It's very interesting to observe the Pavlovian response of the American audience. Once ideology gets involved, all rationality goes out the window. I find it fascinating that a country ruled by religious elites, under heavy embargo, with networks under constant attack and scientist with bounties on their heads is able to develop a space program.
What exactly don't you understand? Nobody cares that it is commonly used in the community. They legally lost it to corporate greed or whatever fits your worldview. Choosing a side based on feelings instead of facts is called prejudice.
I work in marketing so I have a pretty good idea how trademarks are registered. "Gaymer" is not a commonly used word.
This is the world that western civilization has created for itself. Don't hate the player, hate the game. "Ignorantia juris non excusat" - ignorance for the law is not an excuse.
As I already said, if they liked the name, they should have registered it. Unfortunately "...they have for years" is totally meaningless in court. First come, first serve (legally speaking). I couldn't care less about how you feel about anything. You are "allowed" to print my comment and wipe your behind with it if it makes you happy.
Where exactly did you see fraudulent trademark filings? Was the brand free? Yes it was. I don't see a problem.
I'm not confused at all. These people are having ridiculous, laughable demands, ergo I take the opportunity to mock and laugh at them. "Gaymer" is not an actual dictionary word, therefore can not be part of the public domain. If they liked the name so much, they should have registered it as a trademark.
Bigot! Everyone has the right to be loud and obnoxious, to demand special treatment and exclusive rights.
How do you call gamers that love cheese? There must be a word for that.
"...anything but jogging" Ricky Gervais
SternisheFan writes "As Syria's rebels work to overthrow the tank-equipped Assad regime, they've learned that it helps to have tanks of their own. They deserve bonus points for integrating video game technology. This is no exaggeration. Have a look at the opposition forces' "100 percent made in Syria" armored vehicle, the Sham II. Named for ancient Syria and assembled out of spare parts over the course of a month, the Sham II is sort of rough around the edges, but it's got impressive guts. It rides on the chassis of an old diesel car and is fully encased in light steel that's rusted from the elements. Five cameras are mounted around the tank's outside, and there's a machine gun mounted on a turning turret. Inside, it kind of looks like a man cave. A couple of flat screen TVs are mounted on opposite walls. The driver sits in front of one, controlling the vehicle with a steering wheel, and the gunner sits at the other, aiming the machine gun with a Playstation controller."
One of my favorite quotes of all time - "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.". I'm quite misanthropic, so no, the examples you are giving do not make my heart warm. They are the achievements of few exceptional individuals, despite the rest of humanity, not thanks to the rest of humanity. The majority of us simply take credit for belonging to the same species and want to feel included. Whether our existence would be of interest to hypothetical intelligent extraterrestrial life is a philosophical question with many aspects so I'd refrain myself from making any assumptions.
I believe life, particularly intelligent life, gives the universe meaning.
That's exactly what I'm saying.
Not my life. My existence is meaningless. My conscience forms an idea as to what is meaningful - find cure for cancer, smoke weed all day, kill all the Jews, etc. and then it it motivates me to act accordingly. Meaning is a human construct.
IMHO "meaning" is a human concept. We simply exist and that's it. Everything else attached to it is simply ego trippin. When you are dead does it matter that you have known?