Being a better gamer: a guide to changing the world

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Ars Technica has an excellent article, titled Being a better gamer: a guide to changing the world. It’s a great article worth reading if you’re interested in gaming in general, whether you’re a casual gamer into solitaire and Bejeweled, or a hardcore gamer into Call of Duty and Halo. It covers a lot of ground, and points out how gamers can help give all gamers a better impression in the media and to get politicians to stop their fear-mongering, ignorant ways.

If the mainstream media is to be believed, video games are about as healthy as cigarettes, except they cause psychotic breaks instead of cancer. Politicians use this artificially created fear of games as an excuse to pass legislation to criminalize the sale of certain games, although so far, each of these pieces of legislation has been successfully challenged and overturned in the courts. While more people than ever are playing games, and the audience for those games is expanding to include people of both sexes and all ages, the media’s reporting on the industry and its effects on children remains reactionary and woefully misleading.

MattPlays v2 – HD Gameplay Videos


I’ve wrapped up a redesign of my gameplay video site, MattPlays. On MattPlays, you will find me playing games and showing them off in a high-quality, easy-to-use manner. Next month will be the first year anniversary of the site, as I had launched it on August 31st, 2007. As of this writing, there are exactly 77 games with high-quality gameplay videos on both the PC and Xbox 360. That’s 23 shy of one hundred! I’m pretty proud of the site, and how far it has come.

Lost Odyssey & DiRT


I’m so not getting into Lost Odyssey for some reason. The world is too fantastic and weird, and the Japanese/Final Fantasy extremo vibe just doesn’t do it for me anymore. I’ll try this game later after I’ve put some other games under my belt.

I just got DiRT in from Gamefly. It seems I’m a sucker for a good arcade racing game. I can’t do the sim racers, though. PGR4, Gran Turismo, et al all feel too redundant and restrictive to me. Besides, I grew up on Demolition Derby, which ruined me forever with racing games.

I just unwrapped my shiny new Stronghold Crusader Extreme. I have a feeling not too many people will get this, as it is a HUGE shame. This is one of my favorite RTS of all time, and holy shit, they EXTREME’d IT!!!!!!!!!! Dude, if that isn’t reason enough to get it, nothing is.

My New Site –


I’ve put together a new website, called AudioSurfBoard. It allows gamers playing AudioSurf to share their videos of them playing, all on one site, using any video service they like.

If you’re not familiar with AudioSurf, think of it like Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but without the cheap, plasticky instruments, or the limited soundtrack, or even the expensive pricetag. AudioSurf’s track-like stages visually mimic the music the player chooses, while the player races across several lanes collecting colored blocks that appear in sync with the music.

Here’s a video of AudioSurf in action, click the image below to view it:

Bedouin Soundclash – When the Night Feels My Song

You can find a lot more videos over at AudioSurfBoard.