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By Shamus
on Thursday Feb 16, 2012


I’m Shamus Young, a 45 year old writer and software engineer and an enthusiastically married father of 3. In my free time I tend to play videogames and write software of dubious value. I also tend to write about these things here. If you want to buy my books, look here.

If you’d like to contact me my email is: shamus -at- shamusyoung dot com

If you’re looking for a bunch of personal info, here’s the short version:

I’m a Christian, but an nontraditional one who is happy to live harmoniously with other people without forcing my values on them. I keep my politics to myself, because I’d rather have friends than “win” arguments. I don’t have a degree.

If you want the long version, then you can find more than you ever wanted to know here:

  • The Autoblography – The story of growing up and trying to become a programmer before such a thing was properly invented. (1971 – 1998)
  • Crash Dot Com – My rags-to-riches-to-rags journey through the Dot-com bubble. (1998 – 2001)
  • The Twelve Year Mistake – A blunder that took over a decade to figure out. (2000 – 2013)
  • Something in the Water – A dumb story of dumb things that happened. (2014)

Also, you can buy my books or buy my books.


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Spoiler Warning:
Fallout 3

A long-form Let's Play of a classic that's probably overrated, and certainly dumber than it needed to be.

 

Marvel's Civil War

Team Cap or Team Iron Man? More importantly, what basis would you use for making that decision?

 

Trashing the Heap

What does it mean when a program crashes, and why does it happen?

 

Game at the Bottom

Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?

 

Overthinking Zombies

Let's ruin everyone's fun by listing all the ways in which zombies can't work, couldn't happen, and don't make sense.

 

Project Octant

A programming project where I set out to make a Minecraft-style world so I can experiment with Octree data.

 

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?

 

Spoiler Warning:
Fallout New Vegas

At last, a game that merges the dark humor and depth of Fallout 1 with the modern gameplay of Fallout 3! Too bad it's so buggy.

 

If Star Wars Was Made in 2006?

Imagine if the original Star Wars hadn't appeared in the 1970's, but instead was pitched to studios in 2006. How would that turn out?

 

Starcraft: Bot Fight

Let's do some scripting to make the Starcraft AI fight itself, and see how smart it is. Or isn't.

 

D&D Campaign

WAY back in 2005, I wrote about a D&D campaign I was running. The campaign is still there, in the bottom-most strata of the archives.

 

Spoiler Warning:
Hitman:Absolution

This game needs to be on more 'worst of' lists. Watch our let's play to see how much stupid you can pack into one game.