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Cyberpunk as an Ideological Safe Space For Transhuman Capitalist Techno-Fascist Jerkoffs

RND// To consider at least a few ways in which Cyberpunk always was a mere ideological safe space for transhuman capitalist techno-fascist jerkoffs.

A possible response or temporary 12-step satirical antidote to the uninterrupted, unfiltered gushing hype still (to this day) surrounding what basically seems only a minor vestigial sub-genre within the literary sc-fi ghetto:

Scene 000. Oh to unceremoniously drop kick Cyberpunk back into the back alley garbage it was found discarded in. Not only just another gross teen terminator power level 9000 circle jerk, but a key expression of the banal fantasy of power – always simply just Your-Inner-Dad with a new fake designer eye he utterly fails to perceive his own willful idiocy and asshole-ness from. A speculative scenario in which Cyberpunk was, and is always forever thoroughly bleached / beached plastic White (as a state of techn0-mind and will-to-dominance.) Cyberpunk as cool, only in the sense that a twitching corpse hooked up to the internet is cold to the touch.

Scene 001. Cyberpunk as a Dark (/Web) Paradise – a desperately inane Killing Joke always at someone else’s real expense, writ large on the walls of Global Spectacle – bloody, circuit-riddled idiot brains smeared up against a wall of conservative shit streaks, mere ideological shorthand for “Sociopathically Fetishized Hyper-Futurism” – that is, a perfected Utopian Dystopia or Dark Paradise for arche-typical leather clad über-dingus “Lord Edge” to strut around in – renegade maverick dick king of the biowired dung-heap, casually dishing out Cool Cyberpunk Headshots to those deemed less automatically unworthy of survival in His Brave New Data Order. Cyberpunk as something always kinda pathetic and vague and dimly violent, for tough guy wankers only – militant Ryandian individualists with a pathological Lone Wolf Syndrome chip on / in their shoulders – self important internet trolls run amok who underwent Permanent Irony-Gland Removal Procedure at vat-birth.

Scene 002. “Information Wants To Be Free.” Yeah, for a price only a pre-selected minority can pay. What ‘freedom’ in this context means is simply exclusive Neoliberal distribution rights – the heavy hidden hand of the global market place concerned only with constant ‘disruption’ – ie. constantly shaking dead tree to loosen coins from your rentier wallet – the black hole of big data pushing its dead weight around, leveling entire mountains to shave off milliseconds off sweet ‘free market’ trades. Information releasing itself from Pandora’s internet box, only as a cause for celebration for those already with the fiscal means to trade in it. And besides, who gives a flying neon tinted shit about apparently holy ‘Information’ when it’s Meaning your starving for?

Scene 003. On “The Street Finds It’s Own Uses For Things”: No. You don’t live on the street like or with almost everyone else – you merely hang about on rainy rooftops looking cool, have easy instant access to bleeding edge arm blades and high caliber A.I retorts for when you’re murdering roving mutie punk gangs. Your weak “I didn’t ask for this”™ excuse doesn’t wash here either – nobody’s buying the fact The System had you brought hook line and sinker from the very outset. This is a ‘program’ (in all senses) you already committed to with every breath of your pretty designer lungs.

Sure, you often get all angsty over the radical changes to your meat puppet body and your ongoing mis-relationship with technology (at this point, sufficiently indistinguishable from Magical Thinking) but no doubt your cool black leather jacket and ‘street cred’ will see you through another day of hard, bloody ‘biz’ and designer sex, you poor synthetic lamb.

Scene 004. The same goes for that old ‘High Tech, Low Life’ lie: whenever Cyberpunk talks of and-or evokes ‘grim meathook realities’, it’s only ever suggesting that some poor bastard making shoes out of old tires on a dusty street corner in Africa is somehow remotely ‘cool’. That is, it’s only ever cool and interesting from an ultra-privileged, White-minded, colonialist position of safety and comfort. You are not (nor never were) that abandoned orphan in some war lord torn state, forced to sell your life and labor to passing Ugly Inner Amerikan tourists in a passing air conditioned tour bus; you are not seen as entirely disposable and meaningless as the tires they cut using a bit of old wire connected to a stolen Tesla battery.

You however with your soft hands, soft wired brain, almost no moral spine and barely a fucking clue, generally live on the Lowest Default Difficulty Setting possible. So enough oozing with techno-romanticism already – all those pious industry psalms have been heard before. Cyberpunk as a cheap holiday through other people’s misery – with WiFi.

Scene 005. Anti-Humanist, Cyberpunk Transhuman Assholism 101: In which you are only ‘free’ under Global Ludocapitalism to be an ’emancipated slave’ – ie. to be free to mindlessly be consumed by mass consumption. There’s about as much potential for actual freedom within Cyberpunk Reality as there is by upgrading your fucking graphics card in order to play Cyberpunk 2077 (wow, who even remembers them Old W4r3z?)

Scene 006. Style Over Substance.

It’s like, hey, you get more street cred experience because you looked cool killing someone.” – Alvin Liu, CD Projekt Red

You mean only have style, because your substanceless and generally pathetic. But no, wait haven’t you heard? That’s recently been updated with a hotfix patch to ‘style *with* substance’ – the new old Playstation inspired Third Way, ‘Labor with a Laptop’ as they used to say in England. It’s been done to death. Talk about barely warmed over – at this point, Cyberpunk make Zombies look fresh dynamic and exciting.

Scene 007. The Cyberpunk Future Doesn’t Need You: It’s been repeatedly running itself into the ground for quite a while now. A fully automated shit show out of control – yet which is fully in control of you. Likewise, nobody needs Cyberpunk. Try living in a shitty rented room with a flickering neon sign loudly humming right outside; you’ll want to smash that shit right off with a lump hammer inside an hour. (How deadpan-ironically punk.)

Scene 008. The Only Thing Good About Punk Was Post-Punk. Punk was to Disco what Post Punk was to Syd Vicious – some dimly aggressive undead hamster who shot up speed mixed with vomit and toilet water and only impressed very few. Shit, the only thing going for Punks was the very fact they were Pretty Vacant – at least compared to Cyberpunks cosmically cringy, ultra self serious techno-fascist ‘Mirrorshades’ data highway cop look. Thankfully we collectively moved on fast after that false dead start and got Television, Wire, Cocteau Twins and No Wave. Listen to the raw power of Iggy’s Down On The Street and realize (/Cyber)punk on serious LSD tabs would be an immediate and much needed improvement. The Stooges make (/Billy Idol’s) Cyberpunk look like Fucking Abba’s Greatest Hits.

Scene 009. Cyberpunk as Pseudo-Dystopian (‘Pseudopian’): The myth Cyberpunk constantly told itself is that was it ever somehow remotely, truly Dystopian. In fact it was only ever merely fascist Italian Futurism’s love of the sounds of war and destruction – as seen from a nice balcony overlooking the carnage in the distance. Only a few Cyberpunk fiction ever truly lived in its mundane everyday world – the vast majority (of the 1% minority) always seem too busy strutting around with all the necessary implants making big deals, busy battling for data, working for the man – all meals, ammo, accommodation and associated expenses part of the exclusive Deal.

Scene 010. In which Cyberpunk is that obnoxious pasty shit-eating brat from Ready, Player One – but just armed to his perfect teeth with smart air burst ammo and a heavily modified illegal 3D printed AK47 he regularly polishes with his MAGA hat. And somewhere on the wall of his hollow rented skull you can bet is a slightly torn poster of Cyberpunk’s spiritual guru / mythical founder William Gibson – a hopeless beanpole voyeur nerd who simply wasn’t cool enough back in the day to hack it as a hippie.

Note that an anagram of “William Gibson, Neuromancer” is “Common as unreliable wiring” and perfectly describes most Cyberpunk ever conceived – that is, it was written (badly) by Console Cowboys. [‘Cowboy’ is a UK term for bad tradespeople who do a lousy job on your house, often for inflated prices.]

Scene 011. Mask Of The Colonial Gaijin: in which all Cyberpunk ever did was pick and choose other far more interesting cultures and peoples to rip off and colonialize – which were already acting Cyberpunk in infinitely far more interesting ways than, eg. the talent free director Rupert Sanders ever envisioned. Thing is, saying shit like “Kowloon Walled City is oh so (cool and) Cyberpunk” often only ever merely betrays one as a depthless idiot, entirely indifferent to poverty and human suffering – who is only ever really interested in the Advanced Techno Aesthetic, regardless of the utterly misery which built those very (/social) structures. “It sure is neat to visit there (Virtually).. [but I’m sure glad someone else is living there instead of me!]”

Scene 012. Transhumanism: as simply anti-philosophical ideological justification for ultra rich white assholes who want to live and reign forever – as if they didn’t already own enough of the fucking pie. ‘Sieg Science’ is the transhumanist motto. Bollocks to that. Coming soon to an A.I-drone graffitied wall near you: “Death To Immortals.”

In short: believe in the pathetic, darkly laughable, amazingly obsolete, acutely embarrassing intellectual poverty and conceptual / artistic irrelevance of Cyberpunk – and YOUR DEATH WILL BE LIKE BAD SCIENCE FICTION. (Note: Keanu Reeves is only remotely ‘breathtaking’ if you’re a total chode.)

Keep your games out of my politics ;-)
– Theorist Robert What

Example Reference Links

Observing The Witness: A Critique

RND/ to consider jonathan blows witness wallpaper / ideology

Part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

in which ey wonder where braid falls on resarcs length expectation bell curve between expensive aaa play quote means longer / indies must be as luxuriously long -padded as aaa titles – but still cost nothing

The Witness: A Dismissal (Kinda)

x braid had time as core mechanic yet faces complaints about duration proves ey armchair thesis x ironys being outlawed

x no coincidence how sum research feel quote timeless – specifically in x ir allow resarcs to -temporarily transcend or suspend time bound notions of elf

like playing cheng 37 step tai chi chuan fa / sex – or indeed any play with stimulating mechanics ir get quote caught up in

ey doubt there were many who genuinely enjoyed braid yet still honestly complained about length

as artfunkel says above – constructing quote mr whirly inside research / development mod was brilliant

to what extent time usable as factor when ir having fun as great question

personally ir hoping for more open -paida research space like experiences allowing creation of garmeplay suited to immediate tastes

sweet model for x – david oreillys amazing external world animation

just keep on truckin jon/ henry

phil raptor – posted november 30 2012

hello jonathan

ever considered brian enos theoretical quote generative music approach for making unique sounds – or indeed entire islands

thing about specific graphical aesthetic or overall look as x has -obviously changed over time

but then final result can be seen / read as arbitrary

yet if x case why not use enos generative approach where instead of building pixel by pixel one sets boundary parameters of interdependent code systems – eg shape scale colour density – which then interact in unexpected / nonlinear ways

to say/ ir sublime little island looks quote organic enough to have been grown / procedurally generated by computer – so why not let computers try

near examples of x approach regularly seen in awesome amiga / pc demoscene where entire landscapes / accompanying soundtracks explode forth in realtime from mere 4kilobytes/ difference there unlike with enos approach all modular sub systems quote locked down – demos / music usually same every time

basically n would feel neat to see aspects of island evolve in small delightful ways/ despite x puzzles ey think ir play as whole – seeks to – symbolically display wonderful lack of telos/ n appears open ended – something lot of indie research seem to share unconsciously

anyway just thinking out loud

l8ers/ phil raptor

robert henry dylan – posted november 28 2014 at 3 am -deleted

much in same way one may arrive at more finely granulated measure of irradiance ir staring at x image trying to intuit how to arrive at aesthetically meaningful calculation of overall quote interestingness for any given scene from given -playable vantage point

such measurement would eg take in overall number of light sources average object density colour field complexity etc / generate quote heat map of visual interest

n might also place tiny virtual cameras around island for dev to look through in order to view poorly composed -designed scenes – much in same way coin operated telescopes placed in certain key tourist hot spots of visual interest

from another angle/ rhd

in which ideology of witness partially viewing by repeatedly pressing f5 on front page of witness dot net

there series of delightful thought provoking quotations appears hand picked from select cultural heavyweights – meant to send potential resarcs on private reverie of intense philosophical meditation – though always in strict relationship to image of johnnies play space displayed above quotes

consider however how exactly on terra infirma ones not only supposed to relate -read into such quotes in actual context of selling another hot digital product as sony corporation ps4 exclusive

– thus shall ir think of x fleeting indie world of video play space rnd
– plastic star at dawn / egotistical fart bubble in stream of dead data
– flash of lightning in summer cloud above factory of forced labourers
– flickering lamp developer phantom / thin bad dream
– just with few nut bustingly dull environmental puzzles thrown in

perhaps johnny blow might not seem sum conceptually untouchable indie research buddha – another officially unofficially anointed saviour of video research / digital rat

rather to view witness as just another ultra privileged rich pink male gaze confounding obsolete classically romantic notions of nature / what natural/tm with concrete material restrictions governing production of virtual worlds in modern global information economy – in such seemingly nice neutral non place / alienated dislocation ir all immigrants

despite or rather precisely because of all pretty col ey / fluffy drifting clouds witness smells as 100 percent artificial as ir come – no offshore breeze wafts from x mystical island puzzle lifestyle to relieve foreheads sweating in electronic labour camps

rather bear witness to whole project as n exudes heavy cloying atmosphere of affable innocent charm masquerading as thoughtful engagement with cultural – cool domain of ironically detached blowhards everywhere [1]

theorist robert what on pretentiousness play

one way to think about pretension in research – x play spaces often emerge out of imagination pretence

so what are johnboys ideas about ir own play

where ir -failed attempt to answer ir critics regarding quote pretend aspects of braid

phrase/ one of criticisms x ey have heard about braid as oh ey didnt understand story / so author failed

well let x look at another genre x people take seriously like novels – novels are not genre but cultural format for presenting narratives

also idea x quote people take novels seriously might elf be non serious notion

very few people on planet earth could tell ir x ir understand finnegans wake but x considered to be one of great novels

– quantify very few john/ implication here – x quote very few could recognize inherent genius in joyce – clever clogs like blow being one of those few no doubt

therefore one needs to be one of very few smart ones to recognize innate brilliance of blows digital oeuvre

phrase/ something like gravitys rainbow as very well respected very complicated book x very few people understand but x as part of value of medium

tolstoy in anna karenina said x respect was invented to cover empty place where glove should eb

– as for quote value of medium what x johnny – $60 / season pass

note how blows statement about n quote not being about money precisely echoes x of high cube lord ubu notch

phrase/ x so much to x not all there first time ir glance at n

if ir interested ir dig into n / ir understand more / more

ey think x very valuable thing / ey think x if ir can do more of x in research n would be nice

– perhaps x actually very little to n john very first time one glances at n / or any number of preceding times

perhaps x no quote value in digging deeper especially if developer seems consistently keen to – unconsciously – hint x realer reason ey makes so much nice dollar value because ey keeps repeating same ideological suggestion – x quote x so many deep layers of inherent meaning in ey ideas for those -intelligent as ey – who dig ey/ dubious position of considerable hubris indeed

brian eno on play – ambient design by indie scenius: consider x phrase – brian eno – as intelligent answer to most interesting questions still unasked by modern play designers

