Wow, February 2015 was a whirlwind for CoiledRose. For starters, it has been 2 years since my first post about video games! I was able to gain an exclusive interview with Dave Gibbons at JHU Comics while he was promoting Kingsmen: The Secret … Continue reading
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“To Die Would Be a Grand Adventure!”- Robin Williams in Hook Today at the age of 63, Robin Williams, an actor and comedian who helped shape my childhood passed away. It is with the heaviest heart that I break my … Continue reading
From the looks of things as of July 20, 2013, a full fledged Justice League of America movie isn’t out of reach! At the day’s San Diego Comic Convention during a Warner Bros. panel, Man of Steel director, Zach Snyder, came out to announce that a Batman and Superman crossover is indeed in the works. Fans had speculated whether or not this kind of movie would ever see the silver-screen in coming years, because the successful Christopher Nolan trilogy was thought to be complete with the Dark Knight Rises.
There is no word yet on casting or if Warner Bros. will decide to completely re-cast. Stars such as Ryan Reynolds and Joseph Gordon Levitt who were pre-established in previous DC movies to take on the roles are not confirmed. Christopher Nolan in the past has stated that he will not have a hand in the production of JLA movies…
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The Kick-Ass 2 trailer debuted today at the San Diego Comic Con, showing itself to be worthy of its name. The premise seems to hold true to the idea of regular people evolving into legitimately badass superheroes worthy of their own comic books. However, before you proceed to watch the video (below), be warned that the material is graphic with strong adult language.
Kick-Ass 2 is anticipated to be a take-back-the-night tale, as Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) fulfills her promise to protect the city her father died teaching her to defend. Ultimately, due to growing popularity and media coverage, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl take on new heros and form super team; Justice Forever. While on the other side of the coin, the main villain, The Mother F*cker, rallies the villainous Toxic Mega C*nts in order to avenge the death of his father and kill Kick-Ass.
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The first time I was ever introduced to Star Wars began with my older cousin’s bedroom wall. My cousin has a collective assembly of nerd fandom, the likes of which one could only imagine! His room was meticulous to boot! He had Marvel Comics from the 70’s and beyond and nearly every Simpson’s comic ever printed! Supermodels around his bed so beautiful that at the age of 5 I had convinced myself I was a lesbian for finding them so attractive! I loved my cousin’s room- from afar- as I was never allowed inside. However, behind my cousin’s padlocked fortress was always a small window of opportunity that I breathed every chance I could -when he’d come out and reveal a small window of time where I could see, in clear view, neatly pinned Star Wars action figures on the wall. The figures were not much longer than the palm of my hand, and in the second to top row, near the middle, was a woman figurine in a white dress and stellar buns. I wanted to be that woman.
I would beg my mother to send me to school in those buns, to let me be her! Whoever she was! The one who found a place in this decked-out boys club I wanted to explore. She never could get my hair in those buns, unfortunately. From then on I knew I had a mission to complete. I needed to know who this lady in white was.
Fast forward about two or three years, a new neighbor named Danny moved in to the house down the block, just two down from mine. A beautiful blue house with a garden and a mowed backyard, and carpets you couldn’t walk on with shoes! Danny had a computer, which in the 90’s was a big deal. He would play chess and war games on it. Danny also went to private school and had one of those awesome town rugs in his bedroom. But the best part about Danny’s house, was his attic filled with boxes and boxes of the coolest toys.
In retrospect, Danny didn’t have stuff as cool as most of what my cousin had- for instance he didn’t really own any comics let alone Simpson’s comics- But he had EVERYTHING Star Wars related! And the best part was that they were all OPEN! A Millennium Falcon, Slave I, a Death Star, Cantina scum, you name it! Even a Leia, who he was more than happy to let me play with and tell me all about. Eventually Danny was my first Star Wars birthday party, too. I didn’t even know you could have one of those at that point in my life!
After probably weeks of playing nearly endlessly at Danny’s house -only taking breaks to ride our 6-speed bikes- I set out to see the movies. I knew my cousin was going to be a dead-end, and my parents didn’t HAVE them, but maybe my uncle in the basement would! So naturally, I went into his collection to find out and there it was. A marvelous 3 tape set that when put together formed the face of the evil Lord Vader! The puzzle snapped together and I was so excited. I KNEW where they were, my mission was near an end, or so I thought. I couldn’t just take my uncle’s videos and when I asked him to borrow them he literally laughed at me and said ‘no’. But I didn’t give up- oh no! I nagged him 7-year-old style until he finally caved! After who-knows how much incessant begging he cleared one night for me to watch one movie. I even remember the smell of the basement that night… although I won’t go into it.
