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if any of that sounds interesting y'all should at least take a look, they're good people and i hope it works out for them

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I'm not usually for promoting stuff here but friends launched a kickstarter today for their game! it is a cosmic horror themed metroidvania style game

KS: kickstarter.com/projects/eniko

trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=04-EZe9d_k

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thought i'd try my hand at a low color, Famicom-style Wizardry character. pretty happy with how it came out! #mastoart #pixelart

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been working on some character designs for the story part of puzzle game thing

tbh i'm pretty happy with how this design came out #gamedev

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a lot of this is why i'm so adamant about using linux, about using open protocols, open resources. i get weird looks from those around me but...

this technology works _for_ me. when i say i want the computer to act as an arm of my mind, it does that, and it does it so very well. it doesn't question me or try to fit me into a one-size-fits-all situation.

it's such a different, liberating feeling from using something which treats me as merely a consumer.

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all corporate media is like this eventually; they need the power users to grow, to gain a foothold.

but after a certain size, they feel these users are a hindrance to further growth, and start trying to shed them, rationalizing any way they can.

the goals essentially become completely at odds with those of the users that made them what they are in the first place, forcing them to essentially betray their origins.

and so the cycle repeats...

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so when the owners of technology that i use, that i have welcomed in as a part of my thought processes, have decided that i do not deserve the right to control this software, i have an almost violently negative reaction, because they're trying to take away not some tools, but an actual part of me.

saying power users would be better off with less control is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of why they want that control in the first place.

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i've been using computers since i was a small child. in some way, they have always been a part of my daily life; either a thing i have used, or affected my life, they have shaped the way i think and interface with the world.

they're far from 'just tools' like a lot of people seem to see them as, they are actually a part of my being, my thought processes. i would be less of myself when detached from computers.

which is pretty actual cyberpunk really.

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i was reading today some threads from a bunch of twitter engineer types talking about the difficulties of spanning such a massive userbase, and how they were held back from service improvements by their most loyal users.

it seemed like they respected that power users are their biggest fans, and that they wanted control, but they insisted things would be better once they are allowed to control the entire UX.

which would be missing the point entirely.

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i've had really viscerally negative reactions to the modern wave of technology companies asserting ownership over the technology that you use, from microsoft over win10 to twitter over API access.

have had to unpack a lot about exactly why that is, because it's a complicated situation, and... well, they really _aren't_ my pieces of software to begin with, why am i so bothered?

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I asked a friend what I should do for drawing practice, heard back "Hexer from EO!" so, uh, here she is~

描き練習の為に何か描いて友達から「世界樹の迷宮からのカースメーカー!」って聞いたのでホイー

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Hello, setting up shop over here on icosahedron.website since I feel like it's probably time to move to someplace a little more uh home feeling than the larger instances. Refollow if you like; or don't!

Think I will shift off to a smaller instance sometime soon since mastodon.social is uh overloaded.

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Friendly reminder: this isn't Twitter.

If you're mad about something? Use a content warning.

If you want to write a long post? Use a content warning.

Don't share screenshots of toots that make you mad, and don't follow people that make you mad.

You've left the swirling fire vortex of rage birdsite created to keep investors and advertisers happy. Live free! Live well 👍

was gonna try to do stuff tonight but it appears life has had other ideas

i am assuming mastodon.social got another influx of new users because it is powerfully slow tonight.

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