Thursday, April 07, 2016

Weekly Link Round Up

I think I need to have a talk to the lawyers downstairs. I know they have control over the AC and feel the need to have it on all the time that my office is constantly under 65 degrees. But there's got to be some legal repercussions here. This isn't just affecting my physical health (going from a hot to cold to hot environment multiple times a day, every day is not good for your immune system) but mentally as well. I have to battle with the AC daily and it's not lending to a stable work environment.

Time for a pep talk with for the Weekly Link Round Up! A collection of the best, worst, and weirdest gaming news on the internet. Let's go!

- Checks are finally in the mail for NCAA athletes from EA. Way back in 2010 a former NCAA Football player sued EA for the use of his image and name for one of their NCAA games, without any compensation. The trial went on for several years, eventually leading to EA discontinuing the NCAA video game franchise in 2013, shortly followed by the NCAA terminating their contract with EA. In 2014, the courts ruled with the players and EA had to pay up. EA is now getting around to doing that. Those who registered and are former male NCAA football and basketball players will receive a check anywhere from $100 to $9,300, who played for a college and appeared in a game between 2003 and 2013. While the amount seems low, and EA can easily pay up, it is a lesson well learned for the gaming giant. Use of a person's name and likeness without paying them for it will not go unnoticed. Even with a group like the NCAA who doesn't pay their athletes, and reaps a lot of rewards from it.

- The LA Times published an exposé of sorts on Anita Sarkeesian, profiling her life and her new venture with Feminist Frequency titled 'Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History.' She started a crowdfunding for this project as well, and has hit her goal of $200k to create 5 episodes of an animated web series focusing on the women history has forgotten, but made a huge impact on the world. Say what you will about Sarkeesian, she clearly has people who respect what she's trying to do (all it is is to get us to talk more openly and have rational discussions about technology, feminism, and gaming) that they support her work. You don't have to agree with her to support her work. I am proof of this. The article also gives insight into Sarkeesian's life and what she has to deal with on a daily basis. I imagine most Hollywood celebrities don't have to deal with a fraction of the bull crap she handles.

- Notch, the man behind Minecraft did more then just make that one game. He's made 10 others! The Mirror wrapped it up in a nice list just for you.

- A hashtag trending on Twitter right now is #DescribeAVideoGameBadly. Not only is it so long that it eats up the precious character limit, it's kind of amusing at how creative, and terri-bad, people can be when given limitations. "Steal some cars, run over pedestrians, steal more cars." That's for GTA by the way. Come on internet. You can do better then that! How about "Hijacking vehicles is not this easy, and comes with a longer prison sentence." I know it's not great, but it's more true to form in what you can expect in GTA - easy, open world, random acts of law breaking coupled with a 5-15 second reload if you get caught by the police.

- I'm sure you all have heard about the Congressman that spent $1,300 on video games, according to an expense report he turned in. Representative Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, blamed it on his son buying one game, and then additional in-game purchases which racked up the bill. But based on the numbers, that seems highly unlikely. A lot of money went to Steam and he's got to pay it back. Hunter says he's not paying until the investigation is complete. Which is dumb. Because even if you argue that it's your son that made the charges, you are still responsible for his actions. You clearly admitted to using the funds for personal use, even if it was a mistake. Pay up!

- Hi WhatCulture. Welcome back to the Round Up. This week they have 18 Video Game Moments That Gave You Memories for Life. Other then a desperate need for a title update, this is about par for the course with a WhatCulture list. Some of the points make sense. The first time you heard the Super Mario theme is something that sticks with you for life. No one will question it. The first time you captured Mew-Two in Pokémon Blue/Red/Gold? Not so much. God of War Hydra battle? Nope. The one in Kingdom Hearts II will always stick with me, because of Danny DeVito yelling "Get on the Hydra's back!" Constantly. So much so that I know of few people who didn't pause the game to mute the television when it got too annoying. Once again, good try WhatCulture. Maybe you'll do better next week?

- I know I said I would not participate in April Fools, and I didn't. But for those who are interested, GameSpot listed some of the gaming jokes that popped up on the internet that day.

- And finally, game hardware maker Analogue is selling 10, 24-karet gold Nintendo Entertainment Systems for $5,000 a pop. It'll come with a free copy of The Legend of Zelda, also covered in gold, to commemorate it's 30th anniversary. Any of the NES accessories will work with the system, and you can purchase a $79 adapter upgrade to boost the analog graphics. It's ostentatious and it's pretty.

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