Sunday, November 02, 2008

I am a dirty thief

So I was just reading some old posts at Lamentations of the Flame Princess, James Raggi's awesome blog. Unfortunately, I just realized that I totally stole some material from him. In the middle of his long post I Hate Fun he takes a moment for this aside:
Stop right there! Tangent time!

Never let anyone say that the game has “evolved.” It hasn’t. Ever. Maybe the way you play it has evolved, maybe, but the game itself hasn’t. You could say it evolved if you took the same book from the shelf and suddenly a rule was mysteriously different here and there, more and more, as the years go by. That doesn’t happen. The game is changed, intentionally, for better or worse. Changed, by people doing the changing. It’s not an accident, it’s not an evolution. It didn’t have to happen. It’s willful alteration.

Got that? Don’t let people get away with the “evolved” line. Always confront and correct. Sure, you’ll be seen as an asshole if you do, but it seems to me that it is better to be an asshole for challenging this wording than it is to passively accept being sort of genetic throwback Neanderthal freak since you haven’t kept up with the “evolution.”

Not evolution. “Intelligent” design.

Back to your previously scheduled rant:
I'm sure I read James's post the same day it came out or the day after, because I always keep up on his stuff. But by the time six weeks later when I posted my own item Please note: Games don't evolve I had totally forgotten that I had gotten the idea from him. James even dropped a line in the comments "This argument seems familiar somehow.:)", which at the time totally went over my head.

So James, please accept my deepest apologies. I apparently took your observation to heart but plum forgot it came from you.