In response to "Philosophy of Game Design, Part Two" from The Escapist Forum: These articles are such a hodgepodge of concepts and ideas so loosely put together and made to relate to gaming that it gives me a headache. Each article contains six good ideas for articles trampled over like a frog on a freeway. Reading it has been more depressing than Kafka.
Since Gamestop doesn't exist in my country and so I don't care about it at all, there are now two ongoing four-article series I'll just skip every week.
The Escapist should be glad that I am a calm and considerate man, or I could go and do something drastic like complain about it on the internet.
Wow, that was a rambling mess.
Once again, there's no actual insight provided here. You bring up subjects, ask some obvious questions, then switch topics. Hume, neoliberalism, and logical positivism are shoved in where they bring no value to the article.
You don't seem to have any actual ideas. Is this entire series going to be nothing more than a transparent excuse for philosophical name-dropping?
I read this article in my head with that tone of voice that one normally reserves for those nature-show commentators. You know what I'm talking about... "See here how the honey bee dances gently this way and that, all in an elaborate dance to show her companions where the sugar is." I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the humour. Hat's off to you :)
Personally I heard Sir David Attenborough's voice.
Seriously, though, how many of us haven't had to put away our "childish things" to some extent because of the demands of everyday adult life? Sure, I'd love to veg out at my computer and play games all day, but I have that pesky full-time job, food shopping, and all other kinds of self-maintenence chores to handle. And while the whole Geek thing may be more socially acceptable than it was in the past- I was chatting about FPS games with a couple of co-workers outside the office during a fire drill recently, for example- it's still not something we go around bragging about.
Why? Because games- a whole and distinct other area from sports- are still labled as "childish things", something grown adults are no longer supposed to hold an interest in. And that ties into the greater pressure to "keep up appearances", to show the world that you are a Mature Adult and a Contributing Member of Society. Games are still considered a waste of time, when you could be doing something more valuable, like getting drunk with friends at a sports bar, or shopping. Older people, of course, are given a pass on this, because they've already done all they can for society and are entitled to their leisure time. That's why people think it's cute when Grandma bowls a perfect game on the Wii, but shake their heads in disgust when a 30-year-old man talks about being in a Modern Warfare 2 clan. Why isn't he putting in overtime for a promotion so he can buy his wife better clothes and his kids more expensive toys? And doesn't the lawn need mowing?
As a fellow anthropologist, I am simultaneously amused by the intended satire and cringing because I have read reports that read exactly like this. Real life, scientific reports about real people--which is pretty scary. The next time you read about some study that looked at a given group and determined something, think back to this article and question their results!