History Being Deleted …

History Being Deleted …

Introduction

The George Orwell classic, 1984, had shown a grim reality of what our world would look like if we had deleted our history. It was a terrifying world where the government controlled everything and everyone. It’s a scary and harsh reality that we are now beginning to enter. With ISIS destroying Christian landmarks in the middle east, and now liberals destroying historical landmarks in the south. This kind of stuff has been foretold for years now, and it’s finally happening. What happened in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Communist China will soon happen here.

People are blinded by the media and whatever they say. They refuse to accept the fact that history happened. They continue to dwell on the past instead of doing what’s important and focusing on the future. Whether you wish to deny it or not, the Civil War happened. World War 2 and the Nazi Regime happened. Civil Rights happened. We use these historical events to ensure that stuff like the Civil War and World War 2 may never happen again. However, what has happened in North Carolina is only one of many stories where history was either deleted or altered.

Sen. Joseph McCarthy was Insane

During the aftermath of World War 2, both America and the Soviet Union found themselves neck and neck with each other. Both super powers had the big red button ready to drop a nuke. However, to make sure that wouldn’t happen, we both decided to spy on each other for a long time. Making sure we were one step ahead of the other. With that, The Red Scare began. Americans across the country were told about the dangers of Communism and Communist Sympathizers inside the United States. A big part of that was from Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

McCarthy started his campaign in 1950 to hunt down Communist/Soviet spies within the USA. However, regardless of him simply looking out for his country, the Democratic party as well as the media hated on him. Claiming he was simply on an immoral witch hunt. He was even given more hate when the Rosenberg Trials happened. Where he successfully captured two confirmed Russian spies, had them tried for treason, and executed. This caused McCarthy to lose almost all of his credibility. People thinking that the Rosenbergs were innocent and wrongfully executed. For the longest, America simply believed that McCarthy was insane.

Then the Venona Papers were made and declassified in 1995 by the NSA.

Over 3,000 translated documents were found containing information regarding Russian spies within the United States who were stealing information on the US Atomic Bomb and the Manhattan Project. It had also included a list of confirmed Soviet Spies, two of them being the Rosenbergs. Not only that, but there were many other confirmed spies that had jobs within the White House, Capital Hill, the Pentagon, and even the Department of Treasury. Many of these names were people accused of being Soviet Spies by Joseph McCarthy himself.

McCarthy was right all along, and history painted him as a mad man.

Nazi Symbolism Censored

We’re all aware of the infamous Nazi symbol. That dreaded image of fascism and socialism. An image of hatred and racism. An image that brought the world to a bloody, brutal war, and tried to destroy who we are. An image that can not be forgotten for one simple reason, so that we may never forget the pain it caused. So we can truly be sure that an uprising like that will never happen again. However, ever since Germany laid down their new laws about Nazi Symbolism, the world has been trying to erase it from existence. Which is wrong.

Just recently, two Chinese tourists had travelled to Germany. They had no prior knowledge on the current laws in Germany, and were both caught giving the Nazi salute in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. Instead of giving them a slap on the wrist, the German police had them punished to the full extent. Three years in prison on a €500 ($600) bail without a single warning. Though they were able to pay off their bail, this kind of punishment to tourists is insane. All because they had no knowledge of the current laws in Germany. However, this isn’t even the half of it.

If you’re a recent viewer of mine, you’re most likely aware of what’s been happening with Call of Duty WW2 and how they’re censoring Nazi Symbolism in the game. I kind of understand there reasoning for removing it from multiplayer, however, this decision ruins the experience for players who wish to enjoy a historically accurate experience versus an inaccurate one. Also, Michael Condrey, please refrain from insulting those who critique your game. Thank you.

The Solution

Our past doesn’t define who we are, what we do defines who we are. In order to help prevent future chaos from unfolding, we must learn and remember our mistakes from the past. We remember the Civil War to ensure it’ll never happen again. We remember the Nazi Regime to prevent other organizations like this from uprising. We don’t do it to give royalty or praise, but to remember the torment it brought the world, and how we can come together and stop it from happening again.

