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August 2010 Archives

August 25, 2010

BBC Micros used in retro programming class. Using personal computers from the '80s to teach students how computers work.

You Are Not Seth Godin.

Only one of many important points in this article:

Aside from being very smart about marketing, the author needs to have the staff in place to execute, execute, execute, daily, daily, daily. Many authors will underestimate how expensive and time consuming this is.

August 24, 2010

How Authors Really Make Money: The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing.

First off, writing books is a terrible revenue model for authors. ...

Making Metagun, time lapse video of an indie game developer making a pixel-y platformer:

August 23, 2010

Solipskier, cool game for web and iPhone. (Music starts a little loud, adjust speakers appropriately.)

August 22, 2010

StarCraft II match, TT1 vs. MasterAsia, with commentary from HDstarcraft, part 1 of 4:

Part 2, part 3, part 4. Better than televised poker.

(Via DeWitt.)

August 20, 2010

Camera comparison:

August 19, 2010

Worst Mario Game Ever. Wittily written and thoughtfully illustrated personal essay, with enough nostalgia to make a 32-year-old man's head explode.


August 9, 2010

The making of a JS1K demo, Steven Wittens. Cool animation in 1,000 characters of JavaScript code.

August 3, 2010

Cycles:

CYRIAK'S AMAZING VIDEO BLOG. (Via waxy.)

August 1, 2010

The Gameshelf #8: Modern Interactive Fiction, a rather amazingly good 10-minute overview of the form for the layperson:

Includes shots of Nick Montfort's drool-worthy IF and classic computer collection, as well as interview footage with Nick himself. And Andrew Plotkin, even.