If I asked you this, would you believe me? Try doing so, because its the truth. And also, in this strange and perverse world, young people are busy killing each other at an alarming rate. Do we really need something like a pseudo Mafia causing the same sorts of problems? Gangsterism, in other words, on our childrens beloved video games?According to Wikipedia, the Webs foremost online encyclopedia, ever since 9/11 the FBI hasnt had much in time or resources to handle organized crime, and there has been a sudden resurgence in its activities.Right now, the online game The Sims Online-- which is labeled a T for Teens game -- has been overrun by several obviously Mafia named families. These people dont seem to have enough imagination to be Mexican Mafia, Chinese Mafia or Japanese Mafia (yet), which also exist in real life. They are very aggressive and very obvious.Whether or not they are the real Mafia is a question which I cannot answer. They may be a bunch of errant teenage boys and girls but ones with some very eclectic adult tastes and also many violent and weird high tech tendencies. You should see the Playboy style icons they paste on top of their houses from certain views of the TSO video game.And one thing these kids, if they are kids, really do, even though it is to virtual and not real houses: they trash peoples paid-for beautiful properties. The kind of properties that people would like to build, taking a lifetime to achieve. Beautiful, sprawling mansions you cant own in real life, the kind that are totally out of reach for the vast majority of people. And no one could tell if it was part of the game, or something far worse.I am so tired, I dont know. Values are very hard to gauge in life, anyway.To green up on The Sims Online at all, or to keep your simulated character going, you must do interactions that are similar to having sex with animals (wrestle with your dog, but you should see what it looks like if you really see it) and thats bad enough, but rather bearable. Sigmund Freud would have told us that such behavior is relatively normal, that having an orgy session involving heavy petting with your own puppy where it loves you and licks your face and you are all over each other, is fun. Also, there is sexy dancing, heavy kissing and hugging, and so forth, which works for most people -- including twelve year old kids. This is done with your fellow characters, real life people in the game whom you can become acquainted with, work with, and even marry. The marriages are not legal of course, and tend to dissolve fairly quickly.Meanwhile, your town is crawling with De Corleoni Territori, the Italian Mafia Empire, The Vito Family Territory and so forth. I am not talking Anti-Italian Defamation. I had several Italian friends on the game, whom I am now stuck missing in my daily life. I am talking about a bunch of people either acting like the Mafia, or worse yet, actually being connected with them somehow and taking over a childrens video game. Possibly, several childrens video games. Or were they involved in the first place, and is Maxis a Mafia held game company? Look at the names.Maxis, Mafia. Why doesnt Entertainment Arts do something about the house trashing problem, for example, even though people have repeatedly complained about it? What is it exactly that they are trying to hide? Apparently not much; you can easily find the Mob everywhere on that game. And their version of the cops does absolutely nothing at all. Meanwhile, I have talked to Maxis, and they have repeatedly claimed we are taking care of the problem.The game is labeled T for Teens and is connected with what looks like some harmless fake gambling. The money being exchanged seems to be Simoleans at first. Fake money, which you get by working at odd jobs on the game, and you may also acquire skills so you can make more of the fake money. But there are payoffs, and you can also buy blocks of the money on EBay, roughly $15-25 for 1 million Simoleans. I heard of one lady who blew thousands of real life dollars on this. Its possible that the teenagers who are playing it are making money from performing vaguely illicit sexual acts on this game for real money.Is this what you want your teenager to be doing? For 6-10 hours a day, five-seven days a week? Eventually, obviously, after I spent about a month on the game, it was so that the money was swiftly turning real.Okay, video addiction is bad enough, but were talking about Organized Crime here as well. Remember a little place called Columbine High School? What if theres some sort of eerie connection to that sort of business? I had to join this game to find out, kind of as a lark, but I did some real exploring too.And the Mafia is in and roughly controlling every town that Ive visited on The Sims Online, and Ive reasonably checked them all over. Dans Grove, Jolly Pines, Blazing Falls, Alphaville. The Mafia iseverywhere.I have talked to these Mafia gentlemen and ladies, and visited their houses. They dont have very much to do at them but the usual Sims stuff. Im afraid they have discovered game cheats and, being bored, are using them to destroy other game players properties. And yes, I have evidence, not hard unfortunately, that they have watched people play the game from a distance. One of them knew about something he shouldnt have known. And another friend of mine who regularly plays video games has noticed these tendencies toward having strange game powers that other players dont have in yet other video games. He says its pretty common. Hackers, he calls it, but in the TSO case, its hitting a little too close to home.For example, a gay bashing was set up right in front of me. I rode it out, but I had to comfort the gay being bashed. Of course, it was his simulated character, not he who was hurt. TSO is real people playing games. Im not gay, but it was getting a little peculiar that such stuff is allowable on a T for Teens video game. I was more than a little confused.A lady in fun fired a game Civil War cannon at me, in private, and this Mafia guy named Riccardo knew that it had happened. I dont think she told him about it. How did he know? She did it just for laughs, and it was a harmless game event (I peed my pants as the game character, and it seemed okay), but its not very funny that