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  1. Well... this is going to be a long post. I was watching the recording of November's chat with fans on YouTube and one of the first questions that Ross addresses, actually going more in-depth than for any other question so far, is whether Capitalism threatens the survival of humanity. I wanted to write this post because just weeks ago I put my thoughts together on this same subject and, well, so far I wasn't able to talk to anyone about this. So hopefully here we can kick some ideas around. I've thought about this for years - actually more than a decade, my bachelor thesis from 10 years ago is on a related topic. Anyway, to summarize Ross' answer, the incompatibility lies in the fact that Capitalism doesn't have the concept of "restraint", which is essential for the survival of humanity, since we have limited resources and unlimited needs. I think this is spot on. Ross gives the real life example of a group of farmers from California over-pumping the shared water table under their land, in order to make the most profit as fast as possible, without regard for the future. This is a textbook example of the Tragedy of the Commons, which is a specific application of the Prisoner's Dilemma game. If you don't know about these you can look them up online, but the gist of the problem is that the optimal outcome for each individual is not the optimal outcome for the group as a whole. Everyone stands to gain MORE if they cooperate (in this case, if they practice restraint and not over-pump the aquifer). But when you don't know what others are doing, the best INDIVIDUAL strategy is to pump that sucker as hard as you can, because if others are doing it and you're not, you'll get nothing: water depleted AND no profit. In the Prisoner's Dilemma this is called the "sucker's payoff". Well, the entire world is a giant Commons and every individual is a rational actor, looking to maximize their payoff. Except it's a lot more complicated because we also have Corporations. I think the publicly-owned corporation is probably the worst thing to happen for humanity's long-term survival chances. The system of incentives inside a corporation is set up in such a way that nobody is directly responsible for the negative externalities resulting from the corporation's activities. In other words, once it gets big enough, the behavior of a publicly-owned corporation is out of human control. (I suspect that, by some definitions, corporations can be thought of as living beings, but let's not open that can of worms for now.) Corporations are made up of three types of actors: regular employees, executives and stockholders. Regular employees have no power of decision and so, in the context of this discussion, are irrelevant. Stockholders don't care (and for the most part don't know) what the company actually does day-to-day - they just care about return on investment, which hinges on the company's growth. As much growth, as fast as possible. Executives, on the other hand, are solely responsible to stockholders. Their only function, their only incentive is to bring about this growth, no matter what the cost. As long as they're able to show growth over the last quarter, they're successful and keep their positions. The thing is, while executives DO have a say in what the company does, their hand as still tied, because Investors are always watching that bottom line. If they get the feeling that a CEO is not stepping on it ALL THE WAY, they replace him with someone who will do what it takes. That's why so many CEOs and high ranking executives are psychopaths. Natural selection at work. So is there a solution to this? We've already seen that if we leave Corporations free to go about as they please, they'll over-graze the commons. They'll over-pump the aquifer. It's just the rational thing to do for everyone involved. The thing is, even if every individual person inside every company were a decent person with a conscience (which is a tall order to begin with,) that still wouldn't translate into a sustainable behavior of the company as a whole. There's no such thing as "Corporate Social Responsibility" - remember that buzzword from like a decade ago? Not much to show for it now. One idea I've been considering recently is to come up with a template for a new kind of company where the incentive structure is such that long term planning is encouraged. This seems to be the case, for instance, with Co-operatives. These are companies owned by the employees instead of external investors, which means everyone feels a great deal more responsibility and ownership with regard to the company's actions. Some of these companies have very flat hierarchies, where for example employees vote for their executive teams and are generally much more involved in how the company is run. Unremarkably, cooperatives seem to be much more resilient in the face of economic downturns and recession. Thing is I've no idea how one would go about REPLACING publicly owned corporations with co-operatives (or something of the sort.) Government regulation may be a way to do it, but I don't think it's feasible today - too many people would scream Communism. Plus relying on governments to fix things is almost always a bad idea, because of how corrupt politicians tend to be. I don't expect more than a couple of people to have read through all of this, but if you have, does this make any sense to you? How would you address the "tragedy of the commons" problem? What do you think about this concept of a new kind of company where long-term responsibility is incentivized?
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    Thanks! I guess I didn't find it because I was searching for "Polaris" in the title too. So, uh, any tips getting this to run? Under Win10 it doesn't even try (of course) while under Win95 in a virtual machine it crashes immediately on launch with a protection fault type of error that isn't useful at all.
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    Since it's almost Christmas, I'd like to play Polaris SnoCross. Is there anywhere this game can still be downloaded as abandonware?
  4. Good analogy! I don't really have a PLAN for dealing with this, so much as the idea that whatever plan we come up with, it has to exert a LOT of leverage. To run with your analogy, if you use the small paddle to actually paddle with it, you'll get nowhere. But if you stick it in the right place in the steering mechanism, you can get the ship to turn without much effort. The difficulty is knowing where to stick the paddle. So, getting back to the corporations example (and it is just an example,) the current (low-leverage) solution to curb the nefarious behavior of corporations is that the court system punishes individual cases of misbehavior based on existing legislation. My high-leverage proposal is to come up with a template for a new kind of company that will behave properly on its own. Such a company has to be successful enough (and its success visible enough) that other people start founding companies based on this same template. Think of it as an ecosystem, where if this new "species" of company is more successful, it gradually replaces the publicly-owned corporation. I'm pretty confident a lot can be done with little actual power IF we can identify the fulcrum points. That's a big if, though.
