When you’re playing a game with a consistent and tight world design, you don’t even notice it – unless, of course, you’re a designer, in which case, you notice the shit out of it for all the right reasons. Everything from the scenery to the costumes to the music to the sound design should all be unified, equally contributing to a single concept that ultimately fades to the background because it’s just so damn natural. (“Elder Scrolls” games tend to do this well.)
I wrote this post for the game developer blog I write for. Hope you like it!
The video game industry (along with many other tech markets) is dominated by men. This Mad Men sort of world teaches women to take the passenger’s seat when it comes to innovation and design. Fortunately, the Girls Scouts of America is trying to change that.
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I write all my posts on my laptop. Using the keyboard is second nature to me, and I don’t have to look at the keys or even the computer to know that I’m typing the right letters. I feel that my thoughts flow better when I type when when I write by hand. Conversely, I do appreciate lovely handwriting – it’s a sort of art form. Tennessee lawmakers may agree, to some extent, as they have proposed a bill that would require all students in the state to learn cursive handwriting.
Coffee and writing have always seem synonymous to me, and now I know why. According to a survey conducted by Dunkin’ Donuts and Career Builder, people in a writing or editing career drink a lot of coffee. The survey laid out the top 10 coffee drinking professions and writer/editor landed at spot No. 4.
When Alexander Chee, author of “The Queen of the Night,” mentioned that he wished Amtrak had a residency program for writers, he may not have expected the company would listen. However, after Chee shared his longing in an interview with PEN Ten, Amtrak offered an opportunity for a writer to ride across the country for free.
No, I’m not referring to the play by Neil LaBute. Today I’m talking about Kurt Vonnegut’s theory of the universal shape of story types. According i09, Vonnegut believed “stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.” This was his thesis for his anthropology degree at the University of Chicago. However, his teachers told him the idea was too simple, and according to Vonnegut, too much fun. Not long after, he left the university without completing his degree.
Well, we once again came away from a predicted apocalypse, and this time it was from the Vikings. Their mythology set the end of the world for Saturday, Feb. 22, and fortunately, it didn’t happen. At least, I don’t see rivers of blood or warring gods. However, I thought it might be fun to go ahead and play around with Viking lore. So next time we face imminent destruction, take a look at these tips for surviving Ragnarok: