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  loneyes
 
06:55pm 01/08/2005
 
mood: nerdy
I'm wondering why we just don't use this mood icon on all our entries.....

Anyways, I have a few things to say.

One, if you haven't seen it yet.

The decline of videogaming 3 has been released.

Also.

The legend of Zelda: The Lampshade of no Real Significance

Also, I would like for people to give me suggestions on what to put for this communties info and interests. If you guys don't give me any, you can't bitch when I make them what I want.

I also want to welcome (who I assume is) Nate to this community.

Welcome.

And finally, once more I want feed back on what we should do with this community, and if we should start another.
 
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Idea 
  loneyes
 
10:15am 29/07/2005
 
mood: Thinking
I was thinking that maybe we should try turning this into an actually community of some sort. Not just about us, we have our individual journals for that, but actually about something. Once we have an idea, we can start advertising the community (I would expect you guys to help with that) and actually get some members.

Or, if you want to keep the community the way it is, we could start a new one, pimp that one to no end, and I could make all you guys mods.

I hate being the only one with power around here *evil little girl laugh*

So what do you guys think? Make a new community? Change this one? Get a sex change? You decide!
 
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#5 
  loneyes
 
09:08pm 28/07/2005
 
mood: accomplished
Comic number 5 completed:

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Comics 2-4 
  loneyes
 
12:08pm 25/07/2005
 
mood: accomplished
Here are the next 3 comics. Hopefully you'll like them better. The first one has kind of an inside joke between me and Will, so if you don't get it, it's okay.

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After the next one, I might only do one a week.
 
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Comic 1 
  loneyes
 
09:22pm 24/07/2005
  Okay, I know I said I'd update with five the first time, but I figure one is better than none. This is the first one.

It REALLY didn't come out as good as I thought it would. But I just made it, and I'm tired as all fuck! So here it is. Love it or hate it.

Just before I go, a few little key things about this strip and future ones.

I'm not going to use text bubbles, but different people get different colors.

Will=Blue
Alex=Red
Me=Pink.
Christina=N/A (Just kidding, I'm not sure yet)

Also, if the text is underlined, it's going on inside the persons head.

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Once agian, sorry it's so shitty. I'll try harder next time, and I might redo this one tomorrow.
 
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Alex preview 
  loneyes
 
06:38pm 23/07/2005
  Here's a preview of Alex's sprite.
Alex

These I will be using in the first few strips. Sorry about the pony tale, but hey, this isn't going to be perfect.

Also, I invite you all to post anything to do with the hyrule gang here to save it for all eternity. Such as memories of conversations/events.

*goes off to find a sprite for Will*

EDIT: Will has been created.

Will

Hate it or love it, that's what it is.

I should have the comics up by the end of tomorrow.
 
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Sprite update 
  loneyes
 
01:50pm 23/07/2005
 
mood: accomplished
Okay, Just a small update on my sprite endevors (since It partains to this community "the hyrule gang" I'm posting it here)

I've finished the sprite for me. The sprite is a joke in itself that is explained in the first comic.

Also, here are the updated Christina sprites, with the (hopefully) right hair color.
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Also, so everyone knows, here's a little synopsis about what I'm doing.

I'm going to create a comic, based off conversations we have had, only taken to the extreme. I will try to keep your personality the same. Such as, Will will consistantly say smart sounding things, Christina will be quiet but freak out sometimes, and Alex will constantly disagree and shout conspiracy! If you don't like those, trust me, mine's going to be pretty humiliating too.

I will post 5 comics the first day I have them all done (since it's the first part of a small story arc, based on something I heard Will say a long time ago.) Then, I will try to post at least one a week in this community.

Also, I'm having trouble finding sprites to edit for Will and Alex. If you guys see any that might make a good them with some editing (Trying to make all back hair that looks good in this style is hard!) PLEASE! Show me. Mostly I'm working off of this sheet: http://tsgk.captainn.net/?d=sheetinfo&s=SNES&sh=finalfantasy4_characters-battle_sheet.png


One last thing, the backgrounds will probably be simplistic. 2 colors and a line. It'll suck, but this supposed to be about the writing mostly, since the sprites might suck too.
 
