TechnologyI'm Aaron Fidler, a global data analytics leader, father of two, and Senior Vice President at Applied Predictive Technologies. AMA!
Jul 7th 2017 by a_fidler • 14 Questions • 32 Points
We're five journalists from the Dallas Morning News: Chris Siron (Breaking News Editor), Claire Cardona (Breaking News Producer), Ashley Landis (Photographer), Smiley Pool (Photographer) and Hannah Wise (Engagement Editor). We were part of the coverage of the July 7 ambush on Dallas police. From integral roles on the ground during the shootings, to managing the flow of information through the newsroom, we were able to keep the world updated as the night unfolded.
Today marks one year since the July 7 ambush, and we're remembering the day through photographs and interviews from citizens and officers who were there. We put together an interactive featuring the photos and video interviews. Here is a collection of our stories from that night.
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Could you share your top three Bar Mitzvah survival tips? Keen to hear your thoughts on this, as you're pretty much the Jewish teen equivalent of Bear Grylls..
What is your success rate with death row inmates cases? What is considered a success then?
What is the leading cause of blindness in this region? Is there a dominant hereditary factor involved, or perhaps prolonged unprotected exposure to snow reflection is causing more permanent damage? Or other?
I wanted to thank you guys again for how well you covered the events that night (and again later that week at Police Headquarters).
I followed your coverage mostly through twitter and the live videos that were posted there. How has covering stories through that medium changed the way you approach news?
I need to put that on a shirt ("I'm the Jewish teen equivalent of Bear Grylls").
1) Don't sit too close during the ceremony - you don't want to get hit w/ a random piece of candy if it gets thrown. 2) Always say thank you to the parents of the bar/bat mitzvah boy/girl. It's good manners and they may have access to special defense mechanisms. 3) Go easy on the desserts. Many a good person has been lost due to too many sweets.
Thanks for the question VRNverity. Yes I have a lot of good memories from the salad days....and yes, many of the next generations of punks reach out and come meditate with me.
That is a good question. In theory, I have been involved in about 400 cases now, and have lost 6 of my own clients. But others have died when I have been helping on the case too, so that would take it up to maybe 12. That might still sound like a good success rate (388 out of 400), but that is misleading. I used in the past to agree to sentences that were horribly long for people in order to avoid the death sentence, and I now view that as a death sentence carried out in a slower way. And one person I represented at trial was innocent yet he got convicted even if he got life rather than death (thankfully he is out now). Then there are people like Kris who I got off death row, but he is clearly innocent, so that is a dreadful loss. And so forth.
(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the developing world. Yes, there is a genetic association, although it is not well delineated; and UV light, combined with a lack of antioxidants in the diet contribute to early development of cataracts, as does smoke inhalation.
Fortunately, the loss of vision from cataracts can be completely reversed with surgery.
the short answer is platformers are easy to make, so its more fun and quick for me to write around and design than something more long winded like an RPG or shooter.
yes,after isaac i became pretty obsessed with randomly generated games. mewgenics, 0urobos, and fingered were all randomly generated. RNG based games are diffcult to design around because they require so much content to be good.
i hope to eventually pick up mewgenics againwith tyler and dive into RNG hell once more.
Clearly most large carriers have been against net neutrality, and Title II in particular, as well as against any regulations around consumer privacy. Sonic bucks this trend, but there's no pressure anyone can put on us, we have an independent viewpoint and are able to express it to regulators, legislators and the public. We do this, widely, signing on to support letters from industry coalitions, speaking with the FCC, federal and state legislators, and asking our members to get involved too.
Thank you immoralminority. Having designated people to do Facebook Live and Twitter that night was a fairly new thing for us. It's definitely changed the way we cover breaking news. That night our website crashed shortly after the shooting, making our social media accounts imperative. Now we try to use our social media accounts and our website together. It's nice to have multiple tools to tell stories on different platforms.
What's your favorite game of all time? And favorite movie of all time?
What job will you follow in case you were not a game developer?
What exactly is ocean water?
Have you at any point defended someone you weren't 100% sure that they were innocent? Have you defended someone, got them released or sentence extended, then found that they were guilty?
How does curing blindness in an individual ripple out to the community?
