Dracil’s BlogJournal

August 30, 2008

Gamer’s Bill of Rights

http://www.edge-online.com/blogs/the-gamers-bill-rights

Kudos to Stardock and Gas Powered Games for coming up with these rules.

1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.
6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.
7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

The problem of course, is to get companies (especially the publishers) to agree to and follow these rules.

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April 24, 2008

Texas rejects Creationism

Texas higher education board rejects ‘creation science’ degree proposal

I think the following quote by Dr. Perades just about sums it up as he rejects the ICR’s proposal.

“Evolution is such a fundamental principle of contemporary science it is hard to imagine how you could cover the various fields of science without giving it [evolution] the proper attention it deserves as a foundation of science,” he said.

“Religious belief is not science. Science and religious belief are surely reconcilable, but they are not the same thing.”

Even though I’m not Australian, and this has nothing to do with Australia, I just feel like saying, “Good on ya, mate!”

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