• Paul Spooner

    Good talk guys! I love the tension between Keith’s clear abstract mechanical elegance on one side, and Brad’s attempts to make something he feels good about in a “saucy” environment for a fractious audience. If anything, I think Soren’s dual topic (static/dynamic and transparency) talk at the beginning was probably under-appreciated. It kind of got drowned out, what with Keith’s (apparently shocking?) theor(y/ies) and Brad’s rambling product pitch.

    Keith, what are the odds of chatting with Soren on the Game Design Theory Podcast? He seems like a fertile source of interesting discussion. I feel like he disagrees with your approach just enough to create a dialog, but is polite and cogent enough about it to make that dialog profitable.

  • Ya, it’s a good idea. I’m sure he’d come on if we asked him. I’ll look into it.

  • Van

    You need to know why something is broken so that you can fix it, you need to know what you’ve done correctly so that you can further improve it – basically you need to know what you’re doing in order to do it as well as possible. Nobody just randomly comes up with perfectly working ideas all the time, we always need to make adjustments to our ideas. Why does that come as a surprise to people?

    When somebody brings up “theory” people immediately go “that guy’s just up his own ass with these redundantly fancy ideas, you should just care about fun and not this fancy garbage”.
    Why do you think there’s this lashing out against people like you who want to understand what they’re doing?

  • I think it’s a few things that kind of moosh together into a big ball of anti-intellectualism.

    Part of it is people kind of going a bit crazy with liberal social ideas. Liberals (such as myself) tend to believe in egalitarianism, equality, accepting people for who they are, accepting new ideas. There’s a line though, between doing this and just being plain stupid. As someone put it “it’s good to be open minded, but you don’t want to be so open minded that your brain falls out”. So I think this is part of it.

    Another part of it is that it’s just easy. It’s really easy to say, “oh no one knows and no one WILL EVER know”. Takes all responsibility off of yourself to have to go and learn anything. Levels the playing field for you; you don’t have to feel insecure about your abilities because ALL IDEAS ARE EQUALLY CORRECT!

    That’s my take on it.

  • Van

    I’ve had almost the same impression from my experiences with this issue, you put it to words very concisely. Thank you for your response! 🙂