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Pokémon Go: The De-Gamification

I am a lifelong Pokémon fan (Pikachu was my ringbearer) that desperately wants Pokémon GO to survive and thrive. I think the game has tremendous, disruptive potential for the long term (you can read my initial writeup on But I’m also a 15-year veteran of the software, gaming and entertainment industries – and I have many thoughts on the changes in the game in the last month. In the month since Pokémon Go’s initial US release, it has been a rocky road, with spectacular highs and worrisome trends. Certainly the popularity of the game has, for the most part,…

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Shadowrun #CorpSINs: Episode 21 Recap

In Episode 21, Ma1n decides to stay with MMFEC at Fang’s behest (for now), and the team pursues a split mission: with Elsie undercover in an environment only she can decipher; and the rest of the team on a stealth run to investigate a Yakuza problem for Wuxing. Tune in at 6PM PT Wednesdays for our LIVE STREAM of our Shadowrun RPG “Shadowrun: Corporate SINs” on

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Plus Ca Change: A Career Announcement

My ability to acquire an augmented reality Pikachu is not the only reason July 2016 is a momentous month for me. Today marks my final day in just under 2 years at Amazon. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to work on so many historic projects – almost all of which remain unannounced, but most of which will eventually see the light of day. Thank you to everyone who I had the chance to collaborate with on this journey. I will, of course, point out what features and products I worked on as they launch. As job changes are…

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Shadowrun #CorpSINs: Episode 20 Recap

Episode 20 was full of DRAMA and some unexpectedly relevant conversations about race relations in the 6th world. It also showed the full range of MMFEC’s abilities; from failure to possible triumph. And their considerable talent at inter-team strife. Read on for more detail from my end of the table, or hop to the bottom for the full video replay on YouTube. We rejoin MMFEC midway through an information retrieval run for the Draco Foundation that has gone unexpectedly wrong: what was supposed to be a quick, uneventful kidnap & imitate operation turned wetwork when Cromwell’s narco-jet dart killed one…

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