It is times like this I wish I was a fly on the wall.
I can only imagine the Secret Society of First Amendment Badasses has legal pads with sketched out plans for making this case hurt enough that trying to use the law to silence people who disagree with you wouldn't be tried again for a long time (or by someone who wants to keep their bar card).
Nice to see you Mr. Randazza. What I wouldn't give to see a brief deftly shredding the claims & seeing demands for costs. $750,000 seems like a good number...
It is rare that people feel moved enough to give a review if they are satisfied with the product. People who are upset (rightly or wrongly) are way more likely to give feedback.
Part of the problem with some of these devs seems to be they take it hyper-personal if someone 'attacks' their baby. They can't objectively read any review that isn't fawning praise, without their ego getting in the way.
Hell someone could make a pretty penny running a service to go through the reviews, cut the snark, and provide detailed lists of the common issues to the devs. Don't allow them to engage the fanbase directly (if they are the type to take any criticism as a slap to the face) beyond a general note of 'we've listened, we have a list of issues we'll be working on fixing. If we get them fixed, please consider updating your review/rating.'
I think part of the problem is that the huge AAA games can release complete crap, and they never see the criticism or stopped caring. People who complain are yelling into a void of moderators looking for a reason to remove negative posts. When you are dealing with smaller companies they imagine they can engage with the players, forgetting that many of them are used to writing things into the void knowing the person who could fix it won't see it & don't know how to engage directly with a Dev who honestly cares & wants a happy customer.
IP it can do anything, except make shitty games better. Why invest time improving your game, when you can just DMCA bad reviews... its not like there is any punishment for doing it. Why leave the fate of your game in the hands of idiot players...just flood the platforms with fake reviews, no one will catch on.
First they killed off demos. Then they killed off actual gameplay video. Then they killed QA, and they'll patch it day 5. Then they had all of this cool promised expansion content, but pushing it as DLC on the disc works better. Then they declared war on reviewers. Then they spammed fake reviews.
Perhaps it is time players demand more than promises of fixes 'soon'. The business model doesn't really work, but like abused spouses the player base keeps coming back after yet another beating from the drunk devs. Release dates shouldn't be set by bean counters alone. Missing a release date, IF YOUR HONEST, isn't something that shakes fans if you are releasing quality.
No one owes you good reviews, and once upon a time rather than threaten legal action devs would look into what went wrong and work like hell to fix it & get updated reviews.
There is some irony to be found on those who are taking pot shots are doing so anonymously, as is recognized by the 1st Amend. as being important.
Of course they won't say who they are, because many of them have a personal axe to grind & are giddy at the idea of bad befalling TechDirt and who gives a fuck if establishes a shitty legal tactic that will be used more. They won't see it as a problem until someone uses the tactic on them, then they will be screaming how unfair it is & trying to understand why people are pointing and laughing saying they were asking for it.
This is a meritless case, brought to financially harm TechDirt. The plaintiff is a conman, who has been running this con for years. Dare to question the story, and you are a racist in the backpocket of the military industrial complex. He has a lawyer who worked on a strategy of finding enough people to complain to bankrupt a media outlet. (We could debate Gawker being media, but thats not the point). Now they move onto TechDirt & the real reason behind the case might be mentioning someone bankrolling this type of lawfare was gay in print again, its all it took the first time.
If you can help, please help. Make a stand today, even if you don't always agree with what TechDirt has to say. If you won't stand up for the rights of those you disagree with, don't be shocked when no one comes to help you.
And of course this extra money is being set aside to deal with maintaining the network & not to upgrade the CEO's office with a make over.
It's a fun system we have going. They demand more & more money to do things they agreed to do, because they took the money they got before to pad their wallets and not for the intended use.
As things get better, faster, stronger, cheaper they find ways to pocket the savings and pretend it costs more because more money is always good. It is a pity that there isn't anyone with enough juice to call them out on their lies & punish them for it.
When parents refuse to parent meets well someone should do something.
Once upon a time, students would face detention or a parental meeting. Of course now parents more often than not insist their special snowflake would never punch another kid in the head & that video doesn't tell the whole story. The kid who was punched obviously did SOMETHING horrible & should be punished but not their child.
Schools should not be put into a position where funding is threatened because there are issues happening. They should be involved in teaching the children not only the 3 R's but how to get along with others. But we can't have sportsball stars facing punishment, we might lose a game. We can't have girls hitting puberty & using their breasts to distract good boys. We can't blame boys for assaulting girls, boys will be boys. We can't risk a lawsuit, so we bring the cops in. We can't explain to cops that the school beat isn't a prime time crime drama where someone needs to be in jail in 22 minutes. We can't fund our library, because some parents feel they have the right to dictate what all children get to read. We can't fund science, because some parents feel that their deeply held religious beliefs demand equal time. We can't upset people by ignoring their pet complaint.
Mean girls have bullied others long before their were computers, adding cyber doesn't make it worse. What makes it worse is parents & other adults jumping up declaring this is something very different that needs a different legal response. Sometimes the snowflake needs detention. Sometimes the snowflake needs suspension. Sometimes the parents screaming about how it'll keep the snowflake from a good college at the school should explain that to the snowflake. That if you behave like this, there are consequences to your actions & we aren't going to blindly look away & pretend you are perfect.
Lists fix nothing, and somehow this message hasn't made it into thick skulls.
Do Not Fly List - because an 8 month old COULD be a terrorist. Sex Offender List - because someone who peed in an alley deserves the same treatment as someone who raped a child. Cyberbully List - because creating a list you can get your target on when they decide to fight back will work out well. Members of Congress - because being on this list tends to prove they respect money more than people.
While these Congresspeople are busy talking about protecting children they have actually endangered them more to get media coverage.
Pity that no media has the courage to report the truth that their witchhunt is a waste of money & resources that does nothing but allow them to grandstand. Runaways will still be pimped, and now there is a lower chance of them being located & helped. How many children need to be forced into prostitution so that these Congresspeople can call it mission accomplished? Media fawning more important than actual reporting.
Maybe the next trafficked kids who want to sue someone for being responsible they can name these 2 idiot Congresspeople who made rescuing them harder.
I'm sure that the cases of cops raping minors is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops getting witnesses killed is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops stealing from cop charities is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops covering up & lying in shootings is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops beating handcuffed people is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops running black sites is just fake news. I'm sure that the cases of cops claiming unarmed suspects made them fear for their lives is just fake news.
Only thing I think I am sure of is this guy is a liar, who is issuing statements devoid of fact to score points with a barrel that defends its bad apples.
FBI finally makes it to the bottom of a stack of complaints about Geek Squad employees lifting personal information & pictures from machines they repair. Rather than prosecute the smart agent looks for a way to make this benefit his case win ratio by paying the Geeks to look for CP while they shift the drives looking for nudes of the hot owners.
Because "Bad People" don't deserve the same rights, and if they did bad things we should overlook the bad things they did to prove it because the ends justify the means and if you want rights get a lawyer.