More than a few of us — peeps that came up in the game blogging scene during the late aughties — modeled our voices, our steez if you will, after the cats putting in work at 1UP and its trendsetting shows.
Even as layoffs and game companies picked its staff clean, Jeremy Parish and his skeleton crew managed to make great things with barebones resources. Plus, they called Tiny Cartridge one of the 101 Best Video Game Sites, and invited JC to take part in an episode of Retronauts!
So, it’s awful to hear that Ziff Davis/1UP is shutting down 1UP and laying off most of its team. :o( I’ll be spending the rest of this afternoon listening to these old 1UP Showthemearrangements I downloaded years ago and kept for some reason.
If you’re wondering what I think of the whole “Before Watchmen” bit, I can’t sum it up any better than I did in my comment on this article about it:
You know what really bothers me about these books? Three things.
1) They will probably be incredible. JMS’ stuff likely excluded. I can’t hate incredible comics, no matter how much I hate the motivation behind them.
2) Almost everyone who is bothered by this will still buy these books, me included. And we’ll hate ourselves, and we’ll hate the creators for making us hate ourselves, and they’ll make more because we’ll all buy them.
3) They don’t need to exist, they have never needed to exist, they’re naked cash grabs, and all that creative energy could and should have been spent on something new. And yet, given the state of the business, and the potential of the concept, I can’t blame anyone involved for doing it, even DC Comics. I’d probably do it, in these creators’ positions. And I hate that, because I want to blame someone. I want to hate someone for this. But I can’t, because good comics are good comics are good comics, and these will probably be very good comics. I don’t want Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner to fail and make a bad book - I can’t want that! And I hate that they’ll be hated for this. I hate that these creators will be regarded as scabs, and be the subject of unbelievable fan vituperation, and all the crap that we all know goes with taking this job. Because they don’t deserve it. Nobody deserves it. These are books everyone wants and no one wants at the same time, because they could be amazing, they probably will be amazing, and yet they’re an unnecessary cash grab and don’t need to exist, and everyone who visits this site knows BOTH THINGS AT THE SAME TIME…!
The above video provides a terrific outline of PIPA (Protect-IP), which is the Senate version of SOPA. They’re pretty much identical, so everything said about PIPA in the video goes for SOPA too. Close the pop-up to watch it, FYI.
Here’s an article over at the CATO Institute outlining the misleading figures proponents of the bill, and others like it, use to confuse people who aren’t Internet wizards into thinking that laws like SOPA and PIPA are remotely viable.
Finally, this is an article about the sorts of absurdly horrific things that can happen to bloggers and other “little guys” under current copyright laws; if SOPA, PIPA, or any similar bills under different names pass, the scenario outlined in that article could happen multiple times a day, and said scenario isn’t remotely the worst thing that could happen to American citizens if the bills pass.
Just, you know, FYI.
If SOPA or PIPA pass, I could go to jail for posting things like, say, this:
Or even this:
I could potentially even be sent to jail for linking you to those videos in an email.
Do you want to live in an America where that’s the case? Where people can be sent to jail for being silly on the internet?
African American women’s internal life experiences are part of the American story. So, when we’re listening, for example, to the GOP rhetoric about this nostalgia of this America when things were simpler and better. You could never tell that story if you bothered to think about African American women’s experiences because there is no moment in history where it is nostalgic and better to have been a little black girl.
Look, I know he’s talking about one of the more serious bugs they’ve had in their games, and I’m not on the Bethesda Defense Force or anything. I feel for the people experiencing slowdown, and I’m not excusing the release of a buggy product. But if you look at the article in the last link, Richard Cobbett casually mentions that Daggerfall was impossible to complete at launch without cheating. At least we have patches to fix this stuff now.
I just think it’s funny that he says the “brand” has been “damaged” by the release of a buggy product, because I’m honestly not sure Bethesda Softworks has ever released a non-buggy product. The brand’s been “damaged” since the company opened. I’m not trivializing this latest news, but to act like nobody saw something like this coming is ridiculous.
My name is Wright S. Johnson, a.k.a. Ffordesoon, and you have clearly reached this Tumblr by mistake.
I am: straight, white, male, a writer, an editor, chubby, shlubby, opinionated, optimistic, pragmatic, absent-minded, short-sighted, open-minded, arrogant, naive, overeducated, undereducated, overconfident, secure, a bit of a jerk, loud, stubborn, funny, witty, introverted, perverse, impish, rational, irrational, embarrassed to call myself "funny" or "witty", unashamed, shameless, egotistical, Anglophilic, Japanophilic, kind of almost a feminist, shabbily dressed, an agnostic, an existentialist, not able to shut my mouth, nervous, slightly paranoid, willing to admit my mistakes, the owner of my words for better or worse, utterly crap at time management, probably not a person who should have a Tumblr.
I make: things up, people mad at me, snarky comments, messes, fiction, an excellent conversation piece, grammatical corrections, new things, things better, trouble.
I write: fiction, non-fiction, emails, forum posts, apologies, tweets, Kim Possible femslash fanfiction epics about the corruption inherent in unfettered capitalism for some reason I've never been able to properly articulate, comics hopefully someday maybe, reviews, essays, criticism, this thing what you are reading now.
I like: things that are good, from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic to Mad Men to The Mighty Boosh, from Psychonauts to Persona to Planescape: Torment, from Bolaño to Bradbury to Burroughs, from Conan Doyle to Conan O'Brien to Conan The Barbarian, from Welles to Whedon to Waters, from Kirby to Koike to Kurtzman.
I hate: stupidity, ignorance, bad writing, badness, evil, whining, olives.
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