Kern Being Kern: Part Gazillion
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2015, 1:34 am
You may remember Mark Kern from his little temper tantrum from earlier this year – a temper tantrum that may or may not have resulted in him being shown the door from the company he founded. Whether this was due to his spending all of his time shitposting rather than getting work done, or whether […]


Professional Victims: Part Deux
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2015, 11:08 pm
You may remember when I pointed out the story about the Honey Badgers at the Calgary Expo, who threatened to sue the convention for kicking them out once it was pointed out that they lied about their agenda upon entering and were according to some a disruptive force on the floor?  Yeah, well, shortly afterwards, […]


Three Great Magic the Gathering Stories
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 June 2015, 6:14 pm
My favorite game of all time, bar none, is Magic the Gathering, the collectible card game.  For those who care about the details, I tend to be a card collector, but prefer to stick to the Standard format, which is a more constrained format that roughly limits the player to using cards from the last […]


A Bad Week To Be an Utter Asshole Online
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2015, 2:37 am
This has been a rough week in the real world for me, but today something happened that put a big ol’ smile on my face.  First off, Twitter made it very clear where they stand on blockbots by effectively implementing a feature that does the same thing by allowing users to share blocked user lists.  This, […]


Anne Rice and Brigading
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 June 2015, 2:16 am
A new article from STGRB (Stop The Goodreads Bullies). This one involves a “bully” review that was removed by… http://t.co/ao6TGaQW91 — Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) June 1, 2015 Just in case the recent imbroglio wasn’t weird enough, Anne Rice (perhaps accidentally) aligned herself with #GamerGate by slamming Randi Harper in Twitter, pointing to an article on […]


Time to Lego Penis
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 June 2015, 1:59 am
The Phrase ‘Time to Penis’ was the MMO answer to ‘Time to Crate‘.  It was coined by designer par excellence Jeff Freeman who sadly is no longer with us, and was used to describe the length of time, in a game with user created content, it would take for players to fell the game with […]


Tilting at the DiGRA Windmill
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2015, 2:14 am
This past weekend, DiGRA held their annual games conference in Germany, which can mean only one thing: clearly it was time for #GamerGate to send in the welcoming committee, flooding the hashtag with a load of unwelcome hate for the attendees to enjoy – a playbook that #GamerGate has seemed to decided to copy from […]


Anita and Mad Max
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2015, 2:36 am
Anita Sarkeesian had an unpopular opinion today. Gosh darn you, Sarkeesian, for being magnanimous and conceding that your opinion may not match the opinions of other people!  And gosh darn if the SJW-o-sphere hasn’t just broken out in civil and interesting conversations about the topic, as if we can have reasonable and interesting debates about […]


Loving Things You Criticize
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2015, 1:33 am
You know that guy I was talking about over the weekend, whose hobby is to be as ridiculously thin-skinned and hyperbolic as the imaginary social justice strawmen poisoning the gaming press and industry that he’s invented in his head?  Well, he’s back, and he wants to help out all you imaginary haters who want to write clickbait reviews ! […]


On Tokenism
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 6:28 pm
Hidden among Adrian’s tirade against Polygon for the mindcrime of daring to care about SJW issues, is this chestnut.  This is not a particularly new argument, but Adrian captures it more eloquently than most. Note that I am not sure that adding “strangers from the strange lands” to the game would solve anything for the chronically offended. […]


Mad Max: Fury Road
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 2:11 am
There are those who think that you should not see Mad Max: Fury Road because it will turn you into a raving feminist.  Yes, these people are idiots.  Still, while MM:FR is clearly about tough women surviving, adapting, and excelling in a deeply, deeply misogynistic post-apocalyptic world, that’s not why you should go see it. […]


In a World Where Devs Get Offended by 8.0s
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 May 2015, 4:23 pm
Adrian Chmielarz throws out his gauntlet, right from the start. I consider Polygon’s review of The Witcher 3 poisonous to the industry: to gamers, to game developers, to game journalists. Oh, geez, what horrible thing did Polygon say in their review, which earned an 8/10? The result is still a game that often feels like […]


