Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Relevant

Since this year marks the 20th year since the release of Joss Whedon’s seminal series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought it time to rewatch the series. This time, though, I’m watching it with my wife Jan. I should explain that I watched the series twice, each time with one of my daughters. We overlapped a bit, but effectively, think of it as two viewings. I have very fond memories of watching with Elizabeth and Emily. Buffy showed how girls and women could […]

Morality in Games

An online friend, Robert Sharp, wrote an interesting post about moral responsibility in video games. Robert teaches university-level philosophy and loves video games, so he’s well-equipped to discuss the topic. Do the decisions we make in games reflect our inner character? It’s an interesting discussion, and David Bryant and I riff on Robert’s discussion and take it a bunch of different directions. Tools I’ve acquired an iPhone 6s+, almost unintentionally. Also, Nvidia finally releases the specs on the GTX 1070, […]

The Weird World of Twitter Plagiarism

I use social media casually, posting links to articles I write, content I find interesting, and the occasional funny post. My daily tweet output usually comes in at less than ten, on average. Facebook posts are fewer, mostly related to family stuff (not counting tweets autoposted from Twitter). Occasionally, I’ll retweet something I find pithy or amusing. So a few days ago, I retweeted this tweet. Look how instinctively, the mother croc carries the baby in its mouth. Nature is […]

Podcast: Games, Abstractions, and Players

As Game Developer Conference approaches, I began thinking about how games are made, and how players approach games differently. For example, I came across this description of a game being played: Imagine exploring space, colonizing planets, setting up trade routes. This game is so immersive, you feel like you really are setting up your own empire — unnamed commentator He’s talking about this: The game is Roll for the Galaxy. It’s actually a pretty good game, but the main mechanics […]