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A gamedev, writer, and side project enthusiast. Sharing my life learnings on the pursuit of the good life, self-determination, and financial freedom.
Your 10 Minute Guide to Blockchain Games without the Jargon

If you’ve never understood blockchain games, this is the 8-minute TL;DR about blockchain games and their success— with zero blockchain jargon.

It’s Marketing 101 that you should speak in the language your audience can understand, and too often do I see blockchain games turn people off with verbose terminology. …

I’m a 21-year-old with no college degree, and I made $14K USD in 8 months after teaching myself personal finance and investing. But that’s just an article hook, and there’s a lot of depth in learning how to save money and build an investment portfolio.

What did a millennial with no experience learn after 8 months on the stock market?

Firstly, a disclaimer. 👩‍💻

This is not counsel from…

the hypotheticals of self-actualization through the lens of game design

Image from the original Super Marios Bros. (1985)

Fundamentally, game design is about creating interesting rulesets for fun experiences. Players vicariously adventure through crafted worlds as their personas traverse danger, solve puzzles, and slay epic monsters. As people overcome these ‘manufactured challenges’, their characters level up with fanfare…

Credit to Jordan Wozniak for original horizon image (via Unsplash)

Growing up, I lived in a loud house. My parents fought viciously, and it took a long time for me to reconcile how genuinely good people can hurt each other. …

The Invitational Game Jam is Core’s most exclusive development contest and we held our second this summer. We received hundreds of applications and selected the top 50 solo devs and studios to compete for the $140,000 prize pool. …

Exactly a year ago, I started investing, and I’ve been chronicling my journey in personal finance ever since. When I got started, it was honestly because I was concerned about inflation.

Because I don’t think the majority of people are paying attention to how bad it is. I don’t say…

In my mind’s eye, there’s a world where I sit in a house made of paper.
There’s only one window, and through it, I watch everything else go by.

It’s like seeing my life from a stranger’s eyes through some 80’s television set in unintelligible static grey. …

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Working in the gaming/gamedev industry, I’ve learned a lot from analyzing the science behind fun and player behavior. Personally, I really enjoy games because it’s exciting to face new challenges, level up one’s character, and get rewarded. There’s a lot of beauty to games that make people feel empowered.

If…

When I think about my mother, I often want to cry.
One day, I hope she feels truly happy and not alone.

My name is Alisa Khieu, and I am the only daughter of two Vietnamese immigrants. As refugees, my parents had nothing, but they sacrificed a lot of themselves…

Alisa Khieu

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