Friday, April 19, 2019

Why Can't I Buy a Car Online?

It’s 2019 and I still can’t go online to build, and order, myself a car. Why do I still need to go to a dealership for these kinds of things?

Tesla is the first company that tried to go against the dealership route when selling their cars. Dealership owners got in the way due to the fear of losing the business model entirely. After all, if one car company is able to sell their cars directly to customers, via the internet, then why couldn't they all do it?

Have you ever had to deal with a car salesmen? If you're shopping around, the experience is pretty exhausting and all the added sales fees make things more expansive than they should be. The internet pretty much removes the need of a car salesman.

Look, I know we have some hoops to jump over in order to make this happen but there seem to be no desire to get things even started. Let's figure out the industrial age legal mumbo jumbo and finally get into information age.

I'm of the opinion that if I can't buy your goods and services with my phone then you have to revisit your business model. Car companies needs to get with the times.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Don't Steal Entertainment

It is such common place to download anything online that we often forget that in some cases it is, in fact, stealing and stealing IS illegal.
No matter how you put it, you can't justify stealing entertainment. This isn't a "I needed food and couldn't afford it so I stole out of necessity" type of situation. This is someone that's bored looking to entertain himself without paying the price that comes with it or by making someone else pay for it.

Is it too expensive? Does the legal copy comes with DRMs practices that you don't agree with? No matter the reason, if you aren't willing to pay for it then don't buy it. You stealing anything doesn't make you some sort of hero fighting a system, it makes you a thief. You're not entitled to your entertainment. It doesn't belong do you - you have no rights to it unless you pay the fee.

Somebody, somewhere, is paying for your misguided morals.

If companies are loosing money when they release their entertainment products they will inevitably want to fight and find other ways to recoup the money.
We could say that the excessive focus on DLCs and "always online" type of functionalities we've seen in video-games was the indirect result of piracy. The more people steal the game, the more companies will fight and this creates vicious circle that is ruining the experience of the person that is acquiring the entertainment product legally.

Support the entertainment companies that you like by buying what they make rather than stealing it. Wait for a special, subscribe to a streaming service or save up your money for it - it doesn't matter as long as you don't steal it. If you're not willing to pay for it then don't buy it.

Friday, April 5, 2019

AI for Game NPCs?

Games suffers from terrible “AI” (if we can call it that). Every game genre as it’s issues with dumb, simple minded, NPCs for the sake of filling out the gameworld.
FPS has enemies basically run at you and shoot. RPG has enemies do the same attacks over and over with little variations. Racing games have cars basically drive in a straight line.

With the rise of AI, why not use this to help provide a breath of fresh air to the video game industry? Wouldn’t it be great to play and have the game truly feel different from each play-through because there’s an AI that is adapting to your every moves and tries different tactics?

Perhaps the issue lie with the majority of players. Maybe those players want to play a game where things are easy and predictable. I do want to play against AI, or cooperatively, with them - I want to see what strategy they come up with on the easiest vs hardest difficulty.