Nicotine Improves Brain Function In Schizophrenics
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Better AI agents? If it means the end of Ulduar PUGS more power to 'em. But I've been hearing a lot about "computer designed" games recently and I think it sounds like a terrible idea. I don't even like the idea of player driven design, why would I trust the machine?
You see what I enjoy most about games is reveling in the craft of the designer. Bioware's story, Blizzards art, Lionheads... press releases. These are professionals, very good at what they do, who are setting out to engage me. So they wrap a story around me and that story is "Your hero sets out from humble beginnings to acquire the strength to defeat..." and so on and so forth. Player driven? "Your hero sets out from humble beginnings when suddenly M0nkeeP4nts, a level 80 death knight, runs him through with Newb Gank, his legendary two handed sword. Then he squats over your corpses face and farts loudly." I find it hard to imagine anything computer driven doing much better
I've always been a movie guy, and this has long irked me. Those few times I've given whatever series a try, I'll say "why is this good" and they'll go "oh, you have to watch the whole thing".
But, see, that *isn't* actually true of movies. You might not know the story, but you'll know the quality from about any point. If I'm flipping channels and I land half way through a movie I don't know it doesn't take me long to know if I think it's well made or not. Then, of course, I rent it to see it all from the beginning. But I can tell the quality right away.
Why should TV be exempt?
Besides, I like to think of myself as the consumer and not the consumed.
"Take that, you hostile sons-of-bitches!" -- James Coburn, in the finale of _The_President's_Analyst_