Hey Ed - What are the chances of you making more titles based on your older flash games? I'm very excited for Øuroboros!
Can you please come to Seattle to offer us an alternative to Comcast?
When you (or any other lawyer) defend someone that is without a doubt guilty of a sever crime. Do you defend them aiming for exoneration for the crime, or more-of making sure they get a proper trial and only try to battle the counts that could raise doubt? Example: 'Everyone around saw you hit him, but motive behind it is questionable."-Kind of thing. That is one of the things that bothers me about laywers in general, ever since I first saw a trial up close.
Who is your hero?
Hi Edmund, how is "the legend of bumbo" going? A General release window yet? And i love "end is nigh" have played ~6h, very fun.
At lot of the larger ISPs are fighting against neutrality. As a favorite ISP, it might seem surprising that you're not fighting with them, so it's really encouraging to see this AMA!
I'll ask the biggie: why is net neutrality important for you as an ISP?
(Also, as a non-US citizen is there a way to make my voice heard in a useful way?)
(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) I have had many heroes and mentors in my life. Sir Edmond Hilary and Gaston Rebuffat for daring the impossible in the mountains and what they’ve given back to people. Sanduk Ruit, my elder brother and partner in the Himalayan Cataract Project; and Govindappa Venkataswamy, founding Chairman of the Aravind Hospital in India – for their compassion and genius at delivering the best possible medical care to the most impoverished people on the plant.
bum-bo is going great, james is slaving away and once the dust settles with the end ill be back on board full time. our release window is december 2017
What about those who have multiple "worst 15 minutes"? Doesn't that show that not everyone is better than their "worst 15 minutes"?
Hey, thanks for doing this AMA. Q's:
1) What got you guys to apply for this MacArthur grant? What was the call like when you found out you were in the running, did you feel like geniuses?
2) What do you think your chances are of actually winning? And how is yours that different from another one that also aims to cure blindness in Nigeria?
3) How do you know this solution will actually work? What if it doesn't?
Hey Ed, I'm a big fan of your work, especially Super Meat Boy :D
What exactly is your relation with Super Meat Boy Forever? I'm starting to see teasers from Tommy Refenes, the SMB Twitter, SGDQ ads, etc... but you don't seem to ever mention it. Are you still working on that game?
Don't you guys use AT&T's network? How come AT&T can offer gigabit internet but you only go up to 50mbps?
Hi Clive, I'm a UK qualified solicitor based in the US, and have been an admirer of Reprieve's work for years. I was wondering what advice you have for getting into your line of work?
There seem to be many organizations providing vision care in low resource settings. How is your organization different from those and do you collaborate with other NGO's?
What has been your biggest inasparation for making games ? and how do you manage discipline?
What're you currently doing to make it right?
Sydney is awesome. It's a beautiful city and it's been great to have the chance to explore a new part of the world. We loved Arkansas and miss our great friends and the comforts of our old life there. The differences are what you'd expect: urban v. suburban; beach city v. land-locked; etc. They're very different, but both are fun places to have lived.
Who was the most intimidating inmate you've come across? And what were his past charges that got him in that position?
Why have you decided to compete against yourself in the next great indie platformer(I know they are different partners)?
I am not sure I have ever had an intimidating prisoner, but I have had one occasion when I have been attacked in the visitors room. That was by a very mentally ill person, and it was very sad as it gave the rather nasty warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center the excuse to kick me out of the prison.
i cant stop making platformers. ive made 9 of them over the past 14 years, im slowing down but i dont see myself stopping. id like to think im getting better(go check out my first platformer Clubby The Seal)
How long ago did that happen? I met their warden last year and he seemed like a solid guy
Any estimate as to when the Switch version will be released?
Hi Diane, How many upvotes for a year of free tater tots?
The government had to know about the cartel connection in Kris’s case as the Feds had an indictment out on the guy in Room 1214 (across the hall from the murders, with blood on the door) which was returned just before Kris’ trial. I suspected it when I saw that a guy from Colombia was across the hall, and when I learned the victims were laundering FIVE BILLION dollars around the Caribbean - I learned that in 1995. But I did not find out what the government knew until around 2012. And I know they are still hiding a lot, which we are trying to get now in court.
i dont have much control over console releases, thats all tyrone. but i hear the port is looking great so i dont expect it to take that long.
i wont give a timeline though because that has bit me in the ass a few times in the past.
its also going to release on ps4 as well!