In Conclusion

Since the 1950s, history has been altered and deleted. As technology evolves, it becomes easier to delete and alter history. Rewritting history books, altering historical articles, changing Common Core, and promoting historically inaccurate content. There’s one specific quote from Cpt. John Price that I feel fits perfectly. “History is written by the victor. History is filled with liars. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written, and ours is lost. Shepard will be a hero, because all you need to change the world, is one good lie and a river of blood. He’s about to play the greatest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth, but if only he lives and we die.” This in reference to Modern Warfare 2’s story. However, this quote is true.

It doesn’t take much to rewrite history.

Works Cited

  1. Tyson, Peter. “Read Venona Intercepts.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, Jan. 2002, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/intercepts.html.    
  2. “Chinese Tourists Arrested for Hitler Salute in Germany.” BBC News, BBC, 6 Aug. 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40842853.                                                                        
So Atari is Back . . .

So Atari is Back . . .

Introduction

At E3 2017, a surprise guest was there, Atari. A company I haven’t heard from in a very, very long time. I know that they’ve been making small and unpopular games, but I was pretty surprised to hear them announcing a brand new console. They didn’t reveal much about it other than the design and fact that it was being dubbed, The Atari Box. To me, it sounds like a knock off of the recent Steam Box, and even sounds like it might work the same way. According to Atari CEO, Fred Chesnais, the console is supposed to be able to not only play current games, but also feature some classic Atari games Remastered for the new generation of gaming. However, I’m very skeptical about this.

Incase you weren’t aware, Atari has had a horrible track record in the gaming industry as of recent years. Most games they’ve published haven’t been that great, and they were even worse back when the 360 and PS3 were popular. Though they’ve published many good games in the past like DOOM, Ikaruga, even The Witcher. However, after they released Alone in the Dark and Alone in the Dark: Illumination, things started to go a bit down hill for them. Will this console be a comeback for Atari? Maybe. Lets take a look back what Atari has done up until now.

What is Atari?

Atari used to be the greatest gaming company from the early days of gaming. It’s golden years were from 1978-1981 when they released the Atari 2600, one of their most popular and legendary consoles. It was also around the time their two most popular games were released, Centipede and Asteroids. They were the best company in North America, and were getting popular with each passing day. Releasing games such as Tempest and Adventure. However, this didn’t last.

The Gaming Crash of 1983 came out and brought an unfortunate end to Atari’s monopoly on the gaming industry. Due to their greedy and cheap business practices, they began to pay the price for it. With their refusal of putting credits of their developers in their games and their attempt to make consoles cheaper, it soon led to the unholy release of ET and Pac-Man. The two worst Atari games ever made. This move soon brought the company to it’s weakest.

Their two recent consoles (the Atari 5200 and the Atari 1200XL) both were total flops, and soon crippled the company. They racked up nearly half a billion dollars worth in losses. The company CEO soon sold 5,000 of their shares, and it wasn’t long before Atari had been bought out by a guy named Jack Tramiel. For awhile, the company had gone silent, and soon after, SEGA and Nintendo became the new face of gaming. That is, until Atari snuck back into the game.

What happened to them after 1983?

Even after the crash, Atari still remained a company. They were sort of in the background while SEGA and Nintendo were in steady competition. To try and make a comeback, Atari released the Atari 7200. While the console did have some of it’s perks, it just couldn’t compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the SEGA Genesis, and ended up being a flop. Pretty soon, both SEGA and Nintendo made their own handheld consoles (the Nintendo Gameboy and SEGA Game Gear). Once again, Atari put their hat in the ringer with the Lynx I and Lynx II handheld consoles. However, Atari again wasn’t a match for the Gameboy and Game Gear.

Then the Bit Wars began!

Both SEGA and Nintendo weren’t just trying to be the best when it came to game, but they also wished to be the best in visuals. Nintendo had been behind SEGA when it came to bits, with the NES being only 8 Bit, and the SEGA Genesis being 16 Bit. As for one final try, Atari came out and surprised everyone with the Atari Jaguar. “The first ever 64 bit console!” or so they said. Everyone was super excited to see Atari’s new console, and couldn’t wait to see the new visuals. Unfortunately, their excitement was soon met with disappointment when they found that almost all the games weren’t 64 bit.

