i’m super sceptical of any sort of speed reading thing sorry
There was a pretty good podcast about it recently on Oh No Ross and Carrie - they do trip reports on vagaries like that. And yep, there are are def. some vagaries with speed reading. Though mostly the issues come from the social motivations from those who extol speed reading.
The next person who I see saying that it’s unfair that games with bad sex/gender dynamics get more heavily criticised than violent games, I will swallow whole to fuel my obviously socially unacceptable violent rampage against misogynists who think they’ve gotten away with their bullshit.
Q:The comments on that John Campbell Kickstarter rant are worthy of their own tumblr. Holy shit! "So, you gladly paid $75 to receive a small item with no practical purpose, but would MOST DEFINITELY NOT have paid $75 to help keep a fellow human alive and housed a little longer as they go through some difficult times, had you known at the start this is what it would be spent on?" Who the fuck are these people?
It’s all very weird and this is the first big Kickstarter where this has happened. You actually have people who got ripped off saying “god bless john campbell for taking a stand against the absurd evil social construct of being expected to give someone a product after being given money in exchange for that product”. Usually people with bizarre nonsensical arguments against the concept of money propose a barter system or something instead, but this is a whole new level. I want to see the ideal society Campbell’s supporters would create. Like you walk into a bakery and hand the cashier money for a loaf of bread and he says “actually my rent went up this month so to make ends meet I’m just taking everyone’s money and not giving them anything. No I’m not giving you your money back. I need this. do you want me to live on the streets? YOU THINK YOUR MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ME NOT FREEZING TO DEATH. YOU PIECE OF SHIT. GET OUT OF MY STORE”
It’s fortunate then that Kickstarter is not technically a shop - the whole system revolves around giving money to people on good faith, for better (e.g. By donating to a game’s Kickstarter you’re not magically obligated to have an impact on the development process) or for worse (This thing).
For the sake of sanity and wallet, I hope that everyone bears in mind that money given to crowdfunding is never a transaction or an investment. It’s a no-strings-attached donation. And you would only donate money to people and organisations you absolutely trust, right?
I… I don’t know what this means for people who have already lost money not realising that, though; or for people/organisations who intentionally don’t deliver.
There’s a really neat tool I found called Universal Pokemon Randomizer. It runs on any US Pokemon rom from Gen1 Red to Gen5 Black2, and completely randomizes the game in a really cool way.
Here’s a list from the site of what it randomizes:
- The Starter Pokemon choices.
- The Wild Pokemon you encounter in grass, caves and other places.
- The Pokemon that Trainers use against you.
- The base stats which define the potential of each Pokemon.
- The elemental types of each Pokemon.
- The abilities of each Pokemon, in games where they exist.
- The moves that Pokemon learn by gaining levels.
- The contents of each TM which can be taught to Pokemon to give them additional moves (HM moves are not changed to make sure you can still beat the game)
- The ability of each Pokemon to learn each TM or HM move.
- The “static” Pokemon which you either are given, fight on the overworld, or are sold.
- The names of trainers & the classes they belong in.
- The moves taught by move tutors, for games within which they are significant enough.
It’s really really cool and I recommend it.
Does evolution no longer work; or is that also randomised? Learning a game where all Bulbasaurs are Psychic/Dragon would be pretty fun. A game where Bulbasaurs evolve from Jynx at level 90 would be a nightmare.
The photographer, Sarah Deragon, says,
The Identity Project is my first personal photography project and I launched it in January 2014 with the hope of photographing hundreds of LGBTQ folks in the Bay Area…This [ongoing] photography project seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.
Shimina (Gay Masculine of Center) shares why her portrait was meaningful:
In addition to supporting my partner, who wanted to participate, I found myself wanting to be a visible face of color within the LGBT community. I do not get to see ‘people who look like me’ on a regular basis in San Francisco, but I wanted to let people know that I’m here. We’re here. Even if you don’t see someone who looks like me in your everyday happenings, I am here and I count.
Aww that’s super great
ant biomass — that is, the weight of all the ants on the planet — is roughly equal to human biomass
one way to think of that is that out there somewhere, for every single person on the planet, is their own weight in ants
I couldn’t resist making a couple of fictional cephalopods… but then I made too many so it’s time for a giveaway! The winner will receive a glorious omanyte necklace! (There is a limited amount of them available HERE.)
Also if you sign up to esty with this link: http://etsy.me/1mD9v2C you get $5 off any purchase!
- Reblog to enter
- No more than one reblog per day (no giveaway only blogs)
- Winner will be chosen by random number generator
- I will ship anywhere in the world
- All hail the helix fossil
- Giveaway ends in ONE week (March 6th 11:59 pm PST)
Q:The Logical Journey of the Zoombini's had a section where you had to make pizza for some trolls. When I started thinking about food in games, that was the first thing that came to mind.
on it, queued up, ty~!
OH MY GOD That game was the best. I played it with my dad back when I was 6 or 7, and we used to repeat lines from that minigame whenever we went out for pizza.
"Something on that I don’t like!”
The harder versions of that minigame involved multiple trolls and handling ice cream. The third troll feigns allergies when faced with topping he dislikes and it made me super mad.
Sometimes you just feel like breaking something.
I’ve recently been experimenting with representing and subverting self-identity in gaming, inspired by ALL I WANT IS FOR ALL MY FRIENDS TO BE INSANELY POWERFUL by Porpentine and the Saints Row series.
I definitely think there’s a lot of potential for the gaming landscape to hold safe spaces for minorities to see themselves not just represented, but kicking a ton of ass. Hopefully that’ll also work its way into the mainstream soon enough.
The Saints Row 3 screenshots were supplied by fellow Tumblr user AK Fedeau. Many thanks to them, though I apologise that not all of them made the final edit.
A Certain Magician’s Life
I recently got a Vita, and this (I have a strong appetite for lobby-based action RPGs).
The music used in story and menu sections are really really good and sit comfortably halfway between the music of NieR and Demons Souls. The game itself is considerably more melodramatic (and overtly gross) than either of those, though.