I just finished playing Firewatch. The story is good, well voice acted, and beautiful. It only takes about 3 or 4 hours to play it through.
There’s an extra money spinner that’s a bit silly that goes with the game – at a point early on you pick up a disposable camera with only a few of the snaps used up. You can take shots as you hike around the country side, and later have them printed for real. I really like the real world/game world bleed through.
They’re like some weird alternative life holiday snaps from when I was a park ranger for a summer.
Here’s mine. As with real life, I wish I’d taken more.
I finished working for Code for America back in October, so I’m available for freelance work again. Drop me an email if you would like to chat!
I’ve been blogging over on my IoT site for the last couple of months. Reviews and tinkering with smart home stuff, just for fun.
Anyway, go read that to see what I’ve been up to lately: Sensors and Sensibility
If you track this process over a long enough time-period, you’ll find plenty of cases where a word’s meaning has shifted from negative to positive, or vice-versa. For instance, sophisticated was once an insult (meaning ‘dishonest, deceitful’), and complacent was once a compliment (meaning ‘pleasant, obliging’).
Could –ette be making the same kind of journey? It’s not inconceivable, but on balance I don’t think so. Present-day English speakers may not make the old connection with cheap imitation materials, because most of those words have fallen out of use. But –ette remains common in its diminutive sense, so there’s still a basis for younger speakers to deduce that female-referring terms of the form X + ette imply ‘little X’ as well as ‘female X’—and potentially to find that insulting, just as feminists of my generation did.