March 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

The CIC Project Letter Writing Campaign for BSG: Blood & Chrome made it frakkin' easy by including a letter for you.

If you're a BSG fan, then you likely know about the Wondercon "screening" of the Blood and Chrome trailer, the fan joy and then consequent fan tears when SyFy announced they weren't planning to pick the pilot up as an actual series. At best, it might be a web series and we're waiting for an air date of the already complete pilot.

To that end, the CIC Project got industrious and started a letter writing campaign.

Blood and Chrome: A Letter to SyFy.

As most of you know, SyFy is still on the fence about airing Blood and Chrome, whether it be on the web, over the air, or just releasing it on DVD/Blu-Ray. We need to let them know we want it aired and not relegated to oblivion. We need to show them there is a fan base out there across America and around the world that will not only watch, but will follow this show.

To that effect I have made up a letter, in the style of BSG, for us to print out, sign, clip corners, and send to SyFy/NBC/Universal. After signing, be sure to print your name and city/state. There are thousands of us out there, and countless more who will watch, but who don't know what they would be missing if this doesn't air. We need to be their voice too.

The address to send it is at the top of the letter. If you feel you have any other comments, include them. But please, be nice. Be respectful. But most of all, let then know we care.

So Say We All.

This is the link to the letter. I've already printed mine out. I'm including an image for you below as well.

As I like to say "Geek Squad. Activate."


Monday, March 19, 2012

An Open Letter to BioWare regarding the Mass Effect 3 ending (and side note to the complaining fans)

Dear BioWare,

I know you're taking a ton of flak for the Mass Effect 3 ending. I know there's a lot of fans complaining. I know a lot of those same fans are demanding you change the ending.

Don't change the ending.

Let them complain. That's their right. Let them bitch until they're blue in the face. Let them file complaints with the FTC and BBB, even if it is one of the silliest things I've ever heard. (I mean, really, who does that?)

But DON'T change the ending.

Because if you do, then you'll be giving power to the insanity. You'll be validating a bunch of people bitching about the ending to a video game that that you spent copious amounts of time and money and man hours creating with the ending you currently have.

It's easy for them to complain. They bought the game. They played it. They experienced the entire thing and then -- once they're done, they want you to change the ending?

Because they paid $60.00 for it? Is $60 the going price for corporate capitulation now?

Let's put this into perspective for a moment.

You go to dinner and you order a drink, appetizer, entree and dessert. You eat the entire meal. You get a cup of coffee at the end of the meal. The coffee is burnt because it's been in the pot too long. If you complain to the manager and expect your entire meal to be comped because the "burnt coffee ruined the taste of your meal", is that rational?

Here's a better one...

You go out on a date. You pick the girl up, you take her to dinner and then you take an amazing walk on the beach. You talk into the late hours. You laugh, you have so much in common. You like the same movies, the same music, the same games. You spend 6 hours together on what might be the best date ever. Then you drive her home and, after a good night kiss, she calls it a night.

Do you then bitch her out because you thought those 6 hours were going to result in you getting laid and, because you didn't, now she's just a gold digging bitch who only led you on?

That would make you an asshole, wouldn't it?

So, BioWare, don't change the ending.

If people are really upset, then let them show it the way consumers show it. Let them show it with their money. Let them decide not to buy from you again. Hey, they might. That's possible. Even probable. And maybe you'll have to take a look at the numbers and say, "Well, guess the ending to ME3 wasn't what the fans wanted and maybe we need to keep in mind just how happy we need to keep them in future games."

You made a choice with that ending. You thought it was valid and you had your reasons. You may or may not have to take a hit for those reasons, but stand firm and stand behind the decisions you made.

If you cave -- if you change the ending because of fan uproar -- you pretty much broadcast to the entire gaming community that any time fans don't like what you create, you'll change it to suit them.

For $60.00.

And a word to the people out there bitching that BioWare sucks and it "isn't fair".

I have two things to say to that:

1) Life isn't fair.

2) In the words of Denis Leary. "Life sucks. Get a fucking helmet."



p.s. The post that prompted this rant. You can blame ars technica ;-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DOME - (Just read it. I don't ask for much. ::grin:: )

This is one of those Kickstarter projects I have to share. Not just because it's helping to create geek project, but because it's looking to do it in a way that helps support creative types on a much more tangible level -- and allows backers to be part of the process that goes beyond giving their money.

Here's the info on the DOME Kickstarter project itself.

Oh, whatever, I'm not describing it well. Watch the video. ;-)



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Using the Internet Has Caused Us To Forget How To Use the Internet. (I ramble)

Bear with me on this. It'll ramble. But I swear, I have a point. ;-)

Unless you've been under a rock, you're somewhat up to speed on the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke story. You have an opinion and, odds are pretty good, that opinion was formed by something you read on the Internet.

However, have you noticed how many different opinions and versions of the story there are?

I was pretty vocal myself. Heck, I'm on the Internet and I've never been one for censoring myself, so there I was opining away and feeling, what I felt was, justifiably angry. But then, so were all the other people, and some of their opinions and -- more importantly -- information were markedly different than mine.

So, what does "using the Internet" have to do with this?

Well, when I first saw what Rush was saying, I wanted to know why he was calling this woman a "slut" and a "prostitute". Why was he saying that she was asking for her sex life to be subsidized and where? I had his side of the issue. It was right there in video and accessible. It was in the news story that popped up. His comments, his opinion. The story even mentioned that he was talking about a girl named Sandra Fluke who had testified before Congress.

That was pretty much it. If I had stopped there, I'd be "informed". In the basic sense, I'd have information. I could form an opinion off that.

But I had a feeling there was more to it and so I cracked a Google search and entered the words "Sandra Fluke Testimony".

What I read and what I did from there isn't really the point of the post. If you read my tweets, you likely know where I fell on the issue.

The point is actually the search itself and why I think that many people have been using the Internet so much that they've forgotten how to use the Internet.

The Internet was created as a research and networking tool. It was created by the DoD in 1969 as ARPAnet and used by 4 major universities to consolidate information for easy access by researchers across multiple locations. *

The Internet, at it's base, is a research and networking tool.

However, in this day and age. In an age of Twitter and Facebook. In the days of "instant" news and ad revenue based on page hits, it seems like the "research" aspect of using the Internet has been pushed further and further to the back burner for most daily users.

Facebook is filled with comments that have a "like" button. It's opinion on opinion. Tweets fly by and we aggregate links in readers and scroll through them. Blog posts and news stories side by side. News and opinion flashing by as part of a continuing stream of information.

Ask yourself. When you read something and find yourself reacting to it, do you accept it as fact? Do you react first, speak next and possibly skip the research aspect?

I know I do sometimes and I'm sure other people do. I also know plenty of people still research information and take pretty much everything they read on the Internet with a healthy grain of salt.

Still, it's the general user I'm thinking about here and curious about. The young ladies who tweet things like "Chris Brown can beat me any time". Or the people arguing with me that Sandra Fluke is asking the tax payer to pay for her sexual activities. Or the people who say President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim.

For many, the Internet has become a broadcasting tool and nothing more. It has become just another media to consume and, as such, is regarded as static and infallible.

Really, though, the Internet is the same thing it's ever been. A consolidation of information and data. Networked together for multiple users.

But is the Internet being used the way it was meant to be used? I don't think so and, personally, I think that's too bad.


* Internet History links:

History of the Internet: Timeline




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