The Guberment’s wann take way ur internets!

CYANLIANAS is on mars or something.  So, it has befallen me the great duty to remind you all that the great Satan and card carrying socialist is trying to steal your internet and run it through the central firewall down at the polit bureau.  Or something like that.

Remember PIPA, ACTA, SOPA, and other weird political things with four-letter acronyms?   well here’s some stuff from the email google sent:

Starting December 3, the world’s governments will meet behind closed doors to discuss the future of the internet. Some governments want to use this meeting to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.

Learn more about what’s at stake at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU):

http://www.google.com/takeaction

A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. And a free and open Internet depends on you.

IDK what they’re gonna come up with next, five-letter acronyms?  six? seven?  dood we’ve gotta get up on this.  You see that IDL logo on the left?  thats not just some bullshit we put up because it looks cool…. okay maybe that was part of why we put that there but ummm…

It seems that anytime anyone tries to take a reasonable stance on the issue of copyright and how it’s original intent has been distorted by corporate interests, it gets buried.

Anyway, expect to continue to see lots more posts and annoying ass spam on your facebook and shit as this whole thing progresses all over again.  The Illuminati don’t take the holidays off from oppressing us, so, we don’t take them off to stop bitching about it.

WOOT! wOOT! PRRrrrrr #freeandopen

Mass Effect 3 Extended

We’re Back.

The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers. The Extended Cut will be available to download at no additional charge for Mass Effect 3 game owners starting on June 26 for PC and Xbox 360 customers worldwide. Playstation 3 customers in North America will be able to download the Extended Cut DLC on June 26 and the rest of the world on July 4.

– source[Mass Effect Blog]

This action by an established game studio is unprecedented.  Yes, other cross-platform games have been modified after the fact thanks to the always on connections consoles can have to the internet, but to rewrite and modify end-game material for Mass Effect 3 is a huge admission for a company that raised the bar so high with ME 1 and 2.  What prompted the re-write?

Badvertising

According to the FTC’s rules of the road for advertising and marketing on the Web, “advertising must tell the truth and not mislead consumers.”  A strong case was made to the BBB and after months of complaints the outraged fans have end-game DLC to show for it.  Below is a compilation of advertising misleads assembled by one disgruntled youtuber.

Bioware’s Reaction

From ME Facebook Page: March 19 at 12:12am

We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game. In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending.

We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.

Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.

Additionally in a subsequent Facebook fan page posting:

Bioware will keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard.

– Mass Effect 3 director Casey Hudson

Looks like Mr. Hudson made good on his promise but the official ME FAQ wants to make some distinctions beforehand:

The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.

[Origin update here.]

O|mg: Agni’s Philosphy – Square-Enix at 2012 E3

This is a tech demo from Square Enix called Agni’s Philosphy presneted at this year’s E3.  You all ready for next-gen gaming?  Graphics are ready.  Writers…well, let’s talk about that later.

Billed as a “Final Fantasy real-time tech demo,” this short film from Square Enix looks like a pre-rendered cut scene from one of its graphically splendorous role-playing games, but is in fact being rendered by a game engine called Luminous Studio. Square Enix said it represents its ambitions for the next generation of Final Fantasy games. “Agni” is the name of the magic-using main character shown in the video.
 “Luminous Studio is without a doubt an engine envisioned to create role-playing games like the Final Fantasy titles seen up until now,” said Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada to the Japanese magazine Famitsu. “But not just that, it’s also for high-action games which are unlike those RPGs.”
He said, however, that Square Enix is not currently creating a game using the new engine, saying that the game design teams will likely begin using it late this year or early next.

More over on Wired.com after the jump!

My first music purchase in over a decade. Wha-?!

I’m not a monster.  I have a heart…and a brain. [Big reveal.]  Life and Music (at least the popular versions of both) have sucked for as far back as I can remember.  Like, way back to when this was all there was to look at.

 

I can fall asleep at my keyboard describing to you in detail what’s wrong with you if you’ve enjoyed the millenium in music so far; go buy some Nickelback tickets for chrisakes.

“Douche-chills” comes to mind.

Sure I’ve marveled at the spectacle of acts like Lady Gaga and even tapped my feet to a Beyonce remix.

They kick you out of the gay bar if you don’t do exactly this every time “All the Single Ladies” plays.

But nothing’s gotten through my shell; nothing’s charmed me to the point where my lizard brain stops the auto-torrent command signal  by order of the higher ape brain and instead checks on a legit digital download.  That is, until yesterday.  I’m thinking it may be an embolism thing, but arterial blood-flow be damned.  I spent $6 on a fucking Pomplamoose download!  The video is charming…or dark magic.

If the image above is moving, get out of the house now!

Oh, hey!  Since yesterday (when this entry was just a wee draft) Pomplamoose released a new single!

Link to the free mp3 here.

Game of Thrones s02e08 – “The Prince of Winterfell”

This is the most torrent-worthy show at the moment.  Besides AMC’s Mad Men, it’s really the only thing on television worth watching on Sunday night [especially since Check it out! With Dr. Steve Brule S02 ended back in April.]

All the dramatic elements are being put into place for the season finale, which I believe is only three weeks away.  I’m still not sure how everything that is supposed to happen (from the books) is going to happen in the series.  I heard second-hand that a lot of characters are about to be killed off; but that could just be a dirty lie spread by communists.  I’ve only gotten through the prologue of the audiobook version of A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin, so I can neither confirm nor deny the impending doom, but here are the three characters I hope make it through for one simple reason:

Three of the best characters from Game of Thrones

They can FUCKING read!

Of all the characters in the show, these have proven time and again to be the most resourceful and all have begun to read the writing on the wall:  Something badder than bad is coming; either for them personally or for all of Westeros!  The Khaleesi would have been on my list, but she’s been nothing but “Where are my DRAGONS?” for the majority of the season.

hungry khaleesi

M’lady, I do believe you just ate them.

And don’t get me started on Jon Snow; who’s been playing Icy-Weener with Ygritte, the red-headed wildling.  NOTHING BUT THIS HAS HAPPENED IN THE NORTH:

ygritte and jon snow

Best line of the season: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”

and

ygritte and jon snow

“You still know nothing AND DO YOU MIND GETTING YOUR BONER AWAY FROM ME, JON SNOW?”

If you are not watching this show…you are so lame.