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I'm working on the full version of the game jam game, but it's on hold until I can get my shoulders stabilized. (Am frustrating that even after promising myself "no more that 15 minutes per art asset" and fairly draconian pacing rules, I still injured myself.)

Frustrating thing: dislocating my shoulders while doing illustrations for a gamejam two months ago, because apparently my body is stabilized enough for some tasks but not others.

(This requires 12 weeks of physical therapy to fix, so... >_> )

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Game journalists are already defending the $70 price tag and citing inflation as the justification, but so far I've only seen one mention the fact that buying power hasn't risen in almost 40 years, and none of them are making the logical conclusion that, hey, maybe the AAA model is untenable in a world where income disparity is so severe.

You could also look into getting rid of Bobby Kotick and his 9-figure salary. But I'm not holding my breath on anyone pushing for that at this point.

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Please suggest Indigenous and Black artists and activists on here.

Time to stop birdsite madness and start following folks here.

I was interviewed by the Classic Gamer Guild Podcast about Hero-U, Summer Daze, and in general.

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0 A.D. is a free open source real time strategy game with a historical setting (sort of like "Age of Empires"). The developers are on the Fediverse:


The alpha version is available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official site:

If you want to help development or donate to the project, you can find out how on their website.

#0AD #ZeroAD #Gaming #RTS #RealTimeStrategy #AgeOfEmpires #FLOSS #FOSS #Libre

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You made a game? Cool, I wanna pay you for it. But please give me the fucking source code so I can make it build on my weird ass linux. And also, I can remix music and pictures, I wanna remix a game.
When you make art, it stop being yours. You give it to the world and it becomes collectively owned. Games are no exception.

That's not to say that everything should be free. But like..your game is already DRM free, just give me the source code when I buy it!

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Much of my interest in roleplaying is driven by the medium's great potential to be a liberation from consumption-driven entertainment. Yes, I mean that in the most humanist "smash-capitalism" way. Role-playing can empower any individual to exalt their own creativity, entirely free of the profit-driven infrastructures required for products like commercial music, cinema and fiction. All it takes is people talking together to build meaningful stories without need of propritery tools.

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Users vs programmers 

This idea that some people are suited to programming and some aren't is bullshit. But the computers I had as a kid booted into BASIC or were a single command away from it, literally inviting me to program them. My elementary school also taught me BASIC and Logo in third grade. Nowadays I don't think programming gets taught until high school, if at all. And I imagine they teach some garbage language like Javascript, C++, or Java most of the time.

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If you're a journalist

And you're writing a story about a data leak or whatever

If you include the phrase, "the unethical but currently legal practice of targeted advertisement" to describe the cause

I'll make it worth your while

The gamejam is looking kind of neat, but I *probably* want to use this time to polish up my entry. Sigh.

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@lightweight Yes! And simultaneously provide education on how to contribute to community projects so we keep adding all the functionality everybody needs, for ourselves.

When I paid steeply to get some tertiary education in multimedia I was taught the Macromedia suite, (before Adobe acquired it). I didn't know any other software so went into debt to get my own copies trying to start my career.

I want to do my bit to make sure nobody else has to do that. It's ludicrous.

I made a short Sierra-style dark fantasy game, called "Chosen One", for this year's !

It's available for download and voting at

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@alcinnz Ugh. Javascript, the United States of software. Its everywhere, it does a bunch of shit, serves up surveillance capitalism, and demands you give it attention.

I kind of really hate having now. (Even though I cut out a lot of the art I was going to do for the gamejam when it became clear that excessive tablet use was bad, my entire upper body is going to hate me for the next week.)

When I notarize Mac builds, I feel like I'm enabling Apple's predatory business practices. When I don't, I feel like I'm doing a disservice to accessibility. Is there a way to win?

Still annoyed that most of the adventure game devs/fans I meet or work with are only reachable by Facebook or Twitter DMs. >_>

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