For the movies/videos, he chose The Rock, Toxic Avenger, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He basically described the part in the movie where the actors in the film protrayed bad driving. For realism, he rated The Rock as 1; for action, it was also 1; and for the influence of the film to the viewers, he rated it as 2. He rated Toxic Avenger as 0 for realism, 1 for action, and 0 for inluence. Finally, he evaluated Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and the ratings for this film is fairly high -- 4 for realism, 3.5 for action, and 4 for influence. I have seen The Rock and I agree with his ratings, as well as his ratings for Ace Ventura, but for Toxic Avenger, I have no comments because I never heard nor seen this film.
The three cartoons he chose to evaluate are:Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Speed Racer, and G.I Joe. He rated G.I. Joe as the highest with a total of 8 --> realism=2, action=2, and influence=4. Wow, I never really watched G.I. Joe so I don't know whether his rating is accurate. Actually, all the cartoons he listed, I haven't watched for years so I can't say anything about the accuracy of his ratings.
Finally, he did his ratings on Commercials and he included the following commercials:Pennzoil, Isuzu Trooper, and Shell Service Stations. The highest he rated was the Shell Service Station which totalled to 11 --> 3 for realism, 4 for action, and 4 for influence. I thought that his ratings were pretty high for all the commercials, he could have chosen better commercials to evaluate like maybe those Toyota commercials or Nissan commercials because those really show bad driving behaviors. The drivers drive fast and step on the brakes so suddenly to show people that their brakes work really good. I thought, those commercials are kind of a bad influence for young viewers because I have seen my nephew immitate one of those commercials when he was sitting next to me in the car. He would make this "Vroom, Vroom" sound and pretend he's driving. And then he would pretend to step on the brake and make this "Screech" sound. I know, he got that from the commercials that he watches, especially that he likes cars.
For his second report, his topic is about Video Game road rage. Here, he gave five examples of video games that indicates or show road rage like: Carmageddon, Roadkill, Fatal Racing, Need for Speed 2, and Interstate '76. For each one of them, he had a brief description of what kind of games they are and what exactly is bad about them. For Carmageddon, he said that this game is a "triple combination of Road Rage, Racing, and a Destruction Derby." I thought, this game was really bad because you have to hit and kill pedestrians to earn points. Now, this game should definitely be banned because it's such a bad message to be sending out to children. Roadkill, is another game like Carmageddon, where you drive along a road and kill old ladies and animals walking across the street. These games are really disgusting, I hope that children are not allowed to play these games because it's such a bad influence for them and to everybody.
Here's another game called Fatal Racing, just the name itself, you know that this game is going to be bad. But, Travis said that "this game had a very little road rage" because there's not much fatal scenes and the way they destroy cars is not very realistic -- it will only slow you down. I thought, that's kind of realistic, you will really slow down if you try hitting a car, isn't it? If being realistic, to him, is how good the graphics look then I guess this game is not. For the other two games, Speed 2 and Interstate '76, had to do with driving at a high speed. Speed 2, you drive highspeed luxury cars and according to Travis this game has shown no road rage whatsoever. I guess, that's just a matter of opinion of what a road rage is to you but to some, driving at a high speed like that is some form of a road rage. Interstate '76, has to do with the destruction of other cars. Here, the people you try to kill are "bad guys" unlike in Carmageddon, you kill innocent pedestrians -- that's according to Travis. As he explained further on what kind of weapons they used to target these bad guys, I thought this game was really violent.
I don't know, I guess, girls like me and violence don't mix. Guys may like these stuffs and may think it's just a game, but little do you know this might have an effect on them. Well, at the end of his report, he gave his opinion on the games and he thought they are really bad for children and that they should have ratings for these games as they're now proposing a rating system for bad driving in commercials. I agree with his proposal to have a rating system for these games, but I always thought they have some kind of a rating system outside the box when you buy them?
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