A Word About Depression

Between the recent tragic passing of Aaron Swartz, and the increase in interest in mental health care following the Sandy Hook massacre, I’ve seen a lot of confusion and misunderstanding lately about the role of anti-depressant medication, and the increased risk of suicide and homicidal behavior. I want to set the record straight on this.Continue reading “A Word About Depression”

Starflight Part 5: A Few Actual Things Happen

So after a brief respite I dive back into Starflight, in the hopes of actually exploring a bit of the galaxy. After a bit of work I’m getting a little more comfortable with the UI, and I’ve started being able to enter codes from the manual in record time. I’ve explored a number of theContinue reading “Starflight Part 5: A Few Actual Things Happen”

Starflight Part 4: Through A Glass, Darkly

One of the things I find the most interesting about this era of gaming is the clunky UIs. The UI in Starflight is a nightmare by modern standards—almost by any standards, really. But the reason why it’s a nightmare is because to the developers of Starflight, the consistency of the game’s internal logic trumped any considerationsContinue reading “Starflight Part 4: Through A Glass, Darkly”

Starflight Part 3: What Should Probably Have Been Part 1

So the good folks at LemonAmiga.com have a manual on file for Starflight, which I have appropriated for my usage and read through in an embarrassed flurry of activity. In the process I have learned a number of interesting things. First: Backstory! Starflight begins in the year 4619, on a planet called Arth. This is anContinue reading “Starflight Part 3: What Should Probably Have Been Part 1”

Starflight Part 2: Mistakes Are Made

So DOSBox is up and running,  I’ve spent 15 minutes of trial and error trying to figure out which graphics mode to use, and ignored the copy protection warning which suggests that I may be vaporized by Interstel Corporate Police for playing an unauthorized copy of the game, it’s time to play some Starflight! ThisContinue reading “Starflight Part 2: Mistakes Are Made”