Exactly as the title reads your local Wal-Mart MAY have Far Cry 3 for $20 if you have not already picked it up. Mind you this is not a guarantee, as Wal-Martís price match policy does not cover online sales or other Wal-Marts but itís worth a shot if you happen to stop by one. This seems to be the case in the few Wal-Marts for my section in NJ and since I did not have a copy yet I picked one up. 20 seemed like a great retail price for a game thatís about 40 bucks now.
I simply must write a short post on this as I am pretty sure I scared my neighbor shitless with all the commotion that was made in my house do to the announcement. the fact that he has all those robot master powers was just mind blowing.†
For those who donít want to bother Iíll sum it up.
Basically a Reddit user ďmistysilverĒ who claims to work for a marketing firm has made a claim that MS has basically deployed SMM. Social media management basically shits all over the comment sections in relation to company issues. They up vote in mass positive comments related to their employers and down vote anyone who dares to raise their voice in protest. They also make comments that portray their employers in a more positive light. These Employees pretend to be happy customers in order to sway opinion which if I am not mistaken is against most website rules, including Reddits.†
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Mistysilver came about this after seeing some unusual activity. The user allegedly spotted unusual activity during a meeting with Microsoft. Microsoftís employed were supposedly using Reddit:
ďI noticed he was mass-down voting a ton of posts and comments, and he kept switching to other tabs to make posts and comments of his own. I couldn't make out exactly what he was posting, but I presumed he was doing RM (reputation management) and asked my boss about it later,Ē the user wrote. ďAccording to my boss, MS have[sic] just brought in a huge sweep of SMM managers to handle reputation management for the Xbox One.Ē
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MS has responded by saying that they have not sanctioned any sort of activity, however as most of us are probably thinking this may really be a load of company bull. We all know that plenty of under the table actions have a run and are not officially sanctioned or endorsed should the shit hit the fan.
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So what do you guys think, possible, happening or just more shit for the storm.
It has indeed been a while. I really needed the study and work time which meant no fooling around on the interwebs. A real struggle at times but it has a good payoff. I do not think my grades have looked this healthy in wellÖ ever. Wal-Martís also been the same, new manager old BS but hey what can you do. I went to tour the Google facilities in NY and for the heck of it handed in a resume just to talk it over and see what I need to improve on. I do plan to try my hand at android development since I got my hands on a nexus 7 and I think it would be a good starting point for a small project I have in mind.
†All that aside I must say things have changed (talking about that new Dafoe theme and lack of fap button). Itís like coming back home and your room was rearranged then you need to look and rediscover things. Some pleasant and othersÖ well not so good.
To my stomachs distaste though it seems like a boob war has erupted while I was away, no more accurately a war involving someoneís art direction.† Look I can handle a debate but this turns my stomach too much. I was going to enjoy wings Wednesday but I†couldn't†bring myself to eat a single wing yet, not the cheap stuff either this is good quality wings were talking here. Wing Wednesday is a standing tradition amongst some of us college goers. Look, find what you like and support it, there are plenty of games out there and plenty of styles. I think everybody has had their fill of that stuff though.
Anyway it is still good to be back. I do hope to post more in the C blogs and visit a bit more since my studies are winding down. even through the shit storms that hit us from time to time I still love you all (like my dysfunctional internet family).
Itís that time again, a question in a way for your thoughts. Remember that that this is Food for Thought so please be wise and witty in your comments. Whether you agree with me or think Iím totally wrong speak your mind and have fun. If I suck tell me what I did wrong so that I can better myself.
I was inspired to write this blog when I found this final impressions on Japanator post on guilty crown and read a few of the comments (this is the link: http://www.japanator.com/final-impressions-guilty-crown-22781.phtml ). What inspired me was the debate lifesong and davidkaldor had. Lifesong brought an interesting point the table which is mystery. I wonít delve into the debate too much since the link is there but that got me to thinking about the mechanic of mystery itself and its use in games.
