Roundup of Unusual Size: Occupy Joel Johnson– actually, on second thought, let’s not.



Oh, hello, internet. Sorry for no post yesterday. Did I mention I hate how long my Tuesdays are? I hate how long my Tuesdays are.


I’m just not linking to Joel Johnson’s Kotaku post. I’m not. I will, however, link to two excellent responses to it–by Mattie Brice and Richard Goodness respectively.

Michael Hahn on why perfect review scores are misleading.

Robert Boyd conducts an informal survey on how to fix the J-RPG.

Some days (well, most days) I feel like Peter Molydeux is a better game designer than the man he’s parodying.

I’m starting to think all anyone has to do to get featured in these roundups is have a headline with “Dragon”, “Age” and “II” in it. That said, Alexander Gereats has a good piece up on Joystick Division about why the game is worthwhile.


I love Tangled. So really, I am going to give this my unquestioning adoration.


SF author Pat Cadigan muses on why science fiction writers love “meeting the other”.


This Chrono Trigger mashup is just bursting with time-travelers.


The Large Hadron Collider shugs along looking for the Higgs boson, but till then we have some deets on why antimatter is so uncommon.

Neutrinos are jerks.


May it never be said the United States has a monopoly on youth-punishing bureaucratic schmuckiness.

Teen sex is down, way down! I for one blame Glee.

Or maybe they’re just swooning over porn actor James Deen instead.

You, sir, are a scumbag.


As much as I’m proud of our dear Occupiers at Berkeley, I’m worried as well, for my bro and his wife who study and live there. I have no idea if they participated in the student strike but I’m grateful they weren’t involved in the recent shooting.

Cops aren’t looking too glamorous lately, but I think the winner goes to the cop who pepper-sprayed a senior citizen.

But sharing is caring, so let’s share the blame! The Associated Press (not that I hold out much love for them to begin with) have chastised a reporter for reporting the news too quickly.

In marginally more positive news, Seattle has made a gesture of support for the protests.

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  • Kasey  On 11.16.11 at 11:08 pm

    How can both Richard and Mattie’s responses be excellent, when Richard’s piece is almost entirely critical of Mattie’s piece? It seems like you can think one of them is excellent but not the other… there’s something mutually exclusive there!

    • Kris Ligman  On 11.16.11 at 11:12 pm

      Wait, what? I can find them both thoughtful without lending my agreement to either one of them.

  • TheGameCritique  On 11.16.11 at 11:40 pm

    @Kasey Round-ups are about exposing thought. The more varied and well executed thoughts the better. Only a schill or person sitting in a bubble would do otherwise. I show of pieces I don’t agree with, I follow some RSS feeds for the specific reason that I don’t agree with them, but they are still thoughtful sites.

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