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Outsider philosopher, game designer and author
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Hi Ahmet, Sadly, very little of Mandosio's work appears to have been translated into English, and my French is at a conversational level at best... However, even if it were the case that Foucault took Kuhn's paradigm concept, Foucault's work moves far beyond Kuhn's, which was limited in its focus to the history of the sciences. Foucault, on the other hand, presents a more generalised method than Kuhn, one that I have made use of in another context. I don't think there's any basis for undermining Foucault's work even if he did adapt Kuhn's paradigm into his own term 'episteme'. Incidentally, this piece is from 2009; in 2015 I wrote a serial on Foucault's archaeological methods (which are derived, primarily, from Nietzsche) and offered a more precise analysis of the parallels and differences between Kuhn's paradigm and Foucault's episteme: http://onlyagame.typepad.com/only_a_game/2015/06/foucaults-archaeology-1-paradigm-and-episteme.html Thanks for commenting! Chris.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Episteme vs Paradigm at Only a Game
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Hi Paul, My understanding of Ultima VII: The Black Gate is that it uses the 'paper doll' approach, inherited from Dungeon Master covered in part one: http://blog.ihobo.com/2016/08/game-inventories-1.html If it did something else that I am not aware of, I would welcome an account of it to incorporate into my investigations. I genuinely welcome pointers towards avenues that I might have overlooked! I try to be thorough, but I always need and welcome assistance in this sort of task. Thanks for commenting, Chris.
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What about Resident Evil 4, then… did it descend from Diablo? Apparently not. Part four of the Game Inventories serial, up now at ihobo.com. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Game
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The Attaché Case inventory in Resident Evil 4 (2005) feels like a logical next step from Diablo II’s grid inventory three years earlier. Both involve positioning multi-cell objects in a fixed size grid, with weapons varying in size. Resident Evil... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ihobo
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There are now four ways you can get my new book, Wikipedia Knows Nothing… 1) You can purchase paperback for $10.95… 2) …or eBook for $2.99 from Lulu 3) There’s a new Kindle version from Amazon.com for $2.99 or.co.uk for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Game
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There are now four ways you can get my new book, Wikipedia Knows Nothing… 1) You can purchase paperback for $10.95… 2) …or eBook for $2.99 from Lulu 3) There’s a new Kindle version from Amazon.com for $2.99 or.co.uk for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ihobo
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There’s a special pleasure in unwrapping the package that has your own book in it, something that doesn’t come along every day. A pleasing object, Wikipedia Knows Nothing the paperback; she has the same form factor as some low-print run... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Only a Game
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One key aspect of Minecraft’s inventory practices is absent from all of the examples previously examined: crafting. Indeed, crafting formed no part of Dungeons & Dragons player practices until the 3rd edition in 2000, and none of the early computer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at ihobo
Diablo vs Daggerfall – fight! The next part of the Game Inventories serial is up on ihobo.com. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Only a Game
Over at Zenpundit, Charles Cameron has written a response to my blog letter to him (Beyond Space) entitled The Republic of Bloggers, SpiralChris & Pundita. It touches upon many of Charles’ key interests, such as the Glass Bead Game, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Only a Game
My apologies to everyone I told this was going to be a free ebook. It turns out only the PDF is free, which was not my understanding. Give it a few weeks, and the hackers will be sharing the ebooks on the black library, though...
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2016 on Wikipedia Knows Nothing - Out Now! at Only a Game
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What does the Wikipedia know, and how can it know it? More to the point, how can anyone using an anonymously edited source, the contents of which change on a daily basis, know that what they are reading constitutes knowledge?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at ihobo
What does the Wikipedia know, and how can it know it? More to the point, how can anyone using an anonymously edited source, the contents of which change on a daily basis, know that what they are reading constitutes knowledge?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Only a Game
Bored of me waffling on about Dungeons & Dragons? Of course not! Check out part two of the Game Inventories serial over on ihobo.com today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Only a Game
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The ridiculously over-titled Tales of the Unknown, Volume 1: The Bard’s Tale, was released in 1985, two years before Dungeon Master, which as shown last week innovates the grid inventory practice that persists all the way to the present day.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at ihobo
Stories and Games was a serial in three parts that ran here at ihobo.com from August 31st to September 28th 2016. It considers the relationship between stories and games when they are considered from the aesthetic perspective I explored in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at ihobo
Finally got around to updating ihobo.com to the Responsive Template that I'd already implemented over at Only a Game. It should now work better for everyone - let me know what you think of the new look! Update 1 Just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at ihobo
Kicking off a new Game Inventories serial over on ihobo.com today – don’t miss this one! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Only a Game
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Look at this screenshot from 2009’s Minecraft, one of the most successful games to be built upon the player practices of the role-playing game lineages. What can immediately be seen are a set of armour slots and an image of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at ihobo
Hi Harbour Master, Thanks for the link, although I almost never watch internet videos. It's just not my thing. But I've looked at Blow's comments indirectly, and we're in broad agreement on some of the issues here. Thanks! Chris.
