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Every child needs to play Panzer Leader and 1776. They also need a stuffed animal. And not something boring like a dog or a bear; get your child a squid or fish or a toucan or something. Good mental health starts with the right kind of imaginary friend.
I used to write for actionbutton.net. I feel lucky that Tim Rogers let me do that. He makes me want to love things I hate. Tim Rogers is a powerful metaphor for the christian ideal of loving your enemy in the artform of gaming. Games like dragonquest and monster hunter literally represent everything wrong with game design in my mind, but when he writes about them, they not only seem compelling, but like the way forward. I'm on a mission to like what I hate, now. Endgame: liking everything, but maybe sounding like I don't.
Gaming is not a hobby or even an artform. It is a discussion more fundamental than culture--the weaponized tooled up human extension to play. When lions tussle in the grass with their brolions after a really great meal, they wish they could be playing a game. Any game. Poker would be fine. All humans have always played games. People who do not play games are strange throwback to an era of protohuman savagery. If you can't appreciate gaming you are a terrifying animal who poses a potential danger to those around you.
When comparing call of duty to battlefield, we occasionally lose sight of what we're really talking about. It's not a reflection of current culture. We could throw out all culture tomorrow and still have more meat of the human soul in the games we would invent and immediately begin playing than all the happenstance boring drivel that we generate constantly by accident while we play our existing games.
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