Links For January 2, 2014

30 Years Later, One Man Is Still Trying To Fix Video Games

Crawford’s 1992 speech in which he vowed to conquer the dragon was the culmination of his frustration at Wing Commander et al. “I realized that I had failed to convince the industry to explore a broad range of topics in games. I had hoped publishers would follow the Hollywood model: spending most of their money on the blockbusters while funding weird things that might take off. But game publishers were too dumb and didn’t realize the importance of that model. That’s how they got into this rut. I could see that this was doomed. If they didn’t expand their range of offerings they would fail.”

Why a startup just published all of its employees’ salaries for the world to see

San Francisco-based social media startup Buffer just did something unprecedented: It published the salaries of every one of its employees online, available for the public to see. “We hope this might help other companies think about how to decide salaries, and will open us up to feedback from the community,” CEO Joel Gascoigne wrote in a blog post published on Thursday.

Voxel Mars – “A global-scale reproduction of Mars in voxel.js, using topographic data from MOLA.”