Posts in Category: Games

What do want to be?

What to do with your life? The eternal question at least for high schoolers as the end of year comes closer. What’s it like for college students? Sam Bear shows us what it’s like for him at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco California. He is up by nine o’clock each day and lives in a former hotel turned dormitory owned by the university. Then he’s off to class where he studies in the School of Motion Pictures and Television. His student ID allows him access to the school shuttle service which takes him to one of his two classes. The first class of the day is Production Design which gives him background in behind the scenes action of film work. Then it’s Directing Actors Class where he gets to work with other students. After school activities for Sam Bear include time at one of the Campus Cafes where he can connect with friends, classmates or eat.

The Academy of Art University has been providing aspiring students with varying degrees of opportunity since 1929 when Richard S. Stephens founded the school which is still run by the same family with his granddaughter Dr. Elisa Stephens serving as current president. The school grants associate, bachelors and master’s degrees as well as teaching credential, certificate programs and continuing art education on campus or on line. The university keeps itself current by engaging staff who work in their field of teaching which gives students like Sam Bear real world experience.

With a student enrollment of some 14,000 the Academy of Art University is the largest of its kind in the country. The school practices an open enrollment policy and offers a variety of financing options. Students learn from established professionals in state-of-the-art facilities spread across the city.

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Sony Not Interested In Backwards Compatibility Technology

Sony recently rocked the E3 video game convention, and many gamers think that Sony came out as the victor of the console wars this year. Sony announced several exciting new features for the PlayStation 4 console, but it was the revelation of Final Fantasy 7 that took the world by storm. Also, Sony debuted its new VR technology, and people were left stunned. However, it seems that thousands of people around the world are upset with Sony for one thing.

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced that the Xbox one will now be backwards compatible, and that means gamers can play titles from the Xbox 360 console. Brad Reifler knows that the news was extremely satisfying for gamers around the world, but Sony does not offer the same feature. In fact, Sony has recently announced that backwards compatibility is not a very important thing for the PlayStation 4.

Officials at Sony believe that people aren’t really all that interested in backwards compatibility technology, and that may or may not be true. Nonetheless, players shouldn’t expect to see PS3 games on the PS4 console. Some PlayStation users are very upset with Sony’s announcements, but others do not care. Personally, I could see both points in this situation. Gamers buy a PlayStation 4 to play Playstation 4 games and not ps3 games. However, some PlayStation 3 games are amazing, and a second play through on the PlayStation 4 would be a bit convenient. Ultimately, I don’t think it’s a make or brake issue for the PlayStation 4. For more information on this story, visit Gamerant.

Coming Soon: Guitar Hero Live!

Guitar Hero was truly one of the most brilliant video games ever devised. Allowing gamers to step into the shoes of their favorite musicians and play their all-time favorite songs on a prop guitar was a very novel concept. The concept was also a wildly successful one spawning sequels to the original game. The new games came with new songs. Now, Guitar Hero Live provides another experience for fans of the music game.

It has been five long years since the previous release, Guitar Heroes: Warriors of Rock, and the trailer for the new game shows the wait may have been well worth it. Among the more interesting aspects of the new game is there are no more animated crowds. Instead, actual video footage of various crowds in different venues of different sizes and scopes are presented.

Gamers like Sam Tabar agree that this completely changes the dynamic of the experience and provides something very new and intriguing to those familiar with the original versions of the game. You could even say the “live” version makes the game more accessible to new fans who are looking for something a little more cutting edge.

The presence of a “real live” crowd changes things a lot. You have to really concentrate while playing because the crowd could through you off your game. Consider the added difficulty to be one of the more interesting aspects of the new release. No one wants to experience a rehash of a prior version. Guitar Hero Live is most definitely a lot more than just a rehash.