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    I like the positivity of the article, but I wish it had a bit more substance–more examples or something.

    Mirror’s Edge was a game that I really liked because it gave a great feeling of doing cool parkour and freerunning without needing years of training. World of Guns let me fiddle with and disassemble and reassemble dozens of complex mechanisms that I probably will never get to touch in real life. Some games like Stalker or Observer just let me explore and hangout out in fictional places I hopefully will never see come to pass.

    At the same time, some negative games are also rewarding, in their own way. That Dragon Cancer is great art, though hardly a positive game. Orwell or Papers Please give important lessons on the mindset of surveillance societies.

    I wish this submission had talked more about those other things, but it is nice to see a positive sentiment once in a while even if it’s simple.

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      I think position is completely correct, but I think you may be conflating the word good with positive. Some good things are painful. Some good things break your heart and make you see the world as it always was.

      Good is not without pain

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        Haven’t played Orwell but love Papers Please. Great game! And there are mobile versions now too :)

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        I understand what the author is getting at, but downhill skateboarding is a strange example because anybody can buy a real life skateboard, start practicing, and work their way up to whatever skill level they want to achieve. A person doesn’t have to fly down steep slopes at 100 km/h to have fun skateboarding.

        I mountain bike and ski, and can say with certainty there’s no way to capture the experience in a video game. A video game can be enjoyable in it’s own way, but it’s not even close to the same as actually participating.

        IMO games like Starcraft and Diablo make better examples because there’s really no real life equivalent to those, they’re just all imagination.

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          anybody can buy a real life skateboard, start practicing, and work their way up to whatever skill level they want

          Assuming everyone has money, nobody is disabled, everybody has an appropriate venue withing their reach (including acceptable weather conditions), and enough time to practice. Hmm

          There are lots of real life sports that just aren’t very accessible for everybody. Downhill skateboarding isn’t the worst offender, but I’d like to see the disabled kid do it on ice and snow in winter on the flat-as-pancake public roads of his rural home town.

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          Nice, a friend of mine is pretty heavy into downhill skateboarding. She even tried organising an event around it once (but municipal authorities made it too complicated)