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Topic: Personal Stuff/Random News

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 Apr 10, 2014 - 09:56 AM - by Michael
Video Games on an NFL Stadium Screen
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Personal Stuff/Random News There's no other way to say it other than... just go watch this.

It's epic.
 

 Mar 25, 2014 - 09:21 AM - by Michael
Youtube/Google Gone Evil
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Personal Stuff/Random News Google owns Youtube... and it appears Youtube has decided that the law be damned, they're not going to honor DMCA counter-notices any more.
Last week I was contacted by a YouTube user named John (YouTube username: WernerVonWallenrod), who mainly posts reviews of old vinyl records. He uploaded a roughly 7 minute video reviewing an old Eric B. & Rakim record from the 1980s, 90% of which consists of him standing in his kitchen talking about the record. The video includes a couple clips of him playing short (<1 minute) segments of the record while filming the record player. Because the video uses only short, low-quality segments of a few songs on the record for purposes of critical commentary and review, the video almost certainly qualifies as a textbook example of fair use. Nevertheless, UMG had the video taken down with a DMCA notice. Believing his video to be fair use, John sent a properly filed DMCA counter-notice in response. A few days later, he received this email from YouTube (emphasis added):
Hi there, Thank you for your counter-notification. The complainant has reaffirmed the information in its DMCA notification. YouTube has a contractual obligation to this specific copyright owner that prevents us from reinstating videos in such circumstances. Therefore, we regretfully cannot honor this counter-notification. You may learn more about this here: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=3045545 We unfortunately are unable to assist further in this matter. You may wish to contact the complainant directly at youtube@umusic.com. Regards, Linda
The YouTube Team This message is extremely disturbing for multiple reasons. It appears that YouTube is saying it essentially has a contract with UMG to ignore DMCA counter-notices sent against its copyright claims, so that even if the copyright takedown has no legal basis, YouTube must nevertheless refuse to restore the video if UMG “reaffirms” the information in its DMCA notice.
Essentially - yes, they're saying "the law be damned, we contracted with these people to ignore the law and ignore your properly filed legal counterclaim." Google's officially gone evil.
 

 Feb 18, 2014 - 01:03 PM - by Michael
Irrational Sinks
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Personal Stuff/Random News The people who made the Bioshock series are Shutting down.

Ouch.

"While I'm deeply proud of what we've accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we've done before," Levine wrote. "To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers. In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience."
It's sad to see them go - the game industry needs ambitious people willing to take the risks to make better, deeper games. The "smaller studio" mechanic worries me.
 

 Jan 05, 2014 - 10:17 PM - by Michael
You've never heard his name but he was awesome...
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Personal Stuff/Random News A man who came up with some serious art you'll all remember.

RIP, Greg Martin.
 

 Dec 28, 2013 - 10:50 AM - by Michael
Classic Games
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Personal Stuff/Random News Archive.org has a pretty massive holiday gift for you - the entire MAME 0.151 rom catalog in a single file.

What are you waiting for?

Enjoy some classic arcade gaming.
 

 Nov 13, 2013 - 07:33 AM - by Michael
A Backlit Saturn
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Personal Stuff/Random News Some days, stuff just takes your breath away.
 

 Nov 08, 2013 - 08:54 AM - by Michael
Games grow your Brain
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Personal Stuff/Random News Here's something for you: a study showing that games actually help people learn skills.

As in - spatial orientation, memory mapping, and more.

Go gamers!
 

 Oct 31, 2013 - 08:28 AM - by Michael
Some Deus Ex Goodness
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Personal Stuff/Random News I don't usually link top-ten lists but IGN's got a nice one here: their top 10 characters in the Deus Ex universe.

I'm thinking a series replay is in order soon.
 

 Oct 19, 2013 - 11:37 PM - by Michael
Trailer-Riffic
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Personal Stuff/Random News The BBC's spending a lot of time counting down to something...
 

 Oct 16, 2013 - 07:46 AM - by Michael
Angry about Frozen?
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Personal Stuff/Random News Disney's got a new movie out soon, Frozen... but at least one person thinks it isn't good for young girls.

I'm withholding judgement till I see it. Disney Animation is no Pixar these days, but they did a good job with Tangled.
 


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