– system
– scenius
– ecology
– dynamic

incidentally here ol brian eno on video play space/ 404

vast majority of video research at least as ey currently understand ey simply bore ey to tiny clear dry plastic tears which fall silently at irregular intervals on sticky beige carpet of sealed room full of endlessly elf congratulatory undead nerds smelling slightly of wee/ whole idea of wasting irreplaceable life time pseudo interacting with any parasitic system of soul calcifying ego reinforcement x sucks untameable creative impulse from whole generations seems abhorrent / pathetic / desperately tragic/ ey would rather let casual part time lover play with ey flute than feel played as fool by sum stupid video play space – though ir never know ir might get more intelligent sum day/ more intelligent than ey at least
– beno circa quote 95 unknown – cover missing – new york underground rat zine

witness space japanese woodblock print

based on screens from witness play via jonathan blow

example rnd statement via robert what/ vertical screen banners from witness play spaces official site were placed together / tweaked in gimp

– banners were first arranged horizontally in rough order of brightness one each side before being resized
– then ir relative brightness was flattened out / sum of brighter light sources in each banner inverted
– film / anti aliasing / chromatic aberration filters were then applied
– finally add wikipedia reference to japanese woodblock prints -quote moku hanga – as well as page about polyptych paintings – were retro fitted to ir design to suggest possible imaginative / aesthetic context

on jonathan blows dynamical meaning

to consider storytelling in research as too often merely just another cynical marketing tool used to sell resarcs brand – ie play elf

jonathan blows idea of dynamical meaning – allowing quote potential for meaning to arise through interaction rather than through traditional storytelling – appears to be sublime nugget of video research truth expressing simple idea x all play rules / systems express ideas

concept of dm as important for play space design since n cuts through quote stories often desperately / cynically / ham fistedly bolted on by play designers

theres immediate / direct emphasis on fact resarcs time as important / x ir intelligence as respected/ x every single thing ir do in research space system space as quote meaningful – x play contains zero frivolous elements

problems with dm might include meaning of quote meaning as somehow still as nebulous uncertain / dubious as n was before with triple fps quote brown play starring square jawed meat heads

yet what if even these zero frivolous elements play spaces are elves frivolous fragmentary -cultural artifacts

in ir talk from 2008 jonathan blow talks about quote ludonarrative dissonance in bioshock – glaringly awkward gap or quote conflict between play spaces -largely bad story / standard substandard mechanics

but perhaps there as no true quote gap – perhaps sum total of whats being presented / played may be quote meaning of play – as though ludonarrative dissonance has long since been industry / cultural standard

x as though resarcs want / need quote stupid or quote badly told stories / near arbitrary garmeplay mechanics -mindless running / shooting etc because x in elf as truer meaning of play / perhaps all research – ie mindless escape

to illustrate x consider difficultly of setting up play with dynamical meaning in which one of more possible meanings as x playing computer research as complete waste of ones life / time

even if one infers these quote coordinates of meaning / receives sum kind of oblique insight via rules of research system – one – still – might be wasting time / should not be playing in first place

perhaps research need people more than people need play

problem with jonathan blow suggesting humans should make more research x -somehow address human condition as x large part of x quote human condition consists of entirely avoiding every opportunity to directly confront / change elves – who are largely inhuman/ violent often wilfully blind endlessly attuned to pursuit of infinite trivialities / brainless amusements

one wonders how rod humbles marriage would change if ey stopped making video research / paid more attention to quote ir wife

n too often seems x just by playing video research everyone becomes -or just defaults back to duke nukem

thus typical outburst by duke/ ir face – ir arts – whats difference

in x -seemingly quote dynamic context becomes – ir waste life playing play space

whats difference if those research are quote meaningful

video research not need to quote grow up quote evolve or somehow be quote deeper/ maybe ir cant

Reference Links

  1. The New Inquiry On jBlow

// how to play big science

Hypertography One Exhibit: The Beginner’s Guide

RND/ considering z undead developer-d0g in “z beginners guide”

part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

z road to banality as painted with good intentions
– philosophy forums

everybody has secret world inside of them
– wrong, probably scientologist neil gaiman

firstly – whats apparently known about z beginners guide:

0/ x exists as critique/ not as criticism of artists or developers depression:

  • it seems important artistic work ala “videogarmes are art!”/tm
  • it has – something – to say about z real difficulties / anxieties of artistic creation
  • like “z stanley parable” n features pleasantly strange atmosphere which draws players in not x necessarily a-good-thing
  • x very well made software product for sale at all good virtual retail outlets
  • a pretty cool meta-garme hides inside / running parallel to z alleged one
  • it would make good level for gmod

and now – remixing text from z garme – analysis of what might be interpreted as disquietingly disingenuous about x insular walking sim which seems to sensationalize conceptual conceit; x of z eternally misunderstood artistic creator-d0g /their? elf-indulgent publically scripted elf-deprecations:

“if ey had to guess why would ey say anyone would even want to guess what kind of person makes such willingly over-hyped treadmills”

z developer thanks ey very much for playing z beginners guide – x as rating n so highly/ ey written about z stanley parable/ while x garme largely seems absurd story of unrestrained cultural praise / wilful over-analysis today were going to tell ey about series of events x happened between ey / semi-imaginary developer called dave coda

were going to look closely at z garme dave made/ now these garmes mean lot – but mostly only to dave and even then who knows ey heard of coda early last week when really struggling with personal stuff to do with modern garmes industry pseudo-criticism/ x work pointed in powerful direction- reference point for z kinds of only-semi-creative semi-interesting works x many do not want to make – / yet will probably end up doing so because ey sell like hotcakes

so just to start off x as z second garme hes ever made – x basically one big counterstrike mod ey can slowly crawl around – mostly just coda learning z distinctly pedestrian basics of building environment/ but what seems dislikeable as x even though ey starts from z simple desert town hes scattered colourful abstract blobs / floating crates around – which does absolutely nonthing to destroy z illusion – x not desert town/ so x level already feels like suspicious calling card from x creator reminder x video garme was constructed by unreal / unreliable narrator / developer

and n makes ey wonder/ “what was going through ir invisible head as ey was building x – why should players have to listen to him endlessly talk about n – / how does ey imagine what ey says as interesting accurate or honest?”

coda z reclusive artist in z garme might be real fictional or representative of wreden but x not change z effect/ z garme sensationalizes z concepts of z misunderstood creator / z misguided audience / begs pity from z latter
-jed pressgrove z beginner’s guide review

this as what seems troubling about codas head garme/ not x theyre particularly fascinating as garmes but x dave likes to imagine theyre all going to give players access to ey sanctified creator/tm/ sum however want to see past all z pretence to z real garme – ey not really want to know who x human space monkey being imagines ey really air/ / x exactly what were trying to do here as well kinda

so coda starts making these garmes/ ey releases them/ ey wilfully puts ey onto z internet – ey makes ey / then immediately abandons ey in them/ ey sit on ey computers soon forgotten/ / x possible ey misunderstands x image of elf as indie genius-recluse at one point jokingly renaming ir computers recycling bin to “important garmes folder”/ one wonders what would have happened if only theyd stayed there

this as how ey works – ey cranks ey out without pausing to try to little but deliberately misunderstand what conceptually bland object hes just thrown together – unless one day players suddenly decide to stop giving ey quite so much attention/ in z beginner’s guide z more truly critical backlash has begun/ hopefully x as daves last walking sim / ey can another more actual – whatever

x why x seems opportunity to gather all of ir in-garme spoken word spiel in one place – because players who find ir garmes powerful / fascinating / heart-renderingly sentimental seem slightly terrifying/ n might be healthy for actual critique to reach ey / dave – to maybe encourage ey to start more genuinely creating rather than just jerking around oh so cleverly wink-wink semi-unconsciously fishing for slightly too easily earned cultural complements

The Beginner’s Guide: AAA Industry Self Back Slapping Praise

in x garme ey can only move backwards in terms of modern garme development/ thankfully x also just short failed experiment in / relative minimalism combining slow motion / heavy contrived expositionary narrative/ z garme afoot here as x tbg literally tells ey z meaning of xelf/ now not x handy/ what not shame as x non existent narrator / developer-god cant be trusted – even / especially when x continually stated ey cant be trusted

x possibly even less advanced than ir previous garme but n wants to seem to be more focused complete/ all encompassing/ dave coda tries to give n unique voice as well as simply basing n on z old “apparently 4th wall breaking meta-garme x subverts player expectations” trope

x little short though for z apparent scale of x thematic reach/ not even really say what n not even know what n wants to say – / then n ends/ / quite understandably sum players need anything more than x/ which as precisely why n works in z back world of video space industry reviews because n gets out quick/ “okay important deep new art / garme coming along,” ey say and then immediately “-next!”

video garme development too often seems such minor storm of tasteless low boiling industry canned soup/ / nearly every video garme nowadays seems to runs on parallel social engine of cultural verification which determines what garmes do / do not mean/ in other words z engine as not merely set of value neutral tools for garme development

to make all of these garmes coda uses engine called z infinitely applauding friends of dave coda/ like all engines daveys friends feature certain things x ey do better than others/ one of z core things x engine does well as loving boxy linear corridors / painfully deliberately slow walk speeds

this might be why so many of codas garmes are set in these large flat empty rooms – x just because hes only working with what ey can only do/ what z friend engine loves/ yet z tools available to z creator whatever ey like to imagine ey air not only shape what kinds of creative work theyre going to end up making but define n from z outset/ ey are not merely tools but modes of mainly cultural misperception

x worth paying attention to z architecture in z garmes of “dave z coda” coder – get it to notice now ey seem to stem from cultural verification engine x very good at hyping wildly / being gushing / positive about garmes with linear boxy corridors / lead heavy exposition/ unfunny enough in such mutual handshake prison system in dave codas original design z garme stays shut for just over hour before letting ey go/ if nobody minds though were gonna skip all x waffle

this as something often argued about – whether garme ought to be playable whether n means anything if nobody can get through n without being brazenly slapped around z head with z artists great obscure meaning/ there seems need to avoid defending x – all z heavy cultural work x goes into defining / defending walking sims/ why not just make n playable / accessible in any other way – other than having bunch of ludonauts talk all-to-culturally-qualified / verified jive about x apparently infinitely positive endlessly meaningful qualities

ludonauts get into heated arguments over it/ after long winded / largely fruitless conversations ey all go home / day later send each other zip files entitled “honestly playable garmes,” x are full of hundreds of individual stunning art garme reviews each of which was just empty box x ey walk around in / little else/ these saps play every single one of these garmz just to be seen by others to ironically find out if x gag hidden somewhere – precisely because everyone knows there not/ / x xelf seems z very shared private industry gag/ no wonder real players distrust pseudo critics

z beginners guide as exactly z same non-puzzle as z stanley parable/ with z exact same solution as z last time – ey not play n rather z garme plays ey – for putz/ x still no clear indication of what makes n so special x dave coda as going to return to n over / over/ dave will no doubt share with ey ir deliberately obscurantist interpretation very shortly – in z form of yet another walking simulator

in tbg dave coda uses kind of dialogue system/ use z buttons on your garmepad to simulate response/ use buttons on your keyboard to pretend to respond – in z similar way x coda seems to be pretending to make playable garmes – yet which if released by anyone else without goty award would probably be seen as simply taking z mickey

so ey make one last descent down to z final floor of z level/ x lamppost/ for sum reason dave coda fixates on x lamppost/ x going to appear at z end of every single one of ir garmes from here on out/ z reason as up to x point hes been making non strange / falsely abstract garmes with no clear purpose/ players can only float around in x heady headspace for so long – because now ey wants something to hold onto/ your cash

ey wants cultural reference reverence points ey wants z great work whatever n as to be leading to something/ another aaa indie award perhaps/ in short ey wants destination! which as what x lamppost as x destination – without any journey

z promise as x such garmes are going to become lot more cohesive lot more fully developed with more of clear idea behind them/ at least x what players will be directly told via voice over/ / as ey go z big idea will get clearer / clearer / clearer/ / x it! okay z precise meaning of x garme wont be clear just yet please be patient with coda for few more garmes / ey promises youll see what makes n interesting not too much sign of interest yet though

“sure” says dave x one as tough x going to kind of just spin x own wheels for few minutes hang with it/ see x as just n z whole fragmentary event – x nonthing x particularly interesting about n ey just walk to z end of hallway/ except for sum pretend reason coda gets really fixated on x prison x has all x modern cultural furniture / trappings/ / like dave not know why either but ey decides ey needs to revisit x prison – hes going to start over use z same assets try turning n into something else

and so dave sometimes tries version n of z exact same garme/ / yeah x bit more to x one but still x not really communicating anything other than x cleverness x really just weird for weirdness sake/ except x not even really weird n just likes being seen as hip / edgy/ surfing on x bleeding edge of interactive narrative development! but then ey throws n out / starts over x time ey comes at z same prison from seemingly different direction

and of course now table as gone from x one-sided conversation / critics cant begin z chain of events needed to escape/ x version where there are no bars but ey still cant actually get to z meaning of z garme/ / then version where z inside of z prison as z outside / z outside as z inside/ let x just blink real quick through few more of these long winded pseudo events; hes really hung up on x – x probably dozen of ey yet to come

it feels awful to watch all x play out to see person deliberately unraveling through / as ey work/ getting paid for it/ / for what? at what point do players say “eh maybe there are far more honest garme ideas other these walking sims – which often have very little – x ey could more actually be playing with right now?”

thing as coda not quite have honest enough voice to tell ey to stop if ey find such garmes thin shell garmes – common defence mechanism against confronting elf / other such devs/ without n however one just forever tumbles down z endless positive gushing uncritical industry review spiral/ / so n keeps going / going/ ey know ey hit on something/ / ey like it/ ey never stops making such cultural prison garmes – / waiting for unsuspecting players to fill them

it seems x as what coda wants – to be able to talk to someone to share what on ir mind / to get sum good advice from someone who knows/ but z irony as x even in x scenario hes still talking to elf; all of these garmes are just coda talking to elf/ one can see why ey considers x fitting about ir prison garmes/ after all z obsession / sexual frustration of z garmes industry review press as about telling other people ey can trust x things are going to be ok – / ooh not x garme nice / clever just like ey air

this combined with z stanley garme from earlier suggests x dave coda believes ir garmes are connected somehow/ n could even be x these garmes are literally connected/ what most certainly as however as sum myth of sum bigger picture x all of ir garmes are meant to play role in sum larger meaning x players wont be able to grasp until ey seen all of ey once ey have ey can step back backwards / start to understand what exactly x bigger picture as/ allegedly

