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 The Weekly Gazette 11-19-2023
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(November 13 to November 19, 2023)

Welcome dear readers to the latest issue of the Weekly Gazette! Here in the Gazette, we give you the news in brief of what occurred in the past week as well as provide any news happening in Save-Point itself

Official Area
Announcements and Updates
Because of issues and discussions that have gone on within the forum, and demands placed within other sites, there are now Requirements for Generated A.I. Content. DerVVulfman laid out a case why any AI-Generated works now need to be labeled from the date posted then on, and upon differences between the Creativity boards and others.

Feedback and Suggestions
This January, kyonides inquired whether the rise of AI art would necessitate the need for the forum's rules to be updated. Some recently made suggestions that banning AI art being banned is commercially diriven, suggesting that one shouldn't entertain the thought of artists not being compensated, and saw no difference between using copyrighted art or mimicking an artist's style. Others however noted that companies would obviously wish to protect their interests, and how legal issues of AI generations have arisen. DerVVulfman locked the thread noting court rulings against AI art over copyright issues, criminal cases involving AI-based deepfakes, and how other services having made rules requiring the separation of AI generated content from all other.

General Chat
As the Israel/Hamas war dominates the News of the World, proof of warcrimes are revealed as the Hamas HQ was found within a Children's Hospital replete with weapons and evidence of hostages. Violence ensued on the streets, Pro-Hamas denostrators shutting down the DNC in California, only before a previous mob clashing with the police just before. And German Police did simultaneous raids on properties suspected of supporting Hezbollah. Still, in defiance of the UEFA, Israeli and Polish soccer teams held a moment to honor the victims of the October 7 attack. The BBC apologized for incorrectly reporting that Israeli solders targeted medics and Arabic speakers. And Columba U. Suspended Pro-Terror Student groups. Regarding illegal migrations, Finland places full blame upon Russia for its weaponization. For public relations, Paris clears the streets of camps for the Olympics while San Francisco streets are cleared to welcome China's President Xi, though a Czech news crew was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco at the time. Meanwhile, Mexican President AMLO Praises Biden's choice to reinstate the Catch and Release policy which was implmented by Obama employees while known to be a failing policy. And of Failing policies, Boston Democrats wish to give foreign nationals the right to vote despite the law, and Illegal Aliens are now fleeing Sanctuary Cities as they admit they thought The process for legal status would be quick. Not good news for Democrats this week as Stacey Abrams's non Profit is now being investigated for financial corruption. A criminal referral was sent charging Michael Cohen for lying to Congress in 2019. And Loudoun County Voters fire Buba Biberaj, the prosecutor who charged the father of a rape victim of violent conduct when a school district conspired to conceal the rape. For U.S. President Biden's son, his tax probe appears to be quite active in California, this while attempting to sue Former President Trump and Bill Bar for losing the sweetheart plea deal over his firearm charge. Insofar as former President Trump, his lawyers are calling for a mistrial citing bias from the preciding judge. Though Germany plans to double military aide to Ukraine and Ukraine having sucesses long the Dnieper River, over 40,000 military age Ukrainians are attempting to avoid the fight. Meanwhile, The U.S. army is sending out letters to those soldiers that protested and were kicked out over Biden's Military Vaccine mandate. Another Mexican Government coverup, this time of the negligent death of a cuban migrant in custody, U.S. President Biden lifting sanctions on the Agency linked to Uyghur Genocide, the Republican-promised footage of all January 6 Capital video now available on X/Twitter, Chinese warship sonar injuring Australian naval divers, a French Senator Accused of Drugging Fellow Lawmaker in Attempted Rape, and so much more is in this week's news.
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Tech Talk
For Elon Musk, it has been an especially bad week of News of the Cyber World, whether it be his antisemetic comments that drew boycots from most of Hollywood or suspension of advertisements from IBM and other sources. Then there's the issue with another Space-X rocket exploding and the Cybertruck controversy. There wasn't much good news for Google this week, now revealed they spent over $8 Billion to secure their monopoly with Samsung during their anti-trust lawsuit, and news that Google Maps left hikers in Canada stranded. Yet, not everything is at fault as a Tokyo doctor wants to sue Google because they won't remove his bad reviews. Job loss is a booming industry with AI as Amazon slashed hundreds more jobs. And even the CEO and co-developer of OpenAi got fired for lying to the company board. The dangers of Senator Durbin's Data Protection bill revealed, nearly half of Australia's ports shut down by cyberattacks, the Roblox lawsuit over child endangerment and online predators, and so much more hit this week's cybernews.

Forum Games & Nonsense
For those who want a chuckle, then you may wish to read about The Great Kender Crusade. Once more did DerVVullfman find an entertaining tale of Pen-and-Paper RPG campaigns, this one reveals the chaos unleashed when the game runner brings in a friend who wreaks a bit of havok with the rest of the players.

Games Development
Development Discussion
For those wondering What's Up among our forum's RMers, Charlie Fleed renewed the domain once more. Our sponsor who made Hartacon has moved from traditional RPGs towards tactical games such as X-Com, providing his Twitter/X channel. He also wondered if anyone was involved in Unity game development and would be interested in a collaboration. Insofar as work outside of Unity, Remi-chan continued the work upon her game, Fantasia. Videos of clashes against a Child of Clamity or the aspect of power herself have been reposted.

Code Support
Months ago, zlsl put forth a request to combine ATES with Ryex's Dynamic, the issue being that the dynamic map system disabled the audio from the weather effects script. So busy he was with his schedule, he has been unable to do much in game development. After all this time, he found a minor bug which he cannot solve, one that breaks the weather audio when switching from one map to another.

One more discussion on Ruby Scripting revealed how improper it is to define a method within another method, methods being a collection of executable statements and are not structures such as Class or Module objects which may. For this, he presented sample code which illustrates issues with executing methods, it even depicting how stacked methods incorrectly defined are actually considered part of the class and not part of a method it is within.

Material Development
Scripts Database
Kyonides' OtherLayers which lets users employ static pictures as map upper layers went through an upgrade, now allowing such images to function as lower-layer graphics.

Admittedly, PlayMusik is but a simple jukebox system for your Ruby-Based RPGMaker games. Originally just for VXAce, kyonides later backported his script for the other two engines.

The MenuDisabler by kyonides lets the users individually disable Skill, Equipment and like options in RPGMaker VX and VXAce engines when the need arises.

The Battle Item Count VX system by kyonides allows one to update or limit the number of items brought into battle, or remove them during combat.

Creativity Section
Music and Audio
Developing a game doesn't just require sprites and artwork; it requires ambience and music to make the player more engaged. So it is a good thing that Eric Matyas continues to Share His Original Music, though he has higher quality audio packs for nominal fees. Still, he crafted some urban works such as "QUIRKY CHARACTERS ON MY BLOCK", and for those on a journey to the mid-80s, the "CYBER TRAIN JOURNEY" can take you away with its early techno feel. And the low thrumming nature of the "DISCO COPS FROM THE FUTURE" may be just what you need for a dystopic future world.

Art and Design
No, you are not seeing double. You are indeed seeing two renders within Remi-chan's Neato Arty thread thing! of the same hero from Fantasia: Surreal Cosmic Projeny. As one of the characters planned to appear within Remi-chan's scheduled sequel, Lilac Graves undergoes a cosmetic makeover in both wardrobe and weapon skills that barely relect the power she will wield.

Well, that's it for this week.
"As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two." - Sir Norman Wisdom (1915-2010)


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