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The Internet has been known for being one of the most free places. You can do anything and everything here. From buying things on Amazon, watching movies on Netflix, uploading pictures on imgur and listening to music on Soundcloud. Of course, this also means that you are free to read and discuss anything with anyone openly across other websites, and post whatever you want and whenever you want.

However, this freedom hasn’t been without other kinds of enterprises and corporate businesses wanting to take it for themselves. We have the Stop Online Piracy Act, which back in October 2011 had many websites protesting against how businesses like Comcast want to control what can and what cannot be uploaded to the Internet. A lot of people have been unaware of t his because this isn’t as big as when the SOPA was threatening the Internet, but since then. Companies have attempted to take what’s known as Net Neutrality. We have spoken about Net neutrality previously, however. Now that the threat is rising again, some people may be uninformed as to what it is.

Net Neutrality, the reason you do as you please.

Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. This is made possible by Title II of the 1934 communication act  which prevents Internet Service Providers (ISP) like Comcast or Verizon to name a few from slowing down and/Or blocking websites on the Open Internet, this basically means that these companies can’t control what we see or what we cannot see on our searches. No website would have prefferential treatment and everyone can do as they choose.

This is one of the reasons why the Internet hass become the free place that it is today, because it’s a place that thrives with creativity and everchanging opinions. Nowadays you can see a Youtuber speaking at large and freely questioning their government’s practices, or critics openly doing reviews while being protected by the Fair Use law. Imagine all that stripped away and receiving in exchange a service that downright mimics Cable TV, where the content you see if what has been approved by your service provider.

This is obviously one of the biggest threats the Internet has been facing over the years. Because it threatens our right to Free Speech and also threatens what’s considered one of the most open communication services at the moment. It’s better this way because the Internet has no real owner and as such, many people can act however they see fit and get their ideas flowing without any sort of chains.

“I want to help, what should I do?”

Many websites such as Pornhub, Patreon, GreenPeace, github, Vimeo and Netflix to mention a few have agreed to participate in the protest against widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. By putting in Site Alerts which will show mockups of the “spinning wheel of death”, “blocked”, and “upgrade” alert modals at July 12. These mockups have the intention of “Blocking” access to the website and show just how bad these websites can get  if the ISPs took control.

Apps are given the option to put a push notification for a call for action in pro of Net Neutrality, where people will be made aware of what the issue is and then be presented with the option to send a letter to the Congress and the Federeal Communications Commisionabout their concerns.

All the while, users are encouraged to participate by joining the fight through this website made by BattleForTheNet. In which people are provided tools for them to spread awareness through their social media posts, like a Twitter brigade and an opt-in program for Twitter urgent messages. The battle for an Open Internet is already happening, and it depends on communication and initiative.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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