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Dear Chris, I am writing this letter – and making it public – because it’s the only way I know to make you stop, think, and appreciate things. You need to change both your outlook and how you run The Indie Game Magazine. When I joined IGM back in the very tail-end of last November, I had no idea initially what to expect. Actually, that’s not quite true. I knew what I hoped to expect: a professional, well-organized site with a clear strategy and high ethical standards. Now, your previous decisions – and what led to the controversy that you encountered with IndieStatik – are by the by. I wasn’t involved in that and I started after all of that came to light. For the record, I understand and appreciate how frustrating and difficult it can be trying to burn the candle at both ends...
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Dear CLO, I would like to explain what really happened in Tulsa, which has so far been obscured by the final tournament report that you published. Anna and I were tied at 7.5/9 points at the end of the tournament. We started our G/15 +3 second increment playoffs approximately fifteen minutes after my six hour, 106 move game against Rohonyan ended. We split these rapid games with one win each, then went into the blitz stage of G/5 + 3 second increment, which we also split with one win each. We then proceeded to the final Armageddon game, that was to be played without increment. As the defending champion, I was told by the organizers that I had to choose how the time would be divided, and Anna would choose the color she wanted to play. I decided that White would be given 6...
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Dear President Rauch, Executive Director Bernardi, WFDF Board Members, and WFDF Member Nations, Like many Ultimate fans around the world, I closely followed both the WFDF U23 Ultimate Championships and the 2013 World Games. It was an unprecedented period of Ultimate coverage with nine consecutive days of Ultimate being streamed, as many as six games per day. I am, like so many, truly grateful to WFDF, the World Games, and their streaming partners to be able to watch such high level Ultimate from anywhere in the world. The availability of coverage of these events brought into stark relief the challenges that WFDF ultimate faces as it tries to present the sport to a global audience. The spectating experience of many games was marred with frequent and extended stoppages. These games...
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Dear Spicy Horse (麻辣马), As a cult fan of American McGee’s psychological and philosophical dark fantasy games, I am largely disappointed in his company’s latest attempt to crossover into the CCG genre. A theme set in Hell where your guide is Charon and you cross over four elements… with another layer of a pseudo Hell-Human world. Such a plot initially thought to be awesome ended up to be disappointing. Sure, the theme of Hell is a dark joke of the game’s repetitive and endless grind of false hope, depravity, and torture. But even Big Head Bash has a joke that represented conceited idiots who repeatedly “noob” each other in a 2D setting. This Hell-themed opportunity that had great potential for development was wasted. Not just the theme, but game mechanics as well. This game...
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Dear Friends, I am writing because I am disturbed by the string of articles, blog entries, and list serve threads that have come out in the last few days suggesting that the high turnout of African American and Latino voters for the presidential election was responsible for the passage of California’s proposition 8, which dealt a heavy blow to LGBT families by banning gay marriage in the state’s constitution. These articles mistakenly imply that the struggles for civil rights for LGBT people and communities of color are separate or even at odds with each other. They deny the work that LGBT people of color do to combat homophobia and transphobia in their families and communities, often while facing racism within the queer community as well. These articles deny homophobia among white...
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Dear Reds, First off, I have a tremendous respect for your franchise. I'm young enough to not remember my favorite team getting bludgeoned by the Big Red Machine, but old enough to remember what it was like to watch Eric Davis with complete awe. I still have a soft spot for Dusty Baker, and Joey Votto seems like a thoughtful fella. I'm not even going to bring up Mat Latos or his face. No, the Reds are a quality organization with a long, storied history. And I respect the heck out of you. So this isn't easy to write. I love the uncertainty of the playoffs, the surprises. The best part of the postseason is to find out who the Jeff Weaver or Mark Lemke is going to be. The randomness of it all is what keeps the baseball playoffs so danged interesting. I'm looking forward to watching it...
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Dear Coach Kinnear: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it’s broken, fix it!! Things That Are NOT Broken: Wondo at forward. When he was at forward, he scored three goals, and was on his way to another great season. When you decided to play him at mid, or not play him at all, our offense tanked. In fact, before subbing Wondo on this past Friday, our offense only had two shots. After Wondo came on, we generated eight shots. If Wondo is scoring at forward, keep him at forward. When he stops scoring at forward, THEN move him. Now I know there’s more to the Wondo story than you’re telling people, and I know you like to play your cards close to your chest, but a little honesty would be great every once in a while. Wondo’s playing injured, right? And the whole “fatigue” thing...
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Dear Don Garber and Mark Abbott, We would like to congratulate you on negotiating a successful new collective bargaining agreement with the MLS players association. We are all excited to watch MLS kickoff its 20th season this evening when the Chicago Fire take on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Unfortunately, there is a pressing matter that still needs to be resolved before tonight’s match: the unprecedented, arbitrary, unilateral and unnecessary sanctions on the Angel City Brigade Supporters Group. Recently Major League Soccer, with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Galaxy, imposed an eight game sanction (four home, four away) on the Angel City Brigade. The Angel City Brigade is banned from the use of drums, trumpets, capos, flags, banners and the like. League officials made it very...
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Dear Devs, When I got home from school today, I had an awesome surprise waiting for me in my inbox: an invitation to join the Alpha phase of your game! I must say that I am honored, but not surprised, that I was chosen. I am going to assume tales of my 733t performance in other games are finally spreading across the internet and that you want the best of the best to be the first to play your creation. I am really happy that more gaming companies are giving early access, but not sure why they just don't release it to everyone at once. I am once again going to go right ahead and assume that you only want the top tier gamers playing first before letting all the peasants on your server. I mean, it's called ALPHA for a reason, right? I imagine it's because you devs want to show off the...
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