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Month: January 2017

The loyalty behind hazing

I’m going for a bit of a running theme here, but as I mentioned in this article, the roleplay between native and foreign inhabitants is under constant pressure due to normalcy. The article below from Aeon may actually highlight why the cultural differences are so hard to overcome. Drawing on such research, Cimino’s automatic accrual theory suggests that hazing provides an important solution to a recurring adaptive problem faced by our species during our evolutionary history: how to accurately assess the intentions and quality of new group members. Source: People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why? | Aeon…

“Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and regain its soul”

To add to the previous link about Airbnb and – to some extent – Amsterdam: In addition to a recent agreement with Airbnb to restrict the length of time that people can rent out their homes to 60 days, city officials also want to cut back on opening hours and reduce the number of shops that cater explicitly to tourists, such as those selling cheese, Nutella and waffles. Another plan is to prevent tour buses having access to the city center and move the cruise ship terminal to another part of town. Source: Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and…

Foreign roleplay and Airbnb

With Airbnb making a dent in travel-accommodations worldwide, you’d think their main goal was to provide cheap shelter. But no, Joe Hewitt thinks it’s something else: And this, fundamentally, is what Airbnb is about. Belong Anywhere — it is aiming to not be an escape from the real world, but one of the few times you actually experience it. It has never really been a travel company. It sells roleplay — a form of entertainment that has more in common immersive theatre, gaming, books, and movies. Source: Airbnb: a real-life Westworld? Being able to “live among locals” was part of the draw of Airbnb.…

“The Problem with Video Game Luck”

Luck, RNG (“random number generator”), or chance is now an incredible force within games. As a child, chance is fascinating and somehow rolling dice seems to still convey control. Games like Ludo and Game of the Goose lose their shine as children become more experience and discover the true amount of control in rolling dice. Of course, in video games the equivalent of dice rolling is done behind the scenes and things become a lot more stressful. Somehow not being able to throw the dice yourself makes humans incredibly suspicious of the process, often crying wolf without reason: “When I was…

Become a Type Snob

Ah, this is fun. Everything you didn’t want to know about fonts. Or rather, typefaces. Or typogra-… you know what, just read the article. 😉 The Type Snob – And how to turn into one Source: The Type Snob

“Who killed the curry house?”

The Guardian has a great long-read about British curry houses, where Indian dishes and flavours were transformed into a British staple. In a form of odd appropriation, the curry as a dish became part of the British nationality even though its chefs might not have been regarded as such. The story of curry in modern Britain raises a question about food and identity. Does a cuisine belong to the people who eat it or the ones who cook it? The accusation of inauthenticity went hand in hand with a broader issue of ownership: once people realised that what they were eating…

Bait and Nintendo Switch

In October 2016, we first got a teaser view of the Nintendo Switch and all was well in the world (relatively, that is). There was common sense behind Nintendo wanting to merge the handheld and console markets into one device. Finally, Nintendo can focus on what they do best. But come January 2017, “there’s always something to nag about” appears to be the thing Nintendo does best.

“Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA”

“This is a big advancement of our understanding of race and ethnicity,” Burchard said. “There’s this whole debate about whether race is fundamentally genetic or is just a social construct. To our knowledge this is the first time anyone has attempted to quantify the molecular signature of the non-genetic components of race and ethnicity. It demonstrates in a whole new way that race combines both genetics and environment.” Source: Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA – Science Bulletin While a step forward for epigenetics, I’m kind of fearful how the resulting data could be misused in the current…

Super Metroid’s teachings

If you’re making a game that breaks from convention, set that expectation early and show the player — force them to understand — through level design how yours differs, but also note that some players won’t want to cooperate and will need to be subtly prodded back on track. Source: Gamasutra – 7 introductory levels that all game developers should study Super Metroid got included? No surprises here. But apart from it establishing its differences early on compared to other platform games, Super Metroid is also subtle in teaching you new skills further down the road. The animals on Zebes are an overlooked…

Brutalism in your browser

So, you’ve handwritten your website code, but it looks polished? Unfortunately, you can’t get away with a beautiful website and call it “brutalism”, if it was that easy then everyone would be doing it. You’re going to have to accept that your website might be called “ugly” by some. Think big, bold blocks of web safe colors, gradients, large amounts of “white space” (though it doesn’t have to be white) and you’re on the right track. Source: Brutalism: The ‘ugly’ web design trend taking over the internet – Envato – Medium For every movement there’s a counter-movement, so I’m not…