Do we still need cameras?

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So I’m going to try something new on here…well it’s not really anything new but just something different.Today, let’s go onto the tech side of Pop Culture and talk about whether or not cameras are still important this day and age. I’m going to try to not make it be cell phones/tablets vs camera but it’s probably going to be that. Mobile devices like those are a part of everyday life for us in the year 2017.

Before we had cell phones and tablets that had the ability to take high-resolution photos, in order to capture moments you would have to carry around a camera. Nowadays, they aren’t really important unless you are a professional photographer or videographer. The only reason you would need a camera is if you are looking to take really nice photos, but even then there are apps where you can edit them to look like it.

And the cameras you want, the really nice ones, are a couple hundred of dollars. So you might as well spend the money on a phone, which does more than most cameras (that are reasonably priced). There’s not really a point to spent $800 on a fancy camera when you can get an iPhone or Andriod phone that you can take pictures on, play games, and view funny videos of cats. Don’t try to hide it, we all love cat videos. The only benefit to really having a camera is that there usually isn’t a newer cooler version of the camera every 6-12 months. That saves you money.
There’s not even a problem with how many photos or video can be held and the quality anymore. Android phones can use SD cards and they have special USB stick for iPhones to store photos. You also can’t forget about the cloud. Just don’t put your nudes on there and you should be good. 

Unless you are looking to get into filming or photography professionally, you really don’t need a camera. The phone or mobile device’s camera will do just fine if you are just capturing memories. It’s just easier all around. If there were little cheaper nicer cameras, then you can probably write off a camera. But they are just too much money for casual users.

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Run, Mario, Run!

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It’s been almost a month since Nintendo debut the app “Super Mario Run” on all iOS devices and it’s time to finally put down my feeling and views on it. So let’s run deep into the first mobile game that the Japanese gaming empire has made.

“Super Mario Run” is your average Mario game just simplified due to how much space is on a phone compared to an actual gaming system. It’s also the same story that you would expect because the storyline is decades old. Princess Peach can apparently do more than get kidnapped and baked a cake. She invited Mario to come get a piece, which is code for she was a thirsty. So Mario runs because he’s so excited to taste her “cake” and the dumb bitch ends up getting kidnapped by Browser, who is obsessed with her. This is all happening in the tutorial by the way. At the end of the tutorial, Browser blows up the kingdom and ends up sending all of Mario’s help somewhere that wasn’t explained.

The goal of the game to rebuild the kingdom, bring all the mushroom people back as well as Mario’s brother Luigi, and to save the goddamn princess. There is two different modes: Tour and Toad Rally.

Tour Mode is where the game is familiar. You play through all the levels, first three are free, and make your way through to save the Peach. There are six worlds with the goal of each level to is to collect the 15 colored coins, which you have to get in groups of five. The only benefit to this, besides it’s the most fun, is that all the levels you pass go into Toad Rally and you can play as the bitch that can fight off Link in Smash Bros. but can’t stop Browser from kidnapping her ass.

 
mobile_supermariorun_ipadpro_screenshot-only_05Toad Rally is where you collect mushroom people as fans by beating other from all aroundthe world in a race to collect coins. The more mushroom people you collect, you unlock the other three characters (which Browser isn’t one of them!) and level up your Kingdom. Oh yeah, you can purchase things to make your¬†Kingdom unique. You can by mushroom homes, poles for the mushroom to play on and no, I’m not making that up.Sure it’s a flag pole, but you can’t keep those mushroom off the pole.

The game is a very fun game, it just gets boring after a while. There’s nothing there to keep you playing once you save Peach. Sure, you can collect colored coins and unlock special levels when you collect them all, but that’s rather difficult sometimes and it’s annoying. The Toad Rally is fun to a point but then all the levels are all the same. Literally, there are times when you will play the same level back to back.

The idea is there and it’s a fun game when you are bored but other than that, it’s not really that fun. The fact that Browser isn’t a playable character but a newly introduced character is hurts the game. I don’t play as the female toad and mainly play as Luigi because let’s be real-he’s the true badass of the game. “Super Mario Run” is reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. 2: The North American Release, which wasn’t a very fun game. Overall, the game is suffers from lack of content that keeps people coming back.

 

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Grinds My Gears

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Do you know what really “Grinds My Gears?” When elderly people just assume that anyone under the age of 35 is just really good at technology because “we are obsessed with it.” Really people? I mean, yes- we are the first generation to have “grown up” surrounded by it but it is really necessary to say that we are obsessed with it? It’s like saying that you are really good doing elderly things because you are obsessed with it. Somewhat bad example, i know, but you get the idea of what I’m trying to convey.

I feel like that they believe that our smartphones are glued to our hands and that we are constantly on it. While I’m not speaking for my generation as a whole, I know that a lot of us aren’t always on our phones. I happen to only use my phone when I’m bored, trying to ignore something, or using it for work. I have games on my phone, but I really don’t use it. I’m not obsessed social media to be checking it constantly (I do check it every once and a while). And obviously by the amount of articles I write on this blog, I don’t use my phone to write/post articles.

It also “Grinds My Gears” when they don’t really want to learn how to use the technology. I like to use the comparison of when people say “If you live in america, you should learn how to speak English.” If you are going to use the technology, you should learn how to use. ¬†Don’t just assume that someone from my generation is going be there to help you. At least learn the basics of it so that you can get around yourself. I don’t expect (unless you really want to) you to be a wiz at it, just enough to get by and understand what you are doing with that technology. Just try it out.

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