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Beatz Rants: PlayStation Vita

Howdy, Folks. Welp, it’s a new year and a new opportunity to bash the video game industry. Less than a month from now Sony will be launching its successor to the PSP, the PSP 2 PlayStation Vita – or PS VITA, whatever – to battle Nintendo’s 3DS… and the iPhone… and the iPad, Droid, Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab and… well, you see where this is going.

Check the vid to see my glowing predictions on the future of the Vita, Sony’s overall “strategy”, and a slight glimpse into what I think of the future of the handheld gaming market. Ciao, and enjoy.


What’s the Beat? Copyright Infringement 101 (Part 2)

Here’s the 2nd part of my Copyright Infringement 101 series. This part is a little more hands-on as I’ll show some samples of songs from popular infringement cases. Enjoy.


In a perfect case of irony, Youtube sent me the following email in regards to this particular video:

Dear Beatz McKenzie,

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No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.

Turns out it was the 2 Live Crew song “Pretty Woman” that was tagged. Luckily, they didn’t disable my audio, but you may find some random Amazon ads linking to the 2 Live Crew song for purchase on the video page. So once again, 2 Live Crew wins. Me love you long time.

What’s the Beat? Copyright Infringement 101 (Part 1)

Hello, folks. This time I’m tackling copyright infringement, aka, biting. Biting is/was a very rampant practice in hiphop, modern music and entertainment in general. Now, however, most people play nice and get permission to use someone’s work. This change in philosophy is the result of some very crucial legal cases that helped define and narrowly tailor all things related to copyrights (also, thanks to the internet, it’s easier to find the owner of the work and it’s also easier to track down an infringer). I’m gonna knock this out in a 2 part series, similar to my copyright 101 series. I will have part 2 up soon as well. Enjoy.

What’s the Beat? Nintendo Wii Overview

Back, folks. This time I’m doing a quick rundown of Nintendo’s latest lovechild; the Wii. Personally, I’m not a fan of the console or, most importantly, the impact the Wii is having on the overall scope and perception of gaming throughout the mainstream world/media. But at the end of the day Nintendo knows how to please consumers and also how to create new consumers. They’ve been expanding the realm of gaming for 20 odd years so who am I to question them? Well, enough of that. Check out the video and let me know what you think. Peace.

What’s the Beat? Disney Acquisition of Marvel Ent.

Back again, people. Well, well, well. Disney has awakened from its comatose slumber and actually did something. Props to them. I was beginning to the think the company was run by chimpanzees. I think both Marvel and Disney win in this deal. Check the vid. Enjoy.

What’s the Beat? A Plead to Microsoft

Ok. I know sony just dropped the price on the PS3, but this doesn’t give Microsoft a pass to be stupid. So I’m pleading to Microsoft – Please don’t be stupid, learn from Sony’s mistakes. Check out the vid. Hope you enjoy.

What’s the Beat? Playstation Vs. Xbox 360 holiday ’09 Preview

What’s up, yall. Back again with some flamebait. A quick summary of the upcoming holiday gaming blitz between Sony and Microsoft. I know, I know. I didn’t include the wii because, well,I have zero interest in it and plus– they really don’t have much coming out. I may need to do an entire segment on the wii and it’s impact on gaming and pop culture, but for now it’s all about the PS3 and the 360. Enjoy!