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    Hey, remember the part in this episode where Ross is talking about Tiffany Helm - the actress playing Nicole Desjardins - and he points out that her last acting performance was Rama, and that she decided to quit acting after this? Well, she must have seen this episode two years ago, because she decided to come out of retirement and has since starred in TWO new films, both coming out this year. Coincidence? I think not!
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    I was studying at the time but yep, no reason to stay home and do nothing. And that's my point. I can sympathize with Ross for this problem, but I can't believe he's unable to do ANY work at all on videos, even if things are so bad that they had to relocate to some temporary accommodation. Or at the very least post an update on his situation every few days. Thanks to fan donations, Ross is able to work on videos full time. In a sense, this is his job. I don't think there's an employer anywhere in the world that would let you take a paid leave of absence of a month and a half (and counting) from your work, for ANY reason. Even in very worker-friendly countries like France, you get at most a week bereavement leave if a close relative dies. Ross has mold in his flat. I don't think us fans have a right to expect anything, but IMO there should be some degree of accountability when you're taking money from people.
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    Xezr, during the times when you were living in temporary quarters, did you still go to work?
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    I hope nothing bad happened to Ross, but if he's alright, going completely off the radar for a month is not cool. Takes 30 seconds to write a tweet and can be done from his phone in any cafe.
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    ADG just made a sort-of tribute video to the Game Dungeon giving a nod to Ross' current leave of absence:
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    I was going to say something to this effect, but you beat me to it. Also consider other important factors like access to good healthcare, which you wouldn't get there. (especially as a foreign national)
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    I had this problem in an apartment I used to live in. It was on the ground floor and the air was always very humid inside, which led to mold forming on the walls. You need to have a de-humidifier running in your house AT LEAST whenever you have laundry hung up to dry. I would leave it running all the time and it would turn on whenever the humidity was over 50%. Another thing you have to do is be extremely diligent about keeping ALL walls clear of mold. I would have to clean the walls with a bleach solution every other week or so. Those mold spores come in different varieties some of which are NASTY, you can get asthma and other diseases from them. In any case Ross, it's a solvable problem. Leaving the country seems like a pretty radical solution, no? Good luck! PS. I remember you talking about this some time ago on the monthly chat stream, how did you solve it then?
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    Great episode, but uh-oh: How much more sparse could Game Dungeon get, it's already been almost two months since the last episode. (Actually three and a half months, if you don't count the follow-up episode)
  13. Hey Ross, I'm putting this here in the forum instead of in an email because I'm curious to see if anyone else agrees. I'll get straight to the point. I absolutely love Game Dungeon and have seen all the episodes countless times. Some are definitely better than others, but all of them are good - there's a sort of genuineness about them that I can't describe. If I'm having a bad day, watching Game Dungeon puts me in this mental state where everything is okay again. I also really like the Civil Protection videos. Freeman's Mind on the other hand... well, you mention in your last chat with fans how it feels more like work, like a grind, than any of the other videos. I almost kind of knew that. It shows. So while I think Game Dungeon is brilliant, and Civil Protection is great, Freeman's Mind is just sort of... average. So it kind of pains me that there will be even less Game Dungeon than before, for what will probably be many years to come, just to get another long seris of (what I consider to be) average videos. But it's even worse knowing that you yourself don't really want to be making these videos and would rather be working on The Movie or more Game Dungeons. "The fans have spoken" is definitely a solid argument in favor of Freeman's Mind. But I do wonder how many FANS (not subscribers!) prefer this show over Game Dungeon. My theory is a lot of them just follow every gaming channel where the reviewers just scream all the time, like PewDiePie or Markiplier. I mean, there's a lot of screaming going on in Freeman's Mind. So, uh, not the most solid theory. But if that's not the case, I'd be curious to find out what the appeal of the show is for other people.
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    That's a great idea. I'd be thrilled to play my game Quarantine with Ross. (no, not that Quarantine) http://store.steampowered.com/app/489370/Quarantine/
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    Gary Morris, the teddybear mastermind behind Cyril Cyberpunk who was selling spoons a couple years later, is now selling computers and parts on his website: http://www.flashmemory.co.za/ If you want to ask him about the game, his email seems to be [email protected]
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    After digging around a bit, I found the 6 year old who took home your fourth award. His name is Robin Rowland and apparently he's a.. uh, professional writer: http://robinrowland.com/garret/2008/02/my-microcareer-in-videogames.html There's no mention of his age but judging by that photo, he was probably a bit older than 6 when he wrote the scenario for Maabus. That, or his mother was a heavy smoker.
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    But what happened to the second video that was planned for January
  18. One snowboard game which I played a lot on the PC when I was younger is Supreme Snowboarding. Not sure how it holds up today but I remember enjoying it quite a bit back in the day. PS Merry Xmas and happy Festivus to all!
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    My impression is that this episode is only too short for the type of game that's being reviewed. 16 minutes is plenty when you're covering Construction Bob, Potty Pigeon or Bozo's Night Out. But this is a big game with lots to talk about, and it shows when you have to shoehorn everything in. Otherwise I thought the quality of the recording and editing was great, so you should keep outsourcing as much of this as you can. Generally I'd rather have MORE game dungeon than one great episode every couple months. MORE!
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    Questions for November Video Chat

