J’Accuse Heroes Charge
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2015, 1:01 pm
I’ve written about Heroes Charge before, and the accusations swirling around them.  This is a relatively big deal because Heroes Charge is flirting with becoming a runaway hit.  Well, today, Lilith studios released proof that Heroes Charge copied their codebase somehow, including a hidden copyright screen. Those who want to see the original’s gameplay in […]


The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 11:17 pm
Remember when I mentioned there was a rumor that budding megahit Heroes’ Charge was getting some angry attention from a company that claimed that they stole the design from them, complete with art?  Stuff has happened since then.  In particular, Ucool has been sued by the makers of the original game, which goes by the name Soul […]


Followup on the Monetization Talk
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 11:23 pm
As a followup to my GDC talk, GamesIndustry.biz sat down with me for an extended interview.


Just a Couple More Tidbits on Blocklists
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2015, 6:58 pm
Welp, I was hoping that the last post would be my last word on blocklists.  However, there’ve been a couple relevant and interesting bits to share.  First off, notorious libertarian legal snarkmeister Popehat has given his opinion about Why Mean Blockbots Probably Aren’t Defamatory. He does close with a couple of caveats. I speak here […]


Crowfall’s Key Innovation and Why MMO PVP Fans Should Support Them
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2015, 6:27 pm
As of this writing, Crowfall has three days remaining on its Kickstarter, and has reached most of its financial objectives.  However, they are very close to some very cool stretch goals, including Oculus Rift support.  Click here to see the Kickstarter, and if you want to help out, act now before the Kickstarter ends! It’s […]


Fallout of the Block Bot Post
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2015, 4:46 pm
Mark Kern has, after some prodding by the internet at large in the wake of my article yesterday, finally gotten his own blog, and his very first post is a response to my blog post. First off, thanks to @ZenofDesign for agreeing to post a link to my rebuttal to his article about me. This is only fair […]


Mark Kern Really Wants GamerGators To Be Able To Yell At Harassment Victims
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2015, 2:01 am
Today, Mark Kern is fighting a heroic battle to force the people who have faced withering online harassment and abuse to sit there and take that abuse or quit Twitter, rather than having access to tools that allow them to protect themselves. I realize it’s been a couple of weeks since we talked about Mark […]


DC Fixes a Diversity Snafu, Angry Nerds Attack the Creators
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 March 2015, 2:28 am
Just as a follow-up to my earlier missive about diversity in geekdom, particularly comics geekdom.  Today, DC Comics released a Batgirl cover they had planned.  The Batgirl cover was meant as an homage to the joker, and in particular his role in paralyzing Barbara Gordon – the original Batgirl, in The Killing Joke. Anyway, the internet […]


The Political Metagame of EVE Online.
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 March 2015, 1:19 pm
EVE Online continues to be the most fascinating game that I have no desire to play.  This article discusses the high level council/political game (the ‘metagame’) in length, and is a worthy read. Although I had been interested in EVE and its stalwart community prior to reading about what has come to be known as […]


Why Diversity Will Win the Geek Culture Wars
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 March 2015, 2:24 am
As has been mentioned before, I’m no puritan when it comes to sex in my entertainment. I love me a good chain mail bikini, and I think it’s possible to love Bayonetta as much as one loves Batgirl’s new outfit.  I’m a sex-positive lefty that’s perfectly happy with my entertainment containing a little jiggle factor, […]


People Missing the Point of Research
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 March 2015, 12:58 am
The latest super happy fun circling the #GamerGate hashtag is that there are those among them who are dancing a jig because professionals have admitted that the flash mobs circling the hashtag have made it harder for archivists and social scientists to research the field of gaming. Hey, dipshits, having clean and impartial research of gaming […]


Three Very Different News Stories Mentioning Me
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 March 2015, 1:28 am
Well, minorly, anyway.  This magazine offers their coverage of #Gamergate, offering the phrase I surely hope appears in my obituary.  Being in the same sentence as Tim is quite an honor and a privilege. Those within the industry openly made statements against Gamergate, including: gaming companies such as Blizzard and the Entertainment Software Association (commonly […]


