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On community and the decent souls of “Everquest 2″…

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Dying Boy Gets His Own Personal Virtual Wonderland Built by a Game Community in Just Four Days.

Oh dear, it appears that I now have something in my eye.  As you will too when you click on Kotaku’s story.

For all of the stories that we read about the games community, the negativity/griefing/trolling therein and the irritation we can all sometimes feel about the business of play, sometimes a story like the one above makes you forget about all of the foul-mouthed, 14-year-old Xbox Live anon-racists and focus on people doing great things for somebody that they’ll never meet and barely come to know.

Kind of amazing, really…

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“Inspector Spacetime” web spin-off exterminated by NBC Daleks

Viewers of “Community” will hopefully be familiar with that show’s meta-tastic spoof cult sci-fi show within a show, “Inspector Spacetime”.

In no way connected with the parody segment within the NBC series "Community".

It’s a loving piss-take of wobbly-set and rubber-monster era “Doctor Who” and has somehow spawned a cult following within the small but devoted fan base of it’s parent show.

Actor Travis Richey, who plays the eponymous time ‘tec, recently announced plans to seek crowd-sourced funding for a web series based on the character and bemused some observers, who wondered when “Community” makers NBC were going to notice his Kickstarter page and shut down any direct connection to the ‘Spacetime’ character.

That day has come.

It’s kind of a bummer but wholly expected – I don’t think SyFy and NBC Universal would be delighted, for example,  with my wholly unsanctioned “Warehouse 13” web series where Claudia gets to be cute for ten minutes and steampunk shenanigans ensue, hence that show currently existing only in the fevered parameters of my own head.

Alison Scagliotti, as Claudia, in "Warehouse 13". Steampunk spin-off, please, SyFy...

Of course, a seasoned observer might wonder why the BBC haven’t been parachuting lawyers into NBC’s corporate HQ to query just how much “Inspector Spacetime” adheres to the notion of fair use and parody which allows some TV shows and movies to get away with outright copyright violation with no more defence than ‘It’s kind of funny and an affectionate homage”.

Richey still intends to go ahead with his project – with some crucial but helpful addenda to his initial pitch…

Is this an illustration of the essential difference between US and UK corporate bodies or just evidence that NBC have a massive stick lodged somewhere painful and can’t even begin to see the absurd irony of their actions?

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