Sony Japan President Says PS4 Censorship Policy Is To Match Global Standards And Protect Kids…


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Date: December 03, 2018

01) Sony Japan President Says PS4 Censorship Policy Is To Match Global Standards And Protect Kids

“Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan president, Atsushi Morita, finally addressed the censorship regulations that Sony has employed for PS4 games, speaking at the Japan Studio “Fun” Meeting that took place in Tokyo, Japan on December 1st, 2018. The event was themed around a celebration of SIE Japan Studio’s projects, but was also open to some fan questions. The news was picked up by Japanese gaming blogs like Ebitsu.net and Mutyun.com, which briefly covered some of the topics Morita addressed while at the meet-and-greet.

Morita explained that there was no “profound meaning” behind the decision other to match global regulation, saying…

“Regarding the regulation of the depiction of content, it’s simply a matter of matching global standards.

“As for the freedom of expression… we have to think about what might be unpleasant for children and shield them from those things while also thinking and assessing ways to find a balance [for that expression].”

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Album: Songs of the Winter Château: Yule in Strings II – Return of The Mt. Gillis Bard…


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Date: December 03, 2018

Album: Songs of the Winter Château: Yule in Strings II – Return of The Mt. Gillis Bard [10:12]

01) Alleluia Acclamation Christmas [spanish guitar]



02) One Bright Star [acoustic guitar]



03) We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing [Folk Guitar Cathedral]



04) Angels from the Realms of Glory [Acoustic Guitar]



05) Toyland [spanish guitar]



06) Candlelight Carol [spanish guitar]



07) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear [acoustic guitar]



08) Once in Royal David’s City [spanish guitar]



As stated previously…there are not going to be anymore large holiday albums. What comes from here on out, will be more “supplemental” to what has already been released.

The plan is to put out another one of these next year…and the year after…etc…

If I’m feeling up to it, I may release something else this year…But, I’ve still got the video exhibition for this album to put together…So, that comes first.

I could not let a year pass, without some type of holiday album.

I hope this short collection is uplifting…

…Happy Yule Season!

– Steve

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Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th…


Date: December 03, 2018

01) Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

“Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breastfeeding and after-birth photos.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.”

WILD BEASTS…


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Date: December 02, 2018

01) WILD BEASTS


“In the middle of the winter in Northern-Norway and surrounded by a wild group of kids,
a young boy’s impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend.

2017 | Drama | 9 min.

AWARDS:
Euregion Film Festival, Netherlands, Best International Film Award, 2018
CineYouth Film Festival, Chicago, Best Foreign Film, 2018”

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The Untold History of EA’s Long (and Rich) Pay-2-Win Love Affair [2017]…


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Date: December 02, 2018

01) The Untold History of EA’s Long (and Rich) Pay-2-Win Love Affair


“This video started out as a review for Star Wars Battlefront II, but as I researched the commercials behind it, I began to uncover a consistent pattern from EA that began as early as 2006, and has since come to define much of our industry as other publishers have sought to recreate EA’s success. This is the story of Andrew Wilson’s golden goose and how it saved EA but cost us AAA gaming in 2017.”

Interesting video…

It used to be…you bought a game…you got that game…you played that game…

…These days…you buy the game…take it home [or download it]…install it…and along with playing it, you get numerous opportunities to spend more money…on back end sales.

…There’s the expansions…there is DLC…and a gambling sort of thing called “loot boxes”, where you pay money…but don’t know exactly what you are going to end up with, for the cash that you just forked over…You just really, really hope, that it’s something really good that you want.

I haven’t really been into the games that are plagued with this [or, maybe it’s just that I’ve lacked the money to buy much of anything, over the last five years?]…which I presume are largely shooters, and action based games…sports games…

…So…I’m fairly disconnected from “loot boxes”…But, I generally think they’re a bad idea…

If they’re going to sell something, they should put a price on it and sell it.

I like purchasing a game, getting what I paid for and being left alone to enjoy the game…not being expected to dump more money, while playing the game…They need to keep real world sales transactions outside of the actual game play…If people want to spend more money, they can search out these sorts of purchases easy enough…We don’t need our games being invaded by them.

I have played The Sims a lot over the years [1, 2 and 3]…and one thing that really grinds my ass, is the way EA forced items to show up in The Sims 3 [at the very top of all selections in your inventory], which were online store items you had to purchase, if you wanted to use them…

In short…they constantly forced a sort of “ad” in front of you, trying to get you to buy something new [a DLC item], which you could not turn off…and it pissed off a lot of people.

I don’t need to see online store items I’ve not even purchased, while I’m immersed in playing a game…

…So…I am somewhat familiar with these kinds of annoying, aggressive and unwanted practices.

It wasn’t until about four years ago, that I finally completed my Sims 3 collection [though, there’s still several “stuff packs” I don’t own]…and “left behind” The Sims 2…As I really started playing more seriously, this crumby business tactic really put a stain on my opinion of EA…Yes, I still purchased The Sims 4 base…but, I haven’t purchased anything else from EA since.

…And I just cant get back on that treadmill, repurchasing all the endless rehashes of all the previous expansion packs…I’m kind of astonished, that The Sims 4 has not faded into irrelevance…

Not sure what they are doing, which distinguishes The Sims 4 from it’s predecessors, and expands upon the series…And for as much money as they want…I don’t believe I’m much interested anymore.

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Psychologist Says Trump Appeals To Men With “Fragile Masculinity”…


Date: December 02, 2018

01) Psychologist Says Trump Appeals To Men With “Fragile Masculinity”


“According to a new op-ed by an NYU psychologist, Donald Trump is able to manipulate men who suffer from fragile masculinity, and that is what has propelled his success in politics. The arguments made are quite convincing, and even looking at the way Trump behaves gives us insight into what kind of person would find that behavior appealing. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Citation:
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/trump-appeals-men-suffer-fragile-masculinity-psychologists/