August 20, 2019

Respawn CEO says some developers ‘crossed a line’

I keep going back and forth between how I feel about the whole situation. On one hand, this is exactly what community managers are for. As developers, it’s not our responsibility (nor do we often have the experience) to interact directly with fans. It’s not really a surprise that some developers resorted to name-calling and poor judgment when they started to receive death threats. 

But, on the other hand, you need to act in a professional manner when you’re representing your product. 

One thing is certain though- this is just another example of how toxic gaming communities can be.

July 17, 2019

Respawn’s Plan to Deal with Apex Legends Cheaters

Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.

Too bad they don’t take this concept one step further. If painted in the right light, this could be a huge opportunity for a hacking type of competition, much in the same vein of Facebook’s CTF. They could even go so far as offering rewards for players who disclose exploits, as a sort of bug bounty program.

May 2, 2019

A Dark Room Removed From Switch eShop

In concept, it was a great idea to have a hidden high level code editor right there on a console as an easter egg. But in practice, this opens the console up to a slew of exploits. there’s no saying what kind of system access the editor really has, and players that do not know how to read code could potentially brick their systems. Nintendo made the right call to remove it.

May 1, 2019

Epic Games Acquiring Rocket League Developer Psyonix

I’ve had a Steam account long enough to know how annoying Steam can be. It started out terrible, got better, then somewhere around the time of trading cards, music player, and other useless features, its started to turn to shit. It does have some great features for everyone though; Steam workshop and game forums for example. Epic isn’t even trying to compete in these areas, making it clear they arent trying to make a better platform, they’re just trying to steal users.

With worsening PC platforms, this just makes consider buying my next game on Plsystation or Xbox instead.

March 3, 2019

Boy Problems – A Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG

It is many years into the future. A wealthy and powerful person (or persons) has claimed a rare and much sought after prize: the “vault” of 200 unreleased (this is real!) songs from renowned Canadian pop artist, Carly Rae Jepsen. Hired by an anonymous sponsor, your team of highly trained individuals will raid a well-defended location to retrieve said item. From planning to set-up to execution, you will see this heist through to its completion, whether that be a success or failure. There will many twists and turns along the way, and don’t always trust the specialists by your side.

I love everything about this, and cant wait to play this with my group.

February 4, 2019

Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says

“The world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making,” he said. “To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like, ‘Let the game speak for itself’ – it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems. We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.”

This was…a very smart move. No one would have cared about the hype of another battle royale game coming soon. Instead, they hit 1 million unique logins within 24 hours.

But the real story here, is that Titanfall 3 was in development. With the poor sales of the previous game, I’m not surprised if EA canceled development of 3 and repurposed it into Apex Legends. Either way, it will be a long time before we a proper third game in the series.

January 24, 2019

Adobe Buys Allegorithmic

Since the inception of Substance, our technology and tools have evolved to make 3D creation accessible to artists of every stripe. In Adobe, we’ve found a great partner who shares our love of creation and our drive for innovation and growth.

As someone who used to be a heavy user of pretty much the entire Substance Suite, I have mixed feelings about this. One one hand, Substance software will be around for a lot longer. On the other hand, there’s this statement (emphasis by me):

When it comes to licensing, nothing changes for now. Your current licenses will continue running and getting updates. As we join the Adobe family, we will also unveil new and more flexible subscription offers in the coming months. We will share more details about these new and exciting licensing options at a later date.

This is a pretty thinly veiled message that they’re going to move fast to add this to the adobe subscription model. The Substance suite used to provide a great set of tools for creating beautiful textures for 3D artists. As it joins Adobe, it will leave a pretty big gap in the market that will be hard to fill.

January 23, 2019

Valve updates Proton

Linux gamers who rely on Wine or native game clients will have a new option to play games thanks to the latest update. Valve’s fork of Wine, received a major update allowing users to choose to use Proton in place of games’ clients, in some cases providing new functionality such as controller support, better frame rates, or even better multiplayer support. Even better? It works with non steam titles.

Linux users still don’t have the same level of support as Mac or Windows users do, but with tools like Proton and Wine, its finely plausible to actually play games with relative ease.

Additionally, Wine hit 4.0 this week as well.

January 19, 2019

Signal v Noise exits Medium

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

Like I said a couple of weeks ago, blogging in 2018 was weird. As much as I loved what Medium could have been, I think we’re about to see a lot of people abandon these platforms, or at least take more control and own their content again.