Instead of complaining about piracy, or tricking pirates by uploading gimped versions of their titles to torrent sites, why not take advantage of the added attention by uploading polished shareware demos of their games?
Pirates have a unlimited amount of games at their dispose, and probably will not even make it all the way through the full version of the game they just downloaded....unless they really like. I say give them a robust demo version and offer a easy way to upgrade if they like it.
Hell, just give the torrents a "part 1" shareware/trial version and let it spread and gather positive feedback. Then when ready to release the full version send out the "part 2" of the game to the torrents and offer "part 3" as a paid version of the full game on your own secure site.
Also, It's important to note that AE and Premiere work together - you can copy and paste edits between them and embed AE clips in the Premiere timeline. This way you can use the advanced AE features while still editing in a more typical editing environment. AE is primarily for effects work and doesn't work as well as Premiere for straight-forward editing.
If you can get After Effects and Premier....DO IT! They are like PB & Jelly.
Adobe has a very sweet subscription model now, which is much more reasonably priced because you can pay as you go and get the lastest and greatest versions automaticly. Be sure to try out the free trial as well......if I remember correctly they give you the full version of the software for 30 days.
As far as software, from personal experience I would use Premier. Anyone who has used video editing software should be able to pick up the basic easily, and there are endless amounts of tutorials for anything else you can think of. If your planning on doing tons of crazy special effect (like Freddie Wong type stuff) you will need After-Effects, otherwise just stick to Premier.
Big Business is one of my favorite bands to come out of the late 2000. It's hard to explain how a band can be so epicly heavy, only hearing them can do justice.
Here's one of my favorite songs by them.
In a completely different vein, I am also really digging The Joy Formidable's new album "Wolf's Law"..........any rock group that has a female singer that uses her voice in interesting ways always gets a listen in my book, and the band is extremely tight.
I have also been listening to Frank Zappa's "Apostrophe" and "Over-Nite Sensation".....which are timeless classics in my eyes (ears?).
I have a copy of Orge Battle 64 that came along with my fiances N64. She never liked it and couldn't remember how she got it, but I knew it was a rare gem. Fired up the N64 and tried to play it and realized tactic games on the 64 sucked.
So if anyone wants a copy of Orge Battle 64 let me know......I don't give a shit!
I also have a signed copy of The Gunslinger along with a custom painted Kinect that I won at PAX East last year, which I was super pumped to win because I love all that Twisted Pixel does. Fired up the Xbox 360 and tried to play it and realized that Kinect sucks. Ended up pulling a muscle in my arm from trying to fire my fake gun, but soldier on and finished the game.
So if anyone wants a copy of Kinect Adventure that came with the Kinec let me know......I don't give a shit!
If we are comparing the vast amounts of cultural saturation the Simpsons had in their prime (which we aren't), I think the only thing that comes close is Angry Birds.
As far story structure and heart, Bob's Burgers IS the spiritual successor to The Simpsons. Bob's Burger can be silly, crude, and weird but always has the love the family as its core. Back in its prime, it was that heart that kept the Simpsons from turning into a crazy mess (see Family Guy) and make the crazy moment that much more crazy.
I love Bobs Burgers, which means that FOX is going to cancel it after this season to spite me.
Just because you don't agree with some of their business practices does not give you the right to hope misfortune on the employees.
I know someone who is now jobless because of this news, and I can tell you that his team didn't sit around all day dreaming of ways to ruin the game industry. They (had) found a market and are focusing on keeping that segment of the population entertained and engaged.
To those who blindly hate Zynga and their user, please grow up....games are no longer just for basement dwelling adolescents.
My thoughts go out to those trying to find a job in Boston. Hopefully the recent flood of 38 Studio employees doesn't make it impossible to find a opening.