Links For September 20, 2014

‘Gamers’ don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over.

This is hard for people who’ve drank the kool aid about how their identity depends on the aging cultural signposts of a rapidly-evolving, increasingly broad and complex medium. It’s hard for them to hear they don’t own anything, anymore, that they aren’t the world’s most special-est consumer demographic, that they have to share.


A Guide to Ending "Gamers"

We listen to those who are less privileged than we are, and we don’t adopt a default stance of skepticism towards their views and claims. We support them when we have the power to, we involve them when we have the power to, and we don’t ignore it when institutions fail to do these things. We each proudly claim the label of “social justice warrior” (if only to subvert its use as a pejorative). We do whatever we can to learn about the inequalities in the world, and we examine what we can do to change things for the better.


Games, stay away from art. Please

We should only look forward to games becoming art when we really are sick of them and culture has already moved on. Once games are just another department in the academy, just another section in the newspaper, just another kind of festival or marketplace or catalog then they no longer have the disruptive power that makes them so special.


I’m leaving Mojang

As soon as [the $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang by Microsoft] is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately. Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I don’t expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I won’t feel a responsibility to read them.


Why critics love Mountain, but Steam users are calling it "worthless"

A bunch of positive Steam reviews have popped up since I started writing this yesterday, and those that aren’t jokes express a lot of appreciation. “It’s not going to change the industry,” writes one reviewer. “But if most developers started thinking outside the box, like David O’Reilly did here, we could finally play something really new.”


Larry Ellison to Step Aside as Oracle CEO

Mr. Ellison has been among the last of the founder-CEOs of Silicon Valley’s pioneering companies. Bill Gates turned over the CEO post at Microsoft Corp. more than a decade ago. Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. co-founder, died in 2011 shortly after handing the company to a lieutenant. Hewlett-Packard’s executive suite and boardroom no longer include family members of Bill Hewlett or David Packard.