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Hi Richard, I didn't know Moyers had to play hardball with PBS to get "The Power of Myth" made... although it does make a lot of sense! :) As for films, I absolutely agree that the arts will be an important part of the resolution of our predicament, but no one media artefact or medium will suffice. Once the dimensions of the problem are fully understood (and I do not believe we have reached this point yet), it will take efforts from a variety of media, from the sciences, from philosophers, from journalists, and, frankly, from everyone, to make the changes (whatever they turn out to be in practice). But there is not a single audience to be reached, but rather a diverse panoply of cultures - so it will take many media artefacts (of whatever kind) to achieve anything of substance. I'll take a look at the book you mention - it sounds interesting, and I'm very interested in writing techniques for reaching a wide audience. All the best, Chris.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2016 on Exposing the Mythologies of Evolution at Only a Game
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…is that it reminds me of the 1977 Traveller rulebook. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at ihobo
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…is that it reminds me of the 1977 Traveller rulebook. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Only a Game
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An open letter to Charles Cameron responding to his blog-letter No Man’s Sky at Zenpundit as part of the Republic of Bloggers. Further replies welcome! Dear Charles, The second of my five religions, Zen Buddhism, came about entirely as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Only a Game
Hi Richard, Thanks for coming back to continue our conversation. I have a number of things I should like to respond to here, but I might as well start with Alan Watts and Zen Buddhism. (I didn't respond to your video link because it was a video and I don't watch internet videos... I'm afraid I'm a words-person; I get impatient with videos - they are so slow compared to reading!) Regarding Watts, you say: "Watts came at it from a Zen perspective but ultimately abandoned ALL religious dogma, Zen and otherwise." This is a strange sentence to me, because Zen and Ch'an Buddhism are by their very nature anti-dogmatic. To abandon Zen dogma would be to practice Zen Buddhism! :) Watts later work moves very strongly in the space of Advaita Vendanta, which grows out of the Hindu traditions. I have a lot of time for philosophy in this space, and Watts was very talented at bringing it to the West. We are facing a nest of problems at the moment, among which I concur with you that our greatest involves our relationship to our planet. But one of the unseen problems of the environmental crisis is that those who feel it most acutely rapidly become unable to communicate it to those who do not. That's because the extent of the problem is such that it quickly becomes apocalyptic, and thus tacitly dogmatic. The problem of dogma is not a problem of religion but a problem of human thought. And it's a tricky one, as it's something we see clearly in others but not ourselves. I agree with Campbell that new mythologies are required. But I break slightly with Campbell in that the new mythology cannot be quite like traditional mythology, because the conditions that fostered those narratives are not the ones we currently face. Our current situation, one which Charles Taylor calls "the Nova effect", is of a tremendous diversity of ways of being, indeed, an ever-diversifying panoply of religious and non-religious positions. It is no longer possible for singular mythic systems to do the work they once did. We require new approaches. One promising strand is coming from continental Europe, from the philosopher Isabelle Stengers, and her close colleague Bruno Latour. My own work in ethics draws against theirs and several other philosophers and writers to attempt to lay out a way of understanding the problem - because the problem is more complicated than at first it seems. This is the subject of my book "Chaos Ethics", which is a fractured analysis of the moral problems we are facing today. A key challenge therein is that from every singular position, a natural entrenchment occurs, demonising those who do not share our concerns and cutting people off from genuine political discourse. This is a part of the problem that "Wikipedia Knows Nothing" comes at - that will be out within the next month, and it's a free ebook (and a short read), so if you're interested in my work that would be a great place to start. All the best, Chris.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2016 on Exposing the Mythologies of Evolution at Only a Game
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