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Gabe / on Fri, Apr 26 2002 at 2:23 pm

Kingdom hearts

I just uploaded my impressions on the import copy of Kingdom Hearts. I hope it helps anyone who is thinking about importing it.

Please don’t write me anymore to tell me how pissed off you are at Gamespot and that we should do a cartoon about it. The fact is they have every right to charge for their service. I fail to understand how it’s reasonable to expect to pay for a print magazine like EGM but not an online one like Gamespot. The fact is Gamespot delivers more content on a monthly basis than you will find in an issue of EGM. So please quit bitching to me that they are screwing their readers. The people who work there have bills to pay just like the rest of us. It’s not unreasonable to ask for a bit of money in return for the extremely high quality service they provide.

-Gabe out

Gabe / on Fri, Apr 26 2002 at 11:33 am

Government to artists: FUCK YOU!

Between Tycho and the Lawyer of Doom I honestly don’t have much to add in regards to this latest ruling. There is one thing that wasn’t mentioned that probably bothers me more than anything though. This is a huge slap in the face to every artist who works in the video game industry. This ruling says that the work of an artist whose medium is videogames is not a valid form of expression. Who the fuck is this man? Could this same judge stand up and declare that artists who work in clay or oils are equally incapable of conveying ideas through their work? This is the same government that recognizes a crucifix in a jar of piss as not just art but protected free speech.  Not only that, the artist Andres Serrano actually received $15,000 for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Piss Christ” as he calls it was a fucking federally funded endeavor. This is the kind of shit our government considers speech but a masterpiece like Shenmue is incapable of conveying an idea? I keep expecting Rod Serling to appear and tell us all that we’ve just entered the middle ground between light and shadow.

It looks as though Playmore has announced partnerships with Sega and Capcom. Since I can’t actually read anything besides “Partnership”, “Capcom” and “Sega” on that page I am left to imagine the details for myself. In my imaginary dream world I see Capcom and Sega developing games based on SNK/Playmore properties for next generation systems. I also see classic 2D games from those same companies being released on the Neo-Geo. I almost don’t want to know what it really says.

There is a new installment of Love and Hate available. I do hope you enjoy it. I should have my Kingdom Hearts impressions online a bit later this afternoon. I’ll make an update here as soon as it goes up.

I was talking to my hyper intelligent sister last night and she informed me that some of her students were giving her a hard time recently. I guess they were asking why she never appears in any of the comic strips. So this is a message for all of Mrs. McGreevey’s physics students at Dixon high School, who I was told would be reading this during their computer lab time: My sister told me she was failing all of you.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Fri, Apr 26 2002 at 4:00 am

Caution: Blocks

  • Collapse:  Is this the Bejeweled killer?

  • Team Fortress:  Neverwinter Nights:  No, that’s not a typo.  I hadn’t imagined NWN technology leveraged in this way, but if the tools are as holistic as they claim, this could be a hell of a lot of fun.

  • Alt.Cyberpunk.Chatsubo:  One of the contributors to this anthology mailed me about it, and I have no problem letting everyone know.  Neuromancer was the second game I bought with my own money, back in the day, which meant I was introduced to “cyberpunk” at a highly suggestible period of my young life.  It’s never really left me.  The newsgroup I mentioned published a book of their contributions to the genre, if you (like many red-blooded geeks) had a Gibson or a Stephenson phase, it’s something you might want to look into.

  • Game Over:  Nintendo Metal:  You might have seen a track or two of theirs over at Remix, these guys are great.  I’m listening to their take on Punch Out now, complete with lyrics and harmonies that relate Little Mac’s dramatic tale, and I know that their work is authorized by God.

  • Boxman:  I just like it when people fall down.

  • First 2 Zero:  Internet Multiplayer darts.  That should about do it for a description.

  • Action Markers:  The guy who contacted me from here was really nice, he was looking into maybe advertising or some shit, but I told him I didn’t think we attracted a lot of people who went outside.  To be fair, I don’t actually know that.  So, if you are into paintball, by all means, go check them out.

Stay in school.

(CW)TB

Tycho / on Fri, Apr 26 2002 at 3:59 am

I wouldn’t get too hung up on the elephant in this one - we’re primarily just executing the “political cartoon” form, which has that element of ridiculous bombast coupled with intimations toward vast political conspiracy.  The Lawyer of Doom has been kind enough to look at the case legally, and by “case” I mean this one, and we know as well as he does that this isn’t a right/left thing.  This is more of a stupid thing, more of an antique sensibilities thing, and more of a disconnect between an arbiter of the law and the modern world thing.   

I used to wear my “Fuck You” shirt and start pumping my fist whenever some gaming news rose to the top American media.  I have a history of it.  Just so it’s clear, I’ve actually softened somewhat.  I’m not in disagreement with the the law that the judge upheld - the one that requires humans seventeen and under to get permission before they buy a game where you can shoot a man’s cock off.  Hey, great.  If they don’t get permission, they’re just going to download the ISO anyway, so have your little law and tell your wife you saved the world because Bobby can’t pretend to shoot a dick.  I’m guessing they aren’t supposed to watch interracial orgies online, either - that system seems to be working out real well.

We take issue with the grounds the decision was based on:  that games cannot be a constitutionally protected form of speech, because they are not capable of expressing ideas.  The article says the judge reviewed four games, which must be the standard sample required to illegitimize a medium these days. 

I’ll be straight-up with you.  By and large, I don’t like this ubiquitous nothing music I assume to be popular right now.  I’m not sure that anyone actually does.  If you gave me a sample of four “hit songs” fired from the entertainment industry’s efficient colon, I would say that we - as a species - don’t deserve tongues or hands if this is the kind of shit we’re going to do with them.  I would send our nation to its room to think about what it did.  I don’t like it.  But imagine sampling four movies, songs, or paintings and thinking you had a good enough index of each form’s relative potential to discount it as an avenue for expression.  I haven’t seen anyone else say what games Judge Limbaugh looked at yet, so I think we’re the only ones who know - from his Lawyer-cave, the resourceful LoD pulled up the court’s full opinion, including which products the entire industry was judged on and found lacking:

“Mortal Combat”
“Fear Effect”
“DOOM”
“The Resident of Evil Creek”

One of those isn’t even a game.

Jason X makes the cut, the legally recognized expression cut (as well as the “cut into my head and gouge my brain” cut), and somehow Xenogears doesn’t.  I’m dumbstruck. 

(CW)TB out.

we need a little controversy

Gabe / on Wed, Apr 24 2002 at 10:10 pm

One more thing.

I would like to say for the record that the information about the 3D display is by no means rock solid. I will say that it had nothing to do with the article at PGC a while ago. My information came from someone else entirely. He had no reason to lie to me but he could have been given false information or I could have misunderstood him. One way or another we will all know very soon.

-Gabe out




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