Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

One of the most popular video game series of all time is Grand Theft Auto.  Ever since GTA III, these games changed the gaming world and other games that were pretenders and copiers of the open world gameplay.  The games have been wildly controversial for the amounts of things that you could do in the game (mostly illegal) and the controversy has just made the games more popular.  It was announced that Rockstar is working on a new game however the location is not known and people are wondering if the game will hit PS3/X-box360 or they will wait for their new console to come out.

A)  If you REFLECT on video games in general, Why has such a controversial game series like Grand Theft Auto been so popular with consumers? 

B)  Even though Grand Theft Auto is already a popular game, why do you think the location will make it more popular/less popular?

C)  If Liberty City was New York City, Vice City was Miami, San Andreas was Los Angeles, then what city do you think the next game should take place in and what should they call it?

(You MUST write 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

For more info, you might want to read:

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/712377/gta-v-where-will-the-next-game-be-set/

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

The latest big trend in gaming is portable gaming.  However, instead of people carrying a separate phone and gaming device like a PSP or DSi, people want it all on ONE device.  Is the iPhone or one of the new android phones the answer to this?  Sony says NO.  In 2011, Sony Erickson will introduce the Xperia Play or “Playstation Phone” with fully functioning Playstation like qualities and capable of playing many of the Sony Playstation games.

A)  Is this the answer to gaming on a cell phone?

B)  Do you think people would switch their current phones for this phone?  Why or why not?

C)  If you analyze the phone, is it more appealing than an iPhone or an android phone?

D)  Give me a comparison/contrast with what are some of the positives (pros) and negatives (cons) about this phone?  Explain your answers.

(You must use at least 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, read the articles on the websites below)

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-playstation-phone-preview/

and

http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/playstation-phone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

and

http://mashable.com/2010/10/30/playstation-phone-pics/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Sony PlayStation Phone

Video and Specs on the Sony Playstation Phone

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A war has been going on for your dollars for several years now from the video game companies.  Nintendo has been the King of the Hill as far as handheld portable gaming systems go with the gameboy and then the DS series.  Sony has battled them with the PSP and the very stylish but ill conceived -Go! series.  Nintendo is set to release the 3DS, a 3D handheld that DOES NOT require you to wear glasses in mid 2011. Sony is releasing the PSP2 with a hi-def screen and other crazy gadgets around March 2011.  Is this the final chance to dominate the market?  Should Sony surrender to Nintendo or keep fighting for the best handheld?  Is there any particular feature of either system that would make you or other people REALLY want these new game systems?  Explain your answers.

(You must use at least 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the websites below)

http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/25/more-details-emerge-of-supposed-psp2-with-backside-touch-control/

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/29/nintendo-3ds-on-february-26-auto-generates-mii-with-front-facing/


  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

The Nintendo 3DS

The Sony PSP2

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Redbox has turned out to be a major hit in renting movies.  So much so, that it has changed the way Netflix does business and nearly caused BlockBuster to go bankrupt.  To add to their dominance, Redbox began renting video games in select areas in October 2010.  They have PS3, X-Box 360 and Wii games available for $2 per day.  It will go nationwide sometime in 2011.  Is this a good plan?  Analyze what could be some drawbacks (bad reasons) and good reasons to rent video games through Redbox? Compare the two.

(You must use 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)
(For more information, read the article below)

http://mashable.com/2010/10/12/redbox-video-games/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

Monday, November 29th, 2010

“Most people play video games to escape from reality for awhile and maybe do things they couldn’t do in real life (Madden, Grand Theft Auto).  The next step in video games is to have them evolve into teaching you actual skills.  While trying to make their game different the makers of Rock Band 3 claim they have somehow managed through a PRO game mode to actually teach you how to play the drums, keyboard and guitar.  Is this a good way to learn how to play actual music instruments?   What would critics of this video game have to say about not needing music classes or lessons because you could learn from a video game?  Or could you REALLY learn how to become a great player from a video game?  Why or why not?” (You MUST write 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)


For more info, check out:

http://www.ign.com/videos/2010/09/08/rock-band-3-be-a-pro-drummer-video-feature

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