Will Kris get compensation if found innocent?
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As far as talking to people a year later, I help edit reporters who have been conducting such interviews. But I haven't yet discussed their experiences with those people, so I cannot comment right now. On the bigger question: My personal view is that whenever large-scale public tragedies like this occur, you immediately hear, "Life will never be the same." As a longtime resident of Dallas, I'll say that over the long run, that isn't true in the huge ways the cliche suggests (unless of course you are one of the many, many people who were truly, deeply and directly involved). But there is a core of truth to it. You don't look at things quite the same way, even though "life goes on." I'm a downtown resident, and I drive by the scene of the shooting at least once a day. Even after a year, I still think often about what happened that night. I'm sure we all wanted to become better people because of dealing with the tragedy that befell the victims and their loved ones. As long as we hold onto that hope, then I think we can say there's been a change in the community. -- Chris (an editor, so please expect I'll be editing my responses)
I have to say that I don’t think the Brazilian system is a bad one in that regard. In Georgia, where I worked for years, a murder conviction used to generally mean 7 years if you behaved and made an effort to improve yourself. The number of recidivist murderers is actually very small, unlike other crimes. So we have to ask ourselves why we are exacting such a harsh punishment. I have great sympathy with the victims - I have been the victim of 7 serious violent crimes myself - but I don’t see harsh punishment as a way to make society a better place. I always wonder how I would like my own son to be treated. Certainly I try to get him to do the right thing by education, not by beating him or threatening him. Perhaps eventually we will try to treat other people’s children the way we would like to treat our own. I would like to think so.
obviously most of myamotos games and his approach to design was super inspirational, esp when pulling from his personal experiences. id say currently jon blow and derek yu are pretty big influence on my work. i like the way think.
More than 50% of households in America have just a single "choice" for Internet access at 25Mbps or above. So where would they go?
I do kind of wish each of the fallen officers individual life stories would get a little more "ink" or "air time" sometimes. All five of these officers left families and legacies. All five of them touched and changed people in our community's lives.
Due to tragic nature of that night, and the way the news business works sometimes, all five are forever linked both by the events and in the news coverage.
But each were individuals who served our community in ways most of us will never know.
So it is my hope that as the years pass, we (collectively) will continue to honor their lives and their legacies and maybe learn more about the "little things" that everyone of them did to make a difference.
You're going there, huh?
Probably Evan. Or did you mean WBFA? ;-)
I went to the US to do death penalty work as when I was 16. I was so shocked that it was still being used, so I thought (in the arrogant way of youth!) that I could persuade everyone it was wrong… But I do think my mother’s advice was very good - that if we all work to help those less fortunate than ourselves, then everyone is better off. So I decided at some point that if you look around the world at the people who are most hated, and have least power on their side in a dispute with the government, and get between them and the ones doing the hatred, you can’t really go wrong. And believe me there is no moment, I think, when the imbalance of power between the Government and the individual is more stark than when the Government wants to kill you (and sacrifice you to some mythical god of deterrence).
i have a design for an rts that i think is super interesting, i cant say why for obvious reasons but id make it stand out with poop and dead things
Is this fake news? Do you have any affiliation with CNN? Do you need to be a part of CNN to make things up. Why do you make things up?
I am - it's been fun! I appreciate the good questions that people are asking
Privilege depends on what the client wants. With many issues, the client wants me to advocate for him or her in court and also in the court of public opinion, so that is easy. Sometimes that is not the case. For example, in the US it is often not at all in the client’s interest to be public about anything and then I’d be a fool to say much. But it is ultimately all up to the person involved. I can’t say I have ever found it much of an issue…
i believe the switch version will get an update once we have a specific booster pack released. but im not completely in control of this stuff.
In the mobile space, national coverage is needed, and spectrum for LTE and 5g in every market. The US has four carriers, and today only DISH has the spectrum to contemplate a new national network. (But they won't build it themselves, IMHO.)
