Headlines in Game News

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.


4 thoughts on “Headlines in Game News

  1. Sy

    Isn’t “It’s ok to frag in a video game, but not in real life” exactly the opinion that the gaming community wants the [insert conservative group name here] to buy into? I’m glad that some conservative group is actually taking a gaming-positive stance, saying that gamers ARE smart enough to understand the above concept. The developers that make the violent and semi-violent games are in battles with groups that want to shut that aspect of gaming down, and I think it’s refreshing to see some folks taking the issue and being easygoing about it. It’s a step in the right direction, if you ask me. Also, what would you prefer the churches do, hmm? Spout nonsense about how Halo is from the devil? Perhaps they should host old-fashioned taffy pulls or maybe an ice cream social in order to reach the “young man” demographic =P


  2. Clayton

    I guess my anger stems from the fact that it seems counter productive. If a church is spouting off things of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and then having people attending events that revolved around fragging each other, it seems a sort of mismatched thing.I also agree with the statement of parents buying games like Halo for younger gamers.And there is the chance that while the parent wouldn’t buy the game itself, they may feel that the Church would show it in the correct light and may not even know.I just dont like churchs doing things like this. Similar to the old Join our Church and get a Free PS2 thing.If someone is going to go to church and learn about a religion, it shouldnt be based on a “Lets Go Play Free Halo” premise.


  3. Rick the Wonder Algae

    I really don’t see why you’re upset over the Halo article. I can understand the perspective that they’re providing M rated material to teenagers too young to purchase it themselves and while this is NORMALLY done on a regular basis by parents the church’s GOAL is to get to know these young men better, thus it’s implicitly understood that they’re not in the best position to judge whether this material is appropriate for a given youth. HOWEVER, you have to temper this with the fact that under normal circumstances it’s the parents who make this decision and that’s still the case here. If a parent wouldn’t buy Halo for their child, they’re not going to let them attend a church “Halo meet”. Thus a child that really shouldn’t play Halo is more in danger of playing Halo at a friend’s house than at a church rally and no one’s been able to stop THAT since the days of “death rally” on the Atari.What I can’t understand is your apparent appall at the church luring in young men with the premise of Halo, then preaching to them at the end of the event. It’s a church. If you don’t want to listen to preaching, don’t go to the event. It’s not like they’re getting on x-box live and preaching while they play to random players who had no idea what they were getting into before they hit “join game”. It’s really no different than a time-share convention. Don’t want to listen to the time-share pitch? Don’t sign up for the free golf outing.


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