Lartu's List of Cool Sites


What and Why

Google and Bing have become very crappy. Every day I find it harder and harder to find stuff there. Some time ago I wrote a tweet stating that "I was a Google user, now it doesn't find anything. I moved to Bing a month ago, it's now become the same. It's all AI nonsense. It's time to go back to "Cool Sites" links on personal webpages. We've gone full circle." This is my response to that.
I've recently learned about Awesome Lists*. I don't think this qualifies as one. But here's some stuff I found interesting. I'm mostly into game design and development (particularly MMORPGs), so I expect to end up adding a lot of resources about that here. And other things. I hope you find it interesing too!
*Awesome Lists are curated lists of resources about a specific topic. These lists are often created and maintained by enthusiasts and experts in the respective field.

Links About MMORPG Design

Virtual Economic Theory: How MMOs Really Work
Google Play MMORPG Report
IAP Packs in Mobile F2P: Analysis and Design
Game Ticks (Server Cycles) in RuneScape
Game Squares (Tiles) in RuneScape

Links About Shaders & Visual Effects

Blender NPR: Recreating the Genshin Impact Shader

Links About General Game Design

The case for movie-length, narrative video games

Links About General Programming & Computing

Code that Doesn't Rot
Why are scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, and Ruby) not suitable as shell languages?
How Big Should a Programming Language Be?
After self-hosting my email for twenty-three years I have thrown in the towel. The oligopoly has won.

Links About Retrocomputing

Rediscovering the Small Web

Links About Other Fun Stuff

The Rise of Wackaging
The Black Box Theory

Links to Games

(Best mobile MMORPG in the history of the universe)
(dead, but interesting for archaeological reasons)

Video Essays

RuneScape is Awesome, And Here's Why
Making Night in the Woods Better with Open Source
Crafting A Tiny Open World: A Short Hike Postmortem
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