Weekly Roundup: Gaters Gonna Gate
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 November 2014, 6:06 pm
For those who view #GamerGate as a Macabre Theatre, this week was far less spectacular than last week. But that’s to be expected, I guess.  Last week was a masterpiece

Don’t Let #Shirtstorm Ruin an Amazing Scientific Achievement
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 November 2014, 4:15 pm
This week, humanity did something pretty cool.  The European Space Agency landed a drone lander on a comet.  It was a monumentally incredible and fantastic scientific achievement, and everyone associated with it

WAM is Merely a Patch for Twitter, Which is Broken
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2014, 3:18 am
Andrew Sullivan is one of my favorite bloggers of all time.  I’ve always loved his stuff, his infamous article on Obama converted me to the ways of hope and change,

The Best Game Reviews of All Time
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2014, 10:12 pm
Nobody asked, but: here are, in my opinion, the best game reviews of all time. 3) “Chess”, by Greg Kasavin. 2) “World War II Online” by Lum the Mad. 1)

Five-Baggers and Dead Sharks
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2014, 12:09 am
I’m always on the search for new terminology to use in the science of game design. No, I don’t mean building a game design lexicon for academics (although I’m glad

You Know Your Game is in Trouble When….
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 9:26 pm
If you liked yesterday’s post (“Why Did a Designer Put This Terrible Feature in This Game?”), then you might like these two old chestnuts: You Know your game is in

Mining for Buried Treasure
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 4:43 pm
Since I finally have time to do so between gigs, I’ll be going through my old blog archives and trying to import stuff that is still relevant and/or interesting to my

The True Impact of SJWs on Game Development
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 5:43 pm


Gamergate’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 November 2014, 2:51 pm
Some of you guys have been bugging me for an update on Gamergate.  This is kind of depressing – none of y’all actually want to jump in the muck, but

Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 November 2014, 11:00 pm
Today was my last day at BioWare: Austin.  It was a distinct pleasure to work at one of the finest game studios in the world for 8 years of my

A Promising Light for GamerGate
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 October 2014, 11:39 am
When #GamerGate kicked in, I strongly advocated for the people who actually cared about ethics in games journalism to use the energy to create a consumer organization (Initial proposal here,

No, Virginia, Gamergate isn’t Going To Destroy Christmas
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2014, 6:11 pm
I like Oliver Campbell.  As far as #GamerGaters go, he’s a moderate, reasonable guy, and he comes at the topic of ethics in games journalism with relative experience and logic

The Things We Lost In The Catastrofuck
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 October 2014, 3:34 pm
Sometime last week, someone asked me in a comment here why I’ve been devoting so much time and energy to #Gamergate here on a blog that should be talking about

This Week Was All About Ethics in Games Journalism
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 October 2014, 11:06 pm
Actually, none of it really was, because it never really actually is.  But it does highlight that ActuallyEthics is my new favorite Tumblr. This developer tells GamerGate that “You are Not My

In Which I Acknowledge and Apologize
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 5:14 pm
About a month ago, I wrote a post about Milo that, by happenstance, discussed a lawsuit in Brad Wardell’s past.  At the time, it didn’t catch fire.  Simply put, no one cared.  I

The Gamer Press Woke Up, Decried Gamergate, Then Went Back To Sleep
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2014, 8:10 pm
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article shaming the press for basically ignoring GamerGate.  I was not alone, with Frank Cifaldi being one notable example who made literally

Three quick GG reads
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 3:21 pm
Chris Kluwe, who continues to be one of my favorite people in the universe, has a very vitriol-laced take on the situation: Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers

The Midweek #Gatesplaining of the Perpetual Outrage Machine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 11:01 pm
Someone used the term #Gatesplaining in twitter today.  This is a term that really needs to catch on.  But now, onto other links! Want to read a timeline of the

On Being Doxxed and Third Party Shitheads
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 10:00 am
Yes, I was doxxed -kinda sorta (we’ll get to that). I’m safe.  Wife is rattled but fine.  It was clearly the act of a third party shithead.  Other targets by

Polygon’s Bayonetta 2 Review is Fine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 11:47 pm
So, in between the Brianna Wu media tour and the emergence of #StopGamerGate2014, #GamerGate for the first time in weeks actually attempted to bring up something that was almost something something kinda

What GamerGate Can Learn From the NFL and Ray Rice
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 1:51 am
GamerGate should be in PR crisis mode.  It’s not.  It can’t be.  And it doesn’t know how. Gamergate is, right now, a hashtag that is ABOUT harassment.  That’s not what

Why I Only Told the Womens’ Stories
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 October 2014, 1:47 pm
Last week, I put up a very long article about the stories of harassment I could find.  I’ve made some minor corrections based on additional details I’ve gotten.  I have

GamerGate: 6 Weeks Later
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 October 2014, 2:45 am
There are three excellent must-reads related to GamerGate this last week, plus one oldie but goodie.  All of them look at gamergate skeptically, not from a position of extremism or reactionary

Listening and Believing: What Vicious Harassment Really Looks Like
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 October 2014, 10:47 pm
Writer’s Note: if more harassed women have stories they want to share – on both sides or outside of Gamergate altogether – and can provide links that are well-sourced and

The Games Press isn’t Attacking #Gamergate. It’s Ignoring Them
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 6:12 pm
There’s been a lot of press coverage of Gamergate in the past few weeks.  Of particular note: The Verge (one, two and three) Breitbart (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,

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