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Valve Finally Doing Away with Greenlight

It has been a long time coming, but it would appear that Valve is finally ready to make the move. Now that's not to say that what Greenlight is/was is completely going away, but the system is getting an overhaul. In Spring 2017 there will be a new service called Steam Direct.

Steam Direct will require new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline. They are still mulling around a publishing fee, but they indeed to do further research to make sure that they get it right.

The end goal is to hopefully allow the developers out there who might have the next million dollar hit to actually get the love and attention that it deserves, while decreasing the amount of shovelware that seems to always dominate in submission based marketplaces.



NYAG Files Lawsuit against Charter for Defraudment

For those out there who live or have lived in the New York area you probably already know what is going on, but for those who might not be up to date on all the happenings... It turns out that Time Warner Cable, now Charter, but under the name Spectrum, has been defrauding customers of their internet service by not providing customers with the promised features. Basically the internet speed and reliability were no where near what they had promised. Now here's where it gets really sketchy, it turns out they issued over 900,000 out of date modems that even if their network could do what they promised to do, the modems wouldn't be able to achieve those benchmarks.

Now let's get a little crazier, shall we. So the merger between TWC and Charter happened recently, and now Charter is coming out with the following statement:

We are disappointed that the New York Attorney General chose to file this lawsuit regarding Time Warner Cable’s broadband speed advertisements that occurred prior to Charter’s merger. Charter made significant commitments to New York State as part of our merger with Time Warner Cable in areas of network investment, broadband deployment and offerings, customer service and jobs.

In addition, Charter was among the highest rated broadband providers in the 2016 FCC Broadband Report. Charter has already made substantial investments in the interest of upgrading the Time Warner Cable systems and delivering the best possible experience to customers. We will continue to invest in our business and deliver the highest quality services to our customers while we defend against these allegations involving Time Warner Cable practices.

So here's the deal, Charter, you see when you merge with a company you inherit all of their awesomeness and their flaws. So if TWC so headed for a lawsuit, or even if there was a whisper of one coming down the line, which lets be serious this kind of thing has probably been ramping up for a while now, you shouldn't be surprised that the lawsuit didn't go away after the merger.

It doesn't matter that the company changed, the lawsuit is for past and existing services. Sure you can clean everything up and right all the wrongs, but that doesn't make what the customers had to go through, and the money they spent on something that was a farce. 



Rumor: The NES Classic Mini is Already Done

So many of you out there have probably heard of this NES Classic Mini, and hell many of you probably purchased this device. Well, it turns out that there is a rumor that is starting to really gain legs over the fact that soon the production and distribution of the device will cease.

The question then is, Why? There have been over 1.5 million devices purchased, it hasn't even been a year since it was introduced, and from my understanding there are many many many people out there who are still on a wait list to get one.

Now I'm going to put on my hypothetical situation hat and say the following. Even though the device has been extremely popular only having 30 games has been an issue. There's also the fact that some more skilled users out there have found a way to hack into the system and add more games. This was probably a trial run to see what the demand for something filled with nostalgia would be. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if you find out that there is a new version of this product that will act as simple an NES virtual console where you can put the games you want on there and Nintendo will rack in the money, at least that's what I feel might be going on.



YouTube Legend PewDiePie Gets in Trouble

By far the largest YouTuber of all YouTubes has seen something big happen in the last 48ish hours. You see, all of a sudden he has crashed back down to earth with Disney cutting ties with him, and then YouTube decided to do so as well.

So you have to be asking yourself, what the hell could one of the most recognizable names of YouTube do to exact this amount of backlash. Well, it turns out that there are a couple of times during his YouTube career, most recently, where he has had what many would view as anti-Semitic content in his videos. There was the FIVERR video where for $5 he decided to ask for the most outlandish thing he could think of, people holding up a sign that read "Death to All Jews" while they danced. There was also a video where he was wearing a "Make America Great Hat" while watching a Hitler speech. 

With quite a few of these questionable videos the anti-Semitic groups have crowned him as one of their own, and LOVE those specific videos. The interesting thing is that this content has been out there for a while, and it is just now that you're seeing action taken. So why now? Well, it turns out that with such a huge following this guy is GOLD, get him involved and the fans will migrate with him. YouTube and Disney were almost definitely aware of these instances of toeing the line of decency, but decided to not make a big deal of it. Now, fast forward to just a little bit ago when The Wall Street Journal stepped in and started asking the hard questions.

As soon as that started gaining momentum there was nothing left to do to save face in a world that lives for knee jerk reactions, and wants instant gratification or for wrongs to be righted before the whole story is told, especially when it comes to racism.

So what does PewDiePie have to say about all that has happened?

It came to my attention yesterday that some have been pointing to my videos and saying that I am giving credibility to the anti-Semitic movement, and my fans are part of it as well for watching. I don’t want to cite the sources because I don’t want to give them any more attention.

This originated from a video I made a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online. I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for 5 dollars.

I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.

I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel.  Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way.

Thanks for reading.

So where do you stand? Do you think that PewDiePie's punishment was justified, do you think that there should have been a chance for him to explain himself, or do you have a different opinion on the matter?



Fan Pressure Has Finally Made FOX Talk of Firefly

All I can say is it is about DAMN time that FOX is finally willing to look at the series that has become such the phenomena that it still can't be stopped. There's also the fact that even in its very short existence fans grew extremely attached to every character. Now of course, if you put the movie into the mix, you might have some tear-filled moments when you think about certain characters, but overall people have still been trying to figure out how to get the rights into the correct hands to bring something of this magnitude back to the TV screen. 

Now, FINALLY FOX has come out and said that they are open to revisiting the Firefly series, probably because they know that they can make money on at least 1 full season, and hopefully more seasons to come. There is one small little detail that will have to happen in order for FOX to Greenlight the project, and that is they require the mastermind that first breathed life into the series, Joss Whedon, to sign back on.

So here's the question, will that happen, will Whedon be willing to take another round of FOX bureaucracy and whatnot? If he does what does that mean for the cast that will be used, will the actors return, or will he choose another end of the galaxy. How would he even do that? Would he risk a reboot with all new actors to fill the ever growing shoes of those who once held the roles?

GOD I want this to happen so bad it hurts. I'm not usually willing to dig into fan-fiction, fan-art, etc. of a series, but I didn't actually get to see the series, I know blasphemy, until 5 years after the cancellation. I had seen the commercials for it on TV, and the really odd changing of times that seemed to happen every week, but I never got into it until my amazing wife bought me the collector's box edition of the 13 episodes. After watching those I have never been the same.