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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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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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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Pow! Haha!

February 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm (Other) (, )

+1 Internets to anyone who knows where that’s from.

Anyway, today is Valentine’s day. Well, it’s almost over. I went to Tiffany’s house for four hours, had dinner with people I hadn’t seen in a while, and that’s about it.

At Tiffany’s, I gave her a Toblerone bar for the occasion today, and received some Ghirardelli chocolate. Then we watched a few videos, and then a walk around Lake Kathleen. That was fun. Told Tiffany about all the people in my family, and some stories that I remembered. Then we got back to her house, and we talked some more, and didn’t did hug and cuddle a bit a lot.  But, sadly, it was over soon. Had to go home then.

A bit sad, that I won’t be able to see Tiffany till next week… But I suppose I’ll live. I won’t spontaneously combust into flames, right? Though that would be interesting. Ah, well. Till next time I guess.

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Time to get used to writing 2010

December 30, 2009 at 11:09 pm (Other)

Well, this is the last post of 2009. In just a little while, it will be 2010. Amazing, isn’t it? The year went by so quickly, and so much happened…

Here is my year, summed up in  a few sentences; Starting with snow in January, then heading into my 8th grade cruise. Getting my first pair of glasses and the new school year beginning. Homecoming and asking Tiffany out, Morp and my Dad losing his job.  My birthday and Christmas.

The school year is already about halfway over, which means semester finals come soon. I’ll have to get used to getting up at 6 am again on Monday.

Other than that summary of my year, there’s not much that I really have to say. Other than the fact that I went over to Tiffany’s for the first time, and kissed her for the first time. Coincidentally, it was also the first time I wore a skirt (Hurray for losing a challenge).

Well, Happy New Years to all of you. I hope you all have a great 2010!

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Older, but still too young to drive.

December 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm (Other, School) (, , , )

So I just turned 15 yesterday. I would’ve posted about it then, but I got home from Ignite Seattle about midnight. So, I’ll talk about my birthday on the day after.

To start things off that day, I woke up to my alarm clock. Like usual. I got ready for school, went down stairs. Ate a quick breakfast and got a happy birthday from my mom. I left for school and heard happy birthday from my friend Sterling. Got on the bus and listened to music. Got off the bus and met up with Tiffany in front of the library. She gave me a poem and a package of Pocky. It was pretty funny, the way she was getting kinda flustered and embarrassed. But I thanked her as the bell rang and we hugged quickly and were off to our separate classes.

No one in science knew, with the exception of Jacob. He told me happy birthday, and the period went on. I went to PE and said hello to Tiffany as we passed each other. In the locker room, my friend Weston told me happy birthday and we changed and went to the gym. The volleyball unit was over, and we were starting Pickleball. Weston and I chose each other as partners and we got ready to play, but we didn’t get to. As my friend Forrest tried to jump one of the nets and fell, faceplanting on the gym floor. Blood was on the ground and he was taken away by the nurse with a broken nose and a split eyebrow. They had the janitor come in and clean the floor as we just watched and were astounded by the event.

Then it was on the third period. I said hello to Tiffany again as we walked by each other again, she on her way to lunch, and I to Japanese. The day before, I had told my teacher, Mr. Harvey, that I preferred my Birthday to be kept low-key. And so it was, even though Carlee shouted Happy birthday from across the room. After that, it was lunch time. I went to my usual spot with friends Blaise and Char. I got a few more happy birthdays, and Forrest (Not the injured one) came by and was talking loudly, so we were kicked out of the hallway where we sat. But luch was over anyway, so it mattered not.

Fourth period was next. I went into class and sat through a lecture on how “Mr. Stookey (AKA, Mr. Snookums) won’t lecture us, and how our United Nations project is a year long thing and we’re not going to have to do it on our own, and he’ll help us with it every step of the way.” This lasted about half an hour. Finally, we got to go start researching our country’s ambassador.

The school day was over soon, and I went home as usual. Both my mom and TJ were there already, and after getting homework done I got ready to go. We headed out to go to Fu Lin (I guess I chose that spot to eat, but I didn’t remember). But it was closed, as it is on all Tuesdays. So, we went to Henry’s Taiwan next door and had awesome traditional food. I also got to see that I got a new set of headphones (my old ones broke), and a new water bottle that I wanted.

