Prof was right: Computers not passing fad

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “In 25 years, you will get your morning news from a computer,” proclaimed my journalism professor in 1977. “You will also need to know Chinese because that will be the predominant language of the world.” I thought he was full of it. Those were the days when computer monitors showed […]

Video games more than just fun

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Clovis seniors Matt Ulibarri, center, and Brian Hudson, right, face each other during a game of NCAA Football 2006 by EA Sports Friday as Clovis junior Cade Wheeler, left, watches. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Football video games have come a long way since the days of hand-held electronic […]

Gamers gather to test skills in video-game tourney

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Marcus Garcia plays Counter Strike during Game Quest 2005 at Cyber City in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Jason Sweeney said he likes to play video games to forget about work. Sweeney, 20, was one of about 60 competitors who took part in Saturday’s Game Quest, an all-day video […]

Video game industry should be shamed

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist If you don’t have children in the house, you may not know about the latest contribution the video gaming industry has made to our society. My 11-year-old son keeps me apprised. The best-selling video game in the United States last year (5.2 million copies) was a piece of work called […]

Teens can tell fantasy from reality

By Steve Chapman Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill banning the sale of violent or raunchy video games to minors, after a debate that reached its high point when one member said, “I am going to vote for this bill knowing it’s unconstitutional.” Score a point for truth in government. The […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

‘JFK Reload’ worse than despicable

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I can’t imagine what Edward Kennedy must feel. I mean, I know it’s traumatic to see your brother shot in the head and killed. But what must it add to your pain to see that tragedy become a video game? It happened last week. The game, available online, is called “JFK […]

Cellular technology getting bigger and better

By Tom DiFrancesca Modern and emerging technology never ceases to amaze me. Just about every day I sit (or stand) with mouth agape as I read about or personally experience yet another really cool service or electronic gadget. Case in point: As I type this column, just off to the right of my keyboard sits […]

Stuudent’s airing of Berg video offensive

I’ve chosen not to see the video of Nicholas Berg’s beheading. I made the same decision two years ago when a clip of Islamic terrorists decapitating a reporter named Daniel Pearl surfaced online. My reasoning is the same now as it was then. There’s something obscene about watching from a desk chair as a man’s […]

Web Video Reviews 10/16

Scott Jones Oct. 14th Video Releases The Matrix Reloaded – R Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci This second installment of the Matrix trilogy picks up with Neo (Reeves), Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus (Fishburne) as they continue their struggle against a machine army on its way to destroy Zion, the last […]