Many of the games ranged anywhere from 16 bit to 32 bit, which of course wasn’t at all what they promised. Sadly the console just ended up being no different from the competition. It’s even to this day still considered just a 32 bit console. Soon after, SEGA and Nintendo both released their own 64 bit consoles (the Nintendo 64 and the SEGA Dreamcast). Even after SEGA dropped out of the Console Wars and Sony and Microsoft entered the limelight, Atari still continued making consoles. Most of these were just remakes of their old consoles and didn’t get much popularity.

Pretty soon, the company fell into obscurity and had gone dark for awhile. Until E3 2017.

My Thoughts on their New Console

You know what, to be honest, I personally hope it goes well. This company has to be the most stubborn gaming company I’ve ever seen. No matter what has happen to them in recent years, they are still here and are still making content for gamers. I hope what they have for us in September will be able to compete with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. I hope their console does great when it comes out. I don’t have the highest hopes, but I will remain optimistic for them.

In Conclusion

We’ve seen the rise and fall of Atari. We’ve seen the good and the bad this company has done. We’ve seen every success and failure this company has produced, and I have a strong feeling that they’ve learned from their mistakes. They’re aware of the mistakes they made in the past, and they should know by now that they have to give it their all. If they wish to get back in the game, they need to earn their consumers’ trust. They need to prove to the gaming community that this new console is a must-have for all gamers.

We can only hope . . .

Works Cited

  1. Fulton, Steve. “Atari: The Golden Years — A History, 1978-1981.” Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Games, Gamasutra, 21 Aug. 2008, http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/132160/atari_the_golden_years__a_.php.
  2. jihedovsky. “New Atari Console Will Bring ‘Current Gaming Content’ As Well As Classic Titles.” TechHub, TechHub, 17 July 2017, http://www.tech-hub-magazine.com/2017/07/17/new-atari-console-will-bring-current-gaming-content-as-well-as-classic-titles/.         
  3. “The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 / Useful Notes.” TV Tropes, TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983?from=Main.TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.   
  4. “From Vintage Video Game Consoles To Today.” TheGameConsole.com: Atari Video Game Consoles, TheGameConsole, http://www.thegameconsole.com/atari.html.  
  5. Rye, Rotten. “Bit Wars vs. Resolution Wars.” SuperNerdLand, SuperNerdLand, 20 May 2015, supernerdland.com/bit-wars-vs-resolution-wars/.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

My Top 10 Games Of All Time

My Top 10 Games Of All Time

Introduction

Not trying to be cliché here or turn into another Watch Mojo, I simply wish to share my favorite games. Games that I felt good about playing. Games that had a powerful message to share. Games that left a big impact on my childhood. Games that I will still play even to this day. Games I feel you should one day give a try. Here’s my top 10 games of all time. Enjoy!

 

#10 – Call of Duty 2 : Big Red One

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This had to have been one of my favorite Call of Duty games of all time. Not only did it have great gameplay, but it had a brilliant story with excellent voice acting. The feeling of bonding with all of these soldiers, getting to know their stories, and seeing them fall before you is very impactful. Really shows you what kind of hell these men had gone through. A definite recommendation to any gamer or Call of Duty fan.

#9 – System Shock 2

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I remember viewing this game back in 2012 when I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers, Mutahar, playing it. It really caught my eye and I thought I’d give it a go one day. Not only is it cheap, but it’s a blast to play. One of the best survival horror games I’ve ever played. The graphic aren’t anything to brag about, but that doesn’t ruin the game for me. A must have for all PC gamers, and a classic to hang on to.

#8 – Myst

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This is how the game starts, you know absolutely nothing. You have no knowledge of who you are, where you are, why you’re here, and what your objective is. All of that you need to figure out by exploring the island, reading books, taking notes, solving puzzles, and reading maps. I love it! It does something not many games do anymore. Which makes it very unique. If you’re a fan of puzzles and exploration, you have to check this out.

