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I’m pretty convinced that the things people want from games are often things lacking in our capitalist society
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C May 2
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Examples: 1. Intrinsically motivating tasks that are taken up on a voluntary basis rather than imposed
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C May 2
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2. Ability to fail and having opportunities to learn from mistakes rather than being punished in a way that is permanently debilitating
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C May 2
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3. An even playing field where the odds aren’t stacked against you and where you aren’t guaranteed to win
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C May 2
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4. Choices that actually feel meaningful
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C May 2
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5. A feeling of connection to the products of your own labour and the satisfaction that comes with completing a goal you set for yourself
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C May 2
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6. A feeling of community and connection to others
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C May 2
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7. The ability to help other people
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C May 2
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People experience alienation under capitalism and this is why games are so appealing, b/c they seem to offer an alternative
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C May 2
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Rather than dismissing games as “escapist,” we should be carefully examining the links between desire, game design, and society
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Joachim Despland May 2
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Videogames: The opium of the people
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Michel May 2
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I had never considered this before. Seems true and compelling
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pomo fomo May 2
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But dark souls !
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pomo fomo May 2
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12) the ability to double jump
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pomo fomo May 2
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(great thread btw )
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Tanya X. Short May 2
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true & great thread! tho most commercially successful games seem to reward virtues still useful to capitalism (obedience, diligence)
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C May 2
Replying to @tanyaxshort
Yeah I mean these desires can be exploited. For e.g. capitalism creates insecurity then uses that to sell us things we don't need.
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C May 2
Replying to @tanyaxshort
Games only offer short-term relief, they're not a solution to the problem. Trick is to recognize where the lack comes from in the 1st place.
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C May 2
Replying to @tanyaxshort
Why do we crave power fantasies? Maybe it's because we feel so disempowered in our day-to-day life.
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Felan Parker May 2
Replying to @ckjong
This would make a good article for FPS or similar.
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