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For the entry that is undoubtably going to draw the most scrutiny, it is by far my most slapdash so far. Maybe I'm not up to the task or maybe it's because I've never seen anyone in all the debates dig down and look what is underneath the mechanical surface.
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Apparently I messed up this daily series on the second day. The next part is mostly written so I wont miss tomorrow. Also, this is a really rough form and to me speaks more of a rough draft since no one but me is looking it over and I have no idea what hole I'm leaving open in my arguments or what is truly unclear and what is over explained.
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Nice work, Eric. Admittedly, I have found most game genre discussions nearly useless because of the focus on mechanics and tropes, bad Aristotelian definitions and logic. Worse, the point for me as a gamer was assumed to be important when it really wasn't.

I first skimmed your post and, when I saw your super genre definitions, saw the relevance. Those are critical definitions for game designers because I often see games whose mechanics don't support the goals.
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What I find incredibly sad if I told my mother about this she would accuse me of being gullible for believing something I read on a computer, call me all but stupid for taking it seriously and state emphatically that it isn't true because it doesn't match her world view.
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+Sean Beanland I don't pretend to know everything about a person's worldview, but basically I think the future idealism envisioned by the 1950s. I know this because I've shown her facts and she says the numbers lie because "I don't believe that." The big one being the lack of social mobility in America and my mother still believing hard work will let you rise above despite every study, survey and common sense saying otherwise.
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It's a problem that was always there and we never addressed until is was a bit late in some cases. The concept of transparency wasn't in the minds of Critical Distance editors at the beginning and it probably should have been. I've sort of taken it upon myself to demystify everything and humanize the staff.

Though I don't think anyone but me has the time or energy to do these behind the scenes kind of posts.
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The Walton is a paper rather than a book, ergo free. :) And I'll happy send you a PDF of Imaginary Games if the topic (representation in games) is of interest.
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And here I tackle the last of the Super-genres to which I know so little about. I'm inviting +Troy Goodfellow +Robert Zacny +Julian Murdoch +Bruce Geryk and any others from the Three Moves Ahead crew to tear this to pieces.
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so where does Rogue and its derivatives fit in? I feel like randomized dungeon crawlers are not really about "who is my character" (although things like Pacifist runs or Vegan runs exist) and are more about long-term management of strategic decisions - especially high-level Nethack, which is about careful and logical consideration of revealed items and risk assessment. plus they're traditionally turn-based so time is also not a factor.
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My plan was to catch up on the schedule and get out both Adventure and RPG today, well that fell through largely because of dinner with my family and me losing and having to rewrite some of my work because my computer turned itself off. Oh, well.
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And so begins my long put off series on video game genres. I'm aiming to publish one post a day. Let's see on long that plan lasts.
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Cross comment: Well done! I completely agree that the current genre consensus isn’t useful. I’d actually go so far to suggest it’s damaging to the industry, as I’m certain games are completely overlooked based solely on a handful of words. Looking forward to the rest.
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And the link piece to my PopMatter's piece that was published today. More writing on Driver: San Francisco.
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This isn't just a link post, but had quite a bit original material on its own. A close reading of the ending of the the game Flower.
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