How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy
t3knomanser

I just can't get enough!

Having balanced the budget, cleaned up the mess in Iraq, ended world hunger, and gotten steroids out of professional sports, congress turns its eyes on the video game industry. In an overwhelming landslide of 355 to 21, the house of representatives decided the government must inspect the companies behind the latest GTA release and determine if they decieved the ESRB.

Aren't they just doin' such a great job?

Now, since these paragons of the Republic have never developed software, let's explain something in small words. In the process of developing an application, you're going to generate a great deal of code. In the end, a great deal of that code ends up getting deactivated, for various reasons. It's not bug free enough, maybe you'll patch it in a later release. Maybe you decided those features just aren't needed. Whatever. Because of the complexity of any large application, you can't just rip it out unless you use anal retentive design patterns like I prefer (design patterns which are innappropriate for the video game market, where good code is frowned upon in favor of fast code). So instead, you lock off those features, and distribute the finished product with all sorts of little lurking hooks.

With that in mind, can we really say that Rockstar was trying to peddle pr0n? They made a game, the game had some features that were turned off. In fact, by installing that patch, I'll bet that the EULA was violated, absolving Rockstar of the majority of the liability, and this whole thing is nothing more than sound and fury, signifying nothing. Much like the probe into steroids in baseball.

Dear elected officials:
Please go to hell.

Sincerely,
Remy Porter


In other news, mature video games sell. Who woulda thunk it?
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