No YouTube, You Haven’t Found What I Like

I hate sales, I hate sales people. I hate being sold to. I hate being told what I should like and what I should think. I know what I like, I know what I want. If you haven’t got what I’m asking for then I’m not going to buy some other stuff because it’s in stock, and if I’m not buying other stuff off the shelf then it’s because I either don’t like it, or it doesn’t interest me in the first place.

Ooooh, bit of a rant there, but that’s how I feel about crap like this:

GTFO!

Every time I log in to YouTube I get this rubbish. “Hey why don’t you subscribe to Machinima, and Wingsofredemption and Woodysgamertag? We show you their channel link every day so why not just click subscribe and we’ll stop?” Maybe it’s because I don’t want to subscribe to those channels, I’ve been subscribed to those channels and unsubscribed for very good reasons (which regular and historic readers of this blog may or may not remember).

Fine, let’s go to my subscriptions list because that’s where the channels that I want to watch live…. oh wait, YouTube is trying to tell me something again:

“HEY! YOU SEEM TO HAVE MISSED IT ON THE FIRST PAGE…. WHY DON’T YOU SUBSCRIBE TO THESE GUYS? THEY’RE REALLY GOOD, HONEST!”

Seriously YouTube: FOAD

I’m fairly confident that they are not the only three gaming channels on YouTube…. or are they paying for the privilege of polluting my screen? Either way, YouTube needs to sort this rubbish out. If they’ve shown me the same channels more than three times and I still haven’t clicked on there then chances are I’m not going to.

It would be much better for me, and YouTube uploaders in general if they rotated these “featured” bods like in the good/bad old days. Which reminds me of a video that Chris (redd_dragons) tweeted a while back where AndrewBravener talked about how YouTube no longer helps out the smaller channels to get noticed while the bigger channels just keep getting bigger.

I suppose there are parallels to real life and capitalism there which are quite apt as YouTube is a business and as we all know businesses nowadays are only interested in turning a profit by whatever means (and who cares about the little guy right?).

Peas and loaves.

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Video Games: The End of the World is Nigh!

Investigative journalism BBC One programme ‘Panorama’ broadcast an interesting programme last night about video game addiction. It was entitled: ‘Addicted to Games?‘ and this was the blurb:

As pester power kicks in and the computer games’ industry launches its latest products on to the Christmas market, Panorama hears from youngsters who’ve dropped out of school and university to play games for anything up to 21 hours a day. They describe their obsessive gaming as an addiction. Reporter Raphael Rowe, meets leading experts calling for more independent research into this controversial subject, and reveals the hidden psychological devices in games that are designed to keep us coming back for more.

Now I watched most of it. I say “most” because I gave it the same level of in depth attention that the creators put in to their “investigative journalism”. I listened to the majority of it while catching up on some computer stuff and glanced up every now and then to see what was going on.

For those who missed it here is the programme’s message in a nutshell:
– World of Warcraft and Call of Duty will take over your life and destroy you from within

For everyone else here’s what it was really about:
– Reporter (not journalist?) Raphael Rowe bleats about wanting to protect his children from the dangers of video games, and also share his concerns with other parents. Okay, fair enough – the children are our future and other cliches. I’ve got two so I know the constant pressure, concerns and self doubt you get over just about every decision that you make when trying to ‘do the right thing’.

But here’s the thing, our Raphael here is about my age, but I can only guess that he’s either a member of some remote Amazonian tribe that moved to the UK last Tuesday, or is Amish because I’m fairly confident that most 30-odd year olds are aware of gaming.

I’m also fairly sure that he, and the rest of the Panorama team are able to read. What’s that funny number and description on the game box for? 18? Is that months? Oh, Little Johnny is ten years old so Call of Duty must be fine for him. While you’re at it Raphael, get him some ciggies, a bottle of Scotch and a tattoo – they’ve all got those funny ’18’ stickers on them too!

Here’s how I deal with age restricted products with my kids:

if kid is < [age restriction] then DO_NOT_BUY
else
BUY

Sure I get the “…but whyyyyyy?????” and the answer is simple: because it’s not appropriate. Oh, look at that ‘pester power’ nullified by effective and consistent parenting. Problem solved.

