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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-10-14 06:48:02
I find the question, "Are video games art" to be a completely ridiculous one. OF COURSE they are art. The question ought to be, "Are video games good or relevant art?" A huge factor in this assessment is their level of maturity.
There absolutely is a place for easy-to-digest pure entertainment. Nobody in their right mind is going to claim that The Hangover is a better film than The Godfather, but it doesn't have to be. The concern is that with video games, we have far more of the former than the latter.
I agree with Steve Jarros' sentiment that, as an industry, video gaming needs to mature and that that process is predicated on meaningful choices. That's the difference between something like BioShock and Saints Row. It's just funny that the admonition is coming from one of the developers of the self-proclaimed "most over the top, biggest guilty pleasure in gaming".
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-10-13 07:52:46
Diplomacy VI - Spring 2008
Britain continued his pincer around Poland, while employing Polish troops to press his Ukrainian foe. Steve G. also has two Wing units wreaking havoc in the Ukrainian interior. Britain and Spain are the two primary contenders for victory, and Britain possesses both greater opportunity and greater liability than Spain. Clearly, Britain currently has the cooperation of Vargas (Poland), but Britain currently has the cooperation of Vargas.
With the disbanding of two Ukrainian Middle Eastern units, Egypt now has the previously unthinkable opportunity for a legitimate offensive. Steve W. looks to savage Ukraine even harder by taking Israel and perhaps more.
Poland appears to be pressing Ukraine at Britain's behalf. In our internal discussions, I've dubbed Vargas as the consummate S.E.P.: "Somebody Else's Problem". He's the sort of hot potato-type player that you do NOT want to have to deal with. Germany and Ukraine both made the grievous error of not eliminating him, and both suffered immensely as Vargas became OMFGHMP (Oh My Fucking God He's My Problem). At the moment, he is granting Britain that extra firepower necessary to foment momentum, but working with Poland has proven to be a dangerous game.
Spain continues to deploy relentless pressure on Ukraine. With his unchallenged mastery of the Mediterranean, Kang conducted two separate, highly ambitious amphibious maneuvers. He now has two armies in the Balkans and another in the adjacent Turkish sector. Spain stands poised to remain more than competitive with Britain in the race to 33 supply centers.
Ukraine continues to be pounded on all sides. Yino made a strong play for dominance, and was contained only by cooperative play from all of his rivals. I'm somewhat surprised this loose confederation has not fallen apart now that Ukraine is clearly contained. Ukraine's might has been severely reduced, and Yino needs to shake at least one of his adversaries away from this alliance against him.