Mystery can be a very useful mechanic in the world of games however when it is poorly used it can ruin a gamers experience. When games become too confusing or mysterious they lose the playerís attention and your left with a gamer scratching his head and wondering what the hell just happened.
Iím pretty sure weíve all had one of those moments
That aside the element of mystery really ads to a games character and charm. One of my favorite examples is the legend of Zelda series, in particular Majoras mask. We understand the basic plot of the game, evil mask must be stopped from destroying the world etc. However there are other elements that we just donít know that for me ad to the stories majesty.
The biggest mystery in LOZ: MM is the origin of the fierce deity and Majora. Who are they, where do they come from, and why does this evil mask give you another mask that it knows will very well obliterate it in no time. These are questions that I ask myself and the more I think the more I want to know. The more I am drawn into this world trying to open its chest of answers that I know I canít reach, which makes it all the more desirable.
Humans are naturally curious or as some people call it nosey, we thirst for knowledge and information. Games are no different. Even when I was a kid I always found myself questioning what else was there in that world, what lies beyond those boundaries that the creators have placed? I would often try and see if I could break past these boundaries, find some secret or really just anything. I wanted to know what lies beyond peaches castle, over the waterfall and into the wild green. What secrets were beyond sonic 1ís special zone, what did this place have for me, why did it even exist, who ran this place? All these questions swirling in my head made me come back to the game time and time again. By using the debug mode code I was able to leave the boundaries of the special zone and entered this glitch labyrinth of sorts with chaos emeralds afloat.
More thoughts, more ideas, some questions answered and more questions to ask.
Perhaps one of the most well-known Mysteries currently answered is the being known as MissingNO or *pixel* M *pixel*.
For those of us who have played R/B version we are all to familiar with this double edged sword, both a giver and a taker this devil gives you a Faustian deal that will give you 120 of any item in your sixth slot at the cost of your elite 4 data, and potentially your whole save file. One of the biggest questions upon its discovery was what it was for, was it an evil Pokťmon or was it just number 152 or even number 0. Why did it guard the coast of cinnabar, what did that old dude have to do with it. Was this a side effect from the experiment with Mewtwo or was this the monster the laboratory scientists made. Whatever the case MissingNO has been the subject of love, hate and debate with numerous stories about its origin made. This was a case that fascinated me and kept me playing red version, and then in crystal when I had found a glitch by cloning multiple Pokťmon at the same time. I got a Pokťmon with a name of ????? and it acted much like a MissingNo, however when you look at its states in a pc it may lead you to another screen with the unknowns that spell escape on a page. It then asks you to insert it into a GBA. I canít seem to find anyone else who has seen this and donít know if it can be done on a VBA but all the same the mystery pulled me in even more
Whether itís by the story or just in the game itself mystery lends a game a degree of strength, it builds suspense and tension. Itís that factor of the unknown that both frightens us and entertains us so much that we just canít resist its allure.
With that said I want to know what your take on mystery in games. when have you ever found yourself wondering about that unknown within the world of the game.
now if you'll excuse me I am going back to the dark reaches beyond the boundary of reality and insanity, at which pointÖ
After a long day of being yelled at by consumers and rushing back and forth from place to place I finally got to the job I was given, the game modular. I work at Wal-Mart and some days are better than others. Today was that kind of dayÖ
Donít get me wrong some people get genuinely frustrated because they canít find x product anywhere but letís be honest, this isnít always the case and some people can just be plain rude. Regardless of that it was nice and quiet this night so I was actually able to get some work done. Now while I was doing the new release section I found that the new tag for Skyrim was $40. I donít know if this is universal but itís not a system error and as far as my customers know skyrim elsewhere was still $60. Since this is only a few months old and itís a great game I recommend checking your local Wal-Mart to see if its $40 (Wal-Mart prices and deals may vary from store to store) if you donít already own it. I know some people were not able to get it right away because 60 bucks is a pretty big expense (especially for people like me who are in college and canít afford much in the way of luxury items).
Well I hope this was helpful in some way to the community. Happy gaming