For residential 250Mbps to 1000Mbps speeds, wireless isn't yet viable at scale for single-family-dwellings. That's likely to evolve, with CBRS, mmWave and massive-MIMO all coming down the pipe, but today fiber is the better answer.
Are any of these serious questions, or did you just make things up? - Chris (an editor, so please expect I'll be editing my responses.)
Hi Edmund. How did you get the idea for the setting of TEIN? It's really unique. Loving the game so far, but damn you it's difficult!
One of the biggest differences has been the difference in the labor market - customer service has generally been much better in the US.
I'll be very curious to see how Amazon's entry affects the retail marketplace.
In terms of the cases that really hurt, yes that is hard. When they killed Nicky Ingram in 1995, it really effected me. I had known him for years, and I liked Nicky. He was tortured to death in front of me in the Electric Chair. Long story. But if I close my eyes now, 22 years later, I can see the black and white negative of Nicky on the electric chair. It is a bit of PTSD I suppose. Though I do try to keep the focus on the fact that it was Nicky being killed, not me. And one thing he said to me just before they did it has always stayed with me - he said thanks for working for him, but that I had to keep on fighting for all the other guys, and not be too broken up about him. So I guess I took that to heart.
the setting is based around my interpretation of an emotional apocalypse or even some kind of purgatory/hell setting
Are you familiar with the case of Joe Arridy? He had an IQ of 46 and was executed for the murder and rape of a fifteen year old girl. In 2011 the governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, formally pardoned Joe. What are your thoughts about this case and, more specifically, the execution of mentally handicapped people?
What's your worst story from your years as animal control?
Yes, I have naturally heard of poor Joe Arridy, who was a mentally disabled 23 year old with an IQ allegedly 46. With most of the tests we used to use in the US, you get 45 for taking the test, so that is really only one point above the table on which you are working. Such instances are terribly sad. I had a series of seriously mentally disabled people facing execution and in more than one case the guy was IQ 49. Getting across what kind of limitation that was was hard. The judge said 49 is half 100 so he is half as intelligent as an average person. In the end, I had to get him to confess to assassinating (a word he did not understand) Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan to show how limited he was. And the one thing he did understand was that people were laughing at him, which was dreadfully sad. The legal system is not a good way to deal with disabled people or, indeed, all kinds of unique individuals.
almost got mauled by a 120lb german shepherd named brutis that was let loose purposefully by a neighbor in an attempt to frame the owners knowing he would attack people
What would you say to a law student seeking to get in your line of work today?
If you could, would you change anything major in The End is Nigh now? Or are you completely happy with the game and are happy with the reaction and feedback from your fans all over?
If you are a law student, I would say why on earth would you do anything but the kind of work I get to do? Working in corporate law is just soul destroying, and the main part of your work is just pretty pointless. Working for those who really need it is incredibly rewarding and I love almost every minute of it!
if i could change one thing id probably add more warp points and show chapter status on pause
I was a juror several years ago on murder trial that depended heavily on the identification made by witnesses. However, other evidence, including some grainy surveillance footage, made it really obvious that the actual perpetrator was nearly a foot taller than the defendant.
Do you have any insight to offer on the (un)reliability of eye witnesses? Do we rely on it too much in the US? "Circumstantial evidence" is so often scoffed at, but I recall reading that circumstantial evidence is generally more reliable than human witnesses. Has that been your experience?
Ed what keeps you grounded and humble with the multiple successes of your games?
My own experience as an eyewitness means that I refused to testify against three people who were thought to have put me in hospital with various broken bones one dark night in New Orleans. I thought my ID might be right, but I certainly was not sure enough to send three young men to prison for many years. But to say circumstantial evidence is better is a stretch. Most forensic science is simply not science. I got obsessed with forensic hair analysis because, as an amateur at A-levels, I did lots of science and I thought hair analysis was bullshit. So I wrote a lot about it in 1990-95, about how it was nonsense. Without meaning to say I told you so, the FBI finally admitted in 2015 that they had overstated it for decades. Our Reprieve study shows that more than 100 people were, in the meantime, executed in large part based on it. And there is much more to say (some of it said in Injustice, if you have time to read it!).
my huge dick. but honestly life keeps me humble. i dont actually think im all that great and im trying to get better and learn from my mistakes.
