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Monday, 12 February 2018

Punching Nazis

quote [ Why are Nazis so popular as enemies? The obvious answer is 'because they murdered innocent people on an industrial scale', but there isn't really any correlation between the part someone played in history, and how often they show up in video games.

[…] You can't punch an ideology to death. […] This is literally why we have video games: if we could easily make bad things go away in the real world by punching them, we'd all be out there doing that, right now. ]

More thoughtful games journalism.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@7:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 11 February 2018

75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

quote [ Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway’s hit song, Jumpin’ Jive. ]

Tagged as “uplifting”.

[SFW] [music] [+10 Classy Pr0n]
[by Paracetamol@8:23pmGMT] [11 comments]

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Where do downloadable games go when they die?

quote [ But considering that digital games change so much over time, with content added, tweaked and taken away, perhaps it's impossible to preserve such games in any meaningful way. After all, which version of the game do you preserve? Perhaps it's better to think of video game history in a similar way to the study of history as a whole - as a sequence of documents, interpretations and recollections that capture moments in time, all in the context of the events of the day. ]

More on media conservation and the death of portals.
[SFW] [games]
[by Paracetamol@6:27pmGMT] [7 comments]

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

No one makes a living on Patreon

quote [ “Patreon is constantly selling itself as something other than [a payment processor], something much more intensive & demanding,” said Molly Lewis, a songwriter who joined Patreon in November 2013. ]

This appeared in the middle of the platform payment change they've taken back in the meantime.
[SFW] [business] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@6:50pmGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Game Tourism – tool-assisted meandering

quote [ Game Tourism is playing a game with the primary aim of exploring its world, without engaging in any active conflict such as combat or stealth. Whether conflict is bypassed with cheats, mods, or built-in functionality, the aim is to refocus attention on the game's architecture, aesthetics, storytelling, and atmosphere. Feel free to think of it as a form of art modding or glitching. ]

Also of interest:
What Is (And Isn’t) A Walking Simulator?
[SFW] [games] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@3:18pmGMT] [26 comments]

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Compulsive Weirdness of Chicago Rapper Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

quote [ Yeah, because no one is fucking like that! No one is serious all the time! All these rappers whose persona is ‘I’m always mad!’—that’s not true. Even newer, trappy rappers have funny elements to their music. It’s more permissible now to be a little goofy. ]

Good album, interesting interview.

[SFW] [music] [+4]
[by Paracetamol@7:10pmGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Fate of the Critic in the Clickbait Age

quote [ The logic seems irrefutable. Why publish articles that almost nobody wants? ]

repost repair, sorry!
[SFW] [business] [+2 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:47pmGMT] [8 comments]

Saturday, 27 January 2018

There’s No Money in Internet Culture

quote [ the truth is that running a platform for culture creation is, increasingly, a charity operation undertaken by larger companies. Servers are expensive, and advertisers would rather just throw money at Facebook than take a chance on your weird, problematic network. Generating and incubating internet culture has little market value in and of itself. ]

Treating this as some kind of media streak now…

[SFW] [business]
[by Paracetamol@1:08pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 26 January 2018

Web Design - The First 100 Years

quote [ Bookmarks are different from regular URLs, because presumably anything you've bookmarked was once worth keeping. What I've learned is, about 5% of this disappears every year, at a pretty steady rate. A customer of mine just posted how 90% of what he saved in 1997 is gone. This is unfortunately typical. ]

Result of trying to look up figures on link rot.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@6:02pmGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Your stack of shame is a lantern for your future, and a gift to the industry

quote [ I once asked a well-known personality behind a well-known game for his thoughts about the theory that these frequent sales devalued indie games, and he began to laugh so hard he choked on his drink. ]

More media oversaturation thoughts – bit older article.

[SFW] [art]
[by Paracetamol@9:00pmGMT] [23 comments]

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