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.