XBOX One VS. Playstation 4 – E3 Press Conferences


Sony and Microsoft went head to head earlier this month, expounding upon everything from features, to price, and of course the games themselves. Jabs were thrown, demos failed, and crowds cheered. So, who is ahead thus far? That’s what we all really want to know. The answer, I believe, is not a simple one.

Presentation: Let’s start with the presentation of the conferences themselves. Microsoft was clad in Xbox green, as expected. The buffers and splash screens were certainly more interesting than Sony’s bland blue backgrounds and white text. That being said, the sheer amount of video screens all displaying different games was extremely impressive for Playstation. Having two screens, and a few stills on the sides, was pretty disappointing on Microsoft’s end. Presenters on both sides were good and bad. The single most important factor of the presentation was how well they presented their product and its capabilities. A…

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A Look at the Gladiatorial Games and Their Influence on Our Modern Politics, Sports, and Media

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A fight to the death for the Roman Empire: not for the procurement of land or resources, or repelling a tribe of invaders, but for the appeasement of a mob.  The Gladiatorial Games featured a different legion of soldiers, one that the most downtrodden of peasants could witness with their own eyes to see firsthand what made their Empire so dominant and powerful.  However, the state ramifications went beyond simply giving their citizens a great show: it was an immensely effective form of propaganda and psychological grandstanding.

Sport in the Roman Empire served as a true means of entertainment for the Roman crowds of spectators.  It was through the mass hysteria and interest that the public displayed for the gladiatorial games that gave the events their power in Roman culture.  For through the widespread devotion of the public to the games, the Republic was able to use them as…

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