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The Letter of the Law: Chloe Sagal, Alister Pinsof, and Nintendo

by randombullseye   //   3:28 AM on 05.20.2013



I’m no lawyer nor am I a morally rightious person. I play a lot of video games, my name is Charlie. I'm an ignorant man, but I want to be more learned. I want to appeal to logic, as the culture of video games folds in on itself more and more. 

I wrote this long essay as an examination of the letter of the law and weather of not we should follow it. Every person needs to have their own beliefs and ideas, but laws are laws. If we can bend and break some, how do we decide what is acceptable and what isn't to be broke or bent? 

 I love the idea of an eye for an eye kind of justice, it’s human like that idea. What is mine is mine, thusly, what is yours is yours. That probably worked out well for a few centuries, until bold men like Genghis Khan united warring tribes into a unified group of murderers. How do you deal with a large group like that? How do you police that group from itself? When everyone shares resources and ideas, even would barbarians need law. The foundation of civilization is law. Without laws, wouldn’t we turn into barbarians? How can we be more civilized as a people without some kind of rules in place to govern ourselves.

The idea of the letter of the law is as stated. It cannot be argued against things that were in our more ancient times, written into stone. A famous example of laws written in stone come from the Old Testament, the ten commandments of God. These are stone tablets with inarguable laws meant to make everyone’s lives better. Unfortunately, in my country, America, people forget one of the laws written on a piece of paper when the whole idea of democracy was started, a separation of church and state. This easily understandable statement of law means that court houses, public schools, or any other government buildings shouldn’t have religious laws placed front and center. There shouldn’t a picture of a religious leader hanging up in a school. Even worse, evolution as a theory, which when defined as a word means: “someone thinks this might be what happens.” Don’t take my word for it, I looked it up to make sure I wasn’t being stupid.

Theory is defined as: 
A supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, esp. one based on general principles independent of the thing to be...

That means, it is something someone supposes. If you really get easy, it means guessing.  Stuff people believe as fact are guesses. 

I don’t like arguments like this. I look the law as it is stated. It seems that information isn’t that hard to find these days. Even with certain topics being suppressed or under-represented in any media, Destructoid included, I can still find information. What is information? Well, besides power, information is watching videos, reading forums, scouring poorly designed blogs, searching twitter, looking through web search after websearch, and it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort. People these days hate working so much, they don’t even want to type words into a web browser. I imagine this is because they never learned to type, but my imagination is fucked up. 
   
The thing is, people want to argue about law, when it isn’t that hard to understand.

This applies to video games with two stories from the last few weeks: 

Story 1: A indiegogo fund for a game developer’s health costs.

Story 2: Nintendo going after Let’s Play videos of their current game releases.

I’ll address both these issues with rational, logical coldness. Also, cocks!Photo view gallery
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