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Op Ed

Games On Net - Devil's Advocate: You Don’t Want Innovation, So Stop Asking For It.
You hear talk about how there are only seven basic plots running throughout the stories we tell in our lives. How many movies can you name that are simply clever re-tellings of a Shakespeare play? And why stop there, when we can dig even deeper and realise that many of Shakespeare’s supposedly epoch-defining works are nothing more than retellings, or ruthless cribbings, of ancient myths and other classical sources? Get used to it: telling, and re-telling stories, is a central pillar of the human condition. People don’t want innovation because people haven’t changed in literally thousands of years - okay, we’ve got better dental hygiene (except for games journalists, maybe) but other than that we’ve still got the same hopes, fears, and special places in our heart for the stories that speak to what it is to be human.

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15. Re: Op Ed Mar 30, 2011, 20:45 Asmo
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 30, 2011, 14:32:
The article was either written by someone incredibly dumb and naieve, or simply trolling to get trafic. Take yer pick.


I've been following DA since it's inception (game.on.net is hosted by my ISP so I've been following it in general for some time) and the guy writing simply does not know what devil's advocacy is all about.

Instead of arguing an unpalatable concept, he argues incorrect assumptions (ie. You don't want innovation) and then flames the reader on the way past. His lack of understanding leads to the posts coming across trollish.

For example, he could argue that innovation is unnecessary because a large portion of the player base is happy to accept retreads. It's a plausible argument even if you don't personally agree with it.
 
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