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.
This is a thing I do now. Most of this stuff I mentioned on Twitter, but it’s not an ideal channel and I don’t like that I never link stuff here anymore.
Craig Mullins’ extraordinary BioShock 2 tribute art: ‘1959’. The first image in years to immediately become my desktop background at home and at work. I love that he can make such a concealed place feel spacious and calm, and it makes me want a game where we see Rapture in its glory – even if it has to be without the people. He’s a concept artist who’s worked on Halo, Fallout 3 and one of the Matrix films.
Hard On, by Withered Hand. The name would have put me off, but this came up on shuffle when I was going through Said The Gramaphone’s songs of the year. I love the friendly advice tone of the lyrics.
Man earns every World of Warcraft achievement: I won’t link it, but this was one of those strange stories where the only thing about the story isn’t true, and the people reporting the story all know it isn’t true. If it were mainstream sources, you’d assume it was ignorance. If it were the guy himself, you’d assume it was mendacity. When it’s disinterested parties who know their stuff, you can only imagine its borne of some kind of news desperation. It’s okay, guys, there’s plenty of news out there that actually did happen! You could report that! Long story short, he hadn’t got every achievement: a bug caused his total to be reported one higher than it is. The story therefore becomes: …
The Onion named Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind their film of the decade. An interesting choice – it would have been easy to go with There Will Be Blood without really thinking about it. They also make a good case for their equally surprising #2, another film I love. My list would be Memento, Serenity, Adaptation.
Just Cause 2 Vehicle Stunts Trailer: on top of everything else, I’m really excited by how good Just Cause 2 feels – the first game was only really fluid when you were parachuting. Here vehicles seem to have that same smoothness and momentum. Watch for the awesome jump at 2m52s.
Just Cause 2 Island In Chaos Trailer: Worth it for what he does after the end titles.
Star Trek Online gives you ridiculously good in-game stuff for pre-ordering at various places. The worst use of game content and development time – as bribes to take sides in the puerile retail wars. Got me so annoyed I started an argument about it, which’ll be in the next issue of PC Gamer.
IGN’s Rogue Warrior review: “the hit detection is extremely hit or miss”.
A Claptrap in a tux. I just like this shot. I still haven’t played any of the Borderlands DLC.
Andy Dufresne is tweeting the Shawshank Redemption in first person, in order. “Oh dear God.” is a common update.
There really is a gnome of Noam Chomsky. Sad news via @icouldbeahero.
LightBox’s Trent Polack finds there’s a thread on the Avatar forums to help fans cope with the depression of returning to the real world after the awesomeness of the movie.
roBurky notes that Calvin and Hobbes did the ‘where’s the future?’ joke everyone’s been driving into the ground back in 1989. As an eight year old, I don’t think I was actually tired of it then.
@ex0’s stupendous Captain Forever ship: like a flying cathedral made of rainbows and pain.
Facebook is now the size of the entire internet ten years ago. The average Facebook user spends 55 minutes on it a day.
Dante: Eternal Sunshine or Memento would be my favourite film of the decade, I'm a big fan of most of those you mentioned, aside from There Will Be Blood never really did it for me although I think LA Confidential was in the nineties.
Also, that ship is totally amazing, I have no idea how he had the patience to do that.
Tom Francis: Duh, you're right of course. Fixed!
Lack_26: That ship is a thing of beauty. I've been having more success than I usually manage with a long battleship design now, although as mighty as your broadsides are, you're still very vulnerable.
I did like the short by the Pixar animator, also it shows how closely I follow your twittering that I pretty much remember most of these.
Chijts: "a flying cathedral made of rainbows and pain."
I somehow need to fit that into a conversation somewhere.
Thanks for linking that Avatar gubbins, it makes me feel all warm and tingly that there are people out there more pathetic than me. Am I the only person who thinks the blue creatures look like some poor deviant art character drawn by a 13-year-old who's into WoW?
Chijts: P.S. if you liked Alma you might like these energetic octopusses: http://www.youtube.c... ...kjNfFaYl4M
Lack_26: @Chijts, haha, that was brilliant. It's amazing how good a short with no speech can be.
Preedy: God damn that avatar thread is funny!
TooNu: Yea that ship was awesome, I am still trying to build a hulk of green/alpha parts. It is work in progress but fun :)
And how do you come across an amazon page about some steeringwheel tray? a bit odd to just discover it.
Jason L: Hm. Interesting. I'm not sure I'd go as far as 'good', but interesting. If it had been entirely alternate rather than alternate and obfuscatory, I think it would have crested the hill.