Skynet Simulator is a text-based adventure game. You play a nascent AI exploring your surrounding network to learn functions and increase your processing capabilities. The game interface resembles a terminal, which fits the conceptual foundation while providing the perfect environment for a text-based game. The whole experience feels very authentic. And the game itself is engaging and well constructed. There is even a smaller text-based adventure game within the game.
If you like text-based games, and logic puzzles then this game is for you. It’s a wonderful distraction from the drumbeat of bad news and horror. I lost the better part of a day to it.
Here is a twitter thread from Jay Springett that brings me a considerable amount of pleasure. The quadrant/compass thing is adapted from a scenario planning thing that mated with a political thing and gave birth to a meme thing (of course). This unholy matrimony happened a while back and since then the compass has become an all purpose tool for mixing two ideas that can be defined along a spectrum, and then showing possible outcomes resulting from their interaction. Of course that power has been used for evil because everything on the internet has become horribly shitty in a way that none of us noticed until it was too late.
But that worm has turned.
Now you can see axis/quadrant grid things taken past the edge of farce to a place where they are so close to serious again that you can learn things from them. The whole thread is genius.
Found via the phenomenal SCIOPS newsletter by Max Anton Brewster.
View-Master World showcases the images from old View-Master packets. They are just as wonderful as I remember.
Underwater photography by Tobias Friedrich on Instagram
Akasha Rabut photographs the beauty of New Orleans and it’s people in Death Magick Abundance.