My View of Internet Piracy

January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm (Other) (, , )

With the promising news of SOPA coming under fire and the irritating revelation that the NDAA passed, I figured that I’d share my views of online piracy.

 

I’ve always seen piracy as rarely a price issue. It’s most commonly a service issue.

The simple fact of the matter is that some people find pirating services to be more convenient than official services.

So how do you stop piracy and save the entertainment industry from losing their minimal amount of money? Well, you can’t and quite frankly, they have more than enough money already. However, you can make your service more convenient than that of a pirate.

Why do you think that so many people use iTunes and Steam?

Simple. These distributors are usually hassle free (Apple’s absurd screening process and Steam’s ability to crash at random times, I’m looking at you), it organizes all of your files for you and it makes it easy to access all of your purchased material.

It’s not enough to own the rights to selling a product. Piracy creates a forced competition against something that cannot be eliminated. It’s, in the end, good for a company. It forces them to be better than the pirates.

That being said, you will never end piracy. Someone will always steal a product. Cost, boredom, malicious intent, the reason doesn’t matter. It will happen, it has always happened.

And no, I do not condone to stealing via piracy. I simply see it as an evil that will never go away. Even if the internet was shut down, you’d still have people burning CDs and DVDs.

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A Post with a Lack of a Title

November 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm (Rants!, School) (, , )

I’ve mentioned a few times that I need a spark of inspiration to write.

And, well, it seems that music helps.

Some calming music coupled with a bit of schoolwork that feels as if it’s going on forever and maybe a bit of self reflection thrown in as well.

Anyway, here you have what was originally a response to a short debate with a fellow student.

“I feel like the current school system is outdated and ineffective.

I understand that they want to give the youth a well rounded education to prepare them for any route that they wish to

take, but I feel like humans need to experience things for themselves. To learn what to do on their own.

Experience is the greatest way to learn, and it’s enjoyable as well.

No longer are we teaching kids to grow up and work in a factory. That’s the way we bring generalists about.

Our society needs specialists now.

After all, one person that can do well with computer maintenance is infinitely more useful than ten people that can do a single task repeatedly.”

And now, back to school.

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An Improved Post

August 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Gaming, School) (, , , , )

I am a gamer, through and through.

I play for hours, spent enjoying or cursing at events in a digital world. Of course, I get some flak for it. My parents, for one, can get frustrated with my lack of interest in academics or my lack of ambition at all. The only thing is that, well, that’s just who I am. I don’t tell people what my plan is when it comes to real life because I don’t have a plan. I know that I should  have a plan, but I don’t.

Even my blogs posts have no plan. They end up a jumble of loosely or not even closely related topics. They make no sense, so I end up deleting most of it and starting over.

Perhaps my lack of a plan will send me into obscurity and ruin. Who knows, certainly not my peers, nor my elders in my opinion. Their experience is valuable, I am sure. But I’m that kind of person who has to experience the ups and downs of my actions myself.

Only time will tell where this path I am on winds up. When I get there, I will know if it was the right choice.

Until then, I will be myself. My usual unplanned and unprepared self.

And besides…

What fun is a game when you use a walkthrough?

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Here, There, or Somewhere Else Entirely

July 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm (Gaming) (, , , , )

This post was originally to be about the five persistent goals I am to have for the rest of the summer, but after writing a lot of drafts and just generally not enjoying the thought process, I’m not going to post about that.

Instead, I’m going to strike out on a separate path and write about what I feel like writing about.

First off, I just got my computer running again last week. It’s running as well as it ever did, so I’m pleased with that.

Now, this blog may not have a clear topic or intention but that’s what this blog is for, sharing the aspects of my life that I enjoy.

I’m about 95% sure that the name “Minecraft” is one that you’ve heard, and if you haven’t heard it, you’re missing possibly the greatest sandbox game ever created.

I recently wrote a review for Minecraft on the Metacritic website and wanted to share that with you.

Minecraft is a simple game, not to be taken for it’s face value. It’s a game that is only limited by your imagination. The graphics seem poor, but add to the charm. You start off in an empty world, inhabited only by animals. As you explore this vast world, you collect the resources needed to build your first shelter, perhaps a bed as well. As the night falls upon your world, the creatures of the night come out with only the intent of killing you.

