GamerGate Godfather Gets Banned From Twitter – Finally
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2016, 2:28 pm
Last night, Twitter finally got serious and banned the Godfather of the Gamergate Manchildren, the Liberace of Alt-Right Demagoguery from their service.  Sadly, after two years of him cheerleading targeted abuse on individuals, Twitter took action only because his target this time is famous, which made his exploits well-known. But let’s back up.  There’s two […]

Twenty Years, Twenty Lessons
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2016, 11:00 am
Mark Rosewater gave a great talk this year regarding design lessons he’s learned as a designer (currently lead designer) on Magic over 20 years.  This talk is so good that it should be used on day one of most Design 101 courses. Incidentally, much of this talk comes from the best lessons from his column, […]

Milo Vanilli
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2016, 1:03 am
Speaking of Ethics in Games Journalism, it turns out that Milo Yiannopoulos (of the blue checkmark scandal) essentially farms out most of his articles to unpaid ‘interns’ who appear to be largely made up of 8chan posters. Yiannopoulos confirmed in an interview with BuzzFeed News that he has “about 44” interns — “a mix of paid […]

About that VR Talk
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 March 2016, 7:28 pm
Last week, I talked about an interesting talk at GDC about Women, Harassment and VR.  Some commenters had some choice sentiments about the nature of this experiment.  Elizabeth Sampat had some choice words on the subject: None of this is consensual: anyone who thinks that harassment isn’t affecting if you know it’s coming obviously has […]

Nintendo Fires GamerGate Target for Bullshit Reasons
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 March 2016, 6:47 pm
In the realm of corporate cowardice, very little compares to the utter cowardice that is firing a female employee because she is the target of an orchestrated hate campaign from reactionary assholes.  But that is exactly what Nintendo America has done.  The always excellent Jesse Singal gives the rundown. For those seeking more background, check […]

I’m Still Skeptical about VR
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2016, 7:14 pm
The interesting thing about GDC was the fact that interest in VR is everywhere.  Monday and Tuesday had a VR summit, and lines were so long they have to use overflow rooms, and ultimately rearrange the conference to make room for it.  It reminded me a lot of GDC in 1996-1997, when the MMO talks […]

Multiplayer VR Experiences Need to Worry About Harassment Right Fucking Now
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2016, 8:09 pm
While I was at E3, Polygon published an article about a new, horrifying problem that to be honest, so far I haven’t even considered in my analysis of why VR has a bumpy road ahead, and that is that harassment in VR is likely to be way, way worse than in normal games.  A game dev […]

Milo’s Pathetic Two Month Tantrum Reaches the White House
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2016, 1:26 am
Milo Yiannopoulous, the pitifully preening thin-skinned neurotic meerkat that has self-styled himself as the Liberace of the Alt Right Movement Dedicated to Preserving the Right for Pathetic Manchildren To Be Abusive Shitheads in between bouts of acting as the Pied Piper of the #GamerGate movement, managed to worm his way into the White House Briefing Room today, […]

Operation #BarelyADribble
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2016, 1:31 am
Last year, I wrote about Fire Emblem’s poorly conceived romance option which involved drugging your lesbian companion so she would have sex with you — but only if you were male.  This was perceived by many observers as (a) creepy as fuck and (b) reminiscent of a barbaric American practice known as Gay Conversion Therapy, […]

The Myth of Political Correctness
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2016, 11:40 pm
Political Correctness is the bugaboo of many an idiot.  It’s a term that’s been thrown around by idiots for a long time in order to raise the creeping concern that somewhere, crafty sneaky liberals were going to make you listen to their opinions!  After which, of course, you would be helpless to begin taking bonghits […]

Magic and Planned Obsolescence, Revisited
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2016, 12:07 am
Last week, I wrote an article about how Hearthstone’s copying of Magic’s strategy of obsoleting old cards will probably result in very good things for Hearthstone.  One of the things that I forgot to mention is that Magic, themselves are changing the rules.  They are SPEEDING UP the obsolescence pattern.  And players are thrilled. Magic […]

Planned Obsolescence Will Probably Save Hearthstone
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2016, 2:16 am
This week, Blizzard announced a new mode of play in Hearthstone called ‘Standard’ play.  In this mode, you can only play with the most recent set of cards.  If you want to play with every card you’ve ever collected, you can play in Wild mode.  But it’s almost certain that Wild mode will get less […]