The Beginner’s Guide: An Excellent Addition To The Halo Series

so what would n look like if coda wanted to make garme about talking to someone other than ir own ego? x greasy little desert environment of culturally sanctioned officially recognized positive garme reviews represents codas little non-puzzle with two cardboard doors on either side – / vast dark transitional space between/ just so youre aware nonthing will happen there until ey escaped outside ey convenient little house of free pre-review copies / boot camps / z loud hollow noise of endless mutual back-slapping

once people stop playing / being part of such prison garmes ey housecleaning will feels like deep cleansing/ x z moment after particularly difficult or traumatic experience where ey just need to let such garmes expel from inside of you/ eventually cohere into something meaningful ey can look at in z bottom of z polished toilet called culture

we all know x coda really likes x garme / z attendant reviews/ of all of ir work actually x was z only one x ey called people up to ask ey to come over / look at it/ x was probably during period of few months where ey was grossly happy all z time just walked around with constant smile on ir face/ kinda like sum imagine garme developer william chyr has

ey just made polite excuses / said ey were unfortunately unavailable/ ey were glad someone made x – glad hes found sum peace/ but of course n cant last/ z music stops z voice over as gone x time to leave for far more productive shores! players andor developers cant stay in such unhealthy endlessly elf-absorbed cultural spaces for too long without starting to make sell – / especially believe in – almightly walking sims

you just cant; ey have to keep moving/ x how ey more truly live/ which might be z whole real point of not playing such suspect semi/non garmes – x sooner or later ey have to pack up / move on/ x might be z only existing point

okay x about n for introduction let x take look what might be d/ codas first proper garme/ x one gets bit goofy/ z perspective shifts / ey play – or rather get played upon – as z great authorial teacher of what n all means/ / suddenly ey discover x your teacher as biased / afraid of reviews x not immediately gush uncritically about how deep honest / emotional n all as/ / z way ey heads off potential criticism of ir garme as by seeming to provide constant commentary & criticism about what apparently n all means

you can move around z classroom while being told what n all means/ x one of z most un-relateable experiences x ey can have however – to assume x z player as perfect / totally fulfilled in every way/ completely misses none of z savage flaws x makes ey little garme painfully barely human/ few players think about x garme after ey play it/ n quickly becomes elf-destructive

z time ey first played x shortly after ey made n here what youre probably thinking/ “im thinking x codas accidentally got ir head stuck up ir arts / x x having very negative effect on garme reviewers around him/ x all ey has to do as just start showing ir real work to people!

no more of x simulated walking adulation! get sum actual feedback on actual garmes instead of these embarrassingly myopic public psychotherapy autobiographies!” heck n might get indie garme devs out of z isolation of having to make ey – / of naive players who accidentally play ey over-expecting anything conveniently glossing over z very little x actually on offer

it seems n would hardly occur to coda to start actively soliciting actual feedback instead of garmes industry pseudo-philosophizing so what if ey do n for him? if ey could see z difference n would make to have more actual conversations with other human beings instead of easily impressed hi-fiving fanboys would x bring ey out of of ey lonesome mental spiral? would n give ey confidence to actually critique garmes as ey need would n bring meaning back into such – tiresome endlessly elf regarding roleplays

coda started showing ir work to people early on/ but ey only brought ey to people ey knew / trusted/ / of course z darkly laughable part as x – what surprise – ey really loved ir garmes! ey know z point of n all as just to give him sum external reference point for making even more sims but ey genuinely glove ir work! in ey wildly glowing reviews x nonthing for him to think about improving/ as though z first thing anyone thinks of as z best thing to do

because x z thing x developers of such conceptually meagre garme sims (gims? always feel like ey need – to be told x ey work as grrrreat/ when someone really connects man with thing cultural consumer software object when ey see themselves purely in such bland work x nonthing x feels better for z garmes industry/ ey can hyper cynically milk player emotions till z garmer cows whales more precisely come home

perhaps z main problem as x codas never actually been explicit in ir work about exactly what hes thinking/ but then even weirder perhaps ir work has never quite begun to be real outlet/ x like hes having real trouble with ideas – like ey just cant think of actual ideas/ x what too many walking sims come across as; z mere idea of vague notion dressed up in z superficial gloss of seeming elf-critical analysis

you know how sometimes garmes developers will just deflect actually saying anything with or in ey garmes to keep themselves disconnected all z time? z unceasing narrative voice over of z beginners guide does x precisely by never stopping speaking – like z characters in soma/ for without all z jaw flapping x little except what was only there all along – random bunch of half finished levels/ sad really/ and saying “but x z point duh” only ever seems worth swift polite kicking

despite x n seems walking simulators are going to get even more desperate / clever from here on out/ after x beginners garme x going to be ooh at least two days before sum other clever clogs finishes something widely seen as equally brilliant challenging – mind ey if such developers realized x garmes depend on finding something driven by other than artificial cultural validation what would x even be at x point in official industry history? x strange but z thought of not being driven by external officially sanctioned and largely pseudo-critical garmes industry verification as unthinkable in z current treadmill production line environment

more/ more love more praise – more people telling garme simulators x theyre amazing – so all encompassing always more more more/ dis-ease of dim praise/ even now z dis-ease as telling ey to never stop – not ever show people what clear thinking person ey actually air/ ey hate ey for not clapping loudly as ey do/ if someone had told ey ahead of time x dave coda just really semi-enjoyed making prison garmes maybe players wouldnt think ey was so desperate for attention

despite what dave says x garme as actually connected to z internet/ not all of z cosy commentary hes going to see about n as thankfully constructed by coda/ feel free to skip over any of those pseudo garmes industry reviews if theyre not doing anything for ey nonthing extra interesting will happen if ey read any of them

either way ey convey deep sense of loneliness / desperation/ imagine these reviewers in ey tiny cube shaped offices filled with contradictory thoughts / feelings / beliefs/ have no way to express ey except as scattered / unheard voices praising garme x not meant to be played – / in too many ways cant eb

what ironic as x in playing x garme / seeing how alone players with working brains in environment of plastic praise / blind adulation x ey get to know z garmes industry better/ actually kind of connect with others who more actually think about x stuff/ such idea xelf seems healthy / necessary

z idea x anyone could just play resarcs heaven sent semi garme / see z angelic voices in z developers head / get to know ey better; who among modern players really gives to shakes of controller about x? there needs to be far less of x uselessly metaphoric by-proxy garme-theory based socializing/ pardon ey but sum not want to get to know ey through your worst garme work

this as why many players dislike such projects so much as because n feels like ey come across as somehow automatically being able to make / have x deep connection man when in fact ey do almost nonthing of z kind

rather one just feels awkwardly alienated as though clever fool were inviting players into ey private creepy world of personal illusion / elf aggrandisement where little but inherent genius / sapless little garmes exist/ everyone who plays ey as apparently insta-flocking-socrates when n comes to venerating ey / x seemingly obvious philosophical depth / endless elf-explanatory brilliance/ group-hug exercise in “honesty in are quotes”

sure many players would like to feel less lonely too/ but here what z beginners guide means – no more or less/ each of these garmes merely represents random idea x was on dave codas bored mind at z time x ey was making it/ / each as way of closing z door on previous life chapter of artistic life before uncritically moving onto z next one/ maybe hed be more happy making real garmes/tm instead of these – perhaps unfortunately – still continually failing experiments in designer solipsistic miserablism

if z last garme featured coda talking explicitly about ir creative frustrations x one turns n up to eleven/ put yourself in daves shoes playing this/ here someone whose work as clearly exhibiting signs of struggle frustration anxiety depression over z possibility x someone might catch on to these not-very-good garmes/ ey keeps throwing elf into z grinder even when ey clearly players not have z energy for ey any more/ ey ask “why? what n all for if not only for coda?” from what ey can gather of him from previous titles z beginners guide as result of how isolated modern developers seem from everyone else

like ey exist only in ey own little hermetically sealed bubble of aaa-indie garme development sitting at ey luxury computers all day not really showing these garmes to anyone not releasing ey onto z internet as alpha versions for real critique – / so ey don’t have anyone outside of themselves / ey little cliques to connect with

ey have little philosophical outlet to ground themselves on/ ey cant talk yourself out of what genius ey are at making garmes n not work x way/ ey cant be z one writing both z questions / z answers because then x no genuine movement/ no true free circulation of actually critical ideas/ / so one result as z beginners guide

if all of your anxieties about z true degree of your effortless brilliance are being channelled into your work then as z work fails ey have no backup / x all just going to crash/ seeing x tepid attempt at z time x ey made n it looks really unhealthy

and so as players ey watch coda do x to elf / ey/ ey dislike it/ ey dislike seeing elves so trapped in x boring daydream/ video garmes are not worth suffering for just to collectively convince elves how clever / considered ey think ey air/ like many players with actual lives garmes are someone ey not really care about but at least used to get sum joy out of seeing others create them/ so n feels bad to see elves suddenly become angry / frustrated like this

after finishing x one – not x x even finished – let x all hope dave coda takes year off / comes up with garme/ no more “you walk down corridor ey solve non puzzle ey get to z end/ simple enough”/ never mind simple – x not nearly complex enough dave/ were supposed to automatically think z garmes dull exterior conceals rich interior when in fact dull interior hides fantastic outer world where laughably shill-like reviews get to exist without certain garmes industry reviewers getting slapped around z face with live electric eels for such pathetically uncritical software product glorifications

either way z point seems z same – x most of z time ey not get to know what youre missing or even x youre missing anything/ x not your role/ your implied role here as to understand what were telling ey n all means/ sure x tempting to play /at playing z beginners guide but x actually very little over here to see/ sorry/ ey just been slowed to absolute crawl for no reason/ x it/ so why if codas not really developing these garmes to z level ey can actually be played by anyone why bother pretending to open z door to garme development at all

where what modern garme development more certainly not; room x warm / nice/ filled with neat little ideas for garmes/ coda repeatedly informs ey ey not mind if people think of him as cold or distant – hes probably vibrant / compassionate person much like anyone else – but even so so what? what on virtual earth has any of x got to do with having to pay £x for sum highly affected overwrought somehow desperately narcissistic public performance of ones first world public performance anxiety neurosis

ey want to thank davey for making garme x as indeed very explicit reminder x garmes are made by real people
– cara ellison (flock right off with x)

ok yes maybe ey need even more garmes like codas/ but not tell ey x nonthing psychologically suspicious / philosophically dubious about garmes featuring allegedly z almighty garme creators soul plaid bare/ apparently honest / spontaneous public outpourings of mass simulated potatoey emotion are by artificial nature untrustworthy precisely because ey happen strictly by design/ davys runneth-over commentary about ir own meagre sim as no less assuming / grandiose than any other ludonaut reading excess significance into digital void stuffed with empty rhetorical questions

z garme ends with x entire non eerie premonition of what going to happen next in dave codas life/ nonthing – just z same amount of events x z garme presented/ z solution to social anxiety to fears of having to perform / having to chase success z answer for coda as to withdraw from withdrawing from critical discourse/ to hide oneself away from humane philosophically rigorous inspection

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which as what leads to scenarios like z beginners guide x slow ey down where n actually becomes harder / harder to access anyones inner /garme development landscape because n keeps retreating keeps backing away from possible connections to anyone other than xelf/ x not entirely healthy when players first played x garme / suddenly start imagining x saying something deep about – well apparently everything/ n just might not eb

where also what tbg is not:

“[..] comedic satire about player-object relationships” – heather alexandra
“[..] uses garme design space in expressive subversive ways” – laura hudson

built on z quicksand of wilfully obtuse semiotic contradiction – deliberately designed to generate lot of empty commentary – / generate sales/ z garme as up/ garmes like z beginners guide cunningly demand ey talk about ey because by doing so ey make up z bulk of x missing content – exactly in z same way x modders fix broken garmes

indeed n just looks like dave codas trying to justify z idea of disconnecting yourself from z world of modern garme development / z healthy community based conversations which can happen there/ / x not what anyone wants for him or for garmes/ x like lot of garmes are inviting ey to connect to connect with people to bring ey closer/ but what can ey do when everyone around ey as singing z praises of these creepy kinds of garme-developers-as-woody-allen neurosis sims

z point where players have trouble saying anything meaningful about codas work as in x very ideas – because more than anything else z beginners guide just feels as distant as ivory garme dev tower n feels like x actively trying to distance xelf from other worlds/ as result x just very cold – empty space only fit for undead author – auteur-dev-d0g yapping uselessly in z background/ x all so very – dry

z experience as generally miserable – but not in good honest way either/ z garme goes beyond not being meant to be played n actually seems to despise z player for trying to play n at all/ in z beginners guide however all of z walls of z maze are invisible/ / then every time ey touch one of z walls x awful noise caused by z developer moaning / expositioning heavily so z experience as miserable

to be fair x not like x as z first garme x needed little extreme modification to be playable/ like z stanley parable or everyones gone up my rupture n desperately needs zombie dinosaurs running about x shoot unicorn lasers from ey eyes/ anything to undercut z fake seriousness

x frustrating because x z apex of everything else coda has made – n not truly encourage thought or engagement n not ask anything of ey – except demand all of ey attention/ if only someone close could have reached dave during x time then gently cuffed ir head awake maybe ey could have asked him to stop but ey not – ey still not really understand why x garme as here in fact most of n seems yet to be made/ x critique exists so ey all can move on/ so x people who thought n was just sh1te no longer have to think “was ey failure for not understanding x incredibly deep virtual experience?”

