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Continuity and the art of changing things
Continuity and the art of changing things

A couple weeks ago, while I was in the middle of the first draft for Book 06 of Iyetra, I realised I had made a very grave error and left something important out of the now-published version of Book 05. I wrote, re-drafted and revised the entirety of Book 05 without realising that I'd forgotten to include an important detail regarding one of the main characters and thus defied the physics of my own universe.

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19 December 2012
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Duke Nukem Forever, or how the gaming industry has finally finished puberty
Duke Nukem Forever, or how the gaming industry has finally finished puberty

At its heart, Duke Nukem Forever is a first person shooter that basks in its own heritage, more interested in reminding the player of how awesome Duke is — and by extension, the series itself — rather than providing any new reason to think so. "I'm amazing because I think I am" is the motto of 2011's Duke, and Gearbox's implementation seems more interested in being offensive for the sake of it than for any sense of funny.

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14 June 2011
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The difference between sex and violence in video games
The difference between sex and violence in video games

It should be obvious to anyone who watches the news that, at least in the US, when it comes to how the public at large handles depictions of gratuitous violence or gratuitous sex, reactions usually vary wildly. We're used to violence on movies and television shows, to say nothing of the perpetual sport we as gamers partake in through gunning down criminals and generic "bad guys" through the course of any FPS or action game. We're "desensitized" to this, at least when our impetus is killing enemies in the name of a greater good, and most people don't really balk unless said killing is exceptionally graphic and excessive.

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8 February 2010
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On feminine representation in 'The Void'
On feminine representation in 'The Void'

After reading a review of The Void that accused the game of being sexist against women, I decided to dig further and explain why I feel such a comment is way off the mark. Any players drawn to the game by the promise of virtual characters would be disappointed in just how non-sexual the game actually is, and the realization that all the nudity has a point. Warning, there's a lot of NSFW content herein.

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5 January 2010
What am I missing about EVE Online?
What am I missing about EVE Online?

I've had a on/off subscription to EVE for years, although it usually lapses in a short space of time. EVE is a game I want desperately to love and play and enjoy but every time I try, I feel like I've walked into the middle of a group of people laughing over an inside joke and I don't get where the entertainment lies. EVE can be unforgiving if you're a solo player, as the bulk of it lies in epic fleet warfare requiring the synchronization of a large group of players. While there are things to do on your own, my experiences with mining are about as interesting as I suspect spending hours inside an actual mine would be.

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17 December 2009
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On conquering NaNoWriMo
On conquering NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo has been an event that has intrigued me for a few years now. I've often thought of doing it but never actually committed the "thinking" into "doing," despite seeing it crop up every year in my friends' status updates on various social networking services. I admit to a certain level of elitism preventing me from getting involved, as well: NaNoWriMo has always seemed like an interesting idea, but in practice I always come off feeling that it's the sort of deal bored housewives do to make themselves seem more interesting– "I'm a novelist," etc. No, dear, you watch Oprah.

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29 November 2009
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Suspect charged in horrific murder of Puerto Rican gay teen
Suspect charged in horrific murder of Puerto Rican gay teen

Last week the body of 19 year old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on the side of a road in central Puerto Rico. The body had been decapitated, dismembered and partially burned. Both of his arms and legs had been severed, an attempt had been made to do the same with his torso, and the entirety of his body had been dumped off of an isolated street. Jorge was openly gay, well liked and very popular.

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20 November 2009
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