Today, the Digital Economy Bill was passed in parliament. I’d not read into it much, but lots of people seemed to be getting very angry about it. As far as I was aware this morning, it was a new law made to kick people off the internet if they use it to illegally download stuff.
So on Twitter, I said this:
Am I missing something regarding the #debill, or are people complaining that they might get punished for breaking the law?
I then had a few replies pointing out how there was more to it than that, and part of the problem was how it was rushed through and not carefully considered and so on. Then, I was told my tweet had appeared on the BBC News Channel at lunchtime! I couldn’t find a clip, but I’m quoted by the reporter on his BBC Blog (third paragraph from the bottom).
Apparently, he thinks I’m a supporter of the bill. Perhaps the only supporter, when actually, I just didn’t know all the facts.
Much like the MPs who voted it in.
It’s been a while since I “reprinted” any of ugvm. In Issue 07, the last under my editorship, we looked at multiplayer game etiquette, the CD32, the NeoGeo Pocket Colour, and about ten million game reviews. Including Knights of the Old Republic, a pre-cursor to Mass Effect – a game I’m currently enjoying very much.
Anyhoo – the magazine!
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In what is perhaps the least impressive claim to fame ever (and it’s not even the first time it’s happened to me), my text message was read out on Radio 1 this morning. I had to put “Comedy” Dave right about his suggestion that the new millennium started in 2000, when it actually started in 2001. Oh, the hilarity.
That’s the text message I sent, and this is a clip from the Chris Moyles show. I’m about 2:05 in.
The Chris Moyles Show
It’s been quite a while since I posted one of these up. Issue 06 was out “violence special”, with Vice City, Bloodrayne (they made a film out of that, dontchaknow), light guns and the massacre of the Vic 20. Good times.
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There’s even a bit about how to get yourself a picture of Jim Taylor naked. God only knows why we stopped making this magazine with promises like that.
Since it was April when Issue 05 came out, we included an April Fool. Amazingly, some people actually fell for it. Idiots.
We also had an interview with Jon Ritman (of Head over Heels and Match Day fame)! Top celebrities all wanted to be in our little magazine, of course.
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Time for another one of these, I think. There was a bit of fallout from the text adventures feature in issue 03, and the cover art was stepped up a notch. Reading it now, I’m reminded of a couple of great (but probably forgotten) gems – Doshin the Giant and Pac-Man Collection. Ah, fun times.
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I think with Issue 03, our retro issue, we really hit the big time. The ugvm site got slashdotted, the bandwidth costs spiralled to ¬¨¬£244 for just one weekend, and we were swamped with emails.
Mostly complaints about Tim saying interaction fiction was dead, which he didn’t quite say, but still – the publicity took us to over 10,000 subscribers. 10,000! Thats more than many print-based magazines!
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EDIT: Oh, and look at my anti-prediction there on Page 2. “You wouldn’t see any high street magazines devoting a whole issue to old games, would you?”. Soon after, there was a Retro Edge, Retro GamesTM, and then Retro Gamer! We started it all, folks.
Here’s another issue of everyone’s favourite free downloadable gaming magazine that no longer exists!
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