Architects Nominate Mojang's "Hot" Office for Design Award

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I am pretty sure they are just taking the piss with that office.

"Look how rich we are! Look at our silk suites! Look at our ironically ostentatious office!"

I can't be the only person who saw that office and thought "that is the most hipster office I have ever seen... oh, Mojang is an indie dev, well played Mojang" can I?

Acrisius:

Though I'm fucking leaving this damn country if the current government wins another election, because those motherfuckers are turning Sweden into a mini-USA, step by step. Slowly dismantling everything that historically has made this country so great.

So, guns for everyone and Walmart? Since I live in the US I have no idea what Swedish politics are like. Can you tell me?

shameduser:

Acrisius:

Though I'm fucking leaving this damn country if the current government wins another election, because those motherfuckers are turning Sweden into a mini-USA, step by step. Slowly dismantling everything that historically has made this country so great.

So, guns for everyone and Walmart? Since I live in the US I have no idea what Swedish politics are like. Can you tell me?

Very far from US politics on some things, but getting closer and closer on other things. Our current government is somewhat like your Democrats. Which by our standards is a chunk to the right.

The biggest problem with Swedish politics right now is that it's starting to become increasingly full of bullshit and partisanship, just like the US. Ideology is hidden away so people find it harder to differentiate between parties. And as if that's not bad enough, the government right now is a coalition of parties called "The Alliance". A group of 4 parties, two of them very close to getting kicked out of parliament due to serious declines in voters in poll after poll, one moderately sized, and one huge one. The huge party, called the Moderates, use this coalition to gain majority in parliament so they can form a government. In exchange, they give some positions in said government to the other parties. The problems with this are many.

First off, there's more than one problem with the Moderates themselves. Shortly before they won the first election of their now 2-time winning spree, they appointed a new leader, Fredrik Reinfeldt. Togheter with his buddy, our current minister of finance, Anders Borg, and their PR-guru Per Schlingmann(by many critics and experts sometimes jokingly AND seriously called "Minister of Propaganda"), he gave the Moderates a complete makeover (and now they control almost everything said by the party with an iron fist). At least physically. They altered their rhetoric and their messages to sound more like what people were used to hearing from our Social Democratic party, the party that has been in power for the majority of the past century, formed in the late 19th century Workers Movement. The message has been that which most people typically think of when they hear about Sweden. Solidarity, Justice, Equality and Equal opportunity, etc. The Moderates sort of hijacked this rhetoric and "stole" the title of "Labor-party" from the Social Democrats, calling themselves "The only labor-party in Sweden" and "the New Moderates", with different variations. After this, they went from being fairly far behind the Social Democrats, to being toe to toe with them in the next election. With the help of the newly found Alliance, they won the election in 2006(and surpassed the Social Democrats as the biggest party in the next election). The problem is that it's little else than just that; rhetoric. And people have fallen for it, combined with promises of lowered income tax and similar promises. But in reality, they still hold true to their liberal ideology, despite using socialist rhetoric. Something that is proven time and time again as more and more statistics show that the rich are the ones benefiting the most and the divide between rich and poor, haves and haves not, is widening and has been doing so since they came to power.

Secondly, there's the problem of the Alliance itself. By creating the Alliance, the Moderates essentially polarized Swedish politics and created some sort of mutated two-party system. Except without a second party to compete with them. They've effectively undermined and hampered the democratic variety of the parliament and democracy in general, because like in all two-party systems, it's easier to stay in power that way and it's harder for voters to be and feel represented. No matter who you vote for out of all the parties in the Alliance, you know the Moderates will always have the last say in everything. Which is also why the support for two of those parties are dwindling; people don't feel it matters who they vote for, they still get the Moderates. Sounds familiar to you americans? The three, now four (since the last election, we have a xenophobic party in parliament now that wants to restrict immigration by 90%, along with many other racist-motivated ideas) other parties are too far apart to be able to create an alternative to the Alliance that the voters will approve of, and nobody wants to co-operate with the xenophobic/racist party. They tried last election to create the left-wing version(the other 3 parties) of the Alliance and run together, and though the Alliance lost their majority in the parliament thanks to the newly added xenophobic party, they still won again. Of course the alternative would be a solidification of this pseudo-two party system that would be horrible in every way...in fact, some argue that the Alliance is a contributing factor to why the racist party gained so many voters. They were essentially the last independent alternative, thanks to the situation that the Alliance created. After they lost the election, it was concluded that a similar cooperation to that of the Alliance wasn't beneficial to the other parties, so they've since abandoned that idea even if they still often cooperate with each other(like they've always done historically) on motions and votes, etc. Worth noting is that Swedish politics have a very varied track record for cooperations and there's always been a sense of willingness to compromise as much as possible, even across ideologies and left-right divisions.

