“The Last of Us” Plot

The Last of Us plot and writing work are a revelation and a clear sign once again that videogame writing can hold up to massive scrutiny. I mean, we in the videogame industry have always held it in high esteem because it’s a monumental work that IGN called “a masterpiece.” Edge dubbed it “the most riveting, emotionally resonant story-driven epic” of the console generation. Okay, that’s a sizable statement.

Who do we have to thank for The Last of Us’ outstanding plot? In the original Last of Us game’s credits, Neil Druckmann is given the writing credit, with Jacob Minkoff garnering a designer credit. Druckmann and Bruce Straley have director credits and, in interviews, are attributed with the overall leadership by copresidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra. (Druckmann stepped into Balestra’s shoes in 2020.) The game was developed by game industry heavyweight Naughty Dog, which is also the home of Uncharted, another world-beating action-adventure franchise noted for cinema-quality storytelling.

To us, it seems like the multi-talented, award-winning Druckmann is the guy who deserves the bulk of the credit for The Last of Us’ plot greatness. A former programmer, Druckmann also cowrote several Uncharted titles, a few comics, and a good piece of HBO’s The Last of Us as well. He and veteran screenwriter Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, Scriptnotes podcast) share creator/writer/executive producer credits on The Last of Us (the TV show) and he directed the second episode, his first experience directing a TV production.

Congrats to Druckmann. But we’re also cautioning him: don’t let your game writing work get criminally overlooked in the movie as happened to Rhianna Pratchett on Tomb Raider.

That Time “The Last of Us” Plot Got Overshadowed

… by a rogue HBO server? Or worse yet, by an error by the show’s production team? Yep, it happened.

While we’re talking about The Last of Us, we might as well highlight this astonishing visual mistake in the infamous Bill and Frank episode (“Long, Long Time”). As you’ll see here, there’s a massive change in light and color values as soon as the camera cuts to Ellie’s face. The warm tones in the scene flash brightly blue and the overall light levels spike.

What happened here? We’re not talking about a soap opera here; this is The Last of Us, a pillar in the HBO empire, a major cinematic undertaking.

Whatever the case is, it’s a bit gobstopping for us to see a cinematographic mistake of this magnitude in this show. Maybe it’s just a glitch on the HBO server, but we’re hoping that HBO doesn’t let the production pressures erode their standards.

Is Green Rogue the Worst Game Ever?

Back in 2001, we at 3DO Redwood City released our baby, Army Men: Green Rogue, a game that attempted to recast the hoary Army Men franchise into a darker yet more retro mold. Were we successful?

Apparently not. I just found out that two Youtubers with a series called “Worst Games Ever” profiled AMGR. As you might guess, this wasn’t a compliment, although to be fair the show is fairly genial and humorous. It was a good opportunity for me to review our work on this project and apply the ol’ 20-20 hindsight and the view was indeed revealing.

You may not be familiar with Army Men, but it was a genius idea at the time: take ubiquitous plastic army men, which were already experiencing a renaissance because of the Toy Story movies, and make them the heroes of a new, kid-oriented videogame series. That’s what we were famous for at 3DO. The first entrants in the series were turn-based tactical affairs, which were generally well-received. Then our executives pushed the titles into more action-oriented efforts, spinning off new heroes and launching a set of helicopter-combat games and even a platformer starring the daughter of one of the army officers.

As you might expect, reviewers started to tire of the seemingly-boundless flogging of the series, and eventually the series (and the company) ran out of steam. Still, when launching AMGR, we had hopes it would find an audience. First, it starred a faceless supersoldier who looks unlike the usual WWII grunts. Second, there was the retro gameplay, which keyed on the fact that, if you picked up the same kind of weapon powerup over and over (i.e., the grenade launcher, while avoiding the other weapons), you armed yourself with more and more powerful versions of that weapon, including guided versions of some weapons, or versions with a vast area-of-effect. Eventually you got a pretty spectacular uber-weapon that could ace platoons of foes with little effort, making aiming at different elevations a moot point. Third, the constantly-advancing camera and multiple foes meant a kind of bullet hell lite experience where you had to be constantly dancing around incoming fire while laying down your offensive ordnance.

