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
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
Business Talk I get offers to join some LitRPG business or group and become a writer for them all of the time. None of these have yet gone anywhere. Let me break down some business talk for you so before you send me a request about joining your group, you can read through the following… Continue reading Before you ask me to join your business
The Gartner Hype cycle is one of those simple graphs that shows a lot of important information. The downside to the Gartner Hype Cycle is that while it has great ad hoc and post hoc explanatory power, it doesn't have great predictive power. In other words, it's not scientific in any sense. It's still a useful ad… Continue reading How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories
So there's more drama in the community, with the usual person, Aleron, being at the center of it. Aleron is known for hammer-banning, I posted this up in my review of the trademark case as a reason why people don't trust him. Before reading the rest of this, go over that post to get the… Continue reading LitRPG problems again, when to ban
So, I have a blog called "LitRPGReviews" and I haven't even said what LitRPG is. This is for a fairly good reason. I don't care that much. I am less concerned with the exact mechanics than I am in asking whether or not they contribute to the storyline, character progression, and narrative structure. Several books… Continue reading Defining LitRPG
Tl;dr: I made a website to automate GURPS gameplay. Long Version: I've been working with Jeff Hays to create a new format for his Soundbooth Theater show. He wants to have different LitRPG authors play a tabletop version of a game and then he narrates the results. If you've seen Harmon Quest, you have some idea… Continue reading It’s live!
Tl;dr, he didn't act like scammers I have met in the past. He was polite and seemed sincere. Most of the scammers I've met in the video game industry go into full-blown histrionics about how they're great artists when they're stealing assets or pumping out 32 games a year that are often re-skins of other… Continue reading A Conversation With Michael Chatfield
Update: Quartz wrote a recent article that goes over how broken Amazon's service is. Also, Publishers Weekly wrote an article where third-party resellers are able to buy book sales as the first thing consumers see. Hat tip to Ultimate LitRPG for these updates. He covers these developments and more in an article, which you should read.… Continue reading Amazon Kindle Unlimited: Fundamentally Broken
Amazon Kindle Unlimited might be a great opportunity, but be aware it comes with serious drawbacks.