I haven’t had the chance to finish Gyossait, but the package you can get right now on Desura includes one of my favorite little games — “Au Sable”
Please investigate. Don’t let the video spook you, these games are really something dark and special.
COMING IN 2014 iOS/Android
It makes gifs too.
I just read your article about Dark Souls & Alzheimers, and I wanted to say thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts on the subject. My uncle is currently suffering through many of the same things, and it really struck a chord with me.
Apparently the new Playstation TOS bans used games sales, even after they made that PR video about it. Any idea what's going on?
Sounds like a bunch of dumb legalese that they’d probably never be able to enforce, but I’m trying to get an answer.
Look at the back of almost any game you currently own - I grabbed the nearest game which was Viva Pinata - and you will likely see some variation in tiny print on the following:
"Unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, transmission, public performance, rental, pay for play, or circumvention of copy protection is strictly prohibited."
The important part is “transmission, public performance, rental.” When you purchase a game you’re actually buying the license to play that game, not the game itself. These terms on the back mean that you are already prohibited from giving that license to another individual (transmission), streaming that content over the internet (Let’s Play videos) or lending it to them for any reason (rental). Obviously (with out the thorny matter of Nintendo and Let’s Play videos) these are not being enforced.
The American legal system* is such that if you were to bring an actual issue to court, you need to be able to prove that you’ve taken reasonable measures to protect yourself or your property. These kinds of terms of sale are more of than not, simply those empty measures.
So let’s not all freak out at Sony over a line in a terms of service. Y’all are getting real crazy over console launches, and we all need to take a breath.
*I AM NOT A LAWYER, JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN TOLD THINGS BY LAWYERS.
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I read your blog about the parallels between Alzheimer's disease and Dark Souls. It really touched my heart. I worked with heavily disabled children last summer, some of which are in deteriorative diseases and conditions, and they are losing the small abilities they have left, in communication, in motion, and in thought and recognition. This was touching and I'm now speechless. You have a gift for expressing yourself. Thank you.
Grandma has been in a nursing home for 8 years now. I don’t like to visit.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Grandma but it’s a miserable place. The staff try their best to make it nice. Happy cartoon posters on the walls, volunteer guitarists and singers for the occasional afternoon performance, genial soothing voices and endearing nicknames. I appreciate the effort for my Grandma’s sake, I really do. But it doesn’t do much to cover up the stark reality of the situation. The sight of wheelchairs lined up in front of a TV set playing infomercials. The moans of octogenarians so out of their minds they’re no longer capable of speech. The smell of disinfectant and adult diapers.
But worst of all is the blank stare in my Grandma’s eyes. The absence of any kind of recognition or warmth. This woman who I grew up visiting every weekend. Who used to go picking apples with me in the orchard, who served countless Sunday dinners. All the hours she spent in vain trying to teach me the basics on piano, the games of “name that tune”, the mail days where she would drive halfway across town to drop off an issue of Ultra Gameplayers for my brother and me. She doesn’t remember a bit of it.
I can’t stand it.
There is a lot of debate in the Dark Souls community about the nature of the Undead curse and how it works. Heck, there is a lot of debate on what the game is about and what it all means in the end.
I have my own interpretation. I don’t know if it was something the developers intended, I don’t know if it’s something anyone else will get. But to me, past all the monsters and magic, Dark Souls’ story is an allegory for Alzheimer’s disease.
I love real time projector AR.