June 20th, 2008
Secondly - I'm not sure that technical degrees are great indicators of success in the game development field. Yes, I think programmers need to have a solid grasp of trigonometry and basic physics as well as programming concepts. But is having someone with a PhD in Physics on the team going to make or break a game? Unlikely.
The approach from the publishers and upper management these days is to make game development an assembly line widget factory anyway. Meanwhile, middle-management tends to rely upon heroics by team members, which is probably where the desire for more heroicly-inclined workers comes from. There's a fundamental disconnect in how the process is supposed to work, and more skilled workers aren't going to make that big of a difference cranking out the latest Third-Person Shooter Clone With a Movie License.
This bill says that as long as George Bush said it was OK for telecoms to spy on Americans, all lawsuits are dismissed and nobody is held accountable. It doesn't matter what the law actually says! As long as Bush approves, nobody gets in trouble.
If this bill passes, Congress will have acknowledged that George Bush's word is law. If this bill passes, Congress will have approved monarchy in the United States.
The Democrats are currently caving in hardcore on this bill. It is almost guaranteed to pass, granting telecoms retroactive immunity for violating the 4th Amendment. "I was just following orders!" is now a perfectly legal defense against direct violations of the constitution of the USA.
PC Gamer Editor-in-Chief Kristen Salvatore received a harsh reminder of what it's like to be a woman in a male dominated field when her "Boobalicious" Spore creature was flagged by EA for violating its terms of service.
Following the creation of a hideously deformed giant penis monster by Tim Edwards of PC Gamer U.K., which he claimed in a CVG post as the world's first Spore penis, Salvatore decided there could be only one appropriate response: To create a more femininely-endowed beast of her own, the not-quite-creatively name Boobalicious.
Unfortunately for her, the four-legged funbagger stood out from the multi-thousand-strong phallic phalanx, earning the attention of EA's customer relations department.
Why does EA hate titties? Huh?? ;]
See also, 298 Spore penis-creatures on Youtube and Counting.