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Kenneth Blaney's Blog


Kenneth Blaney is a PhD student in Mathematics at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is interested in how mathematical models and statistical methods can help inform design choices in addition to their usual impact on programming choices.

He is also a cofounder of Digital Bad Boy Studios, a small New York based indie development team based around building games outside of the expected norms of established genres. They just finished "Sharktillary", a shmup with bullet and enemy motions governed by slope fields and differential equations. It is available on the Google Play store here.


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Posted by Kenneth Blaney on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:33:00 EST in Design, Serious, Social/Online
The recent internet sensation of "Twitch Plays Pokemon" has inadvertently given birth to a new genre of games which feature large teams of players working together. Fittingly we name this a Massively Cooperative Game and we explore some characteristics.

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Comment In: [News - 08/26/2014 - 05:15]

Snark aside, there might be ...

Snark aside, there might be a chicken/egg thing going on here. Did they say that because of the game, or did they make the game because that 's what they think

Comment In: [Blog - 08/12/2014 - 12:56] r n r nThere ... r n r nThere is some preliminary evidence that similar things could occur in other fictional contexts, especially with children. So, we probably shouldn 't fly off the handle and suggest that the poor image of women in games is causing women to be the victims of crimes. Fortunately ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/16/2014 - 10:37]

Somewhat counter intuitively, actual accomplishments ...

Somewhat counter intuitively, actual accomplishments often make impostor syndrome worse because actual success is written of as being a matter of luck or, worse, as being evidence of deception. That is, instead of thinking about it logically and saying, I must be good because I earned X award, they say, ...

Comment In: [News - 07/22/2014 - 08:55] r n r nPeople ... r n r nPeople with disabilities seem to be paid 10 less. So no where near the 23 gap that women face. There is clearly more to it than career interruption and inflexible work schedules.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/10/2014 - 01:27]

A really important topic, especially ...

A really important topic, especially since any The Indie Bubble is Popping story isn 't complete without a because of bundles line. There is a lot of hand wringing here about was it worth it but few people seem to be actually looking to answer that question or, at least, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/26/2014 - 03:53]

In the noble tradition of ...

In the noble tradition of seeing a cloud and pointing at the silver lining around it: r n r nNo one said, Game Designers are idea guys .