So after much internal deliberation I've decided to write up a new blog. I was talking to Spud earlier and told him that I was intending to write a piece about the whole digital distribution of media now and the fact that our beloved gaming consoles are fast becoming one stop shops not only for games but also for a whole range of other forms of entertainment such as movies, tv shows and music. The recent arrival of Netlfix in our beloved little country further inspired me to share some of my opinions on the future of gaming platforms as all encompassing media hubs. Then I remembered one tiny little flaw that could potentially screw up not only the next step forward in online entertainment but maybe even the entire world wide web itself. Unless you've been living under a rock and sustaining your existence with mud and washing yourself in your own urine you all will know what I'm talking about, hopefully. It is of course the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA as it has so lovingly been whittled down to.
This act is yet another loving brain fart from the grizzled old senators from the good old United states of America. A country that apparently applauds you if you blow the face of an 8 year old child with a shotgun while trying to light fireworks with the burning flag of any muslim country all the while bollock naked draped in nothing but Old Glory herself but somehow deems it completely and reprehensibly wrong if you try and stream an old episode of Pokemon on youtube. The world we live in eh? EH?!
So to those of you who don't know about it, this 'Act' is all about passing a law that will pretty much blanket ban all free speech and content on the internet. You can say goodbye to the likes of Youtube, Wikipedia, Reddit and others if this thing gets the go ahead. Well maybe not say goodbye completely but say hello to watered down, strictly monitored content. Call it The internet lite if you will. Many big sites went dark yesterday in protest of SOPA, Wikipedia and Reddit among them, with more protest being promised in the coming months should this alarming bill continue to gather speed. Apparently over 160 million people logged into Wikipedia yesterday to read their anti SOPA message, with 8 million of those following instructions on the sites homepage to contact politicians and senators to voice their concerns. A little victory seems to have been achieved seeing as eight US lawmakers have withdrawn their support for the bill.
Supporters of the bill didn't take the protests lying down however and Creative America - a group which represents the titans / Nazis of modern day entertainment such as Disney and Warner Bros. started grumbling and flinging shit around their gold plated apartment complexes. The marketing men behind the group deployed a cunning advertisement campaign across the US, including the introduction of a banner in Times Square with advice on 'What to do during an internet blackout.' It proposed reading books, watching movies or listening to music. What a brilliant idea! I tell you what though, I'd rather take the book, have a nice little read of it, then get on a plane, travel to Capitol hill in Washington and use said book to perform a spontaneous colectomy of every single moron who supports this act. The world thrives on the free and unrestricted passage of information from one generation to the next. The advent of the Internet has been perhaps one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. We all know that humanity as a whole does have a tendency to make a balls of things more often than not. If these conservative dinosaurs get their own way we'll be forced to live in a communist state of internet existence. And they think North Korea is bad. It'll probably get to the point that every web browsers background will be redirected to a full colour image of the current countrys leader. Imagine that, trying to have a shifty look at the more x-rated sites with Enda Kenny staring mournfully into your eyes with every click of the mouse.
I tend to agree that certain areas of the Internet do need to be monitored a bit closely but the idea of blocking every single copyrighted image / piece of music / movie is just ludicrous. Can you imagine a world without Hit-Start-Now?! Jesus wept it really would be the end of all mankind.
With a quarter of a century's worth of video gaming experience under his belt, Spud expresses his feelings through our Mind Games section. Here he explores everything from tournament tales to gaming ghost stories.