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Experienced Points: Is ZeniMax Being a Patentless Troll in Its Claim Against Oculus?

By Shamus
on Tuesday May 6, 2014
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Column




Diecast #25: Games Journalism, Carmack Joins Rift, Tropes vs. Women

By Shamus
on Tuesday Aug 13, 2013
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Diecast




Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated: Part 4

By Shamus
on Sunday Aug 11, 2013
Filed under:
Programming




Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated: Part 3

By Shamus
on Wednesday Aug 7, 2013
Filed under:
Programming




Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated: Part 2

By Shamus
on Monday Aug 5, 2013
Filed under:
Programming




Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated: Part 1

By Shamus
on Sunday Aug 4, 2013
Filed under:
Programming




John Carmack 2012 Keynote Annotated:
Part 3

By Shamus
on Friday Aug 10, 2012
Filed under:
Video Games




John Carmack 2012 Keynote Annotated:
Part 2

By Shamus
on Wednesday Aug 8, 2012
Filed under:
Video Games




The Gradient of Plot Holes

Most stories have plot holes. The failure isn't that they exist, it's when you notice them while immersed in the story.

 

Steam Summer Blues

This mess of dross, confusion, and terrible UI design is the storefront the big publishers couldn't beat? Amazing.

 

Ludonarrative Dissonance

What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?

 

The Best of 2016

My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2016.

 

Bad and Wrong Music Lessons

A music lesson for people who know nothing about music, from someone who barely knows anything about music.

 

Skyrim Thieves Guild

The Thieves Guild quest in Skyrim is a vortex of disjointed plot-holes, contrivances, and nonsense.

 

Why I Hated Resident Evil 4

Ever wonder how seemingly sane people can hate popular games? It can happen!

 

Mass Effect Retrospective

A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.

 

Internet News is All Wrong

Why is internet news so bad, why do people prefer celebrity fluff, and how could it be made better?

 

Project Frontier

A programming project where I set out to make a gigantic and complex world from simple data.

 

Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated

An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.

 

Juvenile and Proud

Yes, this game is loud, crude, childish, and stupid. But it it knows what it wants to be and nails it. And that's admirable.