what have i done
what have i done
What will you do?
So I've come to this sudden thought. It's probably obvious, but it's not just Tumblr that creates strife through a misdesigned system. I'm specifically nodding towards Twitter's current "gamer" bickering, but I'm sure this is more general.
Specifically, it seems that things along the lines of tags exist in the minds of users to "belong" to something. People interact because they want to find relevance with other people. Tags aren't designed like that in the minds of the system designers though - they're marketing and branding tools. They're not fit for helping connect people because they don't work the same way people would interact in person.
Initially I thought, Is there something wrong with the internet? Do we need to educate people about using the internet, because humans can't cope with behaving nicely with those they can't see? That's silly, we don't educate people about manners in writing letters or talking on the phone - it's much more general manners that are taught.
The issue isn't that people are using the internet wrong, but that they're encouraged to do things they otherwise wouldn't. It's grown into this ego-stroking machine that is counter to the way interaction has evolved in society. Metadata and numbers and all manner of things are ambiguous indicators of some sort of "difference" you're making in the world. In reality, it means nothing. The only thing that should matter is the intention and interaction between people, but it gets lost in the noise.
This isn't invalidating some of the problems I'm seeing with gaming, it's more about this "activism" that's turning up in response to criticism. The activism isn't necessary. The way the internet is now, it's subtly pushing them to create their own counter-brand instead of considering why they received such criticism...
Long ago, about 02005-07, I produced an RPG known as Two Halves. To this date, it is my only game other people have played. It was released in irregular betas to a community I was a part of.
The story is pretty terrible. The self-insert main character was teleport-kidnapped by a space-army fixated on reviving their demi-god warrior to fight a "demon" alien. The main character was a reincarnation of half of the dead demi-god. Also an internet forum was a real world location.
It's all kind of a mess because I would alter or make additions to the story over time as I was inspired to. It's really obvious when I look at it.
I haven't talked about Witness To Unity in a long while, or posted on here. Maybe I should do that.
This is going to be a short one though, since I don't really remember the process behind developing this code. I just want to comment on it because I quite like this concept.
The silent voice within one's heart whispers the most profound wisdom.
Another character design for the previous post's idea. I'm not really sure about it though, so it might see an update along the line.
I want to tell a story with inflatables in a magical medieval living-off-the-land fantasy setting, a setting where inflatables kinda ought to not be.
I was stuck for ideas, bweh.
In my previous post about Web Design Irks one of the points I discussed was that this fixation on “streamlining” would cause issues with usability. Particularly, by creating an experience that feels streamlined, it negatively affects slower connections and makes linking to the specific state of the page impossible.