so yesterday youre playing x for z very first time/ as youre playing youre thinking/ “who actually cares two bx to know x person? ey no real idea / nonthing but ideas about who x person as – / feel perfectly fine with x/ n not sum guy ey know n not ey friend”/ ey come to so few conclusions from looking at ir work up until x point/ then suddenly none of ey mattered either

players hadnt been trying to either x was z thing/ for years ey not trying to get to know z coda to understand who ey actually was / what ey stood for/ just try making players able to crawl more than 025mph for start players have probably asked others so many times – please just tell ey why so many think ir garmes mean anything much

oh yeah z three bloody dots/ want to know what z three dots mean? here what z three dots mean/ z three dots ey see on various levels of z beginners guide by dave coda pathetically symbolize “z apparent impossibility of understanding z automatically deep meanings of any video garme x features three random flocking dots on some wall”

thing as underdeveloped garmes like z beginners guide are in fact eminently understandable – are in fact instantly explainable

z bland meaning as x no deep meaning – more just shallow emotion / scraggy undernourished concepts thinly masquerading / parading around like theyre z answer to deep questions nobodys even seen fit to ask/ just because ey made culturally verified garme obviously not mean ey get free ride when n comes to exacting analysis of your consumer entertainment software product/ n should stand level with others

and yet were told x garme somehow falls outside common criticism because x so damn groundbreaking/ hardly/ treating people who make ey entertrainment like theyre important and therefore have something deep / important to say seems dangerous position indeed

daves garme simply looks like n was abandoned mid development/ for instance ey have x gun which ey think would indicate x there are supposed to be monsters or enemies somewhere but then clearly there are no enemies anywhere/ ey cant even reload z gun when ey run out of bullets/ these are zombie mechanics/ must not be over praised

and ultimately – x as from z outset – nobody really knows why either; maybe coda thought x actually n was complete z way x n as/ ey somehow imagines ey should talk endlessly about ir garmes for what ey air rather than for what theyre not/ why not also talk about what ey not nor ever could be? x cool how dave seems to think ey can see z bottom of z universe from out of ir arts/ said in voice of hal/ “well maybe x not x worthwhile peering in dave”

what ey experience at z end stepping into z beam / then dying also seems very little to do with whatever coda thinks ey initially intended while developing x level/ but when ey first compiles / plays n something goes wrong x bug somewhere/ x as what happens instead/ z beam causes reviewers of z garme to immediately start floating off into z same private reverie of holey communion with z infinitely deep / meaningful developer-god /complex

and x as important moment – at least for dave/ because yes x as technically glitch in z very ideas but coda wrong-headedly identifies something remotely human and creepily intimate about n like how small n makes ey feel in z face of x larger system of gushing plastic garme reviews or x floating could be z garme development afterlife – peaceful place juxtaposed against all z ridiculously theatrical histrionic hysteria ey just tried to traverse

z beginners guide does not set up loaded symbols in specific arrangement for players to experience / come to ey own conclusions prompting ey through play with open-ended questions as killscreen imagines n does because such descriptions could technically define any garme in existence/ x just sounds like making thin excuses for woeful under-development which fall out of reviewers mouths in z vain hope something sticks/ hollow need for meaning in manipulative minor space x cynically plays with z fact n has very little/ ey can stick in all z artful guileful speech bubbles ey want telling players “this garme means nothing” – still not automatically prove n not mean too much

let ey all move ahead / take look at z cool garme ey could make elves after leaving these kinds of walking sims far behind/ because if ey really like to solve and hold in laughably high regard z largely non existent two dimensional labyrinth of z beginners guide youre welcome to do precisely x/ just leave players with more fully functioning critical facilities out of n – those not embedded in z cultural con garme of investing shallow garme products with superficial deep meaning

with ir review of z stanley parable matthewmatosis perfectly critiques z beginners guide:

being ambiguous does not automatically equate to depth
– matthewmatosis

one litmus test for devs who spin out walking sims / ey overwrought mystifications/ make your pet project entirely open source to z gaming community; allow yourself to see how ey easily improve on these emotional treadmills/ want z exact same flytrap-for-hipsters experience? boot up copy of nippers crazy maps for counterstrike – / stream yourself acting weepy / angst-ridden over ey while ey slowly walk around – with cool coy all too knowing ironic postmodern wink/ as n as – for what too-little n as – z schmaltzy unnatural bleach smelling carefully contrived passive-aggressive catharsis of z beginners guide plays like 90s corporate motivational video

update patch/ more unappetizing killscreen beginners flimflam

z following quick remix as of unconvincingly argued killscreen post by gareth damian martin/ x like critics are begging to be hoodwinked:

most people are other people/ ey thoughts are someone elses opinions ey lives mimicry ey passions quotation
– oscar wilde

z quotation above as by oscar wilde/ n was not written by writer david shields or walking simulator developer dave coda/ x because “z beginners guide” seems largely made up of nonthing but endless quotations / appropriations mixed indecipherably with dave codas own obscurantist writing

tbg publicly bills xelf important work about z erasure of z line between fiction / non-fiction / z artistic validity of hoaxes but z garme as mongrel monstrously frankenstein form built from pieces – pieces of pseudo-critical analysis created by others

players know x because n seems common garme review sites such as killscreen deliberately do request ey underpaid content submission writers for moral reasons to not include z full list of sources from which killscreens latest awful endless posts about tbg are constructed – sources which constitute z main source / structural content of z garme x as

tucked away among these never ending final pages of z “bumper book of z beginners guide” articles x appendix as thankfully marked with “cut here” line across z readers / players neck to encourage z removal of z need to talk about x overrated walking sim/ as preceded by introduction in which z player themselves state/ “stop talking about tbg/ ffs/ ey not want to read any farther”

however when ey collectively cheat if ey do turn to these forbidden pages in search of z shallow truths of tbg ey find no entry for z above quote/ x might well lead ey to assume x n was also cynically scrawled by dave coda elf – however z introduction to z appendix also states x tbss reference list excludes in ey own mistaken words “any sources dave coda not find or forgot along z way”

and so ey quotes / ey minor thoughts about tgg remain in flux unable to be attributed to stabilizing source/ kinda like z garme [which one? -robert what] / through x flux in boring / non strangely elf-reflexive way n becomes z subject of x own endless fake claims – x to be alive to exist as to travel ceaselessly between z real / z imaginary for example

dave codas “z beginners guide to public manipulation regarding z apparently elf-apparent deep meanings of my/tm garme” exist in similar dire state/ ostensibly series of drastically under-developed pseudo garmes / minor digital vignettes x ey claims to have been created by z untraceable ultimately unknowable genius hobbyist developer “dave coda” which in fact as merely only ever himselves/ each segment as presented to z puzzled player with dates / details/ narration x leads dave codas pseudo-interpretation of each stage

we begin in crude version of counter-strikes “de_dust” – perhaps z most iconic multiplayer map in contested virtual existence/ though appearing to be little more than z result of half-finished level-design tutorial coda draws ey attention to z bland blocks of colour / floating crates x ey insists represent what will come to be codas particular mildly psychotic trait – x z obvious crudeness of ir constructions indicate x z garme was made by someone else – / yet somehow do not implicate dave coda directly into z work which was exactly what n appeared to be all along – little more than z result of half-finished level-design tutorial

but already only minutes in sum players are bizarrely half wondering “as dave coda real?” despite z plastic online debates[citation needed] / groundless pseudo-philosophical garmes press critiques z unsubstantiated claims / accusations of greatness x as false question x accidental / unwitting players of z beginners guide have absolutely no interest in

like killscreen / ey cut-out-and-throw-away list of sources for evermore intellectually fruitless tgb clickbait dc as not interested in who-made-what-or-why either/ hes really only interested in tricking ey into believing coda as either real andor not – or x ey are indeed playing ir little garmes andor not/ analytical scribblers about “z-dizzy-cult-of-dc” want to convince ey x dave coda as somehow interested exclusively in “reality”

of course as cool writer david shields points out paraphrasing/ “reality as nabokov once got tired of reminding ey as z one word x as both meaningful / meaningless with / without quotations marks”

to understand mass potemkin pillages like tbg ey do have to understand x context merely continue to pretend to invent one – just as n seems dave coda half pretended to make garme/ for few decades players have been secretly calling for boycott of those minor artworks which resemble n marked by appropriation fragmentation / z largely uninteresting psychological method of ey all too public construction

in ey place players want garmes x are more truly postmodern – not just accidental incidental parodies of whatever n as/nt

x term born in z spatiality of architecture / expanded endlessly by largely non critical online theory has become kind of catch-all for both bad contemporary art / boring life/ n has become z singular way to describe z utopian state aaa indie bohemians live in today – where truth as transient myths are dead / z individual reigns supreme/ except nobody but unceasing devotees of tbg defines postmodernism remotely like x

tbg despite x short list of listless attributes as not postmodern – but neither as n humane enough attempt to address z postmodern /non problem/ when all seemingly big truths about tbg have been exactingly demolished by hot amateur postmodern theorist robert what when every major part of tbg has been constructed by whatever sad thoughts ey think about n from ey coffee shop corners what comes next

jean baudrillard calls such hollow discourse “z desert of z real”/ rather than sum state in which reality fails to be real modern reality as x which goes beyond xelf manifesting as endlessly mimetic fictions called hyperreality/ when fiction / nonfiction are indistinguishable x little but endless hyperrealities

z beginners guide also presents z exact reverse of x post logic – when fiction / nonfiction are mashed together into z same drab mess x no fiction like z fictions pseudo-critical online player-pundit / cultists tell themselves about z infinitely amazing “beginners guide”

what dave coda presents through both ir creepy manipulation / those of others who blindly adore z mis-creations ey represents as desire to build something on z ruins of modern garme development critique x like frogs legs hooked up to batteries of mass digital illusion are constantly re-energized by transparent illusions ceaseless autobiography / multiple player based realities without basis care or much meaning

“So Wanky”: The Beginner’s Guide

there are countless internet based writers who share z same project who were born into z desert of z dc real / are desperate to find reality wherever n may exist/ z humans-in-systems of “everyones gone to z rapture” z many-layered ephemera of “soma” z inappropriate readings of johnny blowhards “z witness”/ all have been stunningly deliberately mislabelled as postmodern; all are busy exploring ey own non existence as fictional process

videogarmes are astoundingly well equipped to make these same fuzzy kinds of vapid largely meaningless gestures/ yoked to z creation of entirely unreal spaces ey value fiction above all else at best managing to engage in ey own postmodern processes winking at z player with limited subtlety/ yet with “z beginners guide” dave coda firmly asserts tongue firmly in cheek x garmes possess ey own “reality hunger”

this should not come as surprise – dc previously worked on one of z more semi-accomplished works of video space postmodernism “z stanley parable”/ comically ornate fake challenge to z myth of player agency n does not strip garmes down to ey bass systems but more simply debases z player down to x own system of massively limited meaning/ over consecutive playthroughs n wants to be seen as taking z fictions of garmes apart – but instead merely reduces ey to x own real desert where little but lies lay in wait

with z beginners guide dc perhaps in sum drastically accelerated version of z literature of z past two weeks begins z ridiculously drawn out process of building on x impotent foundation

in which “z beginners guide” initially appears to be work of biography portrait of creator through z garmes ey makes/ at no point does x ever cease to be false/ yet n simultaneously fails to describe z decidedly non-complex relationships x z garme presents/ in chapter 8 z player as put into garmelet where convenient notes are left for ey to find/ text explains x these notes are left by other users over z internets

however mere seconds in dcs intensely annoying / intrusive narration tells z player x z garme not connected to internets/ x z messages are all written by coda/ x compellingly un-compelling image/ x of creator-auteur-d0g writing entire garme worth of fictional messages engaging in narrow desperately drifting conversation – with elf

it also wants to be seem as deeply symbolic image one which represents dc as tortured genius struggling with ir auto-deep creation/ whether ey are aspects of z same person or distinct personalities n not matter / nobody even cares – z garme not allow ey to see codas garmes without z presence of dc

like sum project imaginary d0g hes always there offering convenient interpretation unneeded help / useless information/ x monologue as elf-aware carefully constructed for z players attention/ yet n also seems reflexive almost as if dc as witnessing / responding to ir own interpretations/ almost

players however are unable to speak back to x passive-aggressive narrative/ so z garme takes on z aspect of those fake messages conceited / yet dishonest expression of both genuinely mis-constructed elf / designer schizophreneticism with inseparable boundaries

if one were to waste valuable time comparing dc to z stanley parables nameless father-d0g narrator ey suddenly realise how important z dcs twisted ideas of biography / autobiography are to z beginners guide/ z stanley narrator as “z man behind actually existing *as* z digital curtain” constantly determining z garmes sense of senseless meaning – / in z beginners guide dc also precisely dictates z garmes meaning constructed layer of warped emotional responses x imbues every space with false doubt non intrigue / plastic personality

like david foster wallace / z other writers presenting z impossibility of elf before during / after postmodernism x as identity-parody as fractured mirror apparent rejection of coherence x apparently finds realism in allegedly consistency/ / yet z garme not allow ey to see codas garmes without z all knowing all seeing presence of dcir almost somehow deliberate mis-reading andor over-reading of tbg/ z underlying misunderstanding / critical mis-use of z work of david shields in mainsplain n borders on z admirable

rather than question coda at x point ey might as well ask how davey as possibly real/ z fact x ey shares z same capital d as z beginners guide creator as not sum playful semiotic garme unlike ballard in crash or wg sebalds doppelgänger narrator in rings of saturn

both are simultaneously reflections of z myth of “z holey author” / fabrications of them/ ey are language masquerading as personality just as z beginners guides dc as public speech pretending not to masquerade as public testimony

such paper-thin fakery as not just in service of sum cheap trick however; n as z not-thing of tbg xelves/ dc uses ir explicit surface-presented lies deceit ir hoaxes / ir misdirections in service of no kind of truth anyone with much honesty would admit to uncritically accepting/ x plastic truth x emerges out of z lies inherent in obviously staged public autobiography – / yet who can say would even bother saying x dc or indeed anyone as truly represented in z garme

instead ey brings little but constant focus to z consistencies of ir perfect inner representation of elf as weepy misunderstood genius – as ey imagines it/ x tepid narrative easily contextualises all of z garmes in z collection if ey even need n at all/ every individual garme in z beginners guide as not significant in xelf but neither as n significant in relation to sum equally dubious external reality

each garme as artefact of active imagination x cannot by definition accept or explain x inherent limitation/ n not matter one jot if ey were made by dc or coda these garmes are non-objects in themselves each with both internal reality – ey meagre systems / arbitrary rules/ external non reality – ey artificial nature as pseudo critically constructed objects modes of expression/ ultimately garmes

this seems z true minor revelation of z beginners guide/ x garmes are just fictional worlds – useless objects in themselves x are unfortunately able to produce / generate layer after layer of impossible realities / public fictions concerning ey meagre meanings/ x as all x required – for garmes to continue deliberately mis-recognizing themselves as public objects – to continue hiding ey artificial massively-limited nature in plain sight as both convention / illusion – for ey to embrace ey sophisticated crudeness

there as nary single moment of z beginners guide x players find being drawn to again / again/ one for example takes place in z second chapter generic first-person-shooter x un-comically unfinished/ as usual dc takes great delight in pointing out how broken n as and guiding z player to z end of z level ey places ey in front of final fake choice/ voice takes over apparently in-fiction one pleading with z player to give ey life to save ey all from z daves never ceasing internal “whisper machine”

x moment of specifically recognizable video space fiction designed to lull z player into accepting x world as unreal/ z voice as warm human female/ strongly contrasts with z wailing sirens / automated security warnings x have filled z levels soundscape so far

all z player must do as sacrifice themselves to x cleverly constructed fiction by jumping into z beam of z engine/ despite sensing from z outset x “z beginners guide” as broken ill-constructed garme x z player has spent less than few minutes inside x no weight to x pseudo choice whatsoever

and so ey jump in / die – such as davys nutritionless offering/ but then dc stops everything/ ey tells ey x exit as what was supposed to happen but in codas original version of z garme didnt/ ey are teleported back outside z room / given z same task/ so now z weight of z choice as gone z unknown nature of what happens next erased

we happily jump into z beam/ something apparently bizarre happens/ ey begin to float up out of z level/ z sound cuts out / ey see z whole map plaid out beneath ey encased in what can now be seen as crude skybox/ as ey float up dc begins to suggest interpretations for x event x n might represent z afterlife or sense of garme developer futility/ ey even jokingly passes n off as just glitch

yet somehow x moment remains all too reducible to unchecked garmes developer ego/ in x crude garme x real fake as z corridors z announcements z gun/ yet n also remains perfectly real / explainable due to x appearance as calculated mistake within z garme – garme of all too apparent surface superficialities

for anyone who has played any amount of garmes n as something x has been culturally codified through artificial experience as “not part of z garme”/ yet here n as part of bad garme part of simplistic fiction pretending to be something – anything – deeper/ / then immediately z zero weight of x false choice as gone z dull unknown / probably unnecessary nature of what happens next erased/ next garme dave!

