Editorial: Loopy

By Mel
But he gives GREAT loot!

Mel looks at specific qualities that make a game addictive and fun. They involve many familiar mechanics, such as grinding, but what else? Games need more than just a grind to keep the player in that loop. Curious? Reach level twenty to get the answer!

TSM Episode 250: The Desolation of Smarm

By Caspius
Smarm is the pseudo-reasonable dodge; the attempt to deflect criticism by appealing to an imaginary right not to be offended; the claim that just criticism is unfair because it might hurt someone

Lusipurr is joined by SiliconNooB and Mel in an evaluation of England’s continuing poor form with the bat and bad luck with the ball. A rambling trip through the week’s news, and the games of yesteryear, rounds out an extended-length, pre-holiday podcast.

TSM Episode 114: Corporal Punishment

By Caspius
I look upon each new student as a gift--an opportunity to get my arm back into form for bowling.

England battle it out in London at The Oval, despite the weather, Australian Captain Clarke, and the laments of SiliconNooB (all-rounder-at-large). Imitanis dozes quietly whilst Lusipurr recites the most stirring piece of verse in his sizeable repertoire.

TSM Episode 112: Nintend-woes

By Caspius
B-A-N-A-N-A-S

The Ashes continues at Chester-le-Street. Even though Lusipurr and SiliconNooB back opposing teams, they are united–along with Mel and TsubakiSamurai–in their dismay at Nintendo’s continued faffing about with the overpriced, under-supported, Wii U.