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Ben Sizer
Works at Storybricks
Lives in Nottingham, UK
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The Google+ app running on my Google branded phone running a Google OS can't handle Google+ community links. So I can't see what this new community feature is all about until I get to a desktop PC. I know I keep saying this but Google is well past its best now. I'm not convinced anybody there really knows what they are doing any more, except perhaps the ones who ensure they continue to make ad revenue off pirated content and malware.
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I discovered just the other day how to turn off Facebook notifications in a conversation on the Android client (via the button at the top right) so that was helpful! But it does seem like companies are throwing bits of their ecosystem to different developers and not even attempting to make it all work properly. No wonder people are dissatisfied.
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If I can't get Planescape working on my PC soon, I may relent and go with Might and Magic VIII instead.
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Actually it worked fine on the second reinstall (after I changed the CD paths, that is). I think the problem was coming from the mods I was trying to use. Modding - don't do it!
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A good description of why the annual GameCity event in Nottingham is important.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2012/oct/29/gamecity-7-review
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I think the important thing is that it highlights the good things about games, ignoring the sequels and publishers and consumerist stuff and shows how games can be very positive cultural artifacts. Pretty much all the top indie developers are appearing there these days (except Notch... so far) and it feels that it has its finger on the pulse of where the important part of gaming is going.
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It's fascinating that Google and Facebook sell ads/promotion while obscuring what you actually get for your money. I wouldn't be surprised if that would be considered illegal in many other sales contexts.

Free and fair trade depends on both sides having a good idea of what exactly is on offer and what it's worth to them - but with these online ads you throw money at the company and hope that it isn't artificially inflating the price.

Facebook promoted posts are even worse, in that they control both the algorithm that decides how visible an unpaid post is and the degree to which paying to promote that post changes matters. This allows them to essentially charge everybody a certain amount of money to maintain the status quo, while pretending you're actually buying a benefit. The more people that promote posts, the more people will have to pay to get theirs visible. Will it end up being just a feed of adverts?
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I do find it interesting that they can essentially get away with holding a closed-auction where everybody pays and nobody knows if they won or not.
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Passwords truly do suck. Time for something different.
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News on what I'm up to (or what I would be up to if I wasn't on holiday this week).
 
A little bit of news about Storybricks.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/05/storybricking-it/

The summary is that we're focusing on working with other game companies to use the Storybricks technology, as explained before.  We're still trying to do awesome things, and we will give details when we can.

The other news is that we're taking the web-based client ("Kingdom of Default") offline for now.  Interested had waned and we weren't updating it anymore.  We'd love to talk to anyone interested in picking it up for a business purpose, such as catering to the educational market.
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Thanks! Rodolfo does have a certain way with words. ;)
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Nicely put here.
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A good description of one of the GameCity events I went to recently, with some relevance to the games journalism/PR controversy that's gone round of late.
http://gillen.cream.org/wordpress_html/4835/reads-like-a-seven/
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Woke up to Google telling me that someone in China has my Google password. Annoying.
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To some degree that's exactly what they're doing, where you add to the whitelist as you go along. They don't expect me to log on from China so they asked me to verify it, which could obviously only be done from a system where I was already logged in.

How well this works when you're travelling overseas and want to log in legitimately, I don't know.
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Been playing #Dishonored the last couple of days. After rage-quitting initially after getting caught eight times in a row on a disproportionately difficult room barely 2 minutes into the game proper, it's got a lot more fun as I've progressed and been able to explore a bit and start soaking up the story. The obvious Thief influences help hold my interest, too. The main negative so far is the artwork: I don't mind the painterly style but some of the textures are so low-res it could be a 90s game, and it can get distracting at times.
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It's set up so that you can play on stealth, including doing the whole game without killing anybody. It is pretty much Thief, Splinter Cell, and Deus Ex in a blender (in terms of approach, not necessarily quality), but the world aesthetic is closest to Thief due to all the steampunk and magic elements.
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SoundCloud sent me an email saying "We've noticed you're one of our top sound creators. Nice work." I wonder if everybody got this? Considering I only get about 15 to 20 plays per week I seriously doubt I am among any definition of 'top'.
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Computer Game Developer
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  • Storybricks
    Senior Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • Monumental Games
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2010
  • Roscom
    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2006
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