A New Hope had Leia being everything I had hoped for. She treated boys like they had cooties, she was brave, and smart, and bad ass! She was me in my head when I grew up, except instead of a WWF Superstar she was a diplomat and space princess… I could settle for that – I thought.
It was from then on, I went on to see the other films, eventually holding Empire Strikes Back as my favorite. But that first quest to discover the universe of the galaxy far far away is a dear memory to me even till this day. And well, now as a parent I have the amazing business of watching my daughter discover this world in a whole new way! I honestly wouldn’t say, even after all that, that the Star Wars movies are my all time favorite movies. But I will say that the Star Wars Universe has a funny way of enveloping me in its magic. One moment I can’t sleep and the next I’m reading tales of Boba Fett’s beyond the Sarlacc, and trying to learn Mando’a because it’s beautiful! I adore the way fans have developed these characters, stories, languages, and more. I find it all to be a muse for my own creativity and spark something really bewitching. It truly brings me back to a place, of sci-fi fantasy, which only my 5-year-old mind could have thought-up. And I’ll always love it, and revisit it, and cherish it.
I didn’t get much sleep in the past 48 hours. And I won’t be getting any it seems, until after 3:00 p.m. when I finish my interview with Lee Tockar. I’m super excited about the interview, and a bit nervous. So as a result I spent the entire night trying to learn Mando’a. Yeah, perhaps I’ll never be fluent but if I ever land on some trivia talk-show I hope what I’ve learned comes in handy. Also, I’ve applied to be a Star Wars Examiner for NY, which if I get approved would be really awesome and broaden my range of topics to other arenas I’m found of besides just video games.
What am I doing to stay up? You might ask… Well when I’m not listening to Song of Storms set to rain, I’m gathering gift baskets for my Give-Away for 3 of my first 100 Twitter and Facebook followers. Oh yeah, and singing that song posted above via Youtube over and over…
And other than that I typed out a comical abridged version of Episode 5 to my good friend via Facebook Chat:
USE THE FORCE
LUKE USE THE FORCE
USE THE FORCE
All in all, if you can’t sleep this is the way to spend your night. I can’t wait to get more articles out for you viewers to read and share!
Thanks again for all of your support.
“It is said correctly that law exists not for the just but for the unjust, for the just carry the law in their hearts, and do not need to call it from afar. I bow to no one and give service only for cause.”-Boba Fett
This story has been murmured all across the gaming world for years. In an interview withGamasutra dating back to November 12, 2010, Brian Farrel the CEO of former game developer THQ stated that a Saints Row movie should be released around the same time the next game installment hit shelves. Well, that time has come and gone, THQ has since gone under, Saints Row IV is set to drop in August, and rumors of this endeavor are still heating the room. Even rapper 50 Cent had expressed interest in developing a screenplay for a Saints Row film, but ever since THQ declared bankruptcy just one month following the Gamasutra interview, no other words on this particular collaboration have resurfaced.
It’s been a long road since 2010 and a lot of things have changed. Deep Silver, a subdivision of Koch Media, currently own the rights to Saints Row. Interestingly, Koch Media has a history of film production in Europe and has partnered with Hollywood to release films like Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Moon among others in the past. In 2011, the company also has sold the film rights to the Dead Island to Lionsgate, another Deep Silver title. Compound that resume alongside 2013′s interest in zany live-action blockbusters such as G.I. Joe and surreal comedies such as Scary Movie, it’s no wonder why the notion is still very much alive. If there was ever a time for this project to come to fruition, it’s now!
That’ll teach you not to dress like a gay Gene Simmons!
On one hand I wonder how this campy-gangsta style story would fare with the pressure of making a big-hollywood-dollar returns. Yet on the other, fight sequences featuring thugs getting wacked with phallic objects in 3D could be the gimmick movie-goers are looking for. Perhaps Saints Row could be a summer sleeper hit, or best-case-scenario, an enjoyable twist on the traditional ‘midnight movie’ genre.
Klemens Kundratitz, Koch Media’s CEO has confirmed yesterday in an interview with VentureBeat, that he is considering pushing for a Saints Row movie, and went on to add,
“If a company can deliver that transmedia experience, we are probably one of the few that have the ambition and ability to deliver that.”
