The cult of Ubermensch is growing by the minute! Quick, get that anthem written!Archon said:What fires me up is that everyone who got the badge is putting it in their profile!
Gamers, gamers, uber alles.... should definitely be a song.
Sorry for the double post, that's the website filter at work striking agin.theaceplaya said:I dig this article. Esp. the part about social networking (which ironically I posted to my Facebook page).
I had stumbled across The Escapist a few months before I became a member, but now I've noticed/earned the badges and whatnot, I have to ask myself, "Do I go back and re-watch all the Zero Punctuation reviews and Unskippable videos? Re-read all the weekly articles and Stolen Pixels so I can earn a badge for it this time?" It's tempting, but I don't want to fall into the same trap several of my friends have on the Xbox 360, play the games for the achievement points and not to actually enjoy the game.
Do you think it would be acceptable just to rip off the Dead Kennedys' song of a similar name [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quLqEu4mUOU]?randommaster said:Quick, get that anthem written!
That's called a promotion.Hamster at Dawn said:The funny thing is, I enjoyed reading that article more because I got a badge for it. What we really need is job based achievements - "Congratulations, you filed 100 reports!" Then you could go to a job interview and just show them that you got the "Overtime" achievement.
Zombie_Fish said:The song can be anything as long as we have it ready in time for the grand opening ceremony.randommaster said:snip
As far as life being a game, it doesn't really work since there's no end that can be reached and a winner declared. It's a competition, for sure, but not a game.
I never thought about it that way, but it's trueYou had no interest in staying in touch with your second-best friend from third grade, or your distant cousin Jones, or that guy you met at the networking mixer last Thursday. What was lacking was not the means and method of communication, but the motivation to do so. What social networking did was frame it all as a game. Now it was not just about getting and staying in touch. It was about having other people see how much and how often you get and stay in touch, and how many other people think it's important to get and stay in touch with you. You may not care if you talk to your mother in law. But if you get points for talking to your mother in law, suddenly an email on Mother's Day seems like a good idea.
The ONLY reason I haven't put it in my profile yet is that I'm still struggling against retaining my Pac-man themed badge setup. I suppose I could swap them out.Archon said:What fires me up is that everyone who got the badge is putting it in their profile!
If that is the definition of a game then I doubt The Escapist would count as one. Whilst The Escapist could reach an end quite easily, I don't think they would declare a winner. They could say who has the highest post count/ most badges/ most friends etc., but to declare an overall winner to The Escapist? Seeing as so many people wouldn't even think of this as a game, I think it would be a bit extreme to say that someone's a winner of the site.randommaster said:
I think I hit the post button a little too soon. Games need to have some kind of way to measure progress/success, like post counts or badges. Life doesn't have these, or at least not a standard for success that everyone agrees upon that can be seen by everyone else. Since the Escapist doesn't have a way to win, it's not really a game, either, but the ability to see everybody else's score/achievements and compare them to yours makes it very game-like. All it's missing is an end. Life, on the other hand, doesn't have an agreed upon way to keep score. Wealth is often used, but you generally can't get exact numbers whenever you want, so keeping score becaomes difficult, if not impossible.Zombie_Fish said:If that is the definition of a game then I doubt The Escapist would count as one. Whilst The Escapist could reach an end quite easily, I don't think they would declare a winner. They could say who has the highest post count/ most badges/ most friends etc., but to declare an overall winner to The Escapist? Seeing as so many people wouldn't even think of this as a game, I think it would be a bit extreme to say that someone's a winner of the site.randommaster said:
Then again, I have no idea what's going on in Archon's mind. So anything's possible, I guess.
Actually if you think about a life as a SANDBOX game it pretty much makes sense.randommaster said:
In this case it's not that life doesn't have a narrative that makes it ungame-like, it's the fact that there is no concrete and self-identifiable end for any plot arcs.Slider2k said: