Sid Meier’s Colonization Returns!

Over at Gamasutra:

Take-Two subsidiary 2K Games announced today that developer Firaxis is currently working on Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization for PC, set to be released this fall. A “complete reimagining” of the original Colonization, it again puts the player in the role of one of four European powers seeking to establish colonial dominance over the New World. Continue reading

An interesting piece of spam

My filters let this slip through today:

barkpeeler anatomicosurgical subdistinguished recontribute epigonium advisedly subtreasury upspring

Yeah, spam bots will try to find the most remote words to distinguish themselves from most spam and thus fool our filters. It made me think, let’s all hope that spammers don’t start using algorithms like the one I’ve used on poesysteme to create new words.

Although receiving spam made with my game might be flattering, I must say.


They seem to come in herds:

redoubtably hysterogenous globoseness precartilaginous licentiousness squelchingly armature shriekily

trowlesworthite hierograph siskin zenick judger cataractwise overdeeming cornerway

educative shaglet pixilated anthodium mowland paleostylic gebur unode

phacoscope ozokerite unbitten hepialid caledonian quoteless avijja quetenite

Just lovin’it…


Seeing as the conditions at the IGF pavilion weren’t optimal for poesysteme-ing, I decided to go towards the “performance” approach and have every visitor collaborate to create and maintain a poesysteme every day. The game only got rebooted when the game crashed and at the end of the day.

People could add one or several words and see how they would trounce or get trounced by the other words that were there already there, adding their contribution to the gene pool. Before they left, I asked them if they wanted to adopt a word, based on a “Love at first sight” algorithm. Upon seeing a word they liked, they were asked to write a quick sentence depicting what the word meant.

Their collaborative efforts result in this dictionary of the absurd.

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GDC 08 – Awards Show

I attended the Awards Show, and I have to say that it’s the most awesome thing I ever attended in my whole friggin’ life!

Poesysteme was nominated, next to great games like Crayon Physics Deluxe (Seumas McNally Grand Prize winner, go Petri!) and Synaesthete (Student Showcase winner). Having met Petri and the Digipen guys, as well as Nils (the author of Rückblende) and the P.B. Winterbottom crew, I can assure you that they are all great guys and that you should play their games and give them many bags full of money, sweet money. The room was packed with the coolest people of all, and I know Sid Meier, Gabe Newell and Ralph Baer now know my game exists. ROCK ON!

I was planning to do a daily writeup of the GDC but I guess I’ll have to accept the fact that a regular day at the Expo is too taxing. Usually when I get back to my hotel I just want to crash and burn. Cool-headed impressions from the confort of my home it will be, then!

Also, the expo? Sheer. Madness.