My rants on storytelling
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About Protagonism (my religion)
Thanks to main_gi for many grammatical and spelling corrections to various parts of this site. He's my de-facto editor at this point.
February 21: I added a paragraph to the article on children in society about the use of "minor".
February 18: I wrote an article on difficulty settings and why almost every game should have them.
February 16: I published an article on children in society, one on bad choices in games, and one on forking player interests in games. I also shifted around some of the content of the other game design articles to account for the change.
February 14: I added an article on the concept of "mental health" and how messed up it is. I acutally added this a few days ago and forgot to mention it here.
February 11: I watched Spy Kids 2 and reviewed the piece of shit.
February 9: I rewatched Return of the Jedi, and updated my review of Star Wars. This might actually be the worst Star Wars movie.
February 8: In light of conversations I've been having with main_gi about puzzle games, I reconsidered my philosophy on the "roles of games". I've now revamped my taxonomy into a three-dichotomy system. In addition, there's a new review (Spy Kids).
February 7: I published a new DDLC video :)
January 31: I added an article on portraying extreme character emotions in fiction.
January 30: I'm writing on this on the 31st because I forgot yesterday, but I played Shattered Worlds: Hope For Change and posted a review of it.
January 27: I've added a new article on villains in fiction. About time, huh?
January 26: I reorganized the article on nonreactionary feelings and a few thoughts I hadn't published yet into a new article on miscellaneous psychology insights. I've also made several minor edits to the Protagonist virtue list.
January 25: I expanded my article on magic system design to say more about the idea of an experience being required to unlock magic, and I added some criticisms of the ending of Doki Doki Literature Club. I still think it's easily the best work of fiction I've ever seen and quite possibly the best in human history, but it isn't perfect. I also renamed the Protagonistic virtue of Boldness to Stoutness, since the name Boldness was a holdover from when my definition of it was narrower; I broadened the definition of Honesty; and I added a new article on "moral conflict".
January 23: I revised my arguments against the idea that power corrupts.
January 22: I rewatched The Empire Strikes Back, and added several criticisms in my review of Star Wars. I also added a few criticisms of A New Hope that I forgot.
January 21: I greatly expanded my article on themes, adding analyses of Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Assassins' Creed 1, and Assassins' Creed 3; I added two entries in my article on Dirty Tactics in Argumentation; and I made some edits to Pillars of Life - see the dedicated changelog for details.
January 20: I greatly expanded my article on plot, in particular adding explanation to the six traits I claimed.
January 19: I've been making some minor modifications to the "Rebels" WIP. I was stuck for a long time thinking about how chapter 6 should go, but I'm finally making some progress on it. I also added some paragraphs to my article on forms of punishment. Finally I edited my review of Doki Doki Literature Club to better describe just what was so perfect about Sayori's death scene and my objection to the Natsuki weekend scene.
January 14: I made another significant edit to Protagonist virtue philosophy, replacing the virtue of Honor (which I felt was sufficiently accounted for by Compassion) with "Self-Respect", and rewatched A New Hope and edited my review. The movie was a lot worse than I remembered.
January 13: Believe it or not, I already wrote chapter 5 from scratch and published it.
January 10: Added an article on the more gradual and symmetric way I think about morality as opposed to the traditional black-and-white negative obligation-based model.
January 8: Merged the Protagonism articles on freeloading, land ownership, and the "ownership backlash effect", into a new article, as I realized all three beliefs stemmed from the same principle. Besides that, I finally got around to watching Solo, and wrote a review of it (7 criticisms). Finally, I made a huge formatting improvement to the whole site. I've replaced the single backlinks at the bottom of each page with a full navbar at the top where you can go multiple levels up in a single click. Blame that if any links are broken or anything :)
January 7: Significant changes to Protagonist virtue philosophy. I broadened my idea of the virtue of Boldness and revised Ardence and Sanctity. I think I might have it all right now. I also added a new article on how morality cannot ultimately be explained by reason, as well as how it's possible to be wrong about it when you have an infallible conscience.
January 6: An edit to the penultimate chapters of Pillars of Life (see the dedicated changelog) and a similar edit to the first chapter of the "Rebels" WIP (dedicated changelog). Also changed the fourth subvirtue of Kindness in my religion from Solidarity (which I decided was encompassed by Reverence and Asceticism) to Compensation "Reward acts of virtue in others". I've also changed the definition of Fairness slightly, so that it doesn't say anything about factoring in moral differences to how you treat people, only not factoring in superficial differences (I felt that the old definition could kind of be seen to encompass both Retribution and Compensation). I also edited my articles on the Pillars of Strategy Game Design, Citation-related fallacies and Statistics in argumentation, and my review of Star Wars (mainly added criticisms of the prequels).
January 5: Significant update on the "Rebels" fiction WIP, and I'm also trying out some formating changes on both novels. Instead of the first line of a paragraph being indented, subsequent lines are indented (which makes more sense to my programmer mind). I also reduced the spacing between paragraphs. Let me know if you think it's too little now. Update later the same day: I edited out agency as a criterion for hero design (so everyone's scores have changed), added an article on worldbuilding, and received a few more grammar and spelling corrections from main_gi (including some in MC's Revenge). Also made some edits to a few lines of dialog in Pillars of Life (see the dedicated changelog).
January 4: Revised the arguments for Anarchism. I noticed that my old article focused almost entirely on the principle-based side of things rather than the consequential side. In other words, it spent its entire time explaining why government was evil rather than why Anarchy was workable. I've added several paragraphs to refute common objections to the practicality of Anarchy. I also ran a script that changed all my in-site links to open in the same window instead of in a separate tab, and I'm not certain that a few things aren't still messed up from my poor coding ability. If you want to open a link in a new tab, you can always do that with ctrl-click (at least in Firefox). Finally, I added a point in my criticism of Return of the Jedi.
January 3: New article on argument and debating: Inflammatory techniques - how to provoke your opponent. The entry in Dirty Tactics on metadebating has been moved there, and Dirty Tactics now links to it.
January 2: Edited the review of Attack on Titan to link to the article on glorification of characters.
December 31: Posted the publicly-navigable download for MC's Revenge, a DDLC mod I've made. It's under fiction.
December 29: Revised the Protagonist list of virtues in light of new philosophical insights I've had. Most notably, the virtue of "Manipulation" has been broadened, and is now called "Fecundity". I've also swapped the names of Sanctity and Reverence, as well as a few minor changes to the descriptions of many other virtues.
December 28: Added three points in my criticism of The Last Jedi, and added Rogue One (two criticisms). Also added a new entry in the article on Dirty Tactics in Argumentation: Filibustering.
December 22: Added an article on glorification of characters under fiction rants.
December 21: I'm writing this on the 21st, but I actually posted new content a few days ago and I just forgot to note them here at the time. So there's now a review of Dark Souls as well as the "True Route" mod for DDLC. Also wrote a new article on morals of a story, under fiction rants.
December 16: Fixed a lot of grammatical and spelling errors pointed out by main_gi.
December 15: New article on game design: "Retraversal - Bad".
December 13: Minor edit to my novel Pillars of Life (see the dedicated changelog for details).
December 12: Formatting improvement on the novels (the top bar now tracks like the left bar); Added the music section of the site; Added a paragraph in the article "Don't Interrupt The Game" under game design rants about unskippable cutscenes.
December 11: New entry in the article on Dirty Tactics in Argumentation: Ideograph abuse