Happy 12/12/12!

People are putting together end of the world playlists in case some things some dead people never predicted come true.

And I’m one of them!

One of those people putting together a playlist, that is; not a playlist, or a thing anyone predicted, or a dead person who didn’t predict the world will end on 21 December 2012.  I guess you could say I’m not a dead person who did predict the world will end on 21 December 2012, either.  I’m not really any kind of dead person at all.

Vincent van Gogh Sorrowing Old Man

Except inside.

Wow! Ha-haaaaa, went pretty dark there for a second.  Worth it to spread some arts.  But enough wordplay!

For your listening pleasure today, I recommend some Skeeter Davis.  (Huh, I totally did not remember that song being in Girl, Interrupted.  Pretty major spoilers in that clip.)

I guess Skeeter’s Davis’s The End of the World is considered country, although it’s more technically considered a crossover pop-country hit.  I’m not normally a country music fan, but every once in a while I hear an old country song which reminds me that I am actually just not a modern country music fan.

Also, and I have no idea why this song is listed as an “apocalyptic song,” has anyone else seen this video for Rob D’s Clubbed to Death?  Until today, I had not.

More Wordy-Press Updates!

So WordPress seems pretty confident the world isn’t going to end next Friday; they just pushed out the update with an optional new twenty twelve theme.  Of course, it is the end of twenty twelve, so…. maybe not that confident.

My overriding child theme held up nicely through the twenty eleven update.  If anyone needs any help with establishing/updating a child theme, let me know via E-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, contacts for all of which are now proudly featured in my menu bar.  Yay for un-laziness!  There’s also a bunch of information regarding establishing a child theme right up in here.

Does this ever happen to you?

You find an issue in your game.  You identify what you think is the cause, and work to resolve it.  You try many different things, none of which seem to work.

Then you figure out you resolved the “cause” you were working to resolve some time ago; the reason you’ve continued to work on it is because the presenting issue was actually a result of multiple causes!  Hay dawg!

Topic divider!

I read an article on “educat[ional] elitism” in gaming yesterday.  A lot of it was in line with stuffs I was thinking on paper a while back regarding the elitism of the “hardcore gamer.”

I actually went to MemeGenerator.net for the first (and pretty much only) time the day I wrote that entry.  I generated a Futurama Fry meme something along the lines of: “Not sure if modern games hold hands or hardcore gamers are elitist [expletive deleted].”  (I did not post it because of the swizearing.  Personal decision.)

By what metric may we determine the hardness of a gamer’s core (GAMERSCORE LOLOLOLOL)?  Obviously much posturing goes into answering this very question, thus creating “gamer cred.”  I mention Gamerscore jokingly, but then again, the Gamerscore is pretty much an institutional acknowledgement (and capitalization thereupon) of the need for some gamers to distinguish themselves even amongst their peers.

I like the word “some.”  I probably use it more than I should, but it’s a great moderator; it tends to prevent sweeping, brash generalizations.

From a development standpoint, I wonder how important it is to understand and account for the different core strengths of gamer.  Probably pretty important.  Hey, I think the samples on this site are skewed by voluntary registration and other obvious factors, but True Achievements would appear to have tracking data regarding achievement completion by registered users per game/achievement.  Might be something worth examining.  There’s probably a trophy equivalent.



“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”

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