Dwarf Fortress

I’ve heard about Dwarf Fortress before, but I’ve never played it. Maybe I should, given this great article from the Seattle Weekly on the video game Dwarf Fortress. Oft considered the most complex video game ever created, Dwarf Fortress is less of an RPG and more of a world simulator. Here’s a great excerpt from the article (but go read it):

“If we just start with What’s in a dwarf’s head?, there’s 50-something personality facets we pulled from a psychology textbook, 30 intellectual values, a bunch of specific needs they have, like, if they like extravagant clothing,” Tarn says, “And then, based on all of that, there’s 120 different emotions.” It’s a remarkable amount of depth for a dwarf, a creature that, in the game, is represented by nothing more than a little smiley face.

Kickstarter Drama

Interesting story on Gizmodo about a 3D printer Kickstarter campaign gone awry. This follows a long, infamous list of failed Kickstarters. In fact, the list is so plentiful now, that it has begot its own subreddit: shittykickstarters.

That said, I just received my Freewrite the other day, and while some people are panning it as a 500 dollar hipster keyboard, hipsters are waxing effusively over the product’s anachronistic simplicity. I think it falls somewhere in between those poles, and hope to write a review soon. Whatever your opinion, while the Freewrite was delayed, it did come to life as a fairly accurate representation of its initial vision, so I’d say that’s a definite success.