Sunday is for throwing the dust from the vacuum cleaner into the dustbin and enjoying it deeply. Before we hit the drum, let’s read this week’s best posts about games (and things related to games).

Ben Dooley and Hisako Ueno wrote about it in The New York Times a video game school that helps dropouts get back into the classroom. Japan’s first eSports school realizes it has found a way to give truants a purpose. An insight into the often hostile school environment in Japan and how education has a place for everyone with the right attitude.

That was a typical response. Traditional Japanese education favors the cultivation of sand—known as haman. Parenting methods often focus on teaching children the value of perseverance, using harsh punishments, and avoiding anything that looks like pampering. But as Mrs. Tsutsumi watched her son sink into depression, she feared what might happen if she tried to force him back into the classroom. She began to lose hope when Torahito saw a television advertisement for an eSports school. She wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, but “the most important thing was that he wanted to be there,” she said.

Andy Brown wrote a post for NME on a a haunted DOOM map inspired by House Of Leaves. A quick post about the map, the layout of which changes seamlessly as you explore and visit previous areas. It looks fantastic.

The mod is quickly gaining popularity among Doom fans, with many praising the mod’s surreal twists. Speaking about the creation of the map, Wedge said that it was designed as a tribute to a deceased friend, but the files attached to the mod, including a disturbing journal and scrapbook, suggest that even this is part of the mod’s mystery.

Unwinnable was written by Brian Lee-Maunger Hendershot make friends for life in the dead and dying games. A look at Dirty Bomb, a game that has long lost developer support but still has servers available for rent. Yes, they can only host a few people, but player count isn’t everything. In fact, the much smaller number of players helped create a much greater sense of community.

“In the (best) cases, 20-30 people (watched) one of us,” Krulyats said. “And these were 20-30 people you cared about. . . I don’t want 1,000 people watching. I just need these 20-30 people and (to) communicate with them. And you really created a community within a community. It was very, very nice. It was absolutely perfect.”

People Make Games released a new video! Queens opens the world of Microsoft Excel eSports. My favorite moment is when Queens and Chris team up and take on an Excel challenge to see how their scores compare to the world champion’s. They really run the emotional gamut.


This week’s music is Stacking Chairs by Middle Kids. Here Link to Spotify and Link to YouTube. This one is nice.

Bonus music is ナイロンの糸 by Sakanaction. Any translation help would be great for this one, my phone mentioned something about rice and nylon? Anyway, this is another good track. Here Link to Spotify and Link to YouTube.

We haven’t talked about books in a while, have we? I’m not a very fast reader, which doesn’t help. But there were two books that I liked this year Lapvona Ottessa Moshfegh and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

I’ve heard many things about Lapwon’s bleakness, manufactured solely for shock value. I can’t disagree. I read somewhere that it was written by someone smarter than us, and I think that’s true. Moshfegh gets right to the heart of things, but leaves a lot to unpack.

Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war, time-travelling treat. Funny, sad, unfortunate. I understand why it is called a classic. Read it!

Finally, I will be gone for the next few weeks as I will be on vacation, but I will find a replacement so that the Popes can continue to work for me. Take care and see you soon!