Crashes, hacks, and a whole lot of disaster. Sounds like What I’ve Been Reading!
- The video game crash of 1983 has become somewhat of a legend in gamers’ minds, despite the fact that many of them didn’t even live through it. Writing for Destructoid’s community blogs, killias2 aims to correct some myths and misconceptions about it.
- As you probably know, infidelity-facilitating service Ashley Madison was recently the victim of a hack that exposed the personal information of millions of users. Jessica Goldstein of ThinkProgress writes about how this is just another piece in a long line of evidence that privacy is no longer a norm on the Internet. To all the gossip websites reporting on the contents of the hack: you are writing stories about illegally-obtained information, you bottom-feeding sacks of shit. Other people’s affairs are none of your business. Go fuck yourselves.
- Early Access has been a controversial feature for Steam ever since its inception, with some developers using it as an excuse for making people pay for half-baked garbage. But sometimes, even developers that use it properly can run into trouble, like Red Hook Studios did when they started adding features to their latest game, Darkest Dungeon. Jim Sterling of The Jimquisition explains the controversy. The controversy got so bad that the developers have made these features optional for now (as reported by Nathan Grayson of Kotaku’s Steamed blog).
- Freddie de Boer advises you on how to format your academic CV. Guaranteed success on the academic job market awaits!
- Hadley Meares, Amy Poehler’s stand-in on Parks and Recreation, writes about her experiences on set for Atlas Obscura. It’s a fascinating read!
- Parody Twitter accounts abound. One of my favourites is Nihilist Arby’s, run by The Lawrence Arms bassist Brendan Kelly. Christopher Heine of Adweek tells the story of how the account came to be. A couple of my other favourites include Real Life Done Quick and The Xbone.
That does it for this week. Come back next week when I might actually use this blog for something other than posting links to other websites.