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Comment: My little rant about PC gaming (Score 1) 245

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#46739459) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant
I'd love to know what percentage of games are FPSs... They're cranked out like sausages not because they're the best that the companies can do, but because they can be played using a console controller. Meanwhile a reasonably well-equpped PC has far more power than any console, and features a real (gasp!) keyboard with more than 10 buttons! Game makers do shitty ports of titles to the PC; for example, I still have not played Skyrim because of the PC-unfriendly interface. And they wonder why sales are down.

Comment: Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (Score 1) 888

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#46253119) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
Folks, I don't have much more to say on the subject, except look around you. People gravitate towards hedonism. Hedonsim is the natural eventual outcome of all human governmental and/or economic systems-- It's the goal: A system where everyone is free to be what they want to be, unfettered by such trivial things as lack of resources... Ask yourselves, seriously, in the real world. If a child was presented with all he wanted, what would he do? He'd want to kill his parents, of course, those mean old people who wish to place restrictions on his behavior... But it doesn't matter. Resources and energy are in infinite supply. The kid can ignore all restrictions placed on his behavior. If he wants to disappear into the holosim, who are YOU to question his decision? So in a world where pure unfettered hedonism is possible, what would happen? I rest my case.

Comment: Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (Score 1) 888

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#46247769) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
They worked because they had incentives to, whether personal or practical. Free everything would disincentivize work. I understand what you're saying about creativity, and agree there will always be a core group of exceptional people, but then that flies in the face of the socialist goal of equal outcomes, and those exceptional folks will be hated by everyone else, just like today. No matter how you slice it, 50% of the population will always be below average. The writers of Trek created a happy future where everyone has all they need and want and everyone loves each other, but they didn't really think things through. Read Dayworld. Or Harrison Bergeron.

Comment: Pipe-dream Utopia (Score 4, Insightful) 888

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#46246133) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
ST's vision of the future economy (at least from TNG on; TOS wisely avoided touching on it but implied it was a form of Capitalism) is a pipe-dream Utopia. If food, shelter, and energy were in virtually unlimited supply no one would need to work, yes, but more importantly, no one would *want* to. Where would the goodies come from then? Automation? Okay then, the Machines rule the Federation. And no one would ever emerge out of their self-created kingdoms inside holodecks. The future would be more like Wall-E. There'd be no more invention, no more innovation, no more anything..... Just everyone plugged into their fantasies in their holo-simulators, a civilization of lotus-eaters. This is the sort of shit that would cause Captain Kirk to charge phasers. Rewatch "The Apple".

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