Stagnate the Internet.

The “Battle for the Net” day of action was yesterday. A lot of non ISP internet-centric companies, personalities and organisations campaigned hard to get the average user to take action. Forms got filled in, members of the government were called, emailed, spoken to, all in an attempt to avoid the FCC reclassifying the Internet from the ‘utility’ descriptor, and all the associated legalities of being declared a ‘Title II common carrier’. I don’t think that this was a good thing.

I know that I’ve just alienated at least three quarters, if not all, of people that actually read this thing, and enraged a good portion of said alienated people. But what I ask is that you hear me out.

Title II is part of the Communications Act of 1934, and the relevant areas of the act state that, by default, no discrimination can be bought, sought or brought upon services provided by ISPs, when they can be distributed to all people connected to that network.

I would like to begin my explanation by simply stating this: Using an Act that was brought into law, with the same initial provisions, in 1934 is not reflective of the way that the Internet was developed, or exists today, let alone in five, ten or fifty years as part of best efforts of futureproofing. Furthermore, this Act doesn’t have ‘relevant’ or ‘applicable’ protections. They all apply. The same that apply to your phone, electricity provider, gas provider and water provider. In addition to that, your sewage provider is also protected. Also, roller coasters were, for half a decade, declared common carriers in certain states. There are countless ‘common carriers’, that do not have the nuance of the Internet, because the Act, that bears repeating, was written in 1934. The Act is outdated for the protections it is being used to offer.

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Nosgoth is Dead. Long Live Nosgoth.

Nosgoth is shutting down, less than three years after it initially entered closed beta. I have to admit that I saw this coming, and it’s one of the reasons why I stopped both playing the game and investing in it. They’re citing lack of audience growth and engagement behind the scenes which, frankly, was to be expected. But what wasn’t expected was that it was going to happen so soon.

Nosgoth originally came out of the multiplayer component of another cancelled Legacy of Kain game called Dark Sun. Psyonix (the team behind Rocket League) took it on under Square Enix as their publisher. I was lucky enough to be a part of the closed beta because of my interest in the LoK games as a whole and finding the alpha forums for it out of the blue to register before the majority of players knew about it.

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Steam Sale: The Aftermath

OK, so it happened. And I failed in my budgeting. I was going to keep my spending to about £50 this Sale, and I overspent by quite a lot. In my defence, there were a lot of titles that had good discounts and since I tend to stay away from AAA titles unless they’re really something special, I end up paying more rather than waiting. Call me a bad consumer, but there’s a tipping point where I want to pay the developer for their work.

Looking at my wishlist, I picked up almost all of it. I got Chroma SquadWar for the OverworldRepublique: Remastered, Ori and the Blind Forest and Shadow of Mordor. So far, I’ve only sat down and played War for the Overworld, and damn it’s good, for what I’ve played so far. I doubt I will go into the multiplayer arena but I’m happy with the Campaign and Skirmish.

I did leave behind There Came an Echo and Fantasy Grounds, because they were never a Daily Deal or a Flash Deal. With Fantasy Grounds they offer an Ultimate Edition licence for $10 per group DM, which will probably suit the group’s needs more anyway. But there are more that I bought. So many more. Continue reading