After that, we went to Ignite, I had to go in through the back door as I was under 21. I met up with TJ and we chose a spot (Though it was rather short lived). Then, Everyone under 21 had to be quarantined in two rows at the front. There were four of us there at the start, and by the end of the first half there were 7. The talks were great, all being interesting by being funny or informative. But not everything can be great, and some I thought boring, or just trying too hard. During the second half is when my mom spoke. Her las slide said “Happy 15th Birthday, Tyler!” And that was pretty neat. Even better, though was the fact that the over seven hundred people there all said happy birthday to me. I don’t think many can say that that has happened to them.

As we drove home, the temperature dropped down the 28 degrees Fahrenheit. And it was about midnight when I crawled into bed.

Over all, I had a great birthday. And thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday!

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Turkey Day Update

November 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm (Other) (, , , )

Well, as I post this, Food-Coma day is coming to a close. That is, Thanksgiving to people who don’t know what that is. We had a wonderful dinner, complete with a 22lb turkey. I had a case of turkey-poisoning afterwards (I wanted to nap, really badly).

Now, for a school update.

It’s already been almost half of the school year, I noticed. I just restarted my C++ practice, and hope to finish it by the end of my freshman year.

Science is getting a bit more fun, but the Chem unit is over now. PE is still a pain (Volleyball and sore forearms). I’m slowly getting more skilled at spelling and reading in hiragana for Japanese class (I got a 41/46 on my hiragana test). World Studies is still as boring as ever, and we’re done with Latin America finally. Engineering is still really fun, and our puzzle cube portfolio was just turned in. I’m loving Geometry (Enough said). English is meh. And last, but not least: Software Tech is still too easy.

On the front of gaming, I’m really into team Fortress 2, but wishing the Xbox 360 wasn’t dead. I want Modern Warfare 2, and Assassin’s Creed 2.  But, oh well.

My Birthday is coming up, next Tuesday in fact. I’ll be 15. Then it’s Christmas, no idea what I want – really, I don’t. Don’t call me crazy though, because technically I do know, but it’s all Xbox 360 stuff. So, yeah…

That about finishes my update, so I’m going to go succumb to turkey poisoning now. Goodnight world.

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Not mad, just absurdly happy.

November 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm (Other, School) (, , , )

Please note that I am trying very hard not to make this a copy of the really sappy poem I wrote in English that no longer exist and has been completely purged. And I will try to not sound dorky.

If you’ve heard the expression “Mad with love,” you’ll know what I’m talking about. I recently got a girlfriend (Officially about a week ago). Yes, a girlfriend. About a week ago. Even though a week before that I said I wouldn’t get one. I used to say that I didn’t need a “hole in my wallet,” but this girl isn’t that at all. She’s happy to be her and happy with what she has (and chocolate). She’s been my friend for a year and a half-ish, and I’ve liked her for a while (by like, I mean watch from a distance and talk to occasionally. Nothing that creepy).

A friend of mine, make that multiple friends of mine,  sometimes, make that constantly, sang the song “Can you feel the love tonight” when I would talk to her (Which is what they did when I talked to another friend of mine, Katrina, in 8th grade).  But to be honest, what really made me ask her out was at Homecoming. A few people already assumed that we liked each other (Which we did) and made us dance together for a slow song. After Homecoming, she hugged me and I walked outside with her. That was the end of the night I thought, but we kept texting each other (which is where I admitted I liked her, and she admitted that she liked me).

Then a few days later, I asked her out officially. I mean that. If you count me saying every word as an individual sentence (besides “be my girlfriend) as “asking.” She said yes, we were both happy, we had a poke war. It was a good day. And now, here I am, a week late writing about this. But, hey, better late than never.

P.S. I less-than-three you Tiffany Tesmer! (Ahh, but dorky I end up sounding anyway.)

P.S.S Blaise, have some guts and ask, instead of hiding behind a facebook “Relationship status.” (not to be rude or anything)

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