A brief What I’ve Been Reading this week, because I’d rather go outside and play than scour teh interwebz for links for your lazy asses.
What? You thought I was friendly? Sorry to disappoint you, chumps.
- Well, the old “violence in video games” debate has flared up in again, and Owen Good of Kotaku has a call to reason. He calls on the mainstream media to mention violent video games by name instead of just saying “a violent video game.” Not specifically naming games in news reports contributes to painting all video games as violent killing simulators. As someone who believes that news media should strive for accuracy and specificity, I wholeheartedly agree.
- You might have heard that perennially awful High School Musical knockoff Glee recently ripped off nerd musician Jonathan Coulton’s version of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Because Coulton’s version is a “cover” and not a “derivative work,” Coulton wouldn’t normally have a basis for litigation. However, some audio geeks, including Paul Potts of Geek Like Me, Too, have uncovered audio evidence that Glee might have stolen Coulton’s backing track outright, which would be illegal. Whatever the legality of this is, it’s a massive dick move for Glee.
- Earlier this week, game publisher THQ went bankrupt, and its assets were divided up and sold to various bidders. Cracked’s Luke McKinney humorously examines what may have led to its demise.
Alright, I’m out. See ya later, suckers!