Traditionally video games turned movies are bad. Some accidentally tread the so-bad-it’s-good path, while most aren’t worth the price of the ticket. However, when taken into the context of a Saints Row title (which barely takes itself seriously) I’d think the transition to a movie would be much easier than something as earnest as Mass Effect which has also indulged movie rumors in the past, or Resident Evil which when transitioned to film balances between incidental camp and just plain sucking.
I turn the argument towards you, the fans; Is this a smart move on behalf of any major movie production house to take on a Saints Row title? What do you think?
Salutations, you filthy muggles! I’ve got good news!
Pottermore has just announced that it will be teaming up with Sony granting you a new way to experience everyone’s favorite Wizarding World. As of April 2013, Pottermore’s free fan service will be available on Playstation Home.
Together the companies have reconstructed the magical land from the imagination of JK Rowling through …’a selection of beautifully illustrated moments from Pottermore.com’ as the Pottermore website describes. First of the levels to be available for play are Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. Users will be able to create a customized avatar for the first time and link their Pottermore ID’s with their PSN for access to extras.
Taking full advantage of the 3D and social capabilities of the PS3 and PS Home gamers can look forward to sharing the innovative experience with their fellow Potterheads from all over the globe.
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My guilty pleasure…. Resident Evil (And Silent Hill) Movies
Resident Evil has seen its 6th film adaptation confirmed to be released in 2014, and it might be the last entry on the series, as stated by the resident director Paul W.S. Anderson. The end of this 6 movies cycle is meant to be “big” as the director pretends to mark the end with a fantastic apocalyptic scenario. Milla Jovovich will, of course, reprise her role as Alice.
The release date of Resident Evil 6 is scheduled to September 12, 2014, the time of year when most of the past Resident Evil movies came out.
He can butcher me with his meat cleaver any day!
I’m a bit of a Konami fan, I’d been waiting for a while now to find the right post to use this picture… and I think I’ve found the breaking news! It was almost a year ago that I read a Destructiod blurb on Silent Hill being based off of Kindergarten Cop– a Schwarzenegger classic that no modern day American should live a life without seeing– but it never dawned on me that I should actually write about how this discovery changed my freaking life! I’m the person that horror movies are made for, because everything has legitimate potential to scare the shit out of me.
I mean it though. I’ve been known to stay in one spot during a video game because I know that a blind nurse is going to be around the corner if I move into that next room… and I just don’t want to hear the static! Resident Evil and Silent Hill have both made me cry… as an adult. When I first purchased Revelations I bawled for the entire first night to my boyfriend… The first level on Queen Zenobia scared me so much that I wanted to return the game to Best Buy. I couldn’t because I’d opened it. Within a few days I snapped out of my mortified state and it is currently my favorite 3DS game, but that’s not the point. I played the whole thing with no sound and no 3D as a compromise, and I wouldn’t do it again alone if you paid me. (Although it may make a good review to be taped while playing these games in dark rooms…you know what never mind!)
But, after seeing Kindergarten Cop so many times, and then replaying the original Silent Hill, I found serious humor. True, no game is as scary in 90’s graphics as it once was when we were kids (I had lucid dreams of pixelated zombies walking after me…) However, Silent Hill for me, still retained much of it’s glory because I’d avoided it out of fear of rehashing old scares. Not any more. I had to break out this bad boy after seeing the comparison photos! Life has been a little bit brighter since then. What makes the fact that Japan looked to a campy comedy to model their creepy town after so enlightening? Perhaps the realizations that:
- “Talent creates and genius steals.” -David Bowie (I always look for reasons to say Bowie is right.)
- There really is humor in [almost] every situation… even being stuck in a Hell Realm.
- Aziz Ansari’s doughnut shop porn joke will now never leave my head.
It’s still scary, horror survival is always scary. It’s never fun to be in a haunted playground of ghouls without any control of when or where they’ll appear. And well, no one wants to start out a monster game without a weapon…
Initially Anonymous had the right idea cloaking themselves behind the Guy Fawkes mask. He’s a powerful portrait of an underdog. But as a symbol for the [pretty much dead] American-Political Revolution– it just isn’t right. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t presume that Occupy [or the Tea Party despite their lack of Fawkes] lacked passion or patriotism. I’m expressly of the opinion that before any group dons this particular mask they should appreciate and understand who Guy Fawkes actually was.
