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Posted by | Posted in Monday Mornings | Posted on 29-09-2008

Shake it, baby!

So it’s that time of the week that everyone loves so much again. (And remember, it’s UKTA Radio night tonight, too). But today is no ordinary Monday for me, because I’m expecting Play.com to deliver the latest installment of one of the best PC games ever made – Crysis.

The expansion pack, which shall henceforth be known as Warhead (what with it being called Warhead and all) that came out last week is supposed to be better than the original game, both in terms of graphics optimisation, and in terms of gameplay. I’ve played the original game through a few times now, which means it must be good, so to make Warhead better must have taken some effort, I can tell you.

If you dont like the cockney accent though, then beware, because I have it on good authority that the expansion pack revolves around Psyco The Annoying Cockney from the previous game. Accents aside, though, this game looks to be very good indeed. It’s just a shame I need to wait until I get home from work to play it. Come to think of it, I’m not sure why I’m even expecting delivery of it today. It was sent out on Thursday, and I was told to wait a maximum of five working days, so it could be here any time up until Wednesday.

Well anyways, the point is it’s going to be good. But, if all these parenting groups against gaming are to be believed, it isn’t actually very good for me at all. I have to say, I dont agree. Maybe I’m being slightly biased here, but I really dont think that modern TV, film and gaming culture affects that many people in the horrible ways that some people would have you believe. I’m sure there have been a lot of people that have been “inspired” by what they’ve seen at the cinema, but despite all outside influences, it’s down to the parents of the children (or even adults) in question to distill a sense of morality in their kids. I know right from wrong, nomatter how many people I shoot in a computer game, and I believe the same can be said about everyone. The only difference is, I’m not inclined to think that I’ll be alright to shoot people in real life.

Some people, however, think exactly that. They literally DO think that it’s OK to shoot people. But are computer games and violent films to blame? Personally, I dont think so. If a person is of the mental state that they think it’s OK to murder people, I dont believe that playing violent games is going to affect them in any way. Similarly, if someone is NOT in a frame of mind such that they are intent on killing people, I dont beleive that playing games will change that either. I’m not inclined to kill people, as I’ve said, and I’ve been playing violent games for years.

For me, it all comes down to a person’s own rules and morals. Most rules and morals are instilled on a person in early life by their parents. And as far as I can see, nothing less than a full brainwashing is going to change what people think deep down, and so I really dont see the point in banning violent games and films.

I do see a point in restricting who can watch or play them, however. It’s up to the parents of children to decide if they think their kids are mature enough to know that a game or film is purely fiction (and not a licence to kill) but then again, a lot of parents barely know the difference themselves these days. Sigh.

On a completely unrelated topic – I decided to start my new year’s resolution this week. As of tomorrow, I’ll be going down the gym straight after work. It’s something I should have been doing for the last two years, but never really got round to. But as I’ve decided to sort out a lot of other things in my life, I might as well use that gym membership that I’ve paid for!

I’ll let you all know how well it’s going. And remember, UKTA Radio tonight, from 7pm GTM!

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