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Double Fine Adventure Crosses $2.5 Million In Kickstarter Funding

airfoobar There's also a Tactical Shooter! (114 comments)

A few of days ago I submitted a story about another high-profile game creator following Schafer's lead by using Kickstarter, but /. mods chose to post ads about Apple TV instead (because obviously Apple needs the help more than an indie team).

"..an independent team led by Chistian Allen (lead designer/creative director for games like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Halo: Reach) has launched a Kickstarter for a new hardcore tactical shooter."

Their PR is nowhere as good as Schafer's, but tactical shooters deserve some love too!

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Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet

airfoobar ICE, SOPA, PIPA... (346 comments)

Am I the only one who senses that China/Russia are pushing for UN control of the internet because the US overstepped its bounds by enforcing its shitty copyright laws beyond its borders with domain seizures? We need to stop this, and before that happens we may need to force the US government to guarantee that it won't mess with internet infrastructure any more...

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

airfoobar Re:My dreams just came true! (112 comments)

Haven't played that one. I'm not buying a console, even for a Tim Schafer game.

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

airfoobar Re:My dreams just came true! (112 comments)

If the people filming a documentary about Nacho are at Tim's office, I suspect they're serious about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

airfoobar Re:My dreams just came true! (112 comments)

Sure, but Psychonauts was more of a platformer than a point-and-click adventure game.

more than 2 years ago
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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

airfoobar Re:Using the internet for its intended purpose wor (112 comments)

It's hilarious how surprised the devs' comments are. They expected the fundraiser would flop, and then they made their requested amount in less than a day... twice! I bet they are amazed and horrified that there was an actual business model there that everyone missed all this time.

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Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

airfoobar My dreams just came true! (112 comments)

Fuck yeah!

Btw, to those who don't know who Tim Schafer is, he was the Lead Designer on Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango. Ron Gilbert, who is also on the team, is the guy who designed Monkey Island. This is the stuff of legends, people. I never thought this could ever happen.. Kickstarter really works!

more than 2 years ago
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You Will Never Kill Piracy

airfoobar Re:It's the distribution channel (516 comments)

The flaw in your narrative is that you fail to account for when the breaking point is reached when we are forced to choose between the internet and IP enforcement. Internet freedom and IP laws are mutually exclusive, and the popular unrest worked up by SOPA/PIPA in the US mainstream and the massive ACTA protests in Europe indicate that the fate of this one-sided Prohibition on Copying is not as clear-cut as you assert.

more than 2 years ago
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You Will Never Kill Piracy

airfoobar Re:It's the distribution channel (516 comments)

The "Music industry"? The "Music industry" is doing great -- better than ever. You seem to be confusing it with the comparatively tiny "Recording industry".

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act

airfoobar Re:Can't prove it was willful? Don't shut it down. (268 comments)

Guess what... ACTA criminalises websites that "wilfully" infringe. And are the MAFIAA morons saying, quite clearly, that wilful infringement can't be proven. So why did you put it in ACTA, you sonsofbitches? Because you already know it can't be proven, that's why, so it opens the door to your next demands in the next undemocratic piece of crap legislation you write. Bollocks to this.

more than 2 years ago
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How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

airfoobar Re:Lamar Smith is a Republican... nice try (857 comments)

A political trick to allow the bill to get bi-partisan support, IMO. The Repubs want to vote against "Liberal Hollywood", but not when the bill is introduced by another Repub.

more than 2 years ago
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ITC Throws Out B&N Antitrust Claims Against MS

airfoobar Re:Key passage: (97 comments)

"Far" is a matter of perspective.

more than 2 years ago
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ITC Throws Out B&N Antitrust Claims Against MS

airfoobar Re:Key passage: (97 comments)

I've seen the patents and they're a joke. They've been discussed here before. What are my qualifications? Like many others here on /. I'm "in the trenches" so as far as I'm concerned I'm more qualified to have an opinion than the lawyers and judges that YOU'd consider "qualified" to make that kinda statement.

more than 2 years ago
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ITC Throws Out B&N Antitrust Claims Against MS

airfoobar Re:Key passage: (97 comments)

To be fair though, all of this is the result of google taking shortcuts in developing android instead of building their own product. No wonder they were able to create an os so quickly, then turn around and sell it for free.

You've got to be kidding. That sort of thinking not only undermines Google's effort of bringing a good product to market and making it so successful, it also undermines the very foundations of the OSS ideology.