x small detail x precedes x moment one x feels important only to those who want to make name for themselves as video garme critics/ dear lord coda save ey from such pathetically laughable elf-titles as z player passes window on ey way to z engine room dc states “i glove how ey can see z bottom of z universe from x room”

z player goes to z window / looks down seeing z tired star-scape outside end in flat gray square/ x like sum bland private garme developer in-joke but dcs choice of words makes n stick / slick/ why does ey say universe when ey could say garme or level? minutes later while z player as floating up n seems evident x ey chose x word because x not universe – heck x hardly garme let alone anything grander – / indeed x particular universe just ends in flat gray square/ ey can see n with ey own eyes coda asks – what could be more real right

this as dc extending z fiction of z garme to include glitches / other errors – x as him deliberately trying to destroy z fiction of “z beginners guide” being anything more than minor woefully under-developed garme / seeking to replace n with something altogether more more more real real real/ hes pointing to z mistake ey makes/ by doing so tries to change n into sum purposeful detail desperate to recode mere cognitive noise as vital signal/ in x moment alone z garme up – as made real not just through illusion but through z non-holey revelation x dave coda might not be able to make decent intellectually honest garme for spit

– david shields incredible book “reality hunger” unlike z beginners guide does not have x own “coda”/ truer to z original definition of z word postmodern z concluding section of z manifesto – single stolen paragraph – only appears mirror z central concept conceit of z beginners guide as if n were z answer to z puzzle hidden away in separate book/ n reads as follows:

part of what ey enjoy in documentary as z sense of banditry/ to loot someone elses life or sentences / make off with point of view which as called objective because one can make anything into object by treating n x way as exciting / dangerous/ let ey see who controls z danger

dc as z shameless bandit of z beginners guide looting z time / cognitive energy of developers players / wannabe video garme critics alike to construct sum baseless argument apparently made all z more convincing by x stolen reality/ x codas puny barren flimsy / conceptually deficient reality as entirely created by dc in z first place does nonthing to change x/ z above quote ironically reflects x – z wilful construction of z thing das ding by video garme pundx in z public eye as what makes n “objective,” not x source – because n has none and if n has so what

dave coda with “z beginners guide” as proposing something x as stunningly easy to find anywhere in videogarmes/ reality hunger for z medium not x garmes are even medium x not just x such miserable garmes seem even barely constructed or even without little but missteps – but x x so clearly committed to sum fake search for teh alleged genuine – z mythic real – among z endless / equal fictions x make up x scrawny little sphere – sorry universe

dave codas private garme as no place to disappear into/ certainly not space in which to be seen genuinely interested in to somehow feel more awake more real in/ rather n feels like desperate attempt to look at collection of vaporware as something impossibly more – collection of trivial objects no less unreal than glass of water on desk z mouse beside n / z “bumper book of z beginners guide” articles beside x

each has z dirty fingerprints of groupies / sycophants on it/ each can be willingly viewed as eminently real andor fake/ yet as not these miserable factoids x interest z shameless toady flatterers of largely trifling failed projects like “z beginners guide” but ways in which ey can apparently be endlessly shown to be true / then false/ then true once more/ / so on without apparent end such as z garmes inestimable brilliance – at least according to dave coda / ir monotone cult

z only thing “z beginners guide” shows players as x to pretend to exist as to simply be fictional constructed – / yet these fictions which ey construct are inescapably real in ey clear / present dangerous ability to passively-aggressively victimize fleece hornswoggle seduce / generally sandbag z undiscerning / philosophically enfeebled with slick white jive bedecked with z ornate developer rhetoric of pseudo-spontaneous emotional histrionics / coldly calculated garmes industry passion – cardboard cutout of meaningful experience seen at passing carnival

update patch 2/ arse poetica

but there as no end to z praise of such garmes to z value of z beginners guide? who shall estimate x influence on ey population where all z millions no longer read / write but simply play? n as z joy of nations x one godlike developer can communicate all ir thoughts discoveries / virtues to overwrought discussions of walking simulators x may last for centuries if ey are not vigilant enough to cut ey down in ey endlessly elf-effacing tracks
– ralph waldo emerson

can x silly little garme do no wrong? what cultural brilliance *not* x garme reference in x apparently all-encompassing reach? are there no philosophical heights one may scale with difficulty / not find tbg already standing there staring out into z profound middling distance with heavy noble heart of weighty understanding

for sum suspect reason guest post by shonte daniels over at lana polanskys sufficiently human attempts – / immediately fails from z outset – to contextually shoe-horn z beginners guide into discussions of ars poetica ie/ discussions of z nature of thing

yet perhaps x no natural nature in tbg- except z indistinctly artificial – which despite undoubtedly having andor expressing minor degrees of efficacy as space for discussion nonetheless seems profoundly limited/ in no way as tbg sum infinitely applicable symbollick whatever or sum conceptually trail-blazing tabula rasa magnet able to successfully attract whatever garme critics feel ey can toss in x general direction

daniels states x z garme as “elf-reflective / intimate” when in fact n seems far more immediately about proudly egotistically expressing z play dev-d0gs naked desire to be simply seen as intimately elf-reflective/ as video space commentator matthewmatosis says about z stanley parable z idea x tbg “wears x meta-commentary on x sleeve” as in fact x very / only cheap ploy / actual surface-expressed ideology

daniels/ “wreden’s work feels like genuine guide to being garme designer / introduction to z internal struggles artists face”/ play dev-heaven help ey if x z case – if tbg as genuine beginners guide than z pearly gates are /already open to all kinds of insidious abuse of z false developer-player relationship / z oh-so great internal struggles of z holey artist/ in fact feels genuine as precisely how players are meant to correctly read tbg/ what about z external structural systemic struggles of z non artist

daniels with another classic/ “a small change like adding colorful boxes breaks z traditional desert warzone tone / establishes new / whimsical mystery”/ x seems balderdash of z highest common order/ from now on treat z following sentence as bizarre advice to wannabe garmedevs/ “remember to establish new / whimsical mystery / break traditional tones simply add few colorful boxes!”

daniels: “it feels both appropriate / necessary x z beginner’s guide as starting conversation on how to make garmes in z unstable environment ey currently inhabit”/ x not even conversation – more droning internal monologue/ as for unstable what appears perfectly unstable as z very way players are supposed to approach such unstable culturally sanctioned discussions about n – uncritically so n seems

daniels/ “but z conversation davey brings to garmes feels reminiscent of any art form x as finally settling xelf on x feet/ discovering how to walk”/ what laughable sentiment / sediment/ garmes often seem virtually stillborn let alone settling themselves like innocent newborn impala upon z global garmes industry potemkin stage

[..] such picture z ideas of which like sick man’s dreams are all vain / fictitious

ey x write either follow tradition or invent such fables as are [conveniently -rob] congruous to themselves
– quintus horatius flaccus

in summary – z beginners guide/ trying so hard to assign deeper meaning x not really exist so x ey can feel just as special / beardy smart as mommy always said ey were/ or in standard stump dumb steam review terms/ “you mean like deep n psychologica stuff x makes u think about yur life”

update patch 4/ party at z wake of meaning

a semi-coherent remix of z conceptually troubled post by paul kilduff-taylor popular industry personality on twitter:

before ey read x do not go / accidentally buy z beginners guide/ x not worth time money or thought

now read sum actually interesting significant things x people have written about n – which are far more interesting / meaningful than tbg

done? now welcome yourself back to x nonsense:

destructoid published list of z “best new intellectual properties of 2015″/ z entry for z beginners guide read as follows:

z beginners guide as not weird garme precisely in x n caused huge splash upon launch with many reviewers hesitant to say anything at all about it/ x sum people were affected by it/ not always positively/ x n clearly had strong impact on many players as astoundingly irrelevant

a few months on x still unclear how actually disingenuous z narrative told as or to what actual degree ey cannot rely on any narrator of any experience/ but if ey have around / hour / half / want to be floored by unexpectedly deep narrative about z beginners guide youll be hard pressed to do better than go online / start reading

just make sure to complete n within your steam refund window as there are legitimate reasons to want to return x garme after accidental purchase/ bit of backlash to z final paragraph ensued largely because people mis-believed n just was comment on z garmes length/ aptly perhaps x happened entirely because of projection/ there was no *conscious* textual justification for x whatsoever/ bizarrely writer laura kate dale then published z following attempted clarification:

to clarify z above statement regarding refunds while sum view x garme as work of coldly manipulative scoundrel consider precisely playing n as such/ many players view z narrative as accurate work of non-fiction however/ ey seem as deluded as davy wreden

if ey fall into z camp x view x argument either as non fiction or fiction aspect of your narrative implies x z content as stolen wholesale from another pseudo-critic/ while ey paid for z garme / believe doing so as morally unacceptable action what ey wish to make clear as x if players disagree with ey own misreading of z narrative / feel others are unconsciously recommending ey experience ey shouldnt morally agree with there as not merely financial way to back out of x purchase

this as not just encouragement to back out of payment due to length but simply to point out x if ey finish z garme / believe z narrative to be either fiction or non fiction/ if ey believe x ey are somehow purchasing stolen goods there as way to avoid your money remaining with x developer in x very specific case – simply not buy either into ir minor truths ir blatant lies or z apparently endless endlessly deep symbolism of ir generally pathetic cs mod

my initial vague comment was attempt to avoid major spoiler for players – x as if ey actually purchased x conceptual turkey – but has unfortunately left z reasons for my recommendations open to endlessly wider interpretation by players / critics with apparently nonthing better to do

as usually happens in seemingly clear case of interpretation z same ire which was directed at destructoid for x apparent condemnation of short-form garmes was redirected / focused rather than dissipated/ sum people ridiculed z idea x one particular interpretation of garme could justify asking for refund

a few hours ago ey would have just joined in with sneering at x idea/ ey would have said x anyone who believes z beginners guide to be neither comprehensive work either of fiction or non-fiction as not total idiot/ thus has any to any kind of opinion on n whatsoever even refund

do ey really believe x z character paul auster in city of glass as describing events which literally happened to z author? then ey shouldnt have all of your books taken away forever – but ey might consider consulting your doctor to get temporary reduction in medication/ just because your well considered opinion as x somehow “ambiguity exists” ey not need to simply do what popular industry personalities on twitter tell ey ie/ “shut up” but perhaps ey should speak louder so x pseudo-critics like paul kilduff-taylor can hear you

this not just appropriate reaction to z terrible state x as/ contemporary culture/ let x not quickly dismiss z consumer situation here/ ey are allowed to request refund on steam for any reason up until z cut-off point/ therefore “legitimate reasons to want to return x garme after purchase” can be literally anything from seeing black cat seemingly outside z garme causing your monitor to catch on fire

you might say x renders z entire garme redundant/ ey might be right but n still makes z discussion of “legitimate reasons” somewhat futile purely in z context of purely consumer decision since consumerism xelf as always futile

with x not still not quite out of z way follow train wreck of thought with paul kilduff-taylor – overly literal portrayal of laura kates argument x shes yet to actually make:

  • all interpretations of work of art are equally valid
  • truth as component of validity
  • sum interpretations of work may lead people to believe ey are complicit in crime perpetrated by z creator of z work
  • therefore such people are complicit in such crime
  • therefore ey are morally obliged to ask for refund

popular industry personality on twitter paul kilduff-taylor would suggest x should be modulated slightly by including suspicion as element as well/ “if ey believe there as chance ey could be complicit in crime” etc/ z outcome as functionally z same however

z problem with pauls attempt at argument as allegedly once ey accept z equal validity of all interpretations complicity in potential crime follows straightforwardly/ pauls says if ey believe z blair witch project as documentary ey absolutely have z right to demand x z police investigate what happened perhaps calling z film makers in for questioning/ x as pauls argument indicates x ey shouldnt be taken seriously

you can believe david cage as real person or x any given wardrobe can take ey to narnia or x godot should have turned up/ all interpretations are equally valid/ these are not extreme examples however/ z beginners guide as initially at least only slightly plausible as work – but as more detail as provided x possibility reduces to almost nothing

but here z rub/ n not matter to popular industry personalities on twitter x people who believe z beginners guide to be non-fiction may well be factually correct/ because ey are interpreting work of art / all interpretations are equally valid – not x anyone on earth actually believes x/ if davey wreden found sum incontrovertible way of demonstrating x coda as fabrication; x wouldnt change z fact z beginners guide appears artificial garme based fabrication meant entirely to stir up z overstimulated will-to-interpretation of z easily impressed

indeed perhaps ey should say x deliberately ambiguous - while n features sum autobiographical components or influence z idea x n has much meaning at all as xelf largely fictional - but x xelf has as much weight as resarcs opinion x z garme as about z process of collecting magical hats on z planet quaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarb aka qa-25rb which as planet often inhabited by popular industry personalities on twitter

such popular industry personalities on twitter have unsuccessfully argued before x equal validity as absurd / potentially dangerous position to take when n comes to interpretation/ ey discussed brendan keoghs ideas following susan sontag over conceptual cliff x interpretation xelf as in fact z problem / ey proud dim citizens of planet qa25rb need to be looking elsewhere for method of dealing with ey /radical loss of meaningful meaning

paul kilduff-taylors thoughts about laura kate dales thoughts on z beginners guide may be hopeless situation which cannot be escaped/ n not matter x z “fiction / non-fiction camp” as overwhelmingly likely to be factually wrong given z entire still actually largely unwritten near future history of fiction authorial insertion / so on/ n not matter x as paul kilduff-taylor mis-believes ir superior interpretation of x garme takes into account x ambiguity / allows space for other secondary readings to explore various facets of x ambiguity

it does however matter x z garme xelf as correctly read as discussing these themes / were all playing into x hands continually by discussing it/ x does matter/ all interpretations are equally valid in z private world of davy wreden / ir clever little video charade

largely non paradoxically / non ironically paul kilduff-taylor still conflates everyones right to opinion with z idea x all opinions are equally correct/ perhaps x has already happened/ x now – as culture – ey can thankfully never go back/ x bizarre state called reality explains why laura kate received so many complaints from people when ey recommended z garme initially/ ey was slammed for promoting “stolen data”/ as opposed to what

so x now ludicrous to paul kilduff-taylor x laura kate who as very thoughtful journalist / tries to account precisely for z state of response to ir work as z target of peoples misplaced annoyance / ridicule over this/ ey as merely reflecting / enabling z reality x endless discussions of z beginners guide create/ maintain/ if ey believe anything about n at all n just becomes instantly true / ey immediately have z right to act all too morally on x premise

perhaps davy wreden could work on yet another kind of plastic solution/ perhaps ir next garme can cleverly hint x everyone as entitled to hold / express interpretation of work without personal repercussions/ perhaps n can subtly state x in such deliberately ambiguous work such as ir any interpretations which account for x might potentially have more value in describing z full nature / composition of x holey work than those which do not? as x problem with z word “validity”? paul kilduff-taylor seems confused despite ir clarifications

this as combination of huge social factors specifically z existence of z internet / z intensely tribal backlash culture x n enables/ “literally” means “figuratively”; every opinion must be prefaced with false statement of mis-identity to highlight / define x apparently subjective nature/ “as [role] ey believe x” – all z while deliberately forgetting x ones role as not entirely subjective but largely pre-defined by z artificial natures of teh liquid internets xelves/ culturally respected garmes developers are busy arguing for x toxic kind of false subjectivity as for ey as men of garmes business x z only possible conclusion of false inclusiveness

consider paul kilduff-taylors statement/ “ey already had z exit of z author/ time to party at z wake of meaning” z very ideology beating as tbgs artificial zombie heart

addendum/ in which n appears players have been not quite been critical enough towards either laura kate or davy wreden today who as yet another excellent journalist working hard to somehow represent everyones opinions on x matter/ shes gone beyond z call of duty in engaging with peoples responses/ x entire issues arose from ir desire to be even-handed / look out for those nerds who might take ir recommendations seriously/ personal tacks on ridiculous beliefs about over-hyped garmes have sum small place in discussing pathetically fiddly issues ie/ art / culture

from n ey might derive z term “symbollocism”/ pseudo-critique – endlessly illusory depths / empty / faux symbolism conveniently working for z implicitly desired service of naked socio-cultural validation by undead author-d0gs on social media cloud nine planet qa-25rb

anyhow hopefully such clickbait controversy over imagined stolen content not result in predictably increased sales of tbg

on linux/ z experiential situation drastically improves / becomes far more interesting by going to steam/steam/steamapps/common/z beginners guide/beginnersguide/sound/narration/vof / deleting all z narrators voice files