RooshV Puts Me In the Uncomfortable Position of Agreeing With Greg Abbott
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2016, 1:35 am
RooshV is a disgusting, sad sack of shit as a human being.  The founder of Return of Kings, almost inarguably one of the most despicable websites in the ‘manosphere‘.  Return of Kings is most notable for being so despicable that they reject the Mens Rights Activist label as not being despicably misogynistic enough.  They’re also the […]

PCs are Still the Most Successful Platform
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 January 2016, 5:08 pm
Maybe the MMO isn’t quite dead yet.

Seriously, Are We Still Talking About Sad and Rabid Puppies?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 January 2016, 12:15 am
Allum Bokhari of Breitbart claims that bookstores are purging their shelves of politically incorrect authors. Allum Bokhari is full of shit. Just like most Breitbart so-called journalists.

Criticism is Exactly What Freedom of Speech Was Meant to Protect
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2016, 1:23 am
A reader of ZenOfDesign sent me this thread that he started on NeoGAF near the turn of the year.  I’ve found it an interesting topic to talk about, but haven’t had time to discuss it in detail. I am very interested in creative processes and complex discussions around the creative freedom of artists as balanced […]

Donald Trump Wins Endorsement from Bus Aficionado and Inethical Journalist
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2016, 12:49 pm
It’s so amusing when my two favorite train wrecks – GamerGate and the Republican Primary – manage to find a way to collide.  This week, Donald Trump earned a key endorsement.  Not, Sarah Palin –although that one is comedy gold.  This one: That’s right, Mark Kern – a former game developer turned GamerGate zealot with a […]

On the Matter of the Blue Checkmark
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2016, 12:19 am
If you don’t know who Milo Yiannopoulos is, you should consider yourself lucky.  I admit, I was initially fooled by his cool, cultured accent when he interviewed me for his Podcast in the early days of the debacle that would be GamerGate.  In truth, he is the Liberace of Manufactured Outrage, a bullshit merchant of the highest […]

No, Gamers Are Not The New Religious Right
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2016, 12:27 am
Dear Jef Rouner, Yes, there are some real shitty people in the games playing audience.  I’ve been writing about them for the past two years in particular, and beyond.  I’ve been policing them in the games I built (MMOs) for even longer. They are not the norm, as your article would suggest.  They are aberrations […]

Dungeon Boss Update
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2016, 12:49 pm
The game that I’ve been working on, Dungeon Boss, has been doing quite well.  Shortly before Christmas, we added Guilds & the Tower of Pwnage to the game. Yes, I named the Tower.  These features have been getting solid reviews, and the game has been performing quite tidily. IGN recently did a Let’s Play of […]

“When I was nine years old Star Trek came on. I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.” – […]

A Follow Up, and a Note About Anonymity
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 November 2015, 6:43 pm
About a month ago, I wrote an article about harassment where I noted as almost a throwaway comment, that harassment has been aimed at people on both sides of the Hashtag That Shall Not Be Named. It included a link to a GamerGate girl who claimed that she had been framed by someone for sending […]

Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 October 2015, 2:12 pm
SXSW isn’t supposed to be a tech conference, dammit.  From its inception, it was always meant to be a music festival, dammit, and it’s a good one.  But in recent years, it’s expanded its coverage to include movies and technology.  Being the biggest con in town, SXSW frequently gets a ton of local coverage, but […]

Mad Max: It’s All About the Thunderpoon
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2015, 12:14 am
It is the near future.  The world has been ravaged by drought and disease, leaving the human race a broken, fragile thing.  Bands of survivors are forced to abandon their lives of luxury and ease, and fight to subsist in a land of famine, violence and constant feudal warfare.  And yet, their worst fear is […]

The Ongoing Star Citizen Silliness
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 October 2015, 1:44 am
Derek Smart vs. Chris Roberts.  Who will win?  I’m guessing popcorn salesmen. I recently wrote about Derek Smart’s ongoing crusade against Star Citizen, You may remember, for example, this piece, where Derek Smart asks politely for Chris Roberts and his wife to resign the company. Give backers the opportunity to hire an independent forensics accountant, […]

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