The Paranoid Style

06 Dec
December 6, 2015

This is a long piece, but really, really fascinating. I highly recommend a read.

Written in 1964, it talks about the “paranoid style” in American politics, but it’s a universal phenomenon. I’ve been calling it “bunker mentality” or “enemy at the gates mentality”, but “the paranoid style” seems more succinct.

Interesting to compare the spasms of social paranoia and political frothings of the past with those we’re seeing now. The fevered accusations against Catholics vs the rhetoric around Planned Parenthood etc.

You can even see it in GamerGate and its lengthy diatribes and volumes of “evidence” of a vast conspiracy against gamers.

History really does repeat itself.

As a side note, I’m not quite sure at what point I started finding political essays from the 60s fascinating, but yeah, that’s a thing now.

I was one of those apathetic people who didn’t even think it worthwhile voting until I was 25.

Getting older is weird, man.

Screenshot Saturday

28 Nov
November 28, 2015

Making the rarity of cards more clear to players in reward screens etc.

Halo’s Cortana appears nude to give her ‘the upper hand’, says franchise director

30 Oct
October 30, 2015

Man, that’s some Grade A condescending bullshit right there. She’s naked so players can perv at her, asshole.

Take My Money

28 Oct
October 28, 2015

Crytek powered VR game with a Lost World vibe? Where do I sign up?!?

Darth Malis

27 Oct
October 27, 2015

Hadn’t painted anything in a while, felt the itch. Also, the new Star Wars trailer got me hyped, so:

Darth Malis.

DarthMalis

#FEESMUSTFALL and not being a sneering whitey.

24 Oct
October 24, 2015

(First Note: This is going to be completely meaningless to my international audience. Feel free to skip it. Video games and tomfoolery will resume in short order. 😉 )

(Second Note: Racist shit in the comments will be terminated with extreme prejudice, be warned.)

The Facebook comments I’ve been seeing around the #FEESMUSTFALL movement have annoyed me enough to write a blog post. It’s a difficult, emotionally-charged topic, and as a middle-class white male, I’m not the best person to speak on it. So I may put my foot in it.

But regardless, here goes.

Fellow white people, could we stop with the “well, just vote for someone other than the ANC, then, duh!” comments. Please.

What do you expect, really? Do you think the black majority really sees a good, effective alternative at this point?

The DA is seen as the “white party”, regardless of who they elect as their “face”, and what white people did to black people in this country destroyed any possibility of majority trust in even the hint of “white rule” for the next few generations. That’s just reality. We white folk have no one but ourselves and our ancestors to blame for that.

And the other parties are small and fairly ineffective.

So what good alternatives are there? It’s easy to say “oh, they’re just stupid, why don’t they vote for someone else” as a white person, but I’m not the first generation in my family to be born free of slavery. I don’t have those scars etched into my soul.

The ANC, flawed as it is, is the political center of the movement that freed non-white people from bondage in SA. When it starts to lose its moral compass, its supporters are entitled to first try to reform it from within, give it a course correction, before they just discard their allegiance.

If you want to reform politics, support measures to broaden access to education for all. An educated populace is better at holding politicians accountable and less prone to believing exaggerated political promises.

Give those kids credit where it’s due. They marched on Luthuli House. They’re dissatisfied with their elected politicians and are organizing to hold them accountable. That’s an extremely positive thing, and could help bring about reform in the long run.

We need more of this, sure, but it’s a great start. Nourish that seed with your support, not sneering and ignorance. Change takes time, be patient and understanding.

TransPrawns

21 Oct
October 21, 2015

The future is here, and it’s weirder than you could have imagined: Sex-changed prawn farming.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/scientists-are-giving-prawns-sex-change-help-farmers-increase-yields

So cyberpunk.

ADR-ONE-FT

17 Oct
October 17, 2015

This looks like an incredible experience.

Exquisite

15 Oct
October 15, 2015

Damn, that’s a beautiful piece.

http://dndwizards.tumblr.com/post/127184120061/guess-who-arrived-in-our-offices-today-heres-a

Discovered while browsing WotC’s official D&D tumblr. Which reminds me, why did no one tell me that WotC had a D&D tumblr? I am disappointed in all of you.

Countdown To Decadence

12 Oct
October 12, 2015

Well hot dang, Tom Chick gave Age of Decadence a 4/5!

That’s high praise from one of the industry’s most respected critics! Congrats everyone at ITS! Well deserved, for 10 years of hard work!

Two days until Age of Decadence releases, and you should definitely check this one out if you like deep tactical RPGs, a story that isn’t typical fantasy McGuffins and Chosen Heroes and suchlike, with real morally-grey choices, not just a good and a bad ending.

The fine folks at ITS have an unwavering vision for what makes a good RPG, and the result is a game that isn’t quite like anything else out there right now, except perhaps the original Fallout games.

( Also, I contributed a few lines here and there to the writing Chick likes to much. So there’s that. 😉 )