Protests set to resume [on both sides of partisanship] mid 2015
I take political revolution very seriously. I shouldn’t have to state that, but some people think it’s a joke. I’d give my life if I believed it could promise a better future for the rest of the world. Occupy had some great ideas! To give you an example, when we look at this planet from space we don’t see boarders. (At least I don’t)That was a message which resounded throughout the Occupy movement. It was indeed a movement I could get behind [and OH BOY I did]. A wide spread discussion about peace and making change happen through brotherhood was taking place! It was about refusing a system which cared nothing about our conditions as happy humans. Very hippy, and although I am not a hippy, I like anything that says we should be mirthful and treat living things with respect. But Fawkes, was a terrorist. His motives were very Robin Hood and he was the anti-hero a lot of us comic book nerds cherish. Nevertheless, he wasn’t a fucking hippy. Fawkes was a seasoned war veteran of the Spanish army. He was wrought into something devious during the 80 Years War. He planned on murdering King James (ring a bell Christians?) so that his daughter (a Catholic) could succeed him! There was nothing neither bloodless or amicable in his persona. The personification of “V” in film and book alike understood that– Occupy Wall Street, not so much.
Guy Fawkes was part of a Catholic regime. King James was threatening the acceptance and power of Catholicism. In the 1605 King James I ordered all Catholic Priests to leave England. So Fawkes and a band of fellow Catholic Crusaders gathered explosive barrels of gun powder and snuck them underneath a segment of Parliament where the King would be at midnight that evening [November the 5th]. Fawkes was the explosives expert, Fawkes was caught, Fawkes was tortured at the Tower of London- and ratted out other members of his conspiracy clan, Fawkes was hung… IN JANUARY. The 5th of November is actually a celebration of the Kings survival— as ordered by King James himself!
Guy Fawke’s Confession Signature
His idea– which could not be executed along with his body, sparked something artistic. But, if you hadn’t of read the comics or watched the movie would you still want to get behind that idea? Occupy and Anonymous were gathering behind the dramatized “V”, of course, but who is “V”?– V for Vendetta is my favorite movie.– I watched it maybe 600,000,000 times last year. My boyfriend is seriously so sick of that movie and whenever I put on a film when he’s not looking– it’s the one I pick. The Wachowski Siblings did a marvelous job– no matter what Alan Moore says. On the other hand, if they’d left the ideals of the characters more ambiguous as most of the gripes from purists groan, then it wouldn’t have been so easily placed in the narrative of civil unrest befitting 2012 America.
The comic did a great job of explaining the difference between anarchy and chaos. In the video I linked [previous paragraph] Moore states, “It’s not the 99% that cause chaos, it is the 1% who are in charge… we need an administration, we don’t need people to boss us about,”– and those ideas are ideas we’re just not ready to accept as a nation. V for Vendetta, the comic, is very British. Guy Fawkes is a British symbol, and fascism was a real threat to many even still alive when it was published. Moore also brought you the humanity behind government party officials– showing you bad guys you actually care about– and showing you what power does to any man no matter his profession… be it television fame or dictatorship.
V for Vendetta the movie, was powerful and definitely more Americanized. The motives of all involved were clearer. But that still didn’t change the fact that “V” [Hugo Weaving] basically gave Evey [Natalie Portman] Stockholm Syndrome so she would be a pawn in his plot, and in cold blood assassinated various people for the sake of [duh] vengeance… In the real world that’d be totally unforgivable under almost any circumstances [at least the giving a random girl Stockholm Syndrome part would be!]
So once again, I turn to Occupy Wall Street, and ask, what were you thinking? You aren’t badass anti-hero hackers looking to balance the world by fighting evil with evil. You were chillin’ in Bryant Park rolling cigarettes and waiting patiently and peacefully for the men in charge to hear you out— and then they said ‘no’ and it was over! I want to concede that “an idea cannot die” was the core ideal– but I can’t! I’d also add that surely a more fitting model for the cause would have been… I don’t know, Gandhi, maybe?
Portrait of Our Guy!
I support Occupy- but if it wants to be “V” it’s missing something explosive, even if not literally. But I beg of you, don’t get the movement and the figure intertwined! Occupy’s publicity and the media [be it the news or comics] have turned Fawkes into a brand and not a symbol. Why else would I be enjoying my Pizza in Soho, ONE YEAR LATER, only to be asked by some strung out club kid ” Could you tell the owner I’m your friend; so I can use the bathroom without buying a slice?” And oh yeah, if I could just hold his mask for a moment– he added. So now, for me and for many, even the movie and books feel diluted because of those who cling to the mask without adhering to its historic precedent. The movement and the man simply have nothing to do with each other!
Is that you, Mr. Bond?
