This week’s What I’ve Been Reading contains something I haven’t read yet. I’M A FRAUD.

  • Buyer beware: Sophie Prell of the Penny Arcade Report reports on yet another Steam Greenlight controversy! The developers of indie game Towns have been accused of putting an unfinished game out on Steam. Meanwhile, the developers themselves are saying that the game is a work-in-progress that will be continuously patched. It looks like Greenlight is slowly turning from a troubled service into an utter fiasco.
  • Cartographers beware: it turns out that Sandy Island, a small island supposedly off the Australian coast, doesn’t actually exist. It appears on maps and charts, though, which has confused the hell out of everyone. Apparently, the mistake was caused by a digitizing error. And you guys wonder why I don’t trust maps for directions. Sheesh. *drives into corn field*
  • Publishers beware: Ben Kuchera of the Penny Arcade Report has data showing that games with female protagonists don’t sell well. He explains that it’s a vicious cycle: publishers don’t support female-led games, so they don’t sell well, which leads developers to make fewer female-led games, which publishers don’t support because of historically bad sales…and so on. By the way, lest you think that this is a result of certain genres that are more likely to feature female protagonists selling worse than genres more likely to feature female protagonists, the same result is found within a genre. Thus, the lower sales can be attributed to the protagonist’s gender.
  • Warmongers beware: Brendan Keogh has written an entire book analyzing recent third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line, entitled¬†Killing is Harmless. I haven’t read it yet, because I don’t have the time, but at only $3, I’m sure it’s worth your money.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for next week, when I might have actually read everything to which I’m linking.

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