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Sir, You Are Being Hunted Review

Today Angry Hippy Forced to Blog, or The Hippie Who is Forced to Blog and is Therefore Angry, or The Angry Guy Who is also a Hippie and Forced to Blog, or whatever the heck my name is supposed to be, is gunna do something a little bit different.

I am sorely in need of completing an assignment. Because of skool, I hardly ever get a chance to play video games anymore. So, I figured I would use this assignment as an excuse to sit back, relax, have a brew, and play the video game “Sir, You Are Being Hunted.” I know, this is a rough life.

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“Sir, You Are Being Hunted” is a fairly new game, a few months old at least, and is still in alpha testing. This game can be found on “Steam” under “Early Access.”

Okay, I have actually played this game a few times already and I’ll get straight to the brass tacks and hard ass, whatever that means.

This is a pretty hard game. You are a dude who somehow gets transported to some British-like countryside. The narrator goes into detail about how you got there and the story isn’t that hard to follow. Basically, some crazy scientist dudes crazy experiment went all haywire and BLAM you’re in this British-ey place. Did I mention you are being hunted… by robots.

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Each time you start the game the land set up is different because of randomly generated levels, kind of like the old-skool arcade “Gauntlet” game , but not.

The only way to get home to your sweet, sweet… home, is to collect some rocks that are lying around. These rocks look kind of like meteors, meteorites, whatever it is that they become after they hit the ground. I’m no, I want to say meteorologist but I know that’s not right, gee… ol… oh… gist? Yeah, I know spell check, but it’s so much more fun playing dumb.  These rocks have smoke billowing off of them so they aren’t hard to miss.

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Once you collect the rock you take it back to your ancient Stonehenge looking home base in order to collect another smoking rock so you can bring it back to your home base. Repeat, repeat, and repeat. Eventually, supposedly you go back home.

By no means should you let the “repeat” part deter you from playing “Sir You Are Being Hunted.” As mentioned, the game is a fairly challenging game.  I found myself often saying “Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap, they’re coming right for me!”  It’s not super action oriented in your face at all times, but it does somehow keep you on the edge of your seat.

Running from robots, robotic dogs, and hot air balloons all on the lookout for you is fairly intense. There are a few surprises to look forward to that I do not wish to spoil here.

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Out of the few times that I did play, I never found a gun. Sure, I would find bullets, yet never any gun. I didn’t actually try throwing the bullets at any robots, but somehow I really don’t think that would work.

After some time searching houses, which you can’t actually go inside because you just search the door, I started finding traps. Once I got a few traps and some rocks I started having this MacGyver type sensation overwhelm me. I was sure things were about to turn around and I was about to hunt me some robots. Then a dog spotted me, mauled me, and I was killed by his robot owner pumping me full of bullets.

All that good stuff said, there do seem to be a bit of flaws. I am no expert with a keyboard and mouse when it comes to playing video games. Sure, some people will scoff and likely say, “There’s no other way to play a video game other than with a mouse and a keyboard brah.” To that I say, “I am truly sorry, my hands are just big ‘ol dummies and do not seem to function in that manner.”

There seems to be a problem with the controller option. You can easily assign each keyboard key to a button on the controller. The look around option however, like you would do with the mouse, just does not seem like it can be assigned to anything.

There is both a health and hunger (vitality) countdown. I was at first thinking the vitality counted down a bit fast until I had acquired a large sum of food.  Even then, you can only carry so much in your inventory. On top of that, once you take food from a house, I do not think it comes back. If only there was some sort of chest by your home base for easier item management.

Honestly, this is a pretty good game and I am looking forward to playing it some more. I want to see what additions and surprises Big Robot Ltd has in store for the future. To finish out, check out this dude playing the game if you do not have anything else to do.

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Reaction to “Growing Up Online” documentary

http://video.pbs.org/video/1082076027/

This documentary, included as a link above, touches on several subjects that kids are exposed to every day as they grow up in a world saturated by online content. A few of the subjects presented in this video are kids spending time playing video games online, kids taking on alternate personalities online, kids using websites to do homework rather than actually reading books, and cyber bullying.

While these may seem like major issues to a lot of parents, parents have always worried about their children as each generation passes. The worries expressed by parents each generation have been on subjects such as music, television, books, and video games. Each time one of these worries are presented it does not seem as though anything majorly worrisome comes of it.

Take books for example. Some books that are banned in schools now are books that parents were required to read as children. The parents who read these books as children are not bad people because they read these books. The worry expressed over these books now days seems trivial. To rob a child of a wide variety of knowledge seems more troubling than to actually let kids read these books.

It is probably agreed by many that online gaming is a bit of a problem for not only kids but almost any age group these days.

Below is an example of online gaming. People can either bring all their computer systems to one location or a person can play at their own home with a group of people in other locations.