    Hey Ross, why did you decide to move the chat to Saturday instead of Sunday? Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'm much more likely to go out and miss the chat on Saturdays than Sundays.
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    October 2016 Update

    I lived in a ground floor apartment where the air was very humid. We had mildew stains popping up all the time, especially in the bathroom. You can use bleach to clean up mildew stains, by the way - we did that all the time. After a year or so living there, I couldn't breathe well and was diagnosed with asthma. Meds didn't help much. At some point I bought a de-humidifier. This helped especially during the cold seasons, when we couldn't keep windows open all day. Another lesson I learned was to not hang clothes to dry in the apartment, if you can help it. That water evaporates and gets in your walls. Anyway, I moved from that apartment a year ago and guess what, no more asthma problems. TLDR: buy a hydrometer; if the air humidity is too high, get a de-humidifier and keep windows open as much as possible. Clean all mildew stains as soon as you spot them. Look in every corner of the room, especially dark corners behind closets/cabinets etc. This shit can be quite hazardous to your health.
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    Mother Russia Bleeds

    About 30 to 40 minutes into the game. It's a solid beat-em-up although it gets repetitive pretty fast. Like any brawler I expect it's much more fun to play with a friend, as it supports two player co-op. The atmosphere is great, graphics and music are pretty good and the premise is interesting enough that I want to play more to find out what happens, but the fighting gameplay is not amazing. I'm definitely not a fan of the healing mechanic either, although it's funny to watch.
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    Mother Russia Bleeds

    The #1 game on Ross' most anticipated games list is now out on Steam for 15 bucks! Wonder if he's planning on making a Game Dungeon episode. Just from what I've seen of the game, it seems to offer plenty of material to work with.
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    Hey Ross, good video as usual but I don't like how you casually SPOILED THE ENDINGS to both the first and second Deus Ex games. At least put in a warning, or even better a video annotation to skip over the MAJOR spoiler part. You're probably assuming everyone who's watching the videos has at least completed the first Deus Ex. Well maybe, but that was 16 years ago! After your video of the first game, I started playing it again, only to have the ending spoiled before I even finished the second area. I am disappoint.
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    Creating a Dead Games List

    Seems like this practice is gaining popularity and now it's no longer limited to games or even software. Check out this article: https://medium.com/@arlogilbert/the-time-that-tony-fadell-sold-me-a-container-of-hummus-cb0941c762c1#.eo755v88d

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