Archive for January, 2006

Hot Coffee

Jan 31st, 2006

This whole furore over the ‘Hot Coffee’ mod of GTA:San Andreas is really pissing me off. The reasons for the pissage are thus:

1. Despite the fact the code was present in the game it was disabled. It was necessary to download a third party mod to invoke the changes. It would be just as sensible to invoke similar charges against maxis as its possible to mod ‘The Sims’ to remove the blurring and reveal naked Sims. (And the naked skins, albeit fairly poorly detailed ones, are available within the game. The prosecution argued that because Rockstar games made it easy to mod the game then they should be liable. This is a stupid assertion and could put severe restrictions on future games, preventing the use of user created content entirely.

2. The mod allows the player to participate in consensual sex. Clearly this is somehow worse that the remainder of the content of the game. Whoever decided that sex was a greater evil than killing and maiming is mad.

3. Apparently many stores in the US will not stock games with adult ratings. (Source: Most news articles I’ve read) What!!! Is this a case of the press exaggerating matters or is this really the case? This is the most stupid, insulting and NSFBKed up store policy. Yeah, sure if the cover of the game itself featured full frontal sex I’d understand, but as it stands it makes no sense. (I did have a humorously over the top, Aristocratsesque cover description here, but felt that it probably didn’t help my argument.)

4. If little (17 year old) Timmy owns GTA, and really wants to get off on some porn, he is just as capable of downloading real pron as he is installing ‘Hot Coffee’ and getting off on the silicon rendered equivalent.

This post was originally made on the snopes.com forums. You may view the discussion here.

I’m aware I’ve been poor

Jan 26th, 2006

I don’t realy have much of an excuse for not blogging since new year, especialy when I’ve had a few things which I can write about, although mainly opinion posts than journal articles. However when it actualy come to write these things all the plans I’ve had in my head disappear. That and I get distracted by the internet as a whole. (Oh, and catching up with the rest of Lost)

More recently I’ve been ocupied producing a presentation as part of the small ‘taught’ componenet of my Masters. Of course, much of this was spent figuring out how I can do neat new things in powerpoint, and checking my E-mail, and being distracted by the internet… But all is finished now and ready to be presented tomorrow, at which point incompatibility issues will replace all my deltas with little blank boxes.

In other news I have just purhased a HiFi system. I had a few requirements that I wanted, mainly DAB, CD, Auxillary in, reasonable sound quality and in the micro format. MP3 CD would be nice if I could get it. Well looking arround I found about three systems in my price range with the fatures I wanted, and managed to let two offers slip through my grasp due to procrastination. It seems Amazon occasionaly have items on sale for one day only. In the end I chose the Sanyo DC-DAB03, which was once more on offer on Amazon, which I decided to check last minute before heading off to Dixions to spend an extra £50 on the Hitachi AXM130.

I’ll try and get something interesting written soon.