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GamingHow do you make hard science space combat fun? We worked on the X-Wing series, Blood Wake, Saints Row, MechWarrior 2, Far Cry, and Crysis. We're here to talk about Starfighter Inc. Ask us anything! • r/IAmA

Mar 25th 2017 by Wessmaniac • 42 Questions • 6649 Points

Thank you! I'm signing off for the night. Hope to talk with you all again.

Here is a subReddit that might be of interest: https://www.reddit.com/r/JordanPeterson/

My short bio: He’s a Quora Most Viewed Writer in Values and Principles and Parenting and Education with 100,000 Twitter followers and 20000 Facebook likes. His YouTube channel’s 190 videos have 200,000 subscribers and 7,500,000 views, and his classroom lectures on mythology were turned into a popular 13-part TV series on TVO. Dr. Peterson’s online self-help program, The Self Authoring Suite, featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, CBC radio, and NPR’s national website, has helped tens of thousands of people resolve the problems of their past and radically improve their future.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/842403702220681216

Q:

X-Wing vs TIE fighter was my favorite space combat sim of all time.

Do you foresee a revitalization of the genre today that can capture the same magic of the original series? ( excluding your game of course)

A:

Was there any inspiration behind the legendary announcer calls from NBA JAM? These phrases are still used today haha

"He's on fire"

"From downtown..."

"BOOMSHAKALAKA!"


Q:

What are your top pieces of academic advice for university students?

A:

When you started, were you just reselling items that you bought individually, and did this lead to any legal problems? (I see some items in stores labelled "not for individual sale")

How do you get the inventory? Wholesale from places overseas, or are there places in the U.S. that you get it from?


Q:

Do you have a lot of issues with Customs or the health department? Does each food you sell have to get approval to be sold as food in the USA?

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What are your top pieces of academic advice for university students?


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How long was the mandatory service term?

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Do you have a lot of issues with Customs or the health department? Does each food you sell have to get approval to be sold as food in the USA?


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How long was the mandatory service term?

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What are your top pieces of academic advice for university students?


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I think that's exactly what you're seeing happen to the genre today. Games like Elite: Dangerous, EVE: Valkyrie, Star Citizen, No Man's Sky, and many, many more show that there is clearly an audience for space games. We're thrilled to be part of this renaissance!

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We worked with the super talented VO guy Tim Kitzrow. I provided him categories and some suggestions along with John Hey our sound designer, and then Tim ad-libbed a bunch. He's magic in the sound booth.

No doubt the SFX and timings of all the VO was key to the games vibe and success. We worked hard on noodling the rules, timings, and frequency/rarity.


Q:

Society grants you an acceptable and high-status identity as a student. It's a gift. You get four years, or more, to explore and learn. But it's your responsibility to learn. Everything you need to know, that people know, is in the library. Read great things. Don't waste time.

Consider your education a full-time job. Schedule your time. Discipline yourself. Learn to write. Learn to read. Make yourself powerful.

A:

From the very beginning we bought from wholesale suppliers and never re-sold individual items! In order to purchase at wholesale, I had to take an initial risk in ordering a relatively large quantity of products (and not knowing for sure if I would be able to move them.) It was a nervous first few weeks but luckily it ended up working out! We get our supply from specialized distributors in the United States as well as working directly with manufacturers and suppliers overseas!


Q:

Great questions 1. Yes, every product is inspected prior to coming into the country, and needs to be approved by the FDA before we can receive the product and sell it 2. We rarely run into issues but occasionally shipments can be held up and delayed when they're entering the country, as the FDA needs to hold it for inspection (to make sure all of the ingredients are compliant to their standards)

A:

Society grants you an acceptable and high-status identity as a student. It's a gift. You get four years, or more, to explore and learn. But it's your responsibility to learn. Everything you need to know, that people know, is in the library. Read great things. Don't waste time.

Consider your education a full-time job. Schedule your time. Discipline yourself. Learn to write. Learn to read. Make yourself powerful.


Q:

Military service lasts 165, 225 or 347 days, while civilian service always lasts 347 days. My 173 days were calculated from the last number: the sentence of a total objector equals half of the civilian service left rounded down.

A:

Great questions 1. Yes, every product is inspected prior to coming into the country, and needs to be approved by the FDA before we can receive the product and sell it 2. We rarely run into issues but occasionally shipments can be held up and delayed when they're entering the country, as the FDA needs to hold it for inspection (to make sure all of the ingredients are compliant to their standards)


Q:

Military service lasts 165, 225 or 347 days, while civilian service always lasts 347 days. My 173 days were calculated from the last number: the sentence of a total objector equals half of the civilian service left rounded down.

A:

Society grants you an acceptable and high-status identity as a student. It's a gift. You get four years, or more, to explore and learn. But it's your responsibility to learn. Everything you need to know, that people know, is in the library. Read great things. Don't waste time.

Consider your education a full-time job. Schedule your time. Discipline yourself. Learn to write. Learn to read. Make yourself powerful.


Q:

How easy do you think this game will be to pick up for those that are used to less realistic space games like the X-wing and Wing Commander series?

A:

How difficult was it change the NBA's view of the game so that they would give you the license?


Q:

What do you think of all of the memes about you?

A:

Do you have a lot of issues with Customs or the health department? Does each food you sell have to get approval to be sold as food in the USA?


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Followup because I'm genuinely curious - how does that process work? I'd imagine that you must work very closely with the FDA on an almost daily basis to make sure that your business is not strangled by their inspections.

A:

What do you think of all of the memes about you?


Q:

As someone wholly unfamiliar with Finland, what's the reason that women don't have join up, either military or civilian service?
Is there any sentiment among the general public that they should or not, what's the general opinion?

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Followup because I'm genuinely curious - how does that process work? I'd imagine that you must work very closely with the FDA on an almost daily basis to make sure that your business is not strangled by their inspections.


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As someone wholly unfamiliar with Finland, what's the reason that women don't have join up, either military or civilian service?
Is there any sentiment among the general public that they should or not, what's the general opinion?

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What do you think of all of the memes about you?


Q:

X-Wing and Wing Commander veterans should find Starfighter Inc pretty easy, actually. Paradoxically, the more sophisticated systems present in modern fighters such as the F-35 make them easier to learn and fly than their predecessors. We're taking advantage of similar principles in the design of our Pilot Vehicle Interface. You'll probably feel a little disoriented at first, but in our experience, most players start to feel like they know what they're doing within as little as 15 minutes. We'll also be offering a variety of tutorials. But, as with any skill-based gameplay, master will take some time and effort!

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Very hard! Their understanding of arcades was solely based on Times Square in NY, which was very seedy and dangerous at the time. We made videos of normal arcades to win them over.


Q:

I think the world is a very absurd place.

A:

Great questions 1. Yes, every product is inspected prior to coming into the country, and needs to be approved by the FDA before we can receive the product and sell it 2. We rarely run into issues but occasionally shipments can be held up and delayed when they're entering the country, as the FDA needs to hold it for inspection (to make sure all of the ingredients are compliant to their standards)


Q:

The issue only really comes up when it comes to the time where the product has arrived in a US Port from its origin country and is then held by FDA for inspections. We have no control over how long the FDA holds the products so we just have to wait and coordinate as they inform us of the status

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I think the world is a very absurd place.


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Women have historically been exempt - in fact, the Finnish law on equality of the sexes specifically states that "women being exempt from military service is not discrimination". The idea that women and men should be treated the same military-wise has only recently become even somewhat mainstream politics. Public opinion on the matter is mixed, but I can't find a recent survey about it; a conscription-based military is fairly popular, though.

This comment chain also had questions about JWs and Åland. Jehovah's Witnesses are exempt due to a dated law that grants any person who can prove that they are a Jehovah's Witness complete exemption, even though JWs allow civilian service nowadays. As for Åland, the islands form an autonomous demilitarized zone where native residents have special rights, one of them being exemption from service unless a special law is enacted to enable service in certain civilian environments. Such a law has never been enacted, so the people of Åland remain fully exempt, though some choose to volunteer in the military.

A:

The issue only really comes up when it comes to the time where the product has arrived in a US Port from its origin country and is then held by FDA for inspections. We have no control over how long the FDA holds the products so we just have to wait and coordinate as they inform us of the status


Q:

Women have historically been exempt - in fact, the Finnish law on equality of the sexes specifically states that "women being exempt from military service is not discrimination". The idea that women and men should be treated the same military-wise has only recently become even somewhat mainstream politics. Public opinion on the matter is mixed, but I can't find a recent survey about it; a conscription-based military is fairly popular, though.

This comment chain also had questions about JWs and Åland. Jehovah's Witnesses are exempt due to a dated law that grants any person who can prove that they are a Jehovah's Witness complete exemption, even though JWs allow civilian service nowadays. As for Åland, the islands form an autonomous demilitarized zone where native residents have special rights, one of them being exemption from service unless a special law is enacted to enable service in certain civilian environments. Such a law has never been enacted, so the people of Åland remain fully exempt, though some choose to volunteer in the military.

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I think the world is a very absurd place.


Q:

How will guys be tackling ship customization?

And sorry if this is already stated on the Kickstarter but what scale of the maps in this game? Will I be able to fight between two capital ships duking it out etc?

A:

Can you please speak on the rumored NBA Jam made for specific NBA players with Michael Jordan included?


Q:

Don't you mean it's a very 'abzurd' place?

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Followup because I'm genuinely curious - how does that process work? I'd imagine that you must work very closely with the FDA on an almost daily basis to make sure that your business is not strangled by their inspections.


Q:

When you started, were you just reselling items that you bought individually, and did this lead to any legal problems? (I see some items in stores labelled "not for individual sale")

How do you get the inventory? Wholesale from places overseas, or are there places in the U.S. that you get it from?

A:

Don't you mean it's a very 'abzurd' place?


Q:

what socio-economic class are you? rich, poor, middle class etc?

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When you started, were you just reselling items that you bought individually, and did this lead to any legal problems? (I see some items in stores labelled "not for individual sale")

How do you get the inventory? Wholesale from places overseas, or are there places in the U.S. that you get it from?


Q:

what socio-economic class are you? rich, poor, middle class etc?

A:

Don't you mean it's a very 'abzurd' place?


Q:

We plan to make ship customization quite extensive. Initially, you'll be able to choose different configurations for each flyable ship, and we'll be offering a growing number of cosmetic options as well. We will also be adding the ability to upgrade individual components.

Typical battlespaces will be about 200 km across.

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I have it!

NBA Jam was made and tested in Chicago. Jordan was in all those early games, and weeks before we were to ship nationwide he pulled out of all NBA licensed products due to his Nike deal.

But then... After the game became a hit, Gary Payton & Ken Griffey reached out through their agents to get a custom game with themselves included, and said MJ wanted to be included as well. So we made special eproms and gave them to the 3.


Q:

You say tomato, I say tomahtoe...

