The Use and Abuse of Tropes: Anime edition

So I've been watching animes recently and several of the shows, even the ones I like, fall under the use and abuse of tropes.  As a refresher, tropes are often literary shorthands for conveying a scene's idea.  An example is several shows have a newcomer who initially butts heads with an old military general, until… Continue reading The Use and Abuse of Tropes: Anime edition

The Escapist and criticism

I wrote about the art of criticism with the distinction between emotivism and criticism.  This one deals with criticism and politics. The impetus is the Escapist, which just came under new/old leadership.  One of their ex-employees left the company in 2011, and came back to it in 2017.  He wrote that when he came back,… Continue reading The Escapist and criticism

Michael Scott-Earle getting banned, Jason Cipriano banned, and a new trademark kerfuffle

Tl;dr:  Sign this petition to get the two authors reinstated.  If you want to find out what's going on with Jason, see his blog post here and find out where to get his books. Anyway, the sad news is both authors have been terminated with Amazon for right now.  Fans are sending emails to jeff@amazon.com… Continue reading Michael Scott-Earle getting banned, Jason Cipriano banned, and a new trademark kerfuffle

Bathos and Bad Writing: Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This is a quick look at a problem that I have with some stories.  The problem is inappropriate bathos. Bathos is when a writer goes from a serious moment to a silly or stupid moment and vice versa. Quite a few works in Urban Fantasy tend to suffer from this, partially because of the Ur-Figure… Continue reading Bathos and Bad Writing: Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Branding and Author Netiquette

  Updated on 6/4/2013. I wrote an article about not plagiarizing, which I thought was kind of commonsense advice.  So now we're going to talk about branding and netiquette, which will ensure that other authors don't hate you and protect your work. First, obvious disclaimer:  None of this is legal advice and should not be… Continue reading Branding and Author Netiquette

Advice from Anthea Sharp on Going Wide (or leaving Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited)

Prologue: I've covered several times on this website reasons why Amazon is terrible for authors.  Tl;dr:  Amazon can steal your money at any moment with no explanation why. As a result of this, many LitRPG authors are thinking of leaving the program, some already have.  No one cares what I have to say on the… Continue reading Advice from Anthea Sharp on Going Wide (or leaving Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited)

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