Welcome everyone to the inaugural Community News Review. The intention of this blog is to offer a spotlight upon the views and opinions of our community members in regards to some of the biggest news stories throughout the week. This week I have Saint, born4this, Hist, Derreck, and Disillumination contributing. To be honest, I couldn't be happier with how things turned out and I am excited to share this all with you. So without further ado....

Question #1- Saint

Monday January 17th, 2011

On Monday, Kotaku posted a news story about the level of hacking going on within Modern Warfare 2 for the Playstation 3. According to the article Infinity Ward is unable to fix the issue via updates and the game would suffer these issues until Sony is able to fix their security issues via firmware update. So my Question to Saint was this:

Do you think there will come a time again when hackers are unable to ruin gaming for those around them?

No. I think hackers are here to stay and will continue to plague the video game industry. It seemed like in the old days it was bad enough for the hackers to join a game and show off their exploits until they successfully ticked everyone on the server off and caused them to leave, but nowadays the hackers make videos on how to exploit games, then they post them on YouTube and open it up to practically anyone who's conscience doesn't convict them from engaging in this sort of behavior. No, if anything, I think hackers and wannabe hackers will continue to plague the video game industry more frequently and with more offensive behavior. I know many gamers, myself included, who completely walked away from Modern Warfare 2 because of the hackers. According to this article, the Playstation version of Modern Warfare is not fairing so well either. Something has to be done, but what? Now that's the real question.

(Demon: I hate to say it, but I completely agree with you.We live in a society that is always looking for recognition. People will do most anything to bring attention to themselves, even if it means in a negative sort of way. Youtube, which has some great uses, can also be used to give these people a venue by which to be acknowledged. There are so many that will do questionable things just to post it on the internet to see how many "hits" they can get.

Hacking is by far the most insidious offense one can make within a game. Glitching can be a real mixed bag. Some glitches can be performed without the glitcher even being aware that they are doing it. There are also some glitches that don't really provide any sort of advantage over the competition. I admittedly will occasionally dabble with glitches in Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 to keep the experience from going stale, but only if I have permission from the host (there is no matchmaking in the game) and I rarely use some the more insidious glitches because I would rather everyone have fun.)

Question #2- Hist

Tuesday January 18th, 2011

On Tuesday, Game Informer posted an article in regards to students at the University of Washington hacking a Kinect to where they may be able to use it to perform non-invasive surgeries remotely. My question for Hist was this:

Do you think it could ever be possible for a doctor to conduct multiple surgeries at the same time using technology such as Kinect? Do you think remote surgery could lead to possible ethics issues? Would you go under the knife if you knew the doctor were using the Kinect to perform the surgery?

The technology would have to be far more sophisticated and tested out before I would go under the knife for a doctor using a Kinect. But anything is possible once they have the technology and the creative thinking behind it to adapt. So sure, eventually it could be possible to do multiple surgeries with it. Though I think it would use Kinect as a basis for further improvement. I don't think it would be recognizable *as* a Kinect by the time they reached that point. As for ethics? I don't really see any ethical issues involved.

(Demon: The biggest issue that I see with this is that computers though capable of making calculations that the average human is incapable of, are still prone to making errors. Without any way to receive a physical form of feedback to the doctor, I could foresee some issues where a section that was supposed to be protected from the robot could be damaged due to an error. Not to mention that the doctor would likely be unable to do anything with his hands until the completion of the procedure in order to avoid making a mistake.)