A:

The issue only really comes up when it comes to the time where the product has arrived in a US Port from its origin country and is then held by FDA for inspections. We have no control over how long the FDA holds the products so we just have to wait and coordinate as they inform us of the status


Q:

From the very beginning we bought from wholesale suppliers and never re-sold individual items! In order to purchase at wholesale, I had to take an initial risk in ordering a relatively large quantity of products (and not knowing for sure if I would be able to move them.) It was a nervous first few weeks but luckily it ended up working out! We get our supply from specialized distributors in the United States as well as working directly with manufacturers and suppliers overseas!

A:

You say tomato, I say tomahtoe...


Q:

Middle class, I guess. My family has never been too wealthy, but I don't think we're poor either. I am obviously still relatively young and my future isn't dead set yet, but an academic degree is definitely part of my plan. I will finish upper secondary school in a few months and getting a place in a university should be no problem with my study results.

A:

From the very beginning we bought from wholesale suppliers and never re-sold individual items! In order to purchase at wholesale, I had to take an initial risk in ordering a relatively large quantity of products (and not knowing for sure if I would be able to move them.) It was a nervous first few weeks but luckily it ended up working out! We get our supply from specialized distributors in the United States as well as working directly with manufacturers and suppliers overseas!


Q:

Middle class, I guess. My family has never been too wealthy, but I don't think we're poor either. I am obviously still relatively young and my future isn't dead set yet, but an academic degree is definitely part of my plan. I will finish upper secondary school in a few months and getting a place in a university should be no problem with my study results.

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You say tomato, I say tomahtoe...


Q:

So I have to ask: Have you guys checked out Freespace Open?

The basic gist is that Volition released the source code for Freespace 2 and a small but very dedicated team of modders continually updates it to near modern specifications. All of the original assets have been replaced with beautiful new high-poly versions, the original Freespace 1 has been ported over along with its expansions, and there's about fifteen years of user-made content that continues and expands the story.

The engine is so robust now that it's been the backbone for some total conversion mods for things like Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Homeworld, and some amazing original projects as well.

A:

any chance you could dump those EPROMs to the Internet...

asking for a friend. 😅


Q:

You said once that you believe Nietzsche went mad because of the invasion of the hero archetype into the conscious ego, and that that was an experience that was powerful enough to have a psychotic component. Could you expand on that?

Secondly, now that you are embodying the hero archetype in the minds of so many (on Twitter, you even described yourself as a 'meme attractor'), what steps are you taking to keep yourself from falling into the same trap as Nietzsche?

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what's the biggest mistake you made in the process, what's the silliest mistake you made, and what's the most subtle mistake (it took you a long time to figure out it was a mistake)?


Q:

I saw that you mentioned that you have contracts with all the suppliers and buy everything at wholesale. How did you even begin to get in contact with these people (and how did you know where to start)? Was it hard to do as just an independent person vs. a well-known/established company?

A:

You said once that you believe Nietzsche went mad because of the invasion of the hero archetype into the conscious ego, and that that was an experience that was powerful enough to have a psychotic component. Could you expand on that?

Secondly, now that you are embodying the hero archetype in the minds of so many (on Twitter, you even described yourself as a 'meme attractor'), what steps are you taking to keep yourself from falling into the same trap as Nietzsche?


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You've gotten a lot of different responses in this thread. Regardless of whether people agree or disagree, I'd just like to point out that you made a non-violent act of resistance, accepted the consequences that came with it, and in doing so created a larger discussion. That is a textbook example of the right way to approach civil disobedience so you should be commended for standing up for your beliefs and getting involved in your community.

Since I have to ask a question, what kind of music do you like?

A:

I saw that you mentioned that you have contracts with all the suppliers and buy everything at wholesale. How did you even begin to get in contact with these people (and how did you know where to start)? Was it hard to do as just an independent person vs. a well-known/established company?


Q:

You've gotten a lot of different responses in this thread. Regardless of whether people agree or disagree, I'd just like to point out that you made a non-violent act of resistance, accepted the consequences that came with it, and in doing so created a larger discussion. That is a textbook example of the right way to approach civil disobedience so you should be commended for standing up for your beliefs and getting involved in your community.

Since I have to ask a question, what kind of music do you like?

A:

You said once that you believe Nietzsche went mad because of the invasion of the hero archetype into the conscious ego, and that that was an experience that was powerful enough to have a psychotic component. Could you expand on that?

Secondly, now that you are embodying the hero archetype in the minds of so many (on Twitter, you even described yourself as a 'meme attractor'), what steps are you taking to keep yourself from falling into the same trap as Nietzsche?


Q:

Thanks so much, davemograph! We're looking into your suggestion right now. (We're kind of noobs at reddit.)

A:

I could! Will try to dig up .


Q:

My wife keeps me from identifying too much with the archetype :)

Seriously, though, I have people around who keep my feet on the ground. Sanity is something better outsourced.

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Hm... at the risk of sounding like I'm copping out to answering all 3 of your questions, my biggest/silliest/most subtle mistake can actually be answered in two anecdotes:

  1. Initially the company grew so fast that it caused other problems. For example, in the first six months we had already grown from 0 to several thousand subscribers. All of a sudden we ran into cash issues to support this growth, and I needed to take out business and personal loans in order to get us through this!
  2. I waited too long to hire more people! Even after our explosive growth, I was still the only person handling everything (from customer service to warehouse operations to marketing) and I think that slowed us down. As soon as I hired more people I immediately saw the benefit (it allowed me more time to focus on what I'm good at) and wish I had done it sooner.

Q:

Good question! I found my very first suppliers through a lot of online and offline research for specialized distributors/suppliers (ie. attending a food trade show.) I learned the process as I went along and when it came time to place an order, I placed a relatively large order (based on how much I estimated I would be able to sell in the first month). The product was paid for upfront and without credit terms, so the question of if we were a well-known/established company at that point did not come up

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My wife keeps me from identifying too much with the archetype :)

Seriously, though, I have people around who keep my feet on the ground. Sanity is something better outsourced.


Q:

I have a very broad taste, as long as the music is actually done music first: I can switch from a Sibelius symphony to some prog death to an a cappella choir. I also sing bass in a choir, play the clarinet in a wind band and sometimes compose simple melodies.

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Good question! I found my very first suppliers through a lot of online and offline research for specialized distributors/suppliers (ie. attending a food trade show.) I learned the process as I went along and when it came time to place an order, I placed a relatively large order (based on how much I estimated I would be able to sell in the first month). The product was paid for upfront and without credit terms, so the question of if we were a well-known/established company at that point did not come up


Q:

I have a very broad taste, as long as the music is actually done music first: I can switch from a Sibelius symphony to some prog death to an a cappella choir. I also sing bass in a choir, play the clarinet in a wind band and sometimes compose simple melodies.

A:

My wife keeps me from identifying too much with the archetype :)

Seriously, though, I have people around who keep my feet on the ground. Sanity is something better outsourced.


Q:

Hot dang Blood Wake there is a name I haven't heard in a long time. That was an under appreciated gem. The setting was original and interesting, the mechanics were fun, finding a boat to fit your play style was a blast, and the water physics and graphics were ahead of their time. I may have nostalgia glasses on but that's one of the games often cite as an overlooked treasure.

Your portfolio certainly stretches back pretty far in modern gaming history. Any thoughts on the perceived decline of simulators, especially compared to the glory days of X-Wing?

A:

Since you worked on several of the most legendary arcade games ever, and are now working in mobile games. Do you feel that mobile games have become the new "arcade games" in a manner of speaking?

Second question if you feel like answering it; what is your funniest story while doing development for the games at midway.


Q:

Professor, you have talked in your lectures  about wasting time and not operating even close to our potential effectiveness. How can on defeat lethargy and procrastination? (I know you've mentioned things like getting up early and eating breakfast). Do you follow a detailed day plan? Thanks!!

A:

I saw that you mentioned that you have contracts with all the suppliers and buy everything at wholesale. How did you even begin to get in contact with these people (and how did you know where to start)? Was it hard to do as just an independent person vs. a well-known/established company?


Q:

what's the biggest mistake you made in the process, what's the silliest mistake you made, and what's the most subtle mistake (it took you a long time to figure out it was a mistake)?

A:

Which questions are keeping you up at night? How can we assist you in finding answers to them?


Q:

Would you have made the same choice, if you would of had to serve in a "closed" prison?

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what's the biggest mistake you made in the process, what's the silliest mistake you made, and what's the most subtle mistake (it took you a long time to figure out it was a mistake)?


Q:

Would you have made the same choice, if you would of had to serve in a "closed" prison?

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Which questions are keeping you up at night? How can we assist you in finding answers to them?


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Thanks, SirJuggles! I feel the same way about Blood Wake! I think the decline of simulators was due to an unfortunate confluence of factors. 1) Games got a lot more expensive to make, and publicly traded companies are notoriously risk averse. Why invest $20 million on a game that only a fraction of the players can enjoy when you can invest in games that almost anyone can enjoy? 2) The industry shifted in a big way toward console games - largely in response to piracy. Consoles, unfortunately, have very poor controls for simulator games. 3) I suspect a lot of the audience from that time simply got older and too busy with family / work to devote the hours needed to really master such games.

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Mobile games are definitely the new arcade games. The current crop of arcade games are just timed explosive action for your $.

Tons of fun stories at Midway - but Undertaker looking at us and saying he wouldn't work until we went and bought some Whiskey resonates for me.


Q:

I follow an extremely detailed day plan. I schedule constantly, by the hour, week, month and multi-month period. It's absolutely necessary if you want to be productive. Start with a simple schedule.

If you hate the idea, think about it this way: you are not scheduling what you have to do (what you MUST do). You are trying to design the perfect day, week, month, etc. Some of this will include meeting your obligations, but it shouldn't all be that. Plan a day that you would regard as positive and successful.

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Good question! I found my very first suppliers through a lot of online and offline research for specialized distributors/suppliers (ie. attending a food trade show.) I learned the process as I went along and when it came time to place an order, I placed a relatively large order (based on how much I estimated I would be able to sell in the first month). The product was paid for upfront and without credit terms, so the question of if we were a well-known/established company at that point did not come up


Q:

Hm... at the risk of sounding like I'm copping out to answering all 3 of your questions, my biggest/silliest/most subtle mistake can actually be answered in two anecdotes:

  1. Initially the company grew so fast that it caused other problems. For example, in the first six months we had already grown from 0 to several thousand subscribers. All of a sudden we ran into cash issues to support this growth, and I needed to take out business and personal loans in order to get us through this!
  2. I waited too long to hire more people! Even after our explosive growth, I was still the only person handling everything (from customer service to warehouse operations to marketing) and I think that slowed us down. As soon as I hired more people I immediately saw the benefit (it allowed me more time to focus on what I'm good at) and wish I had done it sooner.
A:

I am preoccupied right now with determining how to go about using YouTube most effectively. I am going to start a series of lectures on the Biblical stories. I want to do a good job of that.

