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On Writing

I’d just like to briefly observe something that I guess is fairly obvious about the nature of writing things to be read by other people.

Conveying experiences perfectly is impossible.

You’ll agree this is pretty obvious. However, I think I’ll go further than this – giving anything more than a hint of an experience was like is a fantastically difficult task.

The problem is that the main way in which authors build images in the mind of the reader is by calling on the reader’s experience and imagination, two things which by their very nature vary wildly from person to person. This means that writing a book that nearly everyone can enjoy is a virtual impossibility (and yet some incredibly talented and lucky authors manage it).

Even writing a message for a specific person requires you to know precisely how that person thinks, under what conditions it will be read, and how the person will be feeling when they read it.

Such is the hazard of communication.

I’m sure that this has all been said before. This is just my own attempt at explaining an experience of it.

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iPhone development

If you follow me on Twitter then you probably know that I’ve recently started an independent games studio called Abstract Artificer – its first game, called Spiri, has been released and is available on the iPhone App Store for your equivalent of US$1.

Spiri is a fun little game, but next I’m thinking of making something bigger next, maybe with a somewhat related concept but with a lot more of the things that people want from an iPhone game – social aspects, short term goals, and lots of marketing -_-. Also looking at making some non-game apps that people have suggested or requested from me.

For more on my game Spiri and Abstract Artificer, see

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I’m Alex Berry, and I’m going to put stuff on this site. Stuff. No, really. What else did you expect?

Some specific things I’m thinking of putting up or posting about:

  • Blog posts/news/followups to Twitter
  • Random ideas
  • iPhone games (See
  • Karaoke/original music
  • Comics/artwork
  • Photography
  • Computer Science/Competitive Programming
  • Starcraft II
  • Japanese/Korean Stuff
  • Randomness
  • Anything else that seems interesting

That’s the plan. Let’s see how it goes!

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