On the Abuse of Developers
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 May 2015, 6:06 pm
Over in my old stomping grounds on SWTOR, yesterday the lead community manager was forced to scold players for being self-entitled jerks. However, following the posts John made yesterday, a few players formed a witch-hunt against John. These players tracked him down on some of his personal accounts and in some extreme cases, even those of […]


The SPJ Kerfuffle
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 May 2015, 3:34 pm
So last week, the Society for Professional Journalists had ethics week, complete with their own hash tag (#SPJEthicsWeek).  Once GamerGate got wind of it, they – in their typically fair-minded and even-handed manner – proceeded to dogpile the hashtag to such a degree that the organizers of the event felt compelled to abandon the hashtag. […]


On the Topic of the Avengers 2
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2015, 9:02 pm
Shortly after the launch of Avengers 2, Joss Whedon decided to take a break from Twitter.  This prompted the Outrage Machine to spin up and announce that Joss’ departure was based on the shrill response he got from feminists based on the depiction of Black Widow in the movie.  Joss has since replied that this […]


On the Topic of the Avengers
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2015, 3:22 pm
Shortly after the launch of Avengers 2, Joss Whedon decided to take a break from Twitter.  This prompted the Outrage Machine to spin up and announce that Joss’ departure was based on the shrill response he got from feminists based on the depiction of Black Widow in the movie.  Joss has since replied that this […]


GamerGate Bomb Threat
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2015, 2:21 am
Hey, whoever phoned in a bomb threat to the GamerGate meetup in Washington, DC: you’re an asshole.  Seriously.  Stop it.


On the Topic of an Utter Lack of Self Awareness
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 May 2015, 1:58 am
Over the weekend, the Boston Globe did an article which paints rather convincingly the image that GamerGate Firestarter Eron Gjoni is, in fact, the ex-boyfriend from hell. You know, as if ‘directing an international hate mob onto his exes’ girlfriend with malice and glee’ wasn’t enough. Over the past several months, Gjoni has been working […]


On Charging for Mods
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 April 2015, 1:26 am
This week, Valve released their pitch to allow mod creators to, in conjunction with the people who created the original game, sell their mods on Steam.  The whole thing erupted into quite a ‘thing’ on the internet, prompting Gaben to come placate the masses, and in general put me into the uncomfortable position of generally […]


Professional Victims at the Calgary Expo
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2015, 2:14 am
It’s everyone’s most favoritest example of rank hypocrisy on the net nowadays: a group of GamerGate sympathists lie about their organizations motives to get floor space at the Calgary Expo, hide the fact that they belong to an organization that sells T-shirts with rape jokes and that they’re affiliated with one of the scummiest MRA websites on the […]


J’Accuse Heroes Charge
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2015, 1:01 pm
I’ve written about Heroes Charge before, and the accusations swirling around them.  This is a relatively big deal because Heroes Charge is flirting with becoming a runaway hit.  Well, today, Lilith studios released proof that Heroes Charge copied their codebase somehow, including a hidden copyright screen. Those who want to see the original’s gameplay in […]


The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 11:17 pm
Remember when I mentioned there was a rumor that budding megahit Heroes’ Charge was getting some angry attention from a company that claimed that they stole the design from them, complete with art?  Stuff has happened since then.  In particular, Ucool has been sued by the makers of the original game, which goes by the name Soul […]


Followup on the Monetization Talk
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 11:23 pm
As a followup to my GDC talk, GamesIndustry.biz sat down with me for an extended interview.


Just a Couple More Tidbits on Blocklists
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2015, 6:58 pm
Welp, I was hoping that the last post would be my last word on blocklists.  However, there’ve been a couple relevant and interesting bits to share.  First off, notorious libertarian legal snarkmeister Popehat has given his opinion about Why Mean Blockbots Probably Aren’t Defamatory. He does close with a couple of caveats. I speak here […]


Crowfall’s Key Innovation and Why MMO PVP Fans Should Support Them
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2015, 6:27 pm
As of this writing, Crowfall has three days remaining on its Kickstarter, and has reached most of its financial objectives.  However, they are very close to some very cool stretch goals, including Oculus Rift support.  Click here to see the Kickstarter, and if you want to help out, act now before the Kickstarter ends! It’s […]


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