Second Life

One of the most popular online game has got to be Second Life.

Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual community created entirely by its membership. Members assume an identity and take up residence in the environment, creating a customized avatar or personage to represent themselves. The avatar moves about in the virtual world using mouse control and intuitive keyboard buttons.  I’ve played this before and it does move very slow. The graphics are pretty good, but do people really go here for a get away from the real world? Yes.

It also includes sound; wind in the swaying trees, babbling brooks, audible conversation, and built-in chat and instant messaging(but doesn’t work very well.) Users can buy property, start businesses, game with other residents, create objects, join clubs, attend classes, or just hang out.

Could people really make a living off Second Life? Yes

In the fall 2006, over 3,000 residents were reportedly make an excess of $20,000 per year running businesses in Second Life. Most of them sell objects they’ve created that other residents want. One resident landed a Business Week cover story for earning a three-figure income (in the real world) selling virtual real estate.

Property purchased in Second Life is owned by the buyer using a scheme referred to as Internet Protocol copyright. Some owners reward members for staying at their property with Linden dollars, the community’s currency. Linden dollars can also be purchased with real dollars using a credit card. Part of the exchange rate goes to Linden Inc., with the site purportedly generating over $64 million a year.

I really think that if someone could make a living off playing video games, more power to you. That could result in you being a nobody and never going outside, but hey, if you’re making real life money, I’m jealous. Second Life is weird in my eyes but it’s all about who actually uses it.  People will pay to play, and could get paid to play. It’s pretty interesting.

-RV

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WoW

WoW

World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe, which was first introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft on September 2, 2001. The game was released on November 23, 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise.

I’ve personally never played WoW but I know there are a lot of people who will sit in front of a computer screen and play the game for hours upon hours.

About The Game

As characters become more developed, they gain various talents and skills, requiring the player to further define the abilities of that character. Characters can choose from a variety of professions, such as tailoring, blacksmithing, or mining. Characters can learn four secondary skills: archeology, cooking, fishing, and first-aid. Much of World of Warcraft play involves the completion of quests. While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others to tackle more challenging content. This teamwork is how you become so successful and grow an army. The bigger your group, the more powerful you are.

Price

World of Warcraft requires a subscription fee to be paid to allow continued play, with options to pay in one month, three month, or six month blocks, although timecards of varying length are available both online and from traditional retailers. Expansion packs are available online, and are also available from traditional retailers.

With over seven million subscribers as of July 2013, World of Warcraft is currently the world’s most-subscribed MMORPG, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers. Talk about WoW.

-RV

The Sims

EA Sports came out with a virtual game called The Sims in 2000.  It’s a casual life simulation video game that is the most successful video game series of all time.  As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and is also the best-selling PC franchise in history. The games in The Sims series are largely sandbox games, in that they lack any defined goals (except for some later expansion packs and console versions which introduced this gameplay style). The player creates virtual people called “Sims” and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves. Each successive expansion pack and game in the series augmented what the player could do with their Sims.

I have played Sims multiple times on multiple platforms, and it’s never a boring time. I used to play it on my Windows 98 computer, and now I can play it on my phone. I even created a Sim of me and made him look as close as possible to me.

Sims Freeplay

Unlike other Sims games, Sims FreePlay runs in real-time and takes real time to complete actions. You can progress through 52 levels and unlock new content, create up to 31 Sims, build town map buildings, complete goals to earn Lifestyle Points, plant, bake, go to job and school, get married and have a baby (and watch babies grow up), get pets, grow to elder and teach those young ones and much more. My favorite part is that I can send grandma and grandpa to go play bingo at the bingo hall.

Having such a technical and fun game on my phone is pretty awesome. I love having a virtual world like Sims to accomplish cash. I wish the money I earned in the game went back to real life, but that’s just wishful thinking. This is completely different from SecondLife. The Sims gets my vote.

-RV

Playoff Bound: First time since ’09

The up and down season got summed up in a 48 minute game last night.  The Wizards will beat the first place team in the East one night, and lose to a team struggling to make the playoffs the next. Focus needs to be present when it comes to the final 9 games of the season. With the Raptors losing Kyle Lowry for an undisclosed amount of time.  This could open the door for the Wizards to make a push to get the third seed in the East.  Out of the three teams, Raptors, Nets, and Bulls, the Wizards are matched up to most likely play, I think the Raptors would be the easiest team to beat in four games to move on to the next round.

The Wizards lost to Charlotte last night after playing one of their best quarters of the season. 40 points in the second quarter wasn’t enough to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. They currently sit in the 7th spot in the East and are trying to make it higher. The Zards blew a 16 point halftime lead. The lack of focus cannot happen if a team wants to be successful in the playoffs.

Both the Bulls and the Nets have a number of players that have been in the playoffs before. Their experience and talent will make it a hard task for the Wizards to beat in a 7 game series.  The Wizards’ playoff hopes are looking more and more promising each day.  To clinch a spot, the next win by the Wizards or loss by the Knicks, will be the first playoff appearance by Washington since the Gilbert Arenas era in 2009.

