Is Anthony Burch working on the Telltale game, then?
I’m thoroughly excited.
I support your joke.
No, the microtransactions are in the “free-to-play” sequel to the original game, not the one reviewed in this article.
That’s a long long time.
But what about the frames and p’s, yo
That’s a Dreamcast game about John McCain’s relationship with an imaginary cabaret dancer named Trout that he met in Hanoi.
So long as we’re taking empiricism as the paradigmatic base of all social scientific investigations into social phenomena (of course, many social theorists are not empiricists), Hume’s famous argument about causation is supposed to show that causal reasoning is not deductive or a priori reasoning, and, further, that inductive reasoning can only be justified circularly. This argument addresses itself to empirical investigation in general (e.g. philosophy and science), not the ‘social sciences’ in particular.
If social scientists had a better grasp on the causes of variable changes, their models would have greater predictive utility. Econometricians can’t predict business cycles, despite having reams of data at their disposal.
That’s fair, but not all theories aim toward predictive utility. Social theories, like scientific theories, can be evaluated by other criteria, such as their explanatory power, coherence, simplicity, etc. – e.g. ability to explain the more amounts of social phenomena than a rival theory while retaining internal coherence and verifiability.
For the record, I’m not a big fan of the ‘science’ label being applied to the so-called social sciences, as I find it kind of reductive and suspect it’s more of a rhetorical move than anything else. Econometric models are cool, I guess, but they sacrifice a substantive structural critique for putative predictive utility (Friedman’s famous paper on positive economics comes to mind: basically, let’s normalize a particular kind of economic actor just so that we can have predictively capable theories.) For instance, the edifice of economic knowledge is itself part of mobilizing the dynamics it reports to analyze; society is shaped and formed by economic expertise, which inputs into the structural dynamics that disciplines and rewards how ‘economic agents’ act.
Some people just like to watch the world burn.
Even granting this
It’s impossible to demonstrate a direct causal relationship between social inequality and a set of conditions.
doesn’t entail this:
[Social-scientists] can’t say what causes what, they can only establish correlations
…unless you have some extremely narrow understanding of causation, as if the only viable methodological approach to analyzing the origins of phenomena is to identify some kind of reductive chain or a singular ultimate cause (I think you’ll find that natural sciences don’t work like this either in many cases, and, in fact, the metaphysics of causation are not uncontroversial among philosophers of science). Social scientists don’t tend to do this, and there are a number of viable ways of explaining conditions that give rise to situations of social inequity. Trust me – I read their arguing with each other everyday.
It’s like a snow globe filled with English people.
As a side note, I hate how predominant myths about social mobility and wealth-emulation have paved over the perception of class privilege amongst people with other (straight, male, white, etc.) privileges who are economically marginalized. It seems like a lost opportunity to find positive intersectional resonances, but instead the class-privileged have managed to mystify economic marginalization as a non-structural, domination-irrelevant issue, thereby making it all the easier, e.g. for poor white males, to participate in normalizing the marginalization of others.
This is all a bit of a false dichotomy. Of course handing down video games does not prevent you from handing down books as well. Nor does the quality have to be comparable. Just because my kid might inherit my unremarkable and worn (but still fun) collection of Magic cards does not somehow preclude her from inheriting, say, my first edition of William James’ Pragmatism.
I’m actually glad to hear it doesn’t have the macroeconomics of SimCity, since it would be an anachronism (to say the least) to apply the theories that those mechanics are based on to pre-capitalist societies. I would be interested to find out what kind of research went into this game in order to properly historicize its economic relations and methods for sustainable resource use. But that’s ‘cause I’m like into that kind of boring shit or something.
I have this one as well, and I really like it. It doesn’t adjust lumbar support like some of the fancier chairs, so I would recommend sitting in one for a bit before deciding whether it’s for you. Given my budget, this was basically the only chair I could find that I could both afford and would actually help me sit with good posture.
Also, I would recommend checking out the chair-review roundup at the Wirecutter for some good tips on chair-shopping.
I think you misread my post. I never said the tags 1) prevent me from reading user reviews or 2) that I think “the tags are fundamentally bad.” If you scroll up, you’ll see that my post was a response to the contention that
the harsh tags are important. They allow buyers to see the popular opinion on a product before buying it.
My point was that there already is a system that allows people to see “popular opinion on a product before buying it,” and, moreover, that the tag system is not suited to doing this; it’s suited to improving the taxonomical classification of games. (see my above posts, including the one you first replied to).
An analogy would be a city deciding to build a skatepark but doing so without the proper drainage, such that it collects water, and kids start swimming in the pools and bowls. My issues are 1) with the poorly/non-implemented drainage system and 2) with the idea that a skatepark filled with water is a great asset to the community. Your response seems to be something like, “But since you can still [go to the rec center pool], there shouldn’t be a problem with the [skatepark being filled with shitty water], right?” No, the former does not imply the latter. In fact, I would like to have both a nice pool and a nice skatepark, but it won’t be a nice skatepark if we either pretend it’s a pool or pretend that the drainage issues don’t get in the way of skating. I totally realize that it’s in Beta, and I’m actually very hopeful that things will get better.
Just because the review system exists doesn’t mean that the tag system works well. That’s kind of a non-sequitur.