Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reality is Broken

I just read through my classmate Marshall's blog post and something he said spurred a thought. He said that he thought the author was doing a great job of arguing for her theory. My thoughts exactly! Whereas Marshall loves games and is reading this book from a gamers perspective, I on the other hand am on the opposite end of the spectrum.

When I was a young kid in school, I can actually remember when the first gaming systems came out, or at least the first few video games.  A lot of my friends had the Atari, but my parents couldn't really afford the Atari, so instead my brother and I got the knock off-ColecoVision. And man was it cool. We played on occasion and after school, but playing too much was never a problem then. I then got the original Nintendo 64 when it came out, and that was just as cool. The best part was learning that there were secret codes to games, which is what the majority of out break time at school was spent discussing. I especially remember when the code was leaked for how to beat the main boxer in Mike Tyson, and how to beat the last level of Super Mario Brothers. Those were the days...

And I can honestly say that that was the last time I owned any game system. Sure, I have played games since a few times, and have lots of friends who are like Marshall, but I honestly could take them or leave them. Which is what brings me to my next point about the author and something else Marshall said. She really does seem biased and almost annoying in her way of trying to prove to us that there are more intelligent reasons for gaming than it's just something to pass the time by with. I do like the real world statistics and examples she gives us (innovation strategy, real world examples and statistics of gamers usage). And especially going into the 2nd section of the book, she really transitions into intelligent arguments for her beliefs and theory. Her alternative theories on the benefits are great reading.

But let me finish with this. I actually liked and enjoyed reading these couple of sections. I think the author is extremely intelligent, makes wonderful points and somehow managed to keep my attention on a topic that I honestly have no knowledge of.  But, I don't think it's an exit from reality. I think it is the users attempt at trying to incorporate a hobby into their current reality and writing it off as such. But then again, what do I know. The last system I owned was Nintendo 64. However, if games aren't a part of ones life and an existence is made without games, how does that fit into the argument? I don't think reality is broken, I think the definition of reality is broken. Games don't need fixing, the actual real world does.


Introduction/COM 530 Post

Greetings and salutations. A bit about myself...

I am originally from South Carolina (stop me if you've heard this) and currently reside in Apex, NC with my wife Lauren and baby girl Taylor (we also have a cat named Hootie). I absolutely love the town of Apex and the Raleigh area in general. I don't foresee myself moving anywhere anytime soon, so whatever I do after I graduate will have to involve staying here. I moved a lot before settling in Apex, so it is nice to finally plant some roots.

I started my broadcasting career as a part time teleprompter operator for the morning show at the CBS affiliate in Augusta, GA many moons ago. As I found from the cool website that Prof. Walsh showed us in class today, they didn't even have a website when I started. However, I quickly fell in love with television and anything television related. That position I held was truly as entry level as they came and I really wanted to climb through the ranks. So I came in on my days off to learn different positions, I taught myself how to edit (pre-computers, mind you) and pretty much did anything I could to learn all that I could. I was promoted a few times before finally becoming a News Videographer, where I shot all the footage for different newscasts. I absolutely loved it and stayed as long as I could, which was when I felt I needed to move to higher markets to learn better skillsets. So, I moved to the Fox affiliate in Greenville, SC/Asheville, NC, and then on to the WB affiliate in Raleigh, NC. I then became the Director of Promotions for the WB affiliate in Greensboro, NC and knew by then that I had a nice little career on my hands. It was about this time I felt bad about not having a degree, so for some reason that is still a little hazy, I left my job to return to school full time at UNCG and graduated with a BA in Media Studies/Media Management. I freelanced professional videos the entire time I was in undergrad, which is what brings me here to Elon. All of my clients are starting to ask about Interactivity and how they can become a part of that world. Until now, I couldn't really help them and was losing out on money. This program will allow me to communicate to them what they need, and to then find the help I need to get it done. I also teach Media Management and Video Production to community college students, and again, this program will help me incorporate interactive material and to also teach at a higher level.

Being a good manager involves becoming involved and knowing what all of your employees are not only capable of, but are tasked with as an employee. Since the world of media is headed in the digital world, it's my job as a good manager to be able to talk to and relate to the employees that will be producing it day in and day out. I am both clueless and terrified with some of the material we have so far been introduced to, but like anything else I encounter, I will have a positive attitude about it and learn as much as I can.