A Console is a Hard Drive with Games on it!

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I saw this blog posted on Digg and thought I'd put it up here for folks to wince at. It concerns a television show named "Life" that recently had a segment involving Prince of Persia. As usual, the mass media's depiction of videogames is inaccurate, to say the least. Scroll down to see the actual YouTube.

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Bill Loguidice
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Series of Worsts...

Painful, but not surprising they'd do something so painful to advance the "plot". I can't tell what's worse, the 30 year old describing a "typical gamer" or the young girl pantomiming playing while watching...



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iffing.....

Well at least the girl is better at it than the guy ;)
My girlfriend Elise (soon to be wife) is logging in more hours on the x360 as Kuifje69 than I am ;)



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gamer stereotypes

Yeah, when I see stuff like this I have to wonder--didn't any of the actors object? It's hard to believe that no one, from the cast to the crew, wouldn't have enough sense to know that the depiction of gaming culture here is so off-base it's painful. Then again, Hollywood is infamous for stereotypes. Just finished watching Ernest Goes to Africa and was wondering if anyone involved had bothered to research Africa beyond watching a few bad serials.

Come to think of it, have you ever seen ANY movie or show that actually got gaming right? I can't think of a single one.

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War Games?
Matt Barton wrote:

Come to think of it, have you ever seen ANY movie or show that actually got gaming right? I can't think of a single one.

War Games is about all that immediately comes to mind. It had its far-fetched and unrealistic elements, but was mostly accurate technologically.



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Well the whole AI bit of War Games was not possible....

Bill, let's face it - the whole AI bit of War Games was not possible at the time - with natural speech / words being understood by the computer. A very cool movie nonetheless.



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War Game Redux
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Bill, let's face it - the whole AI bit of War Games was not possible at the time - with natural speech / words being understood by the computer. A very cool movie nonetheless.



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True, I was thinking more of the Mathew Broderick IMSAI part than the NORAD part. My mistake...

Wasn't natural speech recognition in use by the 60's, though, at AT&T? Not sure about that though, but certainly not to the extent it was in the movie (and doubtful it's that evolved today, even at the government, though PC's have a competent recognition built into Windows...)...



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lol! Man If ever there was a crap game ending its one where you win and are giving a spreadsheet! Beats eye of the beholder for crap endings anyday :)

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lets not forget

lets not forget cloak-n-dagger? where CIA codes are embeeded into the end of the game. or something. (vague memories). :)

I dont think you can

a) Get gaming right
b) Succeed on (A) and make a good movie/tv episode/etc. They are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Games & movies
yakumo9275 wrote:

Succeed on (A) and make a good movie/tv episode/etc. They are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

I think you may be right, Stu. My guess is the problem is more with the producers and directors than the actual writers. I can her it now--"That won't make for compelling TV. You may now games, but I know TV. We're going to do it MY way." lol.

I'm always wincing at Dr Who and Star Trek when they talk about super computer brains or what not. They always seem to think a super computer really needs to look impressive, and even if it can fully understand and transmit human speech, of course it speaks with a terrible robotic accent. I always thought the Borg's regeneration chambers were dumb, too, with those silly plasma things that you can buy at Gadzooks for $30 now.

My guess is that in the future, computers and advanced technology in general will be even less pronounced than it is today. I also doubt that every advanced tech will be some new and improved form of something we have already, but will be something totally new and unimagined yet. I think that's why it's so hard to get the future right in TV or movies, unless it's literally within the next few years. Trying to project 50 or more years into the future is almost always ruinous.

Remember Back to the Future II? That's set in 2015, and they have hoverboards, holograms, flying cars...Seems absolutely ridiculous now to think we'll be that advanced in less than a decade.

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Androids

It's also funny how robots in these movies and what-not are always portrayed as androids (Data, etc.) They generally move clunkier and are assumed to lack emotions or self-awareness, though I can think of some notable exceptions (Blade Runner, Cherry 2000). I always had fun thinking how advanced Data was, yet he couldn't use contractions.

My guess is that robots will be far more graceful and useful than a human body, maybe with more appendages or what-not. While most robots are made for a specific job, I can imagine a more versatile unit. I can certainly see something based on an ant's form, which is quite strong and stable given its size. Be nice to have a bot that could take me places without my having to pay any attention.

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