So beyond this, what more specifically do I dislike about the government? Except the false rhetoric and the propaganda. Well I dislike everything their policies do to change the country to suit their own ideology. They've privatized more and more schools and hospitals and old people's homes. All of it still 100% funded by taxpayer money, but with any profit or leftover money (almost always generated by cutting down on staff and other costs) now going straight into the pockets of risk capitalists in off shore tax paradises. They deregulated the pharmaceutical market, which was previously under a state monopoly. Customer satisfaction was above 95% before the deregulation, now it's down to about 70%. Something that experts WARNED would happen, but because it's in their ideology that as much as possible must be privatized or deregulated, they didn't listen. Now customers have to pay more, get less expert service and look harder to find what they actually need, with a smaller selection (because some merchandise is more profitable, private pharmacies push those instead). And they still defend it with crappy rhetoric and outright lies. Same with their economic policy. They cut the VAT for restaurants and similar establishments by half, for an outrageous(!) cost, and claim that it's a work-generating policy, despite experts saying the number of jobs that would create would be minimal and cost inefficient. Most of the tax cut just ends up as addition profit margins for the companies... They sell highly lucrative and money generating sate-owned shares in successful companies to pay off the already low public debt or finance tax breaks. They promise new and badly needed investments in infrastructure (only after HEAVY criticism), but neglect to inform that the vast majority of that money will only be invested AFTER the next election(thereby freeing them from the burden of keeping true to their promise, because by then it would already be past election). Essentially, they've appeased and silenced the criticism by bullshitting, YET AGAIN, because the average Joe and most journalists are too stupid to see what they're doing. Youth unemployment is very high in Sweden, but yet again the answer is to cut the cost for companies instead of actually investing in education or projects. For example, they cut the cost of hiring people under 26 by half. Just straight up cut the costs across the board. So now McDonald's and other companies get cheaper labor. Instead of actually using the money with more surgical precision and much higher job-creating efficiency. My personal theory is that it's just another example of them benefiting individual companies or interests, but maybe they're just incompetent...

All in all, not everything they've done has been bad, I have to admit. We did need a change of government the first time around, our previous prime minister had 12 years, 3 elections, behind him and he was tired in more ways than one. But for every good thing they do that they show the public, they do 5 bad things that people aren't fully aware of or understand. The current prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, constantly talks about solidarity, equal opportunity and all the other expressions he hijacked from the Social Democrats, but the fact is that during his leadership Sweden is more divided than it's ever been in recent years. The divide between rich and poor has grown steadily every single year, more children grow up in poverty and every damn reform they push through benefits the rich way more than the poor. The rich get better healthcare, the poor get worse, the rich get better education, the poor get worse, etc etc.

Many of these changes can't be reversed. At some point, if they win another election and this keeps going, I'm gonna fucking bail on this country and it's sheeple population, because most of what I think has distinguished Sweden historically and made it so special will be gone eventually. I guess I'll move to Norway or something, maybe Germany. Nothing keeps me here. I'm not fond of or attached to anything. Not the culture, the language, the climate...there's nothing I can't enjoy more somewhere else, with one exception. Literally the one thing I like most about Sweden is the system. It's flawed as hell, but I'm damn proud of it. It's not an accident that we're one of few countries with a positive balance in our budget and room for investments(the current situation means we can basically get loans for FREE, because we're such a safe investment), while other countries have to find new ways to cut back on spending. Of course the Moderates take credit for it, and many people buy that bullshit, but really they were in the opposite position of what Obama was in in the US. They took over a country with excellent economy and then they just managed it. They did jack shit, as proven by the high unemployment rate, especially among young people. But I digress.

As you can see, it's far from a simple issue, and I've struggled hard to keep it short, if you can believe that. Of course there are more things I dislike about the situation, more reasons for why it is what it is, reasons for why the Alliance has won two elections in a row, why the racist party has entered parliament, why the Social Democrats dropped the ball, etc etc...But obviously that's not really doable in this form or on this forum :)

Callate:

Karloff:
Excellent healthcare, highly educated population with a booming tech sector, one of the top ten happiest nations in the world, delicious food and now offices like these; is there a reason not to live in Sweden?

