Friday, April 17, 2015

WORD OF THE DAY! 4/17/15!

battlefront [bat-uhl-frunt]
1. The extreme forward area of a battlefield, where troops are in direct contact with the enemy.

EX. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. It is one of the few games from the X-Box/Playstation 2/Gamecube era of games that, from time to time, I pop in for a few hours and play with friends. It is so good that I bought the DLC twice on the original xbox and again on my 360. And the thought of a new Battlefront game is the one thing that may force me to buy a console, even if it is on PC, just so I can play with my friends.

I love Battlefront. I need this at the Midnight release on Nov. 17.

Don't screw this up EA.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORD OF THE DAY! 4/16/15!

homecoming [hohm-kuhm-ing]
1. A return or arrival to one's home.
2. An annual event held at high school, college, university, etc., to welcome returning alumni.

EX. The homecoming of the original Star Wars cast, to the franchise and fanbase that they built in the first three Star Wars is increasingly looking to be the biggest cinematic feature of the year and, keep this in mind, this is despite The Avengers sequel that is just over the horizon. I am still, significantly, more hyped for a new Star Wars film.

Please don't mess this up J.J.!

"We're home!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WORD OF THE DAY! 4/14/15!

Today's definition is about The United States Fair Use Law which, thanks mostly to the music industry but also television, movies, and video games, is something that, as a citizen of the internet, is good to know:

According to and expressed by the letter of the law in The Copyright Act of 1976, "the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or photo records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors."

Nintendo has recently been having Youtube flag and take down videos that contain content related to their software under the idea of protecting their IPs, intellectual property, from being misrepresented or exploited. Usually, game companies leave reviewers and other content creators alone, in these matters, because they act as free advertising-- whether or not the content represents the work in a way they like-- and having the content removed is bad press. But, as Nintendo can do what they're doing on youtube's site as a venue, it is difficult to foresee these policies changing without Nintendo deciding to relax.

The real question? Why is Nintendo suddenly taking such a destructive interest in their fanbase and what action can be taken to make them realize the error of their ways?

Can't we all be buddies again, drive around and drink orange mocha frappuccinos, and then have a gasoline fight?

Monday, April 13, 2015


I still haven't watched the new episode(s) of Game of Thrones Season 5. But I am so stoked for Season 5!

I don't have much more to say. Well, I got a little anecdote: I associate Game of Thrones with cutting grass. I can't help but think about Game of Thrones while I cut grass. Why?

It airs during prime grass cutting months, I usually watch it off my DVR on my day off (Monday), and then I go cut grass. So, I will always associate lawnmowers and Peter Dinklage. The human mind is a mystery.

But Game of Thrones is awesome.