Social Justice Warrior developer Eric Ford Internet Sit-down

Social Justice Warrior developer Eric Ford Internet Sit-down

There are very few issues around which everyone in the world can agree. The more personal a topic becomes the less likely that one will concede their vested interest in the name of polite debate and mature discourse. 

Introduce the optimistic Eric Ford A.K.A Nonadecimal who gives humanity more credit than most. I spoke with him about a recent project he launched called Social Justice Warriors, a project which seemed to elicit a lot of feedback from several communities. Not only were gamers engaged, but other indirect groups as well. One of his original goals was to shine a light on those that operate in the figurative shadows of ignorance and the faceless void we call the Internet. His aim is admirable and regardless of whether or not it will ultimately affect change he has my utmost respect for being brave enough to try.

Read More

Paragon Infinite developer Mike Lasch Internet Sit-down

Paragon Infinite developer Mike Lasch Internet Sit-down

I recently sat down with Mike Lasch, creator of Paragon and Paragon Infinite, to get a good idea of the solo-Indie development landscape and see where his individual path has taken him. Warm and jovial, he is easy going and deeply dedicated to making gamers happy through his creations. It is somewhat difficult to find genuine concern for the player and the love of creating, but Mike has this quality.

His story is not an unusual one but that does not depreciate its importance: a man setting out into the world to program and code as his whims take him. He has participated in game jams such as Ludum Dare, fundraising events such as A Bundle of Love for Brandon, and works diligently to integrate into the wide community of game dev.

Let's see where our conversation takes us.

Read More

Internet Sit-down with The Men Who Wear Many Hats

Internet Sit-down with The Men Who Wear Many Hats

For those new to the issue, the social game company King recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the common words "candy" and "saga". Aside from that being a legal minefield as common words are, well, common, King then proceeded to file legal disputes with other game studios who used either word in the title of their games... even if they weren't remotely related to King's property.

The breaking news side of this issue is that King has just now settled and/or stepped down from some, if not all, of their claims. The troubling part of that last sentence is the "settled" part which suggests that they still intend or have some way of enforcing a level of ownership over common word usage.

I sat down over the Internet with The Men Who Wear Many Hats to discuss, among other things, their opinions on the whole King trademark debacleTMWWMH participated in the Candy Jam to show their support of indies and to point out the King's folly in attempting to trademark common words.

Read More