SOPA Soliloquy

18 01 2012

Today numerous sites “blacked out” their content in protest of SOPA and PIPA, the anti-piracy bills in the House and Senate, respectively. Sites including Wikipedia, Reddit, Rock Paper Shotgun, and many others. The funny part is though that with judicious application of noscript or disabling javascript or various other ways, one can bypass the blackouts. The real genius of this however is that it serves as a metaphor for how useless SOPA and PIPA would be at stopping online Piracy. People who want to circumvent security measures will always be able to do so or will find a way. The real way to stop piracy is not by treating everyone like a criminal, but by making it so that the criminality isn’t worth it vs. being a paying customer. Steam has this figured out. Sure it’s DRM, but it’s not agressive and thus I’m glad to give them my money. They’re just an example. Anyway this was just a little musing of mine, nothing to read into too seriously.

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Elevator: Source – Great SourceMod or the Greatest SourceMod?

14 01 2012

So I was browsing SA earlier today and saw a link in the Games forum for something called Elevator: Source. Turns out it’s a mod and gamemode for Garry’s mod that simulates a ride on an elevator. There’s a lot more to it than that as I found out but to do anything but show you this image from the start of my journey would be spoilers:

I’m serious. When I started it up I expected an elevator ride. I got that and so much more. It’s probably safe to say that one should take advantage of the mulitplayer option it has though, because truly this is an experience that should be shared with friends. I am being 100% unironic with that statement too.

If I had to really get honest about it though, this is probably more art installation than game similar to The Stanley Parable, only taking the concept in a different direction. If you have Garry’s Mod and Half-Life 2: Episode 2, you owe it to yourself to check out Elevator: Source. Download it here.