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In response to "Jonathan Blow's Shifting Intention" from The Escapist Forum: Blow's philosophy of game design could work... so long as he doesn't forget that he's creating games and not art installations for the edification of future generations. It's all well and good to pooh-pooh the "grind" of MMOs today but people do play MMOs and are quite happy to grind, Skinner-boxing or no. Unless Blow takes that into account, and provides some substitute that satisifies this hunter-gatherer mode of play, he's not going to attract the players who seek that experience out.
I'm all for indie-designed games; it's great to have variety in the market. But I'm not terribly supportive of genre snobbery as it only hurts gaming as a whole.
- Anton P. Nym
In regards to the Matthew Arnold joke, I was skimming Rasselas by Samuel Johnson the other night. I particularly like the joke about the lighthouse keeper who believes that because he is predicting where the weather will go, he is in fact controlling where the weather will go. I like it because Johnson was making a rather sharp satire about critics who think that what comes out of their mouth is controlling the medium's direction as opposed to just observing its fluctuations and problems.
The thing that irritates me about Blow is that he crosses that line sometimes. Still need to play Braid though...
- L.B. Jeffries
I think Blow's message is pretty simple: If you want to make more innovative games, do it. Prototyping is easier than ever these days.
If you don't have time to do it, well, that's why you're not doing it: you don't have time, or you don't really have the motivation to. Nothing wrong with that, but that's why. Deal with it.
His message is a call to action: There is much unexplored (or rarely explored, or haven't explored in a while) territory in video games, so if you really care about innovation and the health of the medium, go forth and explore - there's plenty to find!
In response to "The Writer, the Star and the Villain" from The Escapist Forum: Jon Finkel is more of a Magic god in America. European players have their own icons, such as Kai Budde, who still is the highest earning Magic pro of all times.
With so many people competing and taking an active role in the game there aren't really icons anymore in the strictist sense. There is no one player who embodies all that Magic has to offer- Jon is more of a godfather of Magic and no longer the hot young Pro of 6 years ago. His win this year in the PT was a shock to everyone. A good shock, none the less.