11/26/13

My Manifesto

My name is Adam David Burch, and I make games. 

I make games because I know that
1) I've been playing games my whole life.
2) my knowledge of games is pathetic, and lastly,
3) my games are awesome, and worth making.

I'VE BEEN PLAYING GAMES MY WHOLE LIFE 

Anywhere there is shit to do, and shit that can be done about it, there is a game.

By this logic, damn near everything's a game!

The to-clever computer scientist in me couldn't help but agree that damn near everything IS-A game. 

And when everything's a game, how can I stop playing?

 I went to high school. 
 Get good grades - Shit to do 
Schoolwork - Shit that can be done about it 

 My friends and I used to eat Corn Nuts(tm) after throwing them into the air. 
 Eat, Show off - Shit to do 
Throwing Corn Nuts(tm), eating, diving, tackling, etc. - Shit that can be done about it 

 When on tile floors, I would impose rules limiting my movement (stay on like squares, chess-piece movement only, etc) 
 Desire to play - Shit to do 
Movement - Shit that can be done about it 

 Meditation 
 Meditate - Shit to do 
Meditate - Shit that can be done about it 

 MY KNOWLEDGE OF GAMES IS PATHETIC 

 Let's look at my edge cases (the first and latter ones, respectively).

 I went to high school.
 Get good grades - Shit to do 
Schoolwork - Shit that can be done about it 

 Isn't school supposed to be about...learning? Why has the signifier (grades) taken over for the signified (learnins)?

 Meditation 
 Meditation - Shit to do 
Meditate - Shit that can be done about it 

 It is only by abandoning our conception of meditation as a game that we can meditate.

Each of these things IS-A game. However, they're also NOT GAME.
Everything that's NOT GAME IS-A game.
It's just not supposed to be played.
Playing something that's NOT GAME as a game can seem smart, but it's most likely stupid.
The thing is simply NOT GAME.

We now know the set of all things that are NOT GAME - Everything that IS-A game, but IS NOT meant to be played.
We now know the set of all things that are GAME - Everything that IS-A game, and IS meant to be played.

 But the question is, what do /I/ know about this set?

 Not a damn thing.

 MY GAMES ARE AWESOME, AND WORTH MAKING 

 This is a tautology. All games are awesome (exploring the possibility space for a game is THE BEST, and CREATING THAT POSSIBILITY SPACE IS THE DOUBLE BEST OMG), and if I want to do something, then it's worth doing.

 My name is Adam David Burch, and this is my manifesto.

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