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Nicholas McDowell
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Working on new zones when word comes across the internet that Maxis has been shuttered. So many memories of cities.
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makes me a sad panda....  I played so much of the old school DOS PC version... and then practically every other version since.
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I have said often that over time, all game developers at the company start to dress the same. 
A team of UC Berkeley researchers has discovered that the 85% of the average tech worker’s clothes are free tech t-shirts, hoodies, and other assorted clothing. The study of this prevalent free...
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+mike kuniavsky under the disco ball at b21.
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We've changed our pet policy at Trion. This means many more adorable puppies on the table during brainstorming meetings.
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Well if anything the puppy would be the one to try to eat us. And we're quest designers, we'd just make quests about puppies.
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Storm at Sea, our latest Rift release is live. I did a lot of the dialog for this release and one quest that will make you vomit. But I click "as designed" when I got that bug. So it's all good. 
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Lex and I have started to watch Next Generation. This is a good supercut of their Utopian philosophy.
 
Interesting and moving - this is a tour-review of Star Trek's philosophy of humanism. There are those among us who will find these messages objectionable, and that's sad. The core notion of Trek is that we can become better than we are - and that ambition has always been within us. (It's even deeply rooted in scripture.) All we need is the confident ambition to make it so.

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I generally don't repost every layoff announcement in my industry, because they are unfortunately quite common. But this one is big news, and hits me close to home, or at least family. I can hook you up with a great producer. And if you need good people from other positions I can get the word out.
EA has shut down Maxis Emeryville, the main Maxis studio and longrunning developer behind SimCity and Spore, among other games. Though the Maxis brand will carry on, the studio that most people knew as "Maxis" is no more.
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After the transporter accident, I don't have two selves, but two twins. We just happen to share identical experiences up until that moment. There is no greater self, or lesser self, just two brothers. What is probably more troubling to the concept of the self is when we invent technology to spread my consciousness into multiple places and have it span across a network. If I inhabit multiple physical forms simultaneously, then I may have a crisis of self. Even then there will probably be a root where all my consciousness returns to, so maybe we'll be fine with that. We've done well spreading our consciousness out to fill our cars and our online avatars. Humans are adaptable.
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I was reminded today of a video I made almost two decades ago about how user testing makes for better websites.
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Lex mentioned he had never seen me wear this jacket before, so I sent him a selfie. Then Google improved the picture.
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Photo of a goodlooking guy in a hat! What could Goog do to improve that?

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Advanced guide for Manugo. On behalf of everyone on the Rift team, I'm going to declare our little experiment with making number go up a success.
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Rift Reforged interviews me for a Lorelahpahloozah episode with me in this week's episode.
It’s here, kids — Rift Senior Game Designer and Lore Developer, Nick “Captain Cursor” McDowell is in the house! Plus, our cup runneth over – we’ve got big news from Rift central — tune in to find out who’s moving up in TrionWorlds and what’s around the bend for Rift after the New Year!! Trust …
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