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  • Are games art?

    Xasapis said:
    • Or they start as products and have the potential to become art, given the test of time?
    To me, art has nothing to do with time or cultural value. I see art as anything that communicates subjective feelings in concrete ways.

    There is a get-together of independent photographers in London every two months. I've just been for the first time. A handful of people bring their projects, pin them up on the walls and look for feedback from others. Some of these photos will never be seen by anyone else ever - the photographer might decide to pursue something else. In other words, the project might not stand the test of time, heck, it won't even survive one evening. Yet, I'd call it more of an art than some of the antique pieces that reach a museum.

    Game development is incredibly varied. People do it for different reasons. Companies have different workflows and even within one studio, the priorities may change with a change of key people. Some people will say AAA games are less of an art than indie titles - I used to think that way, but don't anymore.

    My friend used to work for Rockstar Games and other high profile AAA studios. The way he spoke about games was pure passion, definitely close to speaking to a painter about their work. At the same time, I know people from both AAA and tiny studios, seeing games as a financial transaction.

    There are studios I would not see as art. I know of a mobile game studio, where the goal is to push out as many microtransation games as possible. They get a design idea, assign it to two people over a weekend. The whole art then gets outsourced and the game is pushed onto Android as early access. If people bite, more of it gets outsourced and the final game with full monetisation is pushed out. The whole process takes about 1-2 months.
  • Guild Wars 2 - Bill Murphy - ArenaNet and the Wisdom of Not Doing Anything - MMORPG.com

    On freedom of speech.

    I do find the laws / culture overprotective at times. There is no good reason why you should feel afraid to say anything to your friend in private. Yet, there have been several occasions recently where people get in trouble for their private, personal opinion shared (and unfortunately leaked) in a private setting.

    We had a scandal at our university recently, where a private messenger conversation was leaked, including some quite distasteful racist jokes. Several of the people in the conversation were suspended or penalised. In this case, I found it quite awkward - why are we punishing these people, who clearly had no tangible intention of harming someone besides making unfortunate jokes in private. At the same time, people go to comedy shows full of racist jokes, pay for the tickets, laugh and clap at what's said throughout.

    This does not apply to the ANet story though, in my opinion. When you have a professional relationship with a person, the nature of the relationship persists. If I dislike something about a student of mine, I can't go to them and call them a piece of crap - I am still their teacher, no matter the platform, and the expectations (for the most part) don't disappear. I am a young teacher, only starting recently, and the most difficult aspect of my job is figuring this 'barrier' out. How friendly is too friendly. How strict is too strict. How honest is too honest. Even though I'm friendly with my students in our off time, there is a lot of expectations on me and the professional nature of the relationship though.

    So I think in this case, the fact that the employee is being harsh towards a customer is the main issue. If you were being harsh towards a stranger, it could still paint a poor image for the company, but the situation is much worse when the person has a professional relationship with you.
  • Guild Wars 2 - Bill Murphy - ArenaNet and the Wisdom of Not Doing Anything - MMORPG.com

    If I responded to a student I teach in a similar way, even without any media coverage, I'd be suspended at least. My contract would not be renewed and most likely, I'd be fired on the spot.

    To try force a gender narrative onto the story is comical.

    What's even more absurd to me, is gaming outlets presenting this as a situation where ANet somehow harmed a developer or set a poor precedent. If you jump off a cliff, don't blame the ground for becoming a smudge.

    We have no idea what happens at ANet internally, but from the tweets we saw, the victim case the employee was making doesn't hold water.
  • Zone Music - Which MMO had the best overall?

    Absolutely loved this one recently.
  • New router suggestions

    I've been struggling with WiFi in my flat for quite a while. Even getting signal from a neighbouring room is problematic.

    I bought powerline adapters for the WiFi and it has been life-changing in my case. They connect your PC to the router using the power network. Spotless connection with no issues.

    I still have the WiFi for my phone and tablet, but the PC always has a guaranteed "direct" connection.