24 May

The (losing) end of a Civilization game is so sudden and anti-climactic, how does anyone ever want to start another again?


Every day that passes where it looks like Facebook is growing in its dominance of VR relative to other options is one where my interest in VR as a medium diminishes.

I must have started this first game of Civilization VI around 10pm, I think. I have no idea what I’m doing but hey I haven’t lost yet and also it’s 5am please kill me now.

23 May

Also it’s like Rare’s dialogue writers were having a contest over how many times they can make me click “Next” without saying anything of the slightest substance and if you really wanted me to never speak to the NPCs again you could just as well not have included dialogue.

Sea of Thieves is by no means the worst offender (I wouldn’t play it if it had bad UX) but I hate how much online game design has come to rely on “We’ll explain how this bit works in a feature video” and “Someone will take the time to figure it out and write it up on the wiki.”

It’s funny and unexpected how much I enjoy Sea of Thieves in the same way and for the same reason I enjoy Snowrunner: I just want to be the pilot for any crew, in any game with somewhat realistic physics (i.e., intertia).

20 May

Imagine a CryEngine-based MMO where you control magical animals in the battle of Good vs. Evil 😍

Just kidding, imagine instead launching, in 2020, an MMO “set in the mid-1600s, where players colonize a fictional land modeled after British America.”

19 May


In my fifteen-year quest for the perfect “Everything Bucket” software, Notion is the first and only app I’ve loved, and I’ll be inconsolable if (when?) it sells to Google only to be sunset a year later.


Notion has removed the block/page limit in its free plan [theverge.com] On the one hand I’m glad it’ll be easier to bully everyone I know into opening an account; on the other I just hope it’s not their Hail Mary.

It’s crazy that I remember downloading a demo of Ori and the Blind Forest back when it first came out and not enjoying it. That game alone is worth a few months of my Game Pass subscription.

18 May

Is Crackdown 3 actually good? Because so far it kinda feels actually good. I’m not saying I would have wanted to pay retail price for it, but as a bonus in the cheap-ass Xbox Game Pass on PC, it’s a pretty fun nostalgic trip.

woomp woomp woomp schwiiiing

17 May

One night in Sea of Thieves and I’m already considering buying a parrot. Or a monkey. Or a cat. Or a parrot. Or a monkey.

Spent fifteen minutes hunting around Sea of Thieves’ tutorial island for the key that I’d found and… dropped, thinking I was putting it in my inventory. Because I can carry five cannonballs in my pockets, but not a key.