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Games with Girls · Weird­ly enough, for the first time in my life I’ve been spend­ing videogame time with mem­bers of the op­po­site gen­der; specif­i­cal­ly, my wife and daugh­ter. Which is an ex­cuse for re­flec­tions on (and groovy pic­tures from) No Man’s Sky ...
 
トリコ and Me · I’ve been send­ing few­er words out on­to the Net so far this year, and one of the rea­sons was The Last Guardian, which I fin­ished last night. Now I’m miss­ing it and maybe writ­ing about it will help ...
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Still Playing “No Man’s Sky” · Usu­al­ly be­fore I go to bed, for an hour or so. Id­ly pok­ing around plan­et­s, find­ing stuff to beef up my weapon or suit or ship, chat­ting with alien­s. Ex­cept for I’ve de­cid­ed to head for the cen­ter of the galaxy, so maybe I’ll be “done” soon, what­ev­er that mean­s. This is most­ly to pass along tips and share pix ...
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Things About “No Man’s Sky” · Of course I had to pre-order this one af­ter read­ing World Without End in The New York­er. I’ve on­ly played a few evenings, haven’t done any­thing am­bi­tious, but I’ve learned that when you’re learn­ing some­thing is a good time to write about it ...
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Ingress in 2015 · Yes, we’re com­ing up for the third an­niver­sary of In­gress, the game; I’m one of the few from the first late-2012 wave who are still on-board ...
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Ingress Tips for iOS-folk · Wel­l, it looks like the client has dropped. Wel­come iDe­vicers to our pri­vate par­ty! OK, not so pri­vate, there are a mil­lion or so of us around the plan­et. I’m a regular-but-not-obsessive play­er, and have been since 2012; if you’re play­ing in the Van­cou­ver area, I’ll prob­a­bly meet you in-game, which quite like­ly means F2F. The first time this hap­pens I want a de­mo of the ap­p ...
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Ingress in 2014 · It was stormy at dusk last Sun­day; Shoekey and I hunched shoulder-to-shoulder in a wa­ter­front park, 90 km/h of swirling wind driv­ing a mix of fresh rain and salt spray at us from ev­ery di­rec­tion, zip-loc-bagged An­droids in hand. Be­cause in a big Ingress op, you got­ta do what you got­ta do. Yeah, I’m play­ing again ...
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Why Flappy Bird is Brilliant · I heard the buzz and snagged it and played for the best part of an hour on a cross-Canada flight, nev­er man­aged to get past lev­el 10. The fact that the game is so ad­dic­tive de­spite be­ing so pa­thet­i­cal­ly lame is try­ing to teach ev­ery­one a great big honk­ing lesson ...
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Myst is 20 · Not ob­vi­ous even look­ing back, and one of my in­flu­ences. Check out the ex­cel­lent Lost to the Ages write-up on Grant­land. With thanks, a rock&roll metaphor, and a ter­ri­bly sad sto­ry ...
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Ingress Ebb and Flow · The last Ingress frag­ment here was back in May, re­flec­tive of the fact that I, like many who lev­eled all the way up, lost in­ter­est and drift­ed away. But I’ve been out a bit in the last cou­ple of week­s; in par­tic­u­lar spend­ing qual­i­ty time in grave­yard­s. the game re­mains an in­ter­est­ing and under-reported sto­ry ...
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Ingress Chase Scene · I hadn’t been out to play in a long time, but I heard of a cross-faction event at IO, and I’d nev­er done one of those. It got way out in­to crazy-space; Even non-players might en­joy the sto­ry ...
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Advanced Ingress · Wher­ev­er you go these days there are Level-8 play­er­s, and even the oc­ca­sion­al L8 por­tal. It’s a dif­fer­ent game at that lev­el. What may be my last piece on the sub­jec­t; with a side-trip in­to BioShock In­finite ...
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Ingress Tourism · The game still feels like a big sto­ry to me, and still under-reported; so here­with Ingress cov­er­age, fea­tur­ing touris­m, com­mu­ni­ty can­cer, client con­tro­ver­sy, and tac­ti­cal tip­s. With pic­tures of places Ingress play­ers see ...
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Ingress Weekly · I still think Ingress is the most in­ter­est­ing New In­ter­net Thing on the cur­rent radar. What else is there to get ex­cit­ed about, Vine? Gimme a break. Al­so I can’t write about work un­til the re­lease pipeline un­jams a bit. So here­with more news from the fron­t ...
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Ingress, Month 3 · Ingress is in­to its third month and if any oth­er relatively-mainstream blog­gers are cov­er­ing the sto­ry I haven’t seen it, so this for the record if noth­ing else. There are strains show­ing; but in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ments al­so. To start with: as of to­day, Jan. 29, ev­ery Zip­car and Jam­ba Juice lo­ca­tion is an Ingress por­tal, it seem­s; which feels to me like a news sto­ry ...
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Things About Ingress · I’m not even a se­ri­ous play­er, I go out for a cou­ple hours two or three times a week. But there are lots of sto­ries to tell and lessons to learn; here are some of mine. [Warn­ing: This post will be more or less com­plete­ly in­com­pre­hen­si­ble to any­one who hasn’t played quite a bit.] ...
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Ingress · It’s a new thing on the In­ter­net, a planetary-scale augmented-reality game be­ing played on a re­al plan­et: ours. It’s fun to play, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you have kid­s. And in­ter­est­ing, I think, for any­one who cares about is­sues of Life On­line, even non-gamers ...
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Skyrim · I bought it for the house­guests over Christ­mas, got mild­ly hooked, took a char­ac­ter to lev­el 17, but that’s it, I’m bored ...
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