I Yam What I Yam Yaaaammmmmm
I gotta be honest with you: I may not spend as much time playing video games as I do listening to or making music, but in terms of impact on my daily life, they're about neck-and-neck. I don't carry a handheld out on tour with me because tiny-ass screens generally annoy me, though I can get into playing Q-Bert on my cell phone when I'm waiting for a plane. Most of my first full-length was written between extended runs at Ninja Gaiden III, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and a heavy cult side-scrolling shooter called Zombie Nation, which I should probably start citing in interviews as a primary influence on my work. It is to my eternal discredit that I never publicly cited the Katamari Damacy soundtrack as the best album of 2004. I ain't pre-ordering the new systems, since I think both Sony and Nintendo's create-a-shortage-to-build-buzz strategy is exactly the sort of bad business philosophy that alienates customers. But once the machines are on the shelves awaiting purchase, which is where any mass-market item belongs, I'll be taking home one of each, thanks, and locking myself in the upstairs room 'til my wife complains that I swear at the television too much. All of which is just the long and pointless intro to asking: what the fuck is this? I'm as sick to death of people whining on the internet about the greed and avarice of copyright-holders as anybody else, since I think the underlying sentiment of most such whines is "I want everything for free & am entitled to it & am gonna talk shit about you if you don't gimme, lolrs8z pwn3d!! j/k add me plz," but people pulling stunts like this is fuel where there needn't have been fire. Fair use allows for parody, moronic ESA people! This is not hard to grasp! Kotaku, Last Plane has got your back in all situtations foreign and domestic. If you get comped a free Wii y'all got my address, right? k kewl just checkin. And so forth.
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