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The rise of the one-man development team

When thinking of indie games, some famous examples include Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky in it’s beautiful polygonal rendering, Toby Fox’s Undertale, made in 32-bit sprites, or Yacht Club Game’s hit Shovel knight, taking away from NES-era platforms and being comprised of 8-bit graphics. But, how deeper can we get? I present to you: World of Horror, a rogue-like story driven game…

How World of Warcraft managed to accidentally simulate a pandemic.

Socially speaking, (video) games are often dismissed as “childish”. Indeed, those playing games, physical or digital, are often seen as having nothing better to do, and engaging in something that is quaintly inconsequential, read: a waste of time. Yet despite that, games can already offer insight into economies via virtual markets and, as researchers discovered in late 2005, a new potential for…

Work in progress- ep. 1: Master procrastinators

Welcome to the first episode of the (bi-weekly?) student-made podcast: Work in Progress! In which Camiel and I discuss the hardships of contemporary life, while trying to figure out ways to do it better, like any experimental self-help podcast! For this week’s send in, listen us talking about the ways in which we struggle with procrastination, digital media, and the consequences of…

Digital Decluttering

Let’s take a trip in the way-back machine. A few years back, I just painted my room, removing the stained white wall and replacing it with a lovely green and copper. Yet, I was still in the process of decluttering the mess teenage me left few-years ago me. Including the dreaded drawers underneath my bed, filled with junk. Somehow, digital media drew…

My ambivalence towards Digital Culture

I feel Ambivalent towards digital media, and the cultures that grow out of them. Which is weird, considering I’m on them all the time. Videos on youtube, streams on twitch, my cousin’s baby on instagram, and memes on reddit all reach my eyes over the span of the day. Yet the sheer size of the digital culture shows just how dense a…