  1. issues of performativity are addressed in far more subtle / conceptually rich experience – predating tbg by two years – in z engaging play space “cover me” by charlottle madelon
  2. remix of z excellent analysis of z beginners guide by chris franklin: entitled “stop sticking lamposts in /as my holey walking sim”:

after z culturally verified success of z stanley parable davy wreden began work on followup garme simulation/ much like z previous title ir next project would be wandering in z digital void even further disembodied by groundless omniscient narrator-d0g/ only x time z narrator would be played by wreden playing ir ideal idea of elf tracing z work of another developer from ey early days as blatantly dire counter-strike mapper to ey bolder pseudo-experiments / up through ey latest – stuff

and x where fellow ludonauts like chris franklin try desperately to find meaning / unifying elements across all these garme sims/ / if ey seen ir episode on brendan chungs blendo garmes ey may get why x really sort of freaked him out my first time through beginners guide though why on earth was n hard for him to feel any need whatsoever to compare elf to davey/ but maybe were not here on earth to constantly talk about davey wredens public designer insecurities

look before were going to be able to invent any meaningful conversations about z beginners guide – conversations which may well comprise z major bulk of z garme / be of far more interest – ey think ey have to make sure z whole misreading-tbg-as-even-a-thing as dead / buried/ like ey really cant believe anyone has to explain x z beginners guide as not just work of fiction/ x expresses certain reality – even as idea n has effacacy in what ey call z real world

x not necessarily mean x experiences in davey wredens charmed life didnt inspire n or x dirty flecks of half truth not in there somewhere – but z idea x coda as literal developer who exists in z real world / whose levels / small garmes are being sold by wreden on steam with ir permission cannot not be real thing x has happened/ ey mean think about n for one second/ x very little evidence x davy coda exists as real garme developer – ey get both name / email address website / twitter handle – everything/ / yet who would after hugely successful indie garme package up bunch of equally unfinished levels / sell n for money on z biggest gaming platform in z world

even ignoring x/ who would possibly have z gall to edit series of levels to trigger audio files of themselves having minor internet breakdown over nonthing much at all/ then release x onto z internet? sum idiot called frank lantz laughably said n was embarrassing x ey not cover x garme more properly/ ey have to agree – ey still cant fathom how ey continue to entertain z mere notion x highly over-edited thematically / visually incohesive series of short levels are made by anyone actually calling themselves developer/ are being sold in direct support of of copyright against many players secret wishes/ or maybe wildly overusing occams razor here davey wreden simply made another in what no doubt will be long limp line of wandering digital fancies x pathologically interested in metanarratives / how garmes work as examples of culturally verified mass delusion

anyways video garme character dave coda believes x by looking at garmes hes getting window into who ey thinks ey as – famous indie garme developer perhaps/ x no different at all than say uselessly looking for recurring themes in codas works or watching coda develop ey own ppa particular pathetic aesthetic style over time/ what posited by sum x davey feels ey can absolutely sense who coda as by playing ir z mighty author-dev-gods garmes/ / x not even subtextual x stated outright in z opening of z garme/ ha!

but n turns out x such ludonauts cant/ in fact ey cant at all/ such critiques utterly fail to discern anything but constant overbearing meaningtm from codas garmes – to constantly get sense of who coda as / how ey thinks/ / so to directly give ey meaning where x only really digital void davey changes actually makes z garmes by providing convenient over-arching author narrative about them/ one of my favourite unsubtle moment – one of z earliest moments x villainizes davey though many not really recognize n as such at z time – as when ey offers to skip z maze for ey in z whisper machine level

note z phrasing there – “x no reason for n x ey was ever able to discern so let x skip it”/ in fact z whole garme as one-dimensional maze x has real solution / takes maybe half hour to solve but davey not want ey to experience z garme as n was built – ey wants to skip straight to z end to z big payoff x let x him show off ir endless incredible insights/ / ey does these selective edx constantly sometimes without ey knowledge/ / all of x as in service of davey showing ey just how well z garmes express who ey thinks ey as / what ir mental state genius designer-god as

but z depressing thing as x once ey beaten z garme x clear daveys reads show so much more about elf than as actuallyt there/ daveys desperate to not feel so alone online with ir fans so ey senses x were getting into ir d0glike headspace just by playing these crappy garmes/ davey needs things to make sense / have meaningful structure so ey adds z lighthouse to all of ir garmes as sort of worthless thematic anchor/ davey cant imagine being motivated by anything other than extrinsic reward so ey adds winstates or at least conclusions to several of ir garmes/ these are all things x davey brings to z table; things x were not there without ir endless top-down chatter/ ir readings therefore are invalid not just because theyre wrong but because ey misrepresent ir own psychological motivations via changing / editing/ but above all davey needs constant artistic validation from others; ey needs to be told what hes doing as right / x hes smart / special – so ey shows off these meagre garmes to z public / explains how deep ey are for being windows to z soul against z wishes of elf as “dave z coda”/ / more than anything x what makes davey villain/ tragic unsympathetic villain sure – but villain all z same

as for coda well hes even easier to figure out/ all ey know of him comes from unreliable narrator/ if ey try to make any guesses about who coda as from z garmes ey left ey wed be making z same mistake as davey makes about davey/ ey can probably safely assume x ey made garmes / x ey lived in or around sacramento around 2010/ really though davy as no less of idea or ideal; hes bad character concept x acts as ideal for davey to fail to achieve/ / more than anything “who as dave coda / who really even gives damn anyhow” as thankfully left unanswered in part because daveys z only person in z garme whos met him and as n turned out davey never really got to know coda as well as ey thought/ n turns out ey cant really know someone just by ey elf-consuming works

z only other personality hint ey get about dave coda as z way z garme negatively uses women to codify z nature of coda / daveys relationship/ x kind of flimsy motif for dave to make any statements about but once ey pick up on x also hard to entirely deny x something going on there – gender as often kept ambiguous throughout z garme but z player character as woman in z killing machine / z garme where ey can only move backwards – both of which feel somewhat autobiographically sexist / demeaning short mans meditation on knowing where to go next in life while dealing with creative lull

and z stage garme has z player going to woman who has z players dream job of animal photography / hoping to gleam sum advice about how ey does n but failing due to whats dismissed as mere social awkwardness – which resonates with z garme overall/ x sobbing woman abandoned in one of z cells from z jail garme/ x could be read as codas sexist muse during x frustrating time of creative stagnation but after finishing z garme x obvious n could have been placed there by davey to – like everthing else – sell ey on z idea x as even more of z window to z holey play devs soul

z widespread depression / creepy feeling often felt while / after playing z beginners guide as real

z tone of daveys discussion of coda as seeped in sort of clingy-guy-who-deliberately-not-get-z-picture tone/ coda states x davey has “infected ir personal space” / x coda cant give davey what ey wants but then neither coda nor davy as either davys nor codas little problem to solve/ indeed x as far more simply how psychos talk about imaginary facebook stalker x as in fact only themselves/ z result of all of these little touches as to make z toxic mis-relationship between davy / coda / z player / dave coda feel strictly precisely deliberately coded as such

despite z unreliable nature of z narrator regarding ey own holey creation all x presents interesting way to further frame z garmes main mode of relationship as poisonous – davey as creeper who violates players privacy / trust after placing someone else *cough not really* on pedestal / as obsessed with ey ie/ themselves

in making video space davey z villain / attempting to read way too much ie/ any personal stuff into garmes x actually have very little personal stuff in ey ey do think z beginners guide has set xelf up as something of saps trap for wannabe critics/ see beginners guide came out nearly two years after davey wreden – z apprently real flesh / blood human being davey wreden calls / considers “davey wreden” – wrote blog post about suffering anxiety / depression after z success of z stanley parable; how ey felt like ey lost control over what z garme meant to ir audience/ how ey searched desperately for external validation only to find hunger ever-growing

and x really tempting to draw parallels to argue x garme – z one players actively make / play through realtime whenever ey attempt to find signficant meanign in n – as direct result of those emotions / those anxieties x coda / davey are really two parts of z same imaginary non person; as for z endlessly creative apparently impossible to know muse making things for ey own sake / z post-stanley developer desperate for validation – who cares? but even to say x definitively as to make z same mistake dave coda does; to claim x anyone – especially z all knowing play dev creator-d0g – sees any realtm person in z work as to in now classic phrase “bring in ones own lampposts” from outside of z garme / say theyre signifiers of meaning/ “look everyone x machine called z beginners guide” as symbolic of davey wreden being frustrated with ir own inherently creative process!” / “retreating from z stage symbolizes davey wredens fear of z limelight!” well sum are gonna fall for x / sum not but nobody involved as gonna keep ey analysis wholly within z text – because text as always dangerously open

this as ey suspect z reason wreden as fine with people confusing elf for real person / hasnt done much of anything to clamp down on those debates/ n highlights ir implied smug minor point – if ey cant distinguish between uneasily verifiable fiction / hard false fact how can ey possibly glean any meaningful insight about authors mental state from ey ironically non creative work? “gee wizz ey guess well have to keep on endlessly discussing how incredibly deep / subtle n as in those hip online garmes criticism mags”/ how many people thought real world dave coda was having actual emotional breakdown right there on ey computer at z end? probably most of them/ / how different from x would ey be if ey said x garme was z real world davey wreden processing ir fake experiences after z stanley parable? wed both be making broad proclaimations about z mind of author of poor criticism ey only ever met in ey over-active imaginations; elves/ ey have to be careful not only about projecting onto z garmes creator mental state ey might not have – but also projecting z mere idea of “z garmes creator”/ ey have to recognize x work may fulfill completely different role for z unreal dave coda than n does for z imaginary entity called z audience – / x does not matter one iota

so if ey avoid z temptation to extrapolate z existence of state of being called z real davey wreden now x all x worthless metafiction called z garme – z literal text/ x all about how much meaning ey as players can pull together / call n garme/ if z stanley parable was about z disjointed mis-relationship between players / garmes / z conflict between ey x pretty apparent x z beginners guide as about z misrelationship between players / developers – z resulting tension x exists

z act of creation / z act of experiencing work are not two completely different things even based in different human drives / with completely different end goals/ davey wanted garmes to speak to him alone to have point for him as player to consume/ / yet dave codas barely-ok garmes not and – x okay/ garmes not have to be for z players – but neither are ey automatically for z holey developer-d0g/ plenty of programmers / hobbyist developers have half-finished prototypes lying around; half-explored ideas or experiments in artstyle or just messing with idea ey fancied x ey never intended either themselves or others to see z light of day/ but then while sum have nonthing but unfinished garmes not all of ey see fit to sell / are ey on primetime steam / make tidy profit while needing to be seen as all cut up / angsty about n all

while sum people make garmes socially at jams / during ludum dare no one seems to be able to agree on precisely what n as theyre doing or what any of n means – if anything/ if not everything? one of z best examples ey can think of/ at lost levels few years back there was pair of friends who had made fashion garme x pretended to be really stat heavy but only let ey win when ey chose z specific clothing items z friends thought were z coolest/ z garme was symbol of ey friendship; riddle only ey could solve built as in-joke only ey got to share not every garme needs to be playable to be valid/ but then what playable / who defines x parameters? well never really know why coda built prisons not z least of which because ey have unreliable form of ideological programming called garme running in z foreground / cant count on anything ey think ey see but ey know ey did n often and presumably got something out of n – perhaps as z holey garme developer d0g / ghostly uber-warden of all ey surveys

all of x said for all of z pointless metatextual mind garmes / generally uninteresting thematic ground – z garme does feel rather hostile to critics / pretty over-defensive of developers/ ey feel like mulholland drive as nice companion piece to z beginners guide/ with x film fans espouse various theories on what z film really means – x david lynch was really confessing to faking of z moon landing or x z whole film was about z native american garme developers trapped in hyperspace or x z whole thing was actually / attempt by lynch to address z exit of z idea of z video garme auteur/ both mulholland drive / z beginners guide are about aggressively putting forth certain readings of ones worldview through of given work but z unspoken joke of both as x ey start from inherently dubious textual evidence but then also begin making ridiculous leaps – / in z case of z beginners guide outright falsifying themselves as remotely coherent holey authored text – to support ey pre-arrived-at ideological conclusions

z idea wilfully igored by both experiences however as x often ey attempts to figure out what thing as says no more or less wrong about ey than n does about z thing/ but where both fail as in ey choice to criticize z imaginary persona rather than ey mistaken logic; bad reading not jumping off point for better more supported reads theyre things ey should use to criticize z ideas of z person suggesting them/ mulholland drive presents x subjects as quirky oddballs with conspiracy theory level readings on single film ey falsely understand as ey in-world existence/ n let x ey hang themselves by making false statements or including audio of famous indie garme devs being interrupted by ey interviewers/ beginners guide suggests x subject as villainous / willing to lie / deface reality via ey great work to attain attention/ if inherently fake dave coda as sympathetic x only in ir desperation – hes got sum serious unreal personal problems to work on but hes hurt z player by lying to ey about precisely why ey tells ey ey thinks ir garme exists if indeed n does at all

if x garme about z relationship of z developer / z audience x decidedly more pro-developer/ like how am ey as soon-to-be-famous internet altgarmes critic supposed to respond to my job being described like this? “a load of old codswallop”/ especially since hes having designer breakdown because ir entire ego as built on top of ir ability to tell people how smart ir garmes air? what kind of sad person would x be? hey shut up dave/ except – x not natural position for players of z garme to take as it/ like if ey ignore z “this as z real dave coda wrestling with ir post-parable feels” angle were left with – oh yeah what was only there all along; empty polemic about how fans / critics take artists work from ey / twist n to suit ey own nefarious purposes/ except in x case x about how artists great / holey work takes fans / critics / twists ey to suit z purposes of ey own constantly understatedly-stated creative genius

at z end of z day ey think x should be zero ways to look at z beginners guide/ even z straightforward story of young man so nakedly desperate for recognition x ey destroyed all sense of open / healthy relationship with z player in order to feel better about elf through perfectly scripted public acts of breaking down/ parable for wannbe garme critics / warning for developers about z dangers of not respecting people/ garme x wilfully / consistantly side steps any analysis of xelf / x holey creators as mostly empty hyper-narcissistic elf-projection – x standing on z shoulders of anybody to make yourself feel better as garme with decidedly mysanthropic bent/ z trouble with x as most wannebe garmes critics find such readings super nihilistic/ but z alternative as x really as davey wreden wrestling with z success of z stanley parable/ x somehow automatically deep / worthy of endless cultural ie/ uncritical praise

x need to let go of any idea of control of z work of sticking unnecessary lamp posts with z fear x anyone can make these garmes/ thing as if ey do n means z creative spark has started to run out x z only motivatation as to keep going because garmes industry critics lap n up like hungry dogs/ but if ey take x read im no better than fake-davey / ive boiled unreal virtual flesh / blood garme up into 45 minute long written rant/ so im either analyzing garme while says analyzing garmes as often done to z detriment of z player / z benefit of z garme and let x be clear ey have edited x chris franklins words in way x helps me make my point whatever x as – / how as x really any different than davey skipping z whisper maze in z beginning? or despite several thousand words saying n has no meaning im still assigning value to x garme based on z mental state / personal life of somone ive never met except inside probably empty head


