Not every bad habit or ‘thing’ comes from video games guys!

So I’m reading the internet and come across this piece from PoliceOne.com. “Throwing down your sidearm: A video game training scar?“, and my first thought is “Oh, boy. Here we go again.” I read the article and sure enough, Video Game = Bad.  Have these guys not watched a movie, tv or cartoon in the last 30 years? People throwing guns around all over the place in them. You know where they DON’T just toss weapons around all the time? Most video games.  Most video games will have the protagonist either swapping weapons or holstering one to draw another. I’m really not sure why these guys think you learn to toss guns around in ‘Call of Duty’. The worst thing about CoD is thinking you can easily run at top speed for a half hour at a time and kill people shooting at you from across maps with just a knife.

 

An example:

iTunes won’t sync my apps anymore

I haven’t synced my iPhone 4s in quite a while so I decided to do it on Monday, (1/21/2013). iTunes needed to be updated, so I let that run first, and once it was finished, I started the sync. I was watching an online video when the sync started so I was a bit distracted, but still, I knew the sync went WAY to quickly. So I decided to do it again, and again the sync finished very quickly. When I tried to navigate around the iTunes app, I had a hard time, because they’ve changed things up quite a bit. In the end, I managed to get to the computer’s apps, and lo-and-behold 93 apps needed to be updated. Which meant they WEREN’T syncing with my phone like it used to. After 20 frustrating minutes I finally figured out how to make it work.

Navigate to Devices, choose your phone, then ‘Transfer Purchases’ or hit ‘control-s’ to bring back the side bar that iTunes USED to have choose your phone and right click to get to the ‘Transfer Purchases’ selection. That makes the updated apps from your phone transfer to your computer. That is it MAY work if iTunes decides your phone is actually connected. For some reason my iTunes keeps disconnecting the phone so it doesn’t show up in my device list. I got around it by unplugging the phone from the computer and re-connecting it. I have NO idea why iTunes keeps doing this. I haven’t figured that problem out yet. If you do let me know.

Phone: iPhone 4s with iOS 6.0.1

iTunes: 11.0.1.12

Guess I won’t be playing the new SimCity…dammit.

Ars Technica that wonderful website full of techy nerdness has just put up some information about the latest addition to the SimCity line of sandbox games. I’ve bought and played all the previous SimCity games but EA has found a way to keep me from coughing up my cash. The game sounded like a sure thing with all the improvements they’ve added and the fact that you could play online cooperatively and then THIS happened:

“With a required Internet connection to play, some might be worried that SimCity will run into Diablo IIIstyle server problems at launch.”

“That said, the game is designed to be played in that persistent, multiplayer world, so players won’t be able to gleefully destroy a city and then go back to an earlier save file as if nothing ever happened, for instance.”

EA is making one of my favorite all time single player games online-only AND removing my ability to use save games to fix a screw up? Thanks but no thanks and NO SALE! I’ve got plenty of other single player games willing to let me play offline like I want to take my money. EA seems to not care what it’s customers want.

Speaking of EA not caring about customers take a look see at this article from Destructiod about EA’s Origin service. Here’s the money quote:

“DeMartini also pointed out that Steam sales can engender in gamers a wait-and-see attitude, teaching customers, “I might not want it in the first month, but if I look at it in four or five months, I’ll get one of those weekend sales and I’ll buy it at that time at 75 percent off.” That’s not an unreasonable thought for cash-strapped gamers in an economic downturn, but it’s obviously not ideal for developers and publishers.”

I guess EA has never seen a game on sale before Steam. I’ve bought tons of games from Steam BECAUSE THEY WERE ON SALE! Hell I bet at least a third of the games I’ve bought from Steam were bought on sale and I would NEVER HAVE GOTTEN THEM IF THEY WEREN’T! I’m playing the hell out of Civ 5 RIGHT NOW, losing sleep trying to get in ‘just one more turn’ before turning it off, and I’m doing that because Steam had a MASSIVE 75% off sale on it. I simply wasn’t willing to pay more for it than that price point. I’ve got PLENTY of backlogged computer games to play. I really don’t need anymore for quite a while, but if you offer me a great sale you just might get my money. If EA isn’t willing to offer me great sales then that simply means THEY AREN’T GETTING MY MONEY! I swear it’s like EA thinks they are doing it’s customers a favor just existing or something. If they aren’t willing to offer sales as good as their competition (STEAM!) then guess what, I and MOST OTHER GAMERS, will simply keep going to Steam for our games.

So, congrats EA, if you keep this up, you’re basically putting yourself out of my(and everyone else’s) misery.