Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Strange Survey

For this week's episode of his podcast Strange Man in a Strange Land, Ike Aramba chose to deviate from his original plan and devote some words to the subject of marriage. It's the right thing to do, given the postal survey on the matter of gay marriage Australia will be going through shortly.
Ike is essentially drawing on his experience with religion running the marriage show in Israel in order to wonder aloud whether Australia is heading in the right way (spoiler alert: Australia is going the wrong way).
You can listen to the episode on iTunes, over here if you're not an Apple person, or just through this player here:

Friday, 25 August 2017

Peter Curry Interview

I recently got to interview Peter Curry, one of the makers of Mini Metro, for Digitally Downloaded. You can read the interview here.
I would like to use this opportunity to mention I consider Mini Metro one of the more brilliant game designs ever (and also one of my favourite game ever, but that is not the point). True, it is an exercise in minimalism; but there is more to it. I used to program simulations for complicated computer networks and factory floors myself; however, the thought of turning those into a game never occurred to me. I guess that is the difference between genius and average.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Announcing a Strange Podcast

You may recall I mentioned here a long time ago how a friend of mine is looking into publishing a podcast. Well, finally that podcast is up!

It's called Strange Man in a Strange Land, and it features my friend looking at Australia through the eyes of an Israeli immigrant. It acts as a guide to would be Australians, people who consider moving here and need to know what they are facing. More importantly, it examines Australian culture through foreign eyes; eyes that have seen how things get done elsewhere before they got to learn how they are done over here.
The new podcast is now on iTunes. You can also find its feed here.
Hope you like it!