How We Talk About Ourselves

Some thoughts and clarifications on the subject of identity politics, here in response to “why we talk about ourselves” by Liz Ryerson. It is, as opposed to most of the responses I got, calmly written, but I also have to say that it misses the point of what I said …

Identity Politics

In the words of others: The focus on identity has been effective and empowering when identity politics has been construed as the active affirmation of the experiences, dignity, and rights of historically marginalized or excluded people, most notably people of color, gays and lesbians, and disabled people. To borrow the …

Would You Kindly Not

I don’t often feel the need to respond to articles about game design; ironically, when I do it’s usually to those that could be seen as being “on the same side” as myself. Thus the article that I am going to talk to is in support of a lot of …

A Dialogue Tree Grew In My Garden

Links! Rechts! Links! A lovely podcast called Dialogue Tree decided to talk to a strange hairy man about Greenlight, poverty and the future of gaming. He’s not very coherent, because he’s a caveman and he’s afraid of phones. Verena¬†wrote about 2012, 2013, and her accident. Have you been keeping up …

Look Forward

As I said in the previous post, creatively speaking 2012 was a good year. Despite the difficulty of getting attention for games that don’t fit into familiar categories, my games reached people. They found new fans, they were written about by critics, they affected other game developers. There were defeats …

Look Back

2012 is over. A long, interesting, difficult year, full of surprises. It started out with a sustained burst of creativity. We did the first few episodes of The Starving Artists’ Kitchen, including running a tiny Indiegogo campaign. Making the show was fun, if not exactly easy, and it felt like …

A Summary of Shyamalan

I still get a certain amount of visitors who are here because they’re interested in or appalled by the fact that I refuse to join the geek chorus of people condemning the work of M. Night Shyamalan. But the posts they’re likely to see are out of date and weren’t …

William Morris on Revolution

The word Revolution, which we Socialists are so often forced to use, has a terrible sound in most people’s ears, even when we have explained to them that it does not necessarily mean a change accompanied by riot and all kinds of violence, and cannot mean a change made mechanically …

Dulce et Decorum Est

Humanity in general, and our Christian humanity in particular, has reached a stage of such acute contradiction between its moral demands and the existing social order, that a change has become inevitable, and a change not in society’s moral demands, which are immutable, but in the social order, which can …

A Very Brief Intellectual History of the Rise of the Golden Dawn

A long time ago The Left: “Hey, those guys are neonazis!” Intelligentsia: “Let’s talk about postmodernism and the end of history.” A bit less long ago The Left: “We’re troubled by the media’s constant racist propaganda.” Intelligentsia: “What are the media?” A few years ago The Left: “Seriously, these guys …