Today I wanted to write a little article about the pros and cons of jailbreaking your video gaming consoles. This is a topic that many have dwelled over for some years now but nobody has come to a conclusion on whether or not it is actually worth it for consumers and gamers alike. It has, ultimately, been possible for users to do this for around 10 years now, however jailbreaking only really came into the limelight back in 2010 with the original Xbox 360 and PS3 jailbreaks. Now in 2016 it is much more of a niche activity again and very few people are actually partaking in it. This isn’t something that we like to see, ideally we would have everybody doing this to their consoles and then we’d probably end up seeing a lot more people playing the latest video games. Unfortunately this is not the case and it doesn’t look like Xbox or PS3 gamers are going to be pushing for this at any point in the near future. But we can all dream, and continue to dream we must, as Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City said when they won the Premier League title in 2016, something that I did on Football Manager 2015 only last year funnily enough.
I spent an awful long time emulating their success in the games, but the players on the PS3 version for Leicester City are absolutely awful, it is really difficult to see how they could ever manage to do such a thing with poor players like they currently have. Okay, maybe I am being a little bit harsh there, they do have the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante, however apart from that who do they have – really? I’m surprised to see them do so well, as is every single other person in the country, but they have kind of epitomized what it means to be a winning underdog – on the most massive of scales too. This feat is unlikely to be repeated again, although I will be trying it out on both my Xbox One and PS4 too. Honestly though guys, if you are keen on trying out the latest games, do make sure to give jailbreaking your consoles a good go, it’s totally worth it and you will see some amazing results in absolutely no time whatsoever. Learn more about the process here and you will see just how easy it is to do!
Today I’m going to be writing a little post on violence that is present in video games, this is something that I and many other of my fellow campaigners are very, very passionate about. Way back in 2005 over 200 academic members of staff that belonged to the American Psychological Association got together and signed an open letter than went against various studies which suggested a potential link between violence and people playing online or single player games on consoles. Now, since this initial stand point there has been many other studies done that essentially suggest the exact same thing. For me, I believe that there is no causative link between the two and any study that suggests otherwise is absolutely rubbish. While some people may be susceptible to such behavior, this is certainly not what most people experience when playing video games, whether it is on a PC, Xbox or PS4.
There is just no logical reason for believing this anyway. This ideology formed the backbone of the original study behind the American Psychological Associations paper, they put forward the line of thought that some may become violent, however this was the case in under 0.1% of test suspects. Ultimately it is believed that most people can indeed distinguish between when they are playing a video game in a game universe and when they are walking around in real life. Vast amounts of research has been done in the past 11 years and no credible study has come forward to validate the violence claims. It is usually a whole range of different risk factors that together combine to lead to people becoming violent and it is ludicrous to insist that simply enjoying yourself could lead to this alone.
Despite this, a large proportion of people, predominantly in America – where gun crime is rife, are inadvertently pointing the finger towards video games and are trying to insinuate that games can lead to repeated violent offences within a short time span of playing them. You would have thought that in the twenty first century that science would have progressed past blatant name calling, however this doesn’t seem to be the case. If you just take a step back from the argument and think that if you played a violent shooting video game, say Counterstrike, for a few hours – would you feel inclined to go and cause somebody actual harm in real life? No, and if you answered yes then you may have some form of underlying mental health issue to be honest.
After many years of being a massive Nintendo fan boy, I’ve recently moved over to Microsoft and hopefully I will be staying on this side of the fence for a long while now. It’s been a long and arduous road whereby I’ve learnt an awful lot. Firstly, Nintendo make fantastic video games, yes – I can hear you all thinking – “Microsoft do too!”. And while that’s certainly a correct statement to make, you should consider all of the timeless classics that Nintendo have brought out in the past. The Wii, while it has not really competed with the Xbox One or PS4 in terms of revenue driven, is a revolutionary console in itself. It provided users with their first hand held directional controller and both Sony/Microsoft have followed suit in more recent years.
I’d also like to point out that Nintendo are not sheep, unlike Microsoft and Sony, they like to create innovative and different games. They appeal to a different market of gamers than those of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 – however they are not intent on trying to get a little bit of extra money whilst destroying their brand. They are effectively the gamers’ game designers, they do it for the love of the games, rather than the money. This couldn’t be more true or evident than when you can see that there are PS4 and Xbox One based jailbreaking software around, but nothing for the Wii or Wii U. This is clearly as a result of gamers not wanting to damage the brand, they realize that Nintendo are already working on a shoe string budget and don’t want to reduce sales even further.
All in all, we are very lucky to have Nintendo and hopefully they will remain a player in the video gaming scene for many, many years to come. Similarly, many Xbox One Jailbreak software development teams have been working tirelessly on finding new and more stable ways of modifying the console, this has not yet been achieved but it is something that the Playstation 4 has had for a few years already. Nintendo are unlikely, as I stated previously, to ever receive such support and this is for the best to be honest. I hope this post has helped a few people out who were interested in this whole side of the gaming scene, if you want any more information you can find loads about it by simply Googling – sorry, I had to.