Because the Wizards normally show up to play against the best teams of the league, I think we have a great chance to beat Indiana or Miami when we meet them in the second round… that is if we make it that far. I’m sure we will because Nene is coming back and Bradley Beal coming out of his slump. Behind John Wall, the Wizards have a strong case to be a force in the East.

-RV

And Then There Were Eight

The NCAA March Madness Tournament is down to eight teams.  Two games are played tonight, and the remaining two will be played tomorrow night.  CBS has teamed with TBS, TNT, and TruTV to broadcast the games throughout the tournament.  They’ve also made it possible to stream the games online live. This technology has made watching this year’s tournament a lot more enjoyable for many users. I really liked when there were 16 games being played during one day. It kept me busy, but made me procrastinate my school work.

Number 8 Dayton play the number 1 seed Florida tonight. Florida is a 10 point favorite. Dayton is reaching the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. Florida has made it there for the 4th time in a row. What’s a Flyer anyways. A gator is more intimidating. But I’d love to see an upset.
The Number 1 seed in the West, Arizona plays the number 2 seed Wisconsin tonight at 8:49. I’m pulling for the Badgers to beat the Wildcats. A badger is a short-legged omnivore who are very strong. A wildcat is a cat, and the only cat I see being dominant is the Lion. Therefore, I think Wisconsin might pull this win out.
Tomorrow, number 7 UConn takes on number 4 Michigan St. Husky vs. Spartan on this mascot battle. I feel as if the Spartan is a human, they should be able to dominate a husky. Husky dogs are friendly, but not a husky found in the wilderness. I think Michigan St. will beat the surging UConn Huskies.
Following that game, number 8 Kentucky plays against the number 2 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan might be playing the best ball of the tournament, but the wildcats are coming off huge wins against the undefeated-no-more Shockers and the rivaled Louisville Cardinal.

If i had to choose a team to win, I’d have to go with Michigan and Florida to be in the Championship. I’m a Michigan fan now, just hoping they’d win. If I can’t catch any game on TV, I’ll be able to stream the games online to my laptop. Thanks CBS!

-RV

Lakers: Behind the Scenes

The 24-48 Los Angeles Lakers lost by a lot last night. And by a lot, I mean they let up the most points, 143, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This amount was the most by any team this season. It almost looked like the score to an all star game, except the Lakers didn’t keep up. They only scored a measly 107. This is a decent amount, but not compared to the 143 the Wolves put up.

The underlying story of the game was Kevin Love. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and the Lakers are one of the teams where he could land. It was a great tryout because he tallied a triple-double. But at the end of the day, Love gets to decide where he wants to play. Does he want to share the spotlight with two possibly three other hall of fame players?

Where are Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash? Kobe is out for the rest of the season, and Nash has been fighting some nagging injuries and scrutiny. He was quoted saying that, he’s only going to play next year for the money. He’s set to earn about 9 million dollars. Kobe defended his friend and teammate and pretty much said, professionals play for the love of the game, but at the end of the day, it’s a job. And if I was getting paid 9 million dollars to play basketball or hang up my shoes, I’d easily want to play. Nash has been in the league for 18 seasons, and is 40 years old. But a man with skills like him, will make an impact on any team he is on. He could get by with the help of Kobe’s new investment.

Kobe recently invested 4 million dollars in the energy drink Body Armor. It’s a sports drink that is supposed to be healthier than Gatorade and Powerade. I’m eager to see what the business mind of Kobe Bryant will have to offer in the near future.

The bigger news of the Lakers are definitely those that are happening off the court.

-RV

10 To Go

How does a team lose to the Kings and Nuggets but come out and pick apart the best team in the Eastern Conference? Questions like this have come up throughout the season for the Washington Wizards. But nonetheless, the Wizards are currently in the 6th spot in the playoff race with a 1.5 game buffer between the two teams surrounding them.

I think the 6th seed is perfect for them. They will have a favorable match up against the Toronto Raptors if the season ended today. Then if they win, they’ll most likely play against the Heat. A team the Wizards can beat.

I watched the game on a livecast last night from my computer. I didn’t get the channel the game was broadcasting on, so I turned to my laptop to watch my team win. A livecast, also called video broadcasting, is a continual broadcast of events through digital media. I got to watch the game through the internet with little to no problems.

The Wizards have 10 games remaining. Half of the games are against teams currently making the playoffs. If the Wizards can go 7-3 during this span, I can see us going into the playoffs with a strong surge and a lot of confidence.

Maybe a video blog could be in the future if the Wizards go far into the playoffs. A vlog is exactly what it sounds like, a blog that you record with a camera. When the Wizards make the playoffs, I plan on going to at least one game with my friend. If GoPro or Google Glass would like to sponsor me, I would gladly record everything I see and do for my fans here on my blog. The Wizards have such a high ceiling, and I’m hoping we make it past the first round. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to watch the game live, in-person, and not behind my computer. Go Wizards!

-RV