This craze really is not much different from when kids gathered around the Dungeons and Dragons tables back in the day, and yes they still do, the only difference is a person can now play against someone from across the globe.

It is said that teens are now creating alternate personalities and using these personalities to gain attention from others. It is said this is a rampant issue among the internet. For being such a huge problem there really is nothing online addressing this issue. To settle any possible confusion as to what is being talked about here, there is a video below to look at.

In some instances an alternate personality may be healthy to some who have a problem making friends. Of course there is a concern of teens attracting unwanted attention from so called “predators” but studies have shown that most teens know what to avoid when speaking to strangers online. This exact subject is talked about in the documentary “Growing Up Online.”

To say that “teens using alternate personalities on the internet is rampant” seems a bit exaggerated. As stated before, try doing an online search on this subject and there will not be much if any successful results. There is a comedian who speaks of things being rampant on the internet and his name is Doug Stanhope. The guy makes a fairly good point.

Another concern expressed by parents and teachers alike is that teens are using the internet to get notes on books or do reports rather than reading material themselves. Instead of chastising children for doing this, parents should embrace and welcome this approach. At least it is getting done and if the internet had been available during parents’ youth, they would have used it as well.

One subject that was looked upon was cyber bullying. This is a problem on the internet as most will agree. The solution to this problem is not so easily agreed upon however. Children have committed suicide due to online bullying. It does not appear that online bullying is anywhere close to coming to an end. The only thing a parent can really do is to talk to their children about what is going on in their online lives.

Hopefully in the future there will be some sort of an idea as to how to come to a solution to this problem.

Overall this documentary did a fair job of showing what it is like for the life of teens growing up on the internet now days. Sure, the documentary is from 2006 so there are a few comical things said just because they are outdated, but it is still highly relevant in regards of today.

Each generation of parents will have some new thing to worry about when their children grow up. Hopefully, in the future parents and children will grow even closer together to work on a solution to perceived problems of now .

Activision vs Infinity Ward vs EA

Today I am forced to blog a critique about the public and media reactions to a high profile case. The case in question here is the battle between Activision, Infinity Ward, and Electronic Arts (EA) over the rights to the “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare” franchise.  To help get this assignment finished we will be looking at the following sites:

  •         Segmentnext.com
  •      Metro.co.uk
  •         Gameinformer.com
  •          Joystiq.com
  •          Venturebeat.com
  •          Insidegamingdaily.com

Along with the critiques of these sites I will also give a critique of the way people react in the comment section in each of the website if it is provided for that site.

The purpose of this specific blog post is to show how each of these sources provide information about this case.

This case started in March of 2010 when “Call Of Duty” crators Vince Zampella and Jason West were fired from Activision’s “Infinity Ward” department.

Activision had reported that Zampella and West were working with EA behind Activisions back in order to start up their own company. Activision also claimed Zampella and West were trying to steal development tools for video games and sway fellow employees into leaving Activision for Zampella and West’s new company Respawn Entertainment

Zampella and West tell a different version of the story saying that they had not been paid royalties that had been owed to them by Activision for the “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare” games.

There is a lot more to this story than just this. You could almost write a book or make a movie over the amount of information that goes into this case. My only hope is that I can explain this accurately with the amount of information surrounding this case.

EA did help Zampella and West start their own company “Respawn Entertainment,” after they had left Activision.  Around 40 employees from Activision’s Infinity Ward department followed Zampella and West to their new company and started the “Infinity Ward Employee Group” to seek the unpaid royalties owed to them in the amount of $75 million to $125 million.

Somewhere in there Activision started a counter suit against EA saying that EA was trying to lure Zampella and West away from Activision.

Eventually Infinity Ward/Activision did pay $42 million to the “Infinity Ward Employee Group” out of court. Even though that amount was paid the case still continued on through the court system.

Somewhere in there Zampella and West filed another suit saying that Activision did not own the rights to any modern day war game. The terms of that agreement were filed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). I will provide a link to that (MOU) which is found on the Game Informer website later in this blog.

Finally, around mid-May 2012 all the cases were settled without going to full-on jury trial. However, the terms of those settlements are unfortunately completely confidential.

Phew, that is a big convoluted mess. I will now provide a few links and critiques to these sites I received the stories from so you can take a look and judge for yourself.

First up we have SegmentNext.

This site is fairly straightforward when it comes to this story. Title, photo,Modern-Warfare-4-Captain-Price-Teaser

story, and a description of the author of this story in a single file column. Their is not a single comment left in the comment section though so it is hard to see how people feel about this story.

This site seems fairly professional and easy to navigate. I did not actually go snooping around this site though or any other site for that matter. I strictly clicked on the link I needed for the purpose of this assignment.