Idris Elba is a quality actor, and I’m a little disturbed at how much hate people have reserved for the Golden Globe winner when him and Bond get mentioned in the same sentence. Sometimes it’s about him being black (actually, most of the time it’s about him being black) but occasionally you see someone trying to mask their own preferences and biases with bullshit excuses. Let’s gather the facts, he’s brawny, handsome, talented, can play a bad ass, and is from the UK. I don’t see much of a reason to get pissed off about this notion. James Bond actors always catch a little slack in the start, but Idris hasn’t even been given the official okay. In fact, Daniel Craig still has a contract for 2 more movies! Yet I see heated discussions on the topic all the time. (Granted I frequent no-holds-barreds forums). But I’m finally sick of it and have sat on the topic for a bit of time. Here are a few of the reasons why they nay-sayers and especially the color haters, are probably a little slow, in my humble opinion.
1. James Bond was white in the books:
Well, Bond was described in From Russia with Love, in case you’re like me and wondered which book. And as per Wikipedia, (the most reliable source on the web) you’d be wrong,” Bond’s physical description has generally been consistent: slim build; a three-inch long, thin vertical scar on his right cheek; blue-grey eyes; a “cruel” mouth; short, black hair, a comma of which falls on his forehead. Physically he is described as 183 centimetres (6 feet) in height and 76 kilograms (167 lb) in weight.”– no mention of skin color but one could argue that it’s implied with the light eyes. I’ve seen descriptions of Bond with a more muscular build rather than slim, and a clear definition of blue eyes… but who cares. I mean we’ve had a brown eyed Bond, and frankly I don’t think a blue eyed black man would fare too awfully– let’s not pretend like we don’t have colored contacts in 2013! If we can look past the little details that weren’t quite there for the past actors I think we can give Idris some contacts and call it canon! And news flash, Daniel Craig is blond. U mad?
Oh shit… well, he doesn’t have a cruel mouth so…
2. I think he’d be better as “M”… or anyone else:
I love this argument because I don’t remember people being THIS pissed off when “M” was made a woman for the past [almost] 10 years! I didn’t see Judi Dench damping the box office sales. It’s also a way to not attack Idris as a quality actor because there are no legitimate reasons to not cast him. Personally I thought Anne Hathaway was a terrible choice for Cat Woman… but I got over it quickly. Bond is a name that sells no matter what– much like Star Wars. How many of you bitched and still bitch about the terrible prequels, however went to see Episode 1 opening night in 3D? Exactly, shut the fuck up. The gender and color of an actor should not be a major factor when you consider certain movie roles. Idris has said himself that he didn’t come to the USA to play black roles- just roles. And that’s exactly what he’s doing. James Bond is a fictional character, it’s not like you cast Will Smith to play the Queen of England, it’s fiction not documentary. Remember when I mentioned Daniel Craigs hair, well he could have dyed it. But he didn’t and I’m glad he didn’t. Both Skyfall and Casino Royale did exceptionally well despite his hair, I know I enjoyed them both.
We should be considering talent the paramount feature here, right?
3. They should make a new character– based off of James Bond:
Great idea! This one is my favorite because it’s the easiest to dissect. This suggests that someone should make an almost identical franchise only with black people! I’m sure that hasn’t been done before— has it Tyler Perry? No? Well, let’s have you and Spike duke it out for a minute then! — Anyone who would suggest this isn’t even trying to not sound racist. Yeah, I said it, racist. What the fuck is wrong with people that they are so turned off by the color of an actor that they’d suggest they make an entire new franchise for him instead! How is that even fucking logical?! No, really, who says that out loud? If you at some point thought this was a good argument against casting a black Bond… stop, because it’s not. It’s so insulting to insist that some unchangeable physical qualities of an actor should not allow him or her to be in an already successful franchise. And then in the same note suggest that said actor could do very well in a different, unassociated, but similar one. Being black isn’t like being obese, it’s not due to faulty glands or bad habits. Do you see what I mean? Being a purist Bond fan is one thing, but this type of argument is blatant ignorance. Please, spare us all your stupidity! You’re probably the same kind of person who would protest affirmative action because you think college didn’t give you financial aid for being the wrong color. Yeah, that’s fucking wrong too but it’s the same exact fucking problem.
