Sundays are for cramming a 4×4 with your belongings for a move and hoping that at least some of it survives. Before you head out, let’s check out this week’s best articles on games.
For Vice Yussef, Cole wrote about Fortnite’s appropriation problem and why it’s about ethics, not copyright.
While no creative feat is accomplished without inspiration, the way Fortnite has transplanted these men’s creative feats into its brightly colored marionettes without permission, recognition, or compensation feels particularly egregious. Ultimately, the direction this creativity is moving is from those with less, those who spark viral brilliance out of nowhere, to those with so much more, who absorb what they can and erase the past in the process.
Over on Defector, Barry Petchesky praised the slowball. I have no idea about baseball, but there are some excellent lines here like “I believe if God could throw he would throw an Eephus”. Cheers to Alice O for discovering this one.
Holt, the spiritual successor to Bugs Bunny, put the Eephus to work and pulled Harrison back on the next pitch, a relative bolide at 33 mph. But it was that first pitch that belongs to Cooperstown – according to MLB’s Sarah Langs, 31.1 mph is the slowest stroke recorded during the pitch-tracking era that dates back to 2008.
For NME, Jordan Oloman spoke to Tim Schafer about his game writing philosophy. One for the Psychonauts fans among us, of whom there are many.
“Then I tried to put together a spy game in which you meditate on objects to find clues,” said Schäfer. “I worked on it for a while, you were a spy who was very spiritual and could meditate on objects to find clues as to who made the object, and you went on a journey into your own mind to untangle things . “
For The Guardian, Keith Stuart asks, “Why do people pay to train coaches to get better at video games?”
Bored at home, he browsed Facebook and saw an ad for LegionFarm, an online video game coaching platform that offered to match professional gamers with clients looking to improve their skills. As an experienced player of the Battle Royale hit Apex Legends, he applied to be a coach. Four months later, he’s among the site’s top 20 professionals, making $ 3,500 a month on roughly 80 hours of coaching to complement his resurgent drag career.
Over at People Make Games, they investigated how Roblox exploited young game developers. Yikes
Edward Ongweso Jr. wrote for Vice about the startup that wants you to eat all of your food in cubes. I don’t know how to eat them, but I would like to … wash my hands with them? I don’t know, they look like nice bars of soap.
Music this week is Ocean Drive by the Lighthouse Family. Here is the Youtube link and the Spotify link. A special one in the noughties.
This is me. Have a solid Sunday everyone!