Rutskarn alluded to this strip from DM of the Rings. Been a while since the ol’ webcomic came up in conversation.
I couldn’t remember which strip had the joke he was talking about, but I did remember it had the phrase “beautiful symbiosis”. I typed the phrase into Google, told it to look on my site, and Google came back with the goods. That’s magical. All the dialog is an image. I never bothered to put the dialog in the alt image text (or somewhere nearby) so that search engines could find it. So how did Google know the phrase appeared in in that comic? My best guess is that Google came up with the result based on people quoting it elsewhere? Maybe? I don’t know.
So this episode is a great example of railroading gone wrong. Personally I’d rather have the freedom to break the game than constantly find myself bumping into ad-hoc rules designed to “protect” me from breaking the quest. But just to play Devil’s Advocate: Do most players want this freedom? I’m honestly curious.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.
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Internet News is All Wrong
Why is internet news so bad, why do people prefer celebrity fluff, and how could it be made better?
Denuvo and the "Death" of Piracy
Denuvo videogame DRM didn't actually kill piracy, but it did stop it for several months. Here's what we learned from that.
The Terrible New Thing
Fidget spinners are ruining education! We need to... oh, never mind the fad is over. This is not the first time we've had a dumb moral panic.