This may not be something you've followed at all, but do you have any thoughts on Omar Khadr's settlement?
I've been a fan of yours since Carrious Welting (sic) on Newgrounds. Where did you get the inspiration for that iconic style?
I met Omar Khadr in Gitmo and he was originally just 15 when taken there. He was abused horribly and the things he was said to have said were all abused out of him. What would any of us want to be paid to have our youth taken away from us from 15-25, and to be tortured? I don’t know. I never think money is the answer to these things, the real answer is to stop people doing them. But I don’t have a problem people being compensated.
i was an animal control officer and had to deal with dead and decaying animals a lot, it was very inspirational
How important is your innocence? It seems like today, it doesn't matter if you did it or not. Once you are accused, unless you have money or someone who takes an interest, you will lose against a system with incredible resources.
What mistake stands out to you the most from your latest project that you will try to avoid as best as possible in any future projects?
There is a lot of interesting stuff about innocence. One thing to bear in mind is how self-destructive innocent people are in the legal system. One, they are no help to me (who did it? I don’t know anything about it!). Two, they make terrible decisions. They are 110% sure they did not do it, so they cannot fathom how a jury of 12 people can find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Kris is an example here. He knows nothing about who did the crime. He hired the lawyer who said he would do it for $20K rather than $250K as he felt it would be easy to find him not guilty. He wanted to rush to trial. He agreed to his (dreadful) lawyer’s (dreadful) advice not to put on his 6 alibi witnesses, or to testify. Etc. Etc. I am not blaming him, but the system does not realise the true impact of innocent clients.
i cant say yet what mistakes ive made with the end
but i can say the biggest mistake in the past, that ive made repeatedly would be announcing a new project im excited about much too early
Hey Ed, I've enjoyed literally all your games tremendously! TEIN is a masterpiece so far!
Do you enjoy speed-running your own games? Do you have a current PB for how fast you can beat TEIN?
Why do I include my middle name? I don’t! It is Adrian, and I hate it. My last name is Stafford Smith, without a hyphen, because my Dad changed it way back when, and was too cheap to pay the extra £3 to put a hyphen in. He wanted to call me Adrian, whereupon the initials would have been ASS, entirely appropriate perhaps, but not nice for me. So my Mum noticed, and now I am just Clive ASS…
no, im not that good at video games but i like watching
Roughly, what percentage of the people you represent are non-white?
Hey Edmund! Wanted to say that you've been a huge inspiration to me and that it's been a pleasure playing your fantastic games through my teen years and into adulthood. I think I've come a long way since reading the design breakdown included in the SMB Ultra Rare edition when I was 13-or-so, but I'm sure I'd be a drastically different person if not for reading that all those years ago. Media analysis and design are my greatest passions, and I think I might owe at least part of that to you. Thanks for directing me to what I love most. I hope one day I can inspire people half as much as you've inspired me.
Anyway here's my question: Who were/are your inspirations as an artist?
And a question from my friend who doesn't have internet right now: Now that there's nothing quite like Newgrounds in its prime and the competition to get your ideas noticed on the internet has gotten so much tougher, do you have any advice for a creative person trying to make connections with other creative people of different skillsets? She asked me to add that you're a role model to her and that you make her want to pursue her artistic dreams, "or whatever."
Over the years, about 70% of the people I have represented have been non-white. On death row in the US, for example, while the general population is 13% black, the death row population is 42% black. In Guantanamo, the non-white Muslim population was 777/778 (I guess the exception would have been David Hicks from Australia), so all of my clients have been non-white.
growing up the things that inspired me most were stuff like garbage pail kids, horror movies, DnD, mtg,zines,weirdo underground comics , community television and just general artistic weirdos.
i wish i knew but id like to believe there are communities out there if you just put in the work finding them, befriending people and getting your work out there.
What is your work week like, and how do you find any joy in the downtime you have?
how did you decide on the name Peach for your daughter?
