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Comment "dismissed game design as 'not art.'" (Score 1) 153

So what? Games don't *have* to be art, they have to be games. If we get into the debate as it is presented (ie "are videogames art?"), we concede on a very important point that we shouldn't: art is not better than games. Games don't have to "rise up" to the level of art, they're already on the same level. They're important for human development in their own way, just like art is. How come nobody goes up to an artists and asks "this is nice, but is this a videogame?".

Comment Re:GRID (Score 1) 55

Which is actually the smartest move they can make for that brand, given, although I think I'm the only parson in the world to ever make the connection. One of my favorite things at GDC for the past ~3 years was going to their booth and asking "are you seriously sticking with GRID? All caps?", they seemed to be completely clueless about it..

Comment Re:Why is trust an issue? (Score 1) 174

It's true that consumers don't have to "trust" anyone to make a good console. Even if you go by the reasoning that they'll dump some money on the console with the promise that there'll be good games in the future, you'll still have to pay for those games. Consumer trust on a brand is useless for the consumer, they won't get anything in return, there's no reciprocal relationship, the brands only cares about the consumer's money, and the consumers only get what they pay for.

Developers however, they have to trust the platform because they have to invest a bunch of money on it, and they will get a bunch of money in return. It's a reciprocal relationship, they put something in, they get something back. I don't know if trust is the right word, but they're asking themselves if they can take the risk or no.

So far apple has been pretty bad to develop for, especially games, especially if they want to have big games, their tools won't cut it; but as a market ios is great, many developers will probably trust that, and put up with the bad tools.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

Ok, so you agree that I'm not charged for murder, because the actual murder is committed by someone else? That's the whole point. I don't really care what the "DA might throw", this is not a TV show; I don't even know which country we're talking about, this is about some guys from who knows where (probably multiple countries) dumping a database from a canadian site, with consequences to to some guy from some ass-backwards country were they kill people for being gay. It's more of an ethical discussion to me. Also do you agree that these guys didn't conspire with anyone, didn't instruct anyone to do anything, didn't pay anyone to kill anyone else, they just dumped a database?

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

I don't know if it's morally neutral, but if I'm ever tried for my actions I will be responsible for telling someone the location of Sam Hamwich and not for killing Sam Hamwich. If, instead of a person, it was a computer asking me to program in the coordinates of Sam Hamwich so it can shoot a missile at him, then yes, I'm responsible, because the computer is just a deterministic machine, it will do what it's programmed to with the information I input, but the hit man is a man, he has free will and can make his own decisions, I'm not responsible for his actions, only for my own.

The actual interesting argument (this is where I thought you were going) is, is the person who paid the hit man also responsible for the death of Sam Hamwich? He didn't actually killed him, he paid money to a hit man (who can make his own decision, etc). But the hackers who published the Ashley Madison database did not pay anyone to do anything as far as I know, so I'm gonna say it's irrelevant :p

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

Of course it is possible, that's why the first thing I say is that the hackers are violating people's privacy. I'm not saying the hackers are blameless, I'm saying everyone is responsible for their actions, and everyone has to answer/be punished for their actions and not somebody else's. The hackers hacked, and the killers killed. But the hackers did not kill.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 3, Interesting) 706

No, I'm saying everyone is responsible for their actions. The people who snitched are responsible for snitching, the people who killed are responsible for killing. If you put it all on the snitches, you're making the nazis as machines, like they don't make their own choices. Turning someone in to the gestapo is not the same as pushing someone in front of a train. The train is a machine, it obeys the laws of movement, it can't stop, so the blame is with whoever pushed the person. Someone who kills someone else for being gay or cheating on their spouse is not a machine, is a person that can make choices, and is responsible for the consequences of those choices.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 4, Insightful) 706

That's my main problem with this, I get that this data breach is a violation of people's privacy, but if someone is killed for doing nothing, it's the fault of the person who killed them, not some hacker. If we blame the hackers, we're reducing every other participant to some sort of deterministic machine, with no mind of its own. That's not what they are; a killer (a person, or a government) can choose not to kill someone for being gay, and if they choose to kill, it's entirely on their hands, and they are responsible for their actions. They don't get to claim that some hacker fed them information and they somehow completely lost control of themselves.

Comment How can one group control what gets nominated? (Score 1) 1044

Ok so the summary was really confusing, and the articles linked were obviously one-sided, and talking about "sad puppies" right away (wtf are you even talking about?), but some of the comments here clarified the situation. The only question is, how were these groups able to control who got nominated in the first place? Are the nominations picked by one group of people? Are these the people that rule the awards, will they pick the same way next year? How can they win at the nominations and lose at the final vote?

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