Autistic Gamer: My Twitter

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Autistic Gamer: Political Parties

As long as American Citizens remain stupidly voting in politicians who don’t bother to do their jobs, with Republicans making claims about how much they “care” about their voters and then working for Corporations while Democrats get voted in and then serve special interest groups, the government won’t improve and America gets dumped on.

There are two visions of future America based on different ideals of each party and they are incompatible and either party, but mainly republicans, don’t support comprise anymore.

Republican Future: Corporations control and own everything and you pay taxes to the corporation on everything with workers solely existing to provide service without any real rights or anything. But Republican leaders don’t care, because they get paid big bucks to ignore the problems.

Democratic Future: An extreme welfare state with a small subset working to provide for everyone while illegal immigrants are granted a free pass so the Democrats can continue to enact policies that encourages little.

We need a congress that works to fix America’s problems, not a congress divided by useless outdated political parties that can’t seem capable of doing their jobs and would have gotten fired if America was treated as a company.

Change must happen, and that means showing both parties that we the people are tired of their bickering and incompetence.

How change happen? We need our government to function but neither side wants to comprise on anything anymore. It is time that we stop voting in incompetent politicians who claim to be supporting us when they only use us for their own advancement.

Both parties can be viewed with the following idea, since it seems to really apply:

Republicans: “We will say whatever we need to get you to elect us so that we then can work for the Corporations which is we wanted anyways since they cut us checks and give out gifts.”

Democrats: “We will say whatever we need to get elected so we can support the special interest groups which give us checks and gifts.”

So? Who should lead us? Well, I don’t see any problems with electing Cats since they look like they could do a way better job than Congress is and they would look pretty cute the whole time as well.

We need to stop allowing ourselves to be taken in by the lies of this politicians who claim to be working for us then do nothing of the sort. I constantly hear about the Republican party is supposed to be out looking for the little guy, and then they fight in congress to support corporate friendly bills. The Democrats claim to help out, but they have done more to support bills that doesn’t encourage getting jobs back to America.

And then, our nation is consumed by wanton materialism and the need to have things. Why are we so supposed with Facebook and the like while little change or encouragement for people for work instead feeling entitled to everything?

The deeper question: Why has the American Public allowed the two main political parties to keep dividing us a country when both sides should be working together more? Because we apparently don’t care and are simply that stupid.

We need to limit the number of terms that members of congress can serve with a maximum of 5 in each part of congress so we can get people in that are trying to help our country rather than pillage and loot it like Republican/Democrats.

We should also remove the sheer amount of money support corporations and special interest groups are able to pour into politicians’ coffers since it makes them more likely to support policies benefitting those who pay them more than anything the people can give.

How can we trust our politicians when they have repeatedly shown that they have lied to us and are completely willing to lie in order to maintain their power? Why do we continue to choose to support such candidates?

Even our media is now infected by the political divide and are driven to report news in ways more likely to support their political bias. Journalistic ethics meant way more in the past then they do now.

Of course, personal ethics in politics is like looking for the easter bunny, you won’t find them anywhere.

Citizens of America wake up from the Matrix lies created by Democrats and Republicans!!

Autistic Gamer: Time

How long should someone be allowed to play that is Autistic? I would say that it depends, but a good standard should be as follows:

1) Limited to the number of days with a set number of hours each day

This provides the most control over game time and I would suggest that weekdays get set to a maximum of 4-5 hours since I am assuming that time is spent for other things like school, work, etc. Also, make sure that there are bathroom breaks and some walking about in there. This means getting up and taking a bit of a stroll, you can always pause the game and come back to it. Well, usually as I know of a few that might have special saving and pausing modes. On weekends, you can allow for up to 8 hours and it should be fine, but do increase the amount of breaks and have time taken out for food.

One caveat for all this is the following: That school homework or job work gets finished before any play happens. For Parents, I would say check from time to time on the games if it happens to be one that you have concerns over. I will say it even though I assume that it would likely occur anyway.

Make sure that life is being lived and time is spent interacting with others. A good balance of this with gameplay should help out, by you should always adjust things as you feel needed. And per usual, always pre-research anything you buy before you get it. It will save you a lot of hassle.

Autistic Gamer: Games to avoid

There are some games that are worth avoiding, this games have either a bad plot or contain a lot of violence. I have played them at the very least and there are some I would suggest being available after the required maturity is reached. Still, parents should take the time to learn about the game, what rating it has since you should probably not buy Mature games for a kid, and check out some gameplay videos. Having some idea of what to expect from a game helps you make choices regarding them and lets you be fully aware of anything that could happen. There are also mods available for games, so you should become aware of what is available here by using Google to search for game mods as some are slightly adult in content.

Also, make sure you understand the game rating system, you should take the time to check it out. It will help in your purchase choices.

The following games are either ones that should be avoided or should be held off in getting them until the Autistic is older. Some can have mods added and I will mention what some of those mods are and why they are a concern.

1) Call of Duty Series

These games are realistic military shooter games, or as much as can happen with games. Think of them as being like Hollywood action films, as that fits closely into their play style. Being a First Person Shooter series means that these games are all about combat, but the games rarely have any kind of plot of any value, the exception being Call of Duty 1 and 2 as they take place during World War 2. The other issue is that the games are mainly bought for the multiplayer. I personally don’t really bother with these games as I don’t find as fun as others.

