Monthly Archives: April 2010

Boy Scouts of America Add Video Game Badges

Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ video game badges? Or do we, now that the Boy Scouts of America have introduced a pair of video game related belt loop and academic pins. Forget forging in the wilderness for berries or learning how to tie a knot, instead young adventurous scouts will learn the fine skills of managing video games and their regular day-to-day priorities.

In order to gain recognition in the skill of video games, a scout must first explain why “it is important to have a rating system for video games,” “create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming,” and “learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.”

Elaborate as they sound , it’s not really a set of tasks that sound hardly challenging, but then video games are hardly something that you need much skill to comprehend. You turn on your TV, turn on your game machine of choice, put a video game disk in-game machine, and then push start. Fairly simple.

Of course that’s just for the belt loop, if you want the matching academic pin – and who wouldn’t – then there is a longer list of hoops to jump though just to achieve that. Loops such as: “play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour,” “with an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system,” or “play a video game that will help you practice your math, spelling, or another skill that helps you in your schoolwork.”

And lastly one of my favorites: “compare two game systems (for example, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and so on). Explain some of the differences between the two. List good reasons to purchase or use a game system.” So great, now not only are we breeding gamers but fanboys too!

As much as pair of video game badges sound laughable at first – and believe me I nearly giggled out of seat – I can sort of get the reasoning behind this. Sure the BSA is getting on the “video games are trendy” bandwagon for the most part.

But aside from that, having kids learn how to manage their time wisely by setting known when it’s a good time to play and a good time to do what is important (homework etc.) is a pretty good lesson to learn. Something some adults themselves have trouble understanding themselves.


http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/cubscouts/awards/boys/sanda/video_games.aspx

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Somehow I Forgot to Mention This…

OBG turned one this month. Check out our first post:

Well, Jay here.  I figured I would start a free blog.  Just for fun.  It will let me get my thoughts on the gaming biz out, and all that other great stuff.

Enjoy!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 2:26 AM and is filed under Uncategorized.

A Look an Super Mario Galaxy 2’s Latest Power-up

Mario Cloud

This shows a cloud Mario. Not much word on how it works, but it looks like players can build platforms out of clouds to help reach higher points in an area.

via Broke My Controller

Awesome Mega Man Wall Art

Mega Man

Can’t imagine how long it took to put this thing together. Pretty sweet!

via Kotaku

March 2010 NPD Numbers

God of War

Wii – 557.5K
Xbox 360 – 338.4K
PS3 – 313.9K
NDS – 700.8K
PSP – 119.9K
PS2 – 118.3K

== Top 20 software sales==

1. God of War III (PS3) – 1.10M
2. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) – 1.02M
3. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) – 828.2K
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (36) – 825.5K
5. Pokemon HeartGold (DS) – 761.2K
6. Final Fantasy XIII (360) – 493.9K
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 457.4K
8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3) – 451.2K
9. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 429.6K
10. MLB 10: The Show (PS3) – 349.2K
11. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
12. Just Dance (Wii)
13. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360)
14. MLB 2K10 (360)
15. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
16. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
17. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
18. God of War I & II Collection (PS3)
19. Heavy Rain (PS3)
20. Mario Kart DS (DS)