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by Sean Miller

13 Oct 2015

As you may have heard, although Twitter has over 300 million users, it’s struggling to make money. The company recently named one of its founders, Jack Dorsey, its newest CEO, in the hopes that this leadership tweak will revive “sagging user growth” and with it, profitability.

As someone relatively new to Twitter, I’ve noticed a peculiar phenomenon that may explain, in part, why Twitter struggles to make a profit. A recent Read More

by G. Christopher Williams

12 Oct 2015

Coinciding with their announcement of Fallout 4, Bethesda released a free iOS version of Fallout to whet their fans appetite for the retro futuristic vibe of the series.

While both games are about surviving in a post-apocalyptic future, Fallout Shelter is more about managing the resources of a community than it is about guiding a single individual’s adventures. This week we chat about the game and its commitment to collectivist concern. The needs of the many, after all, outweigh the needs of the few (or so we’ve been told by a certain pointy eared philosopher from outer space).

by Jorge Albor

8 Oct 2015

Something strange is happening at the League of Legends World Championship. The international tournament, featuring the best LoL teams from around the world, is surprising everyone, and we’re only in the midst of the group stage. Despite overwhelming expectations, we are seeing upset after upset across the board. Teams like Origen, CLG, and Cloud 9, none of whom were expected to lead the pack at this point, have made tremendous showings. The underdog victories, especially against their traditionally dominant Chinese and Korean opponents, is making Worlds one of the most exciting championships to date. It is also making for one amazing spectacle of eSports drama.

So what is the latest hubbub all about? Right now, the group of analysts that comment on these tournament matches are under attack for (in a way) not predicting the outcome of these matches better. Jakob Mebdi, more commonly known at YamatoCannon, received a particular hefty amount of negative feedback when he stated he believed the North American team Cloud 9 would lose all six games during the group stage. So far, Cloud 9 has gone undefeated in three games against the likes of AHQ and Fnatic, teams that have consistently led their region in victories.

by G. Christopher Williams

7 Oct 2015

The thing that struck me most about reading the first issue of Titan Comics’s Assassin’s Creed was its focus on an element of the video game series that has faded in its interest for me over the years. This issue spends much of its time, not in the past, but in the present with a character who will be experiencing the simulated memories of an Assassin.

I was fairly intrigued by the first Assassin’s Creed game’s decision to frame the experience of playing an assassin during the time of the Crusades with a conceit that allowed the game to justify some of the more game-like qualities of a somewhat historical simulation. While most of the player’s time with the game is spent in the guise of Altair, the game’s titular assassin, the game also featured brief narrative vignettes that concerned a character named Desmond Miles. In the present, Desmond was actually hooked to a machine called the Animus that allowed him to “play” his ancestor’s past (his ancestor being Altair) through the simulation of that period created by the machine. You know, like he was playing a video game.

by Sean Miller

5 Oct 2015

An example of the imagery used in Cornbread's marketing campaign.

I moved back to Portland, Oregon from Singapore a few years ago. Much to my delight, I’m learning that this temperately coniferous town is a hothouse of digital creativity. It hosts the well-attended TechFestNW, as well as the XOXO Festival, “an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology”, which has proven an underground hit and is currently in its fourth year. Portland is also home to the Portland Code School and PDX Creative Coders, a collective that boasts a membership of over 750 aspiring and established app artists.

At the heart of this growing ecosystem of indie digirati sits a small but influential agency called Neologic, headed by Corey Pressman and Jaime Genarro. Pressman is a former academic with a PhD in cultural anthropology. Genarro is a veteran of the internet marketing world. Part of Neologic’s magic is its commitment to serious play.

//Mixed media

Considering Twitter: An Interview with App Artist Nora Reed

// Moving Pixels

"Twitter is a place where bots prevail. And where they don't rule, people, acting like bots, rule. This uneasy person-bot rapprochement offers a fertile space for artistic exploration.

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