Have you heard of Crusher? It’s a seven-ton, six-wheeled,, all-wheel drive, US
Army vehicle that goes anywhere it wants. Over rocks and through fences is a
piece of cake for Crusher.
But, get this, the Crusher is un-manned, remote controlled by gaming
systems. It has a console racing controller, complete with steering
wheel and pedals. Then it has an Xbox controller to turn the cameras,
lift the vehicle’s mast, and fire it’s weapons.
So, if you’re good at gaming, you might have a nice career in the Army.
Yup, video gaming outpaced music and music during 2007. According to the Entertainment Software Association, almost 19 billion US dollars was spent on gaming during 2007. That’s a lot of popcorn! In fact, ESA CEO and president Michael D. Gallagher. “On average, an astonishing 9 games were sold every second of every day of the year.” Whew! Where’d they get all that money?
To put that into perspective, the total 2008 budget for US Homeland Security was about 43 million!* So, we spent about 400 times more on games than on our national security. LOL
Of course, a lot of this has to do with Nintendo Wii,sales at 6 million units, the Xbox with 4.5 million units, and the PS2 with 4 million units. That’s a huge increase in sales in 2007.
Let’s see what this year brings.
Happy New Year!
Thailand has banned Grand Theft Auto, (GTA), after some teenager
killed a cab driver in what appeared to be copycat murder and
the GTA distributer refused to re-stock stores.
The police have stated the reason for the ban was ‘obsence content’.
Any shopkeepers found selling GTA will immediately be arrested and
could face up to a three year sentence in prison.
A Thai teen still in high school has been arrested for robbery and
possession of a dangerous weapon after police found the body of a
taxi driver in his cab. The teen is facing the death penalty or
life in prison if convicted
According to police the teen lost his mind because he could not afford
to play GTA. GTA encourages gamers to kill people and steal their cars
to gain points.
GTA has been widely criticized for it’s raw representation of violence,
murder, drug dealing, and prostitution. GTA has sold over 70 million
The New York state legislators have passed a really crazy new law, though it is not yet signed
by the governor. Basically, if you sell a “violent” video game to a minor, you could face up to
three years in prison.
I wonder exactly how they define “violent”? A car crashing could be considered violent. Some
people falling down stairs also could be considered violent. One video character punching
another video character might be violent.
To make matters worse, it will be mandated that all console have built-in parental controls.
This is really a clear case of government contolling society.