Today is Monday, and that means we are gonna talk about a few different news stories that have to deal with gaming. Today, I found 3 stories that I would like to talk about.
Firstly, a program being called Wii-Hab. What is Wii-Hab you ask? Apparently a physical rehab center is now using the Wii’s motion based gameplay to assist patients with keeping their bodies fit and lean. By allowing the patients to play things like Wii-Sports, the patients have fun, and get exercise too. Its an amazing idea and apparently seems to be doing quite well. One doctor had spinal cord surgery patients actually regain most of their basic movements, dealing with things like brushing their teeth and washing their face. THATS BOSS. I don’t care who you are, but Video Games being used for physical therapy is awesome.
Here is a link to the full story – Wii-Hab Physical Therapy.
Next story! EA Games to purchase 2 gaming studios! Some people might say this is a bad thing, while others might say its a good thing. The two studio’s in question are Pandemic Studio’s and BioWare. I know a few people who find this event to be horrid, and fear for the end of the world as we know, figurativly speaking. While it may not be the most desirable thing to happen, from what I understand BioWare was close to going bankrupt (a friend who lives a few blocks away from the Edmonton BioWare offices said his local paper had a story on it, but I was unable to find a link.)
That may simply be a rumor. Regardless, EA is stating that by purchasing these two studio’s they are filling a “gap in our genre lineup”. This was said by Warren Jenson, chief financial officer for Redwood City, Calif.-based EA. I hope that everything works out for these companies. BioWare is one of my favorite PC Game developers, making such games as Jade Empire and Neverwinter Nights (which are two of my favorite games). Time will tell how this acquisition will effect the gaming world.
Link to Full Story – EA Games to purchase 2 gaming studios!
Our final story of the day, and this one sets my blood boiling. “Church’s using Halo to spread the good word”. This. is. ridiculous. Plain and simple. Apparently pastors and ministers are using Halo 3 and its multiplayer to reach young kids. I find this invasive personally. Apparently during the match they play as normal, blasting away at their opponents, and then at the end of the match…THEY PREACH TO THE PLAYERS! I am sorry, but if I am playing a game I do not want to hear a sermon about the lord. Especially not when I am sticking plasma grenades to said preacher in Halo 3. Beyond that, some of these churches are actually purchasing multiple consoles and copies of the game and hosting “Halo Nights”, where you come for the games but stay for the sermons!
I will admit its smart, but I find it hard to choke down that a faith that spouts off “Thou Shalt Not Kill” will not only get a game that has an M rating (only 17 years old and up!) but allow 12 and 13 year olds to play it and blast each other to bits, IN THE CHURCH ITSELF! What is wrong with these people?! That sends mixed messages if you ask me!
I can see it now. The pastor says “Its ok to frag your enemies in a virtual setting Billy, but the Lord does not like it if you frag in the real world.”
Smooth. Real freakin smooth.
Link to Full Story – “Church’s using Halo to spread the good word”.
I wanted to add a little edit. I do not want it to come off that I am “hating” on the churchs. Truth be told I find religion and churchs just fine. I dislike this sort of recruiting tactics however.
Now, if a church wants to do a game night, I would think they would have chosen something a little more family oriented. I mean, thats what churchs are right? They shouldnt be a place to go “frag some noobs”.
Like, they could have picked up some Wii’s and Super Paper Mario, or even an Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero 2. Those are two very fun games, and have nothing to do with violence.