Briefly: iiNet Connects 10,000 Customers To NBN, HTC One Review, The Tomb Raider Snuff Video

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: 10,000 iiNet customers connected to the NBN, HTC One reviewed and rated, the many deaths of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft.

  • iiNet has announced it has connected more than 10,000 customers to the National Broadband Network (NBN) across its fibre, satellite, and fixed wireless services. “The sooner we can connect more people to super-fast broadband the better and we're looking forward to connecting thousands more as the rollout continues,” iiNet CEO Michael Malone said.
  • Our colleagues over at Gizmodo have just finished putting the HTC One smartphone through its paces. Giz editor Luke Hopewell calls it a true return to form, and "infinitely more impressive than Samsung’s Galaxy S IV". You can read the full review here.
  • There are many gruesome ways to die in the new Tomb Raider action adenture game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Someone with too much time on their hands (not to mention some severe psychological issues) has compiled a clip show of every possible death scenario in the game.
  • Amazon is currently offering the eBook The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively for free (RRP: $26.99). According to the author, the book reveals how to orient on audiences, recognising their centers of gravity and most critical concerns. "You'll learn how to integrate and succeed with all three levels of communication: strategic, operational, and tactical" (it says here). [Via OzBargain]

Comments

    Ok I tried to get through the "Tomb Raider" clip and had to stop it! It's no doubt rated for 18 and over but you know kids are going to play this....

      Yeah man, you'd think kids in this day and age would be able to tell the difference between real life and a video game...

      ...Right?

        I don't think it's necessarily about being able to differentiate a video game and real life, it's more about becoming desensitised to extreme violence through continued exposure. While I'm more of the mind that "video games don't kill people, people kill people", I still don't think continued exposure to graphic violence is a particularly good thing for kids.

        I loved Tomb Raider, but some of those death scenes really bothered me. I mean, the spike through the head with her clawing desperately at it? Really? Ugh.

          I disagree. With correct parenting violence can ensure a healthier mind in my opinion. I've played horribly violent games since I was 4. Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I'm one of the most docile people they know. Why? Because my parents weren't assholes and they taught me the difference and how to use common sense in such matters.

          While I'm not really of the mindset of people who think "Shut up you, there's no way in hell this can have any kind of negative effect on children", I despise the idea that things like this will result in a less healthy mind without exception.

          And yes the desensitization argument has more merit than some, but not much. I'm still deeply disturbed every time I hear a story on the news about someone killing their father or a mass murder.

            "With correct parenting violence can ensure a healthier mind in my opinion."

            Oh Jesus, I should probably clarify; I don't mean actual violence. I mean video game violence. That sounds really horrible when read in a certain way :P

          Isn't it good to be disturbed by a death scene? It being treated lightly would seem far more dangerous if you're going to make such associations.

            It's not about being disturbed, it's about having no feelings when confronted by something similar in real life. An accident or witness to a violent crime etc.

              The argument you seem to want to make is that disturbing content desensitises you to real world violence. Aside from not really being true in any studies it certainly hasn't had that effect on you personally as you're still disturbed by the virtual kind of violence let alone when confronted in the real world.

                No it's about the way you bring up your kids too. If your kids think this stuff doesn't bother you too much then they will obviously think it's not a problem for them! And yes this sort of crap does bother me and I've been around long enough to have seen a few things too.

              No, I'm sorry, but that's just complete rubbish.

              Every single one of my friends has played violent video games at some point in their lives. The vast majority of them have also played them to the extent that they would be "desensitised" according to your logic. And guess what? They're all decent people. They have happy families and friends and are well-regarded people. And when they read in the newspaper about some horribly violent crime they are disturbed just as any reasonable human being would be.

              If exposure to violence does actually cause desensitisation, then I guess we're in deep shit given the amount of violence allowed in movies these days. Why stop at video games for Christ's sake?

              I can't actually believe I'm arguing this with someone on this site. I thought people were more well-informed about this and that they used common sense more but apparently not.

              Every freaking case of video game related violence, even though none of them are related to video games, the perpetrator has had some sort of mental condition. Do you get your views on this from ACA or something?

      What's your point? Lucky kids I guess. Children always desire adult things. If that were to effect what I do as an adult it would be a pretty sad state of affairs.

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