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MuppetFace March

 

I'm early, so I can run ahead of those members in Tokyo!

 

I um... went is a slightly different direction.  BTW DF, yours is ready in the TMAC thread.

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MuppetFace March

 

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I'm early, so I can run ahead of those members in Tokyo!

I'm in! smile_phones.gif

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I um... went is a slightly different direction.  BTW DF, yours is ready in the TMAC thread.


Thanks Warren I'm gonna have a look see

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OK back, so what do you guys think? Do I look like a cunning linguist whose a university prof with a fetish for FAD IEM's and has a massive collection of every headphone ever made? Hope the new avatar isn't to overly sexy. I don't want to get hit on when browsing the anime thread or the sound science boards. Why do I have an urge to apply nail polish to my toenails while listening to Pink?


Edited by DigitalFreak - 2/27/13 at 9:19pm
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Oh I just thought it was poorly written, with its grating melodrama, obnoxious chanspeak dialogue, tryhard use of metafiction, and its attempt at dissecting the relevance of privacy in the digital age was just nonsensical. Especially when the students' blank reaction to Rooks' voyeurism rendered the whole morality issue moot. Oh, and the game was manipulative in achieving this ludonarrative revelation, especially given that it's a game that has no real world consequences and shunts the player onto a singular path to progression with little to do along the way other than click every flashing icon. Is Love trying to tell me that infringing upon other's privacy is a bad thing? Is she using this game as some sort of moral litmus test? It's akin to stating that those who play violent games in turn are likely to take out their psychotic aggression on the world. Doesn't add up. Finally, the hilariously butt ugly animu artstyle offended my senses, oh, and I wanted to punch everyone in the face :/

FWIW, I also thought Digital was overrated, but when there is such a dearth of well written fiction in gaming, I guess anything half competent becomes lauded. It was interesting and refreshing for a Renpy VN I guess. I haven't played Analog yet, but I hope Love was just hamstrung by the limitations of NANIWRIMO when penning "Don't take it personally", and that Analog fared better

 

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Well, you sound like you've actually played it, so I guess I can't do much to convince you otherwise. I do know that my friends did playthrough and got a rather different story basically by attempting to be the worst human being possible (I tried to be nice). I don't think it's a real moral litmus test considering that the game just rolls with whatever you try to do and doesn't really pass judgement. The hesitations about privacy come as much from the narrative as yourself. There was something I particularly liked, the one scene where you get an active choice whether or not to view an illicit image of one of your students. The game doesn't really care whether you do or not, but the option is there and for me it presented an actual dilemma outside of the usual punishment/reward systems that most games are based on. I don't know what ending you got, but my playthrough ended up with a conclusion that basically meant: young people are much more aware of the nuances of privacy on social media than you might think, they just deal with it in different spheres.

 

Yes it's pretty much dumb wish fulfillment and visual novel melodrama mixed up with some limited cultural analysis and I did hate the on-rails 4chan clone sections, but I think it's a heckuva admirable mess nonetheless.

 

My takeaway from the game, along with stuff I've been reading for my uni degree, is that a lot of analysis of social media privacy issues come from adults who have no real experience growing up with social media. One of the theorists I've read is Sherry Turkle, a Freudian psychoanalyst / psychologist (yes those still exist) and a bigwig at MIT. Originally she was convinced of the therapeutic benefits of social media and virtual worlds, but in her latest book 'Alone Together' she expresses her fears that social media and online interaction is making us fall in love with the artificial and essentially making us behave like social robots. She warns that in particular the constant need for a sense of connection and affirmation / validation from peers is dangerous.

 

Yet Turkle also confesses that she doesn't really use social media, and doesn't really like it. I find that really problematic. As thoughtful an analysis as she performs, she is still fundamentally an outsider and  her analysis will tends to focus on the surface elements she can gather from interviewees. In other words, she is a clinical psychologist who is going to be inclined towards framing things in terms of symptoms and pathologies (medical gaze and all).

 

Yes, definitions of privacy and transparency are changing, but I really hesitate to agree with an analysis that says 'this is a bad thing' (Turkle) or on the other hand, agree completely with the disingenuous 'transparency' arguments of people like Eric Schmidt or Mark "they trust me" Zuckerberg.

 

What I like about Don't Take it Personally is that it puts you as a gamer in the position of an 'outsider' to social media, even though the game's audience is almost guaranteed to be an 'insider'. So you are immediately forced to assume both roles, and there's a tension there that mirrors the public / private debate that the game centers around. The game doesn't try to shove anything down your throat and concludes with some ambiguity, or maybe I just got a good playthrough.

 

Yes the game is dressed up with the visual novel melodrama but it comes with the choice of format and Love's personal desire to make something that she would like. I thought the fundamentals of the game were smart and interesting.

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OK back, so what do you guys think? Do I look like a cunning linguist whose a university prof with a fetish for FAD IEM's and has a massive collection of every headphone ever made? Hope the new avatar isn't to overly sexy. I don't want to get hit on when browsing the anime thread or the sound science boards. Why do I have an urge to apply nail polish to my toenails while listening to Pink?

 

The resemblance is wigging me out!!!

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OK back, so what do you guys think? Do I look like a cunning linguist whose a university prof with a fetish for FAD IEM's and has a massive collection of every headphone ever made? Hope the new avatar isn't to overly sexy. I don't want to get hit on when browsing the anime thread or the sound science boards. Why do I have an urge to apply nail polish to my toenails while listening to Pink?

 

DF up North...melting ice!

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OK back, so what do you guys think? Do I look like a cunning linguist whose a university prof with a fetish for FAD IEM's and has a massive collection of every headphone ever made? Hope the new avatar isn't to overly sexy. I don't want to get hit on when browsing the anime thread or the sound science boards. Why do I have an urge to apply nail polish to my toenails while listening to Pink?

Societal norms don't apply to Head-Fi members.....go with what feels good! jecklinsmile.gif

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Hope the new avatar isn't to overly sexy.

 

You're saying Head-Fiers harbor a secret fetish to get it on with Muppets?

 

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DF up North...melting ice!

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And being jailbait for muppetphiles everywhere...

 

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Societal norms don't apply to Head-Fi members.....go with what feels good! jecklinsmile.gif

 

And that would be ESPECIALLY true of this thread.

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Societal norms don't apply to Head-Fi members.....go with what feels good! jecklinsmile.gif


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Oh **** what have I unleashed...
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Oh **** what have I unleashed...

 

MWAHAHAHAHA!  That's what you get for being busy all of a sudden.  biggrin.gif

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It will be fascinating to see the reaction from the honoree when I get up tomorrow morning....lol

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Many will have eyes that twitch.evil_smiley.gif

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And of course, the confusion factor is always a riot.  biggrin.gif

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