EA’s Origin may be glorified Spyware…

In case you hadn’t heard already, Electronic Arts’ Origin is more than just a petty attempt to undermine Steam. It’s an insidious petty attempt to undermine Steam. The service has upset gamers since it installs Spyware, allowing EA to dig around in your hard drive as explicitly stated in the terms of service.  The EULA says that EA can identify your computer, operating system, installed/uninstalled software/hardware, and use that information for marketing purposes while merrily sharing it with third party companies. It ‘s all fairly disgusting, and there’s no opt-out offer. If you don’t want EA to know everything about you and pass the information along, your only recourse is to not install Origin — which will mean you can’t play Battlefield 3 on PC at all…

via EA’s Origin may be glorified Spyware, causes mass upset -Destructoid.

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Wow..  Really EA?   Damn does your marketing department have got balls and your programming team must have been outsourced…    WTF is this?  You, EA, provide products we buy, and that is where our relationship ends.  You can ASK to see my system specs in order to see what the ‘normal’ PC is out there but you don’t need to know what I have installed.  Nor can you make money off MY information with out ME getting a cut of it.

You can pay me for my personal information, otherwise  ╭∩╮(°_°)╭∩╮

Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy Cocktail)

Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy Cocktail)

Ingredients:
1/2 shot Absinthe
1/2 shot Zwack (Jagermeister will work too)
2 tsp. Simple Syrup
1 Splash Grenadine
Fill rest of the glass with Club Soda

Directions: Mix the absinthe, syrup, and soda water in a smaller glass (a perigord absinthe glass is used in the picture) until the drink becomes opalescent. Add ice if you prefer the drink really cold. Before serving, add the Zwack and grenadine.

Both will settle nicely, leaving a nice orange on the top and a deep crimson below.

 

DJ Hero Helped Kill Guitar Hero – Games News at IGN

Activision boss Bobby Kotick says the company’s flop music game DJ Hero contributed to the company taking one-time star franchise Guitar Hero off the market….

via DJ Hero Helped Kill Guitar Hero – Games News at IGN.

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Really?   How stupid does Booby Kotick think we are?   First off, DJ Hero WAS a bad idea from the start.   But, someone thought it would do well enough to make a sequel and have a third on in the works..   But no.. it’s DJ Hero’s fault that the past few Guitar Hero games have had horrible track lists, lackluster game play, and pretty much boring.

Booby also admitted that creating DJ Hero pulled valuable care and attention away from Guitar Hero.   Wait.. WHAT?    So like you had the whole company focused on a game like DJ hero?  WTF?!     and DJ Hero wasn’t created by the same team.. so how was focus shifted?

Boils down too.. Some upper brass screw up.  But will they take the blame?   nope.    the Developers where the problem.  Not some idiot giving the green light on a game that was OBVIOUSLY not A) thought though and B) had any market research done.

 

Activision Blizzard sued!!! By the PSN guy?!

Activision Blizzard sued by … yeah, it’s the PSN guy

via Joystiq – ULTRAFEED by Alexander Sliwinski on 11/25/09

 



Serial suit launcher Erik Estavillo is making a little name for himself in the game space, as his latest complaint seeks $1 million in damages from Activision Blizzard over the design of World of WarcraftGamePolitics reports on the complaint, which claims that the publisher maintains a “harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow the game’s sneaky and deceitful practices.” Estavillo alleges that the “calculated slow pace” of the game makes turning quests in take longer and thus generates more subscription revenue for Activision Blizzard.

If that wasn’t enough, Estavillo also subpoenaed actress Winona Ryder and Depeche Mode’s Martin Lee Gore to testify on his behalf regarding alienation. He explains that his health issues, which apparently include OCD, agoraphobia, depression (and more), mean that he “relies on video games heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life.” 

Estavillo had previously sued Sony after being banned from PSN and also has another suit against Microsoft and Nintendo, for his Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death and Nintendo’s disabling of the Homebrew Channel in an update. Perhaps he’ll have more luck suing over the design of a game in which millions happily pay to participate.

Activision Blizzard sued by … 

Jeebus crisp… *sigh*
You would think with the number suits out there that this guy is only looking for easy money and just wants to meet Winona Ryder and Martin Lee Gore.
Course, I wouldn’t mind meeting Winona Ryder either. *Hmmmmm* .. I’d just be afraid she’d steal something from my house.
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Freaking Sheep…

Source for this rant:
[http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/06/uk-change4life-ad-campaign-attacks-gamers/]

in a new shell for those too lazy to click a link.  The Joystiq article is reporting about an AD campaign that links video game playing with people dying younger.

O.o

WHAT?!  Ok, at the top most level there is some logic to that.  If you are so lazy that you never leave the sofa for years on end and just play games.  Ok, you can mess with your body.  But I’ve never known anyone to do that.  8+ hour sessions?  yes.  but weeks?!  no.  (Unless you are a WoW player.. and then you should really get a life and play RoM. 😛 )

And I’ve played a number of games that can get my heart pumping.  a good UT match, Rock Band, Guitar Hero,  even the Wii really kinda forces you to stand up to play most of it’s crappy games.
since when do you just set there for ever?

The thing that scares me the most about this is that some parents are going to believe it.   What’s next?  a warning label to advise people:  1 HR game time is equal to 2300 calories.   OMG!  Timmy just played Battlefront and now needs to exercise for 12 minutesto burn off the fat!   WTF.

Yes doing ANYTHING for too long (yes, even sex you pervs)  can be a bad thing.  You can kill yourself by drinking to much water..  You can kill yourself by eating too much toothpaste. 

