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November 8, 2014 1:20 PM   Subscribe

Here are some recent thoughts of mine: I am playing too much Destiny. Also, games might be an expression of the futility of the human condition.

"I've always loved Carl Sagan's way of expressing the meaningfulness of consciousness, and the miracle that we're all made from atoms forged in collapsing stars: "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself," he said. There's an honesty to this - Sagan said it knowing our individual lives are preposterously short and, cosmically speaking, mankind's is not likely to last much longer. But there was for him a value in this temporary knowing.

So I'll end by saying that the value of games - these games that mirror the journey of mankind - and the reason to give over the precious, limited time we have to them, is this: that games are a way for us to know ourselves."
posted by Sebmojo (11 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I only need 3 more motes and I can get my GSA.
posted by humboldt32 at 2:26 PM on November 8, 2014

My personal cosmos was temporarily thrown into chaos when I misread one of the tags as "dentistry".
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:03 PM on November 8, 2014

I only need 3 more motes and I can get my GSA.

Holy Silifi of Crimson Flashbacks.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 4:19 PM on November 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

I reached level 27. Then I was unable to play for a few days, because of logistics. But after a few days a way, I seriously question whether I need to get to level 28. Haven't managed to play since. But maybe the answer would be clearer if I were a 28.
posted by scamper at 5:19 PM on November 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

I have a level 28 character.

It isn't any clearer.
posted by rewil at 5:35 PM on November 8, 2014

I think the most damning thing I can say about Destiny is that despite referencing it pre-launch in two different posts, I ultimately didn't care enough about it after playing it to bother making a post about the game itself.

Maybe it gets better later in the game (I never made it past the cringeworthy cutscene in The Reef), but it felt utterly underwhelming.
posted by Rhaomi at 6:13 PM on November 8, 2014 [3 favorites]

I just traded in my copy of Destiny for store credit.

And returned to my third replay of the Mass Effect series.

I need far less grind and far more story in my life. And save points. Many fucking save points.
posted by teleri025 at 8:23 PM on November 8, 2014

Destiny- the proof that we are all simulations being run inside a Vex mind.

Now if you'll excuse me I need to return to my Skinner's Hunter's Box
posted by fallingbadgers at 10:20 PM on November 8, 2014

(I never made it past the cringeworthy cutscene in The Reef)

The same cutscene finally drove me to twitter to complain about how dumb the campaign is. Sexy undead space queen and her goth brother.. how compelling.
posted by thedaniel at 2:43 AM on November 9, 2014

Progress? (NSFW) Counterpoint
posted by fullerine at 9:15 AM on November 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

I've not played Destiny, but everything I've seen/read suggests I'd find it a very thin experience (and not at all be alone in that). And yet... That it can produce (induce?) a piece of writing as good as this... That's not nothing.
posted by sparkletone at 1:12 AM on November 10, 2014

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