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Guess who just made and posted her very first Twine game? This girl, that's who!

It's short, it's basic, but it's mine. And, hopefully, a bit of fun to read.

Check it out here:

nezchan.itch.io/the-beanstalk-

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For the folks who have followed me over from dot social, and new followers as well, I have a brand new Ko-fi set up if you like what I'm doing on Mastodon or on my website. You can buy me a "coffee" (even though I prefer tea) here:

ko-fi.com/kelseighn

If you want to read a bunch of free stories (and I'm working on a new one right now for the site), my website is here:

kelseighn.com/

I want to make more comics than I do now, but to do that, I need them to provide more of my income than they do now. So, this month is all about PATREON, baby!

Consider supporting me to help hit my milestone goals and unlock some extra goodies!

patreon.com/smeallie

I'm live know over at cast.samsai.eu. Going to play some Kerbal Space Program and see if we can properly get to space.

Hello! I'm going to be playing some Linux games over at cast.samsai.eu/ in about 15 minutes. Tonight's menu: "Hellpoint" and "Indoorlands". Then we'll go back for more of Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony. See you in the chat!

All of this, I believe, will happen regardless of whether they actually clean up the rotting culture behind the scenes. The death spiral has started already, and may have been going for some time already.

If they had the will and put in significant effort and investment, plus a lot of new blood all the way up and down the company, *maybe* they'd avert it. But we all know that ain't happening.

The king is dead. He just hasn't fallen over yet.

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My guess with regard to WoW over the next couple of years is that it will continue to bleed players, and even more so with Classic. In fact, the latter will close down at least half its servers in that time, and by the time TBC runs its course they'll announce not going ahead with Lich King.

Otherwise, they'll cut development and moderation further to "save on costs" and push the cash shop even more. Perhaps they'll bring in disguised lootboxes.

Well, there is is. WoW has entered the MMO death spiral.

Happens a lot when a popular game gets bought out by venture capitalists. Costs are cut hard by reducing moderation and bot culling, relying on, at best, automated filters. Meanwhile the cash shop gets put front and centre, and pushed aggressively. And, tellingly, development grinds to a halt and patches become more rare.

It was inevitable, I suppose.

windowscentral.com/report-worl

Turns out, slaying a demon isn't easy. I'm barely able to handle imps at this point.

It seems so on-brand for Amazon to make a world where you can put yourself in the role of an idealized Spanish Conquistador.

Nerds abandoning WoW because of Blizzard's culture of abuse and going to New World from Amazon instead.

aliens built Big Ben. the English could never have done it on their own

Well that was a miscalculation.

Turns out the shops aren't open until 11, and I got here before 10:30. I'm in for a wait.

First time on public transit in almost two years, hard to believe its been so long.

Train is still something of a novelty.

I haven't heard a lot specifically bad about Bethesda, Nintendo or SquEnix, but that's only because I'm not especially plugged into news about them.

The odds that they're awful in equivalent ways are bordering 100% and you're kidding yourself if you think it's lower.

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Stop playing AAA games.

I'm not talking boycot. I'm saying walk away from the whole rotted industry. Stop supporting that shit with a flip "No ethical consumption, so oh well!" Just don't play them or buy them any more.

No WoW. No Assassin's Creed. No GTA. No Call of Duty. Go find some actually good things in the indie space, at least there are good ideas there and maybe you'll support non-monsters. Better odds of doing so at least.

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