The echoes of Xbox 360 piracy in projection on the UK law

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With the release of Xbox One the problem of piracy was almost completely eradicated. The problem is now actual only for getting obsolete 360 version, the console where illegal copying is still flourishing. The state of affairs has revealed that the global problem can hardly be resolved even through the adoption of the toughest regulations.

The UK law system has no mercy when it comes piracy. This is not surprising in the event of Premier League television rights sales contracts estimated at 3+ billion pounds. In order to protect the interests of the broadcasters, the Premier League has been initiating mass sweeps aimed at removing illegal broadcasts (thus, e.g. in the season-2011/12 about 30 thousand online streaming sites have been blocked).

If all of these cases were solved in a peaceful way, the case of 24-year-old Gary Goodger from Reading ended in court. Since 2005, he was illegally broadcast to the whole world the Premier League by hosting a mini-home studio. A satellite station and nine computers and a bunch of decoders allowed him to intercept the signal of foreign broadcasters and broadcast the matches on his website. Premier League issue warnings several times, but Goodger kept on ignoring them.

In 2010 Goodger and his accomplices were arrested, and in summer of 2011 they were charged with copyright infringement. The investigation could not give an exact amount for which the pirates abound, limiting the wording that they allegedly earned tens of thousands of pounds. The trial was completed only in December of 2012, when Goodger and his companion were convicted by assigning them to six months imprisonment and payment of a fine.

A tough outcome against the background of 10,000 illegal copies of Xbox 360 games revealed in abandoned warehouse in Leeds in 2013 – the case ended with a 35,000 pounds fine.

This case has once again proved that the illegal broadcasting of matches of the English championship could face criminal prosecution. Premier League infrastructure requires large investments – football clubs acquire and develop talented players, matches are held on the modern stadiums and the investments in junior leagues are heavy. Pirate broadcasts attack the whole industry. There was another famous case of Anton Vickerman that ended with 4 years in prison for the author of a website aggregating tons of illegal content: movies, broadcasts, console and PC games.

The insufficient effectiveness of anti-piracy policies initiated by the government in comparison with the measures initiated by the media platforms and producers. Thus, the new unit of UK police, established in 2013 to fight internet piracy, requires over 2.5 million pounds for maintenance annually according to Solicitors Guru (one of the largest legal platforms aggregating a variety of areas of law, and intellectual property solicitors in particular). But with its establishment, according to TorrentFreak, the amount of internet piracy in the UK didn’t experience a significant decrease (-1.4% in comparison with the previous year, but the efforts of authors should be taken into account as well). You can feel the difference with an Xbox One example – Microsoft’s console has not been breached so far and taking into account a loyal policy of games exchanging, the piracy on the the last generation of consoles was completely eliminated (direct method is meant, excepting the cases of illegal account sales and etc.).

The Intricate Plot Of Ni No Kuni: The Villains’ Stories

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When you actually stop to think about it, it’s actually pretty amazing how much is happening in the story line of the video game Ni No Kuni (or otherwise known as ‘Another World’). It’s not that such intricate stories don’t exist (they do), it’s just that they are rare and then even rarer in the case of story lines for video games. Sure, in recent years, game designers have certainly tried to give gamers more and more freedom within the game in various ways; they have even tried to not mash together story lines and have gotten better at giving the plot a logical sequence (meaning that a story or incident in a video game won’t make us grimace much when we pause for a moment to think about it). However, to use intricate and complex story lines in a video game is still fairly new – and that’s now! And this game was first released a few years earlier, so imagine what a difference it was then! Well, at least it’s no wonder why the game gained so much of popularity and acclaim. Continue reading “The Intricate Plot Of Ni No Kuni: The Villains’ Stories” »

Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 1: Shadar The Evil Wizard

Ni No Kuni is a wonderful role playing game that is rife with plot twists and interesting characters. It employs a combat gameplay style that is reminiscent of both western and Japanese style Role Playing Games, and its beautifully animated scenes and incredible visual designs make this a game you certainly don’t want to miss! It’s not a very recent game (Although “recent” here is speaking in terms of video games, and that trend can change in a heart beat.) but it certainly packs a punch. And other than that, the video game’s plot and host of lively and intriguing characters is as engaging as any of the newest games that have been released. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 1: Shadar The Evil Wizard” »

Take On Oliver’s Journey To Defeat The Evil Wizard Shadar In Ni No Kuni!

