Issues/Your Take

Can Videogames Be a Utility?

Can Videogames Be a Utility?

Johanna Blakley’s TED talk from class 4 and last week’s exercise about games that could change the world had me thinking about whether games could become a utility. For those who haven’t seen the TED talk, it was about how there is little to no copyright protection in the fashion industry, and yet fashion flourishes […]

PS5 Voice Chats Can Be Recorded and Sent to Sony

PS5 Voice Chats Can Be Recorded and Sent to Sony

In Sony’s own words: “Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded. Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them […]

Lowly Legal Lout Lauds Lords’ Law (Thoughts on ESA v SOCAN)

Lowly Legal Lout Lauds Lords’ Law (Thoughts on ESA v SOCAN)

At the risk of embarrassing myself, I am going to give a summary of the case and my opinion on the judgment and its dissent. Majority’s Argument The basic facts were that SOCAN administers the right to “communicate” musical works for copyright holders and it applied to the Copyright Board for a tariff under s […]

Games which impact the real world

Games which impact the real world

The exercise in today’s class about games that would change the world made me consider the different categories of games that I thought would be significant enough to “change the world”. One of the categories I came up with was games which have some sort of corresponding effect in the real world to your in-game […]

MTV, Copyright and Culture

MTV, Copyright and Culture

Hi guys! I came across this interesting article that discussed Viacom’s copyright takedown requests regarding resurfaced MTV images and why the requests were surprising / ironic. For background – back in May, an archivists uploaded his collection 80’s MTV VHS recordings onto the internet. Almost immediately, Viacom (formerly MTV Networks) issued a copyright takedown request. […]

Is Apple Cornering Itself Out of the High-End Gaming Market?

Is Apple Cornering Itself Out of the High-End Gaming Market?

Hey everyone! Following the discussion in today live session I came across a very short article on Slashgear.com regarding game streaming. For some background information, Microsoft launched the beta of its mobile game streaming service, which I believe was referred to as Project xCloud, just recently in September. With a compatible controller, it enables users to […]

QAnon as a Virtual Quest?

QAnon as a Virtual Quest?

Hi guys! This episode of the podcast “Deep Background,” hosted by Noah Feldman – a leading Harvard Law prof – concerns the rise of QAnon, a pervasive conspiracy theory/community online that is defined by its support for Donald Trump as an ‘undercover’ agent fighting against the ‘deep state.’ In the episode, the podcast hosts the […]

Glitches in E-sports

Glitches in E-sports

Since we were on the topic of e-sports and the amount of money that is involved with the competition, this article lists many incidents where game bugs, rather than player skill, determined the outcome of such competitions. These bugs can include unintentional bugs, such as disconnects and glitched out physics or hitboxes, as well as […]

E-sports: Publishers versus Pros

E-sports: Publishers versus Pros

A recent Wired.com article touches on the precarious position of e-sports pros in a world where the game publishers hold all the power. Many e-sports pros are full time employees, with salaries and benefits, and compete in an industry valued at over a billion dollars. But, as the article says, there is one major difference […]

Are hardware mods akin to in-game mods?

Are hardware mods akin to in-game mods?

The Verge recently posted an article on how to modify an Xbox One controller into a throttle-and-stick setup with 3-D printed parts to make it easier to play Microsoft Flight Simulator. In last week’s class we discussed unauthorized in-game mods; for example, mods created in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing by hackers. If a game developer takes […]