Everyone, you just have to see this: visual novel creator Ertal Games knocks it out of the park again with the short A Cat Café Story: bittersweet feelings on four fluffy paws. ertal-games.itch.io/a-cat-caf-

Hello, everyone! My news for 15 January 2021 are here, with RPG critique, retrospectives, game history and lessons to learn. Enjoy! notimetoplay.org/blog/gamedev-

I don't think people realize why its important to remove white supremacists from your board/forum/web community.

- They are extremely motivated.
- They have a tradition of recruiting via meme(in the classic sense).
- They have centuries of effective propaganda.
- They will take over. Slowly at first then suddenly.
- They will always create more moderation work for you. They will never stop pushing.

Every society struggles with this. And it's not some conspiracy.

Lucasfilm Games - I talk about LucasFilm Games, EA squandering the license and some of my favorite Star Wars titles from the past
aggronaut.com/2021/01/14/lucas

TFW you check out the public timeline of a Friendica server and it's flooded with posts from Mastodon.

With my readership still in freefall (despite boosts from my wonderful followers), I've been thinking again of other places where I could post updates. A convenient but controversial option is Telegram, and I'd like to hear some opinions before giving them my phone number. Yay or nay?

Was checking out the latest @notimetoplay newsletter and it mentions #Texture, which seems like a pretty straightforward text adventure, browser-based tool.

Was a bit worried it was all stuck on their servers, but you can download your games as HTML files.

- texturewriter.com/about/

- notimetoplay.org/blog/gamedev-

pls don't develop a chip on your shoulder if someone younger than you is accomplishing stuff sooner than you could, be encouraging

younger people are allowed to be better than you at stuff, in fact, you should encourage it! the world would kinda suck if you think those with less time on earth shouldn't ever surpass those who've been around longer

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Hello, everyone! My news for 5 January 2021 are here, with Linux consoles, roguelikes, interactive fiction and more. Enjoy! notimetoplay.org/blog/gamedev-

Tonight I had a very good conversation (arguably two) about queer games and fiction.

some writers try to plan everything out, get the basic image before working on what they intend to present later. I'm one of the writers who just jumps the fuck into the dark and makes the connections as I go; i think it's more fun

My 3-year-old would like to know what winter looks like around the world. Could you reply with a photo of what it looks like near you at the moment?

Here's what it looks like near us, in North-East England.

Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.

Schools are by and large propaganda factories designed to teach you that your country, whichever one it is, is perfect and always the good guy. They don’t exist to teach you anymore than you necessarily need to know in order to be a good little cog in the machine.

They don’t exist to teach, they exist to test. The better their students can do on a test, the better that school is regarded.

Random insight of the night: every couple years, someone stands up and bemoans the fact that programming is still primarily done through the medium of text. And surely with all the power of modern graphical systems there must be a better way. But consider:

* the most powerful tool we have as humans for handling abstract concepts is language
* our brains have several hundred millenia of optimizations for processing language
* we have about 5 millenia of experimenting with ways to represent language outside our heads, using media (paper, parchment, clay, cave walls) that don't prejudice any particular form of representation at least in two dimensions
* the most wildly successful and enduring scheme we have stuck with over all that time is linear strings of symbols. Which is text.

So it is no great surprise that text is well adapted to our latest adventure in encoding and manipulating abstract concepts.

Got two quotes from @Shufei and @specter onto this wiki page about the smol net. If you think I've missed something, let me know (or add it).
communitywiki.org/wiki/SmolNet

While writing my newsletter earlier, I realized my latest book sold four copies in almost five months. One more reason to start planning for a wrap-up.

Merry Christmas, everyone! My news for 25 December 2020 are here, with interviews, histories, talk of creativity, and a lot more. Enjoy! notimetoplay.org/blog/gamedev-

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