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Inveterate philosopher, game designer and author
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Martin Pichlmair wrote this great response to my No-one is Independent argument, looking at this from the perspective of the indie game developer. You can read the entirety of his Struggling for Independence on his Gamasutra blog. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ihobo
Martin Pichlmair wrote this great response to my No-one is Independent argument, looking at this from the perspective of the indie game developer. You can read the entirety of his Struggling for Independence on his Gamasutra blog. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Game
DapperAnarchist: these are actually two lines of discussion that I ended up omitting for brevity, wanting to keep this piece relatively concise. :) I agree - the drone is the culmination of a trend in war machines, and not a beginning point. But it is a potent symbol of a problem that we are only just starting to take seriously. As for Heidegger, I'm wary of hearsay and uncertain as to how strong the case of anti-semitism in his regard actually is. Karl Löwith suggests that the Nazis were not convinced his national socialism was sufficiently motivated by concerns of racial purity, which would seem to tally against this claim. Certainly Heidegger did not speak out as much as he could have done - but I think this is true of a great many people in Germany at that particular time... Honestly, I am far from an expert on Heidegger, so perhaps it is best that I not say any more than that. Many thanks for the comment, especially the historical references to the origins of attack helicopters, which is new to me. All the best, Chris.
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Hi Ubi, I get a sense of where you are coming from here - I know several people in the Tennessee pagan community who are not a million miles from this sort of approach. Apologies for misreading you as an iconoclast! Comments are always welcome, whether they agree or disagree. :) All the best, Chris.
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The Daleks, the most feared race in the science fiction universe of Doctor Who. But is their terrible warcry of "Exterminate!" just a chilling historical reference to the Nazi's 'Final Solution', or is it also a horrific reflection of our... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Game
Hi Ubi, You might have misread Nietzsche here - his 'God is dead' proclamation is not simply an attack on Christianity or a denial of the Christian godhead, although he was a prominent 'anti-Christian'. His transvaluation of values project was more far reaching than idol-smashing, although he enjoyed playing with this theme (e.g. with the title "Twilight of the Idols: How to Philosophise with a Hammer"). I don't think Nietzsche's project could have succeeded, but it would be wrong to consider him 'only' as an atheist/godslayer either way. A similar point can be made, from a few centuries earlier, in respect to David Hume. Again, a different project but an important precursor to the rise of positivism (and hence contemporary atheism) over the centuries that followed. Hume's outright rejection of miracles and the miraculous opened a certain door. You're correct that Theravada Buddhism doesn't advocate 'slaying' gods - it would be odd to suggest doing this from within their view of the world... I took your 'slaying' to be metaphorical - it would seem to be a very different kind of challenge if it is not to be taken figuratively! :) The trouble with being an iconoclast, as Bruno Latour draws attention to, is that you can never be entirely sure of the value of what you are doing... I don't find much difference between those who turn on all gods and those who just turn on the gods they don't worship. There's a definite sense whereby these positions are equivalent. Hitchens jokes about this, of course - but I don't think he really understood that he was praising himself for being the bigger bigot. It's a funny old world. Not sure what you hope to get from coming to my site, but if you want to continue our discussion I would suggest getting a wider perspective of my philosophy than just this one piece. Given your interests, how about this (now quite old) piece on "Freedom of Belief"? http://onlyagame.typepad.com/only_a_game/2008/02/freedom-of-beli.html Alternatively, you might not be interested in what I'm doing here, in which case I'll still thank you for stopping by and wish you all the best in your future 'idol smashing'. :)
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Thanks for your comment, Ubi Boga, although I presume from it that you are not well versed in religion or philosophy... For philosophy that walks in similar lines to your ethos here, see Nietzsche or Dennett. For religion, the relationship between Theravada Buddhism and the Hindu traditions it grows out of walks in a similar direction. Plenty of religions have moved to set aside gods - but it turns out, it wasn't ever the *gods* that were the problem... Take care, Chris.
