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Baton Down the Hatches? August 22, 2009

Noooo, that’s not right. It’s batten. Point still stands! Post every day? Redouble my efforts in this weird online space to build readership and improve my writing style? Find things to actually talk about on a daily basis?

We all know it’s not going to happen. I hate blogging, for that matter I hate blogs and the internet at large. The whole thing sucks. Except when it comes to getting me free stuff, like the entire clone saga, all of the old Secret Origins, and some neat 90s crossovers. There should be a way for me to telepathically dictate this thing out so there’s content on a regular basis. Even if that was the case I don’t know what on earth people would find interesting.

Met me tell you ’bout my life. I spent five minutes with that cool tape you use for dryer vents trying to stick my RF cable to my window so I can have semi-decent reception for a Panther’s preseason game. Yup.  I had made plans to go to a bar and watch it, but people all suddenly had a severe case of immediate dirty hair syndrome that needed to be corrected in the very serious here and now. No biggie, gave me time to clean my house. The whole thing. Well, not the walls that’s a major project for later. Both my tubs, my floors, all three sinks, the two toilets, the porch, the trash can (yeah cleaned the trash can), the cabinets under the sinks, the dining room table, the lemonade table (I don’t drink coffee), and the tires on my bike. Why? My bike gets hella jealous if I don’t take care of it. I don’t think I can ever get a roommate with it around. If I put it out on the porch it’ll get rusty and try to kill me, I’m not putting it in my room, that’s for my books, the second bedroom is where it’s at now. Just chllin’ with an old monitor, an 11″ tv, and a bunch of old video games I don’t play because my xbox broke and I am too lazy to hook the ps2 up to anything.

How would you baton down a hatch? The US Team For Running Fast found a way to hack up a baton. Guy’s, it’s not that hard. I see seven year olds do it all the time. One guy is running, the other guy starts running, and the first guy gives the baton to the second guy. Done. End of story. You win the race, get the fly honeys and bask in Bolt’s shadow. Pretend it’s your penis you’re grabbing and if you bobble it or get it out of the zone you’ll lose it. How about that? Bet you guys wouldn’t drop it then would you?

See, this is a terrible posting, I could’ve taken all these ideas and expanded upon them, split them up, and had postings for three or four days. Good longs ones, but I just lack focus and dedication to the craft. I have some awkward first world malaise or something. Dang it, have to go fix my television signal.

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Deliciously Delectable Downloads August 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Micah Griffin @ 00:23
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The gaming community really wants digital downloads to come and come fast for every so they an eliminate the big box store. and there are numerous reasons and most gamers are all gung ho about this, but hold on. Let’s think this through. Gamers are like any niche group of people and are a mostly insular bunch. They think of things that would be great for them but sometimes don’t realize there’s an outside world.

Not everyone has broadband. Simply put, if you cut out retail you absolutely lose anyone that can’t download. There’s a serious ‘last mile’ problem in the states that makes it hard for some people to get cable internet, or get it at a good speed. DSL is not close to cable internet anymore in terms of speed for most people. On top of that there are people who don’t download things and aren’t comfortable with it.  There’s also people who like physical ownership.

Right now we’re in this weird battleground on the internet when it comes to digital ownership. DRM makes it so that people buy things and don’t own them. There’s a fear among some people that they may buy a game and in a few years not be able to play it. If you buy a game right now from a store there’s no question as to who owns it. Five or six years from now you’ll still be able to play that game. If you download a game on xbl are we sure that when the next system comes out we’ll be able to play it on that system? or at all if they change the service over? Same with virtual console and PSN.

Another part of the ownership issue is that it officially kills the ability to share games. No more borrowing games from friends, no more picking up used games for over half off, no more inheriting games from siblings and no more taking games to a friends house.

Last thing I can think of is tiered internet. If this goes down in the states then that’s the end of the digital download only dream. If you have a 5GB a month cap on your internet useage and the only way you can get Gears of war 4 is to download it then you may not pick up gears. In fact, you may not buy much of any games. They’re already clocking in over 9gigs now so there’s no telling what they’ll be like in a few years. The number of downloads is going to be inhibited deeply by the pricing structure of the Internet Service Providers like Comcast or Time Warner.

All that said if any or all of those things are fixed then this will be a done deal. It makes too much sense for publishers and developers to cut out the middle man for their own profits for them to not push this forward. I just hope that if everyone in the community pushes it forward it doesn’t cut out all the fringe customers who just casually enjoy the medium, which would be the only thing I could think of to send the industry into a downward spiral.