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  loneyes
 
07:52pm 22/07/2005
  Okay guys, I have something to say. You'll probably all say this is a shitty idea and to give it up, but fuck you! I've got nothing but time and I'm doing it anyways.

Today I was bored and sitting around, and the idea popped into my head. Hey! Why don't try to start making a sprite comic again!

After I took the part of my brain that thought that up out with a rusty spork, I got another Idea.

Why not make a sprite comic! Only this time, have it 'based' on things and conversations that you and your friends have had! I actually thought this was an 'okay' idea. I even thought up the first short story arc thing.

So, I present to you:

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  loneyes
 
09:38am 21/06/2005
 
mood: curious
I'm just curious. Does anyone know who chiundamasta is? About a month ago he requested to Join here, but I just ignored it. Is he just a person who clicked his interests and added every one on there?

Just wondering.
 
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  loneyes
 
05:42pm 19/06/2005
  Has anyone else done any entries using Noname's little madlibs? If so, post them here! I wanna see!  
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For Zelda Fans 
  moondog186
 
03:33pm 11/06/2005
 
mood: cheerful
This is only because no one updated this thing for a long time.

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  loneyes
 
04:18pm 22/03/2005
 

What constitutes violence in video games?

Anything that shows blood or gore in a realistic fashion.

What percentage of all games made would you say are violent, based upon your previous definition of violence in video games?

Very few, maybe 5% and maybe .5% of them are good.

How many hate or violent crimes would you say are linked to or directly related to violence in video games?

Few, if any. Sure, maybe a messed up kid saw a game and it sent him over the edge, but then there were a million other non-messed up kids, that didn't snap.

Does age or sex play a factor in violent, aggressive behavior?

Yes, biologicaly, men are more agressive than woman. Age has a small role, but not a very important one.

Is there a correlation between playing violent video games and acting in a violent manner?

None at all. Humans have violence built in, video games have nothing to do with it,

Is gaming escapism?

Duh! Of course it is. But so are books, TV, and music. They're disigned to remove you from reality so that you can enjoy life without limitations, at least for awhile. Everyone does it.

Do you think the interactivity of game violence makes it different than violence on television, which is passive?

No, because, you have less control. On TV, if something comes on with violence, you have two choices, change the channel and hope the next one doesn't have violence, or turn it off. With some videogames (not all) you can actually stop the violence from occuring.

Different mediums, as they've come along, have had their share of controversy. From pulp horror and graphic novels, to movies, music and television; is this part of a cycle?

Yes. Soon a new form of enterainment will come along and people will no longer focus on videogames, but rather the "evils" of this new form.

Is the self-imposed rating system for video games enough? Is the ESRB working? What is the relevance of a rating system for video games if the powers that be will black-list certain games because of their graphic content?

The system is working. Games are fairly judged and given a rating that is 99.99% of the time what it should be. The industry is doing all that it can.

How does free speech factor in?

As with any other media, videogames are a form of expression, both for the creator and player. As long as no one is harmed because of it, it's protected.

Are parents paying attention to what their kids play?

No, and they should be. Different kids can handle different things, I for one, can handle M rated games, but other, more sheltered, kids my age, but not be ready for some titles *coughchristinabeingscaredbyenternaldarknesscough*

Do you think that video games are similar to sports? There are much-touted statistics that link aggression levels to video game playing, but isn't that precisely what happens in any kind of competition?

In any kind of competition, the object is to win by following the rules. But, sometimes while competing, an older, more primitive part of the brain takes over that says "win at any cost" and this is why there are fights at sports games and the such. But, in video games, you can't win by hitting your opponent, you have to beat them in  the game. It's safer to be agressive in gaming than sports.

Where does the accountability lie? Are parents responsible for their children's behavior? Society?

Society and parents are both responsible. We live in a  time when there is a lot of violence. Violence breeds more violence. Also, parents stupid enough to not see that they're kids are too engrossed in the game to tell the difference between fiction and reality are idiots.

 

That's my very honest opinion.

 
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Another rant 
  helpfulyuseless
 
10:22am 22/03/2005
  What constitutes violence in video games?

Graphic depiction of violence. But you could say that even just jumping on goombas is violence, its just that, graphic violence is the only kind that really has the potential to make an impression on people, hitting little fuzzballs with a mallet then having them turn into a coin isn't going to leave a mark on a anyone who can separate reality and fiction.

