Follow Friday: Gaming

By Daniel Goldman | Geekers Keeps | 5 Jul 2019

Another week’s gone by. For some reason the weeks are feeling shorter and shorter. Maybe it’s because I have to make sure to get a Follow Friday article out by the end of the week. But researching articles for this piece is always interesting. I find a lot of wonderful authors and learn more about what’s happening on Medium.

If you’ve been following these newsletters, you may have noticed something different about this Follow Friday post. “Medium” is missing. That’s because we’ve decided to start expanding this Follow Friday newsletter beyond Medium. We’re starting with publish0x, which is a relatively new — and still in beta — platform that takes a fairly different approach from Medium’s. We’re in the process of setting up an official Freelance Journalism publication on the platform, although I accidentally created “@fja” as my own personal account. Luckily blogs aren’t exactly tied to user accounts.

This week’s publication is about gaming. Probably my first gaming related article was also one of my first articles that I wrote for these themed posts. It was about how MMOs are in many ways homes and communities for people.

One thing that I noticed while doing research for this article is that a lot of terrific authors who write about gaming do not subscribe to Medium. I’m still a fan of subscribing, especially if you’re an author that locks your posts. It sets a good example for others. It helps support the platform. And it builds confidence: if the author is a subscriber, then I should subscribe too.

I wanted to include all sorts of gaming related articles in this post. Gaming can mean a lot of things. It can mean tabletop games — including board, card, and role playing games — video games, blockchain based games, and more. One of the simplest games in the world is Tic-Tac-Toe, but just because the game is simple doesn’t mean that people can’t make it more complicated, and interesting, than it has to be. While I don’t generally include articles by non-subscribers, as I’ve mentioned before, I found Jeremy S. Cook’s project too interesting to ignore.

TTL Tic-Tac-Toe Plays Humans Sans Computer
Tic Tac Toe is perhaps the most basic board game imaginable, and as such, it should be easy to simulate with a computer…

Mike Paul Vox seems to be one of the few subscribed authors writing about gaming on Medium. If you’re a fan or sports or sports simulation games, you might want to check him out. I haven’t really done much with fantasy sports gaming, and know next to nothing about it, so I’ll be reading through a bunch of Mike’s articles to see what it’s all about.

Diamond Geezers, Episode 68: Lads, It’s Only Spurs
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Ian Everett wrote an interesting piece about tabletop gaming. Again, I don’t normally include authors that aren’t subscribers, but it seems that in “gaming” there isn’t that much of a choice. I’d have almost nothing to include this week.

A Place at the Tabletop
by Ian

I’ve written about Blockchain Cuties a few times now, and even set up a publication focused on the B.C.U. over at The B.C.U. Times. I’ve only recently started playing, so I haven’t gotten to take advantage of any events that allow players to get interesting rare and unique items, until now. Here’s an article on the upcoming event starting on July 8th.

What I Found Out About The Next Event
It has been a bit quiet in the event department lately, wasn’t it?

egamersio’s a publish0x blog that focuses on blockchain based games. It makes sense that blockchain gaming is popular on publish0x, considering it’s a crypto-focused site.

egamersio | Publish0x
Earn Crypto for Publishing AND for Reading or Watching quality stuff! Publish0x is a Crypto agnostic platform where…

Qam2112’s experience of losing some crypto in a gambling dapp shows that just because it’s a dapp in no way means that it’s trustworthy. “On chain” and “honest” are not the same thing. Be weary of where you put your cash, even with blockchain games. \Link\

Blockchain took my money
I am an avid gambler been gambling for years Came in to crypto few years ago. After a while got into the gambling apps…

Okay. That’s it for this week. It’s a short list today, since gaming seems to be a more difficult topic for which to find subscribed writers. I think Medium needs a more robust group of writers that focus on gaming. It’s a niche that isn’t quite filled. Perhaps the Geekers Keep publication, can be a home for such things. Geekers Keep is a project that I’ve been working on for a long time, but still hasn’t really matured. Perhaps here it can.

And as a final note to Medium authors, please subscribe to Medium to support the platform. I’ve never had so much trouble finding content that was by subscribing authors before doing research for this article. 

Also published as part of the Follow Friday series at the Freelance Journalism Alliance Publication on Medium

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