The problem here isn't on Google's part, it's on the parts of the patent system (for allowing patents of highly questionable quality to be used in this way) and Microsoft (for being anti-competitive asshats as usual).

more than 2 years ago

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Halo: Reach and GRAW designer crowdfunds tactical shooter

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Following the massive success of Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign, which allowed them to develop an old-school adventure game without the blessing of a game publisher, we get the news that an independent team led by Chistian Allen (lead designer/creative director for games like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Halo: Reach) has launched a Kickstarter for a new hardcore tactical shooter. This is amazing news! Am I the only one who feels humbled by the beauty of what is starting to happen on Kickstarter?"
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Kubuntu loses Canonical funding

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Today Canonical has announced that official support for the Kubuntu flavor of Ubuntu will be discontinued after 12.04. This is not the end, of course, as it simply means it will become a community project like Lubuntu and Xubuntu."
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End of the American Empire

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "China's call today for a new global reserve currency to replace the dollar spells the beginning of the end of the American Empire. China holds most of the dollar credit in the world, and that of course gave China a powerful incentive to maintain dollar hegemony. That China now views the risks to world trade from the US' indebtedness, to outweigh the potential loss in value of its own dollar reserves, is the tipping point that spells the inevitable beginning of the end of the US empire."
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The Tunnel movie available on Vodo

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "The Australian-produced horror movie "The Tunnel" has now been released and is available for legal download on Vodo. Initial impressions appear to be positive, and judging from the user comments this may be the best direct-to-torrent movie release yet. Off to watch."
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EU copyright term extension

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses the European Commission’s proposal to extend the term of protection for sound recordings. Since Denmark was part of a fragile blocking minority in the European Council, there is a danger now that the EU Presidency (Hungary) will try to push through the proposal within a matter of weeks."
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent, half price

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "In case anyone is interested in playing a good horror game at a bargain price, Frictional Games are running a half-price promotion on their award-winning Amnesia. It's now $10, and you can also get the Penumbra collection for another $5. Merry xmas, /."
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UK to block all internet porn

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Yet another country wants to "protect the children" by blocking all internet porn — not just child porn, all porn. The British gov will talk with ISPs next month to ask them to make porn blocking mandatory (and they appear more than happy to comply). As an effect, adults who want to access pornography through their internet connections will have to "opt in". Their rationale is that if ISPs have managed to block all child porn, they'll also be able to block all other porn as well.

When parental controls exist for users to do this on their own, why does the gov want to get involved? Why not let users choose if they want such a service or not? This is how you bring internet censorship in: by gradually blacklisting sites that most people won't pipe up to defend. Welcome to the age of Her Majesty's Great Firewall."

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Avaaz petition to stop Wikileaks intimidation

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "The popular petitions website has started a petition to save Wikileaks. It says "To the U.S. government, and corporations linked to Wikileaks:
We call on you to stop the crackdown on WikiLeaks and its partners immediately. We urge you to respect democratic principles and laws of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. If Wikileaks and the journalists it works with have violated any laws they should be pursued in the courts with due process. They should not be subjected to an extra-judicial campaign of intimidation.""

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Who is Assange's "sex by surprise" accuser?

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "The plot thickens on the Wikileaks front, as we find out that Assange's accuser has ties to a US-funded anti-Castro group. FTA: "Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up [...] In Cuba she interacted with the feminist anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). [...] president of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo (was quoted) as saying that 'the so-called Ladies in White defend the terrorism of the United States'.""
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Wikileaks competitor in the works

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "From TFA "A group of former members of WikiLeaks is planning to launch its own whistleblowing platform in mid-December, according to a German newspaper. The activists criticize WikiLeaks for concentrating too much on the US and want to take a broader approach."

In a capitalist world, competition makes perfect."

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Microsoft to Buy Adobe?

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met with Adobe's CEO to discuss Apple's control of the mobile market, and the possibility of a merger between the two titans was reportedly one of the topics discussed.

Even that the possibility is being discussed should make Silverlight users very wary of the long-term viability of the platform, however that should be the least of our worries. We should very carefully consider whether the merger of two such huge players of the software arena would be such a good idea — we may have to start calling them 'The corporation'!"

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The Fight Against the Web Censorship Bill

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "Slashdotters have already heard about the bill proposed in the Senate that gives the government powers to demand websites to be blacklisted and disappeared from the internet, which ironically came only days after Obama criticized oppressive governments censoring their citizens' internet. While the bill is currently being debated, Civil rights campaigners are hard at work getting the word out about the "Great Firewall of America", while an online petition has already garnered over 50,000 signatures in two days."
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Gallo Report Endorsements Revealed to be Fake

airfoobar airfoobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

airfoobar (1853132) writes "The Gallo report is a call for even more Intellectual Property enforcement in the EU, which is being voted on by Parliament tomorrow at noon. The report has been widely criticised for its lack of evidence that piracy is hurting artists (a problem which the report itself mentions, but conveniently ignores) and for the way it conflates internet file-sharing and counterfeiting (read: ACTA).

La Quadrature has now started to reveal that some of the artist signatures that supposedly endorsed the report may be counterfeited. Can you help verify if more of them are fake? If you are in the EU, call your MEPs and ask them to vote against this!"

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