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Born far-Easterner by circumstance, not descent. Played Marathon for Mac, X-Wing, Escape Velocity. Went to the University of Chicago and discovered Vendetta Online. Lived in Colorado for a year, rode Crested Butte for 70 days. Worked as a Geoscientist. I have always enjoyed designing games; would love to do it for a living.


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  • Is a truly good MMORPG impossible?(too long)

    I've had the fortune to play a good MMORPG the past 15 years.  Do you have 20 minutes?  Let me tell you what it was like up until 2015:

  • Citizencon Stream is Paywalled

    Torval said:
    Torval said:
    Blizzcon tickets are $200 each at a minimum. The fancy dinner stuff costs more I think ($500) and the "virtual tickets" are $40. This is normal convention stuff, but don't let that stop your irrational judgement of one game company over another.

    The critic cultists of this game are as freaky as the fanboys.
    Ironically similar to atheism, being a critic of SC does not require one to adopt any particular set of beliefs whereas being a 'true supporter' requires one to accept some very specific items on faith.  There are many different ways to criticize Star Citizen whereas there is only one 'gospel of Roberts'.  As such, the "critic cultist" label doesn't work.
    Hahaha, you keep telling yourself that lie. Also, notice how you had to deflect the thing that triggered you instead of actually answering my point? Guilty.

    And I'm not a fan of this game at all. It doesn't look good or fun at this stage. It looks like it will turn out to be a fancier clunkier Elite Dangerous which was a total disappointment.
    Oh, I criticize Star Citizen heavily, but I don't think that means I'm part of a cult.

    More cults would probably fizzle sooner if they were held up to scrutiny and criticism.
  • The Circle of Life, Gaming-wise. Where are you?

    I believe I've found my place on the path unwinding...
  • Would you do an MMO afterlife?

    iixviiiix said:
    Yes ,
    i want to see how the world become in future , to 2100 and 2200 . i hope i live long enough to see the sci-fic become true . Then maybe i will rest in peace at that time lol , the curious is one reason worth to keep you alive .
    Serious question: how do you know this won't already be the case without any sort of technological deus ex machina?

    I see no reason why it wouldn't be possible, although this isn't a popular thing to say on the internet nowadays. Just look at the phenomena of near death or psychedelic experiences; these have much to teach us about liminal states, without any particular religious leanings. 
  • Are games art?

    Scot said:
    Sovrath said:
    Literally considered art:

    Image result for rauschenberg white painting

    Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting [three panel], 1951

    You can't make this up.
    It is important to put context to that "painting."

    There's "art" that is about skill as well as subject matter and there's "art" that is about the artist asking the viewer to think about things in a different way.

    If one were to look at the other end of the spectrum, say Jackson Pollack, criticism could be made that what he did took no "talent" as a kid could do it.

    But if you watch the videos of him painting one gets the sense that he truly meant what he painted. And what he painted was a sort of visual representation of his improvisatory movements as well as his choice of color, texture, etc.

    Not to say everyone can or should appreciate or even like this stuff but understanding what is going on is part of understanding why some consider this "art."

    Sorry, but I have to point out how lacking in substance these arguments are. This "asking the viewer to think about things in a different way" is intellectual claptrap. What they are doing is coming up with an idea for you to think about, and because the art elite buy into this it has to be amazing. If you don't "get it" you must somehow be of lesser intelligence, not able to master the ability to see beyond what you see. It reminds me of the fable of the Emperors clothes.

    The Emperor has tailors who prepare for him the most amazing costume made from a fabric so fine that only those who are intelligent enough can see the fabric. If courtiers cannot see the fabric surely they are not fit for office. But as he parades around the courtiers do see it and admire the outfit. The tailors were con artists and the Emperor was naked, but to not see the clothes, well that would make you stupid wouldn't it?

    It seems this sort of con has been around a rather long time. :)

    You get thousands of ideas thrown at you in a book, but somehow we are to believe the idea above is special? Come to the gallery, put on your face of studied thought as you look at the painting, think your great thoughts, you to can be a courtier and see what cannot be seen.

    Pretentious nonsense.
    It's true though that certain artists, after building a corpus of work, earn greater artistic license.  I'll read basically anything William Gibson puts out because the man's a genius and a poet.  Tastes may vary.

    I'd never consider someone to be of lesser intelligence because they don't appreciate Gibson or the... painting?... pictured above.  Just of different taste.

    Just like someone can put out this:

    and have it not be great art, Joyce gets away with "bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnth
    unntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!" and it's genius.  However, Joyce had to earn it.  It doesn't mean everyone will appreciate it, and that's no marks against the ones that don't.

    Hey, I really like Nine Inch Nails !
    If you make it past the intro, the rest of that soundtrack is surprisingly chill.  Ironically blissful at times, even.  Take "Hall of Souls":

    Someone like @Sovrath could do a better job than me, taste notwithstanding, but it starts out with a faint kind of ambient buzz, almost like an air-conditioning unit droning in the background.  Numerous voices are whispering unintelligible phonemes.  The synth begins to come in slowly at around 0:48, then unexpectedly moves up a major third, I believe.  Unexpected, because the atmosphere is already unsettling; a minor chord would be more along the lines of the setting.  This tension between what is expected and what is presented is artistic.  However, as the synth sustains, it bends or decays rather into the minor chord; the reprieve cannot last.

    I could go on and on about this track... needless to say it won't be everyone's cup of tea but the thing about NIN is that there usually is a lot more going on than what's presented on the surface.  Like great horror, Reznor is a master of slowly ratcheting up the tension while playing with the listener's expectations.