Thursday, September 16, 2010

pg - Slashdot's "72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors"

They say it's because adults don't want minors playing violent or sexually mature video games... Let me tell you the real reason why.

Minors are ANNOYING. They absolutely ruin the mature on-line experience of games like Modern Warfare 2 to the point that I feel the need to use private chat with my friends and mute everyone else. I feel like I can't make mature jokes in a mature game and I feel like they sound absolute idiots when they try to talk smack.


Reference: 72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors

Monday, September 6, 2010

UG - Samsung UN65C6500 Review

Just picked up this TV and I am really loving it. It isn't perfect, but the big screen is awesome. Now I am a Samsung TV fan through and through so I have a bias towards them. This TV is replacing my 46" Samsung that I bought ~5 years ago. Some great things about this set is that it doesn't suffer from the white ghost aura that my 46" set suffered from. For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, when viewing an all black scene, there are white ghost lines and greyish light around the edges of the screen, especially around the corners. This set doesn't have that at all. A testament to that is when I was watching a movie last night with the lights off, all I could see was the movie and I couldn't even make out the black bars. The apps are nice and I really enjoy being able to have Netflix and Amazon VOD all built-in to the TV. I have Netflix on all my game systems, but I love not having to fire up another system to watch it.

For the negatives of the set, I am sure plasma/DLP fans will still say those sets produce better blacks. I won't argue that point, but I am willing to trade that for the size difference. This set measures in at 1.2" thick and that is awesome to me. Another con for some is that the set doesn't have 3D; however, I am not a 3D fan so I have zero interest in this feature. The last con I can think of is that I have to go through the Yahoo! app to access the Amazon VOD. I wish that I could install that app as a standalone to save me one more click that I have to do. Another con is that the default setting out of the box sucked. The only way I can describe it is that it looked too real. I started out watching Indiana Jones and the original settings made it look like I was watching a live screenplay. That sounds like a good thing, but it wasn't for me.

Overall, I am loving this TV. It was time consuming to go through all my inputs and do the necessary configuration changes, but it was worth every second now that I have it going.

Quick update notes:
Controller is pretty cheap and no thrills (I use a harmony so I didn't really think about this before)
Set isn't too heavy. Weights in ~90 lbs. but will require two people to move around
I don't like the apps that you can't remove, who the hell needs Facebook on their TV