So now that little problem has been resolved let’s look at the shocking tales of woe about childrens lives being totally absorbed by gaming:

There’s some adults that dropped out of University because they spent all their time playing video games. There’s a kid in his late teens who needs a bloody good hiding for being such a stroppy little bastard. Some guy who’s addicted to World of Warcraft and lastly there’s the Korean couple who allowed their own baby to starve to death while they took turns to look after a virtual child.

Hang on a minute….. I thought we were looking at protecting our children. Not our young, and not so young adults….. and some Koreans with low IQs (which is obviously an issue for Korean Social Services and not Panorama). Oh, my mistake – it’s just yet another episode of scaremongering and sucking in the hard of thinking. Panorama used to have some integrity, it’s programmes changed policy and raised awareness of issues. But now, as I said to SuffyWuffy on Twitter earlier, it’s nothing more than sensationalist trash.

When it comes down to it, the majority of the people featured in the programme were ADULTS. Physically and legally. I think even the stroppy teen was actually over 18, but why let something like that get in the way of a good story? Those of you with kids know that there is only so much guidance and discipline you can give your kids. There comes a point when it’s no longer your decision whether or not to allow them to make their own mistakes because they’re going to make them regardless of what you say. That’s when your job as parent becomes that of support worker rather than police man/woman/person. That’s the reality of life, your kids are going to grow up and they’re going to make some shocking mistakes along the way.

Personally, if my kids were to become addicted to something I’d rather it be gaming than crack or gambling.

I’m waiting for Jeremy Vine to introduce the episode where they find a WWII Bomber on the Moon (anyone remember that headline? (probably UK only)).

Peas and loaves.

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DLC… again?!

I’m starting to sound like a broken record.

I am going to be revisiting some ‘issues’ that I’ve gone over previously due to the release of the BRAND NEW *ahem* Onslaught DLC for Battlefield Bad Company 2.

I haven’t turned the PS3 on since it came out so I don’t know how much it is, a couple of quid maybe, but to me: it’s too much. I’m not buying it. Simple as that. As far as I’m concerned it’s not worth the money, and while EA/DICE continue to leave other issues unresolved why should I give them more money to play a game mode that should have been included at retail anyway?

Pay to play co-op mode? Come on, seriously? What is the replay value of that? Those of you who have Modern Warfare 2 – how many times do you actually play the co-op missions on that (you know, the ones that were free at point of sale)?

From what Donncha was saying about the Onslaught pack it’s useful to hone your vehicle and/or sniping skills so you’re also paying for the training level that should also have been included in the original game!

You don’t get any new maps, just some different lighting/weather. Big fat hairy deal – if you play GTAIV the lighting and weather changes in that…. FOR FREE. I really don’t see the value for money. And talking of money, where does the money that people pay for the Spectat Kits and this Onslaught Pack actually go? It obviously doesn’t go to sorting out the servers.

Donncha also mentioned about an issue with lag when he was playing. StoneFaceLock is constantly complaining about lag, and even ooogbilly has now put up a vid showing lag problems:

This is the very reason why I avoided EA for over half a decade. They only respond to dollars and not feedback from the community. While people continue to give them cash for essentially nothing (and this applies to all developers/publishers – not just EA/DICE) they’ll continue to go “Ka-Ching! Would you like some fancy pants to go with that?”.

I did consider getting Onslaught because Donncha, Mike, Geoff, Gary and probably everyone else is getting it and it would’ve been fun to give it a go – but decided against it when I realised that EA/DICE have effectively offered nothing for the money. No new maps. Your scrore in Onslaught doesn’t count towards anything. The servers are still laggy (or empty if you play after midnight due to the EU/US segregation) and let’s be honest, co-op mode should have been included out of the box.

When EA/DICE actually offer something that provides value for money then I’ll get it. But currently we’re been spoonfed shit and being told it’s caviar. I’m not swallowing that.

Peas and loaves.

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