I'm zcal, a (mostly retro) gamer, emulation and preservation enthusiast, and minor-leagues collector. I value simplicity, pragmatism, and versatility in design and tech. I have a few opinions.

Let me know if you love/hate/feel otherwise about something I've written.

I'm currently:

  • making up with Spotify now that Cowboy Bebop's soundtracks are available on it.
  • spending too much time fighting Ryu in Street Fighter Zero 3's World Tour mode.
  • considering whether I want to offer Zelda: BotW my limited free time.

Z is child's play

A retrospective review of Z for the PC

The matter of gameplay density

Games with high "gameplay density" may or may not provide more value to the player

Shmupping for score

A project to learn to play shmups for score

Blogging is a tough business

In which I come to terms with my anxiety over regularly posting new content on my website

A framework for assessing stupidity

How to appropriately recognize stupidity and differentiate it from other related concepts

Social media's seedy underbelly

How social media harms us and what to do about it

A pseudonymous identity

Why it can be problematic to use your real-world identity online, and why I use a pseudonym on my website