After taking last week off, What I’ve Been Reading is back to fuck with your head. Actually, no, it’s back to give you a bunch of links. Yay, links!
- Patrick Klepek of Kotaku explores the world of Nintendo hackers, some of whom hack Nintendo games out of curiosity, others seemingly out of malice. As usual, my stance is that you should be able to do whatever the fuck you want with your offline game, but the second you start screwing with other people’s fun, you’re an asshole.
- You might have noticed that politicians switch their speech patterns slightly depending on their audience. To some, it appears like dishonest manipulation. But this kind of code-switching is natural, and we all do it. Matt Kwong of CBC News explains.
- Writing for The Guardian, Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney condemns Microsoft’s new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative as creating a closed ecosystem for distributing apps. Without looking at the technical details, I can’t confirm the extent to which this is true. But the openness of Windows is why it has been the platform of choice for many software and game developers for years; closing that ecosystem down would make Windows much less attractive for both developers and users.
- Finally, a couple of videos on YouTube’s copyright practices and their inability to recognize fair use. The first is from Jim Sterling of The Jimquisition. The second is from the Nostalgia Critic of Channel Awesome. I’ll just say this: YouTube’s constant kowtowing to the interests of media conglomerates over the creators who provide the bulk of its content is unfair, craven, and ultimately bad for business. Fucking grow a spine, YouTube.
That’s all for this week. Tune in next week for some more bloggy content. Who knows? I might even write an actual blog post!