Yes, the Media Affects People
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 March 2015, 1:55 am
Today, esteemed youtube personality TotalBiscuit opined about societal effects of video games and other media. I am consistently bothered by this throw-away phrase “media affects people” as if its some kind of argument winner, an inarguable statement of fact. In reality it’s lazy, it’s too vague, it’s pseudo-intellectual at its worst. Speaking of lazy, I […]


GDC 2015 Wrapup
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 March 2015, 3:27 am
I had a great time at GDC this year – it’s the first time that I’d been there for a while, and once I’d spent some time there, I regretted the years that I missed it.  There were some great talks – I’m hoping to come back to a couple later if I have time, […]


GDC 2015 – Building an Enthusiastic Freemium Team
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 12:07 pm
I did a GDC talk.  I’ll be uploading the slides to my Presentations and Talks page.  GamesIndustry.biz did a writeup here.   For what it’s worth, I know I’m packing a few extra pounds nowadays, but putting a picture of Jabba the Hutt next to me feels unfair.


On Brigading the GDC Tag
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 2:49 am
GamerGate followers have decided to brigade the #GDC2015 twitter tag with their usual hysteria, disregard for threatened women, nutball conspiracy theories, unsubstantiated attacks on IGF,  unrelated bullshit attacks on ‘SJWs’ unrelated to gaming, ad hominem attacks on those attempting to help expand gaming markets and generally appalling bullshit.  Because that’s totally way to win a […]


A Brief Comments Thread Related Note
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 1:42 pm
I’ve tried to keep a very laissez faire attitude towards the comments thread on this blog.  It was a stance I took when I proposed GAMR – I felt that the best way to show off the idiocy that was eating at the anti-consumer movement known as GamerGate was to let their comments speak for […]


Lum the Mad Pokes Head Up, Sees His Shadow, Chews Out Mark Kern
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 February 2015, 1:30 am
Scott has some kind words for Mark Kern. My previous coverage of Mark Kern’s bizarre attempts to try to blame #gamergate on the gaming press despite all logic or evidence otherwise:  Here, here and here.


What’s Going On With the Escapist?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2015, 4:00 pm
The Escapist appears to be going through a period of great upheaval in the last 6 months. Just to recap their last few months: When GamerGate started, the Escapist bent over backwards in order to make themselves home for GamerGate.  It started with them being the only major game site that didn’t close down #gamergate […]


On the Topic of that Silly Cartoon
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2015, 2:40 am
So the cartoon I posted, I am interested in knowing what each point means and the facts on both sides. Pls lmk. — Mark Kern (@Grummz) February 22, 2015 The Cartoon that Mark is referring to is this one.   Later, he tried to constructively egg on the people who were pointing out that this […]


Mark Kern Doubles Down on Being Wrong
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 12:17 pm
Earlier this week, I wrote an article about Mark Kern’s extremely bad interpretation of events over the last few months.  I was inclined to give him a pass beyond this.  I mean, it’s possible he’s been busy and not been paying close attention to what’s been going on.  People who are in the quagmire that […]


Cock Hero: The Gamification of Porn
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2015, 12:08 pm
This update is seriously Not Safe For Work, or for the sexually prudish.  Seriously.  This article is one of those.  It will be one or two clicks away from porn, and not the hazy filtered Skinemax variety.  That being said, if you’re interested in the gamification of man’s most basic instincts, then read on…. . […]


On L&O:SVU and Mark Kern’s Petition Thingy
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2015, 2:44 am
Okay, it’s not as bizarre as Mercedes Carerra ranting about Anita, but Mark Kern’s petition against Kotaku and Polygon is strangely  uninformed, out of left field and… well, just plain wrong.  Patrick Garrett has some thoughts here.  So does Cara Ellison.  But they left a couple of things out. 1. First off, let’s make one thing […]


It’s not even Valentine’s Day yet, but we have an early frontrunner for the Stupidest Thing You’ll Read All Month: Ralph Retort’s SHOCKING REVELATION that people get drunk at GDC (and the comments thread is even more hilariously idiotic than the article), and then collude (i.e. drink with people we like, instead of presumably alone in […]


Elder Scrolls Ditches the Subscription Model
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2015, 2:43 am
Well, they didn’t TECHNICALLY go Free-to-Play, so I can’t say I told you so.  It looks more like they are going with the Guild Wars model.  I can’t say I’m a fan yet – from what I’ve heard the game would sincerely benefit from the massive influx of population that would happen if they ditched all […]


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