The more I play non-violent games with no combat system, the more abhorrent I find games with combat systems. Don't get me wrong, both as a player and a designer, I love combat systems.
But the insane proportion of gameplay tied to violence, conflict and exploitation, and the fact it's seen as normal or even desirable in video games culture, make me feel increasingly bad. Is capitalism fun?
What about complex systems to explore empathy, ecological awareness, philosophy, utopia?
I've felt the sudden urge to set up a small #tokipona forum for the Merveilles folks (or anyone interested in it) who'd like a more organized place than Mastodon to discuss and learn the language together. Disclaimer: I'm a total beginner.
Feel free to join and suggest anything (and to boost if you like the idea)
Here's my #hyperjam entry that does not use HyperCard, but still includes 1-bit gradients and Apple II cursors and fonts.
It's a kind of voxellated emotion-based isometric fortune cookie simulator. Or maybe a roguelike without combat where nothing happens but randomly suggested feelings. I don't know, but I like it, and I really learned a lot while making it. I might even make an actual game out of this.
Hi, I’m a French game designer/writer working mainly in the serious game/edutainment industry.
On my free time, I develop my own video games and tools, compose electronic music, make pixel/voxel art, build keyboards, grow hops and brew beer.
Computers ate my soul.
So, MWF my acro parter @RussSharek and I open up our living room at 8pm UTC-5 to a jitsi call at meet.jit.si/CircusHomeGym. We practice acrobatics, and take a break from the crazy that is the world for several hours. Everyone is welcome to join us! Do whatever it is you feel like doing, and chat with others in a safe space to take that break. Fridays we open up an hour earlier for a coffee and chat hour. I use #circusInPlace to announce when the room opens. Feel free to drop by!
technology + solitude
I've just spent two hours drinking beer and eating snacks in front of my computer. Video chat with a dozen of colleagues to welcome a couple of new people. It was nice and fun.
But at the same time, I felt an overwhelming dystopic vibe. Everyone trapped in their own animated thumbnail, trying to look good, petting their cat, pretending everything is fine. Connected, yet alone, and so far away, on so many levels. Is it the new normal? Is it the future?
« Today’s tech industry really is a triumph of the postmodern work ethic. No one cares about your product; we care about your adoption. No one cares about what your technology does; we care about what problems it solves for users, and how fast you can grow. The first commandment of tech is Build Stuff People Want. » https://alexdanco.com/2020/02/20/progress-postmodernism-and-the-tech-backlash/
Here's a single pattern with a bunch of dirty live tweaks. I thought it was 30 seconds long but I had so much fun it's over 3 minutes.
It's messy and absolutely not the direction I thought I was going to, but I'm seeing some kind of aesthetics emerge, and I'm starting to like getting lost.
Dave Lombardo giving me goosebumps this morning.
Wait, there's actually a new Mr Bungle Album? 21 years later? Wow.
And here is the game that @ice contributed to the micro fiction games jam. Paper Tron!
I'm reading this about climate denial.
It's pretty good. Worth a read.
Probably not the best way to put you in the best mood for the day, but the new Basinski is out.
Computers ate my soul.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.