Apart from that, I am trying to keep up with my obligations and opportunities. I have a business and a clinical practice and a family and graduate students and a social media following and a book to finish and another one to write and thousands of emails to try to answer (many of which are extremely heartfelt and thoughtful). I'm trying to figure out how to stay on top of this, and to say "no," when it's necessary without unduly disappointing people.

But most particularly I am trying not to make a mistake in what I say or do because such a thing might well be fatal given the insane amount of attention that is currently focused on me.

I'm not complaining. I have been provided with an amazing set of opportunities. But it's a highwire act and many people are depending on me and I don't want to get careless and fall.


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Yes. I feel like choosing otherwise would be lying to myself: total objection is the only way to complete my duty without supporting a discriminating system.

A:

Hm... at the risk of sounding like I'm copping out to answering all 3 of your questions, my biggest/silliest/most subtle mistake can actually be answered in two anecdotes:

  1. Initially the company grew so fast that it caused other problems. For example, in the first six months we had already grown from 0 to several thousand subscribers. All of a sudden we ran into cash issues to support this growth, and I needed to take out business and personal loans in order to get us through this!
  2. I waited too long to hire more people! Even after our explosive growth, I was still the only person handling everything (from customer service to warehouse operations to marketing) and I think that slowed us down. As soon as I hired more people I immediately saw the benefit (it allowed me more time to focus on what I'm good at) and wish I had done it sooner.

Q:

Yes. I feel like choosing otherwise would be lying to myself: total objection is the only way to complete my duty without supporting a discriminating system.

A:

I am preoccupied right now with determining how to go about using YouTube most effectively. I am going to start a series of lectures on the Biblical stories. I want to do a good job of that.

Apart from that, I am trying to keep up with my obligations and opportunities. I have a business and a clinical practice and a family and graduate students and a social media following and a book to finish and another one to write and thousands of emails to try to answer (many of which are extremely heartfelt and thoughtful). I'm trying to figure out how to stay on top of this, and to say "no," when it's necessary without unduly disappointing people.

But most particularly I am trying not to make a mistake in what I say or do because such a thing might well be fatal given the insane amount of attention that is currently focused on me.

I'm not complaining. I have been provided with an amazing set of opportunities. But it's a highwire act and many people are depending on me and I don't want to get careless and fall.


Q:

Will you please put in an easter egg referencing The Last Starfighter?

A:

Hi, Mark! It was an absolute pleasure briefly visiting and working with you guys in San Diego - you were all insanely nice to me, and I won't forget it. I'm also always immensely glad to see people who obviously love their jobs, and stay in the industry. I know how rough it can be, and I'm happy when folks persevere. It also helps that you're a genuinely nice dude. :P -Howie


Q:

Which questions are keeping you up at night? How can we assist you in finding answers to them?

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Your personal favorite international snack?


Q:

Love Treats! We've been customers since almost when you started, only taking a month or two off here or there whenever we get the snack bin too full and can't keep up. Have you thought anything about creating some kind of "best of" box with assortments from a region? Such as best of Asia or best of South America? Also it would be great if you had a store so we could buy some of your surplus of things we really liked.

By the way, we are now addicted to the happy hippos in the freezer that you introduced us to over a year ago. Good luck and we hope you continue to do well!

A:

Professor, you have talked in your lectures  about wasting time and not operating even close to our potential effectiveness. How can on defeat lethargy and procrastination? (I know you've mentioned things like getting up early and eating breakfast). Do you follow a detailed day plan? Thanks!!


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Do you resent that women are not conscripted? Do female Finns support male-only conscription in your experience? Why weren't you sentenced to home detention? I thought that was the current standard punishment for refusing conscription.

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Love Treats! We've been customers since almost when you started, only taking a month or two off here or there whenever we get the snack bin too full and can't keep up. Have you thought anything about creating some kind of "best of" box with assortments from a region? Such as best of Asia or best of South America? Also it would be great if you had a store so we could buy some of your surplus of things we really liked.

By the way, we are now addicted to the happy hippos in the freezer that you introduced us to over a year ago. Good luck and we hope you continue to do well!


Q:

Professor, you have talked in your lectures  about wasting time and not operating even close to our potential effectiveness. How can on defeat lethargy and procrastination? (I know you've mentioned things like getting up early and eating breakfast). Do you follow a detailed day plan? Thanks!!

A:

You mean something like a Death Blossom? ;-)


Q:

Howie! You're an amazing talent and wish we could have worked together longer! And you're right - if someone persists in this business for many many years, it's pretty rare and they're probably doing something right. I'll take your "Genuinely nice dude" comment as the best comment of the day! Thanks!

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I am preoccupied right now with determining how to go about using YouTube most effectively. I am going to start a series of lectures on the Biblical stories. I want to do a good job of that.

Apart from that, I am trying to keep up with my obligations and opportunities. I have a business and a clinical practice and a family and graduate students and a social media following and a book to finish and another one to write and thousands of emails to try to answer (many of which are extremely heartfelt and thoughtful). I'm trying to figure out how to stay on top of this, and to say "no," when it's necessary without unduly disappointing people.

But most particularly I am trying not to make a mistake in what I say or do because such a thing might well be fatal given the insane amount of attention that is currently focused on me.

I'm not complaining. I have been provided with an amazing set of opportunities. But it's a highwire act and many people are depending on me and I don't want to get careless and fall.


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Happy Hippos by Kinder! They're great on their own, but even better when frozen (in my opinion)

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Thats awesome, thank you so much!! Hm the idea of a "best of" box is a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing that! We already do a "best of" box of sorts in our monthly mystery boxes, but those are more of what we think are the "best of" from around the world. It would be a great idea to do a "best of" box per region! What was your favorite country so far, and what regions (for "best of" boxes) would you personally like to try?

Thank you so much as well for your suggestion to have an online store to purchase surplus items. That is definitely something we want introduce soon! When it is available you will receive an email letting you know its up :D


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I follow an extremely detailed day plan. I schedule constantly, by the hour, week, month and multi-month period. It's absolutely necessary if you want to be productive. Start with a simple schedule.

If you hate the idea, think about it this way: you are not scheduling what you have to do (what you MUST do). You are trying to design the perfect day, week, month, etc. Some of this will include meeting your obligations, but it shouldn't all be that. Plan a day that you would regard as positive and successful.

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I don't think gender should be a factor in deciding who has to serve and who hasn't. In my experience, many females agree that our current system needs change, but this is likely biased due to my school environment being very liberal.

As for home detention, I was offered the chance but rejected it. From what I've heard, the ridiculously strict schedules and the fact that you are a prisoner in your own home mess with heads pretty bad. A common opinion is that "monitored sentence turns a home into a housing unit"; some have even had to move to a new place after their home has started to evoke negative memories from the sentence even after it has ended. I wanted to keep my sentence away from my real life, so I chose to go to prison instead - I would have had a ankle band either way. Some of the prisoners I have met have said that house arrest is actually more mentally taxing than prison, so I feel that I made the right choice.


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Thats awesome, thank you so much!! Hm the idea of a "best of" box is a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing that! We already do a "best of" box of sorts in our monthly mystery boxes, but those are more of what we think are the "best of" from around the world. It would be a great idea to do a "best of" box per region! What was your favorite country so far, and what regions (for "best of" boxes) would you personally like to try?

Thank you so much as well for your suggestion to have an online store to purchase surplus items. That is definitely something we want introduce soon! When it is available you will receive an email letting you know its up :D

A:

I follow an extremely detailed day plan. I schedule constantly, by the hour, week, month and multi-month period. It's absolutely necessary if you want to be productive. Start with a simple schedule.

If you hate the idea, think about it this way: you are not scheduling what you have to do (what you MUST do). You are trying to design the perfect day, week, month, etc. Some of this will include meeting your obligations, but it shouldn't all be that. Plan a day that you would regard as positive and successful.


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When is X Wing and/or Tie Fighter going to be remade for modern gaming!? I would buy it right this second.

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Was that before or after 1998, when he threw mankind off Hell in a cell, who then fell 16 feet through the announcer's table?


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What advice would you give to someone like myself who is suffering from severe anxiety and depression to the point where they can't even leave their bed all day? You are a huge inspiration to me and I would really appreciate your insight.

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I see that you do ship outside of the US, however shipping to Europe is 18$. Do you have plans make it cheaper in areas such as Europe?


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Your personal favorite international snack?

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What advice would you give to someone like myself who is suffering from severe anxiety and depression to the point where they can't even leave their bed all day? You are a huge inspiration to me and I would really appreciate your insight.


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Your personal favorite international snack?

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What advice would you give to someone like myself who is suffering from severe anxiety and depression to the point where they can't even leave their bed all day? You are a huge inspiration to me and I would really appreciate your insight.


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Hi, BadassDeluxe! As I noted in my answer to orangeleopard, I don't think Disney would fund such a project. I'll expand a little on the reasons: AAA budgets are ridiculously huge these days, and big companies tend to avoid risk. A complex flight combat sim is only going to appeal to a fraction of the audience that a simpler, arcade action game is going to have. Even if it is Star Wars.

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He came in around 1994. All of those guys were a bit of a mess to be honest.


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Go see a mental health professional. Don't delay. There are effective treatments for such conditions. Anti-depressants are very useful for some people. You'd know within a month if they were helpful. They'll be plenty to suffer about in your life. If you can help yourself with a medication, thank your luck stars and do it. It's not a cop-out, particularly if you try to put your life together while you're trying the medication.

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Good catch and absolutely. I'm not too happy with the $18 price for international shipping, but we were limited on this end by the prices provided by the carrier we were using.

Starting from April 7th our cost of international shipping will actually drop significantly because we're using a different carrier to ship international boxes. We're still determining the final price, but the cost of international shipping should be closer to $6.5 for our Standard box and $9 for our Premium Box


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Happy Hippos by Kinder! They're great on their own, but even better when frozen (in my opinion)

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Go see a mental health professional. Don't delay. There are effective treatments for such conditions. Anti-depressants are very useful for some people. You'd know within a month if they were helpful. They'll be plenty to suffer about in your life. If you can help yourself with a medication, thank your luck stars and do it. It's not a cop-out, particularly if you try to put your life together while you're trying the medication.


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Happy Hippos by Kinder! They're great on their own, but even better when frozen (in my opinion)

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Go see a mental health professional. Don't delay. There are effective treatments for such conditions. Anti-depressants are very useful for some people. You'd know within a month if they were helpful. They'll be plenty to suffer about in your life. If you can help yourself with a medication, thank your luck stars and do it. It's not a cop-out, particularly if you try to put your life together while you're trying the medication.


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Another question, how much combined time have the team spent browsing Atomic Rockets?

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So it was before 1998, when he threw mankind off Hell in a cell, who then fell 16 feet through the announcer's table. Cool.


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What should low conscientiousness people do?

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How did you get your first customers?


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There's a bunch of similar sites that offer international snacks like SnackCrate, WorldOfSnacks etc. Is there anything that makes you unique?

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What should low conscientiousness people do?


