Presented without comment #17

Journalism: The Videogame Redux, Part 7‘ by Leigh Alexander at Insert Credit.

I wonder if other fields labor under the same constant self-reflexive laments as do video games press. It’s always seemed a little absurd to me, sometimes feeling as if there were more people willing to question my fitness and that of my colleagues to do our work – again, we write about video games — than would apply that scrutiny to their local government representatives or their physicians.

Electronic Empire Expo: The First World Problem of E3‘ by Kris Ligman at Dire Critic.

E3 is a first world problem. Yet it reflects some of the most far-reaching global issues our high tech society is able to inflict on the rest of the Earth. For all the self-gratifying expense of E3, the light and sound shows, the slick expensive hardware developed against a backdrop of Foxconn factory fires, the booth babes are just a tiny symptom of this whole exploitative scene. The fact that expo organizers have gone back to this carnival format after their abortive attempt a few years back to downsize and sober up the event signals all we need to know about industry priorities…

Call of Dupe-y‘ by Chris Plante, at The Daily.

Here’s how Activision plans to not only shut down ModernWarfare3.com, but take it over: A complaint like this pertains to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ domain-name dispute resolution policy. To win control of the URL, Activision must prove three things: The domain name is confusingly similar to a trademark they possess; the registrant has no rights or interest in the domain name; and the registrant’s intended use of the domain is one of “bad faith.”

The dispute is in Activision’s favor. If the panel rules on the side of the publisher, the registrant must surrender ModernWarfare3.com — without the option to appeal. The registrant’s return to court would spell a pricey lawsuit and a scrimmage with Activision’s squad of lawyers.