Archive for the 'meta' Category

25
Jan
16

Game Genres and Eve

I found a web site that categorises games by their characteristics in order to create a recommendation engine.

I think it’s fairly clear that Eve lies around the ‘X-Com’ area in the Cognitive Threshold graph:

strategy-games-map

but, I think the more interesting thing would be to discover what personality traits Eve players exhibit:

Games are often stereotyped as escapist fantasies—where people get to pretend to be something they’re not. But what the data shows is that gamers play games that align with their personalities. In the same way that people select the news and media that reinforce their worldviews, gamers select the games that reinforce their identities. […]

The games we play are a reflection, not an escape, from our own identities. In this sense, people play games not to pretend to be someone they’re not, but to become more of who they really are.

I’m not yet sold on some of their conclusions but I’m impressed that they’re tackling this kind of research.

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20
Dec
15

TIL Eve players are Gamers Mk1

The Lead Dev for Ultima Online and Creative Director for Star Wars: Galaxies talks about gaming demographics over the years. Interesting stuff.

22
May
15

It’s that time of the year

PLEX for Good ends this weekend. If you can spare some internet spaceship money for a good cause, please do.

21
Apr
15

Crisistorical analysis

Brave Newbies founder Matias Otero traces the character history of Toasty Biggums, who was a leader of Brave’s coup and is now attempting to blackmail Pandemic Legion.

Welp, there goes the theory that the Brave coup was entirely due to personality defects in the leadership team.

Still, a bit more planning on the part of the instigators would not have gone astray.

13
Apr
15

Crisis over

Seems that BRAVE has resolved it’s leadership spill by initiating a counter spill to restore the old executor corporation.

I guess that’s evidence that an external alliance wasn’t responsible for the destabilisation, since you’d expect them to retain control and keep leeching members away.

Of course, there remains the possibility that there was someone pulling the strings, who decided to stop in order to keep BRAVE going rather than exsanguinate them (or was stopped by a rival spy ring), but that kind of thinking will just send you mad so let’s leave that alone.

08
Apr
15

Faith inhumanity

I would be disappointed if none of the people responsible for the collapse of Brave Newbies were CFC spies or agents provocateur.

Bitterly disappointed.

28
Mar
15

Sion Kumitomo’s Guide to Utilitarian Realpolitik

Sion’s talk at Fanfest is well worth watching.