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I’m Alex Wiltshire

I am the author of books including Minecraft Blockopedia, Making Videogames and Home Computers, and work at Mojang on storytelling for Minecraft. A former editor of Edge magazine, I’ve written about videogames and design for publications including Rock Paper Shotgun, PC Gamer and Disegno. I’m also a sporadic member of The Crate & Crowbar podcast.

March 29, 2024 ・ Blog

I made an Apple Shortcut that texts a random one of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Writing Ideas from the Commonplace Book to my wife and son every day. I think they will definitely love getting these daily for eternity.

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March 9, 2024 ・ Blog

My career has never been the subject of anything before, so this is a weird one for me. The Back Page podcast, hosted by my friends Matt Castle and Samuel Roberts, asked me to join them and talk about my experiences as part of their apparent mission to collect all the Edge editors on the show.

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March 4, 2024 ・ Photo

An assortment of photos that I took over 2023, mostly around Bath.

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January 5, 2024 ・ Blog

A graphic made from a graph which shows a downward trend followed by a slow recovery.

So much of life is invisible, hard to define, harder to be sure of. So finding evidence of something you’ve maybe felt for weeks comes as a shock.

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November 18, 2023 ・ Blog

Apparently, Humane’s lapel-squatting phone-replacing everything-device doesn’t “do apps”. It instead automatically chooses “AI experiences” to interpret and act on users’ commands.

I hate that they’re called “AI experiences”, because we’re inherently passive when we experience something: it happens to us. And yet we should be inherently active when we use a device. I wish these things were called “services”, because that’s what we should expect from a device that should be a tool.

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