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April 15, 2021 by Frogboy
So I keep my Mac and PC next to each other. Broadly speaking, even taking multiple monitors out of the picture, I find the PC more productive.  This is primarily a difference in how Windows and Mac work.  This wasn't always the case but over time, Microsoft has added a lot of nice little short-cuts and tweaks that just don't seem to exist on the Mac. Even little things in the Mac seem needlessly complicated. For instance, on Windows 10, I can hit Windows Key - Shift S to take...
March 30, 2021 by Frogboy
This is really interesting documentary broken up into bite sized chunks. It deals with the transition in games journalism that we saw starting around 2010 with the changes to the underlying business models of the media and in particular the games media. Here is part 1:
March 12, 2021 by Frogboy
We aren't ready to announce anything specifically yet but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the things we have going on around here. First, there probably won't be a lot more journal entries for GalCiv III.  There will be more updates to GalCiv III but they will fall under bug fixing only.  The team has been staffed up (and we're hiring more) to focus on "GalCiv Next". So what are some of the broad strokes?  In no particular order these are the things that ...
February 8, 2021 by Frogboy
Google's streaming game platform, Stadia, has been having a rough time this past year. From Take 2's CEO publicly calling them out to the recent Terraria debacle coming right after Google's decision to close their first-party studios, it's not looking too promising for Stadia these days. The tech Stadia is run on is good.  We were deeply involved during the Yeti project and were very impressed with the potential.  We ported our engine over to Yeti and were ready to move our games...
February 8, 2021 by Frogboy
How does WindowBlinds 10 handle older skins on the latest version of Windows 10? The answer: Inconsistently.  There are some apps, like Notepad, where it always works fine.  Others, like an Explorer window it sometimes works fine.  And then there‚Äôs Edge where it rarely works fine.  Look at the results yourselves. For the next version of WindowBlinds we are looking to either update ...
February 6, 2021 by Frogboy
I am really, really enjoying CK3. These days, I generally prefer to stick to playing games that I would never want to make.  So games like Civilization VI or even Stellaris are games that I play but I don't enjoy because they feel like work (this isn't the game's fault, it's because my brain goes into analyst mode when I play them). But CK3? There's nothing else really like it and I love it.
January 19, 2021 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations II (not III) was released a long time ago.  Since then, most of the people who worked on the game have remained at Stardock but not everyone.  However, over the past year or so, we've been lucky enough to recruit and or contract back some of the original members to return working on new Galactic Civilizations efforts.  
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
Here's mine: I have no idea why the memes that use this tend to crack me up the most but they do.
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
This article pretty much describes how I'm feeling about the recent events concerning Trump and the rapid deplatforming going on. I'm not going to miss Trump.  But I am going to miss the days when people were able to talk to each other civilly even when they disagreed.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
Where we are and where we're going. Soon... Then... And finally. The robot overlords will smile.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
I found this article quite thought provoking. This past week we didn't just see the banning of Trump for "inciting violence" (despite said inciting is never included for people to judge for themselves).  Countless other people were banned and even groups like #walkaway on Facebook were banned. Regardless of your politics, this is nothing to celebrate.  I remember a time w...
January 8, 2021 by Frogboy
Given recent events, I was thinking that maybe there's an opportunity to rethink social media platforms entirely. The current leaders like Twitter and Facebook are actually fairly primitive from a technical point of view.  Not their fault. They were built when they were built. If you were to create a new social media site today you wouldn't be able to get away with being like those sites because the distributors of the social media apps (Apple, Google) won't tolerate the growing pains...
December 25, 2020 by Frogboy
I'll be honest with you.  I spend a lot of time on Reddit.    One can see a direct correlation between the rice of Reddit (and to a lesser extent Twitter and Facebook) and the fall of blogs and forums. And I think that's a shame because the nice thing about forums is that you get to know the regulars and there are many nice features on forums that Reddit doesn't have. Still, the UI on many forums, including ours, is not as good as I'd like to see.  Which makes me won...
December 25, 2020 by Frogboy
It's hard to believe that GalCiv III was released over 5 years ago.  Since then, we've had a few major expansions and a lot of DLC. As we enter 2021, we have finally reached the stage where GalCiv III won't be seeing any new DLC but will continue to get updates in the form of balance, fixes and performance improvements as we find them.  Updates will be less frequent as QA time is particularly precious right now. We are very proud of how Galactic Civilizations III evolved.  W...
December 24, 2020 by Frogboy
So I got the new MacBook Air M1.  I have to say, it's pretty amazing.  It's, by far, the fastest laptop I've ever used in terms of how it feels to use.  This is likely a combination of the OS (MacOS tends just feel more responsive than Windows) and the phenomenal performance of the M1. Anyone else pick this up yet?