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There's a bunch of similar sites that offer international snacks like SnackCrate, WorldOfSnacks etc. Is there anything that makes you unique?

A:

What should low conscientiousness people do?


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I spend time on Atomic Rockets EVERY DAY!!! Every time someone joins the team, the first thing I do is send them to Atomic Rockets. One of my big hopes is that Starfighter Inc will earn their Seal of Approval! In fact, because Atomic Rockets has been such a vital resource for us, I support the site on Patreon myself, and Impeller Studios does as well!

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Yes, correct.


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They should do the Future Authoring program at www.selfauthoring.com. We designed it exactly to help people that have a hard time sticking to their plans (or a hard time planning). I would also say that you might have more luck doing so if you take advantage of your other high level personality traits. So if you are extraverted, try to plan to be around people; if agreeable, concentrate on relationships; if open, do something creative.

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I got my very first customer by posting an announcement in my high school's Facebook Group! I went to an international school in Shanghai, China, and felt my classmates in the group might have the same inclinations as I did (in terms of wanting to eat foods from their childhoods in Asia even though they might live elsewhere now.) Other methods included printing and leaving flyers at high traffic locations (ie. coffee shops, restaurants), as well as sending boxes to bloggers who were interested in reviewing them!


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This is a great question. I frankly don't have anything bad to say about competition and I have a lot of respect for them as fellow entrepreneurs on the entrepreneurial path. One of my favorite sayings is "chase the dream not the competition." As a result, I honestly don't pay much attention to the competition . However from what I know about the competitors you mentioned and others, two points of differentiation that come to my mind are:

  1. We offer non-renewing pre-term (3 month, 6 month, 12 month) gift subscriptions if you ever want to purchase a gift for a friend or family member
  2. If you place an order today, instead of waiting for a certain time of the month (ie. April 15th, weeks away) to ship out your first box/order, we ship the very next business day. So if you placed an order on Sunday for example, your will be shipped out on the very next day (Monday)
A:

They should do the Future Authoring program at www.selfauthoring.com. We designed it exactly to help people that have a hard time sticking to their plans (or a hard time planning). I would also say that you might have more luck doing so if you take advantage of your other high level personality traits. So if you are extraverted, try to plan to be around people; if agreeable, concentrate on relationships; if open, do something creative.


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This is a great question. I frankly don't have anything bad to say about competition and I have a lot of respect for them as fellow entrepreneurs on the entrepreneurial path. One of my favorite sayings is "chase the dream not the competition." As a result, I honestly don't pay much attention to the competition . However from what I know about the competitors you mentioned and others, two points of differentiation that come to my mind are:

  1. We offer non-renewing pre-term (3 month, 6 month, 12 month) gift subscriptions if you ever want to purchase a gift for a friend or family member
  2. If you place an order today, instead of waiting for a certain time of the month (ie. April 15th, weeks away) to ship out your first box/order, we ship the very next business day. So if you placed an order on Sunday for example, your will be shipped out on the very next day (Monday)
A:

They should do the Future Authoring program at www.selfauthoring.com. We designed it exactly to help people that have a hard time sticking to their plans (or a hard time planning). I would also say that you might have more luck doing so if you take advantage of your other high level personality traits. So if you are extraverted, try to plan to be around people; if agreeable, concentrate on relationships; if open, do something creative.


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First Person views only? Or, will you support third person, Arcade Mode, views?

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Did you think it might have turned out differently if you were working around... I don't know... maybe 1999 or 2000... sometime after 1998, when The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell in a Cell, who then fell 16 feet through the announcer's table?


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Hi Dr. Peterson, we hope that you will join us some time on /r/jordanpeterson or /r/Maps_of_Meaning.

  • What do you make of your popularity among atheists?

  • Have you read much of Rene Girard? If not, I think you will be struck by the many complimentary parallels with your views.

  • What does the 'B' stand for?

  • Top 5 favourite music acts/albums? and why is #1 Tom Waits?

  • Does your world view require belief in a conscious agent's ability to suspend the natural order?

  • Do you have any thoughts about M-103 passing?

edit: a typo

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SAS Pudong grad here!

Congrats on your success.


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How did you get your first customers?

A:

Hi Dr. Peterson, we hope that you will join us some time on /r/jordanpeterson or /r/Maps_of_Meaning.

  • What do you make of your popularity among atheists?

  • Have you read much of Rene Girard? If not, I think you will be struck by the many complimentary parallels with your views.

  • What does the 'B' stand for?

  • Top 5 favourite music acts/albums? and why is #1 Tom Waits?

  • Does your world view require belief in a conscious agent's ability to suspend the natural order?

  • Do you have any thoughts about M-103 passing?

edit: a typo


Q:

How did you get your first customers?

A:

Hi Dr. Peterson, we hope that you will join us some time on /r/jordanpeterson or /r/Maps_of_Meaning.

  • What do you make of your popularity among atheists?

  • Have you read much of Rene Girard? If not, I think you will be struck by the many complimentary parallels with your views.

  • What does the 'B' stand for?

  • Top 5 favourite music acts/albums? and why is #1 Tom Waits?

  • Does your world view require belief in a conscious agent's ability to suspend the natural order?

  • Do you have any thoughts about M-103 passing?

edit: a typo


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There will be 3rd person views available. The ships all have a variety of sensors embedded in their skins, as well as very powerful computers on board (a Decision Support System), and each ship is also data-linked to all allied ships so they can share all of their sensor data as well. Your DSS can then simulate an external view from any angle.

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:)


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Atheists can like me too. I don't mind. Tom Waits is a genius. Life would be a lot more miserable without him. I really like Arcade Fire. But I'm old, so I like 70's dinosaur rock most of all. Supertramp's Crime of the Century, Dark Side of the Moon, Creedence Clearwater.

M103? Not surprising. A mistake, but not surprising. At least it didn't make it through unanimously.

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Nice! SAS Puxi here, Class of '08. It's great to see other Alumni on here!


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I got my very first customer by posting an announcement in my high school's Facebook Group! I went to an international school in Shanghai, China, and felt my classmates in the group might have the same inclinations as I did (in terms of wanting to eat foods from their childhoods in Asia even though they might live elsewhere now.) Other methods included printing and leaving flyers at high traffic locations (ie. coffee shops, restaurants), as well as sending boxes to bloggers who were interested in reviewing them!

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Atheists can like me too. I don't mind. Tom Waits is a genius. Life would be a lot more miserable without him. I really like Arcade Fire. But I'm old, so I like 70's dinosaur rock most of all. Supertramp's Crime of the Century, Dark Side of the Moon, Creedence Clearwater.

M103? Not surprising. A mistake, but not surprising. At least it didn't make it through unanimously.


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I got my very first customer by posting an announcement in my high school's Facebook Group! I went to an international school in Shanghai, China, and felt my classmates in the group might have the same inclinations as I did (in terms of wanting to eat foods from their childhoods in Asia even though they might live elsewhere now.) Other methods included printing and leaving flyers at high traffic locations (ie. coffee shops, restaurants), as well as sending boxes to bloggers who were interested in reviewing them!

A:

Atheists can like me too. I don't mind. Tom Waits is a genius. Life would be a lot more miserable without him. I really like Arcade Fire. But I'm old, so I like 70's dinosaur rock most of all. Supertramp's Crime of the Century, Dark Side of the Moon, Creedence Clearwater.

M103? Not surprising. A mistake, but not surprising. At least it didn't make it through unanimously.


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What does real science imply exactly? Is this game just a realistic space combat simulator ?

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What's his whiskey of choice?

...leaves work to go buy said whiskey.


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Creedence eh? Do you have an archetypal interpretation of The Dude?

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Love Treats! We've been customers since almost when you started, only taking a month or two off here or there whenever we get the snack bin too full and can't keep up. Have you thought anything about creating some kind of "best of" box with assortments from a region? Such as best of Asia or best of South America? Also it would be great if you had a store so we could buy some of your surplus of things we really liked.

By the way, we are now addicted to the happy hippos in the freezer that you introduced us to over a year ago. Good luck and we hope you continue to do well!


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SAS Pudong grad here!

Congrats on your success.

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Creedence eh? Do you have an archetypal interpretation of The Dude?


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SAS Pudong grad here!

Congrats on your success.

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Creedence eh? Do you have an archetypal interpretation of The Dude?


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Please see Zerraspace's answer below. If that's not sufficient, please ask for any additional clarification you need.

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He demanded Jack Daniels. But at least he eventually worked hard! Doink the Clown... Mr Perfect... Not so much.


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He's a trickster figure, precursor to the archetypal savior.

A:

Thats awesome, thank you so much!! Hm the idea of a "best of" box is a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing that! We already do a "best of" box of sorts in our monthly mystery boxes, but those are more of what we think are the "best of" from around the world. It would be a great idea to do a "best of" box per region! What was your favorite country so far, and what regions (for "best of" boxes) would you personally like to try?

Thank you so much as well for your suggestion to have an online store to purchase surplus items. That is definitely something we want introduce soon! When it is available you will receive an email letting you know its up :D


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Nice! SAS Puxi here, Class of '08. It's great to see other Alumni on here!

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He's a trickster figure, precursor to the archetypal savior.


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Nice! SAS Puxi here, Class of '08. It's great to see other Alumni on here!

A:

He's a trickster figure, precursor to the archetypal savior.


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How about for once someone makes the controls like a model planes mode 2?! I stopped playing all the games because the controls suck

A:

I'm a die hard wrestling fan and I can tell you, in the 90s, wrestling was a traveling circus. EVERYONE was drunk, coked up and on a TON of pain killers.


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Dr. Peterson,
I have often felt that the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" was imprecise, but could never put my finger on exactly how. Do you think it is an accurate statement of how we should treat each other and our actions, and if not, how then should we act?

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Inspiring story, and I hope your success continues.

My question/comments ultimately revolve around what it takes to step over the line and take the plunge. I suppose it starts with the idea, formed around a particular love for an industry or product.

Right now I feel like I'm at a crossroads, whereby I can either continue with the Monday to Friday, 9-5 (well, more like Monday to Saturday, 8-6) life, working to fulfil somebody elses ambitions (although I do like the industry, and it's very secure, potentially very well paid work); or go my own way.

I'm 28 in two weeks, and feel like I'm approaching the "now or never" point in my life. I've discovered that money isn't everything, but I'm not jumping out of bed in the morning and eagerly racing off to work, if you understand me.

I chose an "academic" route throughout education - what I thought I should do, rather than what I truly wanted to do - but now the yearning for a more creative pursuit is almost overwhelming, and every spare moment I have, I'm racking my brain for a way out; for a business I can put my own stamp on.

So how do you do it? What mental barriers did you have to overcome (if any) to make the decision? My father did it at the age of 50, and until now, I didn't really appreciate the balls it takes to step away from the security of a regular job and give it a shot.


Q:

I see that you do ship outside of the US, however shipping to Europe is 18$. Do you have plans make it cheaper in areas such as Europe?

