I don’t trust people who play Dungeons & Dragons.
It was designed by Chicago school anthropologists trying to gamify identify formation in a “pulp” context using sociological game-theory techniques developed for military intelligence. That Humans of CIA clip had these tabletop rpg accoutrements because that’s what they do lol
Learning how to LARP an “authentic identity” supposing “freedom of choice” in a simulated world constrained by game mechanics— that’s a useful skill today right? Here at McDonalds corp we are LARPing as family.
“I’m my most authentic self in Second Life”— this sort of “storytelling” is the development of pure ideology— your roll failed but no that’s not “why” you can’t perform an action, your character “slipped”— you craft a fiction to cover up the boring game mechanical explanation
This goes deep into why I don’t think video games can be art. They are simply “simulations governed by arbitrary mathematical rules”— it’s like if you had to come up with a “backstory” each time you moved a piece in chess— v cringe— “my valiant knight goes forth, inspired by God”
I played D&D once & I was just told again & again “you can’t do that”— the fuck I can’t! I thought I could do whatever I wanted! “No— you need permission from the rulebook to do that— that’s not allowed by the rulebook”— lame. Art is when you create your own rules.
No wonder D&D fanboys are huge in the “DSA” & the “Right” as well— they come up with just-so stories taking place in a parallel ideological fantasy realm to ignore talking about the “constraints of the rulebook”— “we don’t talk about material conditions”
The “fantasy world” can only culminate in a confrontation with the restraints of the rule book— just like how every “deep” video game only teaches you “you only had the illusion of freedom all along, you are literally trapped in a rulebook, none of this is real”
Now— why would the “rulebook owners” & “dungeon masters” of our economy be interested in “curating an environment which provides the captive a sense of their own individual freedom”?
Gregory Bateson’s remarks on margaret mead's paper at the second symposium for the conference on science philosophy and religion
D&D is Cybernetics Applied to Anthropology— it’s one of the effects of the OSS developing pedagogical methods for training intelligence agents. They play D&D every day at CIA. That’s *all* they are doing.
You are literally being trained to believe that you gain “free will” by developing ideological “just-so” stories to cover up the brutal hyper-rationalist fictions of “the economy”— LARPing is not some flippant activity— this is complex post-modernist pedagogy.
Play your Paradox Games kiddos— play your D&D— your vidya— you’re really “understanding geopolitics” right? It’s all just a game, right? Boy is it ever.
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