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Everyone likes video games. Okay well, maybe not every one, but a lot of people like video games, and I am definitely one of them. More often then not if you ask what I’m up to the answer will just be Xbox. So as a fan of video games and  as it happens also comedy if I’ve got time to kill (or i’m procrastinating, which one is more likely you decide) sometimes I’ll watch the videos of this British born, Australia based critic who goes Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. Now as a fair warning, his reviews tend to be very explicit but also very funny at the same time. Yhatzee is well known for his hyper-sarcastic style, poking major fun at flaws and glancing over positives, but there is still quality information to be found. So his most recent review was released just today,  the 28th of October, about the Harmonix hit game Rock Band. So for those of us who have some how managed to black out all of the mid to late 2000’s, Rock Band was on the wave of music simulator games that were all the rage at parties, with the big clunky plastic guitars and the wana be Keith Moon plastic drum sets. Harmonix, the publisher, decided to re release Rock Band for the new generation of counsels to very mixed results. As Yhatzee made a point of in his review, the solo campaign is quite painful if you don’t pay for additional content as all the same songs get reused over and over again.

I find it strange that in this day and age companies think they can get away with trying to gip customers like this. With critics being a major part in the PR cycle, consumers can easily do their research and be well protected from a crappy buy.

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Electric Car Sparks Controversy

I feel like there’s not a whole lot of stuff left on the Earth that can truly fascinate. With how global our society is and everything being just a click away the amazing can start to become mundane. However, one thing that has never failed to captivate me is the Tesla Model S, created by the Tesla Motor Company. Tesla is the first modern company that focuses entirely on building fully electric, non gas powered luxury cars. The take their name, and the basis of their technology from Nikola Tesla, a very prominent scientist from the 1900’s well known for his experimentation with electricity (and also carrier pigeons but that is neither here nor there.)2014-tesla-model-s-60-full-test-review-car-and-driver-photo-632037-s-original

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ompany is fascinating in an of its self, because it was founded by a bunch of guys that new little about selling cars, but a hell of a lot about science. Elon Musk, founder and CEO, also founded SpaceX, one of the most prominent space exploration companies spear heading the charger to colonize Mars. There’s a joke at Tesla that people that can’t cut it at Tesla end up working for Apple, so that speaks volumes about the quality of employees.

However, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Palo Alto based tech giant. Early on in their development Tesla decided that they would forgo dealerships and auto lots in favor of selling their cars directly to customers, as that would be the most beneficial to both parties. Unfortunately many states require manufactures to go through a 3rd party for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, so Tesla is frequently in the news for being in court trying to overturn these bans and get access to more and more states, with tremendous success.  More and more states are opening up and allowing Tesla to follow their unique business plan.

If you’re a fan of innovative I would highly recommend checking out Tesla,  and if you wana learn more about the Model S and enjoy fun web comics read this – http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla_model_s

Pseudo Social

A huge part of our society is Social Media. For a relatively new phenomena is surprising how engrained it is in our world. Ten years ago if you told someone you were going to check your Facebook they would look at you like you were crazy. Now you’ll get the same reaction if you aren’t signed up for one.

Social media is especially popular with my generation, as we are the most technologically active. As a college freshman almost all my peers and for the most part everyone I interact with has a smart phone and a laptop, and is constantly on one of the two, if not both. Personally, i’m not all that active on social media but I have what I consider the big 3; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. From what I’ve seen these are the most common and popular ones. If someone  has any for of social media chances are it’s at least one if not all 3 of these.

Facebook I don’t use very much anymore, mostly only when I’m really bored and procrastination homework. I mostly use Facebook on my laptop, I’ll have a tab open and just scroll down my news feed.

Twitter I use very often, always on my phone. It’s an easy way to keep up to date with what my my friends are up to.

Instagram I also don’t use all that frequently, always on my phone though. Im mostly on that only when my girlfriend sends me funny videos to watch.

Honestly, there aren’t any functions that i can think of that are missing from any social media cites that I use. They have all been refined and updated to the point that they are almost too clunky, any thing more would be too much in my opinion.
Social media as it is now is the most optimal it has been and will be for the forceable future.