EU Members Make Push For Better Internet Neutrality Policies

The opinions of 318 Internet service providers, consumers and independent groups were solicited by the European Commission in order to better gauge what the true definition of open Internet is. Internet service providers regularly restrict how much bandwidth a customer may use according to their contract, but the same companies seem to be going against contract stipulations and are giving bigger companies priority when it comes to unrestricted Internet access. The European Commission penned a telecom framework that outlines how consumers and Internet providers should approach the matter, and most of the 318 subjects agree. ISPs that use traffic management techniques to customers into tiers may inadvertently be violating confidentiality and alienating certain groups. By ascertaining the type of data being transmitted across the Internet, ISPs try to unclog the airways by assigning and removing accessibility privileges by customer tiers.

Questions of Internet congestion, illegal filesharing and excessive downloading came up, prompting the Motion Picture Associate to state their opinions. The MPA believes that illegal filesharers should essentially be placed on the lowest rung in an attempt to get them to stop. They believe that illegal peer to peer filesharing and hosting does nothing good for the Internet as a whole. Yahoo, on the other hand, has a different opinion. They state that anyone who pays for access should be able to access the entire Internet as they see fit. Consumers are given a wide variety of packages from various ISPs, so the comments made by different companies could ultimately color perceptions as well as how who people choose to do business with.

Remastered Video Games

For the holidays this year, consumers are beginning to see some old-but-new video games being released. The games themselves haven’t changed – the levels and character information is exactly the same, but the graphics have been redone. This is where the debate lies: does this constitute a bastardization of the game, or does it make the game more appealing to younger players who might not appreciate the classic graphics?

The bad thing about video games is that the graphics don’t age well. Technology – both CGI and television/computer monitor resolution – has improved by leaps and bounds even in the last five years. In the last ten years, technology has changed so much that video games from that era look basic and might turn off younger players.

Some of the games being redone are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition; Ghost of Sparta and Chains of Olympus (God of War games); Resident Evil: Code Veronica; and Sons of Liberty, Peace Walker, and Snake Eater (Metal Gear Solid games). For Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been redone with better graphics.

Some critics say that the best way to play a classic is the way it was originally made, not jazzed up. On the flip side, though, supporters say that some of these games look great in their newer version, and stereoscopic 3D gives you more interaction in spatially-oriented games.

It’s up to the player, though. Some people might prefer the nostalgia of playing the classics and prefer not to play the re-mastered versions. Younger players who never played the original versions might prefer the new looks. It’s a subjective thing.

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D Debuts On The Nintendo 3DS

‘The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D’ features the same old characters in an exciting new format. There’s been a lot of talk about video game developers and movie producers overusing 3D graphics just to momentarily grab the interests of consumers, but this game title truly delivers. First, the Nintendo 3DS has only been out for a couple of months, which means that there aren’t many titles to choose from. There have been many versions of ‘The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ released before, but this version is truly special.

The scenery, storyline, objective and characters are all the same. Compared to other more visually advanced video game titles, ‘The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ might seem like it would be disappointing. Mainly because game developers rely making their characters look as realistic as possible – the makers of Zelda don’t do that. Instead, Grezzo depends on good old, RPG standards.

What you will get with ‘The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ is a remake that is actually better than the original. Its been more than 10 years since the original title was released, but the music still works and the storyline is still fresh. Although the gaming engine made to create this title still depends on two dimensional graphics, somehow, the makers were able to make the game incredibly sharp and inviting. If you are a Zelda fan, you’ll want to pick up the Nintendo 3DS just so you can see what has been done with ‘The Legend Of Zelda.’

Nintendo Reveals That The Color Of A Console Can Make A Big Difference

Before the Nintendo Wii came along, gamers pretty much expected all video game consoles to come in either black or grey. Even the original Xbox came in black, despite the fact that it is one of the bestselling consoles ever to be created. Apple has proven that manufacturing sleek electronics in the color white makes them far more interesting to consumers.

But Nintendo did not always create plain white consoles. In fact, the one thing that used to set Nintendo apart from other gaming systems was the fact that gamers could choose from a wide array of electrifying colors. The thing is that gaming isn’t just for kids anymore. White consoles look cleaner, more streamlined and just a tad more sophisticated.

One of the most prolific video game developers that the world has ever seen, Shigeru Miyamoto, is now works with Nintendo and helped to come up with the new design and color scheme for the Nintendo Wii U. The company could have chosen just about any color for the newest Nintendo console and buyers would still be lining up, however, it seems that white makes the boldest statement.

When it comes to gaming hardware, manufacturers only get one shot to make a big impression. Sometimes black is associated with more expensive devices, but look how Apple consumers ate up the new white iPhone. For Nintendo, white consoles might not last forever, but for now the color is definitely working to their advantage. Maybe Sony can take a few pointers from the company that helped to make consoles commonplace.

Game Developers Show Off At The E3 Convention

What gaming convention would be complete without featuring at at least a few new titles as well as the latest industry news? At the E3 Convention, Nintendo was the hottest commodity by far. Talk of the new Nintendo Wii U was abound, but unfortunately, the company had no games to go with the system. DICE was eager to show fans its newest creation, ‘Battlefield 3.’ Some have called the title the best thing to happen to the gaming industry since the debut of ‘Call of Duty.’ The game won’t be out for a few more months, however, E3 attendees were able to see what’s in store.

Speaking of ‘Call of Duty,’ Activition Blizzard raised the stakes with ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.’ The game is set in Russia, and set off a firestorm when a psychotic duo tried to recreate one of the scenes at the Moscow International Airport. RPG fans were totally stoked when ‘Final Fantasy XIII 2′ made its way into the convention. The ‘Final Fantasy’ franchise has been one of the longest running video game series in history, and gamers aren’t tired of it yet. With its entrancing characters and award winning music, this next installment in the ‘Final Fantasy’ series was given rave reviews.

Microsoft was sure to make an appearance, hyping up the Kinect. A few changes have been made to the device, making it more sensitive to player movements and more precise. The company chose to highly ‘Disneyland Adventures,’ which will be a hit with parents and kids alike.