Hey, I would have a TGIM sign if I had anything (Thank God Its Monday!). But I don’t really believe in that. I only wish the day had 72 hours. I keep time sheets for everything for years and years, because I am a nerd. So I can tell you I used to average about 100 hours a week, and am now down to about 75 of what we call work. But I don’t think of it as work because I love it. At the same time, it has always been a principle of mine that we should work hard and play hard, so I used to insist in the US that people took at least 6 weeks holiday a year, as compared to most people in the US getting a few days. Myself, I adore the cricket season (big win for my team, the Mapperton Marauders, last night and I am going on a cricket tour of Pakistan in September where we will be thrashed by much younger and fitter players). I also love building, though this week has involved digging a hole - that involved shifting 18 tonnes of earth - with a single spade, for a secret present for my lad Wilf, who is aged 9 tomorrow.
my wife liked the name peach and i liked the name pj, so we met in the middle and named her Peach Jubilee. technically on paper her name is PJ so if she ends up hating the name she has a lot of options
Hi Ed! First of All, I've been playing The End if Nigh a few hours now and I'm really enjoying it. So here's my question: Of all the game you created, which one is your favorite and why? (I know it's difficult to pick just one)
I feel sorry for your boyfriend going to Gitmo. I will say I have found a lot of the soldiers there delightful and most have been really nice to me. They get filled up with nonsense about the prisoners though. One woman there had been told that my client, Moazzam Begg, was Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter, and would bite his way through the bars. He ended up making friends with her, and they are still in touch now that he is home safe in England. Anyway, I hope to meet your boyfriend when he is down there and I visit. But be kind of him and send him lots of care packages, get him on Skype every day, and make sure he has something interesting to do in his spare time - it is a dull place for the soldiers, though I kind of enjoy it now that I only go for a week at a time.
isaac, honestly its my favorite because my wife and friends like it so much. so that feels like a success to me and makes me happy.
Hi Clive, thanks a lot for taking part and for doing your admirable work.
For your successful cases, do the families of the victims normally accept the verdict (either that the person is innocent, or that the death penalty is not a humane punishment)?
Do you like (single- or multiplayer) FPS games?
I try to talk to the victim’s family always. There are very very few cases where that has not been the case, as I hate the pain they go through, and often the lies they are told. Kris’ case is one of the very few where the (sad to say, nasty) prosecutor at the time of the hearing in 1995 said she would have me prosecuted if I tried to talk to the victims, which was very sad, and I am sure they hate me for not talking to them. I wish I could share things with them. More often than not, though, I have had a really good relationship with the victim’s family, and I hope sometimes have been able to help them with their suffering. It is really important to help people understand (where possible) why someone they loved got senselessly killed.
Hey Edmund. Do you love us as much as we love you?
I learned about Kris’ case from the British consulate in Atlanta. It is a rather sore point, as the nice chap there asked me to help Kris. I went to do that, and naturally said yes, as it is always so hard to say no. And then when we needed financial help to get experts and witnesses, the British government denied that they had asked me to help him. So Reprieve ends up in a big financial hole on it all, and I am a tiny bit pissed off at the Government for reneging on a promise they made at one time to help him by giving him a loan to get his witnesses.
water drips on no
I'm sure you have a unique perspective on this - what's your stance on shutting down Guantanamo Bay? Specifically, if you're in favor of closing it (which I'm guessing you are), what should we do with the people in it?
Hey Ed, which of your games do you personally find the most fun to play?
Shutting Gitmo is a no brainer. There are 41 people in it. Perhaps 10 would face trial - and they can, as someone like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed boasted on video that he was behind 9/11 so why not just put him on trial. The ones who cannot be tried should not be tried - that has been the rule since 1215, just 802 years ago, when we decided we should give people trials. Why should we change it now?
What is your opinion on some of the documentaries done on Guantanamo Bay?
Hey Edmund, just wanted to say thanks for everything, your appearance on indie game the movie inspired me to start my own project. The passion you have for gamedev and art is inspirational. Thanks so much.
I would like to ask how do you come up with your ideas?
Do you like how the game industry is at the moment or is there anything you would like to see happening?