4. I’m Just Against Liberal Socialist Hollywood Standards:
This suggests that Hollywood casts actors of different races solely because it’s politically correct. And unfortunately as long as we have scumbags who see life as black
and vs white, perhaps there will always be some truth to it. But take a moment to read a quote by Idris from 2011 and then tell me for certain that Idris doesn’t deserve a shot at the role because he’s dark skinned. When Linda Wertheimer of Morning Edition asked Idris if he’d consider trying out for the role of James Bond he proclaimed, “I’d not only get in the cab [to meet with producers] but I’d take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage…jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane—on the wing—land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office,”– Sorry, but he at least deserves a casting call for his resume and enthusiasm. And not just him, but LOTS of actors could be good Bond characters and even Bond himself. We let color get in the way of our considerations and that’s why something as horrible as racism still exists in all shades and cultures. It’s a fucking virus and it needs to be stopped! Not regulated, it needs to be consciously stopped and taught through compassionate and sane individuals who breed. That’s not me being a liberal, that’s me being empathetic.
Black, Brown, Yellow, or Normal!!!
5. He’s Too Old… or He Will Be:
You know, this is the only argument I’ve seen that I can agree with. Why? Because Daniel Craig (as I mentioned before) is in contract for 2 more movies. By the time they decide on a director, a book to shoot, various other red tape yadda yadda yadda… it will probably be too late for Idris. So yeah, CC: me on this argument and I’ll cosign. But even still, he’s not that old. With the right director and cast he’d still be convincing even after all those years. Then it’s just a matter of contract. I’m not going to go too into this because it’s self explanatory and this article is long enough.
Take it with you that I’m not saying Idris is the end all and be all to the Bond Legacy. I hope that we still have yet to see the best of the best when it comes to our cherished spy. Just don’t be so quick to spew ridiculous slander over such a non-talent-factor. Fans of the comic petitioned and roared over Elba being cast in Thor. And he played the part of the Heimdall the Gatekeeper seamlessly! Actually, if it weren’t for my interest in James Bond I never would have even known that anyone gave a fuck that he wasn’t white for that role! I didn’t realize people still gave a shit about this and perhaps that’s what prompted me to care in the first place. In NYC the color of the act isn’t why you give your money or go out and support the talent. I mean I know people have preferences with dating and mating… not that I’m promoting that either, but do you really care about the color of Heimdall? It’s not affecting your life! That’s so fucking shallow it’s unforgivable.
I think we who frequent the internet can recall the controversial SOPA Act that didn’t pass back in 2012. I for one was relieved knowing that Google hasn’t yet quite ruled the world. We sacrifice a lot willingly on the internet, just take Facebook for example. But what I read today baffled me. Major internet companies are implementing ‘policy’ of a 6 strike system to internet pirates! They threaten to slow down your internet for a period of time, and even force you to pay a $35.00 fee after the 6th strike! FUCK OFF! I’m not going to even touch how this could effect places that offer free WiFi such as college campuses, because as my readers I anticipate you can do that math yourself.
AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and Cable Vision all claim it is to discourage ‘casual piracy‘ but let’s be frank– these companies are tired of losing business (i.e. people like me who only pay for internet instead of overpriced commercials) because we’re too savvy. I have Internet, basic television, I have AdBlock Plus, I have Netflix… and when all of those don’t have what I want I have “piracy”. Because I’m not going to pay $250.00 a month for the fluke chance that there is something not legally available and commercial free for me on the internet within a timely manner. Even UFC is available through Xbox Live! I mean seriously, I pirate maybe 5 times a year at best.
You may be saying, you only pirate 5 times a year, how come you’re so pissed off? I’m rip-roaring mad because this is just another example of our American Justice System of Checks and Balances FAILING due to monopolizing companies bought out by “special interest groups”! I pay for my music, I pay for my movies, but sometimes I care about a History Channel special that isn’t available without a hefty instillation and monthly fee. Yeah, you can argue that if I don’t want to pay the cost then I should just do without. Well, I do want to pay the cost, it’s just too damn high! Maybe these cable stations should take the hint that times are achangin’ and evolve just like newspapers have!
I’ll forego these major companies and move to third party third rate services if this actually effects people I know, or myself. Perhaps since the Justice System has undoubtedly failed, the free market will prevail. Internet piracy isn’t just about free movies and music. I don’t think 2 Chains is hurting. Don’t forget that ‘pirating’ also makes available knowledge and educating materials to countries and impoverished people who don’t have the same opportunities we have in the USA. And without the crusaders here providing them with the resources we take for granted and most of us don’t even use, these learning thirsty people in the third world would never have a chance to know. Knowing is powerful, and it shouldn’t ever have a price tag. Sometimes things aren’t so black and white, I know I’d steal from a rich man to feed a poor child if I couldn’t afford it. I feel even more strongly about feeding their minds.