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.

As video games continue to go through their growing pains as a medium, as writing and characterization improve, and as more talented storytellers are drawn to game development, it’s important that studios choose thoughtful titles that respect the creativity of the work.

After all, a rose by any other name might smell just as sweet, but only a very limited audience would stop to smell a rose called Bonestorm.

southboundbusespeterpan:

zohbugg:

NO OKAY SERIOUSLY FUCK THIS EPISODE. 
THIS MOTHERFUCKING CARTOON ABOUT HOW ASH ADOPTS CHARMADER RUINED MY ENTIRE FUCKING CHILDHOOD
ASH AND GANG FIND THIS LITTLE GUY, SICK AND INJURED ON THIS FUCKING ROCK AFTER HEARING THIS FUCKING DOUCHEBAG TRAINER BRAGGING THAT HE ABANDONED HIS CHARMANDER BECAUSE HE WAS WEAK. AND CHARMANDER IS LOYAL AS FUCK SO HE’S WAITING AND WAITING AND HIS TRAINER THINGS THIS IS FUCKING HILARIOUS BECAUSE HE’S A TOTAL ASSHOLE.
DO YOU KNOW HOW A CHARMANDER’S TAIL FLAME WORKS? WELL LET ME FUCKING TELL YOU. IF HIS FLAME GOES OUT, HE FUCKING DIES.
SO ASH AND GANG RUSH TO SAVE CHARMANDER BECAUSE IT’S RAINING FUCKING HARD, AND WHEN THEY GET THERE HE’S BEING ATTACKED BY SOME SHITTY BIRD POKEMON AND HE’S STRUGGLING SO HARD TO STAY ALIVE AND HE’S HOLDING THIS LITTLE FUCKING LEAF OVER HIS TAIL FLAME WHICH IS SO SMALL AND ABOUT TO GO OUT
AND LITTLE 8 YEAR OLD ME IS JUST FUCKING HYSTERICALLY CRYING OVER THIS FUCKING CHARMANDER AND THE CRUELTY OF MAN
FUCK THIS EPISODE FUCK YOU CHARMANDER

That is some trews.

southboundbusespeterpan:

zohbugg:

NO OKAY SERIOUSLY FUCK THIS EPISODE. 

THIS MOTHERFUCKING CARTOON ABOUT HOW ASH ADOPTS CHARMADER RUINED MY ENTIRE FUCKING CHILDHOOD

ASH AND GANG FIND THIS LITTLE GUY, SICK AND INJURED ON THIS FUCKING ROCK AFTER HEARING THIS FUCKING DOUCHEBAG TRAINER BRAGGING THAT HE ABANDONED HIS CHARMANDER BECAUSE HE WAS WEAK. AND CHARMANDER IS LOYAL AS FUCK SO HE’S WAITING AND WAITING AND HIS TRAINER THINGS THIS IS FUCKING HILARIOUS BECAUSE HE’S A TOTAL ASSHOLE.

DO YOU KNOW HOW A CHARMANDER’S TAIL FLAME WORKS? WELL LET ME FUCKING TELL YOU. IF HIS FLAME GOES OUT, HE FUCKING DIES.

SO ASH AND GANG RUSH TO SAVE CHARMANDER BECAUSE IT’S RAINING FUCKING HARD, AND WHEN THEY GET THERE HE’S BEING ATTACKED BY SOME SHITTY BIRD POKEMON AND HE’S STRUGGLING SO HARD TO STAY ALIVE AND HE’S HOLDING THIS LITTLE FUCKING LEAF OVER HIS TAIL FLAME WHICH IS SO SMALL AND ABOUT TO GO OUT

AND LITTLE 8 YEAR OLD ME IS JUST FUCKING HYSTERICALLY CRYING OVER THIS FUCKING CHARMANDER AND THE CRUELTY OF MAN

FUCK THIS EPISODE FUCK YOU CHARMANDER

That is some trews.

(Source: neogohann)

Facebook manipulated the news feeds of 700,000 users in order to make them happy or sad at will

Outrageous. We need to boycott services like these, that deliberately mess with how we communicate.

Hey you! Person using the Internet! You need to fight for net neutrality if you want the Internet to stay awesome!

Maturity, Challenge, Art and Games

makegames:

many games that try to tackle more mature themes and storytelling are nevertheless extremely immature video games that condescend players by constantly nagging them and directing them about like overprotective parents. It’s not that these titles aren’t challenging enough, it’s that they are just challenging enough to be recognized as a game - an FPS or something - and that’s it; the playing of them often feels like a distraction as opposed to the vehicle for immersion. These games are like Easter egg hunts themed after a great novel - they lack both the sophistication of the novel and the wild, abandoned fun of a simple Easter egg hunt. It’d be better if they dropped one pretense or the other, in my opinion, whether that meant creating better challenges or removing them altogether.

Super wise words from Derek Yu. His game, Spelunky, is exceptionally rewarding.

Every time Flash Player does an update, it finishes by showing me this page. Their algorithm has realised Adobe has nothing I’m interested in.

Every time Flash Player does an update, it finishes by showing me this page. Their algorithm has realised Adobe has nothing I’m interested in.

I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur. But the thing that really matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars. To make life multi-planetary.

Elon Musk, who runs Tesla Motors and rocket builder SpaceX, in a CNBC interview this week (via latimes)

Can we put Elon Musk in charge of all the things please?

The game [Braid] is the actual thing. The interview is just a bunch of talking; it was probably said clumsily, transcribed (if written) in a way that changed its meaning a second time, and then possibly suffered a third time due to writer/reader mismatch. Please don’t trust that stuff, especially don’t let it make you mad.
I don’t particularly trust written, rational explanations as conveyors of truth or accurate meaning. That’s why I make video games.

I’ve been going through some of my old files, and found this quote by Jonathan Blow that I must have made a note of a few years ago.

This is from back when the popularity of Braid blew up and people wanted a quick, easy answer to what the game is about. But the way I see it, the very reason it’s a game and not a book is because it’s impossible to adequately communicate it through text.

Good communication has always been a big deal to me; I feel panicked if I think I’m being misunderstood, and I’m disappointed in myself when I can’t find the words to explain myself properly. Blow’s philosophy, that good games can communicate ideas better than verbal languages can, is why he’s my favourite game maker.

Apple, Google, and Microsoft offer all three things: devices, platforms, and services. But each has a different starting point. With Apple it’s the device. With Microsoft it’s the platform. With Google it’s the services.

And thus all three companies can brag about things that only they can achieve. What Cook is arguing, and which I would say last week’s WWDC exemplified more so than at any point since the original iPhone in 2007, is that there are more advantages to Apple’s approach.

Or, better put, there are potentially more advantages to Apple’s approach, and Tim Cook seems maniacally focused on tapping into that potential.

A flaw at the core of the operating system

lessig:

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Twenty years ago today, Professor Thomas Nicely discovered a flaw in the Intel Pentium chip. It took a couple months, but by the end of the year, Intel had committed to fixing the flaw by replacing the chips. The cost: $500 million.

There is a flaw at the core of the operating…