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Ever since his introduction to the world in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda has been viewed as the wise instructor of Luke Skywalker. George Lucas presented his goblin-esque character as the unexpectedly wise man who changes the course of history through his wisdom, supposedly showing Lucas' indie producer underdog side. However, as I have grown up and continued to watch Star Wars, I have come to see Yoda in a different light, as the repressed half senile/half-lunatic side of Lucas that eventually took over and decided to create Jar Jar Binks.
The world seems to be in a state of financial chaos. Game developers and publishers seem to implode only months after making massive sales on their most recent titles. For some, this has caused a bit of a stir. The other day, I noticed a particular user's profile comment, stating something along the lines of them not being able to wait until the video game market crashed again, just like in 1983. Though I understand this person feels only a crash could make the industry the way they wanted, I believe it shows a lack of understanding of the cause of the crash and how the industry could handle similar situations now.
The other day I found myself on the Entertainment Software Association's (ESA) website, flipping through some of their many reports on the state of the video game industry when I happened across something seemingly out of place. Under a section called "Games: Improving What Matters" I found a report and an article titled "In-Game Advertising". Finding this to be something of an oddity with a section about "what matters", I went ahead and read the article and was astounded by the claims and information presented.
Not long ago, I was listening to a writer's lecture featuring my favorite science fiction and fantasy author: Orson Scott Card (writer of Ender's Game, Xenocide, Ender's Shadow, and a wide array of other excellent books). During this particular lecture, he openly addressed a frequent question he receives: will Ender's Game (his most popular novel to date) be made into a movie? While the answer was "yes" and the confirmed cast listing to that date was impressive (Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley to name a couple), he made an interesting observation. To paraphrase (poorly, I might add), he observed that modern society seems to view the big screen as the ultimate medium, with readers wishing their favorite books would be turned to movies. This transition will frequently kill a book for me as the way I had envisioned a character or a scene is completely different or portions of the book I enjoyed are ignored altogether.
Those who know me well (or have read my profile) know I place a fair amount of emphasis on studying the past, be it my personal ancestors, military/national history, etc... it is all important. This is no less important in our hobbies.
I honestly cannot help it; I am a Star Wars junkie. I have read nearly every Star Wars novel and comic book written (for those unaware, there are well over 100 novels and short stories out there in the Star Wars universe), even my two sons have Star Wars inspired names (though they are not obvious like Obi-wan, or Yoda). So, it is no surprise I would put aside my angst for PC games and the MMO genre to play a Star Wars game with a story.
A few days ago, I happened to mention to a friend that I was having problems coming up with an interesting, and comical, topic for my blog. As I stated on my recent visit to the Indie and Mojo Show (please don't hold them responsible for my unpopular opinions, they are great guys), I had been experiencing a serious level of writer's block. In response, my friend pointed me to an "informative" document warning the public of potential indicators of terrorist activities in internet cafes put out by the Department of Justice and the FBI using taxpayer's money. Yes, my friends let the hilarity ensue.
I was reading the news headlines this morning and noticed a headline noting a girl who saved a school from repeating the sad incident that occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado some 12 years ago. It reminded me of a book I read in 2011, a book I feel should be shared.
So, this is it, the final blog I am going to write summarizing the Stop Online Piracy Act. For those who stuck it out through the four parts prior to this, you deserve a medal and I really wish I could give you one. Hopefully, you have walked away from all of this being able to hold your own in a debate on the subject regardless of the side you have chosen to take (if you have chosen a side, of course).
So, as many of you have probably seen, websites are going dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. I'll save my opinions regarding this type of tactic for another time. Needless to say, asking someone to sign a petition without understanding the facts violates the very principals GI Joe taught us:
Today, we continue our summary of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). For those interested in understanding the law rather than being told to fear it because you should be afraid of it and formulating your own educated opinion, read on. If you choose to fear it after you understand what it contains or if you choose to rally for it, more power to you, just avoid being children in the comments. Today, we will cover the last part of section 103 and finish the first half of the bill (Title I).
Today, we will cover the first half of section 103 of HR 3261, the proposed bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA for short. As with entry number one, which can be found here, these blogs are not about opinion or what is right and what is wrong. This is simply to help those who do not want to read the entire bill or have issues understanding what parts of the bill are trying to say. As always, if you want to follow along, the entire text of the bill as proposed can be found here.