What percentage of all games made would you say are violent, based upon your previous definition of violence in video games?

Few games have graphic violence, but there are many games have little fuzzballs to hit with a mallet and turn them into a coin.

How many hate or violent crimes would you say are linked to or directly related to violence in video games?

Not many, if any at all, especially if the ones who committed the crime say "GTA made me do it", if it had, then they would have not known it was wrong, and they wouldn't feel the need to pin the blame on something else, or justify it. Because the only ways I could see video games really causing crimes, if the players were so desensitized to the act, that they stopped knowing it was wrong, which still requires that they were heavily influenced by it at a young age, or if they wanted to reenact it in their everyday life, which has more to do with them not separating reality and fiction than the game's direct influence.

Does age or sex play a factor in violent, aggressive behavior?

yes, age most of all, and sex not as much, If you're younger then you are more prone to violent outbursts because you lack the inhibitions that stop them, though they can occur at any time, due to violence's place in human nature, as the instinct to hunt or defend oneself or others. As for sex, I think men are more prone to violence because of testosterone or whatever other reason, but women can be violent, I've personally met some women who are pretty violent.

Is there a correlation between playing violent video games and acting in a violent manner?

That depends, If at a young age, then I think so, but as I said in my previous rant,this really only applies to the "realistic" games, that suck you in as inGTA, yes I know, it doesn't really look so much like a real place, but its more so than Shrek 2 or any kids game. Though after the ages of 8-9-10 or so, then if the parents have done their jobs right, than the kid should have a well enough developed sense of right and wrong to know that they can't do this in real life. Or if they can't separate reality from fiction, then they need to seek psychiatric help.

Is gaming escapism?

Yes, well the good games are, if a game is crappy and hard to use or get into, then its not very involving in my experience. I personally do play GTA when I'm feeling angry and want to punch someone, it's an acceptable outlet for anger and it helps calm me down, instead of hurting someone, I hurt a few lines of code.

Do you think the interactivity of game violence makes it different than violence on television, which is passive?

yes and no, if the game is involving, then it is, because when you're involved in it then you're more affected by it. But, conversely your brain is more active when playing a game than watching television, and when your brain is flatlining, then you don't consciously process the things your seeing much like hypnotic suggestion, in which you're on the brink of sleep and being told things, you accept things more easily and dont filter out some of the things that you know you should take in.

Different mediums, as they've come along, have had their share of controversy. From pulp horror and graphic novels, to movies, music and television; is this part of a cycle?

Yes, undeniably, there was a time when this same thing affected the movies and television programs that we see every day, nowadays, as long as there is no sex or cursing, then graphic violence is okay with most parents and there are as few protest groups about it as there are lawyers who use it as a defense in criminal trials, practically none, because it almost never works.

Is the self-imposed rating system for video games enough? Is the ESRB working? What is the relevance of a rating system for video games if the powers that be will black-list certain games because of their graphic content?

No it's not working, but that's not the fault of the game industry. Quiz for parents: If a box for a game your eight year old child wants says on it 'Rated "M" for mature' on it, is it entertainment meant for your child's age group? If you answered yes, then call child services and have them take your child away RIGHT NOW, because if that is your answer in real life, then it's YOUR FAULT THAT THE CHILD IS PLAYING A GAME THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE, it's in many ways similar to renting pornography for children under the age of ten, do you do it? NO. It should be enough.

How does free speech factor in?

Quite heavily, some museums have introduced exhibits about games (as crazy as that sounds, it's true, there is a story about it somewhere in the techtv archives) which makes the argument of it being an art form, I mean, there are graphics designers who work on every project to make it look nice, and the gameplay could be considered a message, based on what you do in the game. So yes, if you consider the plot of a game as trying to tell a story, then censoring that is no different form censoring a book or movie.

Are parents paying attention to what their kids play?

If they did, the ESRB ratings would work.

Do you think that video games are similar to sports? There are much-touted statistics that link aggression levels to video game playing, but isn't that precisely what happens in any kind of competition?

