Orconomics/The Dark Profits Saga is a GameLit Masterpiece

There's a lot to enjoy about The Dark Profits Saga.  The cast features a rich and diverse group that acts as counterpoints to each other.  This is difficult in a book that a pretty large main cast, so whenever an author can pull it off, it's impressive and good to learn from. What's more impressive is… Continue reading Orconomics/The Dark Profits Saga is a GameLit Masterpiece

The current state of AI

This is an update or an addendum to the post I made on the "Why Machine Learning Sucks" blog post. https://litrpgreviews.blog/2017/10/23/why-every-machine-learning-algorithm-sucks/ My central thesis is pretty simple:  The problem with most of what we call "AI" or "Machine Learning" is not scientific in any sense. It's a million monkeys banging on a million keyboards until they… Continue reading The current state of AI

When to put the outside World in: Far Cry 5

In several of my articles, I've mentioned the perils of putting the outside World in the game.  Even though there are books which integrate both aspects well, there hasn't been a case where I could point my finger at something and say definitely, "This is where something is lacking because the author didn't talk about… Continue reading When to put the outside World in: Far Cry 5

A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Tl;dr:  Four stars.  Hits all the marks, but suffers from pacing issues and some bloat in areas that undercut the novel.  Audio narration is on point, highly recommend listening to it. Long Review, Spoilers So, this is a review that isn't going to be so much about the book.  It's going to be the elephant… Continue reading A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada

Some quick reviews and updates for series I've been following.  At a glance:  Delvers 3:  5 stars.  Viridian Gates 4: 4.5 stars, Ascend Online 3/2(?) 4.5 stars.  I'd heartily recommend getting the books and their predecessors, they're all fantastic. These are all quick reviews since I've already done the main reviews of these books before,… Continue reading Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada

Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

This article starts off with this review: Geek Dad Reviews The Land I enjoyed the land a lot more than he did, but his review hits most of the same complaints that I had with it. Needless prompts and redundant information. Some of the later books give you the same information back to back to back.… Continue reading Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

Artificial Rankings

You may remember this from another story, where the author of "Handbook for Mortals" got caught, (or her publishing company got caught), pre-ordering thousands of copies of the book then cancelling them to boost the sales rank. Then getting swatted down after the community found out. I have nothing against ARCs, beta readers, and other… Continue reading Artificial Rankings