Illness has taken a toll and I just don’t have the energy to write a proper post this week. You were supposed to be reading about the narrative wonder of Kairo but, er, sorry. Dog ate my homework.
So as not to leave you forlorn, here are a few notes. Link Drag back from the dead, I suppose.
- Michael “Angelina” Cook has started a new series covering game-related academic research. The first is on auto-generated RPG classes. I put up my hand to review this before posting as I’d love to see good academic work getting more attention, gaining traction in the wild. (Further reference: The Academics Are Coming series last year.)
- Out of the ashes of Culture Ramp is Upstreamist: “Don’t come here looking for tech enthusiast news or “life hacks.” There are already a number of sites that report on the industry or attack the subject of information technology from the angle of productivity. Upstreamist is about more than coping with, or succeeding on the strength of, those technologies. The goal is not to weather the tide or go with the flow, but rather to find ways of navigating those streams that let us to travel toward a culture worth having.” It’s early days for the site, but this might be one to watch.
- I asked @bfod and @Jonathan_Blow if they had finished Starseed Pilgrim, because I am finding the end blisteringly hard. Literally, I am screaming no no fuck no at the screen.
- Chris Priestman writes about the struggle for quality in videogame writing. To be honest, there’s nothing here I hadn’t heard before except… indiegames.com had stopped paying its staff. Then again I unsubscribed from the site a couple of months ago because it had largely become an indie press release feed.
- I’ve started listening to Joe Martin’s short interview podcasts again (I started and totally forgot to subscribe until he retweeted Ethics last week) and you can listen to an entire series in less than an hour. The latest batch has this mournful quality. It’s either Joe’s voice, the subject matter or the music that does it.
- Shaun Green reviewed Killing is Harmless, Brendan Keogh’s book on Spec Ops: The Line. Spoiler! He didn’t like it so much.
- I made a joke on Twitter.
- Worth a read if you have the time, suggested by Ben Schroder in the open comments thread: Renata Adler takes down film critic Pauline Kael (Aug 1980). When critics turn columnist.
- In “Psytron”, Rob Fearon writes about his childhood memories of Margaret Thatcher… which reminded me a lot of my own.