A:

Dr. Peterson,
I have often felt that the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" was imprecise, but could never put my finger on exactly how. Do you think it is an accurate statement of how we should treat each other and our actions, and if not, how then should we act?


Q:

I see that you do ship outside of the US, however shipping to Europe is 18$. Do you have plans make it cheaper in areas such as Europe?

A:

Dr. Peterson,
I have often felt that the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" was imprecise, but could never put my finger on exactly how. Do you think it is an accurate statement of how we should treat each other and our actions, and if not, how then should we act?


Q:

We already support various HOTAS controllers, as well as mouse and keyboard. We're looking into a variety of non-standard controllers as well. Ultimately, we know you can't please everyone so we will also be allowing players to customize their controls.

A:

Yes. There was a late night bar in Rosemont where they'd all go after shows in Chicago, and we'd get sucked into the mix now and again. Always a mess. Even My Fuji.


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"Love the sinner" is precisely what a good psychotherapist practices. When someone comes to see me, I am on that person's side (but not on the side of the part of them that is working towards destruction). I help people separate the wheat from the chaff -- not to eliminate the chaff so much as to gather the wheat.

A:

I totally understand where you're coming from! Ive always had an interest in starting my own business and before I quit my job and started Treats, I was also at a crossroads. I was comfortable in my previous job, but I realized I was getting too comfortable. The thought to leave and start a business was on my mind for a few weeks - I was determined and knew it was inevitable, it was just a matter of when - and one day I decided to just hand in my notice so that I could put my full attention into starting a new venture.

I totally understand where you're coming from and I hope you nurture and pursue your creativity and creative ventures. If you're not ready to quit your job, I would advise you to start a project you'd like to work in your free time after work and also over the weekends. This would allow you an outlet for your creativity, and as you spend more time on it the project could potentially become a business! Once the project or business is more developed and thought out, you could consider launching it and quitting your job when it begins to grow! Even if your first attempt doesn't succeed, don't give up!


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Good catch and absolutely. I'm not too happy with the $18 price for international shipping, but we were limited on this end by the prices provided by the carrier we were using.

Starting from April 7th our cost of international shipping will actually drop significantly because we're using a different carrier to ship international boxes. We're still determining the final price, but the cost of international shipping should be closer to $6.5 for our Standard box and $9 for our Premium Box

A:

"Love the sinner" is precisely what a good psychotherapist practices. When someone comes to see me, I am on that person's side (but not on the side of the part of them that is working towards destruction). I help people separate the wheat from the chaff -- not to eliminate the chaff so much as to gather the wheat.


Q:

Good catch and absolutely. I'm not too happy with the $18 price for international shipping, but we were limited on this end by the prices provided by the carrier we were using.

Starting from April 7th our cost of international shipping will actually drop significantly because we're using a different carrier to ship international boxes. We're still determining the final price, but the cost of international shipping should be closer to $6.5 for our Standard box and $9 for our Premium Box

A:

"Love the sinner" is precisely what a good psychotherapist practices. When someone comes to see me, I am on that person's side (but not on the side of the part of them that is working towards destruction). I help people separate the wheat from the chaff -- not to eliminate the chaff so much as to gather the wheat.


Q:

Did you ever play I-war, or Independence War 2? Those had the best space physics I ever happened across...

A:

Can you describe some of the "never seen before" NFL Blitz footage? Is it lost forever or is there a chance we see it in the upcoming "Insert Coin" doc?


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Hello Dr. Peterson,

How would you differentiate someone being part of a movement, religion or someone other comprehensive belief-system versus succumbing to ideology?

You mentioned during the Resurrection of Logos talk that you study the Sermon on the Mount quite a bit, what is your favourite excerpt?

Also, what is your favourite cookie?

Thank you for your answers, this AMA and all your work.

A:

There's a bunch of similar sites that offer international snacks like SnackCrate, WorldOfSnacks etc. Is there anything that makes you unique?


Q:

7-figures of revenue just means that's how much you're selling, it doesn't account for the costs of running the company and buying supplies. How much money do you end up taking home for yourself?

I put all my personal expenses on my credit card, racking up thousands in debt. I also took on personal and business loans to keep the company afloat as it was growing.

Have you paid your debt off yet?

A:

Hello Dr. Peterson,

How would you differentiate someone being part of a movement, religion or someone other comprehensive belief-system versus succumbing to ideology?

You mentioned during the Resurrection of Logos talk that you study the Sermon on the Mount quite a bit, what is your favourite excerpt?

Also, what is your favourite cookie?

Thank you for your answers, this AMA and all your work.


Q:

7-figures of revenue just means that's how much you're selling, it doesn't account for the costs of running the company and buying supplies. How much money do you end up taking home for yourself?

I put all my personal expenses on my credit card, racking up thousands in debt. I also took on personal and business loans to keep the company afloat as it was growing.

Have you paid your debt off yet?

A:

Hello Dr. Peterson,

How would you differentiate someone being part of a movement, religion or someone other comprehensive belief-system versus succumbing to ideology?

You mentioned during the Resurrection of Logos talk that you study the Sermon on the Mount quite a bit, what is your favourite excerpt?

Also, what is your favourite cookie?

Thank you for your answers, this AMA and all your work.


Q:

Yes! I loved those games! Sadly, I must confess I never finished them (the curse of being a game developer.) I remember when I-War came out how much it seemed like it was originally intended to be a Babylon-5 game, and the player's ship was going to be a Whitestar.

A:

We removed >20 animations from the game to eek into NFL approval status, but I still have a hard drive with the incorporating all of them. Haven't spoken to Josh much re the Insert Coin doc, but maybe I'll dig that up and send to him.

The moves were indeed violent. Grabbing the face mask and flinging around, kicking the player while he's down, stomping, and wrestling moves. Suplex, etc.


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I can't eat cookies. But if I could, my favorite cookie would be 100% dark chocolate chips. But I can't eat chocolate either.

Ideologues assume the problems of the world are someone else's fault. Or they assume that broadscale systemic change (according to their dictates) is a prerequisite to utopia. A truly religious person tries to change him or herself, which is a more difficult and less grand task.

A:

This is a great question. I frankly don't have anything bad to say about competition and I have a lot of respect for them as fellow entrepreneurs on the entrepreneurial path. One of my favorite sayings is "chase the dream not the competition." As a result, I honestly don't pay much attention to the competition . However from what I know about the competitors you mentioned and others, two points of differentiation that come to my mind are:

  1. We offer non-renewing pre-term (3 month, 6 month, 12 month) gift subscriptions if you ever want to purchase a gift for a friend or family member
  2. If you place an order today, instead of waiting for a certain time of the month (ie. April 15th, weeks away) to ship out your first box/order, we ship the very next business day. So if you placed an order on Sunday for example, your will be shipped out on the very next day (Monday)

Q:

To be honest, I keep most of the capital in the business as retained earnings and pay myself just a modest salary :). I have paid off all the debts I initially took out though!

A:

I can't eat cookies. But if I could, my favorite cookie would be 100% dark chocolate chips. But I can't eat chocolate either.

Ideologues assume the problems of the world are someone else's fault. Or they assume that broadscale systemic change (according to their dictates) is a prerequisite to utopia. A truly religious person tries to change him or herself, which is a more difficult and less grand task.


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To be honest, I keep most of the capital in the business as retained earnings and pay myself just a modest salary :). I have paid off all the debts I initially took out though!

A:

I can't eat cookies. But if I could, my favorite cookie would be 100% dark chocolate chips. But I can't eat chocolate either.

Ideologues assume the problems of the world are someone else's fault. Or they assume that broadscale systemic change (according to their dictates) is a prerequisite to utopia. A truly religious person tries to change him or herself, which is a more difficult and less grand task.


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Should have just called it XFL Blitz

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Kermit doesn't eat cookies. They have a cookie monster for that.


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What percentage of your business is drop shipped?

A:

What percentage of your business is drop shipped?


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Kermit doesn't eat cookies. They have a cookie monster for that.

A:

What percentage of your business is drop shipped?


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Kermit doesn't eat cookies. They have a cookie monster for that.

A:

Midway eventually did do Blitz: The League. Way over the top using the same engine.


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I was going to say that. But I'm glad you did instead.

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All of our products are received and assembled out of our own warehouse - we don't do any drop shipping at all.


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All of our products are received and assembled out of our own warehouse - we don't do any drop shipping at all.

A:

I was going to say that. But I'm glad you did instead.


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All of our products are received and assembled out of our own warehouse - we don't do any drop shipping at all.

A:

I was going to say that. But I'm glad you did instead.


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Jeff Gerstmann would get a kick out of that. You should totally ring him up.

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Good evening Dr. Peterson.

  1. In a previous AMA (on youtube) you've called Frozen - and other later era Disney movies - "propaganda" - that is, only half the truth. This probably has to do with the presentation of masculine/feminine achetypes. Can you expand?

  2. How does one choose, and adhere to, transcendent values without falling into ideological possession? It seems to me both things involve service to a higher value.

Thank you!


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Do you have contracts with the suppliers? Are you buying at wholesaler prices?

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If you have/had a romantic relationship, how does/did starting a company and running it effect said relationship?


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Good evening Dr. Peterson.

  1. In a previous AMA (on youtube) you've called Frozen - and other later era Disney movies - "propaganda" - that is, only half the truth. This probably has to do with the presentation of masculine/feminine achetypes. Can you expand?

  2. How does one choose, and adhere to, transcendent values without falling into ideological possession? It seems to me both things involve service to a higher value.

Thank you!

A:

If you have/had a romantic relationship, how does/did starting a company and running it effect said relationship?


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Good evening Dr. Peterson.

  1. In a previous AMA (on youtube) you've called Frozen - and other later era Disney movies - "propaganda" - that is, only half the truth. This probably has to do with the presentation of masculine/feminine achetypes. Can you expand?

  2. How does one choose, and adhere to, transcendent values without falling into ideological possession? It seems to me both things involve service to a higher value.

Thank you!

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Jeff is great. I'll never forget his insightful and positive review of NFL Blitz. Was most proud of his line "This game will forever change the way I perceive and review other games in the future". He really enjoyed the UX, communication to player, and fun factor.


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It depends, I suppose, on the transcendent value. I think that truth is the highest value, although it has to be embedded in love. What I mean by that is that truth should serve the highest good imaginable. For me, that is what is best for each individual, in the manner that is simultaneously best for the family, and the state, and nature itself. But you can only want that good if you love Being.

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Yes we sign agreements with all of our suppliers, and everything we purchase is at wholesale price


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This is a great question. When I started the business I was not in a relationship at the time, and I think being single (and only accountable to myself) helped tremendously because I was able to focus 100% of my daily attention on creating, nurturing and growing the business.

Overall I think having a relationship and starting a business can very likely clash, because of the time commitment and energy required to start a business (which may take away from your significant other), but I also think the level to which it affects comes down to the couple and how well they understand, communicate, and are on the same page with each other.

