can simply just pick a new charecter.
This movie can say alot about real life. It's poking fun at the video gamers, It's trying to prove a point that adults and children are not being benifited from long hours of playing. Long hours of playing can be bad; from taking time away from homework and work,  long hours of no physical activity, and just simply taking time away from learing how to physicaly interact with people. One detail I took from this is that in the movie, gamers can control actual humans. In a sense, in real life gamers play for long time and are addicted to the game, that becomes the players reality. Gamers play this maybe cause they are unsatisfied with there current lives, or they need some sort of relief, but for whatever reason they would much rather be playing this video game than be living in there current life. So this can become as an escape, or an alternative life or person. Also when they avater dies, a real human dies too. When gamers play for long hours and are addicted in a sense the gamer dies too. They want to just play and live in this fake world to get rid of and escape thier current lives. The gamer doesn't litterally die but is lost in this game and comes to want nothing but.