Tag: A Game of Thrones

Comic: I tried to watch Game of Thrones

by on Mar.05, 2012, under Articles, Comic Links, Comics, Computers, Culture, Internet, Technology, Television, Visual Media

The Oatmeal: I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened.

I’ve done this before as well. I don’t own cable. I don’t see the value in it anymore. I like watching certain shows and I’d rather pay for the right to watch those certain shows. Some shows, I have checked every single possible paid site for access to what I want and found nothing. Now I understand that there is still a fallacy here. A viewer is not entitled to watch a TV show whenever they want and obviously HBO doesn’t want their show available via streaming.

However the real situation is that piracy isn’t going to go away. HBO (in this case) is in an open courtyard sitting on a huge pile of diamonds, loudly exclaiming that you’re only allowed to buy a diamond from them if you run the obstacle course over there. Around HBO are streaming sites begging to offer money to hand deliver the diamonds with HBO refusing. Behind HBO are the piracy, carefully stealing the diamonds and then hand delivering them for free. And the only defense HBO has against the pirates is to really just shout at them and maybe start harassing the people he catches with a diamond.

The analogy is flawed but perhaps you see my point? You can’t sell ice to an Eskimo. In a world of streaming and direct access, not providing such features will lead some level of people to piracy. This goes back to one of the reasons I talked about in a prior post about piracy. In a world where things are easily copied, you need to provide a better service and quality to compete.

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Book Watch: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Book Watch, Books, Entertainment, Television

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Date Started: March 17th, 2011
Date Finished: July 4th, 2011

I liked it. I had one friend who informed me I should read it several months before the television show was released. Sadly I didn’t manage to finish the book before the first season of the television show finished, which meant that two key plot points of the climax of the book were spoiled for me. Being such a relatively old book most say it should be well past spoiler period but I digress.

As a book it was a good read but it didn’t inspire me to read it very much. It dragged in the middle, causing me to put it down as much as read it and I even paused to read another book in the middle of this one. Only one or two of the characters out of a rather large cast really kept my attention. I’ll be pausing before picking up the next book but I’ll eventually get to it.

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