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Wormwood Studios
Developed Primordia. Wrote for Torment: Tides of Numenera and many other games. Next up: Fallen Gods and Strangeland.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
"It's a game about robots..." causes eyes to glaze over in a way that "it's a game about philosophy, law, and humanism, told through robots" when talking to Serious Adults.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
For a time, genres were avoided for seeming *too* commercial, sothat kind of success was possible. But there was still the stigma that F/SF was infantile. That has gone away a bit (maybe culture has become more infantile), but I still wince when talking about my chosen genres. :)
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
Even among the works that critics consider the true Scotsmen of fantasy are many works of exceeding merit, a merit rooted in their very pulpiness. (Like the works of Vance.)
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
F/SF include works across the entire axis of pulpiness, and in any event, pulpiness is not the same as quality or even literary worthiness. Setting F/SF aside, The Long Ships, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Manuscript Found in Saragossa are great, literary, and pulpy.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
Since distancing the work from the genre is a predicate to respecting it, authors are incentivized to pass their genre books off as non-genre, which (as the article make clear) Nabokov himself was doing. At a minimum, a work must purport to subvert the genre. This is endemic.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
To me, the real problem is the "no true Scotsman" fallacy applied to speculative fiction. For the most part (as the Nabokov quote suggests), once a book achieves critical recognition, it ceases to be treated as speculative fiction even when it is just that. (E.g., The Road.)
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Wormwood Studios Apr 18
Replying to @JimHarris28
The actual quote is sci-fi writers being driven mad by the disrespect for the genre: “[Y]ou can see the institutionalised disrespect for the genre and understand why it drives sci-fi writers mad.” The Nabokov quote follows his statement "I loathe popular pulp."
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vador Apr 18
Replying to @frau_grete @jesawyer
Primordia has a very cool concept of robots living on a barren, once human world, that thinl of their long gone creators as of deities and worship them.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
Replying to @Inxile_Ent
So heavy a name to put on your child's shoulders; still, he does his best.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
Replying to @Jobbinghappens
No, even with Primordia we had to constantly help people with Logitech mouse issues, Steam overlay issues, Windows 10 issues, widescreen and dual monitor issues, etc., etc. :) Still, it's a wonderful tool!
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
Replying to @Jobbinghappens
Older versions of the engine were actually pretty finicky in terms of running on computers -- mouse and video issues were pretty bad. Still, it is both a very good tool for genre (point-and-click adventures) and a pretty good tool for many other genres (platformers, RPGs, etc.).
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
They tried to do a TTON one, but it wound up being 50 times more syllables than were scoped.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
Congrats to , , , and on the release of Whispers of a Machine! What a beautiful game! Hope to put a review up on Steam, if my impossible schedule should ever permit!
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Wormwood Studios Apr 17
Replying to @overstandbasics
So glad to hear it!
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Wormwood Studios Apr 16
Replying to @Pavoneo_
It is staggering to think that in the past decade, speculative fiction lost LeGuin, Wolfe, Vance, Pratchett, Bradbury, Aldiss, Banks, and Pournelle, just off the top of my head.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 16
Replying to @WWSGames
Though framed in baroque religious terms, and reflecting Wolfe's own religious faith, the wisdom struck me no less for not sharing his religion (or Severian's!). It is catholic (i.e., all-embracing) as much as Catholic, and a mark of the humanity and decency that pervades Wolfe.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 16
Wondered what I could possibly add regarding the losses of Gene Wolfe and part of Notre Dame -- one, the transitory becoming eternal, the other, the eternal proving transitory -- and then Wolfe's own words, which had made such an impression on me years ago, came to mind.
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🔥 ShadowZia 🔥 Apr 16
Now we shall play Primordia. | 5 bits gets Roscoe a dog treat.
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Wormwood Studios Apr 15
Glad you're enjoying it! gets credit for the gorgeous art and for the music!
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Wormwood Studios Apr 15
Bots tweeting about Primordia is my favorite metacommentary.
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