Posts from 2013.

Taking Punches is a Sucker’s Game

There are two camps when it comes to issues of harassment, bullying, diversity, and making inclusive communities, especially when the medium is online or in the tech industry. Without trying to let my own bias tilt my presentation, I think these two camps can be summed up with the following sayings:

“Even if you think it’s a light jab, you shouldn’t throw punches.”

and

“I’ve taken worse and haven’t been bruised. You need to learn how to take a punch.”

If you don’t think the low rates of women and minorities participating in the tech industry is fundamentally a problem that should be corrected, you can stop reading now and save yourself a few minutes. But software developers are in high demand. There’s a lot of great software out there waiting to be written. And while the current generation is much more technically literate than say, 30 years ago, raising the general level of technical expertise would blossom the possibilities for more sophisticated products and avenues of communication. We should get as many people across all demographics on board as possible.

I’m not going to talk solely about sexism itself in the tech industry (though at the front of my views on that are pointing out how widely the Internet blames Adria Richards for the dongle-joker’s firing rather than Play Haven, who did the actual firing.) But I also want to talk about inclusion and how to build community, and the attitudes that tear community down.

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What Professional Games Use Pygame?

This came up as a question on Stack Overflow a while ago. While Python is noted for its use in many games, here’s a list of professional-quality games that use Pygame:

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble is a 2D RPG by Keith Nemitz that was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, won “Most Innovative Game” by the Casual Games Association, and was also selected as a finalist for the 2008 IndieCade Festival of Independent Games. It is available for purchase off of Steam. Gameplay video
Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel-style game that was a 2012 IndieCade Finalist. As of December 2012, Analogue has sold at 40,000 copies. Steam store link (with videos).
Unity of Command is a turn-based, operational-level wargame that covers the entire 1942/43 Stalingrad Campaign on the Eastern Front. Trailer video. Available on Steam.

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