I’ve not seen a decent documentary on Gitmo. You should do one. The real problem is when people think they are going to see anything useful when there. The key to Gitmo is that they only show you the propaganda tour (I got in trouble for coining that phrase!) and nothing about the reality. So the real documentary of Gitmo will be the one where they go and ask to do all the things they cannot do - interview prisoners, see a force feeding, etc. - and make a film about what they are not allowed to do.
i base my ideas on real life experiences.
i would like to see the industry or people in the industry express themselves more with their chosen artistic medium instead of constantly talking about it. i feel like it would be more impactful, passionate and moving if people used their work to express their feelings
I think with a tube? Mos Def tried to do it as a demonstration but he stopped before things got too far because it was too much for him. I think you can find that on YouTube...
Is Afterbirth coming to Vita for real?
Reprieve helped organise that - you can find it on our youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQ5xz_5to4
i dont know :(
In Guantanamo, is there a town outside of the prison? If so, what is it like?
Hey Edmund, is The end is Nigh a true story in some way?
Yes, there is a town around Guantanamo. It is a bit of an irony free zone. There is Recreation Road, that leads down past the Guantanamo Golf Course to the cells. There is McDonalds, where I first encountered the bizarre rule that soldiers had to salute officers, and say “Honor Bound, Sir!” The officer saluted back and said, “To Defend Freedom, soldier!” I thought it was a joke, when first I heard it, and I laughed. But they were serious. I wrote about all this in “Bad Men”, there is rather a lot to tell!
the end is nigh is based on my experience making video games so its true in a very abstract way
Hey Clive! Your current case sounds interesting, and I'll try to follow it and see where it goes.
How do you go about finding these clients, and how do you decide their case is worth taking?
Hey Edmund been a fan since 2001 when I found dead baby dress up on newgrounds. And just wanted to say thanks for the years of enjoyment. And fuck you for pre-buff Lost.
Given how long you've made games and the variety of them, What is a genre of game you would like to make but haven't yet?
I’ve not got just one case, there are lots going on. But Kris is taking up a lot of my time. I’ve never really “chosen” cases. It used to be just the next guy facing execution. Nowadays, it tends to be someone who is caught up in something really terrible. So one thing we recently brought against Trump was his current effort to assassinate two journalists. He has an assassination list, started by Obama. Lots of people on it. It is mad. It is like we are in the time of the Borgias. Another demented policy decision in response to the “War of Terror” (as Borat calls it).
RTS, i have a few loose designs for some. its all about having the time to do it
Have you ever refused a case because of the severity/nastiness of the crimes committed?
Hey Ed, I'm loving The End is Nigh so far and I really like the decision for the soundtrack to cover pieces of classical music. Why did you guys decide to do that as opposed composing entirely original music like Rebirth?
I have never refused a case because the facts were too bad. Indeed, the worse the facts, normally the more compelling the reason why it happened. But I have refused a case where the individual had money. So I was asked to take on Saddam Hussein’s case and I have no problem with him getting effective representation - his hanging was a sorry reflection on humanity no matter what he did. But he had money and could get others to do it, so I would rather focus on those who have no money.
the short answer is we wanted it to be done fast. also it just felt correct
Do you think we're on the path to abolishing the death penalty in the US? What can us non-lawyers do to help change public opinion and end the death penalty? Thank you so much for your heroic work!
I noticed you tagged the Indie Game the Movie crew on Twitter earlier this week, could we expect an Indie Game the Movie sequel?
The death penalty will be abolished in the US. Executions have dropped from a high of 100 to 20 last year. With 2900 people on death row, it would take 145 years to kill those folk, not accounting for new cases, and presumably some would have died of old age by then… The death penalty is a dinosaur, but even in its death throes the T Rex can thrash around very dangerously. But if there is one thing that is certain it is that the history books are no more going to say executing people was a cool idea than we do burning witches at the stake…
i have no idea what they have planned, but theyre filming me right now. so far 20 hours of footage of tyler eating
Hey ed :) Are there any games planned after your bumbo game? (Ps i just wanted to thank you for the binding of isaac you made thousands of hours more enjoyable for me)
In terms of the most interesting case I have ever had, I would have to decline to answer in a sentence. I have had so many, so varied, so fascinating. I could list thirty that would tie for the top one. I guess one day I need to describe all of them in a book.
i have no games set in stone after bum-bo. BUT id love to take a stab at mewgenics again, maybe aether, or something totally new
Just reading up on Kris' case.. why do you think he was framed?
