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Hackers have planted viruses in video games for smartphones running on Window’s OS, according to a security firm specializing in mobile devices.

The games — 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art — are available on sites that provide legitimate software for mobile devices, according to John Hering, CEO of San Francisco-based security firm Lookout.

The games are bundled with malicious software that automatically dials premium-rate telephone services in Somalia, Italy and other countries, sometimes ringing up hundreds of dollars in charges in a single month.

The services are run by the programmers who built the tainted software, Hering said on Friday.

This is kinda funny because back when I was a freshman in High School, when they had phones where you could only play games like hangman or snake, I had a dream once about my phone getting hacked and not working and it made me so upset. It was a really crappy phone, I couldn’t even text on it yet I was worried about it getting hacked because I was hearing horror stories about it. Haven’t thought about that since but now reading this article makes me really happy I have a phone that I can’t really play any worthwhile games on. I guess it’s just one more reason to get an Iphone if you are the type that  does play games on your phone. At least Apple doesn’t have virus’s amirite or amirite?

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Every time I see “Deus Ex” with a new number behind it, an angel gets its wings. Just saying. the Deus Ex titles have a special place in my heart and even if I don’t know how I feel about purchasing and playing this game, I can say that I will probably purchase and play this game. When I get the money. In like two years.

For those of you who play Team Fortress 2, here’s something that you might enjoy. I’ve seen the real movie so maybe that’s why it’s funny. The whole thing is like…oh ok, but then when the title comes on at the end I literally died laughing. In fact, I’m a ghost right now typing this as my way to cross over. It’s pertinent i spread this.

And the fuckery that is involved in alot of the whole identity behind it. This video is complete shit.

Steve Pope, a U.K. counselor and therapist, says that playing games for two hours is equal to doing a line of coke.

“Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces,” Pope said. “It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity,” he added.

This whole “crusade against video games” thing is getting really out of hand now. Really? Comparing playing video games to doing a line of coke? Honestly? These people obviously havent played video games before and think that everyone who plays is some sort of detriment to the human species, aka a loser and all they do is stay at home and play video games.

This is a large misconception. As a few of you know, I’ve been unemployed for a year now and I spend most of my days looking for job opportunities, trying to get back into school (in fact I currently have an application running at a well-known Georgia institution for a second bachelors in Journalism) and working on my portfolio by creating designs and working on the next issue of Compound. When I’m done, I like to relax by playing games. Being unemployed is stressful, extremely so. Constantly thinking about what you’re going to do, what if your plans don’t fall through (again), what the next step is.

Being a young person, living with your parents, that isn’t good for your social or love life either. So i like to relax by playing video games. unfortunately, that’s all anyone sees. They think I spend all day playing video games doing nothing and I think that’s how most video gamers are perceived.

Sure there are some people out there who do that, but for the most part we video gamers have OTHER things to do and playing games is a de-stressor, a hobby, something we do for fun and for a few lucky ones, something they do for a little extra cash on the side.

Comparing something I do to relax to doing hard drugs is quite frankly an insult. Comparing me to a drug addict because I like to shoot zombies every now and again is quite frankly insulting.

Yes there is such thing as a gaming addiction. I’m no psychiatrist but telling the world that video games are somehow bad isn’t fixing the issue. Just like alcohol addiction or food addiction is a symptom and not the problem, gaming addiction is a symptom of an unresolved issue in that person’s life.

Stephen Johnson, from G4TV.com said it best:

While I won’t cop to doing Coke, I have played a lot of games in my life and never once did any game make me talk faster, convince me I was super awesome, or make me think I was, like, a really great dancer.

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