he knew about it. I didnt exactly care, and it was sort of humorous. He couldnt have known about it unless hed seen it happen, in all probability. And he wasnt anywhere on the property or onscreen at the time. He had a private view of it going on.The same Mafia dude, who kept denying he was Mafia -- while dressed in an obvious game-style Mafia suit and with the name Riccardo -- also told me you cant trash houses unless youre a roommate or the home owner. This should indeed be the case; it involves building permissions. But one of the house trashing victims had no roommates whatsoever. And she wasnt motivated to trash her houseno insurance money is involved.Game players on this game can be quite friendly. I made a lot of good friends doing things like making pizzas, opening up my own skills house business, doing minor gambling (legal for adults and Im over 40) and in general -- partying. You can play high tech, beautiful looking musical instruments and feel like youre there. Its a great game. You should see some of the wild and crazy characters on this game! Or should you?Except that I cant play it anymore. I quit the game solely because of theextremely heavy Mafia presence that was starting to visit my house and breathe hotly down my neck. That, and the game was cutting into my work routine as a full-time writer quite a little bit, too.First, Riccardo showed up. Out of nowhere, after I had used the Maxis device to screen all apparent Mafia members out of my house. He showed up at my house. The same day my friends house was trashed. It was the second such trashing since I had started playing there. Obvious Mafia guy, obviously scouting me. Denied everything completely. This was after two of my friends houses had been trashed.Want to know anything about terrorism? Now I know what it is. A little too thoroughly for my tastes. The Mob was making it obvious that I could be next. Why is that exactly? And what sort of next would it bereal, or simulated game activity? These people looked capable of tracking down my actual computers IP address, my ISP -- and finally, my real life house.And all I could do was flee. I quit playing the game for good. I dont feel much like a serious game player after that. I feel rather like an inebriated cipher.Yeah, theyre just a bunch of teenagers who like to trash houses Theyre not the real Mafia, theyre just kids. I heard a lot of that from people both on and off the game, even my fellow writers. Harmless kids.Like the ones at Columbine? That bunch even called themselves The Trench Coat Mafia. Whats with this strange fascination of teenage kids with the Mob? Does gangsta rap, or something even worse, have anything to do with it?The Sims Online is conceivably the haven for a slinking beast with no better name than the Neo Mafia: My New Family. And for the last time, if youre Italian, I am not picking on you. Im worried about you instead. And do you need to be affiliated with these mysterious strangers, who maybe think all organized crime is still from Italy? Are you, like me, a parent? Ma fia? Neo ma fiaYes, parents, that is what it means in Italian-American. My new family. Still feel comfortable with the concept?Trust me. Im only Italian. Im not a Mafia member. You must be a bigot. Its because my skin is brown. Yadayadayaday. You can be whatever skin color you want to be on TSO, and either sex for that matter. Everybody kept going, Its only kids, calm down, and its only kids. Yeah, pretty old kids.Maybe I was a fool for ever playing that game. I assumed it was just a game, and someone was being silly about the Mafia on it. Later, I found a very professional looking website dedicated to The Sims Mafia. Dont enter here if youre under thirteen is a quote from it. Maxis is doing nothing whatsoever to stop these people, which is getting to be sickeningly obvious.Im sure that if this story is ever widely promoted, people will join The Sims Online (TSO) after having read it. Its an extremely download, a free two week trial, $10 per month and bam, youre in it. News items like the War belittle this pretty much. But thats somebody elses problem. The Federal Bureau of Investigation should be looking into at least our nations video games. You can buy money on EBay to sell on that TSO game, kids are on that game, and they are being threatened into being recruited into the, I would assume, mostly swarthy white people Mafiaright nowsince they keep mentioning the Italian one so muchthe real one or the virtual one?Who knows?
Buying gold for World of Warcraft has become very popular in the last year or so. With over 9 million players (many of whom are completely addicted), gold farming is a multi-million dollar business that is not going to go away anytime soon.To help you find a good gold seller for you based on your needs, here are a few tips...#1: Check the sellers PayPal account:When you buy for items through PayPal, just before you purchase, you get to see the sellers rating and how many verified customers they have sold to. This is a good indication to see if the seller is very big. While there are small gold sellers who are legitimate, it is typically better to go with already established sellers, because at least you know they'll deliver your gold. There are too many scam merchants around for it to be worth the risk.#2: Do some research on the seller's domain:It is actually possible to see how long a domain has been registered, as well as the owner and their address (if the domain isn't guarded). If the domain has been registered for a long time, then the seller is more likely to be legitimate. You can also see older versions of what their site looked like in the past at archive.org#3: Read what other people have to say about the seller:You can always do a Google search on a company's name if you want to find out more about them. Also, try to read reviews of what other websites have to say. You can check forums as well if you still want more information on the seller.#4: Find out about their customer service:One thing you can do before you buy any gold with a seller is check out their customer support. Send them an email about something, or talk to a sales representative with live chat if possible. If they respond quickly, then they are probably a good seller who is worth dealing with.
