Gamer since 1984, and unashamed. Fuck all that self-loathing noise.
God bless hackers.
Penn & Teller made an episode of "Bullshit!" about video games. You can watch it here:
(Sorry 4 the Kotaku link. It's all I got.)
Zigfried's story of waiting 7 years for a sequel that turned out terrible makes for a gripping read.
Yes, I too was gripped by the tale of a nerd who waited seven years to get resolution to a video game story. Next to "Annet Whatever," "The Godfather Part III" is a trifle. Child's play. What drama can compare to "that part with Annet being interrogated by the Nazi?" Move over, "Schindler's List." You think you're all that, with your prestigious director and somber treatment of life under Nazi tyranny and your academy awards? "Annet Whatsits" is the period drama to end all period dramas. Period. (Sorry.)
Something about the writing here makes me care, even though I normally wouldn't.
Take your worst enemy to see "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." After the movie starts, slip out of the theater and barricade the doors. Sit back with your jumbo-sized popcorn and soda and listen to your enemy's screams of agony. Once you've had enough, sneak into a good movie.
We are first thrust into a gritty, urban landscape torn straight from the 80s. All manner of man and creature is attacking us, including, of all things, tigers and bats. We inexplicably run into a diner, wherein lurks this big guy with a cleaver. He lumbers towards us, occassionally swinging his weapon, rarely when we are in reach. He is easily dispatched.
Our ninja talks to a lady. Their dialogue consists of canned statements like:
"What is going on?"
"Who are you?"
"There's not enough time."
The woman is a federal agent, the kind who shoots first and talks later. Our ninja is shot. Instead of dying from blood loss, he awakens in a cell. The same woman is there. They say some more canned dialogue.
"*NOW* will you tell me what's going?"
"No time to explain."
Fuck Squeer up the ass. Really, a C&D on a fan hack? Way to go, fuckers. You really stuck it to all those people who only wanted to use your work to lovingly create their own fan-games. Nothing gives off a better corporate image than protecting your IP by attacking other people's creative use of it.
The funny thing is, the various Chrono Trigger ROMs will continue to circulate throughout the internet. The only thing this C&D does is strike fear into all the fans who wanted to do something with these files other than download them and play the game for free.
So you can go to hell, Squeer. You are the worst kind of corporate piece of shit.
I picked this up off some poster in Hardcore Gaming 101, who in turn got it from Lunar-Net:
<<<Studio Alex was a separate company formed by Kazunari Tomi, a former employee of Nihon Falcom. Primarily a consulting firm for other companies, they developed the original 3 Lunar games (2 for Sega CD, 1 for Game Gear), with GameArts as a co-developer/publisher. So they were actually two seperate companies, with Lunar as a co-owned IP (similarly to Nintendo/Camelot's Golden Sun)
However things didn't go so well between the two. Studio Alex filed suit against GameArts for copyright infringement for not paying them proper royalty fees for the Lunar's post-Sega CD (the Saturn/PlayStation remakes, US versions and Windows version) since they were derivative works.