Star Wars Stocking Stuffer

51rFg2TDj1L._SL210_ This is probably the most self post I have ever made, but everyone seems to have this on their blog today, and I have to say, I hope I find one under the tree. My mother gave me the Pacman plug in game last year and I love it. There is nothing like playing Pacman with an real joystick and not a series of direction buttons or an analogue stick. I do think the promotional copy is a bit over the top though:

Do you love Star Wars and Video Games? Want to play games on your TV, but don't have an Xbox or a Playstation? This may be just what you need. Star Wars TV Games: Classic Trilogy Edition features 4 games from the classic Star Wars Trilogy, which, by the way, is coming to DVD in its original format this September. But back on the topic of this great video game, you'll get 4 adventures: Assault on Hoth, Red Leader, Battle of Endor, and Lightsaber Duel. Requires 4 'AA' batteries (Amazon).

... really... this $12 plug in is going to be as good as an Xbox or a Playstation... That just makes me laugh, but I bet it will be as fun as Pacman. I hope I find this in my stocking.

Who Owns History?

The Rage is Strong in me:

The Church of England is considering legal action against entertainment firm Sony for featuring Manchester Cathedral in a violent PlayStation video game (BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Cathedral row over video war game).

Ok, the subject of video game violence is a none starter for me, no comment there for now... What enrages me is the that anyone would need written permission to use any historical site in any creative work.

People ask me why I always write in a secondary world, THIS is why!  I do not want to be sued.  The idea that the fictional use of a historical setting requires the permission of its caretakers is ludicrous!

I admit that I am too angry to really make much of a logical argument here, but my way of thinking is simple:  Our History belongs to US!

I know the concept of the Public Domain and the Commons have been under assault for the last several years, but this is ridiculous.  We must retain the intellectual property rights to our own history and historical sites or our culture is doomed and beyond saving.

Hopefully, Sony will not capitulate to this insane demand.  I know, they won't.  Sure feels like Rome lately.  I think I hear the vandals and the Goths coming.