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Comment: It's a craft. (Score 1) 313 313

There's been a few very interesting takes on this really old (in terms of how long games have been a field with discussion) argument in the past few weeks:

My favorites:

My personal take? I'm a grad student working on procedural narrative, hacking the cognitive loop of story building players go through during play. So... I agree with Jaffe? It's really much more of a slider than a dichotomy. In fact...
It's a way more broad than even a single slider. I'm not even sure that Kelly's 2d graph comes close to the rich diversity of experience that can be created though video games.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 312 312

Universe doesn't fight entropy. It slides towards. Life, as a pocket of order, necessitates a more rapid descent towards disorder as its consequence. In other words, life acts as a catalyst for the increase of entropy. So it doesn't violate the laws of thermodynamics. By introducing a catalyst, the slide into entropy is expedited.

This is my religion.

Comment: Re:Update on this story (Score 2) 377 377

Hopefully we get more rulings like that restrict the scope of commerce clause justifications. To me, the commerce clause expansion isn't all bad - it's original invocations were in the support of the Sherman Anti-Trust act to break up the corporate run-arounds. Rather than have a multi-state iron processing cartel they create single-state subsidiaries that would only buy or sell to each other, reinstating a vertical monopoly over the steel market. Without using the commerce clause to apply a federal law to what was now a single-state problem, Anti-Trust practices in the early 1900's would have failed. That's not a good thing in my book.

egrep patterns are full regular expressions; it uses a fast deterministic algorithm that sometimes needs exponential space. -- unix manuals