Over the next few years more workplaces had such “incidents”, and the press started referring to how “the first ever reply-all email storm” was Microsoft’s Bedlam.
My personal fav is nytimes.com/2016/09/02/tec…
I ended up making a tshirt that riffed on the original design for the bluehat bedlam:
Shifting tracks then to the *game* named Bedlam:
In early 2014 I happened across the Ladies Against Humanity tumblr which was a work of art:
“The blue liquid used in period commercials”
I lol’d and then because I’m an engineer I started analyzing *why* it was blue... and it’s an interesting thought experiment as you think thru color options, ya know?
That insight made me think of some parallels in designing and engineering software and how much thought goes into certain behaviors of the end product...
The first playtest was precisely five years ago from yesterday, as FB reminded me:
Once it was clear there was potential for an actual fun, playable game and not just a one off gag, I needed a name.
Here’s a screenshot from my first poll on the name (in the internal msft yammer group I made for play testers):
It's for charity, who could possibly complain, right?
Because I'm me, I also used the opportunity to make another old school softie reference:
At one point, a particular VIP's CoS asked for a copy to take on a trip.. so I stopped worrying about keeping it underground after that.