Derek Smart Would Like To Talk About Star Citizen and Crowdsourcing
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 12:51 am
Yes, the Derek Smart who spent the 90s promising the moon before discovering that game designs should be small enough that they’re achievable.  Anyway, he’s learned a lot on the way, and that’s helped him forge some opinions on the current state of Star Citizen in the face that a planned FPS module of the game […]

Fire Emblem’s Terrible, Horrible Gay Conversion Romance
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 1:02 am
Say what you will about Hatred – it’s a mediocre game that manufactured outrage in order to generate a modicum of buzz so that the Perpetual Outrage Machine would be duped into buying a few copies.  But hey, at least they were aware of, and were trying to be, offensive.  It’s harder to get a good read on […]

Peter Moore Recounts Red Ring of Death
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 July 2015, 7:39 pm
I’ve been part of million dollar fuckups before.  I can’t imagine adding three zeroes to that. “And, I am trembling sat in front of Steve [Ballmer], who I love to death, but he can be an intimidating human being. Steve said, ‘okay, talk me through this.’ I said, ‘if we don’t do this, this brand […]

Australia, Land of the Banned – Now Affecting Steam?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 July 2015, 12:52 am
Australia is still a repressive gauntlet of government game censorship.  However, recently they switched to a new ratings scheme which makes things marginally better.  It used to be that the equivalent of R-Rated games were ‘denied classification’ which effectively banned them.  Since 2011, though, they’ve instituted a new rating that was the equivalent of Mature […]

Getting Diversity to Speak
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 July 2015, 1:26 am
Today Tauriq posted a request that all of his followers who are currently boardwarrioring to defend him (I would assume including myself) instead take that time and energy to actual substantial change in  minority developers in games.  He writes. Lots of folks are trying to show me support. I really appreciate it, but what I would appreciate […]

Standing With Tauriq
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2015, 11:49 pm
Tauriq Moosa is one of the few, and in my opinion, one of the better, major video game writers who examines cultural issues about video games from the point of view of a Person of Color.  He’s a native of South Africa, where he is literally an ethics tutor.  This weekend, the totally not racist  elements operating in […]

Apple and the Confederate Flag
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2015, 10:12 pm
It’s hard to believe that we’re just 30 years or so, give or take, away from the Confederate Flag being on Prime Time television.   It’s tempting to say that ‘times have changed’, but the interesting thing is that the racist connotations of the flag have not – it’s merely our desire to stomach it […]

Yes, Some Devs Oppose GamerGate on Principle
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2015, 12:59 am
Bizarro-world former developer Mark Kern,  notable terrible boss and purveyor of multimillion dollar non-functional vanity buses, and supposedly recent convert to a religion he’s been preaching for months, recently found that he had some time to kill after hiccups on his last job.  So he did an AMA where he had this to say about why some […]

Last week, when Reddit clamped down on Redditors rights to harass fat girls to the point of suicide, many of the disenfranchised redditors took up a mantle that they were going to flee to Voat, a creepy alternative to reddit where you can still live in the free speech utopia of upskirt shots, ‘jailbait’ pics of […]

Fem Freak
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2015, 4:41 pm
Last night, GamerGate was following around Jonathan McIntosh and mocking him for having an expensive backpack – that it turned out wasn’t even his. As if that wasn’t stupid, creepy and stalkerish enough, this morning E3ers woke up to find the area around the convention center papered with anti-Anita posters. @charlesrandall — Aubrey Cottle […]

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… — 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 […]

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