Developed by Haemimont Games, Tropico 5 was made available on the PC in May last year and was the best selling installment of the Tropico franchise. The game will be ported to next-gen consoles sometime in the future. However, Thailand does not seem to happy with its release and banned the game from their country.
Why the Ban?
After declaring martial law last year in May, Thailand refuses to allow distribution of Tropico 5 because the game (to my guessing) may promote violence and rebellion. According to New Era Thailand, they stopped selling the game because “some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country,” and that the game” might affect peace and order in the country.” Although they didn’t give much explanation to this ban, they clearly don’t want any terrorists or what have you go against their military.
It makes a lot of sense since the game depicts you as a nation’s leader. You can do anything you want, including setting the laws and more nerfarious acts like rigging elections and manipulating the media. Apparently the third and fourth installments of Tropico were okay to distribute but the fifth one went a little overboard. Quoting Nonglak Sahavattanapong, “the storyline has developed further and there might be some part of it that’s not appropriate in the current situation.”
Expectedly, New Era Thailand doesn’t have any plans to appeal to this ban since it would be a waste of time. Don’t you see? You essentially are the Thailand Army in Tropico 5. Unexpectedly though, Thailand is censoring videos and images containing booze and cigarettes on TV, and are focusing on any bad “stuff” they see like porn. In addition, they are also censoring specific articles, magazines, books, web links, and more.
When a person has no money to pay his debts, the state may take over his property and sell it, dividing the sums obtained from the sale among the people whom he owes money. When this happens to a person he is described as being bankrupt. In the Middle Ages creditors broke the benches, or trading counters, of Italian merchants who failed to pay their debts. The word "bankrupt" comes from banca rota, meaning bench broken. (In England and Australia corporations and limited companies cannot be made bankrupt, but they can be liquidated, or wound up, if they cannot pay their debts.)
With a few exceptions--such as ambassadors from foreign countries--any person may be made bankrupt. He may himself ask to be made bankrupt when he realizes that he cannot pay his debts, or any of the people to whom he owes money, who are called his "creditors", may ask the court to take over his affairs.
When a person is made bankrupt the court appoints a trustee (in England called the "official receiver") who takes over and manages the bankrupt's property. He may run the bankrupt's business for the benefit of the creditors or sell all the bankrupt's property and divide it among the creditors.
Without this bankruptcy system each individual creditor might demand complete payment of all the money owed to him--which of course the bankrupt person would not be able to make. Under this system, however, the state protects the bankrupt from these demands, and when he has paid his creditors as much as he can, he may be discharged from bankruptcy owing nothing at all. He can thus begin business again with a clean sheet. The court will only give the bankrupt his discharge of he has behaved with complete honesty, not hiding his property or deceiving his creditors or the court in any way. If he borrows money or makes business deals without telling the person concerned that he is an undischarged bankrupt, he may, in certain cases be sent to prison.
The present bankruptcy law is less severe than the older laws. In Anglo-Saxon and early Greek and Roman law, for example, a creditor was allowed to sell his debtor into slavery. When the bankruptcy system grew up at the end of the Middle Ages, it was confined to businessmen, or merchants. In England it was not applied to ordinary debtors until 1869; before then, ordinary debtors were usually sent to prison.
In the United States, Congress enacted the first bankruptcy law in 1800. In Canada the various provinces could make their own bankruptcy laws after 1880. In 1919 the Dominion parliament adopted a Dominion bankruptcy act for all Canada. In Australia a federal act governing bankruptcy came into force in 1928 to govern the whole country.
The first year of the Wii U didn’t go exactly as everyone hoped. It had one of the poorest profit reports for a first year launch of any Nintendo product in year. This surprised many people as there was so much time and money invested in developing a gaming system platform that promised to bring together the best of technology in a way that made gaming a more complete and engaging experience.
All the industry pundits that bemoaned that the Wii U was never going to get off the ground may have to take back their words, the upcoming years for Wii U not only look like they are going to be a success, but the gaming system stands to become the most prominent one on the market.
At first it would appear that someone at Nintendo made a very elementary mistake, they released a stellar new gaming system – but had next to no games that would work on it to showcase its technology. This called to mind the Betamax fiasco when a certain company thought that just because a technology had promise, the people would buy it before there was any appreciable library in existence that made it worthwhile to use.
All the head scratching about Nintendo doing the same thing is beginning to be explained with the continued release of expansion channels and games for the system. It may not have been a case that a product was rushed to market before it really had any reason to be adopted, it may have been a shrewd maneuver by Nintendo to get a new product out and get feedback from players before releasing games that would attract new gamers to the platform. In many ways this is a very “google-ish” approach to beta releasing. Get to your early adopters first and get the first round of fixes in before you try to land the new market.
The Wii U was not treated kindly in its freshman year by reviewers. They loved the hardware and promise, but were disappointed with its reality. Much was made of the lack of games that even looked good on the new high definition engine in the forums and on social networks. Many software platforms would not be able to recover from over a year’s worth of disappointment being marketed around, but Nintendo and Wii U have a very good chance of overcoming this.
The new games that are being released, the finalizing of the Miiverse world and the introduction of Camp Miiverse promise to wash any bitter taste left by that first year out of anyone’s mouth. They are not just bringing back the old classics in a new form; Nintendo is also making it possible for you to play the old classics just as they used to be with their conversion channel that is available as the Wii U Virtual Console. This will bring in new and old gamers alike.
There have been some surprising changes in this generation of Playstation 4 that is making people wonder if they should wait before upgrading from the Playstation 3. What caught the most people off guard was the discontinued support of many of the most popular 3rd party accessories. Rather than being a sign that you should wait for Playstation 5 to come out, you should be running to get the PS4 because all of these changes single an important upgrade to the core console system.
Sony has always placed a high value on using quality engineered designs to support their gameplay. Their initial tower design for the PlayStation generations was deliberate, a tower allows for better management of the thermal conduction between the electronics powering the system. It also makes it easier to integrate into your home or office.
The move away from supporting third party accessories is due to the engineers needing the real estate within the tower to support increased graphics acceleration and power supply with a more sizable hard drive and ram system. The other choice they made was not to work with integrated touch screen systems, but to increase the number of connection options on the tower itself. In the end this gives you a more powerful game system and saves you from having to buy additional accessories for your PS4, it will connect to most any screen hosting device.
Is PS4 Really All that Better?
When evaluated by players and reviewers the consensus is that PS4 made the right decision in getting rid of the extra baggage of adapting to allow 3rd party accessories because the new hardware configuration is faster and far more powerful. It can handle intense game designs like Watchdog and Diablo III without a moment’s hesitation. PS4 also upgraded their entire audio system and VOIP capability, further underscoring the need to do away with 3rd party accessories and stay focused on quality devices.
What also came as an unexpected, but pleasant surprise was the well-kept secret of just how many new games and new upgrades are being released for the PS4. Every genre from RPG to driving to sports and first person shoot-em ups is covered. There are over 70 new games coming from some of the best development studios in the business including Activision, Reverb, Electronic Arts and Disney to name just a few.
The fact that so many creative agencies have jumped on to the PS4 wagon should tell you that this is the one to get. This isn’t a trial run, none of these companies would have committed to the development costs without knowing that this will be the generation that will stay around for quite some time. If you are looking to upgrade your system, or to make a commitment to the world of gaming, this is the right time and the right generation to buy. The PS4 delivers everything you want.