Crowfall Kickstarter is Smart Marketing

Hey, did you guys hear that Crowfall launched a Kickstarter today? I’m not a big user of Kickstarter myself. A lot of people who I like and respect are into it so no slight to them, but it’s never been my thing. I’m too miserly to spend money on a concept that may or may not ever come to pass, and my internal hipster voice could never hop on a project just because it was popular. In fact the only time I’ve ever...

Twitter, Blogging, and the Depth of Online Friendships

There’s been a bit of discussion going around for the last few days about online friendships. Most of the talk has been between Belghast and Braxwolf, with Bel writing that he treats online friends the same as offline friends and Brax doubting that online friendships can have the same depth as those found offline. I have strong opinions on this topic! Twitter sucks at depth Brax’s post in particular seems to focus on...

MMO Blogging for the Experienced and Occasionally Wiser

As you probably noticed, earlier in the week I wrote a fairly tongue-in-cheek post about MMO payment models. It was largely inspired by Syl’s post on the same subject. In her post Syl linked the Cat Context episode from June, 2013 where she sat down with my and Ellyndrial to talk about payment models. At the time she and I had been having a bit of a blog battle over the whole thing, myself being passionately in favor of...

The Value of Playing for (No) Fun

Allow me to share a conversation that I had repeatedly over the past week. Me: Oh my god I hate this Hexcells game so much it’s making me angry. Him: Um, you should stop playing it then. Me: I can’t do that! I’m almost finished. Hexcells is essentially a fiendish update to the¬†classic game Minesweeper, with more advanced ways of letting you know where the bombs are located and greater allowance for¬†error. There are...

Hypothesis: There is no such thing as the “WoW Community”

A reminder that I’m giving away games to folks who donate at least $5 to Extra Life! The topic of this post is just an idea I’ve been kicking around lately. I frequently see people refer to the “World of Warcraft Community”, and I’ve absolutely used the phrase myself in the past. But more and more I think that’s ascribing a sense of collective where none exists. It’s less a...

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