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  1. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    Just playing devil's advocate. I have no idea about the intricacies of copyright law.
  2. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    Couldn't you argue that by modifying the work enough, he didn't copy it, he merely "aligned his opinions to those of someone else"?
  3. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    "This video is unavailable." Copyright violation?
  4. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    I've said before, Private Eye is a great place to read about all the immoral practices that go on in the media. The Street of Shame pages which write about all the hypocrisy, corruption and other bad stuff the newspapers get up to are a must-read every issue.
  5. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    I was more talking about writing in general rather than games reviews. In that respect, I don't think it's farfetched for a games journalist to do research by reading a few books on, say, the Saturn before doing a feature on the history of the console.
  6. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    That would be the icing on the cake!
  7. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    It's often too easy, when doing research for writing up a review or report, when you don't yet have a fixed opinion of your own, to get a sentence you agree on in the source stuck in your head. Then it's difficult to stop it becoming your own opinion and just slightly modifying the sentence to suit your style instead of coming up with your own. That's why I would try to avoid other reviews as much as possible if I was ever writing one up for a game or anything else. This guy clearly, deliberately went too far, though. Without actually bothering to read his original stuff, I would assume he was creatively bankrupt but desperate to stay in the game rather than someone who couldn't care less. It reminded me that plagiarism happens in even the most respected media forms as well. Private Eye do a good job of covering all this stuff. One of the sports journalists from the Times blatantly copied from other journalists for a book. At least he apologised and said he was under pressure for a deadline. https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/jul/24/thetimes-plagiarism
  8. James Lyon

    Sharknado

    One of the scenes that made me laugh in the first one was when they clearly used stock footage of a storm in Japan - this is mean to be California. You can clearly see Japanese writing on one of the signs.
  9. James Lyon

    Sharknado

    True Wikipedia fact: Steve Gutenberg turned down the lead role in Sharknado. He took on Lavalantula when he realised how much of a cult hit that first movie had become. Apparently General Warren in Sharknado is meant to be the same character in Z Nation (there's a zombie tornado in one episode).
  10. James Lyon

    Sharknado

    My favourite bit of dialogue from 3. Sums up the whole thing: Fin: "How can [sharks] survive in space?" April "How can they survive in a tornado?"
  11. James Lyon

    Sharknado

    They're in three! They make as much sense as any of the other cameos. I don't think I recognised more than 10% of them. Even when they went to Britain, I couldn't tell who anyone was.
  12. James Lyon

    Sharknado

    Anyone watched all of these? I resisted them for a long time, not really understanding what the appeal was until someone mentioned one of the plot points from one of the later movies. Then I was on board and I've got to say, they were pretty fun to watch. Yeah, they're bad, but that's part of the appeal and the movie knows that. It somehow manages to be tedious and exhilaratingly hilarious at the same time. The first is its own beast, it isn't until the second that it really revels in its ridiculousness. I thought the third was the pinnacle of tongue-in-cheek action (apart from an unfortunate cameo by Jared Fogle), the fourth and fifth not so great but still build on the momentum. The sixth is out pretty soon so looking forward to how they end it. I don't think it would hold up quite so well without Ian Ziering in the lead role. He plays the action hero Leslie Nielsen straight and makes the most of all the terrible scenes. I'm not entirely sure about Tara Reid, though. All the cameos are terrible. Definitely worth a watch.
  13. James Lyon

    IGN writer busted copying other people's reviews

    Write your own comedy introductory paragraph and conclusion. Anything between that could be anybody's.
  14. James Lyon

    Hearthstone

    I think it's definitely good for the likes of me who doesn't have the time or inclination to climb the ladder. One of my first Whizbang games was as a quest warrior. I'd have never got the cards together for any quest combo otherwise. I would hope all the deck combinations would at least be viable below rank 15 with nobody really implementing knowledgeable hard counters at that level. I'm sure I'll come up with a few other self-constructed decks anyway.
  15. James Lyon

    Great scenes in disappointing movies

    I'll add that I thought that the scene where he meets his wife again was quite affecting. A really tragic turn of events. Everything after that, not as good.
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