It wasn’t AAA-level fun, in my opinion, but it was different and surprising without being weird or obtuse, and for that alone we thought AMGR had a chance to be recognized by reviewers who were tired of rote Army Men titles.

See that big meter on the bottom left? Above the gun? Yeah, that’s what you’re supposed to fill up to get the fun.

And we were wrong. The reviews were terrible. Journalists saw the Army Men label and recoiled in horror, expecting dreck and reviewing it as such. Almost all of them failed to mention the upgradable weapons and the biostrike smart bomb.

The upgradable weapons are indicated with a very large 8-chambered UI meter in the bottom left of the screen, right above your weapon indicator. It’s hard to miss, but when you’re a bleary game reviewer with five other, much sexier games sitting ignored in your inbox, why bother? You can easily pan an Army Men game after 10 minutes of bored play, using the worst weapons in the entire assortment and never seeing a single boss, without anyone ever asking what that meter is. And that’s what our droll and amiable Youtube reviewers did.

Looking back, I feel that was our fault. We made it far too easy to ignore these core features of the game. A simple hard pause and a few dialog boxes would’ve done wonders. “Hey, you just picked up your first weapon powerup! Here’s how they work.” “Biostrike powerup? Press this button for boom!” “Want to slow down the game? Try kneeling.” “Hey, that weird numbered powerup you grabbed? Here’s what it does.” (Honestly, I don’t remember what those do.)

We also failed in production to make key moments of story meaningful, which added to the slapdash feel. (Story, anyone?) I remember asking if some of our in-game dialog could be made more audible and relevant, and there was some dithering about the idea of stopping the game to emphasize the story (a cutscene, maybe?) but nothing was done. Specifically, there was a moment where the enemy yell something like, “What is that thing?” and our faceless hero without a history says something to the effect of “I’m… I’m a monster!” Would that have been more affecting if it hadn’t been drowned out by explosions and death screams? I’m gonna say yes.

Some other flaws I’m seeing clearly now: Weapons not autocorrecting generously for terrain was a huge mistake. Offscreen enemies shooting at the player was not good. The terrain itself should’ve been much flatter — roads instead of paths — so the flaws weren’t so pronounced. “Our world” environments like kitchens and bathrooms should’ve been introduced immediately (this was one of my big gripes but I was shot down because of the “gritty” feel we were targeting). The “I am Omega Soldier” powerup animation is dorky and not explained, nor is it clear what effect it has. The audio levels and voiceovers are rough and many of the battle dialog bits are heavily repeated. And of course the hero’s movement and the movement of the camera are jerky and laughable.

In retrospect, like many other games and movies, AMGR was full of good intentions (really!) that were badly implemented or communicated. I wish we could go back and make a few tweaks so people could appreciate the (modest) value that we delivered. Please let me go back. I just need a time machine, two more weeks in the schedule, and the total compliance of management. That’s not too much to ask, right?

My fellow designer Keith Meyer says:

  • He would have skewered the reviewers even more. He recalls pretty clearly some early reviews that completely missed the point/style/ how to play the game, which was frustrating because, although it wasn’t an AAA title, it was a pretty fun game for what it was.
  • He likes to focus on YouTube comments like the person who said they loved the game and played the electrons out it when they were 12 or 13. “That was what we were aiming for.”
  • Lack of a tutorial really hurts.

We Won a Best-of-Show ADDY!

A decades-old Best of Show ADDY Award? We just got one! What a weird feeling.

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Back in 2010, your Game Writer Guy worked with Haley Miranda as the primary writer for a Scion (Toyota) webgame centered around the tC coupe. The project was difficult but fun, the client was happy with the result, bills were paid, and everyone rode off into the sunset.

We’ve inserted a sample gameplay screen here, which is linked to our favorite scifi/humor literary rag, Space Squid (obviously an influence on the content.)

The thing no one remembered to mention to us was that the project went on to win a Best in Show ADDY that year at the American Advertising Federation conference in Rochester. Here’s a summary of the escapade, which I pulled from the LinkedIn profile of one of the team members:

HMG helped Scion/Toyota fuel excitement for the launch of their next-generation tC coupe with a multi-dimensional immersive online game that drew over 60,000 targeted players. The 8-week story-driven journey across the U.S. challenged players with skill-based games, scavenger hunts, and real-world missions. Scion music, art, racing and lifestyle communities were heavily integrated into game play to ensure interaction with the brand culture. Top scoring players were flown to Los Angeles to compete in a live version of the game for a chance to win the new Scion tC.

