Feb. 11th, 2010

hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Video game magazine THE ESCAPIST has a fun article on the gamer in the kitchen, and discusses why gaming and cooking aren't necessarily that different as hobbies. I can see some similarities to shooting, too.

The comments on the article are pretty wonderful, too. My favorite is from "Onyx Oblivion:"

I'm going to start cooking! I like food, I'm fat (but not "eats 10 pies a day" fat), I like gaming, I like to experiment, have an eye for details, and this sounds like a great hobby.


*comes back 10 minutes later*

Shit. The house is on fire.

In other gamer news (I'm not really a videogamer, I swear), DUDEBRO bears watching. Short version of the story: in December, on the NeoGAF forums, one member casually started a surprising thread: "So I decided to rent Imagine: Babyz Fashion…" which he opened with, "I'm thirty minutes in, and thus far it is, honest to blog, one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I have had all year. In case you think I'm lying for whatever reason, here's my DS upper screen." He posted a screencap. Gamer forums being what they are, you'd expect lots of jokes about the original poster's masculinity and sexuality, and that's exactly what happened. One guy replied, "Well, I guess pedophiles play games too. Thanks for the warning." The original poster replied, "So, I'm a pedophile because I don't want to play Dudebro, My Shit is Fucked Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time? To throw around these sort of accusations at someone who seeks to do something different suggests quite the insecurity on your part."

A couple of people thought that Dudebro, My Shit is Fucked Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time sounded like a pretty cool title for a videogame.

There followed photoshopped box art. And cut-scene scripts. And character designs. And the thread became a bizarre brainstorming session. And now the forum denizens are actually making DUDEBRO 2 as a freeware top-down shooter. No, really, they are. They migrated from the Imagine: Babyz thread to a dedicated thread, created a wiki, and instituted a loose management system and work cycle using Google Docs and Google Wave. There is a useful links post here.

DUDEBRO may make you laugh, or it may make you go, "Ugh," or both; it's a lot of bro puns, dick jokes, and stuff about the main character screwing women with big tits. I think it's worth watching, though, because it reminds me of stuff I've seen in fandom -- the discussion is batted around, a concrete idea forms, leadership/responsibility emerges, and group action gets underway -- but creating a videogame is a pretty impressive scaling effort, in part because it has an actual definitive endpoint. It's pretty remarkable, I think, and I think it'll be interesting to see 1) if they pull it off and 2) whether it leads to more large-scale community coordination like this from other groups I don't ordinarily think of as fannish (in terms of producing fanfic and the like). Not to mention what kinds of stuff traditional fandom could do -- or, for all I know, is already doing -- in this vein.
hradzka: (peej is pissed)
I am not on Facebook. Really, I am not on Facebook. In fact, I am *so* not on Facebook, that if I *were* on Facebook, my fucking status message would read "David Hines is not on Facebook." Google, however, decided that I would be much happier if I were on Facebook, so they made their own version of Facebook and added me to it, to which I say, "Fuck you, Google. Fuck you very, very much, very hard, with a sharp and spiky cactus, FUCK YOU."

There are a lot of things that piss me off about Google Buzz. For example: it is not at all immediately clear how the fucking thing works. I am on it, despite not wanting it, not knowing what it does, and not being able to find out what it does until I am on it, at which point I want nothing more than to sign out of it and have it and I not fucking exist as far as I am concerned. There doesn't appear to be a way to do that. What's more, I suddenly have a bunch of people paying attention to me, some of whom I don't know who they are. This is because Google Buzz is fucking inexplicable and enigmatic about its connections. For example: an asshole, whom I blocked, was following me; I took a moment to block him again. I hadn't exchanged contentious email with him in months, and the only way I knew it was him, to block him, was that he was not using his real name, but an incredibly distinctive pseudonym. Some people following me? I don't know who they are. I can't imagine what people who have multiple email stalkers, rather than occasional asshole correspondents, are going to do. Good fucking luck.

This reaction may seem weird, considering that I'm fannishly active under my own name, but if people come across something that I'm doing and they know who I am, that doesn't bother me. But there is nothing more I hate than people who feel compelled to tell everybody everyfuckingthing they do, and Google Buzz just tried to turn me into one of those. I compartmentalize: if you want to know what weird shit I'm up to in the course of a day, you can follow me on Twitter. If you want to read my fanfic and reviews, you can follow me here (DW or LJ, whichever). I live my professional life offline. Maybe this is weird, but this is what I'm comfortable with. And Google just took my comfort zone and said, "Y'know what? Fuck that."

Well, fuck you right back, Google. When Buzz has an off switch, let me know.

ETA: the solution, first pointed out by [personal profile] jamaillith on LJ and by [personal profile] anatsuno on DW: scroll allll the way down to the bottom of your Gmail inbox. See the teeny tiny blue letters beginning "Gmail view:"? One of the options down there is "turn off buzz." I clicked it. It went away. I only wish there were an option for "turn off buzz with extreme prejudice." Thanks very much, source of knowledge.


hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)

November 2014




The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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