Petition to Bandai Namco Entertainment
Bring back Roger the Kangaroo in Tekken 7.
Katsuhiro Harada has claimed that he is taking out Roger Jr as a playable character in the upcoming title Tekken 7 due to fear of backlash of animal rights activists. Harada claims that he is fearful of animal rights activists getting involved because of the recent viral video of a man punching a kangaroo circulating through social media; and that this video may have an affect on how Roger is seen when in play. Harada also claims that Kuma (A brown bear) will still be available however because he feels as if a bear's natural strength is more equal to that of a man so isn't as bad as a kangaroo. The fact that Harada is pulling out of using Roger and keeping other animal characters because of a viral video is plainly rather silly and it seems as if he has been pushed into a corner because of how far animal rights activists take things. Roger Jr has been a staple figure of the Tekken series since he debuted in Tekken 2 back in 1996 and over 20 years of him boxing his opponents he is going to be removed because of fear of animal rights activists. This is removal is unjust to the fans of Tekken worldwide and to the gaming community as a whole. We cannot let these ridiculous groups allow to control the games we play. If Harada pulls Roger out and let these activists win where is it going to happen next? So many games have the inclusion of animals and all the violence in these video games is not real. Too many times groups like Peta have tried to step in and censor our games. A line must be drawn here and we must make these activists realise that it is all fake. Not real. Fictional. They can try to say what they like about the killing of animals is very much real and so on, but it doesn't take a genius to go on and google "How many animals did Peta kill in 2016?" to see that these folks are incredibly hypocritical and are just trying to ruin the fun for everybody else. Don't let animal activist groups censor the gaming community. #BringBackRoger
Petition to Daniel Ek, Spotify AB
Uncensor Pink Season from Spotify Search Results
Pink Season is the second album released by Pink Guy, a comedy character created by artist Joji (George Miller). It consists of 35 rap, ukulele and electric tracks, all lyricised in the name of comedy, lasting only 90 minutes, but taking years to be produced. It's an independently released album, not attached to any record label, and the album is promoted by Joji's soundcloud, his second YouTube channel TooDamnFilthy, and is also listed on Spotify. The album was released to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify and Facebook on the 4th of January 2017, and in that week, raised to Viral charts in 17 countries on Spotify, occupied 18 of the 50 viral slots on the UK Viral 50, was placed 76th on the Billboard 200, and accumulated multi-millions of hits on YouTube. The album was largely praised by Pink Guy's fanbase, and was given a positive review by YouTube music reviewer Anthony Fantano. On the 18th of January 2017, Pink Season's song STFU edged out Ed Sheeran and many other mainstream artists to become #1 on Spotify's Global Viral 50, a huge achievement for an independently released album. Nine other albums also occupied places on the chart. It was hailed to be one of the best performing independently released albums in January 2017, and the fans of Pink Guy were ecstatic. Pink Season's run continued, climbing from 76 to 70 on the Billboard 200 and 30 on the Hot 100 for the week of 28th January 2017. Fans were excited for how far up this album would be able to go. However, disaster struck short after. Reports began coming in to /r/FilthyFrank regarding the disappearance of the album from Spotify on the 19th January 2017. Despite still being on people's playlists and the charts (then), the album was censored, removed from all of Spotify's search results, meaning fans could no longer find it when they searched, driving fans away from listening to it on Spotify. As a result of this, hits fell, and all of Pink Season disappeared from the Viral Charts. The album fell from #70 to #194 on the Billboard 200. Fans are outraged at this censorship. Like Youtube has done for some of his work, Spotify has removed George Miller's work from their search results, driving fans away from his work, as they are unable to find what they are looking for. Spotify has killed the chart run of an independent album, deliberately and knowingly throwing it from 70th to 194th on the Top 200. The request is simple. We want Pink Season reinstated to Spotify's search results, and uncensored so that fans of the album are able to access it. We are abhorred by their decision, and want them to revoke it. #FreePinkSeason
Petition to Nintendo, SONY, Microsoft, Valve, PEGI, ESRB, USK
Implement Dynamic Age Ratings on Game Consoles.
Currently games are given an age rating based on the content in the game. Because of this publishers and developers often have to alter their games to get a lower age rating. To help solve this issue I propose that games implement what I am calling "Dynamic Age Ratings". Instead of games needing to be altered to fit a certain age rating I propose that games be programmed with multiple age ratings built in. The age of the player can be set in their profile or parental controls. Then based on the age of the player certain content may be altered to be more appropriate for their age. So in other words 18+ players will be able to play a completely unedited version of the game. A 16+ year old playing the same copy of the game may have some violent/sexual scenes toned down. a 12+ year old playing the same copy of the same game may have blood effects toned down. There are many other possibilities. There are also some games which deal with topics which are too mature to tone down. So when displaying the games in shops rather than showing the single age rating the games would show which age ratings are available to be selected in the game. I believe this will help gamers and publishers alike. Publishers will no longer need to pick a target age group allowing them to target a broader market, and gamers don't have to worry about content being cut to reach a lower age rating.
Petition to Queen Mary Student's Union
Queen Mary Students Union - Do not ban certain papers from sale on campus
The Student Council has passed Motion 7.2, banning the sale of The Daily Mail, The Daily Express and The Sun on campus. We consider this to be a restriction of free speech and a body blow against the ideal of open debate that is so important to thriving universities. We do not endorse the political views so often expressed in these newspapers. We condemn their divisive and hateful rhetoric, and we promote instead a vision of a Britain that is open and tolerant. However, we do not believe that such rhetoric is best addressed by ignoring it, which is what this ban is tantamount to. We believe that hate is best challenged and exposed through open debate. This motion has been passed with very little public consultation and it affects every student at the university by making it look like we will not allow our views to be challenged. This is entirely against the spirit of university where we are invited to shape and refine our opinions through direct engagement with those who disagree with us. Abandoning such a principle lends the Union and the wider university, whose reputation reflects on all of us, to ridicule. This is not who Queen Mary students are. This is not who Young People are.