But are people so breed to be sheep now you need to be told that sitting on the sofa for to long can mess with you?  Do you need to be told to get up and move around one in a while?     Really, are people becoming that brain dead?

(Rebuttal) Guitar Hero: Another sell out…

[From the Editor in Chief of the Pogowolf (and soon to have a Pogopup…)]

I’ll admit, I am a die-hard Metallica fan, and have been for since my early days of Junior High.  In a time of self discovery and becoming less of a product of my parents and more of a individual, I was introduced to Metallica’s fiery guitar licks, thundering double-bass drum beats, hard bass-riffs and raw lyrics that send chills down my spine each time I screamed at the top of my lungs to release the pent up rage I felt when growing up with the injustices of the world.

So, I was hook on Metallica.  I studied them, learned their history, with the beginnings of Lars, James and Dave Mustaine (later to form Megadeth), Ron McGovney, to the tragic loss of Cliff Burton; which almost lead to the demise of the entire band in the mid-80’s.  Despite the indulgence and complications of the booze, the lost of band-members, Metallica as prevailed, they continued through the darkest of dark times and their music captured that feeling.  I remember the haunting lyrics from a passed Cliff Burton off the “And Justice For All” album, track “To Live is to Die” which says, “When a man lies, he murders some part of the world…  Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home?”  How does that not captivate you?  I feel even the lyrical genius Leonard Cohen would struggle to come up with something better.

In the tale of two-halves commonly known as “Pre-Black Album” and “Post Black Album”, Metallica, like ALL long standing bands, have changed their sound and song style as an evolutionary process with the times.  For reasons I cannot understand, this “change” is uncomfortable with many die-hard fans of the like.  They are referred as “sell-outs”, or “going soft, weak”, thinking that all bands must stay in the same style they started with and should never expand themselves from that box we as fans put them in.  No one raises a stink or throws a fit for the band KISS when their hard-rock sound changed in the 70’s to fit the Disco era.  Just look at the song, “I was made for loving you.”  It’s is Disco at its finest, and the KISS Army has grown to accept it.  Why is that?  What about Led Zeppelin disallowing license to their music for TV spots and movies? Do people beat down the door of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and call them weak for protecting their music?  (Granted, the movie “School of Rock”, did finally, convince Zeppelin to use “The Immigrant Song” in the movie.) We create such a double standard for musicians that have been around for 7 years or more.  I even remember people talk about hating Korn because of the album of Cover songs they did, hearing people say that Korn has gotten soft.  We as fans are horrible.

After Metallica’s whole Napster incident, they were the labeled the black sheep of all bands because of the lawsuit of illegal downloads.  For that I say, “good for them.”  Buy the music people.  Support your musicians.  The artists should be compensated for their works.  Your beef shouldn’t be with Metallica, but with the record companies failing to recognize the ever changing model of the music industry and electronic distribution.  I should also let you know that in a former life, I was Disc-jockey and a Bass guitar player, and I can tell you, without music, even the cheesy artist such as Vanilla Ice, it’s tough to throw a great party.  What’s .99 cents?

Now, I heard from the Pogo-peeps of a Guitar Hero: Metallica in the making for 2009?  Wow, I am really not sure what to say about that except for maybe, “Good luck to the developers at Activision.”  I am sure that all fans would come to expect that the GH:M game should focus on the songs “pre-black” that we fans have come known as our favorites.  I feel that Activision will have a difficult time trying to replicate the authentic sounds of Kirk Hammet in songs like “Whiplash”, “Master of Puppets”, “Seek and Destroy”, “Fade to Black”, “One”, “And Justice for All” and the list goes on and on.  Now that GH allows Bass guitar, will it include such Bass solos as “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” or the epic instrumentals like “The Call of Ktulu”, “Orion”, or “To Live is to Die”.  Can Activation recreate this essence of Metallica in the scrolling-button-pushing arena of Guitar Hero and be even remotely close to the real thing?  I have a feeling that it won’t, and their attempt will be shoddy at best.  If GH does it right, ALL songs from ALL albums should be in this game; from the ballad of “Nothing Else Matters”, to the two-hundred-ten-beats-per-minute second-half of “Whiplash”.  If they are going to do it, they need to do it right as justification for all the millions of Metallica fans in existence.

Although, here’s a small beef:  But if someone is going to spend the time trying to master these songs via the 4-color, 4-button controller, why not just pickup a real guitar and learn the real songs?  Mastering a “Trash’em” song in Guitar Hero makes you a geek, mastering a “Thrash’em” song with 6-strings through a Marshal Amplifier makes you a God.  I feel that if people are going to label Metallica a sell-out for allowing the folks at Activision to create a GH featuring them, then everyone that offered their songs in the previous version of GH should also be called a sell-out; after all, what’s the difference between tracks from multiple artists in a single game versus multiple songs from a single artist in the same game?  Zero, period.

If people call Metallica sell-outs, they are right, they do sell-out…  every concert they play.  No Napster incident, no “bad album”, no media coverage, rehab-incident, etc has stopped Metallica from creating music or continuing to go on tour since 1983.  If Activision wants to create a game, featuring one of the hardest to duplicate musical style-bands of all times, then go ahead and let them.  (Anyone remember the powerhouse concert of the mid-90’s of Metallica and Guns n Roses Use your Illusion Tour?) This could be Activision’s crowning achievement.  If this venture succeeds, perhaps it is a turning point in the GH world and maybe something great comes from it.  However, if it fails, perhaps this will finally end the GH series with nothing more than quiet slip into “Fade to Black”.

[This topic was origionally posted as a comment; however, I deicded to step things up a notch and make this a full topic]