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It depends, I suppose, on the transcendent value. I think that truth is the highest value, although it has to be embedded in love. What I mean by that is that truth should serve the highest good imaginable. For me, that is what is best for each individual, in the manner that is simultaneously best for the family, and the state, and nature itself. But you can only want that good if you love Being.


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This is a great question. When I started the business I was not in a relationship at the time, and I think being single (and only accountable to myself) helped tremendously because I was able to focus 100% of my daily attention on creating, nurturing and growing the business.

Overall I think having a relationship and starting a business can very likely clash, because of the time commitment and energy required to start a business (which may take away from your significant other), but I also think the level to which it affects comes down to the couple and how well they understand, communicate, and are on the same page with each other.

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It depends, I suppose, on the transcendent value. I think that truth is the highest value, although it has to be embedded in love. What I mean by that is that truth should serve the highest good imaginable. For me, that is what is best for each individual, in the manner that is simultaneously best for the family, and the state, and nature itself. But you can only want that good if you love Being.


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Absolutely. It's Jeff that turned me onto Blitz in the first place- I actually very much disliked football games in general, but hearing how crazy he was about Blitz made me give it a shot. That's a game I wish could make a comeback in a big way.

That said, despite not getting onto the Blitz train early, I played way, way too much of NBA Jam- I should have figured with your name on it, Blitz was going to be great.

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How do you feel about how online communities bearing your name have understood and disseminated your ideas? What instances of your name or arguments made have you come across that you find disagreeable?

Kudos and thanks for inspiring so many buckos to sort themselves out!


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Looking back now, do you feel like it was necessary to take out those business/personal loans in order to grow the company?

Would you in hindsight be happy to bootstrap with a lower spend and maybe take a little more time to grow? Ir was the spending imperative to growth?

Thanks! Big fan of the service!

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Inspiring story, and I hope your success continues.

My question/comments ultimately revolve around what it takes to step over the line and take the plunge. I suppose it starts with the idea, formed around a particular love for an industry or product.

Right now I feel like I'm at a crossroads, whereby I can either continue with the Monday to Friday, 9-5 (well, more like Monday to Saturday, 8-6) life, working to fulfil somebody elses ambitions (although I do like the industry, and it's very secure, potentially very well paid work); or go my own way.

I'm 28 in two weeks, and feel like I'm approaching the "now or never" point in my life. I've discovered that money isn't everything, but I'm not jumping out of bed in the morning and eagerly racing off to work, if you understand me.

I chose an "academic" route throughout education - what I thought I should do, rather than what I truly wanted to do - but now the yearning for a more creative pursuit is almost overwhelming, and every spare moment I have, I'm racking my brain for a way out; for a business I can put my own stamp on.

So how do you do it? What mental barriers did you have to overcome (if any) to make the decision? My father did it at the age of 50, and until now, I didn't really appreciate the balls it takes to step away from the security of a regular job and give it a shot.


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How do you feel about how online communities bearing your name have understood and disseminated your ideas? What instances of your name or arguments made have you come across that you find disagreeable?

Kudos and thanks for inspiring so many buckos to sort themselves out!

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Inspiring story, and I hope your success continues.

My question/comments ultimately revolve around what it takes to step over the line and take the plunge. I suppose it starts with the idea, formed around a particular love for an industry or product.

Right now I feel like I'm at a crossroads, whereby I can either continue with the Monday to Friday, 9-5 (well, more like Monday to Saturday, 8-6) life, working to fulfil somebody elses ambitions (although I do like the industry, and it's very secure, potentially very well paid work); or go my own way.

I'm 28 in two weeks, and feel like I'm approaching the "now or never" point in my life. I've discovered that money isn't everything, but I'm not jumping out of bed in the morning and eagerly racing off to work, if you understand me.

I chose an "academic" route throughout education - what I thought I should do, rather than what I truly wanted to do - but now the yearning for a more creative pursuit is almost overwhelming, and every spare moment I have, I'm racking my brain for a way out; for a business I can put my own stamp on.

So how do you do it? What mental barriers did you have to overcome (if any) to make the decision? My father did it at the age of 50, and until now, I didn't really appreciate the balls it takes to step away from the security of a regular job and give it a shot.


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How do you feel about how online communities bearing your name have understood and disseminated your ideas? What instances of your name or arguments made have you come across that you find disagreeable?

Kudos and thanks for inspiring so many buckos to sort themselves out!

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Thanks! Yeah, I loved noodling with the code, animations, and results on those games! Thanks for playing both! Each appealed to an audience that wasn't a fan of the real sport, and often turned them into real fans of the sport.


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I don't really feel anything about such things, in a determinate sense. I'm exceptionally curious about it. It's as if I have launched a thousand messages in a thousand bottles. They drift where they will, and land where they will. I watch from a distance and see what will happen. I don't know enough yet about what any of this means to draw a conclusion.

Apart from that, I find it amazing, and absurd, and ridiculous, and embarassing. It leaves me speechless at times.

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Thanks so much for your kind words, and good question!

It wouldn't haven't been necessary to take out those loans if I had managed the growth a little better, but in my mind at that time I was just trying to do as much as I could to grow and reach a volume where we could be profitable. In hindsight (and if I could do it again) I would grow the business slower and manage the growth rate. What I didn't realize was that with increase in growth, there is also an increase needed in capital requirements in order to support that growt


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I totally understand where you're coming from! Ive always had an interest in starting my own business and before I quit my job and started Treats, I was also at a crossroads. I was comfortable in my previous job, but I realized I was getting too comfortable. The thought to leave and start a business was on my mind for a few weeks - I was determined and knew it was inevitable, it was just a matter of when - and one day I decided to just hand in my notice so that I could put my full attention into starting a new venture.

I totally understand where you're coming from and I hope you nurture and pursue your creativity and creative ventures. If you're not ready to quit your job, I would advise you to start a project you'd like to work in your free time after work and also over the weekends. This would allow you an outlet for your creativity, and as you spend more time on it the project could potentially become a business! Once the project or business is more developed and thought out, you could consider launching it and quitting your job when it begins to grow! Even if your first attempt doesn't succeed, don't give up!

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I don't really feel anything about such things, in a determinate sense. I'm exceptionally curious about it. It's as if I have launched a thousand messages in a thousand bottles. They drift where they will, and land where they will. I watch from a distance and see what will happen. I don't know enough yet about what any of this means to draw a conclusion.

Apart from that, I find it amazing, and absurd, and ridiculous, and embarassing. It leaves me speechless at times.


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I totally understand where you're coming from! Ive always had an interest in starting my own business and before I quit my job and started Treats, I was also at a crossroads. I was comfortable in my previous job, but I realized I was getting too comfortable. The thought to leave and start a business was on my mind for a few weeks - I was determined and knew it was inevitable, it was just a matter of when - and one day I decided to just hand in my notice so that I could put my full attention into starting a new venture.

I totally understand where you're coming from and I hope you nurture and pursue your creativity and creative ventures. If you're not ready to quit your job, I would advise you to start a project you'd like to work in your free time after work and also over the weekends. This would allow you an outlet for your creativity, and as you spend more time on it the project could potentially become a business! Once the project or business is more developed and thought out, you could consider launching it and quitting your job when it begins to grow! Even if your first attempt doesn't succeed, don't give up!

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I don't really feel anything about such things, in a determinate sense. I'm exceptionally curious about it. It's as if I have launched a thousand messages in a thousand bottles. They drift where they will, and land where they will. I watch from a distance and see what will happen. I don't know enough yet about what any of this means to draw a conclusion.

Apart from that, I find it amazing, and absurd, and ridiculous, and embarassing. It leaves me speechless at times.


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Fell in love with NFL Blitz in '99 (on the Nintendo 64 -- other controllers and later releases didn't work as perfectly as that did). Couldn't have convinced me to watch an actual NFL game if you tried.

...and now I've got the jersey, beer belly, and lost hours of productivity on Sundays.

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Dr. Peterson,

I am wondering how you typically address motivational issues that stem from chronic depression. Is there a real answer on how to create meaning, enthusiasm, and inspiration in your life in spite of the apathy and numbness that comes from depression, or is this a simple matter of biting the bullet and getting things done through diligence and willpower and hoping everything else will fall into place?

And a follow up: How do you feel about using psychedelic drugs (psilocybin mushrooms in particular) for introspective purposes in order to get a leg up on depression?


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7-figures of revenue just means that's how much you're selling, it doesn't account for the costs of running the company and buying supplies. How much money do you end up taking home for yourself?

I put all my personal expenses on my credit card, racking up thousands in debt. I also took on personal and business loans to keep the company afloat as it was growing.

Have you paid your debt off yet?

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Do you have contracts with the suppliers? Are you buying at wholesaler prices?


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Dr. Peterson,

I am wondering how you typically address motivational issues that stem from chronic depression. Is there a real answer on how to create meaning, enthusiasm, and inspiration in your life in spite of the apathy and numbness that comes from depression, or is this a simple matter of biting the bullet and getting things done through diligence and willpower and hoping everything else will fall into place?

And a follow up: How do you feel about using psychedelic drugs (psilocybin mushrooms in particular) for introspective purposes in order to get a leg up on depression?

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Do you have contracts with the suppliers? Are you buying at wholesaler prices?


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Dr. Peterson,

I am wondering how you typically address motivational issues that stem from chronic depression. Is there a real answer on how to create meaning, enthusiasm, and inspiration in your life in spite of the apathy and numbness that comes from depression, or is this a simple matter of biting the bullet and getting things done through diligence and willpower and hoping everything else will fall into place?

And a follow up: How do you feel about using psychedelic drugs (psilocybin mushrooms in particular) for introspective purposes in order to get a leg up on depression?

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Love it!

Blitz 99 in the arcade was the best version!


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The depression question is a very difficult one to answer. It requires careful diagnostic interviewing. I would ask, first, what have you tried to treat your depression? I would never say that mere "biting the bullet" is sufficient, although maintaining what structure you can in your life despite your pain and immobility is generally for the best.

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To be honest, I keep most of the capital in the business as retained earnings and pay myself just a modest salary :). I have paid off all the debts I initially took out though!


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Yes we sign agreements with all of our suppliers, and everything we purchase is at wholesale price

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The depression question is a very difficult one to answer. It requires careful diagnostic interviewing. I would ask, first, what have you tried to treat your depression? I would never say that mere "biting the bullet" is sufficient, although maintaining what structure you can in your life despite your pain and immobility is generally for the best.


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Yes we sign agreements with all of our suppliers, and everything we purchase is at wholesale price

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The depression question is a very difficult one to answer. It requires careful diagnostic interviewing. I would ask, first, what have you tried to treat your depression? I would never say that mere "biting the bullet" is sufficient, although maintaining what structure you can in your life despite your pain and immobility is generally for the best.