Well, yes: not speaking Swedish. I realize that a fair number of Swedes speak English, but I would still feel like a patronized barbarian to live in a country where I didn't speak a word of the native tongue.

The office does look like a fantastic place to work, though. Love the conference room.

XDravond:

Karloff:
Architects Nominate Mojang's "Hot " Office for Design Award

Notch has been quietly gleeful, at least on Twitter, about the nomination. Possibly he's trying to think of where he might put the prize; a difficult challenge, given what's there already. Excellent healthcare, highly educated population with a booming tech sector, one of the top ten happiest nations in the world, delicious food and now offices like these; is there a reason not to live in Sweden?

A current political situation that seems to do quite well in f*cking everything up (by trying to create micro-US and making rich people richer like you know US...) maybe?
Or just that it got nominated because it's not the average office..

The office they showed during their "Mojam" did not look like that though... still nice enough to maybe apply for some work...

Callate:

Karloff:
Excellent healthcare, highly educated population with a booming tech sector, one of the top ten happiest nations in the world, delicious food and now offices like these; is there a reason not to live in Sweden?

Well, yes: not speaking Swedish. I realize that a fair number of Swedes speak English, but I would still feel like a patronized barbarian to live in a country where I didn't speak a word of the native tongue.

The office does look like a fantastic place to work, though. Love the conference room.

Well the problem that many English speaking people (know a whole bunch of 'em) get in Sweden is that so many talks English to them so they never learn Swedish... Just because they're trying to be nice and practice their own English... :)

Checks CV. hmm need to beef it up somewhat before applying... :D

Like my friend here says, more than a fair amount of people speak english. Almost everyone speaks english, and most are fairly good at it. Though many still have that stereotypical and annoying accent...and no, there's no way you'd be a "patronized barbarian" just because you don't speak the language, and you'd learn in time. Swedish is pretty damn close to english.

XDravond also seems to share my sentiment regarding the political situation.

I agree, it looks like a showroom set up in a warehouse.

I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me hate that kitchen so much. The fake red brick? the lack of dark granite counter tops? How cramped & tiny it looks in the wide empty space it's in? The lack of red anywhere else? The asymmetrical column? Too much wood? A white counter top near a vanilla column? The lack of white or vanilla anywhere else? I don't like the bathroom either.

Wow. So this is the place that Notch focused all his efforts into during the mid-Beta slump when the millions started coming in and development trailed off. I'd wondered if the money went to his head. Now I know it did.

Reminds me of supposed accomodations of john romero & crew

Yes yes, it is a lovely "office"...

However, I only saw a conference room. The rest only looks like a lounge or break room. An office is a place to work, and I don't see anything that even remotely resembles a software developer. I don't think you can call it an office if you don't do any work in it. Then it's just a clubhouse.

I'm interested in seeing their actual office, but this isn't it.

It looks like a fancy version of IKEA. It looks real cool though.

This office looks classy as all hell--professional, yet stylish. It looks like a fantastic place to work.
Dangit, Mojang--do you always make good impressions?

"Mojangs new office is cool!" That's a bit of loading/saving screen text in the 360 edition of Minecraft. I thought it was just kind of saying "It's cool that Mojang has a roomier office!"

That office is sexy.

John the Gamer:
It looks like a fancy version of IKEA. It looks real cool though.

I hate Ikea. It's all cementey and stuff.

Glencairn glasses, eh? Maybe single malts are another perk to working at Mojang.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glencairn_Whisky_Glass

I guess when you're a millionaire your employees can't tell you you look ridiculous as fuck with your stupid fedora and pinstripe suit.
This is the opposite of cool. This is to real class what weaboos are to Japanese people.

Nerds will never be cool. Deal with it.

ShadowKatt:
Yes yes, it is a lovely "office"...

However, I only saw a conference room. The rest only looks like a lounge or break room. An office is a place to work, and I don't see anything that even remotely resembles a software developer. I don't think you can call it an office if you don't do any work in it. Then it's just a clubhouse.

I'm interested in seeing their actual office, but this isn't it.

This. I'm not buying it as well.

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