These guys are a nightmare

Past this first night, you return outside to collect more resources. This day, you decide, will be the day that you craft your first set of armor. Or maybe it’s the day you first begin your expedition into the depths of the world to uncover more valuable ores. Whichever you choose, the ambient of the world gives you a sense of loneliness, but then the wonderful and peaceful music comes in and you realize that you are not alone, no, instead you are at peace with your surroundings.

As you delve into the depths, you encounter dungeons and lava. The darkness surrounds you making torches a necessity. You keep traveling through the natural cave systems, breaking down walls with your pick until you find what you’ve been looking for. This simple gem represents the entirety of your struggles through your world. These diamonds will allow you to craft the most powerful tools possible.

Sometimes you start with an amazing sight

With these diamond tools, you begin to harvest obsidian. You craft some flint and steel and get to work building a portal. As you light that portal for the first time, excitement runs through you. You step into the portal and are transported to a new world, a world full of flame and lava. Where the creatures are deadlier. You have arrived in the nether. This place can be used as a way to quickly travel around the surface world, or can be used to gather strange new blocks. But soon even this place grows boring.

Once you arrive at stability, with a constant source of resources that you can gather with ease, the game becomes less of an adventure. Now that you have all that you could want, all that is left is to build. You can build anything. Your mind’s eye sees this world as a canvas, your blocks as the paint. You build structure upon structure, bringing your world to life. You have farms full of wheat, a dense forest with mushrooms covering the ground, a small village, perhaps a castle with a moat, your mine shafts.

Or maybe you build something more impressive

And now, you step back and look at your expansive creation. You marvel at your handiwork, despite a few flaws that you see. And then you realize how much time you have spent in this world. Hours upon hours, wasted to most. But you remember; Time you enjoy wasting, isn’t time wasted.

Minecraft is a simple game, a game that is only as incredible as you can make it. The game is constantly being expanded with content updates, the Multiplayer allows you to experience this vast world with your friends. If there is one thing that Minecraft is not, that is that this is not the game for those who lack imagination. You must have a drive to create, and only then will you truly see Minecraft for the masterpiece that it is.

When I originally wrote this, I felt a simple flame inside of me. I am the kind of person to take something I enjoy and let it flow through me. I immerse myself in the sounds and the outside world becomes irrelevant.

That is what gaming is. When you lose yourself to the world, when that becomes your world for a time.

And now, this post has run on long enough, I think. But before I go, I’d like to share one of the greatest music albums I’ve ever listened to. C418’s music really helps you immerse yourself in the world of Minecraft and to me, it brings peace and inspiration.

You can listen to it and buy it at http://c418.bandcamp.com/album/minecraft-volume-alpha

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The end of the world as we know it + Monday Night Combat

March 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming, Rants!) (, , , , , , )

First off, Japan. We all know about it, it’s awful. But, all of my opinion have already been said by so many people, I will say nothing about it besides that it’s terrible and I wish them the best of luck in fully recovering. Oh, and this was already a huge concern with Nuclear power. We knew it could do this, but it was the best option at the time.

After watching the Good Morning America covering of the Rebecca Black hate, I have this to say: Whatever you do, people will hate you. The internet is like the Wild West was, lawless and full of terrible people (But also full of many great opportunities, brilliance, and teh lulz). She let the trolls get to her.

Internet Survival Rule #1: Ignore the trolls.

Rule #2: If they get to you, DO NOT admit it.

And lastly, Rule 3: Don’t, for the love of whatever deity you believe in, DON’T FEED THE FREAKIN’ TROLLS with responses.

This is a proven method to get more hatred, as seen by the Jessi Slaughter incident.

Follow the basic rules, and you will not be eaten alive.

Now then, with that out of the way, I will go on to a less rage induced rant and towards a normal tone of text.

Monday Night Combat (MNC).

Steam free weekend. I’ve played quite a few games of it so far, and despite not liking the concept at first, it’s a solid game. The single player isn’t to focus, obviously, so multi player is the true gem of this game. I like to call this game a mix of Team Fortress 2 and DotA.

MNC does a good job giving the game multiple unique play styles and good rewards of team work, though it does lack in depth and matches can be as short as a couple of minutes, which can be frustrating when the load times are moderately high. There are tons of titles to unlock for all you “collect-them-all” types as well.

