The second module for that we looked at in this class deals with culture. We wanted to look at something that impacts our lives and tries to make a change. My group and I decided to look at #Activism. This module had us look at hashtags that deal with issues around the world. The most recognizable of these are #blacklivesmatter and #handsupdontshoot. For my module I decided to look as some new hashtags that are trying to make a difference.
I started with one that is new but has also been around for a little bit. I figured looking at a hashtag like #standingrock would be a good place to start because it would show me what to look for in newer hashtags that could be trying to get bigger. #standingrock follows the protester at Standing Rock. These people are fight to get the Dakota access pipeline to not be build on indigenous people’s land. The hashtag has raised awareness of this issue and made the protest bigger and even raised money for those at Standing Rock.
The second hashtag I looked at was #copwatch, this hashtag raises awareness about police brutality. Police brutality has been on America’s radar since #Ferguson. Ferguson was not the first case of police brutality but it was a wake up call for most American’s who did not realize it was a big issue. It was the use of social media that caused Ferguson to be know nation wide. Unfortunately, Ferguson was not the last case of police brutality. #copwatch keeps people posted on the new cases of police brutality and what is going on in old cases. #copwatch does not let these awful acts be swept under the rug.
The last hashtag I looked at was #bearingwitness. This is a relatively new hashtag and does not have much traction. I wanted to observe a new hashtag because I wanted to be able to go back and see if it got attention from the nation like the other hashtags would. #bearingwitness brings to light the cruel conditions that are used in the meat industry. The hashtag has videos of animals crammed in cages and being shipped to a slaughter house. The hashtag is around for a good cause but it is to new to do anything yet.
For my project I chose the gaming module. As I explained before I chose this module because games are one of my interest and one day I hope to be a part of the gaming industry. For this module I decided to look into the gaming world and see which companies were most successful this past year and even find out why. The first thing I did was determined what the most successful gaming companies were. I was able to find a list of the of the richest video game companies and used that to decide which companies I should look into.
According to the list, in 2016 Sony was the most successful gaming company fallowed by Microsoft and putting Nintendo in third. At first it did not make sense to me why Sony and Microsoft were so high on the list. Neither of the companies are know for making games but what they are known for, and why they are so successful, is making consoles to play games on. Once I figured out that it was the consoles that were pushing the companies to such heights, it was easy to rationalize why Sony was number one, PS4 (Sony’s main console) is the most popular out of the three main consolesused for gaming.
The next two companies to appear on this list were Sega and Activision/Blizzard. Seeing Sega was a shock because I thought it was a company that stopped making games back in 90s, but Sega was able to stay afloat and succeed the say way Activision and Blizzard did. All three companies teamed up with other companies to make something great. Saga teamed up with Nintendo to create old Sega classics for the new generations. Activision took its expertise with first person shooter, such as Call of Duty, and teamed up with the fantasy MMO producer Blizzard to create Overwatch, which ended up being one of the most popular games of 2016.
Square-Enix and Ubisoft were the last companies to appear on this list and it was not surprising to see these companies doing so well. Both companies can attribute their profits to their large and loyal fan base. These companies are both know for making video game series that have many installments, both main series and side games, that fans can not get enough of. Ubisoft are the creators of the Assassin’s Creed series, which has 17 games in the series, 9 in the main series and 8 in side games. Square-Enix’s is know for making the Final Fantasy series, which has 80 games in its series, 15 in the main series and 65 in side games.
I decided to go with the gaming module. I reasoning behind this choice is pretty simple, I hope to go into the video game business so it might be a good idea to learn more about its history and even how to create my own game.