Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekly Link Round Up

Here's how my week has been: "It's 36 degrees outside. Why do we have the AC on?"

So I've been huddled in my office wearing my fancy N7 jacket all day. Feel free to give me funny looks co-workers. You all are wearing your winter gear indoors too, and we're all cold. If I'm going to be cold, I'm going to be comfortable. In my geek gear. Deal with it.

Today seems like a wonderful day for a Weekly Link Round Up. Let's count it out:

- Another Tropes vs. Women video has finally released, and Sarkeesian has finally provided some clarity on the long delays between production. Since the Kickstarter campaign ended nearly 3 years ago, only a handful of videos have released. Sarkeesian has become a public speaker and advocate against cyber bullying, which has caused her to have a heavily increased work-schedule at making appearances globally. Tropes became her life-work and she burnt out on it. It's as simple as that. You pack on the daily harassment she still receives online, it's a lot to handle. Her plan is to wrap up the Tropes project this year and produce shorter videos in the 5 to 10 minute range, versus 30+ minutes. 8 episodes are planned for this year, which is much more then what we've seen in the past, but at smaller time chunks. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing yet, but it's clear that Sarkeesian wants to move on from the project, while still providing it with it's appropriate conclusion.

- RedBubble, the art portal and marketplace, is launching a video game fan art initiative. They have teamed up with independent game developers to promote fan art, by creating pages devoted to those specific devs for people to create and sell nerdy products. It's a way for fans to show their love for a game in a space that will promote it...and then sell it on a t-shirt. I didn't say it wasn't free from profiteering.

- GameRadar has a list of the most "coveted" gaming rumors that are completely fake. Such as being able to revive Aeris/Aerith in Final Fantasy VII. That one still makes my cackle. I didn't want her back. But she didn't provide the entertainment that I had come to expect from a Final Fantasy teammate. Or how about the stupid ice key from Banjo-Kazooie? There's a hack to actually access the key, since you can't in the game, and you'll find out it does diddly and squat. Neat.

- KillScreen looks at the legal issues that can occur with historical figures in video games. It's a tricky subject because games are fantasy narratives unless they are specifically designed for educational purposes to correctly project an accurate account of a historical event. Which is why courts typically tend to side with game developers - it's a story. Not the real thing. Artistic license! But some of today's political figures and celebrities are aware of this and have standing proprietary rights on their image that they can not be used in games without direct consent from the individual - or from their family's estate after their death. The fun of legalities and why you don't see many games about Donald Trump...well not legal ones anyway.

- Insider Monkey takes a look at the 11 most expensive virtual items in video games. Ignore the images - I don't know why cosplayers were used to represent digital items and for the incorrect games, no less. But something to keep in mind is that this is a combo of real world dollars and digital currency in the games for the products in question. While the Party Hat in Runescape might be listed at $1,680, most likely it was only traded for game currency. The pricing is based on the current exchange rate on what the $1,680 could net someone in the game world. Please keep that in mind. I highly doubt someone dropped $8 grand on a necklace in Diabloe 3 (which has no name in the article...like to see the source on that).

- Gameranx created a video for easy viewing, sort-of, on the 10 sillies lawsuits people concocted against game companies. Some involved hacking, others...a tattoo? Yeah. It's weird. I didn't know a number of these existed and it's still weird to see. People will sue for just about anything these days.

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