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Was there any way that Midway could've survived the 2000s, when arcades were vanishing and phones weren't yet strong enough to play arcade-style games? I feel like Midway could've been a powerhouse in the mobile market of the early 2010s, but it seems like in the years prior there wasn't really a market for the types of smaller pick up and play arcadey games that Midway was known for.

Bonus question: Is Dave Lang the coolest dude of all time?

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What concepts of Nietzsche's writings are the most important or useful to your thinking?


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What kind of degree do you have? How hard would it be do the things you did without a somewhat related degree?

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Looking back now, do you feel like it was necessary to take out those business/personal loans in order to grow the company?

Would you in hindsight be happy to bootstrap with a lower spend and maybe take a little more time to grow? Ir was the spending imperative to growth?

Thanks! Big fan of the service!


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What concepts of Nietzsche's writings are the most important or useful to your thinking?

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Looking back now, do you feel like it was necessary to take out those business/personal loans in order to grow the company?

Would you in hindsight be happy to bootstrap with a lower spend and maybe take a little more time to grow? Ir was the spending imperative to growth?

Thanks! Big fan of the service!


Q:

What concepts of Nietzsche's writings are the most important or useful to your thinking?

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Love Dave Lang! Super fun and talented.

Midway totally could have survived if they'd focused efforts on console sooner and not wasted tons of money on some early console efforts. For sure coin-op would have gone away as key rev driver.

And you're right about mobile. The arcade lessons and approach perfectly match the mobile business of today. Micro-transactions, quick pick up and east to play, but with some depth for experienced users.


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Last answer: Nietzsche's realization that the death of God would necessitate the utter collapse of Western values.

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I have a bachelor's in finance! I can honestly say that my degree has played little to no role in my career or work related skills up to this point - most of the things I encounter on a daily basis are entirely different from what I learned in school. In my opinion you don't need a degree to succeed, just a curiosity for knowledge and willingness/ability to learn the new relevant subjects you need to learn on your own (for whatever endeavor you're pursuing)


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Thanks so much for your kind words, and good question!

It wouldn't haven't been necessary to take out those loans if I had managed the growth a little better, but in my mind at that time I was just trying to do as much as I could to grow and reach a volume where we could be profitable. In hindsight (and if I could do it again) I would grow the business slower and manage the growth rate. What I didn't realize was that with increase in growth, there is also an increase needed in capital requirements in order to support that growt

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Last answer: Nietzsche's realization that the death of God would necessitate the utter collapse of Western values.


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Thanks so much for your kind words, and good question!

It wouldn't haven't been necessary to take out those loans if I had managed the growth a little better, but in my mind at that time I was just trying to do as much as I could to grow and reach a volume where we could be profitable. In hindsight (and if I could do it again) I would grow the business slower and manage the growth rate. What I didn't realize was that with increase in growth, there is also an increase needed in capital requirements in order to support that growt

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Last answer: Nietzsche's realization that the death of God would necessitate the utter collapse of Western values.


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Thanks a ton for answering. I really respect Lang and Johnny Vignocci and Adam Boyes and have heard them speak extremely highly of you on the Giant Bombcast, so in my mind you're like some super next level John Romero-style industry veteran. It's really cool to see you doing an AMA.

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You mentioned the current ideological war sitting atop the philosophical war, which may itself be atop a metaphysical, or theological war. Could this metaphysical war be contextualized as occurring within the psyche of all individuals? Like an ecosystem of archetypes or "egregores", nourished by the genetics and culture of the person in question in order to project themselves (the archetypes) through unconscious agencies in our brains? These archetypal thought-forms seem to make up the philosophical conflict at its deepest level. This model is a bit far-out, but seems to map very neatly onto the psychedelic experience, which demonstrates that you as a person are not "doing living", you are in a sense "being lived through" by some abstract life force outside yourself. Is your interpretation similar?


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Why are like half of your South American foods from a North American country?

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this is a really cool idea but as somebody with diabetes i dont think i could ever order completely random stuff like this since you dont list any of the nutritional info.... not that im expecting candy & chips to be "healthy" by any means, but some things are less unhealthy and might fit for a quick snack item when i actually need some carbs/sugar.

any chance of adding in nutritional data to the explore treats section? or allowing the user to pick which items they want to try?

i subscribe to graze which is a similar deal but it isnt candy or international snacks, just a variety of prepackaged snacks sent to you. whats great about it is through the site i can see the nutritional info for every available snack and i get to pick and choose which ones i want to try and which i dont. that way i am able to go through and pick out the ones that work for my nutritional needs and not worry about getting things i just shouldnt eat.

would love to try this out, but i dont want to have 90% of the things go to waste because i have no control over what im receiving.


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You mentioned the current ideological war sitting atop the philosophical war, which may itself be atop a metaphysical, or theological war. Could this metaphysical war be contextualized as occurring within the psyche of all individuals? Like an ecosystem of archetypes or "egregores", nourished by the genetics and culture of the person in question in order to project themselves (the archetypes) through unconscious agencies in our brains? These archetypal thought-forms seem to make up the philosophical conflict at its deepest level. This model is a bit far-out, but seems to map very neatly onto the psychedelic experience, which demonstrates that you as a person are not "doing living", you are in a sense "being lived through" by some abstract life force outside yourself. Is your interpretation similar?

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this is a really cool idea but as somebody with diabetes i dont think i could ever order completely random stuff like this since you dont list any of the nutritional info.... not that im expecting candy & chips to be "healthy" by any means, but some things are less unhealthy and might fit for a quick snack item when i actually need some carbs/sugar.

any chance of adding in nutritional data to the explore treats section? or allowing the user to pick which items they want to try?

i subscribe to graze which is a similar deal but it isnt candy or international snacks, just a variety of prepackaged snacks sent to you. whats great about it is through the site i can see the nutritional info for every available snack and i get to pick and choose which ones i want to try and which i dont. that way i am able to go through and pick out the ones that work for my nutritional needs and not worry about getting things i just shouldnt eat.

would love to try this out, but i dont want to have 90% of the things go to waste because i have no control over what im receiving.


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You mentioned the current ideological war sitting atop the philosophical war, which may itself be atop a metaphysical, or theological war. Could this metaphysical war be contextualized as occurring within the psyche of all individuals? Like an ecosystem of archetypes or "egregores", nourished by the genetics and culture of the person in question in order to project themselves (the archetypes) through unconscious agencies in our brains? These archetypal thought-forms seem to make up the philosophical conflict at its deepest level. This model is a bit far-out, but seems to map very neatly onto the psychedelic experience, which demonstrates that you as a person are not "doing living", you are in a sense "being lived through" by some abstract life force outside yourself. Is your interpretation similar?

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Romero was one step behind me back in the early days trying to figure out the Apple 2. He's a great guy. I actually found a fan letter he'd sent to me before he got his first job in the industry. Funny.

I hired JV and gave him lots of rope to do stuff. He's still a great friend today.


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You would be interested in learning more about CG Jung's idea of the pleroma, which is roughly the meta-space inhabit by archetypes. If you can imagine ideas battling with one another across the centuries, and then posit a meta-space in which that battle is occurring, then you have conceptualized, to some degree, the pleroma.

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That is admittedly a mistake on our website that we need to fix! We mistakenly classified Mexico as a South American country when it is in fact in North America


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Thank you for your compliment, and I totally understand regarding your concern about ordering but having dietary restrictions That is a great idea you have about adding nutritional data to the explore Treats section! At the moment, we do list the ingredients of snacks in our Explore page http://trytreats.com/explore/asia/driedmango - the snacks themselves also contain ingredients in English (this is one of the requirements of selling imported snack products in the US.)

We don't however display all of our snacks on the website at this time, and we don't currently have the option for the user to pick which items they want to try (although that is something we're interested in implementing at some point.) Our model is currently to surprise our subscribers each month with what they receive, but I also I totally understand your thought about not wanting 90% of the things to go to waste due to not having control over what you're receiving. Your feedback is super helpful in this regard, and I just want to you know that we are interested in incorporating the feature that you mentioned, and I hope you'll be able to give us a try when it's available!

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You would be interested in learning more about CG Jung's idea of the pleroma, which is roughly the meta-space inhabit by archetypes. If you can imagine ideas battling with one another across the centuries, and then posit a meta-space in which that battle is occurring, then you have conceptualized, to some degree, the pleroma.


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Thank you for your compliment, and I totally understand regarding your concern about ordering but having dietary restrictions That is a great idea you have about adding nutritional data to the explore Treats section! At the moment, we do list the ingredients of snacks in our Explore page http://trytreats.com/explore/asia/driedmango - the snacks themselves also contain ingredients in English (this is one of the requirements of selling imported snack products in the US.)

We don't however display all of our snacks on the website at this time, and we don't currently have the option for the user to pick which items they want to try (although that is something we're interested in implementing at some point.) Our model is currently to surprise our subscribers each month with what they receive, but I also I totally understand your thought about not wanting 90% of the things to go to waste due to not having control over what you're receiving. Your feedback is super helpful in this regard, and I just want to you know that we are interested in incorporating the feature that you mentioned, and I hope you'll be able to give us a try when it's available!

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You would be interested in learning more about CG Jung's idea of the pleroma, which is roughly the meta-space inhabit by archetypes. If you can imagine ideas battling with one another across the centuries, and then posit a meta-space in which that battle is occurring, then you have conceptualized, to some degree, the pleroma.


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Johnny V is a god damn treasure.

I actually found a fan letter he'd sent to me before he got his first job in the industry.

That is awesome.

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As a clinical psychologist and an all-around wise man, what advice do you have on social anxiety?


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If you have/had a romantic relationship, how does/did starting a company and running it effect said relationship?

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Why are like half of your South American foods from a North American country?


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As a clinical psychologist and an all-around wise man, what advice do you have on social anxiety?

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Why are like half of your South American foods from a North American country?


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As a clinical psychologist and an all-around wise man, what advice do you have on social anxiety?

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Yeah, I had JV working the soundtrack for NBA Ballers, and he was pulling out all sorts of talent. He walked in with Akon once, but the NBA rejected him.

JV connected with a pimp or two to get the right contacts!


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  1. Face it. Practice being in social situations.
  2. Concentrate on the other people. Every time you get anxious, you're falling inside yourself, and not paying attention to what is around you. Instead of worrying about how you are appearing, pay attention and try to make those around you comfortable.
  3. Listen to what people are saying, and ask them questions about it, or about themselves. Listen to their answers. They'll like you immediately. Hardly anyone listens.
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This is a great question. When I started the business I was not in a relationship at the time, and I think being single (and only accountable to myself) helped tremendously because I was able to focus 100% of my daily attention on creating, nurturing and growing the business.

Overall I think having a relationship and starting a business can very likely clash, because of the time commitment and energy required to start a business (which may take away from your significant other), but I also think the level to which it affects comes down to the couple and how well they understand, communicate, and are on the same page with each other.


