Wolf’s Gaming Blog: A Dissection

Considering I too am thinking of starting my own blog via nerd news and gaming, it wasn’t hard to connect with this blog! First off, the intent of the blog is evident in both the name and the catchphrase.

“Wolf’s Gaming Blog: Cutting through the bullshit of typical gaming journalism to deliver actual honest reviews.”

What a way to present to your audience! Honest from the very beginning with slight vulgarity? Rated M for Mature.

But right away the blog isn’t scary to navigate. With an easy to read navigation bar up top it isn’t hard to find the category youre looking for. And if you scroll down you can easily access the post you’re looking for. It looks very user friendly.

But the blog not only reviews games but has interviews, reviews movies, board games, essentially it seems like more than just an honest game review blog site! It is a nerd news site! It linked out to different blogs as well as lists where other places have linked to it. Everything iss very crisp, very professional, and very organized.

When clicking on one article, let’s choose the Lego Marvel Avenger’s Review, it goes all out on the review.

“Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 (Also available on WiiU and DS. This review does not apply to those.)
Reviewed On: Xbox One
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Singleplayer: Yes
Multiplayer: No”

It right away lists the platforms it is on, lists the platform it was reviewed on, and clarifies whether or not this review would be valid on the other platforms. It also lists specs and certain aspects of the game that might be important to the actual player, realizing this review might make or break the reader buying it. Stellar!

The review then goes into high detail about the developer, the franchise, the game, and reasons as to why people may or may not like the game and then pros and cons to the game itself. But they do it in a way that isn’t over cliche, but isn’t mediocre. It’s professional, to the point, but still informative.

These are all things I love, and hope to accomplish in my own blog! The fact that it has the content I want draws me to it but what really inspires me is the fact that it’s so simple it’s perfect. Design, writing, you name it. It’s not overly complicated or over designed.

So if you’ve got a chance, check out Wolf’s Gaming Blog, especially if you’re unsure about a future game purchase.

http://wolfsgamingblog.com/

BBC and its emerging new ways of story presentation (week 4)

Wow that is such a mouthful of a title! But it’s true. The BBC is an excellent news source for me, one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that I find out about and am more informed about issues in my country far better from a foreign outlet than my own. It’s both worrisome and interesting.  But, this source also writes well, and writes to the readers of all countries.  It doesn’t just have breaking news on just local stories in the UK or even in Europe. There are numerous different beats on science, entertainment, sports, politics, war, etc. My favorite recent story and its presentation is a story about the recent find of gravitational waves within the black hole. There is both a link to the original article in this video presentation of the information.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35546669

What I love about this is that BBC not only wrote an original article, they created a video, and then linked not only their own overage but also linked the reader to other science articles related to or also about the same topic. This is revolutionary because used to journalism organizations and companies would compete to be the story that got read. Now, it’s like to survive in this world of journalism we all have to be somewhat cohesive, somewhat non-resistant to this “competition”. There really isn’t a real competition because we all rely upon one another for information far too much.

It’s interesting to think that this is probably only the beginning of new forms of news presentation. Soon maybe we’ll get holographic depictions of what went on and relive the events right in front of us. IT’s definitely a possibility.

The Daily Habits of a News Junkie

After a few days of really jotting down when and where I’ve used technology or accessed technology or even thought about accessing a technology, I got tired by about the third hour of the first day. Why? Because whether we like it or not technology consumes us and our lives.

Monday– Facebook has been accessed so many times I have lost count, BBC has alerted me to news stories about 15 times and I’ve scoured both it and NPR for a combined total of 3 or 4 hours today. I’ve played games on my hone a good solid combined 4 hours hopping between different strategy games. The Facebook messenger has been going off all day due to my connections to a group on campus that I am a secretary for, and have texted people all day.

That was my day in just very light detail and like I said before after just a few hours of logging I got tired rather quickly of having to do so Technology is so…interconnected into our lives that we don’t really realize when we’re using technology that 20 years ago didn’t even really exist. It’s fascinating, and makes me truly wonder when and if things will change.

Am I a Digital Native?

 

The first time I ever actually touched something of large technological value it was a large blocky computer, and it was a game with graphics that back then were considered high tech. Roller Coaster Tycoon. That was when I first really discovered technology, was through computer gaming. After that it all seems to really blurr together, from when my dad got his first cellphone, to playing the Gamecube. Because even though the memory is fuzzy, I can still remember the way my dad’s beeper sounded when he had to call someone even if he had already gotten home from work. It just sort of went from one day there being nothing to having a SNES, a N64, a Gamecube, a computer, a playstation 2, and so many other devices. I remember the first time I got onto the internet was still during the time when if someone was expecting a call you couldnt get on because your internet would take up the phone lines somehow.

When it comes to technology I’m quite comfortable and not at all intimidated. Frankly I’ll be quite lost and confused when first fiddling with a new program or software or device but after a few tries of fiddling and probably eventually reading a manual or watching a tutorial, I can learn a lot on my own. Technology is fast and growing and I can not be stuck in the mindset of being afraid to try new things. If I want to survive in the world of journalism or even just the basic human world I have to learn to adapt just like the majority are already doing. Overall on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the most comfortable 10 being absolutely terrified, I am definitely a solid 1.

My interest level in the technological world is quite high, especially in gaming. Virtual reality is most definitely becoming a thing now a days and I cant really wait to see where it heads. There are so many avenues for new technology, especially in the gaming world, that I want to be front and center to watch it happen. My only anxiety is that I wont be…quick enough or I won’t be bold enough to step forward. My own shyness is my only real anxiety besides one day being outmatched in my adaptation levels to new technology. I’m anxious that one day I will be the outdated technology, and that’s scary but also exciting and just pushes me more towards the idea that if I want to survive I have to be able to keep adapting and using these new technologies. I’m also just anxious. Plain anxiety is scary enough, let’s NOT add in new ingredients to the mix.