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Thursday, March 31, 2005

piracy column piece cited in itjourno asia

ITJourno Asia, the subscription-only site for Asian tech journalists, cited my "Consumers and piracy" column piece in today's Epitome.

Epitome: You know you’ve done a good job when...

By Victoria Lea
31/03/2005 11:25:00 AM

… you’ve struck enough of a chord with readers that they talk back. As Stefan Hammond talks to Ariel Tam in today's 'Epitome Response', or as one irate reader emailed Joey Alarilla.

"You are SUCH a writer: all rhetoric and no sense of opportunity," INQ7's Alarilla quoted the reader as saying.

The quotes came from an email sent to Alarilla and related to an article by Alarilla on the need for the Philippines to vigorously fight piracy. The email had been published by the author on the web already, so Alarilla wrote he felt free to re-publish it himself.

"Joey, you dream of the day when the Philippines will become a world-class game development center, instead of becoming a developer of games and gaming systems that lots of people enjoy," part of the email read.

"You dream of the day when our country will become a major market for international game publishers, instead of some local entrepreneur seizing dominance in a market deemed too small to be touched by the global players, (he can develop games like Patintero Online and World of Sungka). You dream of the day when Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will launch their consoles in the Philippines, instead of wondering why we need to make these corporate bastards richer than they already are."

"Stick to writing, Joey."

Ouch? All credit to Alarilla for publishing the critique, and for the way he managed to then himself defend his argument. You can see the story here.

You can also see the reaction of Computerworld Hong Kong's Stefan Hammond, and one Chee Sing Chan, to an article penned by Ariel Tam at Today newspaper, in today's 'Epitome Response' piece, here. Something about lads versus ladies, perchance?

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