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Chris
Outsider philosopher, game designer and author
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Hey Heidi, Comments always welcome! It doesn't always have to include a cogent counterargument or anything of the kind. It's just nice to know I'm being read, as a writer without readers is thoroughly pointless. :) If you liked this piece, you should check out "Wikipedia Knows Nothing" which is being published very soon - and the ebook will be free. It explores my concept of knowledge-as-a-practice, which descends from the line of thinking that was presented in this piece. It's a short yet intriguing philosophy book. Watch this space for release dates. All the best! Chris.
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Brian Green (AKA Psychochild) has a piece responding to last week’s firestarter and arguing that there is a purpose for metrics in a game. Here’s an extract: I dislike the absolutist nature of the argument, and prefer the more nuanced... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Only a Game
Brian Green (AKA Psychochild) has a piece responding to last week’s firestarter and arguing that there is a purpose for metrics in a game. Here’s an extract: I dislike the absolutist nature of the argument, and prefer the more nuanced... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at ihobo
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Which amazing books of philosophy are the ones that hardly anyone suggests people read? That idle thought set me down a path that culminates in the Top Ten list that begins tomorrow, and concludes next week. The Top Ten is... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Only a Game
Hey Rik, Always a pleasure to hear from you! 'Depressingly accurate' seems to be a common response to this one... There has always been a tension between commerce and art, of course, but the current situation is particularly disturbing. I am heartened by Overkill buying out their publisher and cancelling out their microtransactions, though - that is something we've never seen before. At this point, we could really use a good name for the fixed-price business model - something that can become a selling point for those games vouching to sell in that way. We need to start finding positive ways to describe the best commercial practices. Take care! Chris.
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Over on ihobo.com today, a tirade about analytic metrics, game design as a craft, and 21st Century Game Design being about to go out of print. Here’s a quote: We made one crucial error in 21st Century Game Design. My... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Game
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If game design is a craft, what becomes of it when game development is driven solely by financial metrics? Does any of the craft remain? Or are games reduced to mere commercial pit traps, luring in and monetising their unwitting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ihobo
Hi Zach, I appreciate the pushback here. 'Paranoia' refers to any thought-process that is dominated by fear or anxiety. It need not imply delusion or be completely unreasonable. Omari's fears are grounded in something that justifies them, but I still think his piece is on the border of paranoia. Actually, I think 'borderline of paranoia' describes the mental state of a lot of people in the US in a lot of situations these days. As for my choice to emphasise cars over police violence: the thousand people a year killed by police in the US is dwarfed by the 30,000 deaths caused by motor vehicles. There are serious problems with the police in the US, absolutely, but car fatalities are a global problem everyone brushes under the carpet. Personally, while unlawful killings by the police in the US are disgraceful, I believe the problems with the US police forces go beyond race, just as the problems with race go far beyond the police. So I stand by my remarks, but I also recognise the legitimacy of your concerns. Thanks again for commenting! Chris.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2016 on Pokémon GO Round-up at ihobo
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Before you ask, I’m not playing Pokémon GO, nor do I plan too. I’m a father, a writer, and a business owner – I don’t have time to play an MMO. But it’s interesting to me, since this is another... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at ihobo
Before you ask, I’m not playing Pokémon GO, nor do I plan too. I’m a father, a writer, and a business owner – I don’t have time to play an MMO. But it’s interesting to me, since this is another... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Only a Game
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Last week, I discussed the circumstances surrounding Betsy Braddock A.K.A. Psylocke both inside the fictional world of the X-Men comics, and within the offices where her stories were created. This week, I want to pick up this megatextual odyssey by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Only a Game
Hi Robert, Thanks for your comments, and the interesting additional link. Can you please clarify your proposal? You say: "I strongly suggest you put name in the header, or on the side column, or somewhere at the top making it obvious. Links to this blog do not necessary come from some related home page." Which name do you mean? My name? The book's name? My blog's name? And where is it you want it to appear, and what is it that is to be made obvious? I'm prepared to make a change, but I don't understand the nature of the problem yet, which makes it hard for me to act appropriately! Also, bear in mind that this is a post that is more than a decade old. It is, however, one of my most enduring pieces for some reason! Thanks again for commenting, Chris.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2016 on The Seven Basic Plots at Only a Game
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Awesome - thanks for the nomination, Greg! I'd never heard of it, but I've found a substantial secondary literature on it... Very interesting. Cheers, Chris.
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With X-Men: Apocalypse now leaving the movie theatres having pulled in decent box office returns but lacklustre critical response, the future of Olivia Munn as purple-haired mutant miscreant Psylocke is currently a matter of speculation. Here is a situation where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Only a Game
Hey J, Thanks for this! That one is definitely off the beaten track, and it seems like it was an influential text at one point. I'll add it to the list. Cheers! Chris.
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Today is the eleventh anniversary of Only a Game... I've nothing special planned this year, since I knocked myself out doing a Tin Anniversary last year. Besides, as a prime number there's really no way of glossing eleven years to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Only a Game
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Looking for nominations for “Incredible Philosophy Books No-one Recommends”, for a future piece here at Only a Game looking at texts outside the mainstream corpus of philosophy. These could be great books by obscure philosophers, or they could simply be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Only a Game
Some stories from my blog cluster that caught my attention: Valve is being sued for not shutting down the gambling at sites such as CSGO lounge, and thus being implicitly involved in illegal gambling. Note that no-one has yet sued... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at ihobo
Some stories from my blog cluster that caught my attention: Valve is being sued for not shutting down the gambling at sites such as CSGO lounge, and thus being implicitly involved in illegal gambling. Note that no-one has yet sued... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Only a Game
As I write, I’ve just clicked ‘send’ on the email that will take the author edited manuscript of Wikipedia Knows Nothing and deliver it to the new publisher. The book is being distributed with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND (“Share”) license,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Only a Game
Hey Regina, Thanks for dropping by and giving me express permission. That means a lot to me. And I love your work! Hope this link helps bring more people to it. Chris.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2016 on The Scientific Age? at Only a Game
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The wonderful Ewa Stasiak has begun work translating some of my work on games into Polish over at a new website Hobo Nest. The first post is based on last year’s The Aesthetics Flaws of Games, which she translates as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Only a Game
The wonderful Ewa Stasiak has begun work translating some of my work on games into Polish over at a new website Hobo Nest. The first post is based on last year’s The Aesthetics Flaws of Games, which she translates as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at ihobo
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Do we live in a ‘Scientific Age’? What would that phrase mean, and how could we judge – scientifically – if it were true? I recently read a piece in The Atlantic on free will that disappointed me. I’d already... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Only a Game
For those of you who have brought a suitable device to the Red Gallery (or for interested souls not able to make it to the Futurism v Fatalism event), here is my Prezi for my presentation Cyberfetish and the World... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Only a Game