Earning Achievements

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Its fun to get recognition for the work or tasks you have completed.

If you are playing on a Microsoft console you will get achievements which have a number value and if your playing on the Playstation system you will unlock trophies.

You can read the name of each trophy or achievement so that you can select which one you want to unlock.

I play randomly unlocking as I go along rather than  picking and choosing which one to unlock.

How do you go about unlocking achievements/trophies? Do you just randomly play unlocking them as you go?

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My Top Ten list of graphically Impressive Games

1. Ryse Son Of Rome- This game looks amazing.

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2. Infamous Second Son- This game set the bar for all next generation games to follow.

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3.Tomb Raider  The Definitive Edition- This game looked good originally but the next generation paint only made things better.

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4.Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros – This game was a teaser for whats to come.

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5. Sunset Over Drive- Is one of the most colorful games to date.

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6.Super Mario 3d World- Ok, you maybe wondering why this is on the list? Well this game looks amazing.

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7. Grand Theft Auto 5- This game took the cake for detail and design.

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8. P.T. Demo-This demo had the best graphics I have ever seen.

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9. NBA2k15- The graphics are realistic what more can I say?

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10. Destiny- This game has great graphics with fantastic art design.

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Well there you have it, My top ten list of the best looking games. What are your thoughts? Should there have been more games on the list? Do you have a favorite game the looks stunning? As always be sure to like, follow and comment.

 

Milking the Cow,Micro-transactions the death of Gaming?

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Chances are if you in your 20’s you know of a time where games used to ship complete. When you heard a game went gold you knew you had the beginning, middle and end of a story all intact.

If there were any extra characters you usually had to beat the game on various difficulties to unlock them.

I’m not even sure if DLC was a word back then, come to think of it I think it was a curse word. A places of forbidden territory.  If a game required extra content, extra game discs were including at no extra cost.

All this has changed. In a world of what you see if not what you get you have to be careful in which product you choose to invest your time in.

Today games come out unfinished, half storied, with the other half as DLC.  Then the cow went a mooing, cows started showing up in games like COD, Battlefield to name a few.  No literal cows but you get my point.  It’s like the famer’s said, “Lets milk these cows and the cows said moooooooo”.  Squeezing out every possible reason for a transaction.

For example, A wolf skin covering a dog….. Really? How about chapters to a game that should have already been included in the first place but using the excuse that it wouldn’t fit in the game?

I think this will be a trend that will be happening more and more in the future as gaming continues. If you are not a fan of this practice be sure to stay away from games that have it. I mean you can ignore the option all together by not buying any extra content outside of the original purchase of the game itself.

I don’t think that this will end gaming but I feel it will however, make it a common practice to see such options made available.

I guess this can be a positive as well. What are your thoughts? Do you support micro-transactions? Do you think they will be the end of gaming? Will we see it more often?

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Video Games, Life and Theories

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Should video games only be played by those who are responsible?

What do you mean by responsible you ask? I mean those who are able to make the choice between right or wrong and accept responsibility for their actions.

This post is going to be pretty deep. I have had the chance to write on various topics as it relates to video games and there have been a few theories that I have ran across.

*Let me make a disclaimer, I am not trying to be politically correct, I am just stating my opinion and talking about theories that exist. My use of these theories just taps the surface as it relates to people. If your are interested in them please do study further!*

One theory is rooted in Criminology and the other psychological.  Two philosophers come to mind, Bandura and Akers.

First Albert Bandura, with the Social Cognitive Theory, which suggests that learning occurs from society and it’s actions and what is learned through observation. We are also influenced by those who we can relate to.  There is also indirect learning which is not always applied to our behavior. The product of who we are is the product of interaction of interaction between cognitive, behavioral and contextual factors.  We as people are influenced in ways that we aren’t even aware of.

Next, The Social Learning Theory as it relates to crime, by Ronald Akers states, The chances of a person engaging in criminal and deviant behavior is increased and the chances of their conforming to this norm is decreased when they differently associate with others who commit criminal behavior are more exposed in person to criminal/ deviant examples and expect greater reward than punishment for their behavior.

 

So what does this all mean? What does this have to do with video games?

Well, let’s start with the first theory, though both are similar they differ a bit. Social cognitive theory, speaks to learning through observation and being influenced by those who you can relate to. In terms of gaming, this can mean one playing a game and immediately begin to be influenced by the character on the screen. For example, someone is playing Grand Theft Auto they would go around in real life killing (an extreme example) though relevant.  They are influenced by the character and or the environment in the virtual world. This also speaks to the environment and surroundings as well in real life.

