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An upcoming real-time strategy game is designed to let you watch your troops fuck up until you're fired, sources confirmed today.

Titled Counterinsurgency, the debut video game from Seattle-based Green Wood Studios breaks new ground by pulling players into a protracted campaign mode with virtually no way to win. During this time, you -- playing as the Theater Commander -- get to witness gross mismanagement and malfeasance on the part of your subordinates until you are replaced.

"Most RTS games are about achieving measurable objectives, such as destroying the enemy team or acquiring key resources," said Jerry Cevalos, the lead game designer, during an interview at GWS. "We went the opposite direction by instating a nebulous end-game of installing and sustaining a democracy."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 12:18:40 PM EST
Too bad it's scheduled for release after the end of our "Afghan intervention," i.e. never.
by rifek on Fri Dec 8th, 2017 at 02:15:36 AM EST
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virtually no way to win

That's The Game!

by das monde on Fri Dec 8th, 2017 at 02:45:07 AM EST
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"Brains! I don't believe in brains." -- Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and Commander-in-Chief of the British army until 1895.

5 Victorian Generals Disastrously Promoted Beyond Their Abilities

by das monde on Sun Dec 10th, 2017 at 01:25:41 PM EST
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which is of coure, why the British army could only win when it had vastly superior forces and technology.

The moment they faced equally matched forces, they floundered. So, basically, the entire 20th century.

It didn't help that the mercantile classes who provided that superior technology were perfectly happy to sell it to our enemies as well (something about McDonalds and Campbells never fighting apparently)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 11th, 2017 at 04:10:56 PM EST
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Would Artificial Stupidity count as Artificial Intelligence? It would agency, intentions, even believes and desires :-]
by das monde on Tue Dec 12th, 2017 at 12:48:10 AM EST
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.. It would have...
by das monde on Tue Dec 12th, 2017 at 12:48:38 AM EST
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re: "agency, intentions, even believes and desires"

Defined with excruciating detail in Milikin, Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories (of meaning, proper function of meaning)

re: Artificial Stupidity/Artificial Intelligence

A third condition under which an item may be said to be a member of a higher-order reproductively established family must now be added that will prove of utmost importance. This condition is not an additional condition, but a loosening of conditions (1) and (2) above. The point of this new condition is to make room for malformed members of reproductively established families.
The vagueness of the question, in some cases, whether a bit of matter should be called "a malformed eye" or merely "a glob of misplaced organic matter on the forehead"is reflected in the vaguess of "in some respects like" and "approximates in some degree to a Normal explanation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 14th, 2017 at 03:48:27 PM EST
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I saw a joke in a decent flick 'Arrival' last night about war.
"What is the literal translation of the Sankrit phrase for war?"
"More cows"
The flick plot was about establishing communication with apparently benign heptapods whose technology and understanding of time were very advanced.
Canadian production, Amy Adams, Forest Whittaker, excellent dialogue concerning language and the essence of communication.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Dec 11th, 2017 at 03:21:37 PM EST
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it's a "desire for more cows", which is a more subtle joke within the film.

Sanskrit being the language of hinduism, which believes cows to be sacred.

But it's a truly fantastic film. I've seen two great films this year, both of which I look forward to watching again, that and the Martian.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 11th, 2017 at 04:15:59 PM EST
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Thanks Helen! Pardon my over-abbreviated version.
Glad you liked the film, it posed some serious questions.
The rhythm lagged a bit when they first entered the spacecraft, and there was a hole in the plot when it came to how they came to ascribe English words to those smoky circles - unless I missed something!
9 out of 10!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 13th, 2017 at 12:49:19 AM EST
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Ah, I think there was an explanation for how they did that, but I can't think of it now.

I know what you mean about the rhythm. I watched it twice and think it was a deliberate attempt to make it look like the standard SF film, weird gravity etc. That way they manage to sneak in a lot of stuff that you just take as part of that aspect which take on new meanings during the second half during a succession of reveals. I'm not sure it would have been as good a film if they'd brought you into what was really going on too early.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 13th, 2017 at 09:00:56 AM EST
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