Some people are just ahead of the game

News: European court rules second-hand sales of digital goods legal

Some people are just ahead of the game
Some people are just ahead of the game

Sometimes the most incredible news is hidden away in the most boring and dry of locations, today that was in a European court case about database software.

What the case related too was licence keys for digitally downloaded copies of Oracle. The company UsedSoft made its money by buying unused licence keys from companies that had bought them from Oracle in batch to save money and then selling them on.

This was great for the companies selling them, it was great for the companies buying them and in the middle UsedSoft made a profit. Oracle were not happy about this and took them to court.

The outcome of the case, the European court of Justice has ruled that software companies have to make it possible for you to be able to resell all software purchased, both physical and digital.

What that means for us gamers is that in theory, we now own full rights to be able to sell our whole software collections. Steam, Origin, XBLA or PSN, it no longer matters and these services may have to find a way to make this possible or face court-cases of their own.

Now there is already a service out there that does allow this kinda thing called Green Man Gaming, where you can trade in titles for credits that you can then use to buy other games. I expect Steam to offer a similar deal very soon, even if they only offer the lowest price they have sold the game for and leave the credit locked in steam its still better than the dead money it currently is.

As I seem to be saying a lot recently its an interesting time to be a gamer.


I always have these plans, they never quite seem to work

Daily Gaming News: Not quite as daily as planned!

I always have these plans, they never quite seem to work
I always have these plans, they never quite seem to work

Earlier this week I started trying to do a daily gaming news update on YouTube, It took a little bit of effort but the first two videos got done and released.

Day three however things went a little tits up, no matter what I did the video that I recorded for the 20th of June just would not render – so within three days the ‘Daily’ part of it was already screwed. I did however at least make a news-post here on the site.

Thursday I had every intention of getting back to it and recording a short video before recording this weeks podcast – that was all well and good till my lack of sleep caught up with me and I collapsed on the sofa after works and recorded neither video nor podcast.

Friday was out of the questions as well as its the wife’s birthday, which takes precedence due to my aversion to pain.

The plan was catch up on at least the podcast today – but life threw a curve-ball at me that required my full attention elsewhere today and its not quite over yet so that is unlikely to happen today either

Regardless of what happens with the podcast, the YouTube stuff is what this post is about and I have a solution to that but it requires a little bit of assistance from you guys and galls.

Now I do intend to keep doing the YouTube videos but as I can’t be absolutely sure I can do them daily I guess I should rename them.

I really need suggestions for the new name though as all I can think of is either ‘Drinky Talky Thingy Shorts’ or ‘DrunkenGamers pointless pontification’.

If you can think of anything better name for a video series where I ramble about various things please put it in the comments below.

Ion Cannon Activated!

Daily Gaming News: 20th June 2012

Ion Cannon Activated!
Ion Cannon Activated!

So Tueday night I tried recording the video in entire seperate segments and while it did fix the issue with the software not being able to handle it, it did nothing for my flow. I never realised just how much the mere act of stopping and restarting the video record would throw me off.

So in attempt video number three to make this thing flow a little better I have made use of something I never expected I would – YouTube itself!

There has always been this button sat here saying record from webcam, so as I am using a HD webcam I may as well give it a shot. If it works then I have just made my life instantly a lot easier, if not then hey I have only lost a days effort so no biggy.

[Update] That was at least the plan – After finding myself logged into YouTube and doing a test recording it turned out that plan was not so great. YouTube for some reason would not record from my webcam at more than 360p and was juddery as hell.

So scrapping that idea as a failure I went back to recording in segments to splice together later, all was going well there until after finishing all the recording, splicing them back into a single video and hitting the render button my PC decided to throw a hissy fit and start crashing.

As a result last nights recording turning into a complete washout – if I ever work it out and compile the video I will update this post again, but that is not looking likely.

Anyway links to all the stories you would have heard me talk about can be found after the jump

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