Brad and his company will always get my money. A few years ago they released Elemental: War of Magic. The game ended up being a bug ridden pile of turd. January this year I got an email from Brad (I know it wasn't personally from him, but a bulk email) admitting the game was a pile of turd and since I pre-purchased it, Stardock was giving me a free copy of the follow up game Elemental: Fallen Enchantress.
I don't know how many other people got that offer and I don't really care. There aren't many other game developers/publishers who would admit their game was a pile of crap and then give you a free copy of the next game. But I'm supporting this one
Hard to see how consumers won't lose out in this ruling. The ISP's are sure to pass these costs onto the consumer. Not only will it become more expensive for consumers to own a broadband connection, but they'll also be at risk from losing that connection. I'm not going to say they're all angels who would never enact in illegal downloading, but the potential for someone else to use another person's net connection to download is there.
Besides, what's to stop ppl from just using a VPN or finding other methods to hide their IP? Kids these days are pretty savvy when it comes to finding ways to go around these types of things. The content industries can keep wasting time and money playing whack-a-mole, but they'll never get them all.
It's always amusing to read comments from people who either didn't read the article, didn't comprehend the article and/or did read/comprehend the article but still go ahead with posting their belief in fantasy.
You honestly believe the grassroots campaign would've failed without google, don't you?
You're forgetting the whole reason this started is because a customer didn't get his order on the advertised date. It seems to me that demand was greater than supply. If that's the case, why fabricate this whole disaster?
Can't remember where I read it, but in an email Paul welcomes the bad publicity. He states that it will all blow over and I have to agree with him. Give it a month or two and the general Internet population will forget about this. The sad thing is that it appears the Avenger controller's sales did get hurt by this. Not sure how much by, but it's amazon reviews plunged to a 1 star.
The unfortunate side effect of this is that now the Avenger Controller is paying for Christoforo's poor customer relationship skills. This is a big lesson in double checking who you hire to represent your company.
My favorite part was when he took a shot at Penny Arcade:
"[snip]...Your sites amateur at best my son could put together a better site than yours and you run PAX ?? Wow , Ill put my marketing team on a smear campaign of you and your site and your emails , I have about 125 dedicated people to run PR , Blogs , Articles , Videos you have no clue who I am . Thanks again"
Assuming what he says about 125 employees is true, I think they're now all out of work.
Being paid for doing something you love should be an added bonus, not an incentive to do the job. I understand not everyone is in that situation. But Lily's statement makes it sound like she was only doing it for the money.
I actually saved one of the pages on Lily's blog. The one titled "Yo, some questions answered, I hope". I was halfway through reading the comments when I found out she deleted the blog. From what I've read so far, there weren't all that many 'vitriolic' comments at all. Maybe earlier in the blog's life, but definately not later on. The majority of the comments are very well thought out.
I just think Lily couldn't handle the backlash. After all, the majority, if not all of her fanbase probably would've been affected by this law. PinballLes is right, she is still a young woman and likely to have studio execs whispering in her ear. Hopefully she's learned something from all this. I also find it quite telling that one of her reasons for quitting music is “The days of me making money from recording music has been and gone as far as I'm concerned, so I don't (at this point) stand to profit from legislation.”......ummm..what happened to doing it for the love of the music?
Don't know about any other reality tv show, but in Aussie Big Brother housemates were not allowed to sing songs unless they created a song inside the house to sing. If one ever did find himself singing something, it'd usually get censored. I think it'd been like that from the second season onwards.
It just seems that someone whispered into her ear some general "music piracy is bad" talking points, and she went off and threw herself into the arena without properly educating herself. Sound like any other teenagers/young adults you know?
I just find the whole thing amusing. I actually enjoy Lily's music and up until she made her stance on piracy clear, found her antics to be quite refreshing. Here was a young artist, who through clever media manipulation and talent managed to become quite successful. She always somehow managed to keep her name in the gossip headlines without appearing to be a skank (eg Lady Gaga and her outfits). She embraced new technology such as myspace and twitter to connect with her fans and had built up a loyal fanbase. As far as I was concerned, that's how I believe emerging artists should promote themselves. And then she went and ranted against music piracy, without appearing to have really thought it through. Who do you think her key demographic is? Of that age group where she would likely find the majority of her fans, how does her stance affect what they think of her? How would that affect future record sales/tour numbers?
I honestly think some pencil pusher from the music industry brainwashed her, because for any other young artist, this would be a death sentence. But then again, it appears Lily's quitting the music scene:
"To call her a hypocrite is inaccurate and little more than a gratuituous insult without any foundation"
Looks like there's still some horses who haven't finished the race, despite it being over quite a while now.
I'm finding a lot of the comments that missed the point of the article incredibly amusing. I agree with Enigmax though. If it was about anything else, it wouldn't have been a big deal, but because she's talking about copyright, it just makes it a whole lot worse for her. But at the end of the day, to me it looked like she just made a mistake.
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