My column this week is about the column itself. It’s about how the gig works and what kind of controls the site imposes on me.
For context, last week Defy Media (company that owns the Escapist) let a bunch of their staff go. I had no idea this was coming, and nobody really said anything afterwards.
Another interesting point: I set up the [email protected] email address specifically so people could propose questions for the column, and almost nobody uses it. The Diecast inbox is constantly overflowing with more stuff than we can answer, but people don’t seem interested in seeing questions answered in column form. I’m not sure why, but there it is.
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.
Do you like electronic music? Do you like free stuff? Are you okay with amateur music from someone who's learning? Yes? Because that's what this is.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?
There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.