Results
Over 60,000 unique visitors
Stage-to-stage retention rate of over 94%
Returning visitors spent 5+ minutes on the site
3.5+ million Google results
Best In Show, American Advertising Federation (ADDY)

And here’s a link to the Addy awards page describing the win, with detailed commentary on the game from the judges.

So… congrats to us and everyone on the Unlock team! We are (or were) #1!

What Will ChatGPT Do To Game Writing?

ChatGPT and game writing… is that a thing?

Definitely.

At first glance, you may be scoffing at the idea. AI writers? Horning in on my NPC dialog and the text in my design docs and back-of-box marketing material? Never! Not on my watch, good sir!

Okay, sure. But let’s change the scenario slightly. You’re some overworked slob and you oversee two high-school dropouts and one depressed PhD rejectee on the backstory team for a hardcore RPG knockoff of Skyrim. You have to generate 3000 pages of lore for the game that flesh out the kingdom’s deities, civilizations, beliefs, myths, and daily life. TEN novels’ worth of books, letters, journals, shopping lists, and memos. And you’re responsible for making sure every word of that matches the master worldbuilding guidelines and is complete in three months.

Tell me that ChatGPT isn’t whispering in your ear every night. Hey buddy! I can write all of those pages for you. How do you know your little team isn’t already suckling on my infinite content stream right now?

Yeah. Game writers and AI writing tools are a thing, and probably are already tangoing all over game project deliverables. If you oversee content quality, you need to address ChatGPT posthaste.

ChatGPT Tips for Game Writers

Know your team and discuss AI tools.

Don’t assume that your team is going to think about AI writing tools like you do. Get it out in the open and make sure your expectations are clear.

Use the tools if appropriate and if approved by management.

As above, don’t assume that management is okay with AI tools. Discuss it and put a plan together.

We do think there’s a place for ChatGPT and other tools in quality game writing IF (big if) there’s a careful strategy to build appropriate and human-filtered content that matches the mission. But… are you ready for some risks?

The first big risk here is that someone misses something critical and suddenly your game’s being mocked for years on social media because the AI made some boneheaded assumption.

The second big risk is that there’s certainly some chance of blowback if gamers find out that your game was built with AI tools. Are you willing to take that risk?

And the third big risk is a moral risk and a reputational risk. Game development is a creative field that relies on the respect and participation of talented creative people. Do you want to be in the vanguard of moving game development toward a dilution of human creative involvement? A lot of AI art tools are getting heat for cribbing elements from talented human artists, but the same is true of AI writing tools that crib phrases, styles, and word usage from writers who are getting no participation in the output. Do you want to be part of that… or to be known (fairly or unfairly) as the flagbearers for that?

Know the strengths and weaknesses.

Before you commit to using ChatGPT, generate at least a dozen writing samples in different styles and see if you really like what you’ll be getting.

Do it for the right reasons.

Are you tempted by ChatGPT because of its potential to open up new horizons? Or are you just desperate because the schedule’s so tight?

Don’t get hemmed into doing something unwise just because it’s there. If ChatGPT looks like the easy exit to a terrible schedule quandry, maybe you should be thinking about how you got in this quandry in the first place. Be aware of the choices and options you have. Don’t let management or your publisher force you into using it just because they failed to give you adequate time to do your job.

Some Other Writer Angles

I’m also the editor-in-chief at a genre-oriented literary journal, where we’ve been talking about this issue quite a bit. From that perspective, the challenge is similar but different; we’re trying to maintain content quality and detect AI-generated writing in our submissions (stories sent in by writers for publication). Some specific and time-honored formats are particularly susceptible to abuse. Obviously hack writers will always be terrible, but we fear to think about what a skilled and unethical writer could do with these tools. And they’ll get better… the tools and the hacks.

We’re thinking of requiring some kind of human verification for submissions. Perhaps 2FA or even a credit card charge of a few cents that is immediately refunded after the writer verifies the amount.

