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Op Ed

Cliffski's Blog - Kickstarting inequality.
Kickstarter is the absolute poster-child for inequality amongst gamers, based on income. Now I am definitely not a raging socialist, but I know a lot of gamers are, and I find it a bit weird that it doesn’t bug them that when these kickstarter games ship, not only will gamers with more money that them be swanning around with better outfits and weapons, (This already happens in F2P games), but some of the NPC’s will have the names of the ‘wealthy’ backers. Some will even have their digitized faces in the game. Elite is actually naming PLANETS after people who back the game with a lot of money.

Gamers say they hate in-game product placement and advertising. It compromises the game design for the sake of money. I agree. So why are we deciding that the best way to name our planets or design the appearance of our NPC’s is to put that part of game design up for auction? Why should gamers who are wealthy get more influence over a game that those who flip burgers for a living? The cold hard economic reality of the real world is bad enough without shoehorning it into games too.

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72. Re: Op Ed Nov 25, 2012, 15:32 Draugr
Axis wrote on Nov 25, 2012, 14:13:

IRS DATA GENIUS. What more PROOF do you need Mr. In Denial?


I hope you know yelling 'IRS DATA' without actually saying anything makes you look more like an ignoramous, This Data shows us tax rates. That is all.
Your appeal to authority with those editorials really goes to prove *no* points that your trying to make. It shows that this fellow seems to think rich people are being taxed enough already, but that doesn't really have much to do with socialism. Unless of course you think having tax rates similar to what we had during the 50's would make us socialist.

I'm not questioning the IRS data. I'm questioning the conclusions they have drawn (I'd say you, but you're essentially asking me to argue with a surrogate, presumably because you have no arguments of your own to make) which is basically an implied argument that taxes are just fine/raising them can resolve nothing. The REAL argument is if they are paying their fair share, some would say no, some would say yes - BUT! That has little to do with socialism.
This guys argument boils down to, 'if it isn't a flat-tax rate than it is more than your fare share.' not many would agree with that. (Obviously things like flat tax make sense from a 'common sense' approach. The mistake is to assume that common sense is always helpful. Common sense also would lead you to believe the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.)

Just because you pay more taxes than some doesn't mean your paying a fair share already. If you think some dude making a blog post and talking about how he thinks tax rates are just fine or more than fair is proof of anything -- citing IRS/CBO data or otherwise, then be my guest.
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