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Moral hazards of the republic
Most of my readers when asked under what form of government they live would probably reply that they live in a democracy. But in reality there is a qualifier to that, we don't live in direct democracies, but rather in representative democracies, otherwise k...
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The future of 3D printing
Predicting the future of technology tends is full of pitfalls. Thomas Watson, president of IBM predicted in 1943 that there was a world market for maybe 5 computers, today I own more than that (counting all mobile computers). And there have been other fooli...
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Redistribution
Redistribution as a term in the political dictionary has a bad reputation. People usually think it means taking their money away and giving it to somebody else in the form of welfare. But in reality any action a government takes is redistribution. Whether...
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Getting feedback on game design
The people I play Dungeons & Dragons with are friends with whom I've been playing tabletop RPGs for over a decade. In many cases I can predict some of their decisions in a role-playing game simply because I know them. In a small group with always the same p...
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Politics could learn from game design
I've been discussing earlier this month how game designers can make punishing players for certain things more acceptable by framing that game mechanic rather as a reward for the opposite behavior. Very frequently you can express the same thing in either a n...
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When rewards become punishments
There is an old story around about how Blizzard made the World of Warcraft rested xp system more acceptable by framing it as a bonus for rest instead of a penalty for playing too much . It shows that anything you reward people for in a game could be interpr...
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Back to the playing board
I used to play board games a lot, had a huge collection. But between Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and an increasing flood of video games, board games stopped to be part of my repertoire many years ago. And then an increasing number of board game...
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Boardwalk Empire and Sex
My wife and me are currently watching Boardwalk Empire on DVD. That is a TV series from HBO which is all about the prohibition, showing how the official interdiction of alcohol led to the rise of organized crime while not really having a big impact on alcoh...
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