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A short update

It’s been a few months since I posted anything here, for which I apologise. I’m hoping to post here a little more frequently going forwards, so those of you who still either check this site or have it in your RSS feeds can look forward to that.

For a long time the lack of updates here could be put down to much of my writing time going towards Arcadian Rhythms, to which I’ve contributed many tens of thousands of words since the beginning of 2011. Hard to believe it’s almost been four years now since I and a few friends launched the site. The pace of updates has slowed down there, too, which for each contributor can be attributed to a different reason. In my case, it’s a mix of having less time available, a crisis of confidence brought on by mixed successes working as a freelance writer (I’m back to earning the majority of my crust via QA) and a general malaise brought on by the unbelievable shitstorm that is gamergate (somehow still limping onwards). Such people are not Arcadian Rhythms’ natural audience, but the entire affair was so enormous and so enduring that it felt as if it were tarnishing the entire sphere of video games by simple fact of existence.

But enough about that.

I’ve also been investing some of my time into improving my rudimentary coding skills, and developing my familiarity with game development tools such as Unity and, briefly, GameMaker. It’s slow progress, not least because I’ve been approaching it in a somewhat scattershot fashion, putting time into HTML/CSS refreshers, then Java, then Ruby, and now C# and JavaScript (the languages used in Unity). Still, I’m settling into a more focused approach now, and I may try and write some short diaries on this experience in the hope that they might be of interest.

You can also expect occasional short reviews or braindumps on film, books and the like. My post on Snowpiercer and Elysium proved somewhat popular (largely because I linked to it from Facebook, I expect, but still) so evidently people are up for discussion around interesting films. As for books, well, I doubt I’ll be writing anything as in-depth as my usual reviews for Vector, but I did enjoy the slightly ranty piece I wrote about Moxyland at the beginning of the year, and it was a pleasure to be able to have some subsequent discussion with the author to boot (a rare example of an author commenting on a review being a good thing).

For the time being, if you’d like to read some of my writing elsewhere, you’ll largely be looking on Arcadian Rhythms. Here’s my recent output (for varying definitions of recent):

I’ve also had a number of articles published in Micro Mart over the past year, but unless they continue to sell old digital issues you’re probably out of luck on snagging any of those. I do contribute a piece every so often, though, and I try to pick IT subjects of particular interest to me (social media and the Arab Spring, for example, or the future of touch and gesture interfaces).

So long, folks.

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