What I’ve Been Reading: December 22, 2019

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It’s been over a month since I last posted. Oops. I’ll try to get a flurry of year-end posts up over the next few days. We’ll see how productive I can be. Spoiler alert: not very. In any case, enjoy today’s look at class conflict, Rojava, and fandom. More

What I’ve Been Reading: December 13, 2015

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The end of the year is fast approaching, which means that year-end lists are on the horizon. But for now, have another dose of things I’ve been reading. More

Steam’s Reliability Problem


For those of you who aren’t aware of its existence, there’s a website called Is Steam Down? It’s exactly what its title says: it answers whether or not Valve’s highly popular Steam service is up and running, or if it’s currently down. It’s a pretty useful tool, especially if you’re not sure if you’re having Internet issues, or if there are troubles on Valve’s end.

But there’s a problem. As useful as this tool is, I’m not glad it exists. I don’t mean to say that the tool is not a good resource for verifying Steam’s status. Rather, I mean that Is Steam Down? shouldn’t need to exist. The fact that it does shows that Steam has a long way to go before PC gamers can fully trust it. More

A Few Red Lights for Greenlight

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Steam’s new Greenlight feature has been fraught with controversy since its launch. First, too many fake games and pranks were posted to the service. Then, a little over a week ago, Valve decided to add a $100 submission fee to stem the flow of joke submissions. This caused an uproar from indie developers who protested that such a fee was too steep. Now, just two days ago, Steam revealed the first ten games to be approved through the service. The list reveals an interesting fact: Greenlight is working exactly as intended. And that’s not a good thing. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 19, 2012

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It’s Suuuuunday. Or as I like to call it – What I’ve Been Reading Day. It should be a national holiday. Your weekly dose of things Merve thinks are interesting follows after the jump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 22, 2012

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is mainly video-game-related. But if you’re interested at all in crime in the media, corporate business practices, or Internet safety, then you should take a peek. More