Video Games. Good or Bad?

So everyone knows about Call of Duty. That game where you go and kill people and shoot up everything.  The youngsters thing it is cool whilst the elders think it encourages violence. I think however that in reality every normal person realises that really video games are in fact bad. You sit on your ass and twiddle your thumbs for hours, well how can that be good?

To begin, there are positives of gaming. First, there is the obvious advancement in your social life if you game online with friends. This of course, isn’t as good as actually going out and talking to people, but it is a step in the right direction. Then, there is the boost in hand-eye coordination. Whilst only a small benefit, it is still there, and it is still something.

In my opinion the number one reason people are so attracted to video games is because they are escapism. They are sort of like movies except they also pull the gamer into there world by making you feel like you have to work to advance the storyline. You feel like you have great control over he story, especially games with different endings and choices, like the Mass Effect series. You feel like this, even though in fact you are stuck to preprogrammed sequences.

The final positive of video games is that sometimes, and I need to express the sometimes, they can provide help, and even training for real life situations. This is usually in the form of simulators. The Sims is actually a perfect example of showing how determination and effort can help you in careers, life, and it also teaches youngsters that saving money can help you. Something that a lot of couch potatoes need to get into there skulls.

Here come the negatives. Firstly, it can cause deep vein thrombosis. Yeah I started with something more scary then anything. If you stay still for too long and don’t exercise your muscles in can cause, sort of blood clots in your veins and arteries, and it is detrimental towards your blood flow, which can cause life threatening issues.

Also of course, gaming has no long-lasting positive outcome in your life. Sure it feels great working towards that 50G achievement on Xbox, but that is only short time happiness. Will that really help you in your life? Then there is the fact that sitting around doing nothing is just plain lazy.

Finally, you feel bad about yourself. Not just because you know you could be doing better things, but also because staying still with have detrimental effects on your weight, muscle tone, and growth, if you don’t keep fit alongside this. This is why you should do what I do. Don’t play much video games, but when you do, make sure you still spend time keeping fit, healthy, and maintaining an active, real, social life. Not just a virtual one through social media.

Anyway, thanks all for reading. Remember to comment your opinion and also like and follow if you enjoyed the article.

The Life Poster

The Place Technology is Headed

So, the iPhone 6… it bends… you put it in your pocket for a moment, tie a shoelace, or pick something off the ground, and then suddenly your phone is bent… this is Apple came out with this year. Sales? Not very good. I know no-one with an iPhone 6. Why? Because it is shit…

Anyway, whilst technology is  advancing at an alarming rate, I can’t help but wonder… will products become more and more fragile? I mean, my phone currently is a replacement for my Samsung Galaxy S3. It is the Samsung Galaxy Y, and it is a cheap model… well it was still £60, but it is crap (just saying – don’t get it. It closes messages and turns itself off and has terrible RAM) however, I have dropped that phone on the floor countless times. It smashes open, and the battery and everything flies out, but the screen hasn’t cracked, the phone still works as good (as bad) as it did on day one. My friend, however, had an iPhone 4 (i think) and the screen cracked, and bits came off of it when it was dropped once.

If phones are becoming more and more fragile as time goes on, but the prices keep being bumped up, honestly, I think it will have a negative effect. I mean, people will always buy them, because they are fooled by all the marketing ploys, however one day, one man will stand up and say no, then others will follow. If people actually stop buying it, maybe then apple, and other companies will go back to the drawing board and start really advancing there phones, rather then selling the same phone with minor upgrades every year.

I feel this is the same with the new generation of consoles. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically the old consoles with slightly upgraded graphics. Look at the PC, it is still far superior to both consoles. People expected a PC-like console when they purchased this new generation. What they got, they were disappointed with. This generation has had terrible sales. Most people (like myself) literally don’t care about them anymore. In fact, I for one, have stopped playing games really. The industry is terrible. Full of scams, and marketing ploys. All run by people trying to get money.

Anyway, thank you all for reading. Like, and follow for more of my blogs!

