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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?

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I've felt the sudden urge to set up a small 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)

tokipona.lectronice.com

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Here's my 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.

lectronice.itch.io/oracles

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Hey, I’ve finally found a bit of time to put my tracks on Bandcamp. I did a bit of mastering, and came up with quick and dirty aesthetics I still rather like. I also had fun naming the tracks using a blend of bad translations, bad search engine suggestions and heavy text glitching.

I’m glad I did it, it was a great experiment and a motivating starting point for more musical exploration in the future.


narcanthe.bandcamp.com

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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.

I had decided to not do this year because I think I’m close to burn out and actually need to avoid adding more projects to my already way too big list of projects.

Then I realized I could try to do some calligraphy with glyphs, which would be simple, easy and relaxing.

Then I remembered this would be the perfect excuse to learn sitelen sitelen, the daunting non-linear hieroglyphic system I didn’t dare look into so far.

So... I’m totally doing it, I guess.

My small forum now uses the linja pona font, which allows compound glyphs and other cool stuff. My first choice was Jack Humbert's sitelen pona pona, which I still find more aesthetically pleasing, but linja pona is simply more functional.

tokipona.lectronice.com/d/16-s

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Enter the address of your favourite website to check which user-tracking technologies it uses and who it is sending your data to.

Cool new tool!

themarkup.org/blacklight

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Just one line, and one pixel's red channel died, but these colors 😍

I've finished reading Sum by David Eagleman and I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed a lot of most of these 40 short stories about the Afterlife.

On one hand, it's smart, imaginative and funny, definitely thought-provoking. On the other hand, it's too urban cishet white male centered to convey a real sense of universality. It often feels like rejected scripts for Black Mirror or Doctor Who.

But maybe it's just me feeling frustrated and wanting longer, deeper stories.

Today in , thanks to @asbjorn, I've learned that "search" in a web browser is literally "hunt for the light" (alasa suno) and that Firefox is the "tool of the fire animal" (ilo pi soweli seli)

It's awfully simple and logical once you get it, and the moment it went through my thick skull was magical.

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My new headset runs on batteries. It communicates with other devices through wireless signals. It records ambient noises and sends back sound waves with inverted phase to cancel them and generate silence. It detects atmospheric pressure and uses geolocation to enhance various parameters depending on the environment. It even talks.

Instead, maybe we could have thought of ways for humans and their machines to produce less noise. But self-isolating people in ultra tech bubbles seemed better.

Got some noise-canceling headphones because the ambient noise when working from home was starting to get physically exhausting.

Without even turning them on... wow. I can’t even hear a fly buzzing. No passing car, no wind, no fan, nothing. Just a very light and distant kind of white noise. This is so incredibly relaxing! It feels like playing a game or watching a video with no sound.

Social media, fear of the future 

Yesterday I watched thesocialdilemma.com. It filled me with dread, even if I was already well aware of the issues it covers, and despite the Black Mirror vibe feeling a bit too heavy-handed (but probably necessary.)

The ad/media/tech industry is causing societal damage on an unprecedented level, and seeing the whole ecosystem explained by some of the very people who created it is quite chilling.

Watch it if you can, it offers a striking perspective.

iOS 14 rant 

iOS 14 in a nutshell:
- Ways of organizing widgets I don’t care about because I don’t use widgets.
- Ways of organizing apps I don’t care about because my home screen is already tidy.
- More unsolicited sounds than can only be silenced with the physical sound switch.
- I still need to launch the camera app to block the charging sound when plugging my phone.
- At least, I’m finally able to do something else during boring video calls.

Me, eating macaroni with my soon 3 year old who loves eating macaroni:
- You don’t spit on macaroni, do you?

3 year old:
Proceeds to immediately spit in his plate.

I’ve tasted my one-month old kombucha tea and it was devastatingly delicious. It’s pretty much vinegar at this point, but amazing vinegar nonetheless. It makes me want to try to brew hard kombucha... Using champagne yeast with fermented tea sounds a bit weird, but I’m sure the result would be stunning.

Apparently I’ve started to work on a learning tool. The idea is to provide alternate vocabulary and translations exercises in parallel with each official lesson (and possibly for other popular courses as well.)

The cool thing is that I have to study again every lesson in great detail and to learn how to code the tool properly. And that it will be useful not only to me, but to anyone interested in the language.

I always have a strange feeling of bittersweet victory over an angrier version of myself when I delete something I was about to post, after deciding that its negativity exceeds its interest, even if the topic is important. I don’t know if there’s a name for this.

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Each time I administrate a computer I become more convinced that Sysadmin and Sisyphus ought to be spelled more similarly.

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Probably the best way of increasing your chances of getting in a history book 100 years from now is to start doing something about climate change.

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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?

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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.