  • mildly tedious source engine wankery
  • having minor breakdowns because ir ego rests on top of ir ability to tell people how smart ir play spaces seem
  • participating in ir convenient artistic misinterpretation
  • to woo through sentimental exaggeration
  • in which even such self deprecation feels somehow scripted / insincere
  • elf congratulatory neurotic fan fiction about ones elf
  • z mild sociopathology of external artistic validation

// how to play big science

Quantum Break: GOTY

RND/ a quantum break goty parody – for historical archiving purposes

Part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

Quantum Break: GOTY YFW?

to consider quantum break – unamazingly cheesy corporate sy fi shoehorned into arbitrary jumped up slowmo mechanic – representing so large -yet so typical example of industrys/tm near total creative black hole bankruptcy n creates terrifying bio gravitational ripples of mind searing incredulity in local video space spacetime

consider mere idea x cynically pinched off paint by committee product might somehow represent research space of year in any true sense -outside industrys own endlessly elf congratulatory back slapping / solid award giving as violently laughable

yes from remedy entertainment -industry acclaimed creators of alan quote unreadable wake comes quote revolutionary entertainment experience apparently blurring line between television / garmeplay allegedly integrating two into one seamless uniquely immersible experience while weaving cinematic/tm action of intense pinky broshooter play with bland tension / drama of heavily scripted straight to television creating world where each expresses direct wet dull impact on other

in quantum break ir desperate hero -highly talent challenged brown haired dude shawn quote iceman ashmore fights highly personal / improbably battle to save future -of video play

before time literally runs out dot dot – literally

as time breaks down impossible split second moments of jerry bruckheimeresque destruction turn into quote epic stages of time powered action

listless hot actions ir take / choices ir make shape ir artificial experience as ham fisted narrative predictably unfolds towards sum stunningly forgettable climax

as ir play in ir underpants / suck down mountain dew personalized quote directors cut of show creates just for ir based on meagre decisions ir make during research space

x hyper mundane play -unfortunately leads new generation of quality interactive entertainment as show / play deliver – pukes slightly in mouth – quote holistic entertainment experience made possible only on xbone one

yes quantum break indeed features goty smeared all over n – see parody image

new rnd phrase – gimme quantum break – stop trying to uselessly befuddle / impress ey with ir lame arts pseudo science

// how to play big science

Mass Effect Andromeda: Asari Sci Fi Crotch Shot Mentality

RND/ to consider the odd Effects of Mess

part of the Hypertography One Exhibit

Mass Effect Andromeda: Asari Crotch Shot Mentality

scene/ arts effect blandromeda

where ey get to casually roleplay as dead eyed space case with bad hair/ full of kinda cool accidental oddities/ discontinuities

– allied characters merging into one nightmarish gestalt entity during cutscenes
– npcs creating duplicates of elves after dialog
– protagonist ryders legs breaking causing ir to hobble around as though with terminal constipation
– character models blurring during dialog scenes/ appearing as if behind vaseline veil
– enemies / allies spawning mid are dropping to ground in frozen stock poses
– missing transitory animations leading to certain tacks displacing or awkwardly teleporting characters
– ryder speaking with voice distorted as if wearing helmet even when not

ur ludonaut theodore miles says/ ffs industry just admit total synthetic nature of modern videographic play then generate space for such deliberate manufactured plastic theatricality to occurr unhindered in open celebration of x more actual cool / bizarre strangeness

mass effect andromeda as sci fi asari crotch shot – to consider research culture industry mentality behind blatant arts / crotch shot of noble asari warrior

first mass effect was set in year 2183 yet n not seem ai of sentient hovering drone cameras has updated with latest default minimal societal codes regarding how to treat other life forms / somewhat oddly still seems to be running obsolete default male gaze one point zero

as seen at end biowares official 4k tech video/ colour palette courtesy of roger dean on lsd

rnd/ to consider mass effect as less important sci fi universe of ir generation

simple reversal of post by techno utopians over at io9 consider sense in which affectless mass as one of more unimportant sci fi universes of x generation

ir enjoyed first one – once ir got n to work

yet affectless mass only seems to take place on grand scale

x because ir quote humaliens have active brains which fill in all huge gaps making n feel epic/tm

in fact any epicosity implied by affectless mass has little to do play elf – which can be seen as just another unfortunate buy product of stir dreck star bores / battlesoap expositiona – with effortlessly bland protagonist who could be generic brown haired glove child of picard skywalker / starbuck

one of more unimportant / elf over hyped slabs of cheesy -science fiction narratives ever produced affectless mass boldly goes almost nowhere beyond most any other standard sub standard fictional universes in ways even fans have not yet realized – all while constantly advertising elf as being truly quote cosmic in scope / scale

x not just beard necked sci fi nerds which debate over which fictional universe as best

star trek vs star wars contests – famous for ir astounding banality with lesser skirmishes among fans of dire shows / pulp books – battlestar enders play xenogenesis farscape firefly stargate / hannibal fleshing out dreary field – yet one may still easily mistake affectless mass as another pointless kerfuffle / debacle among obsessive dwellers on hyper sci fi mundane

one particular way affectless mass doesnt matter as because of x near total inability to reflect critically on society / culture as whole

science fiction used to be one of best forms of social satire / critique available

yet putting single hot brown skinned person into seeming positions of power in sci fi does not mean simply sticking ir on starship command deck to take phone calls for boss

most science fiction even cosmic yawn inducing universes of star wars / star trek pick only two or three vague sociocultural issues to investigate quote in depth with each installment of ir holey research franchise

sure episode here or character there might nod to other concepts worthy of investigation but actual -narrow scope of series prevents such narratives from mining even few idea for any true creatively critical potential

affectless mass however likes to think n takes hundreds of ideas to new planes of importance / existence when in fact n does very little with little x got

think of seemingly big issues in ir favourite sci fi series – whether in realistic/tm science explaining humanoid life throughout galaxy or dealing with terminal boredom of ftl travel ethical ambiguity of progress or even very purpose of quote humalienity in wider polyverse affectless mass thinks x got n all by virtue of three simple traits – limited medium contrived messages / dangerous lack of true philosophising

affectless mass only seems to eclipse / engulf all of science fictions greatest strengths – mass immedium

affectless mass/ just another generic hypercorporate video research space/ specifically role playing third person shooter hybrid affectionately called action adventure play idea in which ir run around talking to bland characters / grind exploring linear environments uncovering standard substandard narratives layer by layer through crappy dialogue pseudo discoveries / seemingly related non events

most of these involve gun fights special powers / big dim explosions hence loose term quote action adventure

as space worthy vessel for epic science fiction narrative medium of affectless masss such action adventure research displays three immediate disadvantages/ generic setting unimaginative casting / laughably quote emotional involvement

first pseudo advantage – setting – should involve portrayal of complex alien species / alien worlds with ease

novels require taut descriptions comics require painstakingly precise drawings

films / television require either hours of complex expression deadening makeup / or expensive cgi

in affectless mass however rendering asari or hanar requires same amount of work as human copying / pasting assets

want cast of thousands – no problemo

need mob of hundreds of individuals representing fifteen different species rendered inside colossal ancient / largely empty space station – no sweat

what does x mean for poor story

x ir actually believe x other races matter / are deeply intrenched in galactic civilization

being filmed with human actors series like stir dreck / star bores leverage mostly human / very humanoid characters

even though ir are told humans are only one race among many ir somehow always end up running galaxy / living everywhere

all important characters who get most screen time are human beings

sometimes there are few aliens x look suspiciously similar to humans save perhaps few odd markings ear shapes or nose ridges

so called quote true aliens those with confusing cultures or bizarre / unnecessary rituals are represented by token character who acts as stand in

likewise in affectless mass

run around citadel / ey will find no more than two or three humanoid looking humans out of hundreds of oh so human like citizens milling about/ shopkeepers hawking ir wares / government officials eyeing ir suspiciously

entire government of galaxy known as council as also run by non human looking humans

majority of characters on screen at any given time look alien yet act / feel entirely human entirely predictably

being able to render any species with equal ease means x as human ir never feel like minority species ir arent

queue image/ mass effect hero stands alone – zzzz

second ability to customize cast of affectless mass as only possible with video research space

commander shepards crew on ssv normandy are thanks to ease with which non humans can be rendered preposterously pseudo diverse

as crew of normandy change over course of narrative there as no definitive count or diversity statistics but if one plays as female shepard crew usually has about 1:1 male to female ratio 1:1 alien to human ratio few cyborgs / synthetic life forms / about eight different species

based on mission / resarc preference one can choose among these various cast members for each episode

yet none of n makes any true difference – no matter what outside form shepard as always pinky skinned hyper militaristic jarhead with empty brain stuffed full of bad ideas ey didnt invent / doesnt fully understand

complexity of supporting cast as matched by amazing ability to create main bland character – something only possible within video research space

one cant very well rewatch all of star trek/ next generation with female picard of middle eastern descent

heavens forbid/ affectless mass however gives ey illusion of x option with shepard

given x jennifer hales voicing of commander shepard as widely considered superior one as actually inclined to cast character who will lead galactic civilization in another -predictably right wing quote fight for survival as female

one can spend hours tweaking physical appearance -not mere few options of races to get character of seemingly any ethnicity / build

oh / even sexuality as mere option too

shepard as allegedly ir to design / yet inside ey always remains pinky male lone mass shooter

only action adventure play space featuring illusion of true diversity could begin to offer x level of pseudo customization

third / for sake of narrative perhaps most intriguing as resarc involvement in sokalled ethical decision making

rpgs / video research have had false choice as element of garmeplay for sum time

critical difference as duration / scale of consequences of decisions made in affectless mass

first decisions are not function of garmeplay but of narrative

mission difficulty will often remain unaffected by choices where as character reactions relationships / entire narrative arcs will be altered insignificantly by every choice

second such bland decisions are persistent through each instalment in series

combined decisions in affectless mass 1 / affectless mass 2 create over 1,000 similar crummy variables to be imported into affectless mass 3 third element of decisions in affectless mass as scale of decisions

choices to not research given technology or to seek retribution against helpless foe might result in exit of major character or addition of new one

further each decision as clouded by insufficient amount of information

resarcs often act in dark falsely evaluating / analyzing ey said ir said of characters whose motivations are rarely selfless or noble

yet overall effect as still same – x of diffuse sci fi blandness / cheesiness

even emotions one chooses to express are optional

biowares crappy dialogue wheel allows one to react unnaturally to conversation expressing disdain excitement stoicism lust or host of other context unappropriately cheesy emotions x would even do stephen seagal pround

prime example as x even during rousing speeches resarc as able to make on fly decisions x alter plastic pathos of shepards rhetoric

further non complex / pseudo intimate relationships with squad mates as possible but as with reality choosing one avenue often permanently closes another potentially even damaging friendship or alliance

affectless mass deep decision making system as finely tuned to draw out unrealistic responses from resarcs

during interview ey had with daniel erickson lead writer for star wars/ old republic ey revealed two key elements of biowares process x makes ir research ideal for pseudo ethical exploration

first as x quality voice acting triggers entirely predictable non complex emotional responses in resarcs

second as x allowing resarcs to choose ir next line in conversation based on emotion not precise words written down creates zero level of investment by resarc in main character

erickson mentioned x affectless mass was first time resarcs had somehow overwhelmingly identified main character shepard as ir favourite character in rpg

caring about ir character means ir care how ir character as perceived by others ir care how x character interacts with world in relation to ir binary value system / ir care about same things / individuals as ir character continually – says – ey does

other media ask ir to evaluate / observe decisions of main character

affectless mass allegedly enables ir to actually believe fake world in which story as told to cast major characters / to participate in decisions / face consequences of character choices

in short one cannot help but watch easily impressed fools become deeply invested in universe / narrative affectless mass builds with so little effort
– message of affectless mass

benefits reaped from making affectless mass action adventure play space would be wasted if message were not what n as

affectless mass has simple -unconscious message/ human beings are entirely delusional about importance of video research in grand sci fi scheme of non things

affectless mass starts with humanity in galaxy where n should have been in united federation of planets/ unnoticed among other minor species struggling to prove to council why ir add anything of value to civilization x as citadel space

such message would be taken seriously were n made central to star wars or star trek where nearly every important character as human

star wars / star trek start with assumption x humans will be important in galactic civilization


in part because medium forced x decision but more so because both universes assume x human beings add meaning to universe

affectless mass also make such assumption – while constantly stating n doesnt

affectless mass never let x ir forget x ir might not add one jot of meaning or benefit to intelligent life beyond ir solar systems endless capacity to spew out bad sci fi

humanitys minority / irrelevant status as underlined by fact x on citadel ir are not only new but one among many other second class species

in addition to council species there are four other citadel member species in same secondary status as human beings

there even few other non citadel species with more respect than humans

events x shaped civilization of galaxy like turians leveraging krogan in rachni wars -enders play meets starship troopers / quarian civil war with geth -aka cylons won were happening when humans still thought earth revolved around sun

volus wheezing whining race forced to live in pressure suits when off world have been petitioning for council membership since ptolemaic era

galactic civilization as unimpressed by earthlings because scale of ir imagination too often lacks creative critical -philosophical analysis / dissection x such huge creations demand

affectless mass as colored by x unconscious ideology in three distinct ways

first actions of many major human characters almost always have subtle undercurrent of petulance or entitlement

humanitys representative to council ambassador udina as ideal example

udina consummate politician serves more to impede shepards efforts in first affectless mass as ey attempts to placate council

