Happy 2015!

12 Jan
January 12, 2015

Well, I’m back from holiday now and ready to tackle the new year, creative tanks refueled and energy levels restored!

That was a long, difficult year (I’ll write more on that in an upcoming post, but suffice to say, I was fairly burned out by the end of it), so I chose to put aside any thoughts of “being productive” over the break and get some proper R&R in. Once social duties were discharged, I played 2 video games start to finish (and got halfway through Shadowrun:Dragonfall), read through some of my backlog of books and gorged myself on TV series. And spent my evenings drinking and gazing at the stars in the jacuzzi with my beautiful girlfriend.

I’m really glad I did. It’s going to be a big, challenging year for me, and it’s important that I take my own advice here and don’t push myself to the breaking point. 😉

Anyway, let’s start off the year right with something cool and System Crash-related. I finally finished the proper website, and it’s looking stunning, thanks to some great art from my artists.

Check it out!

And if you’re interested in the game, don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter! I won’t spam you, I promise. 😉

3 replies
  1. Daniel says:

    Hey There Gareth, hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    Here is the latest controversy in the game industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV3PhvCf_Jg

    the Games called Hatred and you play a serial killer, and you kill…everything.

    People are calling for this game’s head. However I feel we shouldn’t ban it, because of freedom of Expression.

    This is a hard one, because on the one hand you shouldn’t really go out of your way to insult people, but where is the limit? I think this opens up an interesting topic, not just about video games, but also how we treat people and differing opinions.

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  2. Daniel says:

    Great little parody of the majority argument.

    http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20141020

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  3. gareth says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen the kerfuffle around that game. It’s a tricky one.

    On the one hand, they’re obviously courting the controversy, as these kinds of games do, for the purposes of cheap marketing. As such, the best response is probably not to give them what they want, ie to just ignore it.

    But it may be worth having the discussion anyway. Other games certainly revel in their violence, yes, but they rarely revel in outright sadism toward the innocent. It’s one thing to blow up a terrorist or a nazi, there’s the feeling that they deserved it because they’re bad people, it’s another to hold down a helpless woman, force a gun into her mouth while she begs and cries, and blow her head off.

    That would be the line that I would draw, personally, reveling in sadism against the helpless. You can argue that movies depict that, SAW showing some psycho having fun by cutting up teens, but there is a question around whether it’s different in an interactive medium, where you’re being asked to be a willing participant, initiating the horror rather than merely watching it.

    Like I said, it’s tricky. I probably wouldn’t ban it, myself, but I can’t easily dismiss the concerns of those who think it’s going a bit too far.

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