The next theory Social Learning theory speaks to the criminal side of things. Perhaps one direct environment. You are a product of your environment and as such are influenced by it. If one is in a high crime environment they can be influenced by this and the chances are high that they will participate and the decision is based on the pros and cons and punishment of a particular crime.

 

How does this relate to gaming? Gaming is a fun hobby to be a part of and sometimes it is blamed or comes up in the most violent crimes. Mass murders occur and it is said that the killer was an avid video game player. Most of the time these people might have mental disorders which all affect reactions and influence and their ability to separate the real from the fake.

This brings me back to my question, should responsible people only be able to play video games? Should people who know how to separate real from fake only be allowed to play?

Is there a method to find out if someone will not copy the actions of a particular video game?

Ok, I’ll answer this. I think by looking at past history as it relates to responses to situations should be the deciding factor. I think that video games are fun and those who play them should have fun but not be influenced by them.  Video games should be played by those who are responsible.

What are your thoughts about video gaming should it only be played by those who are responsible? Do you agree with the theories as it relates to human behavior? How do you feel about video games getting a bad rap in cases of extreme crimes?

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Did Internet Ruin The Party?

 

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There used to be a time where gaming was difficult. Strategy guides were a given amongst the most avid gamer’s. If you didn’t want to spend the money on buying one you would borrow a friends or even go to the store and read it desperately trying to get past the part your stuck on.

Shhhh….. Just make sure you didn’t tell anyone that you were reading the magazine and not planning on buying it.

The Internet brought so much to gaming. It all started with cheats.  Cheat your way through the game why don’t you. Then came video game tutorials which totally put the print guides into an early grave. No longer would you have to read, all you had to do was watch.

With this change however, comes spoilers. Games today are often ruined before one even gets the chance to play it. If you are a member of any of the social networks you will see people talk about games often revealing there ending

Do you think the Internet has ruined the gaming party? What are your thoughts? Be sure to follow, share and comment.

My top 5 list of Video game characters with the biggest Head!

So I know that this one is going to be pretty funny and that’s why I wanted to do it. I don’t think you will find a list anywhere mentioning such things.

Sit back and enjoy the popcorn, the invisible popcorn that is, as I list the biggest headed characters to ever come into extence.

 

1. Donkey Kong -Up first is our fury friend that has been around for a while, since before I was born come to the think of it. None other than Donkey Kong, yes his head is really big, bigger than big itself.

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2.  Up next is Mario- You can see his head from miles away. A balloon has nothing on him.  A common misconception is that he would use his head to break bricks when in actuality he uses his fists.

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3. Kirby- That little pink circle thing head is huge. In fact his entire body is his head. He looks like a walking whoopie cushion.

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4. Next would be the goombas. Sure they are iconic in every way in their mission to stop Mario and his friends but they have the biggest head ever. It’s a wonder that they can even wear a cat suit in Super Mario 3d World!

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5. So who would make it to the end of the list you ask? Well….. There is a tie!

It’s a tie between two iconic video game celebrities. One who has been on vacation since the 90’s and early 2000’s and the other who has an upcoming game.

 

Crash Bandicoot and Sack Boy*

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*Sackboy looks really mad be careful he is watching you!*

These two contain some of the biggest heads ever created. Crash’s teeth continue to be the most recognizable feature about him throughout the years. If you were ever lost in the dark, all you would have to do is look for his teeth to guide you home. Then there is the infamous Sack Boy whose head contains enough thread to make a pillow!

Well there you have it! My list of the top 5 video game characters who have the biggest head.

Who would you put on this list? Who is missing that you think that I should have added to his list?  Be sure to comment, follow and share! Thanks!

 

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of EnglishgamerUninhibited!!!!!!!

 

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I know it’s been a while since I wrote anything but that is about to change.

This month marks the one year anniversary of this blog!

Last year this time I was just trying to establish a place that was different from all the other blogs. I had so many ideas in my head as it relates to life, gaming and literature that I had to get them out.

I never would have thought that this blog would have lasted this long and I am truly grateful.

I felt it was important to discuss various topics about gaming and literature.

As of late my posts have learned more towards video games however, I will eventually start talking about literature again. It’s amazing how so much could come from one idea.

The embrace that I felt from the blogging community was indescribable as I was welcomed with open arms.

This is a short post, what are your favorite topics of the past year on this blog? Why did you follow this blog? Would you recommend it to others? Be sure to share and comment and follow as always thanks!