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Aug 14, 2009


Before we get started, a quick disclaimer: when we finished recording this, Audacity crashed on me and I had to reconstruct my end by pasting together 420+ audio files, so please overlook any small audio glitches you may hear. This week, we start off with a few different fun topics. First, the newest Blackwater scandal directed at the founder of the company, followed up by more legal shenanigans involving a woman being sued for Twitter comments she made about the response to a rental complaint, a student charged with modding Xboxes for profit, and finally a little more criminal nonsense regarding a recent question posed to me by one of our listeners. After that, a story about the closure of a Creationist theme park leads to an exploration on the nature of perception and reality. Finally, a bittersweet tale of saints and faith. Enjoy!

Opening Music: "Alive WIP v2" by George Carpenter
Closing Music: "Born Under A Bad Sign" performed by The Great Oglee Moglee Blues Band


Dave (UK)
over nine years ago

Can\'t say I noticed the joins until maybe the outro. Also, nice change of tunes. It was quite appropriate for my time of listening.

I cant\'t think of much more to comment. I\'m having a dog of week, suspended only by the fact my girlfriend has arrived early for the weekend which means at least I have someone to moan at.

Big Dave (OZ)
over nine years ago

Religion, what a great way to start an argument with strangers, and atheists are just as bad, atheism requires just as much faith as religion. It\'s the religion you have, when you\'re not having a religion. I see myself as a skeptic. I need proof, and so far I haven\'t seen proof, that god exists, or that god does not exist. If heaven is going to be filled with god botherers, I\'m not sure that\'s where I want to go anyway. If you want to no about the Grigori and the Nephilim, watch Dogma, best religious movie I\'ve seen. I nearly hurt myself laughing when they were attacked my the \"excremental\". The reverse baptism is only about pissing off christians.

On the Manslaughter case, if he\'d lost a limb or two, but survived, it wouldn\'t of been manslaughter, probably GBH. The sentence would have been less, but the victim could have sewed. By your logic, because the victim died, the accused should get the maximum sentence, but by its very nature, all manslaughter cases involve the death of the victim. The judge involved would have looked at the remorse shown by the victim, wether he plead guilty, he did, and what part he played, he was the one who offered up the $10, not the one who threw the punch. The guy who threw the punch was tried as a minor, he was 15, he received a 12 month youth attendance order, the equivalent of community service, but it involves counseling. Neither sentence was sufficient, but if they\'d received a custodial sentences, would they have come out of prison more or less likely to re-offend.

What if someone cuts you off in traffic, you experience a bit of road rage, yell some abuse at them, they take off, afraid, because you\'re scary dudes, through a red light, and get T-boned by a truck, and die. The witnesses in the other cars tell the police you were threatening them, waving your fist at them. What if that guy who got in your face, I\'m not sure if it was Joe or Lando, after some imagined slight, had stepped into the traffic, and got him self squished, and all anyone saw was you pushing him around.

Are you guilty of anything?

Should you go to prison?


How much trouble can you get into for $10. I offer all my Nephews mates who visit $10 to try and put a walking harness on my 14 pound semi-feral male cat. Nobody has succeeded yet, and the cat isn\'t harmed, he thinks it\'s a game. Imagine a 14 pound feline wrist watch and you\'ll have any idea of what it looks like. It is quite amazing what teenagers will do for $10. Thank you Jackass.

Benjamin Santiago
over nine years ago

Your tenuous connection between XBox kid and Multiple Arcade Machine Emulation (MAME) isn\'t the same thing. The thing with Mame is that arcades in America have all but disappeared except for the bastion of mediocrity that is Dave and Buster\'s...Many of these games weren\'t released in America and many of the companies that made these games don\'t exist anymore. How will anyone ever have the experience these games as intended? While a company like Nintendo or Konami still has the write to come after me for putting a Super C or Radarscope ROM on my site...This is a totally different phenomenon than doing illegal modifications to a product that is currently on the market even though they are looked at the same way in the eyes of the law.
Secondly the statement that videogames were simple programming was pretty wrong. While the graphical complexity and narrative scope could easily be considered to be \"primitive\" compared to todays games, the programmers back in the day were working in ASM (basically human readable...ish mnemonics for binary code) they were also working with vastly more limited hardware and testing and stretching its limits.
I have a deep love for old video games so I\'m not tryin\' a be harsh, just sayin...

Joe
over nine years ago

Hey Ben,

As far as MAME and the Xbox modding, as you said the law sees the circumvention of copyright the same way, so in that they are similar. Reasons and methods aside, what is being done is that games are being played in a method outside of the legal realm. Whether or not the ethical shades are different isn\'t really the issue, in either case you are playing a game without having paid for it. I agree that in some cases with MAME this is done because the games aren\'t available, but i know of a lot of ROMs for games that you can still buy used so it\'s not so different from modding in the sense that you can, if so inclined, dodge paying for a game.

As for the simple programming, I wasn\'t really referring to the skill in creation, but the ease in re-creation. Comparatively, it is far easier to build a MAME cabinet to run Atari or NES games than one that can handle PS1 or PS2 games. I have no doubt the programmers who created those games in that time period were skilled.

Like you, I\'m a big fan of the older games. I still have yet to play anything that beats the pure simple joy of Pac-Man or Tetris. Thanks for the great comment!

Joe