When can we expect afterbirth+ for Xbox one and will boosters be available? I'd pay for a quarterly booster pack on Xbox. Love playing Isaac and always want more
In terms of Kris being framed, there was just a system for it back then. A former police officer told me, and then testified under oath, that they had a deal with the Cartel that when the Cartel wanted to kill someone they would have a cop on duty at the scene to make sure they did not get into trouble. The officer gave me a list of 17 homicides where a corrupt element of the police had been involved. I tried to get the FBI to do something about this, but they showed no interest. Sadly, there was so much drug money around that a cop could make a year’s salary by turning a blind eye, and that was a big temptation. In 1985, fully ten percent of the whole police force there was arrested or fired for corruption!
i have no clue https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DElSEzpVYAAIUoe.jpg
I've read that the defense attorneys in capital cases will often hold back an issue or two at each level of appeal, in order to purposefully stretch out the litigation. Do you think that attorneys who do that should be sanctioned?
As someone not entirely in the loop it seemed like The End Is Nigh came out of nowhere. When did work start on the game and how much of your time have you been spending on it recently? Thanks for all your work btw, you've made so many of my favourite games!
No lawyer holds back issues on appeal, that is just silly. On the other hand, the first appeal may take ten years, and by then the world has changed, and we have all learned a lot, so there is never a time when I have worked on a case and lost the first round and cannot come up with new issues for the second round of appeals. But it is getting very very hard now, under the “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act” (which is not effective!). Kris Maharaj’s recent victory, being allowed a hearing in federal court on a successive appeal, is a very rare event.
so we started work in december 2016, but it was mostly using the foundation of 0uroboros. i worked part time to full time since then and tyler has been working on it full time.
it seemingly came out of nowhere because i wasnt positive that we were going to finish it and didnt want to announce another game that could be stuck in limbo so we played it safe and waited until the last minute to announce and attempt to hype this game.
What's the average day like for a lawyer such as your self?
If you could go back to college would you change your interest to a different profession?
What's your favorite part of being a lawyer?
And lastly, how did you decide being a lawyer was your calling?
what is ash? and are you goinng to challange the completionist again?
I consider myself incredibly privileged because there is no such thing as an average day. It is the reason why I don’t understand why lawyers think they should be so well paid. We are incredibly fortunate in other ways already. So each day I tend to have something different and fascinating to do. I just wish there were 72 ours in the day. That would allow me to do what I did today much better – I had to dig a huge hole for a sunken trampoline for my kid’s 9th birthday surprise tomorrow. It took two days actually, as it was (I worked out) 18 tonnes of clay. I needed to have about 20 hours to do that, 10 hours to respond to all these questions, then another 40 hours to do some work on Kris Maharaj’s case and maybe 10 to help some of the others in the office, then I would have had a productive day! (Ah, but I need 8 hours sleep and I notice I am already up to 80…)
youll find out if you play the game a lot and yes i already did
Why are there so many innocent people in Guantanamo bay and why hasn't it been shut down already?
Hi Ed! I'm a fan and a game developer. A lot of devs, and I got that impression from you too after watching some interviews and Indie Game (sorry if I'm wrong), tend to be more introverted and/or shy.
How hard was it for you to get used to all of that attention coming from players, media and others contacting you all of a sudden? I'm nowhere close to your numbers obviously, and it's incredible how exhausting and time-consuming (and rewarding as well) it is to reply to all these messages, even if we just reply "thanks". How do you deal with this?
Thanks in advance!
Gitmo has only not closed because Obama did not force the issue. The Republicans have no more interest in justice there, than they have in the past justice for people on death row. It is all a political issue, designed to be divisive, and make the Democrats look weak. Very sad.
i enjoy talking about my projects because im genuinely excited about them. im definitely an introvert but the past 10 years ive been pushing myself really hard to interact with people more both professionally and personally. its been extremely helpful for my mental health.
when i feel overwhelmed i just turn it off and go back to reality
Hey! Love your games, I've spent weeks mastering meatboy and isaac. Can't wait for ab+ to arrive on the Switch (EU).
Can you explain why the eu version takes so long, when the US store has the game since months?
i have no fucking clue https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DElSEzpVYAAIUoe.jpg