First of all, those same statistics thay you refer to are repeated often for a reason, there arn't many others to use, there are plenty of studies that tried to link video games and violence, but failed. I'm sure the statistics have truth to them, because after my friends kill me enough times in Halo or beat me enough times in Gran Turismo 3, yeah, I get frustrated, but I don't hurt them. But back to the question, yes, this happens in any type of competition, it's the competitive nature of the contestants that causes the aggression between them, not the game itself. Also that only really applies to games with multiplayer, single player games don't cause this.

Where does the accountability lie? Are parents responsible for their children's behavior? Society?

Well, I personally beleive that if parents stopped these kids from playing these games, by not allowing them, and by making it clear that they arn't allowed to play them, then much of this issue wouldn't exist, I know that it can't be stopped all the time, but if parents just make it clear that that behaviour is not acceptable in real life, then it will almost certainly be okay, and if they behave this way any longer then punish them, instead of telling them that it isn't their fault and that the video games made them do it, THEY DIDN'T, the child has a brain the think with. Although, much of this problem will probably be fixed when the people who grew up with games become the parents, because they will be more aware of exactly how adult oriented many of these games that parents are getting mad at are, and then ignorance will become more rare, this same thing happened with movies.
 
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If will can do a rant on video game violence, so can I! 
  loneyes
 
07:54pm 21/03/2005
 

Okay, first off, can everyone look at the entry three down from this? I think it was three down, the one I posted about rules. Right, now please try and think of things to put.

Next, I added a new member, moondog189. She's one of my friends who also goes to our school, I hope you guys don't mind, if you do, send me an e-mail and we'll talk.

Okay, now on to the actual rant.

I was looking at VGcats and wondering why he hasn't updated with a new comic yet, then I scrolled down the page and saw that I forgot to read his interview for CBS when it came out!

Well, I read it, and I was happy. Then, since I hadn't before, I read the first interview with the anti-videogame guy. Now, I'm really pissed at this. I'm going to Copy and paste his interview into here and respond to it, then I have something afterwards that I think might be fun.

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Okay, now what I thought would be cool. How about we each answer the questions that he's asking all these internet celeberites for ourselves and post them? I just want to see others opinons on them.

So, post the answers to these questions:

What constitutes violence in video games?

What percentage of all games made would you say are violent, based upon your previous definition of violence in video games?

How many hate or violent crimes would you say are linked to or directly related to violence in video games?

Does age or sex play a factor in violent, aggressive behavior?

Is there a correlation between playing violent video games and acting in a violent manner?

Is gaming escapism?

Do you think the interactivity of game violence makes it different than violence on television, which is passive?

Different mediums, as they've come along, have had their share of controversy. From pulp horror and graphic novels, to movies, music and television; is this part of a cycle?

Is the self-imposed rating system for video games enough? Is the ESRB working? What is the relevance of a rating system for video games if the powers that be will black-list certain games because of their graphic content?

How does free speech factor in?

Are parents paying attention to what their kids play?

Do you think that video games are similar to sports? There are much-touted statistics that link aggression levels to video game playing, but isn't that precisely what happens in any kind of competition?

Where does the accountability lie? Are parents responsible for their children's behavior? Society?

There, I'll post my answers later.

Sorry for the long entry, but I really needed to rant on this, and the topic in this community seems to be video game violence right now.


 

 
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these people really anger me 
  helpfulyuseless
 
12:35am 21/03/2005
  I looked at the link in the previous entry, had a good laugh, then got a bit annoyed. this would appear to be a childless, overly-opinionated, "mother", whom has nothing more to do in her life than try to over-protect the children of others because of a lack of ability to get a life.
"Danger: Do video games make people violent?
Yes. What was once a debatable question, is now fact. New research has concluded that video game violence and behavior related violence are in fact closely related." Where are these? Who are they conducted by? All four of the busy-bodies that run MAVAV, in their heads, using the scientific system called, "hmm, this seems like it might be true, therefore it is; even though I've never played a video game nor watched one played,".
What this really is, is a universal excuse to not be responsible for violent actions, where this is especially obvious is when they explicitly cite video games as the reason for the crime. The ways these games would inspire violence, is if the will is already HEAVILY there and just waiting for the last little push, which can come from anywhere, a movie, an anger producing moment. The other way is that you have a weak definition of right and wrong, this can be from early age, but, this is why the video game industry use self-imposed systems to prevent this. This brings up the issue that "these games shouldn't be developed because they will get into the hands of children" if they do, it isn't the industry's fault, it's that of the parents who LET this happen, you see, when a game says on the box "rated M for mature" it's probably not for kids under the age of 18. Sorry but more bad news for the parents,the thing about small children, it only really holds true if the child under the age of about eight or nine. Above that age, if the child lacks a strong enough sense of right and wrong to tell that what is and is not acceptable in real life then it's the parents' fault. To the counter argument to that, if they can't tell the difference between real-life and fiction, then not only do other medias have equal blame, they need immediate psychiatric help, because that qualifies as a mental disease.