The Life Poster

Positives and Negatives of Technology, and Views on Modern Society

So I DID miss a day of blogging, and for that I am sorry, but I have been ridiculously busy with my real life. I am studying a sound engineer course at Access to Music and MY GOD does it take the energy out of me. However, it is only 3 days a week so I will be able to get some more blogging in now. Today I am going to discuss the positives and negatives of modern technology.

In the 1970’s life was very different. The world would be almost unrecognizable to the modern society. There were no phones, no high tech 4K televisions in 3D. Nothing like that. Music was completely different. There were no songs about partying, fighting and fucking. So yeah, all of the chav’s wouldn’t recognize this world. One where to listen to an album you had to go out and get a record, and you would listen to it over and over again. You wouldn’t just go on iTunes and download the songs you want to hear and after a few months, when the next popular song is out forget about the previous one.

To some people, the golden age of technology is the best thing since sliced bread. The ease of searching for what you want, ordering things just by moving your finger, and talking to people again, by moving your finger, all of this is amazing to some people, and yeah, it is useful. So in some aspects this is good. However the same people think that spending your life on a chair playing Call of Duty is good… and watching Eastenders… and chatting to people on the phone… and watching YouTube videos… and then going out to a 9 til 5 job on the minimum pay (that is if they are not on benefits). The life I just described is what so many people actually ASPIRE to nowadays. If this is what the majority of people who have been brought up in this world ruled by technology want, then is technology REALLY a good thing?

Oh, and to those of you thinking I am pointing my finger to something that doesn’t deserve the blame, YES this IS all because of technology. You can live an entire life on a computer if you want to. This is something that I myself have thought about for a long time. You could literally wake up in the morning, go to the toilet, eat breakfast, then go back into your bed, open your laptop, and let the day begin! You can listen to music on YouTube, watching some more viral videos for a few hours, then have lunch, then process to watch The Big Bang Theory, followed by some Friends re-runs. Then watch Scrubs, of Glee, or Eastenders or whatever is popular now. After this, make dinner (which is probably a microwaveable dinner bought from Tescos). Then go back to the internet. Maybe watch some more YouTube videos whilst chatting to people on Facebook. The most moving you could ever have to do is if the government find out you aren’t a job seeker and take away your benefits, FORCING you to get a job stacking shelves. The thing that shocks the most however, is that people want to live this way. They don’t seem tor really have dreams. The biggest aspiration I have seen someone who views life in this way have is to become a DJ at a nightclub.

Now, I have gone off my original topic a little bit. Technology causes so much harm, that I still think more harm is caused then good. I would be content not using technology for anything other then to message my friends occasionally, but even then, if I went back 10 or 15 years I would still be content with the technology then. I could just call my girlfriend, or my friend and tell them when and where I will meet them, or just have a 10 minute chat, rather then saying things over Facebook Messenger. In about 20 more years we may never actually see another human face. I really wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe everyone will be uploaded to the internet and we will all live our lives in cyberspace. Forever being subjected to talk to other people via Facebook. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook was uploaded to everyone’s brains, and every new child born had to have a chip put into there brains to install Facebook into them.

Technology can sometimes be a wonderful thing, and indeed it has helped us in countless ways, and I would suffer a lot without technology in my life, but only because of work and mainly because I have become accustomed to watching films and TV programs every night, and talking to people on Facebook. I would feel weird, almost incomplete without all of this in my life, but NONE of it is really necessary. What would I do without all of this? Well I would do exactly what I did before I had all of this technology. I might actually pick up a deck of cards, or play a board game. This age of computers and Ultra HD TV’s is not the ideal world. Soon, actually talking to your friend face-to-face will be a novelty, and you will be called weird if you have an MP3 player, or if you don’t have the latest Google update installed into your brain. This isn’t what I want. This isn’t what should happen. The world is better then this. We were born to socialize, not touch a piece of metal to say to someone we love them, or to tell a loved one that a family member died. So yes, technology causes much more harm then good.

Thanks for reading this long winded explanation,

The Life Poster