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Vladimir_Golovin comments on High Challenge - Less Wrong

22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 December 2008 12:51AM

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Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 19 December 2008 11:58:48AM 5 points [-]

EY: So this is the ultimate end of the prophecy of technological progress - just staring at a screen that says "YOU WIN", forever.

On second thought, playing a modern game IS staring at the "YOU WIN" screen.

Say, you just started playing a game. You did nothing at all, but you're already immortal, you look badass, you have fists the size of a boulder, and you can engage some mean-looking bad guys and win!

So, the actual product of the game industry is 4D "YOU WIN" screens.

Comment author: Kenny 27 July 2013 06:41:43PM 2 points [-]

I find the opposite to be true, at least for those games I've played recently. For example, Minecraft is so open-ended that I found myself expending more and more time and effort devising subgames and constructing various structures that I realized I was 'working' and further that I'd rather work on something more lastingly rewarding. Interestingly, I haven't found any more lastingly rewarding activity with which I've replaced it.