• clock on the rightmost tab

    Clock? I really must stop drinking first thing in the morning…

  • Are these guys even trying? Go to the White House report, clock on the rightmost tab and sort by Title and Position, then compare salaries.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2011

    If anything, this seems to be a model of fair pay. There may be a question to be asked about the balance of men and women in the top grades, but on pay? Not so much.

  • percyprune commented on the blog post Geek Love

    2012-01-08 16:30:03View | Delete

    Writers have an odd response to games and gaming. I recall chatting with Iain M. Banks, the author of the Culture SF novels. He’d written a novel about a society whose philosophy, along with all its symbols and dynamics, was codified in a game. Only the game he’d described was so ferociously complex that the idea didn’t hold up. Any society based on it would experience a seizure. The truth is that complex games tend to be the worse vehicles to attach meaning to. If you want a game to be a metaphor for something, anything, you want a beautifully simple structure that you can project a philosophy onto, like Go. In fact Yasunari Kawabata wrote a wonderful book which does just that: Master of Go. I highly recommend it.

  • percyprune commented on the blog post Geek Love

    2012-01-08 10:57:04View | Delete

    I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but speaking as an actual game designer, Cline’s premise seems so far fetched as to be laughable. Game creation is such a collaborative process that it is extraordinarily difficult to squirrel anything away inside a game. Nothing stays hidden for long. And trawling source code and game data for information is pretty much a matter of grunt power. Just talk to the cracker community.

    In chapter 1 of my version of Ready Gamer One a Russian coder would leak the easter egg on the internet and the game would be over three days before it is scheduled to start. The. End.