Today is a brand new day, just like every other day. Yippee! Celebrate by clicking on links to stuff that other people wrote.
- Olivia Solon of Wired reports on a study that shows that video game piracy is not as high as previously thought. Moreover, games of all genres get pirated, not just shooters. You can read the full study here.
- Darius Kazemi set the blogosphere atwitter with a piece entitled “Fuck Videogames” which explains why video games may not be the best medium in which to express oneself. Ian Bogost has a short reply that clarifies some of Kazemi’s arguments here. Kazemi makes a valuable point about how people misunderstand the best ways to use a medium as a means of creative expression, but he glosses over the fact that the media in which one knows how express oneself are dependent on one’s interests and upbringing, and even if there were a better medium for expressing a given idea, unfamiliarity may make expression within that medium unfeasible.
- Do you think you’re allergic to MSG? Well, you’re probably not. Zuky of Knowing Coves explains the racist origins of the “Chinese restaurant syndrome” myth.
- I don’t usually link to promotional materials, but this fictional journal by a character from the upcoming Remember Me is pretty nifty. How much do you want to bet that this journal is more meaningful and thought-provoking than the game will end up being?
- In the wake of Patrice Désilets’ shocking departure from Ubisoft, there has been a lot of talk about intellectual property ownership in the gaming industry. Dan Whitehead of Eurogamer explains that because creators and studios usually give up the rights to their IP in exchange for funding from publishers, they’re reluctant to propose brilliant new ideas that will be snatched out of their hands. However, I don’t think it’s necessarily fair just to allow creators to retain their IP rights in every situation. If publishers are financing the entire endeavour, is it unfair for them to demand some IP rights? That’s not a rhetorical question; I’m seriously asking. There are no easy answers to this debate.
Well, that does it for this week. Tune in next week for more links.