You like video games, right? Of course you do. For my practicum assignment I am focusing on networked console gaming. The big three video game consoles right now are Nintendo's Wii, Sony's Playstation 3, and Microsoft's Xbox 360, and all of them have an online community. In the United States, Nintendo and Sony offer their services for free, while Microsoft charges about $60 per year for access to their service. I decided to stick with Microsoft's service, Xbox LIVE. Lucky me. I already have an account.
When you create a profile on the Xbox, you are prompted to create a user name and invited to create an avatar in the likeness of yourself, or not yourself. My name, or "gamertag" is Celetyr, but most people online can't read that so I am often addressed "Celery," like the vegetable. Here I would post a picture of my avatar, but capturing screenshots or video from a video game console is kind of tricky, so instead I give you a cat playing Xbox. I promise more relevant images/video in the future.
Rather than focus on a single game in the Xbox LIVE lineup, such as Halo or Call of Duty, I will survey some of the most popular titles in different Genres (not in order):
*Ace Combat 6, a modern jet combat simulator
*Battlefield: Bad Company 2, a large scale shooter
*Burnout: Paradise, a racing game featuring ridiculous crashes
*Red Dead Redemption, a western themed adventure game
*Tom Clancy's EndWar, a voice commanded strategy game
I was also considering adding FIFA, a soccer game, to the mix, but I don't want to spread things too thin. In future posts I will not only comment on the above games and how gamers interact differently in each one, but I will also look at different aspects of the greater Xbox LIVE service and see what it has to offer.