Hooray for justice!

I am eeeeeevil!

Monday, April 24, 2006 | 03:51 AM | by
So I mentioned a couple of times last week that I'm getting back into City of Heroes/Villains. Once issue 7 hits, I'll be starting a little regular playing group with some friends of mine like Brian "I needs teh electricity!" Clevinger and Mookie "I like monsters" Terraciano. We have to wait for issue 7 because Brian insists on needing one of the new power sets that will be released. So in the meantime I play around in the character creator, coming up with the villain I'll play. The character creator in CoH/CoV is like a game unto itself.

I take pride in the characters I create for MMO's. Especially in CoH/CoV since there is such an incredible opportunity for diversity. But for the love of all that is good, sometimes in the course of finding my theme, I come up with the cheesiest characters believable. Some of these concepts would make babies cry.

Comics like this make me cringe knowing that my family visits the site, because I know, cartoon or no, my relatives aren't going to enjoy seeing me shot in the face. But c'mon. Cap'n Jack Arrow? I deserve it.

On the subject of CoH, I often get asked about the comic strip I used to draw for the CoH monthly comic book, and why I stopped.

I had signed a year-long contract, so Underwear on the Outside ran for twelve issues. At the end I wasn't playing the game anymore, so it was difficult to come up with CoH material. So after my contract expired, I stopped doing the strip. I got a lot of emails about it because they filled the spot with some god-awful abomination called Q-Force or some shit.

The Conan MMO launches at the end of May. I'm not chomping at the bit or anything, but it will be interesting to check out, especially the merged single-player/multiplayer thing. At last year at E3 all I saw of it were some posters and a short video clip on loop. I'm willing to bet this year that I'll get to see the finished product, and I'm intrigued.

Update: The source I got that release date from was wrong. They have since corrected their info, and so I shall correct mine. Conan isn't expected until later this year. Meh, whatever.

There are rumors about the internet about the announcement of Starcraft 2, which has mysteriously disappeared. I'll believe it when I see it, in all its glory, on the Blizzard website nowhere near April 1st.

In closing, 2007 is too far away, and I want a PhysX. Now. (so much better in high def)

Net Neutrality

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 | 02:29 AM | by
I'd been hearing about this Net Neutrality thing for the past week, but at first I dismissed it as another one of those unfounded scare rumors that sweeps through those ridiculous email forwards and gets everyone all worked up. I mean, who the fuck is going to try and regulate the internet?

Well, apparently some of these conservative, pompous politicians are giving it a shot, by attempting to give a few major corporations (who no doubt have provided generous campaign contributions to the Representatives involved) exclusive rights to deliver services via the internet.

Basically this means that the large companies like Verizon and Comcocksuckingcast would have, at their discretion, the right to choose what web content loads quickest for you. And guess how that decision is made? That's what, whatever web content makes them the most money. And if a website doesn't pay their exorbitant fees? It could load up slower than dial-up. Or not at all.

Dreamt of starting an online business? Opening a t-shirt shop online, or putting our your artwork for others to see? Under this legislation you can kiss that shit goodbye, unless you're willing to fork over cash to the big communications companies so they'll allow your stuff to be seen.

As a self-employed cartoonist, a small business owner who makes his living thanks to the internet, you can imagine this concept hits close to home. The internet is the greatest tool we've ever had for getting around these ultra-rich, conservative fatasses who control everything.

Before the internet, if you wanted your work to get out there, you would have to submit it over, and over, and over again, to countless editors who were going to decide whether your idea was good enough to reach the masses. Who the fuck were they to decide? Screw 'em.

The internet cuts these large corporations out and they know it. And it drives them nuts. You know what? Good. They don't know what they're doing anyway. Remember when MTV used to be Music Television? Now they showcase music for forty minutes out of the whole day, and they don't even play the whole fucking videos anymore. It's some jackass droning on about whatever superficial horseshit they're trying to brainwash young America into buying. But thank god they don't play the whole videos, because the only music they play are whatever manufactured crap the big record labels are paying them to play. Do you see where I'm going with this?

Badger Badger Badger may have annoyed the shit out of you. But that came directly from the creators, to the masses. There was no middle-man in a cheap suit saying "umm, well, I think maybe the badgers should be wearing FUBAR, and the snake, could we replace the snake with an asian minority? We're trying to appeal to our sponsors. And I'm worried that the mushroom infers illegal activities, so let's use these new Nike Air Jordans instead. And..." Fuck that. There's a lot of shit on the internet, but I'd take sifting through the crap to find the good stuff, over having the crap be the only thing offered to me, any day of the week.

This legislation could be a serious issue. You decide.

/rant off.