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Super SOPA Bros. Brings a Political Spin to Tribute Games

Super SOPA Bros. New Grounds

We're having fun, now!

While most people squirm eagerly for Super Mario Crossover 2.0, one Mario tribute game showed players just how bland tribute games can be after SOPA and PIPA.

Like other tribute games, the basic controls of Super Mario Bros. is presented with some kind of change. In this case, any element that is proprietary to the original game were blacked out (see image above).

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ESA Spent $190K on PIPA and SOPA

ESA logoAccording to Gamefront, the Entertainment Software Association spent much of its dues last year lobbying for the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The ESA gets its money from dues paid by video game developers and publishers and from E3, controls the ESRB, and usually champions for the rights of video games.

However, in 2011, despite pressure from many of the companies it represents, the ESA spent up to $190,000 to support PIPA and SOPA.

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Digital Media January 2012 – Welcome to the Last Year of the World

This article comes from new contributor Chase Phillips.

The big scary year of 2012 has finally begun! And without fear of the world ending, there has been a lot of news from several places of new and upcoming games, content, DLC, and lots of room for improvement, which is the first subject I want to start with!

NFL 3D logo EA has finally re-released NFL Blitz in full HD! Grab your buddies and make for the potato chip aisle at your local grocery store. EA Tiburon just released their revamped, fully HD, download-only version of the game, which runs for $14.99 on PlayStation Network and 1200 Microsoft Points on XBLA. Judging on last years NFL season, I wonder if the Packers will be the “god-mode team” of the game. In any case, this downloadable game will be packing a punch either way! No pun intended.

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SOPA Will Murder GameTaffy and Many Others

Expecting to see a pretty picture to begin this story? Sorry, I don’t want to infringe on copyrighted materials and risk destroying GameTaffy.

According to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an act that is rushing through Congress faster than the Patriot Act, any time that we link to content, embed video, or show gameplay footage (of games we paid for and are recording ourselves), we are at risk of being named pirates.

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Why Major Corporations Still Don’t Understand the Internet

Recently, the craze around the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has driven level-headed internet users to a maddened psychosis equivalent to a visit to 4chan. For those unfamiliar with the subject, here’s a quick synopsis done analogously to this breakfast burrito that I’m eating.

SOPA burrito

The Internet Burrito

You see, like this burrito, the internet is filled with all kinds of diverse, inspired content created by various individuals. Read the rest of this entry

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