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

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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