In summation, this entire thing is ridiculous and these people need to take responsibility for their children, and these people need to get educated on facts that are actually just that, not the "facts" they have posted on their website. Hell, if what they have posted on their website were true, then I' d be a serial killer, who in his spare time would play video games instead of eating, drinking and sleeping, and who would have a GPA of 0.5 instead of my current 3.7.

EDIT: I noticed some more things on the site. This little gem is from the articles section "All articles are currently offline due for editing" wow, these morons have the gall to insult our ability with the English language, yet they can't speak it. Furthermore, if you have to edit articles for them to fit your purpose, then you lose the base credibility you get for just being the pround owner of a brain. Because we all know that the other tidbits come from no resource. For example
"Danger: Do video games teach people how to kill?
Yes. When video games were linked to the Columbine high school shooters, a frenzy of new research was launched, in which, one team of researchers discovered that first person shooter games do indeed teach gamers with the basic knowledge of how to kill. This research arrived be so conclusive that the U.S. government Army developed a free video game to be used as a virtual boot camp and killing simulator."
The Army does not use these games available to regular people for training, they arn't realistic enough, and they are used to teach strategy.
But the rest of this MUST be true, because I know that when it comes time to fire the SMG in the act of violence that I am told is inevitable for me to commit, I just have to enter the armor cheat and hit the circle button to take down my foes.




NOTE: The MAVAV was set up by a parody organization as a joke about how stupid these kind of pages are. I would like to redirect this rant to be about the people who would put things like MAVAV (put it up not as a joke, because, in retrospect, MAVAV was quite funny) on the internet. Remember, only by bugging the crap out of people who actually think that stuff is true, could you stop them from making MAVAV a reality.
And yes, they had me fooled quite well, but I started getting suspicious at E3:Evil Electronics Expo in the articles section.
 
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  nonametheweird
 
08:51pm 20/03/2005
 
mood: amused
I figured you guys would get a kick outta this. Read, and laugh at the stupidity that is "Mothers Against Video Game Addiction and Violence".
 
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  loneyes
 
09:47pm 21/03/2005
 
mood: tired
Okay, I have a question for you guys, should there be anything that you have to do/have in order to get into this community? I have it set so that I have to review, but Is there any reason I should stop someone? Give me your ideas, I'm gonna work on a list of rules for the community when I'm not so damn tired.

Edit:

Since no one saw this when it was for members only, I guess I'll make it public, plus add a few things.

1) should we make this community members only?
(like my journal only with members instead of friends)
2) what should some rules for what you can post be?

Give me your ideas please.

Edit again, bumping this up.
 
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DnD 
  helpfulyuseless
 
10:50am 19/03/2005
  We will be starting a DnD (dungeons and dragons) game in Hyrule gang after the break, I will need to know how many people are interested and how many people can buy the players handbook on their own, so i don't waste omoney on copies of info that arn't nessicary. there will be more info on this later  
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  loneyes
 
05:38pm 18/03/2005
  Hey, anyone know if we're ever going to finish princess monoke or whatever it's called? That was a cool movie.  
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  loneyes
 
05:22pm 18/03/2005
  FIRST ENTRY!!! W00TAGE!!!

Okay, this is just a little community for my friends and I to post nerdy stuff in. Seeing as I'll update the rules and stuff once I have them, I'm just gonna put some stuff you can post in your profile/Journal to pimp this community. If you don't like them, feel free to make your own. (if you can make a cooler one for my MOD pimp, please do)

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