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Highlights of NYU Game Center's Practice, Day 1:

1. Skaff Elias pointing out that games should be designed imperfectly, without undue perfection or tightness, to preserve a wild, unpredictable quality.

2. Frank Lantz solving everyone's problems by suggestiong short-session games... and he may be right. (Since short sessions allow for so much more flexibility and occasional failure!)

3. Dave Sirlin making all sorts of categorical statements about what a good game is and who he has contempt for that affirmed his role: stalwart defender of skill as the key ingredient in games.

4. Arturo Sanchez bringing a level of depth and intensity as a dedicated pro player that too many game devs never get to see!

Low points of NYU Game Center's Practice, Day 1:
1. Never enough time for Q&A sessions, group problem-solving and amazing discussions!

2. Seth Killian passing the buck on the sexism Street Fighter IV by blaming all of Japanese culture and claiming they're 50 years behind the US in terms of misogyny. On behalf of Japanese people everywhere: take responsibility for your own inability to affect a game that you community manage and said you have great input in -- and where the end boss is even named after you -- instead of blaming some guys 6000 miles away and making like your culture's more progressive. It doesn't take much glancing around local gamer culture to realize it's not.
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PRACTICE Weekend at the Game Center. Didn't purchase a ticket to PRACTICE, but still want to be a part of the action af the Game Center? Fret not, because there's still plenty going on for eve...
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Colleen, that sounds just infinitely awesome enough to be worth missing Practice! I hope you're having fun. Come home soon and come over do do some Dance Central moves!
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"If there's a smarter or more personable figure in the game industry than Lemarchand, I haven't met him." Hear, hear! I'm poorer for having stayed in NYC and missed this keynote!
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+Derek Lieu, Rich mentioned that in his keynote. In fact, in most cases, it shakes hands or pets animals when you press that button.
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INTRODUCING Siri? I already have Siri on my iPhone from before Apple bought it, and it was free! SOMEONE TELL STEVE JOBS THERE ARE SHENANIGANS!
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This is one of the more interesting studies to come out in a while about race bias and games -- specifically, major league baseball) . 89% of MLB umpires white, and tend to call more strikes in favor of white pitchers -- but mostly on pitches which couldn't end the at-bat, more often in poorly-attended games, and when the strike zone isn't being electronically monitored. In other words "subconsciously knowing you can get away with it." The bias is also more common in younger and less experienced umpires.

The biggest effect of this seems to that non-white pitchers tend to pitch more conservatively -- away from the edges of the strike zone -- when the ump is of a different race. White pitchers throwing for white umps tend to take more risks -- yet again, subconsciously knowing when you'll be cut slack.

The SMU researcher calculates that non-white pitchers are underpaid by between $50-$400k vs. the average salary of 4.3 million!
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can we also say that these guys in sports deserve way less than that much...they get free almost everything through sponsorship and all they really need is money for food, a house and a gym membership  when teachers have to pay for their own supplies and living expenses...these sports people act like celebrities when realistically they are just pawns in a larger game, when a basket ball player who is 7 feet taller or more goes to clubs with a gun people are likely to get hurt he doesn't need a weapon he is a weapon...kids need real idols not iconic idiots playing large scale games where competition and player strength are key factors and its not likely to change either we have several major sports and all 50 states participating in these sports and people want to complain that the economy is bad? stop spending money on these stupid live games, you as an audience member aren't doing anything productive and a bunch of grown men are getting injured over this shit we have digital games that you can control, and experience the same exact thing in your spare time save human lives and money let kids grow up to be something more practical than meat-bags tackling other meat-bags and getting brain damage for profit, its like gladiators but with drunks watching and ok maybe the stupid ones need something to do to but we shouldn't encourage these lifestyles...education is the strongest tool to sharpen humanity plus racism like this wouldn't become so apparent. you can also say most referees in basketball and football are white and 50-70 percent of the teams are black so the team with more white players might get the more favorable call. random but true..teachers man...need to lobby and request more finances
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"Our parents are grateful because they’re voting. We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless." Wait, you're saying liberal democracy isn't REALLY the best of all possible worlds? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE REAL NEW YORK TIMES, IMPOSTOR! http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/world/as-scorn-for-vote-grows-protests-surge-around-globe.html
Protesters around the world have something in common: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over.
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Although I don't QUITE believe that nerds are morally equivalent to violent Juggalos on a rampage, I still found this to be one of the most accurate pieces ever written about misogyny in gamer culture. And yeah, it's one of those inside jobs that could only really be written as a confessional, by an ex-misogynist.
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Hi, kiddo. This is your father. You haven't been born yet (you haven't even been conceived yet!), but Daddy is writing you this letter anyway to apologize to you.
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Interesting. Add being queer and involved in gaming culture, and you have a whole different round of obstacles too.
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Will be at #occupywallstreet (or Decolonize Wall Street, preferably!) for chunks of the afternoon / early evening today. Ping me if you want to meet up! Especially if you'd feel more comfortable / able to participate with support & friends by your side!
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Yeah honestly, I'd just go and see. It's uncoordinated and decentralized, for sure -- but that kind of means you get out of it what you put in. It's only like a defiant protest march with surges of common will in moments; the rest of the time it's like being at an impromptu political fair with lots of random little groups having discussions. I'd just go and participate in some conversations and see what it's like! Then in thirty years we can all describe it with eye rolls and/or nostalgic pride, or both.
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Geek advantages: watching Hulu... on my TV... with all the ads automatically cut out!
Geek disadvantages: it keeps crashing, especially when you try to search. :'O
Back to the drawing board! By which I mean, the bug report forum.
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Inspirational quote of the day: "Every day I make some boneheaded mistake." -- Joss Whedon, speaking as writer-director of The Avengers. OMG me too, Joss! ME TOO.
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hay azns, do your parents also think this kind of thing is a competition, or is it just my mom? i think she wants to beat the taiwanese. http://www.rafu.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/figure-1-550x356.jpg
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doh, i knew i should have downnloaded that image (it was just linking to the same image but bigger, showing the highest educational level attained by various asian-american populations, broken down by percentages)
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Dresden Files... Nine Princes in Amber... TinyMUSH?!
I remember building a little interactive city on this MUSH back in the 90s. h http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/books/jim-butcher-one-of-the-authors-from-ambermush.html
Jim Butcher honed his writing skills playing Ambermush, an online role-playing game that also helped authors like C. E. Murphy and Angela Beegle.
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After an afternoon with Nathalie Pozzi designing a very globular and dangerous library, I now believe that all game designers should have an architect buddy.
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