Mr. Steed's 6th Grade Computer Class Blog
A Blog of my students daily thoughts about a different technology subject

May
04
Call of Duty: Black Ops

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“Pop Culture is everywhere.  Zombies are the newest craze to take over horror culture, now that vampires have died down a bit.  The University of Baltimore is now offering a course called Zombie 101. Zombies were featured on an episode of Glee as well as many other TV shows.  The most popular downloadable content for a video game this past year has been Red Dead Redemption – the zombie pack.  Yesterday, the download “Escalation” for the most popular Game of the Year, Call of Duty: Black Ops came featuring zombies with plenty of celebrity guest appearances and directed by Mr. Zombie, George Romero. 

A)  If you REFLECT on pop culture, Why do you think America has this sudden fascination with zombies? 

B)  If  Zombies and zombie movies have been around for 50 years, how have advances in technology changed Zombies and made them more interesting now?”

C)  Even though Black Ops is already a popular game, why do you think this zombie download will make it more popular/less popular? 

(You MUST write 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

 

For more info, you might want to read:

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/26/black-ops-escalation-call-of-the-dead/

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May
03

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

The Roller Coaster WARS have been raging for years.  Ever since Cedar Point opened Magnum back in 2000. Every park goes for the biggest, fastest, tallest, biggest drop and most interesting roller coaster to bring people into their park.  Well the small country of U.A.E. and their capital city Abu Dhabi want in on the wars.  They just opened Formula Rossa, a Ferrari themed Roller Coaster that has taken the world speed record at 144 mph.

A) Is this roller coaster interesting enough to be in the running for best coaster in the world?  Why or why not?

B) Do you think people would travel to Abu Dhabi to ride this roller coaster? Why or why not?

C) If you analyze the theme parks you know about, what would make this roller coaster more appealing or less appealing than parks you go to?

(You must write a paragraph of AT LEAST 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below) www.huffingtonpost.com/…/formularossa-worlds-fast_n_783553.html

May
02

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

ORQ

The cellphone companies are at WAR. They keep trying to outdo each other by releasing the next “BEST PHONE” or “iPhone killer”. Sprint tries to lock up the market again with the EVO 3D.  This dual core phone is 4G. When Sprint unveiled their latest phone they said it will be available soon in stores. The HTC Evo 3D is the first 3D phone.

A) Is this phone too late to the party to be a serious contender for best phone and WHY?

B) Do you think people would switch their current phones for this phone? Why or why not?

C) If you analyze the phone, is it more appealing than an iPhone or another android phone?

D) Give me a comparison/contrast with what are some of the positives (pros) and negatives (cons) about this phone? Explain your answers.

(You must write a paragraph of AT LEAST 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below) http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12261_7-20045904-10356022.html

Apr
29

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

Starting in June 2011, everyone nationwide will be able to rent video games from Redbox kiosks for $2 per day.  They will all have games from all games systems.  Is this a good system for getting people to play new games or will people download games?

A) If you analyze the ways to play video games, does renting from redbox seem like the best way to play new games? Why or why not?

B) Give me a comparison/contrast with what are some of the positives (pros) and negatives (cons) about renting video games from Redbox? Explain your answers.

(You must write a paragraph of AT LEAST 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below) http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/28/redbox-will-offer-2-per-day-videogame-rentals-nationwide-in-jun/



Apr
28

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

The console generational WAR may be over with. Nintendo announced on Monday April 26th, 2011 that it will be unveiling a successor to the Wii, so far codenamed Project Cafe.  The new “Wii 2” will allegedly have HD graphics that are better than PS3 & X-Box360.  It will allow online play and have motion controllers with screens and cameras on them.  Nintendo said it will come out in 2012.

A) How will Nintendo have an advantage over PS3 and X-Box360 when they release this console?

B) If you analyze the new Nintendo, will people want to upgrade to it? Why or why not?

C) Give me a comparison/contrast with what are some of the positives (pros) and negatives (cons) about this video game system? Explain your answers.

(You must write a paragraph of AT LEAST 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below) http://www.1up.com/news/nintendo-stream-console