Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
I’m not partaking of the upsurge of inter-linked So You Want To Be A Games Journalist pieces that the awfulness of this one has caused, I guess because I see its two main offputting features as its self-indulgent subject matter and mind-boggling length. I haven’t read it, will never read it, but in attempting to find the URL for that link I caught myself ingesting a few sentences, and the gag-impulse to vomit a correction or mockery was violent. Despite over-writing pathologically myself, my favourite internet acronym – one I think is an enormously powerful positive force towards better writing – is tl;dr. If I ever feel in a position to lecture you on how to be more like me, please ignore me. And if I feel an article you weren’t going to read anyway demands a parody that is almost as long and requires you to read the tedious original to appreciate, restrain me. But if it occurs to me that a particularly catchy Jeffrey Lewis song is appropriate, please accept it into your hard drive.
The appropriate response to something foul is not to ingest it. If you already have, it is more polite to regurgitate privately, into a bucket.
The_B: You will become like them. You will be assimilated. It is only a matter of time.
Well, probably not. Although, I'm not sure if I should mention I was "supposed" to be preparing for a presentation that counts for 25% of one of my Uni units at the time when I was reading them all.
So you want to be a games journalist? « Constitution Hill: [...] s/Pentadact goes all meta on their arse, and introduces me to the concise beauty of tl:dr. ̷ [...]
Grill: Hurrah! For both the response and the Herman Dune song! This is the first one of those self-indulgent overly wordy twaddles I've actually read to the end.
John Walker in: Quite Possibly The Best Blog Post In The World at The Bloggings of The_B: [...] Tracker Bill Matthew Kumar Bill Harris Stuart Campbell Tim Edwards Jon Hicks Oh, and then Tom Francis has s [...]
Tom Francis: Update! Found the Jeffrey Lewis original. Superior!
John Walker in: Quite Possibly The Best Blog Post In The World at The Bloggings of The_B: [...] and then Tom Francis has something good to [...]