The Particular Finest

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On Forced Complicity in Games

So. I have some thoughts about videogames I’ve played recently, specifically smaller narrative-centric games colloquially named walking simulators”.

This post is going to dive into the internal narratives and conclusions for several games, so

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A Year in Review, Jan 21 to Jan 28

Not a lot this week due to BEING VERY TIRED and doing prep work for a talk.


Time Played: 6.4 hours

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A Year in Review, Jan 14 to Jan 21


Time Played: 55 minutes

Yeah, giving up on this game. Might spend the weekend that it’d take to grind out the victory? Probably not.

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A Year in Review, Jan 07 to Jan 14


Time Played: 12.6 hours

Stellaris is…

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A Year in Review, Jan 01 to Jan 07


Time Played: 4.7 hours

Started playing Stellaris again, after a fairly long haitus. Stellaris is … I like it, (previously, previouslier), it’s a fun grand epic space game. It’s sucking me back in for another round, as I get excited for the new expansion.

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So I Wrote that Thing

In my last post about gaming stuff, I wrote about how I wanted to write a program to scrape the Steam API and store it so I could look back on the year and see what I’d done.

I finally did that thing. Coming in the following weeks will be regular updates on what I played in the last week, what I think about it, and so on and so forth. Should be good times!

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Gaming, 2017 Edition

I keep meaning to write these posts, this commentary on the games that most affected me, most touched me, were most present and prevalent in my life through the year.

I keep forgetting to do so. I wrote a program to scrape Steam and keep track of what I’ve played, but I never deployed it. I tried to wield the Playstation Network API to scrape what I’ve played and when, but the API no longer publishes that information. (Thanks Sony. Thony.)

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Joke Accounts and the BOFH are Garbage

You might be familiar with tech joke accounts on Twitter, stuff like PHP CEO and I Am Devloper. These are accounts meant to poke fun at specific stereotypes of people in the tech community, in these cases an ignorant CEO and an incompetent developer, by posting concepts that echo strongly within the experiences of people within tech.

And I came across a tweet on my timeline today, from the I Am Devloper account: and my first (and continued) response has been 😡, because this sort of thing is not okay.

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The That Guy Effect

If you got to see my talk about Human Driven Development at WDCNZ or LCA, you’ll remember that one of the concepts that I brought up was the idea of That Guy”, the team member that has great technical knowledge but no one really wants to talk to.

This idea was one of the parts of that talk that resonated really well with a lot of people, where a lot of people could identify where they had had to work with That Guy, and where they had unfortunately ended up as That Guy.

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The (Deep) Time Of Your Life

So one of the things that I keep getting asked about is when I refer to my past and my future as different people. I speak of the intents of my past, the situations she’s left me in and the struggles I face because of her.

I do this because past-aurynn is a real force in my life, a person who had hopes and goals and dreams but with whom I cannot hold a conversation. I can’t talk to her, share my triumphs or my failures, can’t ask her if it’s everything we hoped it would be.

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