Veteran’s Day

The Master Chief returns to fight a new evil in Halo 4.

David Mason battles in a war torn future in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Connor does battle as an Assassin during the American Revolution in Assassin’s Creed III.

All are warriors; all are heroes for their cause. Video gaming has never had any shortage of soldiers, but on today we celebrate and honor the troops that have served in America’s armed forces. Here’s a big thank you to all of the women and men who have given their lives to defend this country.  Blessings to you all!

GTA turns 15

Sometimes things just sneak up you.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise turned fifteen last month, dating back to its UK release. Upon discovering this I immediately felt old, than humbled. I was fortunate enough to see the series from its top-down perspective beginnings; way before the 3D cities and Ray Liotta, San Andreas and Gay Tony. Grand Theft Auto has had an incredible run and is one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, selling around 114 million copies as of 2011.

It’s hard to believe with such humble beginnings has sold so well over the years. Upon its release, the original Grand Theft Auto was a bit of an old-school title. Its top down perpective and 2D graphics were far from cutting edge (although another contemporary title, Remedy’s Death Rally, had a similar look) as both the PC and home console market were switching to 3D graphics.

But graphics, as the old adage goes, doesn’t alone make the game. There was something fresh and hypnotic about GTA‘s gameplay. It allowed one to take an entire city under siege, essentially becoming a one man army capable of terrorizing an entire digital community. It delivered a rush that just wasn’t widely available at the time.

Of course this game had its share of controversy. Who could forget the infamous “Goruanga bonus” for killing an entire group of Hare Krishna?

So here’s to you Grand Theft Auto on your 15th. Here’s hoping for 15 more.