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Apr. 25th, 2007 | 10:26 pm

John Kim's blog had a post about GNS and his interest or lack thereof these days. I have, as you know, been somewhat absent from this whole little mad field, myself, and I found myself thinking, "So what do I think about it these days?"

As I turn that over in my head, possibly profitably but possibly not, I have some questions for you. Please insert "and the Big Model" after GNS if that is helpful to you; I don't really care.

1. Do you find GNS useful in your current play?

2. Did you find it so in the past?

3. If you design games, do you think about this while you design (including general mulling over)?

4. Did you do so in the past?

5. Do you think that GNS should change and develop significantly?

6. Practically speaking, do you think it will change noticeably in the next year or so?

7. When you see someone make a GNS-based remark somewhere on the web, do you react with interest, annoyance, or what?

8. What is your overall assessment of what GNS has achieved in the past?

9. What is your assessment of its future?

You don't have to answer all that, obviously, but I am genuinely interested to know, as I see very, very different things about this.

Oh, one more thing: is it worth creating a poll like this? I've never done one.

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from: the_tall_man
date: Apr. 26th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)

1. Nope; I've already internalized the parts I needed, and discarded the rest (and dragged a few people along with that, to their benefit or detriment).

2. Yep.

3. Nope. See #1.

4. Yep.

5. It could be made more approachable, less authoritarian, less elite-sounding, and more obviously a grab bag of ideas, many of which are good.

6. Nope.

7. I've already been through the various stages - Confusion, interest, exploration, dialog, rejection, dialog, internalization. So, nowadays, it usually just looks clumsy to me.

8. Made ideas that should have been obvious, and weren't, more obvious, to the benefit of some. Acted as an excuse for people to act like idiots, to the detriment of some.

9. Not my concern.

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