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December 22, 2006

Hold on there Sparky!

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 3:45 pm

Simon Carless, the Editor of Gamasutra, contacted me recently because a AAA development contract has recently be made public. These contracts are all covered by confidentiality agreements and rarely come into the public domain. But the Court in a law suit related to the agreement unsealed the contract and, as a result, it became public information. This means that it’s open to public review. Simon asked me to review and comment on the article for Gamasutra. Of course, I accepted the challenge.

The entire agreement is over 30 pages long and it was a bitch to get through. I just finished the review and sent my comments off to Gamasutra for publication. A nice Christmas present for anyone interested in how these deals are done. This was a three game deal worth over $24,000,000.00. Of course, the deal was never completed and that’s the reason for the pending law suit. But the details in the agreement make a good model for the sort of accountability major publishers require from their third party studios and the extent of their total control over the process when the stakes are this high!

My comments should make the contract a little easier for non lawyers to digest, though it is still a large chunk of content to absorb. The comments alone are over 3000 words! I hope everyone who reads it enjoys and learns from it. Here’s the link to the ARTICLE!

Have a great Christmas and totally Kick Ass New Year!

GL & HF!

Tom B

December 16, 2006

Wacky Jackie makes Nightline…Now He will be Even More Full of Himself!

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 7:15 pm

OK, so I have said over and over, just ignore the foolio and maybe he’ll just fade away. Well, that seems unlikely so long as supposedly legitimate media news folks give this nutcase a platform. In case you missed it, JT was recently featured on the new and completely bastardized Nightline - man that show went from a top news show to a POS video crap-a-thon when Ted Coppel left…but I digress…

Anyway…here’s the Link to the video of the interview, in case you missed it.

As much as I really hate to see Jack get any coverage at all, this was an interesting opportunity to see him “dance like an organ grinder’s monkey without an organ grinder!”

Jack’s personal mission is total BS. He has wasted hundreds or thousands of taxpayer dollars defending his state court anti gaming law that has, in every instance, failed to pass constitutional muster. And I hope that ever single legislators who sponsored this most stupid legislation is called to task for ignoring important problems in society and wasting the legislature’s resources on this “fool’s errand” at Wacky Jackie’s behest.

But back to our show…Notice how when challenged he falls back on his notoriously vague and unidentified “experts.” But the really cool thing about this video is you get to take a close look at him. And take a close look at his eyes! As things get more adversarial he starts to look more and ore like he is viewing the world through a spinning fan! He is nowhere near earth, that’s for sure.

Let’s think about this…around 80% of people under 30 play games regularly. (my numbers here come from the book, Game On by John Beck). That mean that 80% of all violent acts by people under 30 are done by people who play games! Doh! But, of course, as any statistical will tell you, this in non way establishes a causal connection.

Then there is his good ole “frontal lobe damage argument!!!” Bah!

My favorite part of the interview is where Nightline’s Bill Weir hits him with the FBI statistics showing a drastic 50% drop in teen assaults since the advent of video games. I think that games have actually helped decrease violent crime by finding an imaginary and harmless way to folks to ease the stress inducted anger in their lives. Of course, Wacky Jackie thinks that these statistics are wrong because schools are less likely to report violence than they use to be (no reason was given for this position…probably because it seriously undermines his whole position on games). The interviewer jumped on Jackie on this issue asking him if he really though that in the wake of Columbine schools would actually be LESS likely to report violence in school. Watch his dumb look in response to this obvious point and watch his eyes…rolling around in their sockets. Man, this guy is a hoot! Finally, out come the “experts” he has talked to…I mean, what experts are talking to him anyway? Only the ones who agree with him! This is truely pitiful!

You know, when he refused to debate me on video game violence last year, his final point was that I was unworthy because I had never appeared on shows like Nightline… great. Now I guess I’ll never be worthy to show this guy for the pitiful loser that he is…oh darn!

Welcome Big Sister!

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 5:09 pm

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December 6, 2006

Jen Air installation…WTF?

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 2:31 am

OK, so it’s not about games…but what the heck…it’s my blog!

Online purchasing of home appliances saves money…but does not come with installation! As a result, I spent much of yesterday and today doing an instalation of a floor vented Jen Air oven/stove. What’s the big deal, you say…well it vents out through a hole in the floor. So, you have to install not just the stove, but the blower and venting ducts. Man the crawl space under my new home is FUNKY! It took almost the entire evening but the job is done and it’s real pretty. Put in a new built in fridge yesterday too. The old one broke about a month ago. Now all I have to deal with is the ice maker in the new freezer. All this stuff was about 35 years old in the new house and had to be replaced…but the job is almost done and I am quite pleased with myself! Back to work in the morning but for now…soups on - woohoo!

Til next time!

GL & HF!

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