2) Halo Series

I really like the Halo games, but it does contain a lot of animated violence and does have blood splatter. Despite that, the games have very good plotlines about the player being a super-soldier who fights aliens. Some of the aliens are pretty funny, while some might induce nightmares. This game has a rating that applies really well, although you should at least pre-research it before you/your autistic reaches the suggested rating age. With enough maturity you can handle this for the most part. The multiplayer modes are quite larger than the Call of Duty games and it allows for more fun than what multiplayer for Call of Duty games offer.

3) Warcraft series

Warcraft Orcs and Humans is the first real game that I played. It is actually rather fun, but being a strategy game it does contain fighting. The units used in-game can be killed and have little death animations. These games require taking the time to manage an economy, build units to fight with, and then control those units to defeat the enemy. This is one that should be waited on and pre-researched. These games can get some mods or interesting maps for use.

4) Diablo series

The first Diablo was my second real game that I played. It happens to be an Role-playing game, and it is quite bloody. You get to play one of three of classes and you spend your time fighting monsters. The second and third games give you 5 classes, while there are expansions for both Diablo and Diablo 2. I know I keep saying it, but you should always pre-research games before buying because you will be able to decide before whether you would allow the game to be used before you get it and find out how impressive it is. There maybe mods available for these games, but I would have to find them to actually know.

5) The Elder Scrolls Games and Knights of the Republic 1 and 2

First I will cover why I am listing Kotor again: because there are nude/naked mods available among all the other mods you can get. I also know or think that is also the case with Kotor 2. So this is mainly a heads up of awareness.

I have played at least 3 of the Elder Scrolls games; Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim. For all three I would say that they allow players to become thieves and killers (you can join an Assassins guild in Oblivion and Skyrim). While you complete quests, you will be spending a lot of your time killing things, stealing things, or possibly committing assassinations (if you join the required guilds). In Oblivion, you can buy a house in every city and that is actually kinda fun. These games can have mods added in and some of those mods include naked/nude mods. You should pre-research as usual because foreknowledge of what to expect to see happening can and will help you in determining if these games are acceptable.

I will cover time issues next, like how many time I would think ought to be used or allowed. Following that, I will be doing some reviews of games from an Autistic perspective.

Autistic Gamer: Games for Autistics

I figured being an Autistic person, that I should encourage other Autistics and their parents of games that are very worth picking up. These are games that I feel are worth spending the money to buy and happen to be very acceptable with a limited amount of blood/gore and a limited amount of Swearing/Various Parental concerns. I am a fan of FPS games, RP games, Point-n-Click games, Strategy games, and various other ones. FPS means First Person Shooter; RP is for Role-Playing; Point-n-Click works by using the mouse to point at something on screen than clicking it usually to solve puzzles.

To start the list as my top selection for other Autistics like me is the following:

1) Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic or KotOR/KOTOR/Kotor

Made by Bioware, this game is somewhat old but it still happens to be a pretty fun game. Set in the Star Wars universe, this RP game has you traveling to a few worlds and interacting with different NPCs. The game has a good numbers of quests, which are missions for the player to perform, that can involve helping people. There is no blood, not even simulated blood really, although there is a decent amount of combat.

Where this game really shines is in its story which happens to be really superb. It is also fairly easy to learn and encourages helping others. While you can be mean to people, it usually takes, in my experience, more effort to do so. The game features nearly everything the original trilogy movies had.

2) Myst

Myst is a point-n-click adventure that I would suggest strongly because it involves no combat and the entire gist of the game is about solving puzzles. I would encourage patience for this game as some of the puzzles are rather difficult. However, the simply amazing story makes up for that and the worlds explored are very nice looking and will cause you to spend time exploring without solving puzzles. If there is any game that is completely worth getting, this happens to be one of them.

3) Bejeweled

This game has to be gotten online, but it is completely violence free. The game is basically about putting together groups of gems and the gems make fun noises when the got removed from the board. It is also strongly prone to induce you to simply playing since it is simply that enjoyable. A definite must have game, since it is mostly free to download.

4) Plants vs Zombies

This game can be gotten as a trial, which you should do first and then try it out before buying the full game. The game features placing plants on a lawn where the plants will fight off zombies. There is animated, toon-ish violence here, but it should be fine. Like Bejeweled, this game can quickly get you to lose time playing it.

5) SimCity 2000

This game is an older game, being nearly as old as Myst is, but it happens to be a rather good game. The main premise of the game is building a city by putting up space for residential areas, business areas, and municipal areas. The main appeal is watching your city grow as you add more to it. One in-game feature allows you put up signposts that you can type what they say. This game has no violence, unless a natural disaster strikes, and it can keep attention for quite a bit, although it does lose its luster and thus your interest after a point.

As I find or play games myself that I think other Autistics might like, I post them up so others can check them out. One thing for parents: Always research a game before you get it and find some reviews for it from PC Gamer magazine as well as some videos on youtube of gameplay since that will help you decide if you want to have it played.