WARNING: INCOMING RANT's Week in for April 19th - 25th

Via Kotaku


Via Destructoid

In other news, Joystiq tells us about the curtains up on Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtian Call, and Microsoft announced that Unreal Engine 4 is now available to indie developers.

However, the biggest news this week was the FCC's ruling on Net Neutrality. This does not bode well for the future of gaming. Hell, this doesn't bode well for the future of consumers in general.

As it stands, the FCC ruled that the concept and rules of the current state of Net Neutrality and "open internet" are "unenforceable" and will be proposing new legislature in the coming months that will in large part benefit only broadband providers like the aforementioned situation above with ¢om¢a$t.

This will be exactly like it is at your local grocery store or gas pump. Like most corporations, they didn't huddle after the ruling and get their stories straight as multiple stories are being told by the FCC (see the first link to The Escapist). What will wind up happening is that broadband providers will up their costs to the companies like Netflix, Hulu, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and so on and this cost will be passed on to us just like the extra 10 cents extra per gallon of gas if you use a credit card to pump your gas at Safeway.

Unlike the ideal world most hope for, corporations will continue to screw the little guy. Just because legislature is put in place, the higher ups will not take the pay cut in order to keep their prices the same. The idea of "Mom and Pop" shops caring for their customers is long dead. It's all about making money now. If you think that a CEO isn't going to buy his 4th yacht just because you think you're paying too much for Netlifx, you have more faith than I do.

Besides that, he knows you're too cheap to buy the DVDs and even though you bitch, you're going to keep using the service.