I'm Robin. I'm an amateur game designer. I post game recommendations (mostly indie), my thoughts on goings-on in the industry, and progress updates on games I'm making. Also, occasional posts about science and whatnot. DFTBA.

Looking forward to playing The Witness and The Last Guardian.

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

"Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls."

I think this will cause great societal progress. Information needs to be free. We shouldn’t have to pay to educate ourselves.

The Horror of a 'Secure Golden Key'

A great article on how cloud encryption should be done. In short: Your data should have a single key that only you know, with no backdoors. Any organisation that disagrees with that notion wants your data to be out of your control.

I’ve been playing Alcazar. This is a great level; it’s the first big one, but it’s prevented from seeming too daunting by having a conspicuous straight wall across the center, making it essentially two smaller rooms. It cuts up the difficulty into easier chunks.

I’ve been playing Alcazar. This is a great level; it’s the first big one, but it’s prevented from seeming too daunting by having a conspicuous straight wall across the center, making it essentially two smaller rooms. It cuts up the difficulty into easier chunks.

We market it, and we market it as much as we can - so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.

ex-Call of Duty director Dave Anthony, speaking about making sure the new elements of a game are successful.

I don’t think I need to point out the moral problems with that approach. And bear in mind, this is not an anomaly. This sort of thing happens all the time with AAA games, and it infects and dictates the creation process. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t play much AAA stuff.

In light of the revelatory news that Microsoft will finally allow developers to paste text into the command line after 25 years of Windows development (!!!), I thought I’d post this graph which kind of explains why it took them so long.
They have no competition. Even with all the awesome stuff that has been going on with Linux distros and Macs, Microsoft can basically just fuck around with their OS and still get tons of revenue from it.
What I find especially weird about the copy & paste command line thing though, compared to all of Microsoft’s other incompetencies, is the combination of these facts:
The command line is a tool that developers use all the time
Manually typing file paths and such into a command line takes forever and is very error-prone
Implementing copy & paste is relatively trivial
So all that means that if Microsoft had implemented it ten years ago like every other popular OS, it would have literally saved Microsoft thousands of man-hours per month. And any crappy developer tools that Microsoft makes causes loads of time to be wasted for every software company that needs to make a Windows build.
So do me a favour and do your part to improve the competition in this industry: go try out Ubuntu or Mint or something. They’re all free!

In light of the revelatory news that Microsoft will finally allow developers to paste text into the command line after 25 years of Windows development (!!!), I thought I’d post this graph which kind of explains why it took them so long.

They have no competition. Even with all the awesome stuff that has been going on with Linux distros and Macs, Microsoft can basically just fuck around with their OS and still get tons of revenue from it.

What I find especially weird about the copy & paste command line thing though, compared to all of Microsoft’s other incompetencies, is the combination of these facts:

  • The command line is a tool that developers use all the time
  • Manually typing file paths and such into a command line takes forever and is very error-prone
  • Implementing copy & paste is relatively trivial

So all that means that if Microsoft had implemented it ten years ago like every other popular OS, it would have literally saved Microsoft thousands of man-hours per month. And any crappy developer tools that Microsoft makes causes loads of time to be wasted for every software company that needs to make a Windows build.

So do me a favour and do your part to improve the competition in this industry: go try out Ubuntu or Mint or something. They’re all free!

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"Ello", a new social network. At first glance this seems to be a step in the right direction for internet communication. Let’s see what it turns into.

This new torrent protocol sounds fascinating

I haven’t used it yet, but if it does what it says on the tin, then I hope it takes off.