Since I haven't done a round of #introductions lately:
Hi! I'm Cidney. I used to be a web developer, then I decided that #gamedev was more fun and more ethical. I primarily work with Unity these days, but in my past lives I did interactive fiction.
Right now I work for Corey and Lori Cole, the creators of Quest for Glory. During the project I was diagnosed with #EDS and suffered a spinal cord injury after a car accident. I can walk again, so it's an invisible #disability.
GamaSutra published a #postmortem I wrote about the 5-year development process for Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. It's been a long and tiring journey. :)
Need help finding a job
I'm a new developer trying to break into tech. I became disabled about two years ago and was no longer able to work in the field I got my Masters. I have since spent as much time as possible teaching myself web development so I can switch careers.
I need leads on entry-level/junior positions! Everyone wants a senior dev or someone with 3+ years experience.
Alec Holowka's sister, on abuse and justice.
16 rooms finished, 84 rooms left for #NaMuBuMo. This is turning into a fun challenge.
Anyone else here doing National MUD Building Month in October?
French people are now legally allowed to resell their Steam-purchased games : https://www.nextinpact.com/news/108209-ufc-que-choisir-vs-valve-justice-consacre-vente-doccasion-jeux-dematerialises.htm#/page/1 (in french)
Old article (in english) about the lawsuit starting : https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/12/french-consumer-group-sues-for-right-to-resell-steam-games/
No idea what will come from it, but this is pretty huge! #videogames
mud builders have a national MUD building month now
I believe the problem has a lot to do with our celebrity fandom, perhaps an inevitable result of the Benevolent Dictator for Life model. We need to be able to treat people like our equals. When you associate a celebrity with your identity, any attacks targeting them feels like it's targeting you as well.
A similar problem used to come up whenever Torvalds was criticised for being toxic and abrasive in mailing lists; his fans would deflect any criticism with even worse toxicity.
I'm not as interested in discussing the details of what RMS said this time as I am in recognizing this as a regularly occuring pattern of behavior, and how hard it makes life for the FOSS community to push for the ideals we collectively believe in.
If a single person or organization in the environmental movement does something that seems deeply problematic, it doesn't feel like it threatens the end of environmentalism.
So how did we end up in this state? How can we change that?
The thing is that playing games with narratives around trauma (sexual or otherwise) can be really powerful tools for processing said trauma and feeling less alone.
And if creators with lived experience with trauma are silenced because the media focuses on them as victims rather than creators, or treats it like a courtroom drama, we're not going to have those games, because it just isn't safe to even implicitly disclose.
I've been debating reaching out to Vice to say that the way that they're covering "gamedev's #MeToo" movement is actually really shitty.
Flight got delayed a few days because of Hurricane Dorian, so I'm still in Seattle after #PAXWest.
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