And of course there’s some talk about what the effect will be on fiction writers and publishers. Will this augment or devalue art? My vote is sadly the latter. I think there will be some amazing AI-augmented works that we’ll all admire. They’ll be astounding. And of course the most famous 1% of human writers will continue to flourish in the limelight. But the rank and file writers will suffer in obscurity, just like realist painters and advertising artists suffered when photography took the fore. Follow the money. The gatekeepers are already struggling to tell the fakes from the originals, and the fakes are basically FREE. That’s the collapse of the economy.

I do fear we’ll be looking back on this development with regret. Fingers crossed that I’m wrong.

Videogame Names… AKA Who’s Playing First?

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Console and videogame names are funny eccentricities of the games industry. Our guest hosts Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, here to help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original videogame company, have a few words on the topic of videogame console names!

Bud Abbott: Well, Lou, glad you can make it to Atari 50, the 50th anniversary worldwide celebration of the legendary game console company.

Lou Costello: Oh boy oh boy. I love me some Atari. I heard Forbes called the Atari 50 game collection “arguably the best value for money you’ll get from a game in 2022”!

Abbott: That’s what I hear! And the management here at Videogamewriter.com has asked me to review some console history to mark the occasion. Are you ready for a killer diller tour?

Costello: Hot diggity dog! Yeah, let’s talk games!

Abbott: Quite a lot of history in these magic boxes.

Costello: Look at that. There are so many of them. Hard to figure out which one should be played first.

Abbott: Oh, I can give you a refresher, but hold on to your hat…! They give these things some very peculiar names. I mean, would you ever be so far out in left field to name your console “WonderSwan”?

Costello: What a cockamamie idea!

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Abbott: Yep. From Bandai in 1999.

Costello: I hear the console code names are even more outrageous.

Abbott: You heard right, Lou! How about the MARZ with a Z? Short for Microsoft Active Reality Zone.

Costello: That is a very peculiar reality. Did the Martians like it?

Abbott: That same console also had the creepy code name Cyber Playground.

Costello: What a crack up! Which console was that?

Abbott: Believe it or not, that was the first Xbox…!

Costello: Got it. The Xbox One.

Abbott: No, no, Lou. The first Xbox. It’s just called “the Xbox.” The Xbox One was really Xbox number 3. It’s confusing, like I told ya.

Costello: Three was first? What kind of sense does that make?

Abbott: Right? And of course Xbox number 2 was the three… sixty. Pretty funny, huh? Those guys at Microsoft have a wacky sense of humor.

Costello: You’re making my head spin 360. Give it to me again. Which Xbox was first?

Abbott: It was just called the Xbox.

Costello: Okay okay. Got it. But how do you tell an Xbox One from the Xbox?

Abbott: Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you that the fourth Xbox was also just called the Xbox, but it came in two different flavors, the Series S and the Series X. So just remember that. The first and fourth don’t have numbers. The second was the 360. And the third was the Xbox One. Easy peasy.

Costello: Next you’ll tell me that one plus one equals three.

Abbott: I wouldn’t do that to you, Lou.

Costello: You’re making this clear as mud. You just said that the fourth Xbox was the Xbox.

Abbott: Right!

Costello: And you said the Xbox was the first Xbox!

Abbott: Now you’re getting it…! Now don’t forget — the fourth Xbox had two models, so mostly people call them the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X. Just don’t confuse those with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

Costello: Ohhhhh come over here so I can smack you one X. X marks the spot, buster!

Abbott: Calm down, Lou. There’s no need to snap your cap.

Costello: I’ll Xbox you one right in the kisser!

Abbott: Oh, you want to play a fighting game? There are plenty of good ones on the Xbox.

Costello: Are you trying to make me feel like a fathead? This isn’t a game. This is serious. We’re talking about games here.

Abbott: Oh, come off it, Lou. How about some Nintendo? Are you a fan of the Nintendo Entertainment System?

Costello: Which one?

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Abbott: Stop fooling around. The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES.

Costello: Or NES? You mean orneryness? I’m definitely feeling some of that.

Abbott: Which was followed of course by the SNES.

Costello: Bless you. Keep your distance; I don’t wanna get sick.

Abbott: Of course, when you talk consoles the conversation has to include the record-breaking Sony Playstation.

Costello: I thought this was going to be a family show, not a peep show!

Abbott: Oh please.

Costello: You’re pulling my leg here, cappy, and I don’t like it. Not one bit!

