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Jul 8th 2011 9:08PM The problem here is that you must not only change the law, but you must convince the people of the law. While some of us are watching this quite closely, in most of the dark corners of the internet this will go mostly unnoticed, and I think that downloading will most likely go unabated with barely a speedbump. They won't be able to enforce it on the scale that it happens, and so we might again see a few token convictions as we again sacrifice up a few people's lives to the law to "make an example" to the rest. We stuff our prisons fuller, and the true problem goes unsolved; we're repeating the pattern of the 'war on drugs' all over again.
Notice that I still say there's a problem and it is still unsolved. I'm not in favor of piracy, I'm not in favor of drugs. But misguided legislature like this only serves to put money in the pockets of certain companies while not actually solving the problem itself.
(Wasn't there a movie that recently was shown to stand to gain more money from 1/10th of the infringement charges on downloaders than the movie itself made at box office? This is not the way to adapt and create new markets...)
Jul 2nd 2011 7:14AM That's a fairly bad measuring stick. By that logic, complaining about anything, ever, that isn't as serious as starving children makes me a bad person.
I lost my job to downsizing almost 2 years ago and have been unable to find work. That's not as serious as starving to death as a child. Since I'm not starving to death, it's not even in the ballpark.
But, I don't feel crappy for complaining about it when it happened. Or complaining about it right now.
On a long enough timeline, all importance drops to zero. It's all an infinitesimal speck on the tiniest flicker of time in the endless eons that make up the history of the universe, in a thousand years noone will care about any slight little or big thing that happens now.
As long as you realize, at the end of the day, what's important and what isn't, complain away. There's much worse things you could be doing.
Jul 2nd 2011 7:09AM Actually, they did it because spending the vast majority of your effort on 5% of your customer base is bad business.
Jun 27th 2011 2:00AM You're welcome to that take on things. The only thing I don't like is when people tell other people "this is how you do it and other ways are wrong" when the only rulebook on the matter is in our own heads. It's one of the reasons why, while I roleplay in many other venues including online ones, I don't on WoW. There tends to be in my experience a rather nebulous mob rule set of RP "guidelines" unless you find a really quality organized RP guild (which I haven't).
Jun 26th 2011 11:32PM This. Now, one has to be careful that one doesn't take that to god modding, taking over the canonical plot, etc.; but coming up with IC explanations as to how your character has done the things that they have, in fact, done, is a good idea.
Jun 26th 2011 11:30PM I'm aware of how it's being used, I just think the term has already gotten muddy and diluted a bit, and that maybe it'd be better to come up with some new term for the related, but not the same phenomenon that happens in roleplay.
Jun 26th 2011 6:48PM "Mary Sue" has always felt like an odd term to me when it comes to Roleplay. The term comes from writing, fanfiction especially although sometimes we see it in poorly written published works. The key identifier is that the character is an obvious author insert. There are some other identifiers as well (succeeds at everything, loved by everyone, especially when both are regardless of behavior), but unless you have the author insert quality, it isn't a Mary Sue (just a poorly written character...or not, depending on how it's pulled off and how the character develops, or fails to develop).
In roleplaying though, ALL characters are author inserts, that's the entire point of roleplay. So the term feels somewhat odd and shoe-horned on. Maybe we need a new one?
Jun 26th 2011 3:52AM Furthermore (darn lack of an edit button):
MMO Gamers get mocked year-round for a hobby that's really worth no more or less than any other more mainstream hobby (such as being a sports fan) pretty much year-round. Going to a convention for like-minded people prrrrobably isn't a place they'd like to experience yet more of that. It certainly isn't new or interesting, and largely defeats a major purpose of going to such a convention in the first place.
Jun 26th 2011 3:47AM @Lemons
Part of the secret of doing insult comedy though, you have to work the whole room. There's a system to it. You don't sit in the first 3 rows unless you want to be targeted, and anyone who's a vet on watching stand-up knows this. You also won't be the only target of a good insult comic...different people will get mocked for different things. You may get mocked directly, you may see traits you have get mocked, but so will many other kinds of people.
If you play a room with everyone sharing one trait in common, and that's the trait you go after? That's not well-done insult comedy. That's trolling.
Jun 26th 2011 12:52AM Regarding Jay Mohr:
So you're basically saying he's trolling blizz fans, at blizz con.
And that's a good thing.