the plural of anecdote isn't "data."
Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Darwinian Difficulty: How Throwing Players In Headfirst Can Work

quote [ having such a high degree of difficulty early on hurts the appeal of the game. Games these days are being designed around having as much appeal as possible, which in this case means having a lower difficulty. A game where the player can die at any moment is not something a lot of people enjoy. Demon's Souls and its sequel, Dark Souls, may have created a lot of buzz, but they aren't truly mainstream hits. ]

On the appeal of hard games. There are both good reasons for making games harder or easier on the player. See extended for 2 examples.

[SFW] [games] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@12:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Adventures in Stereograms

quote [ A Cross-Eyed Story ]

Are you feelin’ dizzy yet, what scene are you lookin’ through
[SFW] [art] [+1 laz0r]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Special Guest Idris Elba's (Not a Joke) Top 10 Games of 2017

quote [ It isn't a joke, just a classic outright lie to get more views. These are my ten favorite games of 2017 ]

Turns out Somethingawful was good for something! This is just a random Best-Of of one of the recent years, thumb is West of Loathing.

All of these games are great. There are more great games than you could ever manage to play.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@9:04pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Mad World of Hat Making

quote [ Hat-making in the 18th and 19th centuries was a hazardous business, because it involved the use of many chemicals, one of which was the toxic substance mercury. Working in poorly ventilated rooms, hat-makers breathed in so much mercury fumes that a good number of them were driven out of their wits by mercury-induced brain damage. ]

In my no mad hat dance myself into insanity
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@1:38pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 1 March 2021

Top 100 Video Games of All Time -

quote [ IGN counts down the 100 best video games ever made. ]

I just used the IGN article as a starting off point. The real stuff is in the extended.

[SFW] [games] [+5 laz0r]
[by mechanical contrivance@6:18pmGMT] [22 comments]

The Dogs That Grew Wool and the People Who Love Them

quote [ Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest bred little, fluffy white dogs that provided for them, both materially and spiritually. ]

The thread that's mine, the thread that knows
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Turn On The Subtitles

quote [ As soon as they can decode basic phonemes they will see a benefit. However, the real benefit starts when a child is a sufficiently competent reader that decoding is done subconsciously. In the UK and US this tends to be around the age of six to seven. The challenge is then about speed, vocabulary, confidence and comprehension. Same Language Subtitles has been proven to be remarkably effective at improving these skills. ]

Subtitles also allow me to keep up with my stories over the sounds of my crunching snacks.
[SFW] [literature] [+4 Insightful]
[by steele@3:44pmGMT] [3 comments]

The Pet Rescuer in the Disaster Zone

quote [ When raging wildfires separate people from their beloved four-legged friends, Katie Albright and her determined dog Franklin dive right into danger. ]

If your pet is in trouble We're there on the double There's nowhere that we'd rather be
[SFW] [people]
[by ScoobySnacks@3:23pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 27 February 2021

'90s Week - News on gender, culture, and politics. | Jezebel

quote [ So, while the style, music, and television formats of the 1990s were theoretically more in fashion in the early 2010s, the decade’s roots in the present have never been sharper. Jezebel began talking seriously about the 1990s last year, after seeing the way some of its most toxic traits have returned nearly intact, as if preserved in amber. ]

Pop culture reader with some nice pieces.
[SFW] [people]
[by Paracetamol@6:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Black America, 1895

quote [ During the summer of 1895, in a Brooklyn park, there was a cotton plantation complete with five hundred Black workers reenacting slavery. Dorothy Berry uncovers the bizarre and complex history of Black America, a theatrical production which revealed the conflicting possibilities of self-expression in a racist society. ]

Hot damn, black America again
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:06amGMT] [0 comments]

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