The XBOX 360 has so many new features as opposed to the older version. Some features that really stand out are the wireless remotes, the 20gb hard drive and the aesthetically pleasing exterior casing.Firstly the "XBOX 360" is available in a choice of silver or black. Both are very appealing and it is a matter of personal choice which one the consumer wants to choose. Additionally you can remove nearly all the plates from the exterior casing to replace with whatever color you want.The wireless remotes are a blessing. No more tangled remote wires or having to sit close to the console just to be able to play the many wonderful games.The 20gb hard drive is more than ample to store multimedia such as videos and music. The hard drive is also upgradeable leaving the option to upgrade later down the track but this wont be necessary. Just to give you an idea of how much 20gb can hold, it can store either 5 full length dvd movies or upwards of 6000 mp3 songs.Below the visually appealing exterior lies a lot of processing power. The XBOX 360 has 3 3.2GHz processor. Standard personal computers have just the one processor. Imagine 3 times the processing power of a well decked out personal computer and youll understand what kind of power the XBOX 360 has.To match the processing power the XBOX 360 has a custom ATI graphics processor. The ATI graphics processor has a whopping 512mb of RAM and runs at a speed of 500MHz. This is enough to make light work of any high end game.Besides the major feature of the XBOX 360 that Ive listed above, it also comes with many additional accessories such as the wireless headset and so forth. The XBOX 360 is a great innovation in the world of gaming and will continue to increase in popularity making it a formidable opponent to sonys playstation 3.
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Of the many different character classes in WOW, each having a different accepted role, there is one lauded as superior by those who play them, and scoffed at by those around them. There are a few responsibilities that must be filled for a group of adventurers to succeed in a dungeon. There must be a tank, someone who gets the attention of the monsters they are attempting to kill. A healer is important to keep the group alive. There are damage dealers who are primarily responsible for slaying the monsters in melee or from a distance. Characters in charge of crowd control stall certain targets to make taking down others easier.Each class generally fills one role with ease and can switch to another if it is needed. The Warrior, for example, is first and foremost a tank. Warriors are given the most abilities to generate and maintain the focus of the foe. But in a group with two warriors, or if another class wants to try their hand at tanking, the warrior can be used as a damage dealer. The WOW Paladin, normally used in instances as a healer and support character, can generate cause enough threat to hold the targets attention.The Druids of Azeroth, made up of the Night Elf and Tauren populations, have an interesting mix of abilities. To WOW, they are the shape shifting Jack of all Trades. They can heal the party, with efficiency topped only by the Priest. In Cat Form they can deal melee damage and sneak around their enemies with the guile of a Rogue. If shifted into Bear Form, they are capable of performing tanking roll of a Warrior. While in Moonkin Form, they can dole out massive damage by raining down arcane and nature spells on the target. This wide range of abilities makes the druid the ideal member of any party, if one person fails, the druid can switch over to the vacated role and pick up the slack.This is not often how the party views the situation, however. In small instance groups of five people, the druid is often taken only if they are willing to be a healer, despite their versatility. A druid desiring to fill another role, especially the popular role of damage dealing, is shunned. The WOW developers gave druids certain abilities, such as moon fire or faerie fire, which are very visible spells. These spells have beneficial effects for the group, but a druid casting them on a target will often be ridiculed from the party for wasting mana that should be reserved for healing.The issue stems from two major problems in WOW. The first is the lack of healer classes. There is only one class out of eight on each faction that is a dedicated healer, the Priest. There are two other classes on each side that are capable of healing, the Paladin for Alliance and Shaman for Horde, then the Druid. The low amount of available healers leads to less players playing them, which feeds right into the next dilemma. The second problem being that most players are too shortsighted to see beyond the Druids healing ability. There are many people with the immutable mindset that if a druid can heal, he should heal. While they are an effective healer, they are quite effective at every other role they can fill as well.No one would ever accuse Blizzard entertainment of being hasty with their decisions. WOW and their other games have had their release dates pushed back many times. In the past hardcore fans of Blizzards work know that this delay is for the best, the company labors to produce the finest quality product. The Druid went through months of internal testing and balancing before the concept became a reality. By giving the druid all the basic abilities of a rogue, a warrior, a mage and a priest, it is quite clear they had a greater intention for the class than staple healer. Read more about WOW at WOW Gold Price List http://www.wow-gold-price-list.com