A game of chess, between you and the Grim reaper.

It’s a mystery, isn’t it? What happens when the fire in our soul runs out, and our body decays in the blackness of our tomb. We can only assume, believe and imagine, but we’ll never know or understand. Maybe there is a reason for that. Maybe the whole universe is based upon the fact, that we don’t know? But who knows even that? Hopefully no-one, because then there wouldn’t be anything left. Nothing to strive for, not a single goal to set for our beloved scientists.

Maybe the reason for everything, is that we search for the reason. If that is so, what should we question? I personally want to question anything, with the knowledge that there isn’t an answer for everything. If I knew everything about everything, what should I strive for? Personal development? The point is, that questions is all we have in the end. Sure we have enough trouble as it is now, with hunger, disease and global-warming. But if we knew all the answers, we could solve every problem known to man, with infinite knowledge.

Just for the record: I’m an atheist, and I carry a certain pride in that opinion. However that does not mean I don’t understand religion, and/or respect it. Actually, as an atheist, I find what I don’t believe in very intriguing. And I like the side of the bible that teaches people about moral, and what’s right. But when it goes from being a guideline, to a comprehensive guide to ones life, it’s too much.

However: Death, that’s what I want to discuss. And let me get right to the point, keeping it nice and clean: What if we are all the same? What if we all are great people like Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, or maybe even mass-murderers like Adolf Hitler? I’m not sure if it classifies as reincarnation, but what if I’m every man that ever existed, and ever will? If I after a life, goes back and plays the role as another human being? An accountant the first life, and the next life I’m a Prussian count? Kings, queens, soldiers, commoners, priests, beggars or serial-killers? It’s isn’t a deep, complex theory, and yet it’s something that affect us all. (If “All” is the right term here) But then again, would that knowledge bring us anywhere? There would be nothing we could do to change it, and we would still sit here in our cursed apathy, which has been haunting the human species for the last 30 years. Again; who knows?

Time wouldn’t exist, as we would be (or are) everywhere at the same time.

Jonas Christensen
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The topic of ages: Video game violence?

It has been discussed since the dawn of games like Grand Theft Auto, with its obscure sandbox-like gameplay about being a criminal in the urban metropolis: Liberty city. And the gaming industry didn’t let those the new possibilities go pass without ‘abusing’ them to match the market. Back then, those bloody pixels wasn’t a target of verbal annihilation for concerned parent, or at least not as heavy as it is today, but as we walked over the border from 2D to 3D; things blew up.

Of course there’s notable examples as the classic Wolfenstein 3D, which was armed with a rather obscure storyline that allowed the player to actually kill Hitler, but the main example I want to focus on is Manhunt. Manhunt is a third-person stealth horror game, and it is easily the most gory game series for the Playstation 2 I’ve seen so far. It was even gory enough to get banned in New Zealand and Australia, even though it was marked as a “15+” game before it was banned in Australia. Manhunt is also a violation of § 131 StGB in Germany, and yet it was the country where I got my hands on the game, kinda ironic. Anyways: When Manhunt hit the stores back in October 2007, it quickly became the media’s punching bag and was accused for being the catalyst of a number of murders. The media quickly jumped to conclusions with this new and ‘vile’ game. Things like “Police reject game link to murder”, “Game blamed for hammer murder” and “The murder of a 14-year-old boy was game’s fault”  Though that wasn’t enough to stop the teenagers and young adults of UK from buying the exciting collection of sinister pixels.

That should be enough information to state my subjective opinion.

I know it isn’t that serious as it sound, or well, the murders are serious yes, but not the game itself. It’s like blaming the bullet in the skull of a dead man, and not the human behind the trigger. The media are blowing a fiery wind at the fire, with the intention of getting a new shocking reason and false truth behind any tragic event. Then the innocent parents are sitting home  in front of the tv, in all their ignorance, and listening to journalists, reporters, psychologists and what not, talking about the vile, nefarious nature of video games. Sure, if I didn’t have a living clue about games, I would also be worried for my children. (Please note that I don’t have any children) It’s easy to make the games seem like the villain, especially you don’t know better, but banning the game will only get the young more curious.

I must admit that I love video games, and I think that they play a huge part in the social and emotional evolution of children, but I don’t consider them dangerous. But again, it’s hard to talk about some of the mainstream games without realizing how grotesque it actually is. Taking an overly popular game like Call of duty, you’ll see children down to ages of 10 playing, even though the PEGI mark clearly says either 16+ or 18+. (I’ll discuss my relationship with PEGI another time) And these modern shooting games aren’t all that family friendly. I’m also mentioning this as a site note, that games like these are not only meant for kids with their level of gore, but the game itself isn’t designed for ten-year old kids either, which means that the kids way of playing the game online, is against the way more mature gamers plays it, and that is very annoying for anyone who expects to play with decent people.

I don’t think children see these violent things as clearly, or rather, it just isn’t what matters in their universe, especially not when it comes to competitive games. I’m not saying that parents should let their children play games like Manhunt, but they shouldn’t be afraid of their kids becoming something they aren’t already.

So all in all, I think that the mature society are making a way to big deal out of games, and adults should protect their kids of course, but they should know their “enemy” before making any unnecessary accusations. They should simply bear in mind; that maybe the game is violent, but that doesn’t mean it’s dangerous.

-Jonas Christensen

Hello readers.

All of these blogs are getting more than just a hobby for some people, and I know some people who really like blogs themselves, so i decided to start this dandy (And sometimes merry) blog myself. What I’m going to talk about will range to (somehow) extremely different topics, but I doubt that’s going to be of any nuisance. It is, after all, my blog.

Anyways; right now, I’m having quite a few topics on my mind, and i can tell you that one of those topic are those “infamous” ponies, going around among the mature pop culture. I should also talk a little about the violence in video game, maybe? Hmm, I should make a little 3 point  list, just for the heck of it.

This is only the topic of what I have in my mind, not sure if I’m going to ramble about all of it:’

  • Violence in video games Done
  • Those colourful ponies  Done
  • Maybe a little about me, perhaps? Done?

To be honest, I don’t really like moving on rails when it comes to writing, and the truth is that the result will be better if it has been under the loop a couple of times. So I’ll cut this short, but bear in mind, that those topics probably aren’t gonna be that short.

-Jonas Christensen
 

EDIT:

While I remember it, I would like to say that I’m feeling deeply grieved about the event in Norway. And with the 77’th innocent soul being claimed by death, I would like to say that I’ve been silently weeping and mourning inside. I’m done with weeping though, but it’ll take some more time to get over mourning for this injustice.

“And yet we are all the same.”