An article that might seem to lean towards the way of the writer:
He quoted that article in his article. Then ranted like hades on it!
It is bad. In fact, it's arguably worse than what he says in the article. But adults don't need to be saved from themselves. No matter the reasoning. It's not a slippery slope. It's an express elevator funded by your tax dollars.
"Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?"
It's common all over -- save this, save that, save the planet, trees, whales, children, climate, oceans, plastic bottles, seagulls, birds, dogs, cats, historic buildings, accident victim, blah blah blah.
I'm fine with people going and following causes to help solve a problem. The only issue I have is trying to ram that down my throat. I have my own problems to solve, and I have my own causes that I support. I don't need everyone else's problems or causes. Got enough, thank you very much.
I follow Cliffski, and have bought his games, and do enjoy his articles. But he's a bit vitriolic at times, and definitely has his own agenda. And even worse, he subscribes to his agenda with one hand, while bashing the system with the other.
He's a good writer, and very well-spoken. I like his game. But I also realize he has biases, and they show... but he doesn't really acknowledge it. So I take the good, and bin the bad in his conversation, passing them through the lens of known bias.
I had a peek at a few of his blog posts, and read the second on there. A far as that one goes, well... I think he needs to read "Human Action" by Ludwig von Mises and take a look again at subjective value. $216,000 is a lot for me, but Larry Ellison poops that much every morning.
I got his point, but... well... @wraith
, I see what you mean about him in that article pretty clearly.
But really, if I didn't hammer it home enough: Don't ask the government for anything for me, or for the "greater good". You'll get a new form of evil in response.
That bias in this case can be summed up very well:
“Hi, I’m from the games industry. Governments, please regulate my more successful competitors.”
“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
+1 and well put. People rarely ever consider "unintended consequences", which are very often disastrous or worse (skipping history lessons here).
I also had a read on this post: http://positech.co.u...-fairly-socialist-d/
It was quite interesting. He's basically got a revised version of a Nolan Chart there.
It reminds me of one game I worked on a while back where I changed the name of an NPC group from "Anarchists" to "Anarcho-communists".
Reading through a bunch of his other posts... wow... Dude really gets it. He's damn smart. It's like post after post he's nailing the gaming industry perfectly. Any aspiring game developers would do very well to read what he's got there. It's like a gold mine.
I work for a few large gaming companies, and on some pretty big games, and I get to peer into games in ways that a lot of people don't. Reading more of Cliff's stuff was like chanting "yes" a fair bit. @wraith
- Thanks for pointing out the other blog posts and about Cliff. I'd never read him before. I just happened across that one article and figured some people here would enjoy it.