Just another little update… in my home town of Wilsonville, last week, there was a trio of letters written to our local paper fighting the construction of… Read more “Speaking Truth to Power – Fighting for a new skate park.”
Remember when I did that run-down of old game manufacturers in my first EGM recap, and covered which ones were still in business, and which ones had… Read more “The irony…”
As you probably already figured out from my last blog post, I’ve been thinking about the end of 1up and EGM as we know it. With most… Read more “The “Video” in Video Games Journalism”
For those of you who don’t read Kotaku, here’s the link to the article. In short, Hearst Publications Group, which owns UGO, has bought the 1up Network… Read more “Why Media Providers Don’t Understand Game Reviewers”
One of my favorite kind of books to read are on the history of computing (and science in general), in particular ones which tell the story about… Read more “Wired story about Carder plays like crime drama”
I’ve got another review up at Bureau42.com. This one is a review of Project A-Ko, the first of a series of reviews covering all 3 films. Read,… Read more “Another External Review”
If you read Slashdot.org, you may have caught this news story (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/20/2339234). In short, Nielsen Media Research sent a DMCA takedown order to Wikipedia, asking them to takedown a series of catagory boxes and templates for organizing radio and TV stations by city, stating that it infringed on their copyright on the practice of organizing television and radio stations by market. Consequently, the Wikipedia foundation was forced to delete all the relevant templates, leaving the userbase scrambling to find a way to organize media articles without getting sued.
To be frank, the actions of Neilsen Media Research are a crock of bullshit. The copyright in question is no better, and in fact is almost worse then some of the bogus submarine patents that you read about weekly, and the copyright in question essentially gives the Nielsen essentially a monopoly on the classification and organization of broadcast stations by geography.
In the first decade of the 21st century, the Video Games Industry has found itself facing a lot of political pressure from Washington DC, as well as the politicians of various state legislatures. The Hot Coffee controversy started a wave of game legislation against the game industry, with many states passing legislature to impede the sale of video games that contained violent content (the levels of violence being legislated against varied from state-to-state).
Rising up against this sea of foes, was the Entertainment Software Association, then lead by Doug Lowenstein. Thanks to the dues paid by member corporations, the ESA was able to file suit in multiple state courts to block the aforementioned laws, and in many cases get them declared unconstitutional. Further, as an outgrowth of the ESA’s sibling organization, the Entertainment Merchant’s Association (or EMA came the Entertainment Consumer’s organization, or ECA, lead by Hal Halpin, which sought to bring a voice for those who play video games and other electronic media, so that someone is fighting for them. Among one of the ECA’s first actions was to join with GamePolitics.com, a blog that tracked attacks against gaming in the public sector, from politicians, and from the news media.
The reason I’m bring up this melodramatic alphabet soup is that there is dissension in the ranks – specifically between the ECA, and the ESA – and the ECA didn’t start it.
According to a news article at 1up.com, Tomonobu Itagaki is resigning from Tecmo and filing suit with his old company after the president of the company allegedly… Read more “Breaking News – Itagaki resigns from Tecmo”