Commodore Assemblers

Jun 12, 2021

This series on Commodore's Assemblers from is giving me flashbacks to hacking out GraphicsBASIC in my childhood bedroom. Good times.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Jun 07, 2021

I loved this game... all I want is for it to be on the Switch.

Judith Lucero

May 02, 2021

It is with great sadness that I found out that Judith Lucero passed away.

Judith was the lead tester on Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2 as well as a vast number of other Lucasfilm games.

She was the one who taught me the importance of testers and how they are a critical gear in the machinery that makes up making a game. Testers aren't just unit tests in human form. They have a unique perspective on the game and poke not only at the bugs but also the design and the thought process of playing a game.

It's a lesson I have never forgot and never will and I owe most of that to Judith.

Here is a email Judith and MI2 testers sent me. It goes on for 5 pages. Some of the suggestions were implemented.

"D" bugs were design bugs.

Apple and Privacy

Apr 28, 2021

If Apple really cared about iOS privacy they would give the user to ability to block any app from reaching the internet. A lot of the iOS apps I used have no need to ping the internet but they all do to gather metrics and do who-knows-what.

Rather than create a complex and unenforceable privacy policy Apple should just let users block the app from using the internet. Or require a certificate to access the internet and don't allow it if the fundamental use of the app isn't to connect to the internet. There is no need for single player games to hit the internet all the time.

I use Little Snitch on the Mac and everything f**king program tries to connect to the internet. I block them all and only a handful fail so, yeah, they don't need to.

If Apple really cared about my privacy they would do this.

April Fools' 2021

Apr 01, 2021

For going on 17 years the Grumpy Gamer blog has been and always will be April Fools' day free.

Stay strong.