Don’t Copy That Floppy aka Arrrrrr you a pirate!?

A couple episodes ago the ELR guys discussed piracy issues with video games, software, music and more. They were pretty open about the subject and brought up some points to consider. Here’s a little input from me on the subject.

Starting with Napster all the way down to BitTorrent, there are far too many easy avenues to get the digital files you need to feed your fix. With digital content (games, music, movies, tv shows, software) becoming more a way of life for most folks, will piracy increase as the young web surfers of the world become tech savvy adults?

My personal experience may not be the same as others my age. When I discovered Napster and subsequently the other peer to peer applications that allowed for more than just Mp3 sharing I was as close to a bandwidth addict as one would like to admit (at the time we had dial up… eeeeek). I test drove most any graphic or web design application I could during those years. Much of my learning was done from “borrowed” software. If it was not for the opportunities presented by “borrowing” these applications I would probably have not pursued being a designer as I grow’ed up.

When I got older, I realized the number of software applications I had was wayyyyyy overkill. I learned that narrowing down my toolset to just a handful of applications was the best approach. This subsequently reduced the need to feed my addiction.

While studying in school I took full advantage of purchasing the educational versions of the software I needed for class.

Soon after, after getting my first big client, I kicked down half of my payment for a fully legal Adobe Creative Suite. Years later, I find myself with legal, fully licensed copies of all the major apps that I use as well as plenty of music purchased from iTunes. Mucho dinero out of pocket my compadres ( O’ is this proper spanish?!

The reason I bring this up …
As we get older, start making some money, and possibly becoming more aware of the little ins and outs regarding pirating… do we tend to lean away from it? I am in the creative field and find myself depending on the software I own to pay my bills. I have worked with artists, musicians, developers, and coders. Does this make me more sensitive to “ill affects” of piracy and increase the guilt factor since I work with people who are presumably affected most.

I am curious what the younger peeps out there have to say as well as the older folks like Scott (heheh) and myself.

If you have actually made it to the end of this rant, I challenge you to learn a little something about piracy and check out this extremely informative anti-pirating video here. Enjoy!

Posted by: Sushiman
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Blood Elf and Draenei Character Screens

You want a sneak peek at the different looks for your new WoW expansion chracters? Take a look.

Blood Elf and Draenei Character Screens

WoW World PVP a Bust?

In the new World of Warcraft patch, Blizzard released the new “World PVP”.

Lets first talk about “The Game of Towers”.
The description taken from the WoW website is as follows:

“Four towers are crucial to establishing complete strategic control over the Eastern Plaguelands: Crown Guard Tower to the south, Eastwall Tower near Light’s Hope Chapel, Northpass Tower to the north, and Plaguewood Tower in the northwest. Capturing these towers works very much like a tug-of-war. Control over a tower shifts depending on which faction has more characters with an active PvP flag in the tower’s direct vicinity.”

Now, this sounds like alot of fun right? Sounds like there will be tons of Alliance and Horde battling it out all over the Eastern Plaguelands for control over the precious towers making Eastern Plaguelands the most exciting and dangerous place to be for a casual PVP player on a non PVP server. This is where you would be wrong.

I eagerly flew out to EPL ready for some action last Saturday evening. What did I find? On my way out to the first tower I did not find one Horde player to team up with my Tauren Hunter. When I reached the tower I discovered a very calm pair of Alliance hanging out doing absolutely nothing.

After provoking the Alliance scum a little I got myself killed a couple of times, but thats besides the point. Knowing I couldn’t do much more than run back and forth between the tower and the grave yard without some Horde helpers. I called out on all channels and bugged each Horde passer by for about 45 minutes before I finally got a group of four others that had any interest in pillaging the towers.

In about another 40 minutes we had taken all the towers and were bored out of our minds. With no more Alliance to challenge us and all of the towers taken, my party slowly started to abandon me and move on to bigger fish. I eventually ported back to Orgimmar and jumped into an Alterac Valley battle grounds match.

I know this is only my own personal experience and there may have been a few factors that affected the action. The time of day and the newly added crossrealm battle grounds could have kept the numbers low. Nevertheless, I asked the opinion of my guild members who had the chance to venture on over to EPL and they were not to enthusiastic about it as well.

The Verdict:
“The Game of Towers” quickly becomes unappealing to regular PVP players after you have successfully captured all of the towers. There is currently not enough action on the area and you can gain much more in a shorter period of time with an hour long battle grounds match. The honor and reputation you gain from battle grounds is far more valuable. I wonder what experience some others have had on different realms and so on.

I won’t currently go into detail on other world PVP launched in Silithus. Ill save my opinion on that for later.

By the way…cross realm battle grounds rocks!
It makes life much easier for battle grounds lovers. In the long run, it may affect the way we all move up in rank due to the easy access we all have now to jump into a game within seconds. This will allow the hardcore players to make the curve that much difficult for us to follow when ranking time comes around.

For now, you will find me and many others sticking around battle grounds for our honor. How about you?

Minority Report Interface: How would you use it?

I had seen a video about a new table top interface technology many months ago. As you can see here:

Warcraft III with Table Touchscreen Click to View

More recently I have found another video which seems to be more advanced in both it’s technology and how its being put to use.

You can see that video here.

My questions to you are….How would you this being used? What game or application would you have designed to utilize this technology?