The lights are on
It's happened to all of us: you're watching a recording of your favorite show, and the emergency alert appears at the bottom of the screen warning of an impending hail storm, tornado, or other apocalyptic weather conditions. At that point, the warning doesn't do you much good, does it? Especially since the reason you recorded your show in the first place is because you were playing Modern Warfare 2 when it originally aired. In order to reach a growing population of people who are less likely to listen to the radio or watch TV – the traditional methods for delivering emergency warnings – the state of New York's Emergency Management Office is considering a system that would allow warnings to be delivered via Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo's online services. The program is still in the testing phases, and no concrete details about an official roll-out have been announced.This sounds like a great method to reach and inform gamers, as long as it isn't too intrusive. Seeing an alert on the Xbox Live screens are one thing, but no gamer would tolerate warnings popping up during gameplay every time there's a storm nearby. Game Informer's offices are in Minneapolis, which means we wouldn't be able to play online from November through April without constant warnings of inclement weather.(via informationweek.com)
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that could be be good if it does not block the screen to much and ruin your game
It would be good to get a warning unless it's going to be too annoying with big "WARNING" appearing.
I record shows to watch because I missed them with some random event not because I was playing MW2.
New York? nothing bad happens there (except that whole 9/11 thing). put emergency alerts at places that get tornadoes and the such.
that would be sweet if i didnt block as much as in that picture...
I am also in the twin cities area of MN and it would be ridiculously annoying to be playing a game and then have a warning pop up and stop gameplay (just like if your controller disconnects) for 9 months out of the year...
What should happen is the websites should have a weather alert page. Make it flash when something weird is happening in the persons area, and go from there. If people care they'll look, or, they'll get rocked by a natural disaster doing what they love: playing video games. Sounds like a win win situation.
If it only happened in a true emergency, then sure, of not, i'm going to be paying online a lot less...
Well I live in New York. I actually wouldn't have a problem with this honestly. I'd rather know about a storm and be prepared to turn off my computer and stuff just so I don't fry it or anything. So this is a cool idea, as long as if it is only a major warning. That's about it.
I live in California, so the only warning that I would tolerate would be "Recent news: Duke Nukem Forever releases next year". Once I see that, I know it'll be the end of the world.
Could be good if it is done right. A ticker along the bottom of the screen might work. And it would be good if there was a way to say you've accepted the warning so that it doesn't keep coming up.
It could appear at the bottom of the screen. It wouldn't be too bad then.
I was just thinking about this the other day. I never watch the news since it all seems to be the same thing over and over. I only want to know about huge natural disasters, terrorist attacks, celebrity deaths, all that good stuff. Emergency warnings sounds like a great idea to me. As long as it's an EMERGENCY.
Maybe a strip of information through the bottom of th screen and just slides to warn you of something. It could reasonably lower the sound of the gameplay or darken the sceen just a bit so you Know its there. I don't want to Have a loud voice go WARNING! WARNING! INCOMING STORM! just maybe a small alert bi=ut without interrupting gameplay.
Sounds smart. Like everyone's already said, though, it would only be acceptable if it were a real EMERGENCY!
Couldn't there just be like an tornado alarm?
Why not? As long as the warnings are not about stupid stuff.
It should automatically pause your game though.
Using Modern Warfare 2 as an example up there was a fail, Joe.
I think this is a commendable idea.
This is a good idea I don't know now many times a storm has rolled in while I was playing and didn't know about it. I am a little old fashion by turning off my games and computers durning storms.