The PlayStation 5 Developer Kit was leaked By Ronan Quenery December 16, 2019 Recently, Sony’s new next-generation console has been leaked to the public on social media. Mark Cerny, who is the chief architect on Sony’s next console, announced some new details on what the console has in store for their community. They officially confirmed that the next console will be the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and is expected to be a major upgrade from the PlayStation 4. One upgrade example is that “according to Mark Cerny, Sony is bringing 8K graphics, solid-state hard drives, and 3D audio. There will be backward compatibility with all current PlayStation 4 games. You wouldn’t have to hold onto your PS4 to play the rest of your games catalog” (Quiles“PlayStation 5 Leaked Image Suggests New Console’s Predicted Look”). In April 2019, the tech site, Wired, published an interview with Mark Cerny that contained details of the official announcements about the PS5. Cerny confirmed that the system will launch near the end of 2020, and that the Central Processing Unit (CPU) is based on the third generation of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) line. According to David Nield and Robert Jones’ article, a Sony analyst Hideki Yasuda had pinned the launch date as November 2020, “with a starting price point of $499” (Nield and Jones “Sony PS5 leaks and Rumors: Release Date, Price and Specs”). As a result, the PS5 will have upgraded features,compared to the PS4, and will leave their community excited as the year continues.
YouTube COPPA Rules Effect By: Ronan Quenery December 6, 2019 As of two weeks ago, YouTube is making changes to their terms and services to follow the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In January, YouTube will block any data collection from the videos that are marked “made for kids”by creators in order to protect a young user’s privacy. According to Alex Castro, this action can result in “lower ad revenue, and those videos will lose some of the platform’s most popular features, including comments and end screens” (Castro “YouTube’s New Kids’ Contents System has Creators Scrambling”). This means that if a creator marks a video as “kid-friendly,” then the video will not have any personal ads, info cards, or comment section that many content creators have to rely on to make revenue. Of course, many YouTubers are not happy with this change. Many people questioned if this change would even apply to the videos children watch. Additionally, any YouTuber that does gaming, unboxing, or review videos that apply to what kids watch will now need to be marked as kid-friendly. If the video is not labeled as kid-friendly, but it appeals to kids, then the content creator could be sued by the Federal Trade Commission. This change resulted in why YouTubers are worrying about if their content is either kid-friendly or not, due to who their audience is appointed to.
Gaming Addiction is now an Official “Disorder” By RonanQuenery November 8, 2019 This year, the World Health Organization made a conclusion and has named gaming addiction to be an actual disorder. The International Classification of Diseases 11th revision (ICD-1) describes gaming disorder as leading to “no control for gaming and that gaming is being more considered than other life interests” (Snider “Video game addiction is officially considered a mental disorder, WHO says”). There has been lots of debates if gaming disorder is or isn’t official. Omar Gallaga, a tech expert, says about the gaming industry that it is positive for someone to call a game addictive to the creators, but being addicted to video games can be harmful for some people’s mentality if they keep playing. It is a tricky situation. Shelly Brisbin included in her article that “Gaming disorder’ is how they describe it, and then the American Psychiatric Association created IGD – Internet Gaming Disorder,” Gallaga says. “But there’s a debate in the industry and in research about whether it even actually exists” (Brisbin “Video Game Addiction is Real, According to The World Health Organization”). This means, that even though gaming disorder is official, there is still a debate if it is real. As a result, gaming addiction is now an official disorder due to how video games were designed to keep the player playing and how it affects the brain.
Video Game Loot Boxes are being Considered as Gambling By Ronan Quenery October 25, 2019 In some video games, a loot box is a consumable item that can be redeemed to get a randomized virtual item. They contain products such as cosmetic items for the player’s character or sets of abilities and gear that can change one’s chance of winning. In 2018, computer scientists from New York found that there is a strong link between loot boxes and gambling, stating that “buying loot boxes and getting random items is just like as to the sensation on when someone feels when gambling.” According to Katherine Cross’ article, “How the legal Battle around loot boxes will change Video Games Forever,” “The Hawaiian state representative Chris Lee held a press conference where he characterized loot boxes as predatory gaming and is working on legislation to ban minors from buying loot boxes. He later added that “these kinds of loot boxes and micro-transactions are explicitly designed to prey upon and exploit and human psychology in the same way casino games are so designed.” Due to loot boxes involving a random chance, since players do not know what they’re going to get, they are being considered in the context of the existing gambling legislation.
Dirty Beaches By Camila Saenz, guest environmentalist columnist September 27, 2019 Beaches around the world are getting less blue and more grey and brown. We go to beaches and see the trash that people leave behind not worrying about the consequences. From trash in the sea to the shore, it’s affecting the ocean and what's in it; most visitors leave their trash on the shores, not helping the situation. Bakers Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Bay Area because of the beautiful view it has of the Golden Gate Bridge. But what's distracting people from the view is all the trash found there. From glass bottles to candy wrappers, the beach has trash scattered throughout its shore. Humans are no longer doing much to clean the ocean. Although Bakers Beach is not the dirtiest in the state, the Environmental Protection Agency places it in the top 10. To help the situation, we can begin to pick up all of our belongings, including trash. Leaving them there will only lead the beaches to get dirtoer. By throwing our trash where it belongs, we will already have made an impact by helping out those who volunteer to clean up all the trash on the shores.
This picture shows Bakers Beach in San Francisco no longer blue but brown and green.
Bottles like this were found all over the beach. More came in with the waves.