A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

Video Games in the Smartphone Generation

I might be an anomaly, but right now I'm having trouble understanding why someone would shell out $400 or $500 for a video game system.  Maybe I should be politically correct and call them "home entertainment systems."  But seriously, who enjoys video games THAT much?  Sure, they deliver 4K video content, but I don't think I have ever been within 3 miles of a 4K screen.  I just don't get it.  Then again, I'm not a gamer.

via geeky-gadgets.com

via geeky-gadgets.com

[The following is a tangent.  Skip down two paragraphs if you don't care about how fantastic my freshman year of high school was.] 

I gamed A LOT for about 6 months when I was 14 years old.  It was an enlightening experience.  There was a distinct smell of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts and Dr. Pepper.  On a completely related note, there were very few girls.  It was a good 6 months.  I increased my XBOX LIVE - now just LIVE - gamer score substantially, which never helped me get a job, but I guess it was sort of fun.  I talked to my friends from school a ton because of the XBOX LIVE party set-up, which I believe was still just private chat at that point.  I became a pretty experienced Halo player, and when I wasn't playing that well, I would just accuse the other team of lag-switching.  (See this super-informative video)  As Aristotle's theory of gaming states, anyone who is beating you in a video game is cheating.  This can also be applied to various sports, which require no real skill, such as bocce ball, tennis and soccer.

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via AmericanFizz.co.uk

Because you care, my game of choice was Halo 3.  I also played Call of Duty a little bit, but that was about as diverse as my gaming got.  Getting my parents to purchase M-rated games was hard enough.  I wasn't going to push it any farther than I had to, and let's be real.  Games aren't fun unless they're rated mature or made by Nintendo.

Back to tech...

We'll see what the sales numbers are in a few months.  Regardless of whether the systems are viable on a large scale, I'm excited to use the PS4s my friends say they will be buying.  The strange thing is all the people I know who are purchasing PS4s have played on XBOX 360s for the last 4+ years.  I guess the fact the new XBOX is $100 more than the PS4 is a big barrier to purchase.

 

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via extremetech.com

I really just want a Wii U.