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According to an article in PC Gamer (August 2014, Ben Griffin, p. 10), Epic
Games’ Unreal Tournament 2014 will make “Every line of code, evert art
asset and animation…available for download.” Users will be able to create
their own mods and sell them through a provided marketplace. “Epic,
naturally, gets a cut of the profits.”
Steve Polge, project lead and senior programmer, said “I believe this
development model gives us the opportunity to build a much better balanced
and finely tuned game, which is vital to the long-term success of a
competitive shooter.” He points out that pla... (more)
Talk about “civility” on the Internet always makes me a little nervous.
For a bunch of reasons.
First, I generally try to be civil, but I’d hate to see a Net that is
always and only civil. Some rowdiness and rudeness is absolutely required.
Second, civility as a word feels like it comes from a colonial mentality, as
if there are the civil folks and then there are the savages. I’m not saying
that’s what people mean when they use the term. It’s just what I
Third, civility is so culturally relative that demanding that someone be
civil can actually mean, “Please play... (more)
The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t
yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be
In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and were getting?—?a new
class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.” But what
sort of sociality were we looking for? What sort could such software bestow?
That was the theme of Clay Shirky’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference,
the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. Clay gave a
brilliant talk,“A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy,” in which... (more)
Cluetrain touted the rise of customer voices. We see through the marketing
bullshit and we tell one another about it.
Fine, but there was always the problem that if you’re a consumer products
company, you only need 1% of customers to make it look like your products are
godawful because a corner was dented. “You totalz Suck PRocter/Gambel!!”
So, here’s a post by an alarmed passenger on a United flight. OMG the
window is half out!
But because it’s Reddit, the customer’s concern is answered by someone
who knows how planes are constructed. No, the popped-out window isn’t a
danger to... (more)