This is the only site I was able to find that had info dated to this case as late as September 2013. This site seems like the only place I am able to find that has info on any new releases when it comes to the “Modern Warfare” franchise and it does not sound good.

Apparently, Infinity Ward no longer wants anything to do with the “Modern Warfare” franchise. One part because of the fact that most of the staff followed Zampella and West to their new company and in another part because of said MOU that I had mentioned earlier.

This site seems rather consistent with the other sites in keeping stories straight. The only thing that concerns me is that the author only uses videogamer.com as a reference. I wish he could have included a few more places for citing information.

Next up we have Metro.

This site seems to be a professionally designed site as well. There are ads all over the place on this site so that may be a bit distracting for some or a great place that answers needs for others. Once again, this is all laid out in a single column where the story is concerned and it even includes a sweet little video for one of the “Call Of Duty” games.

I am actually going to try something new here. This is a link to a different video buuuuut I want to see if I can get a video to play through a photo.

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Now that was a huge pain in the ass. Good news though folks. I think I figured it out. If I can figure this crap out then I am certain just about anybody can figure it out. Now I have two videos up.

So the writing on the Metro site seems a bit confusing but to their credit this is where i found the MOU through a Game Informer link that they had referenced. Again, there is not a single comment left so it is hard to say how the public feels according to this site.

Being I just mentioned Game Informer we should go ahead and take a look at that as well.

This is of course a professional website. Heck, I subscribe to these people’s magazine and look forward to getting the newest issue in my mailbox every month. So, my review may be a bit biased here.

What I do like about this site is that this is where you will see the MOU I have spoken of. You may want to check it out. It is a fairly good read after all.

It really does not appear that Game Informer sides with one or the other on this case. Maybe because they are trying to cover their ass for future games or maybe it is just because they really do not favor one side or the other.

What I also like about this site is that it provides links on the side to related stories on this case.

At last, there is a comment or two left on this site. It is actually fairly funny to read some of these comments. Out of the dozen or so I looked at everybody sides with Zampella and West. Activision does not seem like a fan favorite on this site. We will see how the fans react in the future if they keep pumping out Call Of Duty games every year.

For the next website we have joystiq.

This cite here seems almost exactly like all the other sites I have looked at so far. These websites are getting a bit ho-hum and cliched. It has been done already! Somebody do something flipping new already!

So yeah, it is just a single column of text with a rather entertaining photo at the top.

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On the right side and following the story are a bunch of ads. Go figure.

Following the story is a comments section that people actually commented on again. It is kind of crazy. I am supposed to compare/contrast. Meaning that I should not really take one side or the other. Everyone has the tone of voice that they hate Activision so it is hard to compare/contrast.

The site seems easy enough to navigate to me. As mentioned before however; I did not actually navigate this site. I merely clicked the link I needed for this story and went with that.

Now for the first site that I found that told of the outcome of this case. That site is venturebeat.

This site actually seems a bit crowded and possibly hard to navigate. I could be wrong however. With the amount of articles on this site it seems a bit overwhelming.

This site does give a nice wrap up to the big story. All of the stories tied to this story with links on the bottom just do not seem to tie into this story in any way. I am not real sure how they decide what linking stories to attach to their main stories but they may want to reconsider.

To improve this site I would probably do away with linking everything everywhere on every single damn page. There are different channels to click on, different authors to click on, and just about anything else you ever need to click on is most likely on this page.

I am not a professional web designer though so what do I know.

Once again there are no comments left on this page. That is honestly too bad because I really like reading how pissed off people get on this subject.

This is also the first site that I found that included a picture of Zampella and West. That is cool by me because I did wonder what these two looked like.

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The last site I visited was Inside Gaming Daily.

This is actually one of the best looking sites I looked at for this story. It could possibly be due to the black background of the article. I am not saying I am a huge fan of black but it is nice to get away from the white screen we are all so terribly familiar with.

This website does offer a good conclusion/wrap-up to this two almost three year old case. I like the layout. It does not seem to crowded with crap. Plus it has comments.

I actually finally found a comment from someone that did not side with Zampella and West. And here I thought everybody hated Activision. The statement reads as follows”

“West and his buddy deserved to be sued and GIVE Activision billions instead. I’ll never touch a game from them because of all this.”

That comment seems a bit excessive but whatever floats your boat. Check out who said it for yourself by clicking on the link I provided above.

I think that just about wraps it up for me today. I did not really have any complaints about any of these websites except that Venturebeat seemed a bit on the crowded side and that the writing on Metro was a little bit confusing. Other than that everything seemed a’okay to me.

Now let me finish this up by throwing in a few videos on this case so I can meet my dang video requirement. Until next time people, try not to get as angry as I do at things.

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Video for Respawn Entertainment’s new game “Titanfall.”

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