Abbott: And when it comes to innovative controls, we can’t forget the Wii.

Costello: Nor can we wee to forget. Although we’d like to. We’d like to forget all of this and just play some games.

Abbott: Our readers will appreciate us mentioning the Wii U, too.

Costello: You, me, we, them… I think all of our heads are spinning.

Abbott: And we might wrap it up with the Series X.

Costello: I dunno, Bud. That might be too much. How many consoles are in Series X?

Abbott: It’s… it’s just one console, Lou.

Costello: You just said it’s a series. Are you saying they only made one of them?

Abbott: It’s the Xbox Series X. It’s the newest Xbox and the only console to support 4K gaming.

Costello: I think you need to get a dictionary.

Abbott: It’s a little confusing, but I’m sure you’ll get it.

Costello: I’m not getting it. These console and videogame names are too much. SNES, Microsoft, Wii, Playstation, Nintendo. Switch off the lights; I’m done.

Abbott: Now you’re getting it! Enlighten the readers about the Nintendo Switch!

Costello: Now there’s a Nintendo switch? Is that what you use to turn on a SNES?

Abbott: No, it’s what you use to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Costello: Bud, this has been so cockeyed I’m going to hide away and play some of these nifty console games. I need an escape.

Abbott: Okay, but don’t play too long. Next year’s the 10th anniversary of the Xbox One!

Costello: And I for one can say I’ve learned one thing about videogame names today: if it’s not one Xbox… it’s another!

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The Gmail Spam Filter Is Destroying Human Communication

You know that handy Gmail spam filter that is keeping most of the spam out of your inbox? It’s also totally broken and destroying the connections you’ve spent your entire life building.

Is it possible to put a price tag

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Gmail’s spam filter has always been aggressive. Why? People get tend to get a lot angrier when they see spam than when they see a lost email from some distant cousin in the spam folder. Also, people don’t really check their spam folders ever, as you probably know if you’ve ever run a business that tries to communicate with customers.

Now the Gmail spam filter is simply off the rails. The latest revelation: if you mark a message as NOT SPAM, future messages from that sender will STILL go to spam if Gmail thinks it’s spammy.

Here’s a help blog where they admit: “You may have to do this a few times before Gmail learns not to mark messages like this as spam in the future.”

Is it possible to put a price tag on a bad spam filter? Just ask Cobb County schools, who lost $250,000 because their filter penalty-boxed a bid from a vendor.

The machines have taken over. I guess Google thinks you’re too weak-minded to know what spam is. Honestly I think some Google programmer thought that your clicking that button means “a vote for someday considering this kind of email legit” as opposed to “hey I’m the human here so HANDS OFF.”

I think the saddest indication of the state of affairs is when you find emails from Google in your spam folder. No, you idiots, email from my Google calendar is not spam.

Solution: add the senders of spammed messages to your contact list. This isn’t ideal because sometimes you don’t want newsletter senders clogging up your contact list. [Update: I just saw an email from a friend who’s in my contacts that got spamfiltered by these bastards. So even that’s not guaranteed.] But that’s the world Google wants you to live in.

Zoom Update Suckage

The Zoom update process sucks. Here’s how to fix it.

Are Zoom updates chafing your hide? Now that almost all of us tech types are spending hours in Zoom every week, optimizing the Zoom experience is a big part of tuning our survival. And the default Zoom update hokey-pokey is galling in the extreme.

As you probably know, Zoom likes to force a software update on you when you launch, which of course is usually when a meeting is starting. Then you’re forced to stare and curse while you wait for the Zoom update and all your teammates sit around staring and cursing at you.

Well, here’s the solution. Zoom has an option to turn off updates completely. It’s called “Automatically keep Zoom desktop client up to date”:

  1. Open Settings from the HOME screen. It’s the gear icon at top right.
  2. On the GENERAL tab, find Automatically keep Zoom desktop client up to date and turn that crap off.
  3. You’ll need to check for updates manually every few months. You don’t want to miss out on any updates that fix bugs or improve video quality.

Obviously, Zoom could make this much easier if they’d only try to apply updates when you’re trying to QUIT the application, exit a meeting, or shut down. I don’t mind if I get an update AFTER my meeting. Update away! But applying an update before a meeting? What kind of idiot makes that their design?