Overall, I’d give it a 7/10. Really good game for $15 (On sale for $10 till Monday, go get it!), and it offers a lot of fun if you can get into a good server.

If you ever see “Steve From Shipping”, that’s me.

No I will not mention random people who ask me to in my blog posts. If you want to be talked about in a blog, go write your own. This is my blog, and I will write whatever I want in it.

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Update + Gaming as a Sport

February 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm (Books, Console Gaming, Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

Hello all! It’s been a long while since I last posted, but here I am with an update!

 

First off I wanted to ask a simple question; Would you consider gaming as a major league sport?

For me, who sees gaming as more than just a pass time, gaming is a huge sport. One that incorporates many ideas similar to current sports. And before I go on, to those of you who say gaming isn’t a sport because of it requiring no physical exertion, let me ask you this in response; How is golf a sport, when it requires little to know physical exertion besides walking and swinging?

The answer is simple. The game of golf is a big mental game. You have to calculate wind speeds, trajectory, angle, slopes, everything. In gaming you have to think in the same manner, “how will going this way affect my chances as success?” “How will this shortcut help?” “How much do I have to lead my shot to hit this moving target?”

If the gaming to golf comparison isn’t a good one for you, think of it this way. Gaming is to Sport as Starcraft is to Chess. And trust me on this one, Starcraft is like a giant game of chess on crack.

I don’t have a huge amount to say on this subject, but I wanted to get that out there. Feel free to give some rebuttals, I’d love a good debate on this topic.

 

But onwards from that, I’d like to share some about the book series I’ve recently finished.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. All five parts of the original trilogy.

It’s got everything from space travel to time travel, the end of the universe, the beginning of the universe. The answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything (But coincidentally no question to go with said answer) to a Chronically Depressed Robot.

I’ve never enjoyed reading nonsense in the way I did with the Hitchhikers guide, and I wanted to share that with you. Go read it, as slow as a top speed cheetah inside a plummeting whale with a bowl of petunias on it’s head.

 

I like video games if you haven’t noticed. If you haven’t noticed you should realize that from the previous statement.

There are new games coming out that I am highly anticipating, some of these are Portal 2 and Battlefield 3. And perhaps the humorous coming of Duke Nukem Forever (Though I really just want to see what kind of drama that creates between brand new fanboys and die-hard ‘not as good as the old ones’ people).

For those of you who don’t keep up on gaming trends, Portal 2 is the sequel to the greatest puzzle game in history (In my world at the very least). It sports an incredible mechanic between two interconnecting portals (Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out), a sarcastic robot bent on having killed and luring you with baked goods (You will be baked, and then there will be cake), and an amazing song that most everybody knows. (Video for if you missed this piece of work.)

 

Battlefield 3 is the true successor to Battlefield 2 (Who knew? Right?). It will include a Singleplayer, and a Multiplayer (Never saw that coming, did you?). The Multiplayer is the main focus, including Jets, Prone (Which was not included in and one of the big complaints with BFBC2), and a whopping support for 64 players at a time*. I am really excited for this one, and it promises to be huge.

 

That’s all for this update, and will hopefully get around to writing again soon.

 

*64 player online support for PC version only.

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Medal of Honor

October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming) (, , , , , )

While it wasn’t as great as it was hyped, what game is?

Medal of Honor is a FPS game built on two engines by two studios. I will be focusing on the multiplayer, since most FPS games now revolve and live off of it.

Danger Close in tandem with DICE created MoH using the Unreal Engine 3 for the single player, and Frostbite for multiplayer.

To start off, I will say: MoH is a great game with a very well done campaign that tells a great story without trying to be “epic” *cough*moderwarfaretwo*cough*. I strongly disagree with Game Informer’s statement of the campaign being uninspired.

Now, multiplayer. When I first booted into the MP menu, I was ready to jump into the action and kill some people. I start into a “combat Mission” game. I spawned as a sniper, who only start with a 10 round battle rifle with a red dot, and start running towards the OPFOR base. Boom. I get killed by mortars. I spawn again, boom, again. And again, and again. I was really frustrated at that point, so I quit for the day.