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Thanks for the kind words, Zidders! It was a shame that Sick Puppies closed, but I'm still glad that this game was made - I've worked on over 40 videogames, but there's only three or four that I really value, and this is one of them. All the best!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on What's Stopping a Ghost Master Kickstarter? at ihobo
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Over on ihobo today, a reply to Jed Pressgrove's blog letter about defining RPG genres, exploring the plurality of what the role-playing game genre entails. Here's an extract: It is worth being clear that generating a character - valorised in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Only a Game
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Dear Jed, Your letter to me, The Game of Defining RPGs, was warmly received for many reasons, but not least of which was your willingness to play with my methods - to play my game, if you will. While others... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at ihobo
In an interview, the legendary film director John Ford made this remark: It is wrong to liken a director to an author. He is more like an architect, if he is creative. An architect conceives his plans from given premises... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Only a Game
In an interview, the legendary film director John Ford made this remark: It is wrong to liken a director to an author. He is more like an architect, if he is creative. An architect conceives his plans from given premises... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at ihobo
Over on ihobo today, a blog letter on what makes someone an expert, particular in the context of games: On the whole, ‘expertise’ is a fascinating concept – and particularly because I, like most ‘game experts’ am self-proclaimed as such.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Only a Game
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Dear Joseph, Your brief blog letter was a welcome surprise, and raises two interesting questions. Your primary interest is in what qualifies someone as a ‘game expert’, which is a fascinating enquiry in itself. But in addition you tangentially ask... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at ihobo
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Certain media creators are proud of their status as ‘indies’ – but is anyone today actually independent of corporations? Suppose there were a certification programme for media that declared itself ‘independent’, parallel to organic certification in food. To be labelled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Only a Game
PS: my reply is running on ihobo on Wednesday this week - look out for it then. ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2014 on Talk to Me? at Only a Game
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Over at Game Intellectualism, DapperAnarchist/Joseph writes a short blog letter asking: what does it take to be a ‘game expert’: I’m pretty sure you know that the original Republic of Letters was made up of men (yeah, mostly men) with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Only a Game
Over at Game Intellectualism, DapperAnarchist/Joseph writes a short blog letter asking: what does it take to be a ‘game expert’: I’m pretty sure you know that the original Republic of Letters was made up of men (yeah, mostly men) with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at ihobo
Hey DapperAnarchist, Thanks for your letter! I will reply as soon as I can. There's another blog letter ahead of you in the imaginary queue, but your reply might be easier to draft. In the meantime, I'll link this at ihobo.com, where the game content is collected. Many thanks for getting involved!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2014 on Talk to Me? at Only a Game
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Do the arguments mounted against religion rely upon a naive understanding of DNA? This is the argument I mounted in a piece entitled DNA as Destiny? that ran in On Religion magazine late last year. Since I'm not quite ready... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Only a Game
I used to drink Earl Grey all the time, but these days I'm more of an Assam or green tea kinda teapotter. ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2014 on Warming the Teapot at Only a Game
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Returned from my travels, and gearing up for more Only a Game very soon. I have a few new philosophical dialogues to share, as well as some pieces to support the release of Chaos Ethics. Plus, I have at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Only a Game
DapperAnarchist: yes, that is the idea! By sharing these blog letters openly, we encourage people to get involved in our discussions (in principle at least!). For me, this is an attempt to push back against the aggregation of the trivial that social networks promote, and to encourage a deeper discourse. If this is something you want to get involved in for whatever reason, then yes - write a (blog) letter! :) All the best!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on A Republic of Bloggers at Only a Game
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My original blog, Only a Game, is nine years old today! Why not pop over there and wish it many happy returns? As mentioned there, I’ll be taking a break from blogging for July but I will be back soon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at ihobo
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Today is the ninth anniversary of Only a Game – many thanks to everyone who has supported the blog over the years, and especially to those of you who came back during the meta-campaign and helped take us to victory!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Only a Game