Another Day, Another Brain-Blast
Chris Tilton - 1up Show Theme Orchestra
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tinycartridge:

♫ Wanna stay home and play all my video games ♫

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 Show theme arrangements I downloaded years ago and kept for some reason.

On “Before Watchmen”

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:

SIGH

SIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH

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…!

This is just…

SSSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH

So there you go.  For the record.

gailsimone:

deantrippe:

Comics are a Man’s World, by Faith Erin Hicks. 

Beautiful.  If I counted the number of times I had heard this while in direct proximity to women enjoying, producing, and purchasing comics, it would be a very high number indeed.

gailsimone:

deantrippe:

Comics are a Man’s World, by Faith Erin Hicks

Beautiful. If I counted the number of times I had heard this while in direct proximity to women enjoying, producing, and purchasing comics, it would be a very high number indeed.

And here are some additional sources:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.


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 this:

Or 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?

Neither do I.

Stop SOPA/PIPA.

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.
Melissa Harris-Perry  (via sociolab)

This. Whenever (white) people preach about “the good ol’ days,” I want to punch them in the throat. (via ethiopienne)
ourvaluedcustomers:

To his friend…

File this one under “accurate, but maybe slightly missing the point”.

ourvaluedcustomers:

To his friend…

File this one under “accurate, but maybe slightly missing the point”.

ourvaluedcustomers:

Regarding his friend’s GREEN LANTERN ring…

ourvaluedcustomers:

Regarding his friend’s GREEN LANTERN ring…

ourvaluedcustomers:

To his girlfriend…

Oh, Our Valued Customers.  You are the world’s eternal Christmas present.
Incidentally, the X-Men books right now are probably the best Big Two superhero books currently being published, Wolverine And The X-Men in particular being both a hoot and a holler.

ourvaluedcustomers:

To his girlfriend…

Oh, Our Valued Customers.  You are the world’s eternal Christmas present.

Incidentally, the X-Men books right now are probably the best Big Two superhero books currently being published, Wolverine And The X-Men in particular being both a hoot and a holler.

Trust in the Bethesda brand, one of the most beloved in the business, has been damaged by the company’s release of a sub-par product.

Colin Campbell at IGN, apparently hilariously ignorant of Bethesda’s troubled release history.

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.

Consider This:

There are more powerful, interesting, strong, non-objectified women in any one Japanese comic than there are in any hundred American comics.

This would be the culture also famous for an entire genre of comics solely devoted to the repeated violation of high school girls by demonic octopi.

Just saying.