#7 – Half-Life 2

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Another PC classic that left an impact on the entire gaming industry. It popularized the concept of physics in gaming, and was the best first-person-shooter of its time. Great gameplay and an excellent story. Always felt awesome smacking stuff with your crowbar. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this game, definitely give it a try.

#6 – Medal of Honor Allied Assault

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Before the rise of Call of Duty began, EA’s Medal of Honor dominated the PC gaming industry, and it was a big part of my childhood. It put you through missions based on actual events that took place during WW2. You even played undercover for the OSS trying to sabotage German U-Boats and other devices. You even got to fight alongside the French Resistance with the leader to destroy a powerful German Tiger Tank. An awesome classic to give a try.

#5 – Borderlands 2

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So many guns!! I have honestly never heard of any game that out gun Borderlands 2. Aside from the game’s mass abundance of guns, this game also has some awesome gameplay along with a very well made story. If you ever get this game, be sure to play it with friends. It is essential, or you’ll get bored pretty quick. If you’re a fan of killing psychos, monsters, badass enemies, and collecting guns, then this is the game for you!

#4 – Far Cry 3 

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“Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?” That’s exactly what this game is to play. It really does show the break down of the human through the game’s insane narrative. The basic concept is this, you’re stuck on a group of small islands in the pacific ocean and you’re being hunted by two insane drug lords and slave traders. You’re only goal is to survive by any means. It is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, Vass Montenegro is amazing in this game.

#3 – Halo 3

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Many of you probably expected this game to show up on this list eventually, and why wouldn’t it? This is probably the greatest Halo game in the entire series. No game ever came close to this popularity. It was the most anticipated title and the most successful. From the gameplay, to the visuals, and even to the story, this game scored on all fronts. The best Halo game in the entire series, in my opinion. Check this one out!

#2 – Left 4 Dead 2

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There is no other zombie game out there that can top the style and gameplay of Left 4 Dead 2. Nor is there any other zombie would play. This game is one of the best co-op games I’ve ever played, and I still to this day continue to play. Whether it would be for PC, PlayStation, or Xbox, this game is a spectacular blood-fest to behold. If you love killing zombies in the best and most intense way possible, then I recommend you pick up this masterpiece.

#1 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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This was bound to be my top choice. Skyrim does the one thing not many RPG games do anymore. Give you full and total freedom to do whatever you absolutely want. You could go evil, or be the hero. You can be a vigilante, or be a law abiding citizen. You can live in a home, or live a life of adventure. You can be a vampire, or a werewolf. You can be a mage, or a knight. There a no limits (aside from the boundaries of the world) to what you can do. It’s your game, so why not go truly make it yours!

Well, that’s my list! What are your favorite video games?

RANT: Supply Drops in Call of Duty WW2

RANT: Supply Drops in Call of Duty WW2

NOTICE: Just wanted to let you guys know from here on out I will be posting random rants about certain topics on my blog. They’ll usually be short paragraphs of me simply arguing about something that “grinds my gears”. It won’t be like my other blog posts. Just short, sweet and to the point. Enjoy, and thanks again for the support!

As we should’ve all known by now, Call of Duty WW2 is indeed getting supply drops in the multiplayer. It was inevitable. However, its what there doing with it that has me furious at Sledgehammer. First off, Michael Condrey has stated that these Supply Drops will be purely cosmetic and nothing more. This is bullshit, pardon my French. We’ve seen this before in another now infamous Call of Duty game by the name of Modern Warfare Remastered. When Raven promised that the drops would be cosmetic only, and what happened? Weapon after weapon after weapon had been released. There’s now a total of over 10 new guns in the game.

Allow me to predict the future here, this won’t last. I’d say give it one to two months before Sledgehammer officially announces that they’ll be releasing, oh I don’t know, I’m guessing a new assault rifle, shotgun, and pistol. A month after that, they’ll announce a new update featuring a new sniper rifle this time, maybe even a new melee. At the end of the day, we won’t truly know until the game is released. All I can say is, gamers, look through every file this game has when it comes out. Find out if they’re hiding anything in the programming. I wanna know if my assumptions are correct.