Backlog: Neutrality Lost Edition

Photo courtesy  Blaise Alleyne

Photo courtesy Blaise Alleyne

The U.S. Court of Appeals sided with Verizon, Comcast and other telecoms this week when it overturned a package of "net neutrality" rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. These laws were meant to classify, and thus maintain, the Internet as an "open" entity, one where powerful ISPs couldn't regulate the Internet as they saw fit.

I heard the story during my usual early morning drive to work. All day I turned the ruling over in my head, up and down and back and forth, deciding how best to exert my rage. "The big guys won again," was a thought I couldn't push away. So when I got home I did the only sensible thing and registered for a virtual private network (VPN) service at the cost of $40 per-year. Thanks to the VPN, I'm writing this post from a Danish IP address!

In reality, the ruling might give the FCC some scary powers (legal stuff is weird). Berin Szoka and Geoffrey Manne of Wiredposted a fantastic dissection of the court's judgment and why the telecom companies might not be the ones to fear. Even so, I'm enjoying the idea that my online activities (nefarious or not) are obfuscated from both federal and civilian organizations.

Doug and Spencer have some light content for you in this edition. I expect us to punch-up our collective gaming quotient as the ice thaws and new releases flood the market. -- Aaron Thayer


New in GT6: cars!

New in GT6: cars!

Ah, the Backlog. I’ve missed you. Have you missed me, too? I hope so. After this long together you’d think we’d have that kind of relationship.

Unfortunately I’ve been away for a while since I honestly haven’t had enough time to sit down and try something new. During the festive season, I was busy traveling; since work returned in the New Year, I’ve been busy getting back into the swing of work and also doing a little bit more travel. Sadly it leaves little time for games, but I hope to change that this weekend.

Gran Turismo 6 has remained in my PlayStation 3 basically nonstop for over a month. Thanks to the game’s Seasonal Events, I’ve been filthy, stinking rich -- a few of those special, short-time-only events were offering silly amounts of cash. Combined with the game’s login bonus that builds as you play day after day (up to a maximum of 200 percent) you can see how the cash builds up quickly. I’ve been able to buy all the wonderful racing cars I’d been drooling over since starting the game -- my most recent addition is the Jaguar XJR-9.

I’ve needed these expensive racing cars because the game is getting a good deal more difficult. I’m into the higher-end races, where it’s more difficult to simply out-muscle the competition. It’s a fun challenge, but it’s still a challenge.

Otherwise I have a few great games lined up for this next week: DmC: Devil May Cry, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Broken Age and a few more. It’s really the perfect time to stay inside and play some games.


This game is still unsettling

This game is still unsettling

Any amount of WoW-playing is shameful, so I’m not going to say how much I’ve played recently.

Ridiculous Fishing is a winner. I really wish that I had gotten on the boat sooner, but I can definitely see why it made Nick’s honorable mentions for the year.

I also just received Broken Age, so that needs to be played. And I predict some Left 4 Dead 2 is likely in the coming days. Keep an ear out for more, when I’m much less exhausted.