DailyDirt: Not Playing To Win Can Be Fun

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Playing video games can become an obsession. Just like some people like to re-read books they've already read over and over again, some gamers play their favorite games even after they've finished all the levels in a game. And now, there are more and more games that don't really have an ending, so you could just keep playing the game forever until you got bored -- or figured out your own goals to accomplish in the game. Here are just a few examples of gamers getting creative with how they play. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 26th, 2014 @ 3:30pm

    What?

    No Twitch Plays Pokemon in here?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 26th, 2014 @ 5:57pm

    Re: What?

    "democratic group playing of Pokemon where each move is chosen by majority decisions from a streaming chat session of thousands of players"

     

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    rycho (profile), Feb 26th, 2014 @ 6:18pm

    Escapism!!(TM)(c)

    We clearly need more effective ways to bury our heads in the (highly-monitored) sand, that is our lives.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 26th, 2014 @ 7:22pm

    Re: Escapism!!(TM)(c)

    Sounds good to me. Have you seen life lately? The government is cribbing from Nineteen Eighty-Four, corporations are cribbing from Neuromancer, and police are cribbing from The Minority Report. We're living dystopian fiction.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Feb 26th, 2014 @ 9:53pm

    Re: Re: What?

    Yes that's Twitch Plays Pokemon, but only in democracy mode. I'd just write that down as the author not fully understanding what was going on, or getting only a partial view of the event. But that's fine too.

    To explain for those who don't know:
    Most of the time the twitch stream is in anarchy mode where the game takes in every command at once, with some latency of course. To get into democracy mode the stream needs a super majority.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Feb 26th, 2014 @ 9:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: What?

    P.S. Praise Lord Helix ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 27th, 2014 @ 1:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: What?

    But now is not the time to use that.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 27th, 2014 @ 2:00am

    Re: Re: Escapism!!(TM)(c)

    When life meets art?

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 27th, 2014 @ 2:05am

    Reminds me of that mahjong anime... If memory serves there was the main character called Saki that got pro at scoring exactly zero so she would be always in the middle of the players avoiding being mocked for being the loser and being bullied by her siblings for winning too much. One must note that scoring exactly zero several games in a row is an insane strategic exercise. Still it could be fun.

    Take the RPGs for instance. I like those that need strategy to win. Or those that allow you to become so overpower that the fun is how to kill a boss without taking damage for instance. Or those that you can up the difficulty to insanity and still be able to beat it if executing the things carefully (and in a reasonable time frame). Disgaea comes to mine for this last example!

     

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    David, Feb 27th, 2014 @ 10:25am

    DIdn't Data do this already?

    Didn't Lt. Cmdr. Data 'beat' that one alien by simple playing for a tie, and was able to continue the game indefinitely? Thus 'busting him up'?

    Similar to Arthur Chu playing for the tie, just ensuring he can continue to play the game (and make more money!)

     

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    mahmud, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 9:49am

    BABY SMACKS CAT

    We clearly need more effective ways to bury our heads in the (highly-monitored) sand, that is our lives.

     

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