The next day, I begin an “Objective Raid” game on the Collation side. Sniper, again. I run to some cover, shoot an enemy running past me, kill some more enemies. I felt great. No getting killed by mortars this game.

I have a love-hate relationship with MoH’s online game play. On one hand, the other team can spam you with mortars if you let them get too far ahead of you. On the other, it’s very satisfying to get an unaware enemy.

My verdicts:

Offline:

Gameplay: 7/10, points of lag and textures not loading.

Sounds: 11/10, very realistic with echoes and cracks for bullets traveling.

Graphics: 9/10

Entertainment: 8/10

Total: 8.75/10

Online:

Gameplay: 8/10

Sounds: 10/10

Graphics: 9/10

Entertainment: 7/10, It’s a love hate relationship, leaning towards that third point called “like”.

Total: 8.5/10

Overall: 8.6/10

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Sol Survivor & other things

October 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm (Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , )

It’s been a while since I wrote up a Blog post, so here’s an update.

Homecoming was yesterday. Liberty crushed Lake Washington at the homecoming game, 62-7 if I remember correctly. I really enjoyed both the game and the dance.

 

Anyway, on the this post’s namesake.

“Sol Survivor” is a Tower Defense game. Steam had a free weekend on it, and I played through one of the three campaigns.

Now, many people know what a tower defense (henceforth known as “TD”) game is. For those that don’t, a TD is a game where you set up towers along a road to decimate the enemies moving toward your base. The enemies travel conveniently along a predetermined road, allowing you to set up only what you need to cover said road.

Sol Survivor is a full scale version of these popular game add-ons and flash games, with 10 commanders, each with their own set of play-styles, towers and support abilities. Three campaigns, Online multiplayer (coop and vs), a good assortment of enemies and achievements.

I didn’t touch the multiplayer, as the free weekend ended at 1:00pm today, and I had no time to start it. But from playing the campaign, I can see that is was made quite well. while it’s usual for a TD to have either no storyline or a very bad one, I kind of expected the messages from the officers higher up than you to be a little more interesting. The music was fitting to the game and it’s style of defending colonies on distant planets from an invading alien force seemed a little familiar. The gameplay was smooth and overall it was a pretty good game.

I give Sol Survivor’s

Graphics a 8/10

Sound a 7/10

Gameplay a 8/10

Concept a 6/10

and Re-playability, a 8.5/10

Overall: 7.5/10

 

After all of that, I’ll add in that TF2 has a new option to buy and trade ingame weapons and hats. I love it. Thank you Valve, for giving us trading!

Another thing to add is that Medal of honor comes out in two days. Cannot wait. Fallout New Vegas comes out soon after, also, can’t wait.

 

Lastly, Brian Linnenkamp.

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The Pinnacle of Human Innovation

July 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm (Other) (, , )

Today I went to the Bite of Seattle. It was just like the first time, but without the time restriction that the YMCA gave us. Also with the bonus of a friend there.

First food item was Alligator on a stick. Then a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. And last, a Ben & Jerry’s waffle cone.

But on the way out, we saw something… Interesting. Make what you want of it.

Pinnacle of Human Innovation

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It’s actually Summer!

July 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, Other, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

That’s right! The sun is actually out today! Imagine that…

Other than that quick statement, here’s an update on my summer:

  • Guitar Practice (Still going almost no where)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 1, yes an original Xbox game surprisingly.
  • Team Fortress 2, Engineer Update is GO! (http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=4026&p=1)
  • Yard Work, Is Over for now! (That’s right, all you weeds are gone now!)
  • Highly Anticipating multiple games: Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam.
  • Is hoping “Universe of Starcraft” never comes out, lest Korea loses all productivity.
  • Wondering why I enjoy lists so much.
  • Hoping to visit people more.
  • Becoming Irritated At Myself For Randomly Capitalizing Words In A Sentence.
  • Getting annoied @ peepz who speel liek this all teh tiem.
  • Hating Microsoft Word for making me type in Alphanumeric when I want to type in Hiragana.
  • Still wondering about the lists.

Okay. That’s enough of lists for now.

On a side note, I recently made a rant on my Newgrounds page about the morons who use the review area as a comment box. It’s not Youtube people!

http://hawkrider1.newgrounds.com/news/post/489786

Have a great *Official* start to this year’s Summer!

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