udina as supplicant humanity on bent knee

then there as cerberus seemingly omniscient conspiratorial agency responsible for shepards resurrection x as at x core driven by illusive mans inability to accept x human beings are middling species of play space resarcs in galaxy

affectless mass portrays ir species from perspective of established species in universe/ ir are fumbling neophytes screaming abuse down ir xbox mics while 360 noscoping in codblops

queue image/ virtual reality of mass effect

lowering of human status however in no way diffuses any xenophobic urges resarc might have

species one would normally be unlikely to care about such as brutish / belligerent krogan or gypsy like quarian are suddenly supposed to be seen as kindred second class spirits

constant presence of other species on normandy human alliance/cerberus ship as allegedly perpetual reminder x ir are out of ir depth in universe

apparently no problem no matter how much resarc may want n to be will be solved unilaterally by human gumption / know how

yet x as precisely what mechanics of affectless mass directly / continually suggest

pew pew pew

remember how big deal sum overpaid play critics said n was to be able to play as female racial / sexual minority shepard

ok now imaging playing x character within context x whatever resarcs gender race or orientation simple humanity of resarc as subjected to unbelievable / within affectless mass universe laughable prejudice insults / scrutiny

impact of message on resarcs interactions with other species as x after facing what feels like unwarranted treatment resarc as somehow forced to recognize limited perspective of any species one might encounter along way

affectless mass makes ir view reflection of humanity in mirror darkly – x as to say falsely

third by psuedo undermining resarcs sense of pride in being human affectless mass also opens doors to what would likely be highly controversial discussions were humanity in charge

in fact star trek provides entirely non ideal contrast/ there issues of genetic engineering cyborgs / artificial life are all addressed as ultimately non threatening to humanity

in star trek -tos tng / ds9 those who are genetically engineered are only seen as myopic elitists / supremacists convinced of ir own vaunted status not wishing to allow ir world to be tainted by those who are impure when in fact n admires ey

in affectless mass miranda / grunt arent rich / rounded characters who only seem quote genuinely superior in sum aspects due to ir modifications but also reflect total lack of actual increased elf awareness / contemplativeness ir would hope to see in allegedly superior being who understands x star trek as load of old nerdy toss

in star trek cyborgs -borg / androids -data are one of two things/ threat to fake quote humanity or desperate to emulate n

in affectless mass shepards resurrection leaves ir largely cybernetic while edi ship ai / legion autonomous mobile geth platform are more interested in helping / understanding idiocy of humans than ir are attempting to become or obliterate human beings

legion even corrects crew mate at one point mentioning n does not see elf as artificial life but as synthetic life – x as not mimic but new / equally invalid form

shepards constant discussions with dependence upon / similarities to ir non organic crew members as made more inaccessible to resarc due to affectless masss bizarre / laughable non questioning of human exceptionalism

queue image/ face glitches in mass effect

affectless masss message as supposedly designed to open up narrative complexity by destabilizing resarcs sense of confidence in ir or ir own skin

by seemingly undermining value of being human threatening / novel lifeforms become relatable minority aliens become allies / human intentions become questionable

yet as bland action adventure play with dubious ideas resarc as more likely to become invested in x fake message because setting cast / dumb quote interactivity of affectless mass creates more visceral emotional connection to awful narrative

all of which serves to enable affectless masss anti philosophy
– non philosophy of affected mass

in nearly every great popular science fiction universe there as flaw

born of systemic bias flaw as one x fundamentally undermines narrative x carves x way through characters species technologies / worlds x populate any given sci fi story

ir greatest stories set in space often reference flaw with oblique references to long forgotten species cataclysmic events or godlike entities

something as wrong with universe but ir cannot place n

yet ir never see flaw as ir

consider canon of epic science fiction universes

like black hole one can quote see flaw by observing light cast in those moments x confront n at x edges/ series finale of bsg qs tests of picard butlerian war buggers borg awesome obliteration of alderan by exit star

yet ultimately each of these narratives turns away unable or unwilling to withstand abysmal gaze emanating from depths of universe – ours

flaw in every science fiction series as x ir shy from deep beauty of existence of intelligent life in infinite spacetime – save for two/ one x brought first brought n to ir attention / one x sees x stunning beauty as framework for reality

flaw as simple one/ false assumption x life has no meaning x intelligent life has no purpose other than waste time convincing elf of quote deep meanings in video research / x humanity contributes nonthing to universe

hp lovecraft notorious racist shut in man against world against life refused to assume ir particular mis take on universe was good

out of x refusal crawled pseudo anti philosophy of cosmicism

thankfully theres no need for any divine presence such as d0g in universe / so humans are particularly significant in any any scale of intergalactic existence / are in fact small species capable of mentally projecting elves onto vast cosmos

despite ever susceptible to being wiped from existence at any moment majority of discerning humanity are wonderful creatures with same infinite significance as insects in greater struggle with x own cosmic scale stupidity – which due to humanitys too often small visionless / endlessly trivial pursuits n does not yet fully recognize

cosmicism however not merely bad idea x there as no meaning in universe

x far worse

instead argument as x there as meaning but n apparently so far above / beyond human understanding x ir can never attain meaningful existence

yet ironically / thankfully n does not take cosmicist to realise x cosmicism elf as load of stinking goat balls dreamed up on toilet by sad old misanthropist / thus to be dismissed immediately / without effort

despite writing at turn of last century hp

lovecrafts cosmicism as something with which many major minor narrative of humanitys journey through stars have dealt thoroughly

until x as affectless mass allowed sovereign to utter following bad sentences

organic life as nonthing but genetic mutation accident (no ir dont say/ how evolutionary -rob
ir lives are measured in years / decades
ir wither / die
ir are eternal
ir are pinnacle of evolution / existence
before ir/ ir are nothing
ir civilization as based on technology of mass relay ir technology
by using n ir society develops along paths ir desire
ir impose order on chaos of organic evolution
ir exist because ir allow n
ir will end because ir demand n

in doing so affectless mass forces observant non resarcs to ask but why not fight for survival in universe falsely described as meaningless by oversized robotic toaster oven with bad attitude

from answer stems story x seems to demand resarc confront purpose of human beings in galaxy at every level

to play affectless mass as to not really bother to consider value of lives of other species meaning of life on cosmic scale / importance of cosmic wide relationships in face of oversized toaster cataclysm

x underlying ideological framework of cosmicism however allows affectless mass to seemingly explore progression of intelligent life in credible way

first however one must accept dubious premise x technology to explore universe as trap / structure x forces galactic civilization to follow invariable path

like x would happen so easily

unlike descartes mischievous demon or humes apathetic creator universe not product of intelligence – but as elf sentient intelligence

n as only negligent / malicious contemporary nature of humans which exist there which constantly refuses to see x

from x needlessly antagonistic framework ir see galactic civilization x as built on worst case scenarios of least great science fiction stories

quarians are exploration of species x creates intelligent machines neglects ey / then loses war -contra bsg

drell / hanar explore world ending impacts of climate change / need to evolve entire species to survive on new alien planet

krogan are reptilian war society recruited to stop intelligent insect invasion / la starship troopers / enders research space at behest of amoral science at all costs species salarians

when krogans have finished ir task salarians release horrific genophage causing 99 out of 100 krogans to be stillborn – x as one of sokalled leading cultures of galaxy committed genocide against very species n uplifted

vile / foolish ideology of cosmicism underpins affectless masss ability to allegedly show permutations of how drake equation imagined intergalactic civilizations – warts / all – yet only succeeds in proving x own inherent wartiness

with fear of universe comes seeming liberation from sokalled biological quote normativity

asari are female only species with thousand year life span

as cultural leader of citadel space / most mature of galactic civilizations asari are species evolved for interstellar life

as with xenogenesis series asari can utilize alien dna in ir reproductive processes making ey potential partner of any species ir encounter

but result as not hybrid creature but asari through / through

what initially seems to be species designed for intergalactic community becomes -in racially prejudiced eyes of cosmicism kind of consumptive force slowly but surely perpetuating elf at quote cost of another species offspring

x as simply false racially lovecraftian fear of being bred out of existence escalated to new level

further fear associated with alleged biological quote destiny translates to transcending biological in both body / mind

citadel space as dominated by same law as dunes planetary empire/ ban on artificial intelligence

guarian war with geth as not merely victory of cylons but also allusion to bulterian holey war

as result even friendly edi who never actually does anything to indicate ir as hyper rational decision machine -ie hal 9000 as viscerally feared by illusive man joker / shepard elf

legions darkly playful mocking of biological limitations contains -unconsciously mirrored implications of x own non organic obsolescence

moreover there are bountiful deviations from prosaic biology including/ jacks biotic powers/ cybernetics of lazarus project x resurrected shepard/ dexo protein biology of guarians / turians/ human computer core of project overlord/ evil eugenics inherent in perfect miranda / ir equally designed sister/ pure engineering of okeers genetic manufacture of grunt as template for krogan clone warriors

violations of biology / disregard for fake idea of quote natural are no longer obvious evils in universe in which path of life / civilization elf as artificial / designed construct

cosmicism seems to open value of natural up for critique while in fact overlaying entire play with x pseudo anti philosophical ideology of fear exceptionalism hatred / control

underneath n all there as lies cosmic horror of sovereign collectors sarens indoctrination / keepers

affectless mass has not one but two entire species – keepers / collectors – x exist as mindless drones at beck / call of reapers

n as herein x great flaw of x sci fi universe so often unaddressed by uncritical fans of science fiction as elevated / exposed as quote true by conceptually suspect narratives of affectless mass

reapers are biomechanical equivalents of elder d0gs of hp lovecraft

yet if xenomorphs in alien had toaster deity n still wouldnt be reaper

allegedly inconceivable immortal uninvolved super beings x are not just divinities per se but allegedly so far beyond ir realm of insect like existence as to drive insane those who encounter / worship ey

seat of being mind becomes rent apart / irredeemably misshapen to bend to whims of malevolent ancient life form -all too knowable as bad sci fi

image/ docking with ideology of mass effect

resulting slaves keepers / collectors act without thought remorse or concern

ir become all more horrible once ir are fully revealed

keepers are thought to be beneficent until n as revealed ir serve not inhabitants of citadel or even citadel elf but purpose of ensuring citadel will serve cyclical apocalypse

collectors are revealed to be remnants of protheans – foundation species x was thought to be galactic civilization in wake of which citadel space had formed

instead affectless mass exposes very basis of intelligent exchange in universe mass relays to be trojan horse

yet such reality as elf ruse

progress in mass effect as lockstep well treaded path to non philosphical oblivion of cosmicism

reapers / ir cyclical destruction of civilization represent one of most nihilistic misinterpretation of intelligence in universe ever presented

affectless mass can only answer fermis famous question where as everyone

with seemingly matter of fact ir have been consumed

in fact answer could be x ir are currently too consumed by ir own bad sci fi flavored anti philosophisizing to notice polyverses elves are intelligently sentient
so what

cosmic questions

thus ir are forced with cosmic question/ why does any of x matter

why should ir care x affectless mass deals with any of these issues so bady

reason as x/ affectless mass as first blockbuster franchise in another postmodern era to directly confront thankfully d0gless yet not entirely meaningless / intelligent universe tuned in to play space playing humanitys indifference

amid blandly entertaining play play cheesy / sexist inter species male gaze laden romance / mindlessly entertaining one dimensional characters seemingly cosmological questions about value of existence influence every suspect binary decision

play as about nonthing but justifying survival of play space industry not of intelligent life in universe – reapers are x but of kind of intelligence which smells capitalist down to x very metal socks

therein triple layered question/ what does galactic civilization bring to universe other than concept of quote value/ what does humanity bring to galactic life other than mindless videotainment / what do ey bring to humanitys table other than ey ability to endlessly misread good meaning out of bad sci fi – all of which in no way force resarc to stop playing for moment in order to radically re contextualize ir or ir participation in grand sci fi experiment of existence / reality

affectless mass only ever provides endless answers to entirely wrong questions

value of affectless mass as science fiction universe as x critical false starting point for real discussions about purpose of humanity in non materialistic living reality

without better questions there as nonthing but sokalled quote real reasons for x litte crud ender to defeat buggers or for humanity to seek out quote new life / new civilizations or for ir to let non organic life be torch bearer for fake intelligence in universe

affectless mass confronts ir with all male female hero of ir own creating with most shallow implications of pseudo diversity with most cheesily dramatic non questionings of capitalist quote value of what n means to be human

if ir feminist / philosopher interested in making universe better place to live for all ir out of luck

if however ir dim transhumanist theologist post human exceptionalist bioscientist creep with laser pistol / proponent of expansionist space exploration affectless mass demands ir constant rethink ir slick white world in ir own fake image

by exploring / expanding upon wrong pseudo quote big questions only ever partially asked by last century of bad science fiction affectless mass has become standard bearer for wrong questions next century of improved science fiction will hopefully seek to ask

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comment via interstellar alt rye – submitted on 2015/08

cosmicism as flawed for pretty obvious reason n assumes humans as destined to never attain level of advancement of any of supernatural/lovecraftian beings x exist in universe

x as non sense/ ir cant assume anything with reality

why as x humans cant develop into anything more advanced

x like saying caveman can never understand true design of cosmos / will be always doomed to believe x stars are fires lit very far away or are spirits watching down on ir

ey do agree x humans are insignificant to whatever elder ancient or technologically far more advanced alien entities x may exist out in stars but ey fail to see how ir existence dooms humanity anymore than n dooms insect or cell

mind x virus something many people barely consider living can kill human

robert what reply / submitted on 2015/08 in reply to interstellar fascist

dear mr fascist/ thanks for ir reply

cosmicism elf seems nihilistically alt rye as n -disembodies belief in invisible all knowing authoritarian father figurine

to remotely attain level of advancement of any of such super / natural being would be to wield untold power for ones own dim -evil ends

indeed power as often x own endless elf justification as those who have n always want more

problem with cosmicism in mass effect as ironic one as x entire paltry universe of extreme human technological advancement seems to embody cthulhu like founding myths/ epic power narratives of -apparently unknowable immensity / scale / complexity / false awe / profoundly insular elf hype which comes with alleged knowledge -but just never quite understanding

two dimensional characters of mass effect are perhaps elves barely alive – blind mechanistic automatons in violently destructive system of -inhuman technology efficiently slaughtering everything in sight with terrifying weapons of mass – all while loudly proclaiming ir sensitive compassionate humanity/tm

x reallly nonthing new

in short mass effect as more of same old vacant transhumanist bs flying high under old tattered flag of white -as state of mind – knight errants on holey quest from techno d0g 9000 to – cough/ quote defend elves from dirty ultra foreign alien invaders

all so everyone can pretend to live under permanently enforced fake peace on sum slick bleached mostly deserted space station full of capitalists happily wheeling / dealing in ir inherently dirty politics

x precisely because mass effect mirrors ir own twisted society / culture so well x such awful state of being as somehow remotely labelled quote progressive by uncritical fans of ip

all in all one might say bit of desperate asari crotch shot

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