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Woot!

Hooray, the Democrats completely OWNED that election! We have regained control of the Senate, the House, and we have the majority of governors as well! :D

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School Bans Tag

A school in Boston (not far from my home) has banned tag, touch football, and other chase games for fear of the kids getting hurt during recess and suing the school. This means that these kids have next to no chance of actually learning anything during recess. A common misconception is that kids don’t ever learn anything during recess, but this is when social skills develop, and if they aren’t allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, how will they learn the lessons not taught in school? This is just one more way we are becoming more and more sheltered, moving closer and closer to a ‘utopia’ like presented in The Giver and other such stories. Way to go, Boston.

Video Game Decency Act

GamePolitics has a report on Senator Upton’s (A Republican from Michigan) new bill. The Video Game Decency Act, it’s called. The act would make it legal for the FCC to fine game companies which hide content of their games in order to gain a lower ESRB rating.
On the surface, this seems fine. The game companies should accept the ratings their games deserve. However, the reason this bill came about was the Hot Coffee mod for GTA: San Andreas. This mod accessed code that was in the game, but was in no way accessible through playing the game. The new bill would require ESRB to completely play through a game before giving it a rating, which means that it misses the purpose completely. There’s no way to account for every single hack, patch, custom map, and easter egg for every game out there. Take Oblivion, for example. The official gameplay alone is enough to keep a softcore gamer like me busy for at least 3 months, and maybe 2 months for a hardcore gamer. Then there are official hacks and patches for the game which would require more time to test, and unofficial patchs and hacks which would make the game virtually unreleasable due to lack of “proper” testing. I think Nightwing sums it up pretty well in a comment on that article:

It wasn’t hidden material that could be accessed through gameplay.

It was unused code that, by design, was supposed to be not part of the game.

Access to the code was NOT made by official patches or upgrades by the company.

Access to the code was NOT made by official unlockable codes provided within the official software.

Access was provided by non publisher, non developer, non official means.

Access was provided by non company personnel and therefore was a modification of said product that was NOT official intended.

I can think of a number of products whose use could be modified or interpreted to allow the product to be used in a manner that the creating company did not intend for the product.

If said products can be modified or interpreted to be used by some individuals in a manner which -I- feel is “indecent”, can I then demand the company who created the product be fined, at the least, because it’s product COULD be used by other individuals for purposes other than what the company claims the product was intended?

If someone can come up with a way to use a product in a way that was not intended to be used by the maker of the product, can we really hold the maker responsible for how the product is used?

nightwng2000
NW2K Software

I hope this bill doesn’t go through, for the sake of all the gamers out there…

North Korea Launches Missiles

North Korea has launched 2 missiles. They aren’t long-range, but they could be tests. The long-range one appears to be ready to launch, as well.

The scariest part, in my opinion is this:

The White House has dismissed that threat as “hypothetical.”

Happy Independence day, folks…And I hope we’re alive to see another one.

Censorship

I was in the car yesterday listening to Mike FM (We play everything), and one of my favorite bands came on, Panic! At the Disco. They have lots of songs about religion (catholicism, usually…though its just talking about it, not promoting it or putting it down), and the one which came on has the line:

Haven’t you people ever heard of closing a god damn door?!

Well, when the radio station played the song, every time they said the word “god” it was censored. They left “damn” in, but censored god. Why is that? God isn’t a swear. It’s just a religious word. What about the Atheists who like PATD? Won’t they be offended? God is just a religious idea. The FCC can’t charge for not censoring it, thats mixing government and religion.

Just like printing “In god we trust” on money, and having “Under god” in our pledge of alliegence, but thats another rant for another time.

Don’t censor god if you’re not going to censor damn. If you censor damn, you’re being overzealoused with the bleeper. :P


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