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The Silver Lining

A fan-produced Kings Quest sequel is shut down. What a way to treat your brand’s most loyal followers. Recently, however, ownership of the Sierra IP changed hands and became the property of Activision. After talks and negotiations in the last few months between ourselves and Activision, they have reached the decision that they are not interested in granting a non-commercial license to The Silver Lining, and have asked that we…

Local Scud Missile Victims Remembered In Greensburg

“We’ve become a close-knit unit you might say. Some of us, we always come back to talk about the year, what happened,” one visitor told Channel 4 Action News’ Tara Edwards. The malformed possessive in the above quotation is a mistake — we all make mistakes like that. But I blogged this web version of the WTAE story  because of the way the website shoehorns the name Tara Edwards into…

ABC News to cut staff in 'transformation' of news division

“We anticipate that between now and the end of the year ABC News will undergo a fundamental transformation that will ultimately affect every corner of the enterprise,” Westin said. “The time has come to re-think how we do what we are doing,” he said, adding that ABC News will “dramatically expand” its use of “digital journalists” — reporters who are capable of shooting and editing a story, for example. Westin…

Exclamation Marks in Crowther's Adventure

As part of the Critical Code Studies Working Group inquiry (membership-only link, but a publication is planned) into the original source code for Crowther’s Colossal Cave Adventure, I asked… When does Crowther use exclamation marks? It’s not a deep philosophical question, and the fate of the world does not hang on the outcome.  But it’s one way to zoom in on the interaction between the user experience, and the interaction…