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Gamedev. https://t.co/nnHqzwQx6F & presskit(). Speaker, consultant, helps devs globally. 33% of @The_Habibis. Traveler. Was 50% of @Vlambeer. He/Him. 🕋, 🇳🇱+🇪🇬
Jan 26 4 tweets 1 min read
holy shit I remember this whole discussion this was definitely revived somewhere in indie around 2010 when people were starting to realize that 18 hour workdays weren't sustainable

it's terrifying and reassuring to know everything is always circular
Jan 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Jeff is not wrong in this first tweet: the world doesn't -need- 10.000 new indie games a year

I just don't believe that means you shouldn't make indie games. It just means you need to be realistic about your goals with game dev, and smart about managing risk & opportunity I do want to push back a bit on one thing in replies here: making games for 'art' is -not- without risk. It still takes time and money to do, and in a capitalist world it is 'costly' to create something 'for art'/not for commerce. You still need to consider opportunity & risk.
Jan 10 46 tweets 8 min read
Let's imagine making dice in a game. First, there is nothing - so in the nothing we'll need to make a cube, and I guess we'll need to give the cube a 'size': there's nothing else so let's say the size of the cube is 10. I don't know why 10, I like calculating things in fives. This cube is 10 by 10 by 10.
Jan 7 6 tweets 1 min read
Some work and then my third Meteorology lesson today. I still find it remarkable that all of weather & atmosphere is just a bunch of super straight-forward rules that turn into super complex systems that then turn into very recognizable practical things like "a cloud" or "wind". Like did you know air gets saturated with water vapor and that the amount of vapor that the atmosphere can hold is temperature-dependent? And if the air is saturated you'll see things like clouds or dew appear as water vapor condensates?
Dec 4, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Honest opinion: having two players in the subscription field is still likely bad for the value of games in the long run, but if both are executed well competition will likely ensure deals to add games to such services remain viable. It does mean indie continues to shift B2B. (B2B being "business to business", as opposed to B2C, "business to consumer")

Indie has been shifting to funds coming from deals rather than sales, making indie less likely to develop risky games as the ecosystem supports higher funded, more polished, more marketable games.
Oct 13, 2021 17 tweets 4 min read
I have been waiting to pay for this sandwich for over 5 years. Let me tell you this story. In 2016 I visited Örebro for a game jam in an honest-to-god castle. It was a memorable event, and I met some very dear friends at it. Me and those friends made a realistic simulation game about cleaning a hotel room with TNT and throwing stuff around a room.
Oct 2, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
So, one of my fav useless trivia on Earth is about Iceland: McDonalds didn't survive here. In 2008 the chain closed its three restaurants on the Iceland as costs for imported beef and vegetables and cheese were unsustainable - Iceland sold the most expensive Big Mac ever sold. When it was clear McDonalds was going to close in 2009, there was a rush for the fast food. In three days, McDonalds Iceland closed down - with the final burger sold being donated for exhibition to a hostel in South Iceland (It's still looking good)
Sep 26, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Had such a incredible week full of great memories so to cap it off I once again left my keys at home and can't get back in Thanks, Tile.
Sep 25, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Mom's about to go live in the next few minutes with the ending mission of Mass Effect 2. How much of @momvsgames' squad will survive?

twitch.tv/momvsffxv Bad news for the Chakwas fans.
Aug 26, 2021 52 tweets 31 min read
@alextotheandru @cianmaher0 So, a 75 tweet version of Destiny lore and terminology, because I love this game and it sounded like a fun challenge. We'll start at the beginning of the lore, and work our way forward to the games. Let's see if I can make this work. @alextotheandru @cianmaher0 You play as "The Guardian", who is effectively a magic space zombie soldier granted immortality by a giant space orb called "the Traveler". The Guardians guard the Traveler, which has sat motionless in the sky above Earth's last safe city from the start of Destiny 1 in 2014.
Aug 26, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
OK, since I'm getting this question a lot right now:

To start with Destiny, buy Beyond Light, then buy the 'Season of the Lost" pass in the 'Seasons" menu to play what's happening now. It'll give you a reasonable intro and plenty of current stuff to do for a few months. If you enjoy that, & are done with “Season of the Lost” in three months-ish, there’ll likely be a lull in Destiny content for a bit later. At that point, you might consider the Beyond Light Deluxe Upgrade, which gives you the earlier Seasons of the Hunt, Chosen, & Splicer.
Aug 24, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read


May 19, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Israel said it'll kill until there is "absolute quiet", & they mean it - they will kill & harm until every Palestinian has lost someone just in this last week, to remind Palestinians that peaceful protest means death, & that their rights are forfeit even in the international eye. Every time you don't say #FreePalestine or #SaveSheikhJarrah, every time you stay quiet, the Palestinians are reminded that Israel will get away with these atrocities against protest, against life, against human rights, even in the full view of the world. Don't be part of that.
May 17, 2021 36 tweets 2 min read
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May 16, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Hey, it sucks @IGN & @gameinformer's posts & tweets with humanitarian resources supporting Palestine are gone - but it is clear their teams had no choice. They had a choice in posting, & unlike many others, they did.

Can we send a quick supportive tweet for chosing to speak up? Nobody accidentally posts and tweets a list of resources to support the Palestinians. These are brave, potentially career-ending choices - and instead of blaming them for trying, let's support them for being brave, and blame the corporate owners that censored them.
May 16, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Understand how important this is: clearly @IGN and @gameinformer editorial posted this under their editorial freedom. If these posts are gone, it very likely means their corporate owners stepped across the editorial barrier & forced the censorship of those humanitarian resources. Here are details for IGN and Game Informer's corporate. Do send your objections.
May 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I clicked on this list of names (right column) and ages (column to the left of that) of Palestinian children murdered by Israel and immediately recoiled at the "Page 1 of 2". To see how uneven the violence is, & emphasizing that any death anywhere as a result of the current Israeli-instigated violence is awful: 9 Israeli civilians have died. Using this list of only Palestinian child victims, up to what age do you need to include to exceed that number?
May 16, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
Tonight Israel further intensified the violence it started, escalated, and refuses to negotiate an end to, and Palestinian casualties and damaged are expected to rise further. Israel also bombed the main road to the primary hospital serving the Gaza territory. Daily, I try to sift through the infinite horrors from Palestine to share with you a few stories emblematic of Israel's intentional & ongoing human rights violations against Palestine.

I've grown somewhat desensitized, but this story still broke me.
May 15, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I will personally throw my shoe at any person with reach whose only response to Israel's continued intentionally extreme violence against Palestinian civilians is posting "so true ❤️❤️❤️ really important so brave" under @tamoorh's brave & important video calling out the industry Like come on - the people speaking up are mostly brown people that are already at risk of never getting a Western visa and are adding the risk of losing their social media accounts - we don't need your shoulder pat for speaking up, we need you to speak up yourself
May 15, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
A reminder that Israel has been repeatedly offered the opportunity to end the violence that it started with police brutality a week ago, violence that it escalated, and that it chooses to continue. Behind these doors is what was Palestinian children living in a refugee camp. Arabic reports I found on this Israeli bombing of a refugee camp say the medics tried to save as many limbs as possible for these children - not as in "make sure they can keep the limbs" but as in "making sure the children are buried as complete as possible".
May 15, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Just really quickly: yes, giving money to charities supporting Palestinians is great - but please do not think of money as an alternative to using any privileges you might have to speak. Money can rebuild, not revive, & what is rebuilt can be bombed again unless people speak up. If you have the privilege of money, give to charity so the Palestinians can rebuild. If you have the privilege of a voice, speak up so the Palestinians can have their full rights and full humanity, and so that they will not need your money to rebuild ever again.