Ni No Kuni

Ni No Kuni, otherwise known as ‘Another World’, ‘The Other World’, and even ‘Second Country’ is a role playing video game that is famous for its animation, visual graphics and western and eastern style Japanese gameplay. Originally developed for Nintendo, it was soon adapted for the PlayStation platform as well. Continue reading “Take On Oliver’s Journey To Defeat The Evil Wizard Shadar In Ni No Kuni!” »

Ni No Kuni’s Plot Is Strongly Based On Cause And Effect Scenarios And The Power Of Emotions!

Ni No Kuni

Ni No Kuni is an adventure and fantasy role playing video game that made people sit up and take notice due to its beautiful animation and intricate story line. Sure, it’s rare enough that we have complex enough story lines that make sense in actual movies and book, but the sad part is that it is even more rarely applied to video games. But Ni No Kuni rocks that foundation, and it does it with such interesting style and beautiful visuals that any hard core gamer will be intrigued. While it is true that many gamers might shrug off a poor or illogical story line in a video game if the gameplay is challenging enough, it is also true that it is an added bonus to many gamers when the story line and plot of the game is as interesting as the gameplay. And that’s precisely what Ni No Kuni offers! With a gameplay that uniquely combines the RPG combat styles of both Western as well as Japanese gameplay, in addition to beautifully animated scenes and a story line that cleverly weaves cause and effect scenarios, gamers will thoroughly enjoy role playing as Oliver on this journey to ‘Another World’. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni’s Plot Is Strongly Based On Cause And Effect Scenarios And The Power Of Emotions!” »

Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 2: The White Witch

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Ni No Kuni is a role playing game that has secured awards and received critical acclaim for its amazing gameplay and story line. One of the most intriguing parts of this game’s plots and twists though, is that the villains are not simply there because the game requires it. No. In Ni No Kuni, which is also called “Another World”, “The Other World”, and “Second Country”, the antagonists of the game have as much of a role and back story as the protagonists do. And this game provides not one, but two villains: The evil wizard Shadar, and the White Witch. The story line in the game establishes a link between the White Witch and the wizard Shadar, and though the link is concrete, they are not really (outwardly) dependant on each other at the same time. In fact, we only learn about the White Witch well into the story and nearing the final stage of Shadar’s defeat. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 2: The White Witch” »

The Characters To Know In Ni No Kuni

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One of the best parts of ‘Ni No Kuni’ or ‘Another World’ is the fun host of characters in it. For the characters make the story, and the story was one of the main features of the game (other than the visuals and gameplay) that really earned Ni No Kuni its acclaim after the game’s release.

The main (hero) characters that any gamer should know about if playing (or planning to play) ‘Another World’ are as follows: Continue reading “The Characters To Know In Ni No Kuni” »

Brothers: A Game of Two Sons – A Puzzle Video Game Encased In Story Telling

Brothers: A Game of Two Sons

‘Brothers’ is an adventure video game that works on a puzzle platform. It is a video game that owes a lot of its positive reception to the rich story line and plot involved in the game. In essence, the video game is about two brothers who have to journey to the Tree of Life (in their world) and bring back its magical waters in order to save their father’s life from a mortal illness. Continue reading “Brothers: A Game of Two Sons – A Puzzle Video Game Encased In Story Telling” »

Why You Definitely Want To Play ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’!

Assassin’s Creed Unity

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ is a video game set in a historical setting and background, and it falls squarely in the action and adventure genres of video games. This particular instalment is set set in Paris, France, set in the timeline during the French Revolution. Comparing this particular instalment to its predecessors, ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ easily has the most depth, and the most detailed layout that any Assassin’s Creed city has ever had. Continue reading “Why You Definitely Want To Play ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’!” »