Not malicious intent no, but not much thought either. They actively told at LEAST one modder, "As long as it's made for Skyrim, it's okay to use it," in reference to other peoples assets. Sure, they prefaced it with "IANAL," but it doesn't take a genius to figure out some of the glaring issues.
So no, not malicious intent. They were, however, blinded to the obvious by money flying through the air.
Really? Maybe we move in different circles, but most of the venom I saw was for one of two things:
1. The insultingly small amount of money going to the mod developers, or
2: Modders using the established popularity of their mods to lock UPDATES behind a paywall.
For me, it was #2. I have supported one of the modders involved in this fiasco since his first texture replacer, and considered one of his mods essential to my gaming experiece. When he locked his mod's bugfix update behind a barrier is the first time in my life I've considered actively pirating. However, I took the high road, and removed all of his mods from my build, and found the functionality I wanted elsewhere.
I then removed all of my endorsements, and blocked the author. I tracked his profile, hoping he would change his mind, but in the end, Bethesda blinked first. He's now on my permanent block list.
One other author I follow (Chesko, noted above) DID learn his lesson, and removed his update from the store. If I had cash, I would toss some in his cup. One of his problems right now, though, is that he used assets from other authors (aside from Fore) that were nominally "free-to-use" but the tacit understanding was that they would be FREE to use.
...Where do you get your channels, that they only have 7-10 minutes of commercials?
Seriously. Commercials are nearly a third of the allotted run-time, now. a "one hour" episode useally runs ~42-43 minutes, including the credits (which on most channels, are squished and supplanted by more commercials).
Watched Kolchack this weekend, 53 minutes per episode.
Commercials have gone from 13% to nearly 30%. And that's on cable. Which costs ~$130/month, without any equipment rental fees. Which you don't get to opt out of.
... That's not drm. That's added value. When anyone and everyone has access to the same content, you have to make your version worth more than free (or, since this is a physical good we're talking about, the cost of production).
Besides, illuminated texts WAY predate the modern printing press (by ~500 years, even for the Chinese one).
Re: Mike again makes no distinction between "mine" and "yours"
HOW the government gets its information is the whole frikkin point of the *wait for it*
FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Oh, looky there! There's those damned "rights" and "restrictions" that keep on getting in the government's way.
Those pesky little things that EVERY PERSON HAS, until, and ONLY when they are convicted of a crime.
Re: Re: Re: Wrong as usual. FUNNIEST is (not coincidentally):
Person_with_Eyes: Look out, the bridge is out! Don't go that way!
OOTB: How do you know? Are you a bridge builder? Are you an engineer?
PwE: N-no? Look at it, it's falling apart...
OOTB: Until you are capable of repairing a bridge, I won't listen to you about how unsafe a bridge is.
PwE: Wait, you're not making sense! Just because I can't fix a thing myself doesn't mean I can't tell it's stupid and self-destructive to keep going that way! Stop, fellow! You're going to hurt someone! Probably yourself!
OOTB: La la la la, if i can't see you, you're not there. If I can't hear you, you're not saying anything.
*falls through gaping hole in copyri-erm-bridge*
WHY DID NO ONE WARN ME?!
Violent video games DEFINITELY desensitize the player/viewer to scenes of video game violence.
Just because I can play a gory game (Fallout's "gibbed" behavior, anyone?) does NOT mean I can stomach even blood in real life.
Hell, I've played racing/flight sim games since I was four, going hundreds, if not a few thousand miles an hour, with not even a forehead crinkle of concern.
Recently, I had a fellow try to merge into me at forty miles per hour, and I could not get my hands to stop shaking for twenty minutes.