Someone who’s not thinking of the user, that’s who.

My other Zoom gripes: Why do they make it so hard to quit? And why is the UX so terrible?

Does it annoy you that Zoom wants to be running ALL DAY on your computer? They make it a royal pain to shut the thing down entirely. Why do they care? Are they watching us through some nasty backdoor? Who knows.

The only way I know to quit Zoom is to right-click on it in the task bar or the “system tray” and choose “Quit Zoom.” Why is this option not available anywhere in the app itself?

Here’s where normal, user-friendly apps put the Quit option: at the bottom of the user menu (see red arrow). But Zoom only gives you a Sign Out option.

And of course the Zoom UX is a hot mess. I feel it eschews most desktop app design conventions (like the X button in the top right of the home screen to quit, for example!) and confuses with multiple floating panes. I admit Zoom does have a tough row to hoe because it has so many facets to display (what you’re sharing, video content, Zoom controls) but I feel a few tweaks could improve the app mightily. I’m not going to go into too much detail here because others have already done so.

Anyhow, hope this has been useful to some of you Zoom update sufferers. Be well and Zoom well!

Once Upon a Time in Kyiv

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Once upon a time, there was a giant hero, Ironfist the Eternal, the son of a radioactive general. A fighter by nature, he became a world champion and reigned in three different decades. He was never defeated in any fight, except those that took place on a chess board, and was known by the name Dr. Ironfist because he was also a scholar.  He was granted the name “The Eternal” by the clan, which is the honor they give to their undefeated.

His brother was a professor and gold-medalist boxer, known as Dr. Steelhammer. He set the record for holding the world championship in boxing for the longest time ever.

The brothers were champions. But they never fought each other because they promised their mother they wouldn’t.

Steelhammer crossed the ocean, met a movie star, and they fell in love. The star became famous as a superhero who could not be hurt, and later as a country diva. She loved animals, especially the animals of the ocean, and she traveled the world and made movies to defend them.

The brothers led their people to fight corruption, value justice, and prosper. In doing so, the brothers earned the hatred of a cruel and aggressive dictator from a powerful neighboring land with a gigantic army. The same neighbor whose leaders their father once served in war and peace. And then… against the wishes of the entire world… the dictator laid siege to the brothers’ capital city and the brothers sprang to its defense.

Sound like a fairytale?

Ironfist is Vitali Klitschko, boxing name “Dr. Ironfist”; named The Eternal by the WBC in 2016, an honorific they give to undefeated champions who’ve staged multiple title defenses. Dr. Steelhammer is his brother Wladimir. Their father was a major general in the Soviet Air Force and one of the Chernobyl cleanup leaders. The starlet is Hayden Panettiere of Heroes and Nashville fame.

And did I mention that Vitali is the mayor of Kyiv? Outnumbered, outgunned, he and Wladimir are on the front lines of the war to defend Ukraine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitali_Klitschko

China Stops Kids From Playing Videogames

“Kids shouldn’t play videogames.”

Where have we heard that before?

With this sweeping legislation last fall, China clearly threw its lot in with the curmudgeons and scowling parents in a desperate attempt to sound feeble, manipulative, and out-of-touch all at the same time.

I totally understand the urge to refocus the youths on important things like academics, the arts, and the future of the planet. On the other hand, legislating it at the national level for billions of people is something that is uniquely modern China.

My first reaction was “Wow, they just mobilized the entire generation for revolution.” We know how kids get about their mobile games, and in some parts of China, those games are lifeline for kids in some pretty bleak conditions, emotionally and physically. But who’s to say. Maybe in 30 years we’ll be envying this decision.

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: The Ocean Cleanup begins cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Your Austin game writer thought you might appreciate this video: The Ocean Cleanup begins cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The nonprofit global cleaning crew called The Ocean Cleanup, led by founder and CEO Boyan Slat, announced recently that it had reached viability of its ocean plastic-collecting System 002 technology and plans to begin cleaning plastic pollution in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch immediately while beginning development of System 003.

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THE OCEAN CLEANUP PROVES VIABILITY OF TECHNOLOGY WITH SYSTEM 002; REMOVAL OF PLASTIC FROM GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY https://bit.ly/3BEbNtJ

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