Apparently it's #Bandcamp Friday, so here comes the result of my latest musical adventures.
It's a nearly 11-minute long live steel tongue drum session with unquantized beats and lo-fi textures. It's a bit broken, a bit moody, a bit groovy... And I hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
No context sudden need to make a tiny game with jumping voxels and desaturated colors. I've no idea what it's about, except I named all assets in #TokiPona, and my mood was involving some kind of lazy melancholia.
I guess it could become a random walk in a quiet forest, with occasional dialogues and chill beats in the background.
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)
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.
Just swam for an hour or so in a big warm swimming pool with no human in sight, then tried all the weirdly twisted massive high-speed water slides next to it. Not sure if it’s vacations at the so-called end of a pandemic or at the actual end of the world, but it’s surreal enough to be fun.
Playing Democratic Socialism Simulator by La Molle Industria. Sadly, I’ve been murdered before the end of my second term as president of the USA, but I was pretty close to turn the country to actual full-blown socialism.
After a few proper ab wheel workouts, I can confirm that:
- it is sadly not functional as a vehicle
- it makes a ridiculous high-pitched noise
- it is likely called an ab wheel because your abs feel like they’ve been run over by the wheel of a truck
I've cancelled my Melodics subscription, which I used to learn and practice finger drumming and keys. I'm ending a 713-day-long streak of daily practice for pads, and a 172-day-long streak for keys. That's a bit crazy when I think about it.
It was nice to enhance my rhythm skills and get a better understanding of music theory, but I want to focus on the RAV Vast. Enough screens, it's time to play a physical instrument in the physical world. Every day, of course, since apparently I can.
To make things worse, while all orcs characters are savages with thick accents, there is one shaman who speaks perfect English because he's educated himself by reading a lot of Elven books.
I'm wondering why, in a video game such as Solasta, Orcs speak to me, a non-Orc who has learned their language, in pidgin English, with a ridiculous "exotic" accent, while my character speaks normally (and cracks jokes about orcs being illiterate idiots.) Am I not the one who should speak bad Orcish? I'm mostly fine with fantasy stereotypes, but this is simply racist.
It's even weirder in a game that allows you to choose your pronouns and non-gendered voices.
Instead of some actual time/habit tracker software that would take me ages to develop and fine tune, with the added issue of portability, I could make a simple parser for a text file, with my own human-readable format. It would generate HTML I could style the way I want, without the hassle of a complex system I don't actually need. I'd just log my stuff manually, so I could update it anytime, anywhere...
Wait, that sounds way too easy and efficient, where's the catch?
Looks like Estas Tonne has released a new album! Well, some kind of lengthy compilation actually, but I don't care, for me any of his songs are part of the same never-ending song.
Seeing this in the credits sums up the feeling pretty well:
Music: Life (via Estas Tonne)
"Enjoy the pain, comrade", I proudly mutter to myself as I slowly crawl out of bed, driven by the optimist intent to start my morning workout with some chin-up sets, unable to know if both my arms can barely move because of the vaccine, because of soreness from my previous workout, or because of both.
It seems I'm once more thinking about developing my own time tracker, though more geared towards habits and creative patterns.
I should make a time tracker to track when I want to make a time tracker, I'm sure I'd be surprised by the results.
And I still haven't decided if making a time tracker to avoid procrastination is also procrastination or not.
I've acquired one of the most ridiculous fitness devices ever designed: an ab wheel. It's certainly brutally effective when used properly, that's the point. But I believe my abs will get twice stronger by just laughing about it before actually using it.
Also, this is giving me some terrible new video game ideas.
cats, gore, madness
I think there’s a huge amount of cute cats pictures and videos all over the web because cats "owners" feel compelled to make up for all the mangled corpses and unidentifiable viscera they keep finding in and around their homes.
The occasional, almost poetic dead mouse brought as a "gift" is only the tip of a gruesome iceberg. You’re likely to stay in a state of blissful ignorance if your bloodthirsty feline overlords can’t go outside to harvest and play with fresh meat.
"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."
Said German scientist Max Planck a bit more than 100 years ago, in the context of quantum theory findings, which are still barely understood today.
Now, if you think about this quote in the context of climate change... we may have a problem. Also, good morning.
There's nothing like a new 17-minute-long track by Estas Tonne to start the day.
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.