Be ready, because more is coming.
This TED talk is a fantastic look at the backstory behind SOPA + PIPA, and the motives behind the corporations lobbying for these bills. I encourage you to take some time to listen, because it’s insightful and breaks down why major corporations want SOPA to pass so badly on a basic, social, and everyday level.
Clay Shirky is an expert on the effects of the internet on society.
SOPA, PIPA, & the Gaming Industry
I am a student game designer, and I am afraid for the future of my industry.
My industry thrives on the internet, that much is apparent. From media to news to sharing tips & tricks to new ideas, the internet is an integral part of the way gamers live their lives. It’s how major studios release content for their upcoming titles and how independent game developers make a name for themselves.
As a girl who hopes to take do good in this industry, it would be a disservice if I didn’t oppose the kind of legislation that could damage my future career. From developers to fans— both the SOPA and PIPA bills threaten gaming as a whole.
It’s easy to see why this bill is so dangerous, but for us gamers it doesn’t end there. The Entertainment Software Association, our industry’s lobbying arm, actually stands against us on this bill. The ESA supports SOPA/PIPA. While developers everywhere agree that piracy is a major problem for the gaming industry, developers everywhere realize that SOPA/PIPA is not the answer. They (and I) openly and steadfastly oppose SOPA + PIPA and those who support them.
If this bill passes, my chances of becoming a game designer are severely crippled. Perhaps I could get a job at a big company— then maybe I’d be fine. But I’m not so sure that’s what I want to do. I know for a fact that I want to create. I want to try and innovate. What’s more, I want to make the games that I want to make. I want to put it out there for the world to play and build upon. The modding community is such a strong, brilliant, and vibrant part of gaming culture, but one that relies so heavily on the internet that I can’t even fathom the damage the SOPA + PIPA bills could do to such a fantastic community.
If you’re a gamer or a game designer and oppose SOPA, for the good of our industry: ACT NOW. Take a stand. Don’t let these bills pass.
This is the video up on Red 5’s website. Red 5, ScrewAttack.com, Loading Ready Run, and Extra Credits have banded together to protest SOPA in a big way. I encourage you to watch the video for more information.