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90 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 April 2011 09:13PM

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Comment author: steven0461 22 April 2011 09:39:06PM *  11 points [-]

Okay, but that's not what defines munchkins. Munchkinism, as I see it, is less about getting points in good areas by burning points in bad areas (min-maxing) than it is about getting points in good areas by burning the spirit of the game.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 April 2011 08:42:20AM 13 points [-]

I think that willingness to burn the spirit of the game when it comes to things like signing up for cryonics instead of confronting the inevitability of your mortality, drinking extra-light olive oil instead of trying to diet by sheer willpower, or building a recursively self-improving AI instead of trying to solve the world's problems the normal way, is exactly what distinguishes Munchkinism from mere hacking.