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I have always been a night owl. Society in general shuns the night owl; waking up early is to be praised, you’re a go-getter, you’re proactive. Waking up late means you’re lazy, you’re irresponsible. Medicine i…

New post: General Articles: Changes

Change is inevitable. Nothing is fixed, and that includes our understanding of things.

Sex and Gender: People

Here’s a simple question: Do you know what your sex chromosomes are?

Back in primary school we all learn…

Hello, everyone! Issue #326 of my newsletter is out, with an unusual format and mix of links to make up for the recent dry spell. Enjoy!

Today I published new walkthroughs for Zeppelin Adventure (2018); The Obscene Quest of Dr. Aardvarkbarf (1997); The Frenetic Five vs. Sturm und Drang (1997); Escape From the Mechanical Bathhouse (2020); Meeting Robb Sherwin (2019); Secret of the Starry Depths (2020); and ToK (2010)! List at

Hello, everyone! Issue #325 of my newsletter is here, with extensive commentary on the legacy of Doom, and good news from the D&D front when it comes to representation in games. Enjoy!

the idea of publishers killing the Internet Archive is horrifying and should be horrifying to everyone.

But yes we need to decentralize it. put a copy in universities around the world. It can't just be one place in CA.

On blocking 

Block and mute early

Block and mute often

Do it for reasons that are entirely "selfish"

No one is entitled to your attention

There will not be a test

Nothing bad happens if you don't hear them

Too many techbros? Mute 'em all

That one guy's jokes need a CW? Your timeline can be full of other stuff

You can even mute that one person's boosts while keeping their posts

It's not censorship; you're not hurting that person

And you don't ever need to explain it or tell anyone

Sucks that so much of early game development is shrouded behind a wall because gamers have no understanding of checks notes work, and thus endlessly complain about how a game in alpha or whatever looks like “garbage”

Wow, nearly $8.2 million raised for charity! Indie gamers are amazing.

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Hello, everyone! Issue #324 of my newsletter is here. From the summary: the largest game bundle ever, game engines, interactive fiction and retrogaming. Enjoy!

if you can't make a living when people """"steal"""" your art, that's not a problem with """"theft,"""" the problem is you live in a society where you are required to turn culture into property in order to justify your right to exist!! that's what's fucked up!!! not people posting your book online for free!!

Dear everyone trying to compile ScottFree for web browsers: y'all realize it's 1500 lines of plain C, right? It can likely be ported to half as much Javascript, by hand, as a summer vacation project. Are you serious? It's probably more work getting it to build in Emscripten.

Just because the people who are calling for police and prison abolition do not have all the answers to your questions, doesn't mean that what they are advocating for isn't vastly superior to what we currently have.

Check out my latest article: what makes text adventures tick; it shouldn't be a mystery how work, and how best to learn if not with the most low-tech kind of game there is?

Why is my keyboard / mouse acting weird:

Always check if any of your ctrl or alt keys are stuck!

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