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That is admittedly a mistake on our website that we need to fix! We mistakenly classified Mexico as a South American country when it is in fact in North America

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  1. Face it. Practice being in social situations.
  2. Concentrate on the other people. Every time you get anxious, you're falling inside yourself, and not paying attention to what is around you. Instead of worrying about how you are appearing, pay attention and try to make those around you comfortable.
  3. Listen to what people are saying, and ask them questions about it, or about themselves. Listen to their answers. They'll like you immediately. Hardly anyone listens.

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That is admittedly a mistake on our website that we need to fix! We mistakenly classified Mexico as a South American country when it is in fact in North America

A:
  1. Face it. Practice being in social situations.
  2. Concentrate on the other people. Every time you get anxious, you're falling inside yourself, and not paying attention to what is around you. Instead of worrying about how you are appearing, pay attention and try to make those around you comfortable.
  3. Listen to what people are saying, and ask them questions about it, or about themselves. Listen to their answers. They'll like you immediately. Hardly anyone listens.

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I remember he once told a story where he gave one of the cover athletes of Ballers a PSP memory card filled with porn because the dude asked for one.

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Doctor, you know your wife for a long time. At some point you decided to always speak the truth.

The question is: did you tell your wife about the decision at once, or after some time?


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Is there a special Reddit coupon code?

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How did you deal with health insurance as most current health insurance plans are through their employers? Did the ACA help in any way allowing you to feel comfortable in taking that first step?


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Doctor, you know your wife for a long time. At some point you decided to always speak the truth.

The question is: did you tell your wife about the decision at once, or after some time?

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How did you deal with health insurance as most current health insurance plans are through their employers? Did the ACA help in any way allowing you to feel comfortable in taking that first step?


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Doctor, you know your wife for a long time. At some point you decided to always speak the truth.

The question is: did you tell your wife about the decision at once, or after some time?

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Yeah - i think Aerosmith requested porn mags when they came into Midway for a shoot too!


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We knew each other as children. When we met up again as young adults, I talked to her about this decision right away. She decided that she would do the same thing, and as far as I can tell, she always has. I trust her as much as it is possible to trust anyone.

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Yes, thanks for asking! This code is REDDIT and it provides 20% off the price of your first box!

This coupon was actually originally shared on the sidebar of www.reddit.com/r/snackexchange, which is a cool sub to checkout if you're interested in international snacks!


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Good question! You're absolutely correct, when I first started the business I was able to get coverage through the Medi-Cal program in California and knowing that helped me with taking that first step.

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We knew each other as children. When we met up again as young adults, I talked to her about this decision right away. She decided that she would do the same thing, and as far as I can tell, she always has. I trust her as much as it is possible to trust anyone.


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Good question! You're absolutely correct, when I first started the business I was able to get coverage through the Medi-Cal program in California and knowing that helped me with taking that first step.

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We knew each other as children. When we met up again as young adults, I talked to her about this decision right away. She decided that she would do the same thing, and as far as I can tell, she always has. I trust her as much as it is possible to trust anyone.


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what is the most fun game out there that would be a good project to replicate in one day?

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Hello, Dr. Peterson,

How would you define your God? Do you believe in the supernatural? Do you pray?

Thank you


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this is a really cool idea but as somebody with diabetes i dont think i could ever order completely random stuff like this since you dont list any of the nutritional info.... not that im expecting candy & chips to be "healthy" by any means, but some things are less unhealthy and might fit for a quick snack item when i actually need some carbs/sugar.

any chance of adding in nutritional data to the explore treats section? or allowing the user to pick which items they want to try?

i subscribe to graze which is a similar deal but it isnt candy or international snacks, just a variety of prepackaged snacks sent to you. whats great about it is through the site i can see the nutritional info for every available snack and i get to pick and choose which ones i want to try and which i dont. that way i am able to go through and pick out the ones that work for my nutritional needs and not worry about getting things i just shouldnt eat.

would love to try this out, but i dont want to have 90% of the things go to waste because i have no control over what im receiving.

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Is there a special Reddit coupon code?


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Hello, Dr. Peterson,

How would you define your God? Do you believe in the supernatural? Do you pray?

Thank you

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Is there a special Reddit coupon code?


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Hello, Dr. Peterson,

How would you define your God? Do you believe in the supernatural? Do you pray?

Thank you

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Replicate in a day. Depends on platform and controls. But I'd say Frostbite on the VCS. One of the best games ever in my book.


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My God is the spirit that is trying to elevate Being. My God is the spirit that makes everything come together. My God is the spirit that makes order out of chaos and then recasts order when it has become too limiting. My God is the spirit of truth incarnate.

None of that is supernatural. It is instead what is most real.

It depends on what you mean by pray.

I don't ask God for favors, if that's what you mean.

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Thank you for your compliment, and I totally understand regarding your concern about ordering but having dietary restrictions That is a great idea you have about adding nutritional data to the explore Treats section! At the moment, we do list the ingredients of snacks in our Explore page http://trytreats.com/explore/asia/driedmango - the snacks themselves also contain ingredients in English (this is one of the requirements of selling imported snack products in the US.)

We don't however display all of our snacks on the website at this time, and we don't currently have the option for the user to pick which items they want to try (although that is something we're interested in implementing at some point.) Our model is currently to surprise our subscribers each month with what they receive, but I also I totally understand your thought about not wanting 90% of the things to go to waste due to not having control over what you're receiving. Your feedback is super helpful in this regard, and I just want to you know that we are interested in incorporating the feature that you mentioned, and I hope you'll be able to give us a try when it's available!


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Yes, thanks for asking! This code is REDDIT and it provides 20% off the price of your first box!

This coupon was actually originally shared on the sidebar of www.reddit.com/r/snackexchange, which is a cool sub to checkout if you're interested in international snacks!

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My God is the spirit that is trying to elevate Being. My God is the spirit that makes everything come together. My God is the spirit that makes order out of chaos and then recasts order when it has become too limiting. My God is the spirit of truth incarnate.

None of that is supernatural. It is instead what is most real.

It depends on what you mean by pray.

I don't ask God for favors, if that's what you mean.


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Yes, thanks for asking! This code is REDDIT and it provides 20% off the price of your first box!

This coupon was actually originally shared on the sidebar of www.reddit.com/r/snackexchange, which is a cool sub to checkout if you're interested in international snacks!

A:

My God is the spirit that is trying to elevate Being. My God is the spirit that makes everything come together. My God is the spirit that makes order out of chaos and then recasts order when it has become too limiting. My God is the spirit of truth incarnate.

None of that is supernatural. It is instead what is most real.

It depends on what you mean by pray.

I don't ask God for favors, if that's what you mean.


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Is there one game you keep coming back to all these years? Even if it's one you created?

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Dr. Peterson, are there ever moments where one should lie? Or is it best to sometimes say, "I'd rather not discuss that" than to lie?


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How did you begin to Advertise your business? Any prior knowledge in building an effective Website that people will see?

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What kind of degree do you have? How hard would it be do the things you did without a somewhat related degree?


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Dr. Peterson, are there ever moments where one should lie? Or is it best to sometimes say, "I'd rather not discuss that" than to lie?

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What kind of degree do you have? How hard would it be do the things you did without a somewhat related degree?


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Dr. Peterson, are there ever moments where one should lie? Or is it best to sometimes say, "I'd rather not discuss that" than to lie?

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Easy question! My favorite game of all time is Robotron 2084. I joined Williams Electronics Midway specifically to revive the dual joysticks of that game. That game still holds up today.


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"I'd rather not discuss that" is a good way to not lie. You also aren't required to break confidence or reveal anything private. Telling the truth (or not lying) is complicated.

To tell the truth you have to have decided that (1) that truth will in fact save the world and (2) that the world is in fact worth saving.

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Through telling friends/family, physical flyers and sending boxes to bloggers were the ways I began advertising! I did not invest in paid advertising (online ads) until we were already profitable. As per your second question, I informally taught myself user experience (UX) design for websites a few years ago (its a subject that interests me) and I think my past experience helped me design the website relatively quickly!


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I have a bachelor's in finance! I can honestly say that my degree has played little to no role in my career or work related skills up to this point - most of the things I encounter on a daily basis are entirely different from what I learned in school. In my opinion you don't need a degree to succeed, just a curiosity for knowledge and willingness/ability to learn the new relevant subjects you need to learn on your own (for whatever endeavor you're pursuing)

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"I'd rather not discuss that" is a good way to not lie. You also aren't required to break confidence or reveal anything private. Telling the truth (or not lying) is complicated.

To tell the truth you have to have decided that (1) that truth will in fact save the world and (2) that the world is in fact worth saving.


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I have a bachelor's in finance! I can honestly say that my degree has played little to no role in my career or work related skills up to this point - most of the things I encounter on a daily basis are entirely different from what I learned in school. In my opinion you don't need a degree to succeed, just a curiosity for knowledge and willingness/ability to learn the new relevant subjects you need to learn on your own (for whatever endeavor you're pursuing)

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"I'd rather not discuss that" is a good way to not lie. You also aren't required to break confidence or reveal anything private. Telling the truth (or not lying) is complicated.

To tell the truth you have to have decided that (1) that truth will in fact save the world and (2) that the world is in fact worth saving.


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I'm so happy that most barcades popping up nowadays almost always have a Robotron 2084 to play. That is one of my favorite fast paced classics.

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How can I learn to raise my children properly or wisely? What books or lectures are useful?


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How hard was it starting the company by yourself?

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How can I learn to raise my children properly or wisely? What books or lectures are useful?


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How can I learn to raise my children properly or wisely? What books or lectures are useful?

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It holds up for sure! 255 levels of gameplay. Can set the difficulty up to 10, and best players can reach 255. Perfect tuning.


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In my new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos I have a chapter called "Don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them." It will be available in January.

In the meantime, that's a good thing to know. Don't pretend with your children. Don't let them to things that are humiliating to you (or to them). If you don't like them, neither will anyone else. That's a start.

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It wasn't as hard as you may imagine - the main thing about starting a company by yourself is you are now completely accountable only to yourself, and that means you have to personally take on the responsibility to do what you need to do (for any tasks that come up) and learn what you don't know. As an entrepreneur one of your main constant tasks is to solve problems that come up, and as a single founder the onus is entirely on you to solve these problems when they appear. It can be lonely at times, but also exciting! The Pros of starting a company by myself is that I enjoy the independence and it allows me to make decisions quickly.


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In my new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos I have a chapter called "Don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them." It will be available in January.

In the meantime, that's a good thing to know. Don't pretend with your children. Don't let them to things that are humiliating to you (or to them). If you don't like them, neither will anyone else. That's a start.

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In my new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos I have a chapter called "Don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them." It will be available in January.

In the meantime, that's a good thing to know. Don't pretend with your children. Don't let them to things that are humiliating to you (or to them). If you don't like them, neither will anyone else. That's a start.


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Do you think Ken and Roberta Williams get their due? Where do you see Sierra's place in the history of games?

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Doctor Peterson, I have watched many of your lectures and videos, and I find your material to be excellent, encouraging and should be shared as much as possible. However, from a philosophical perspective, why do you believe that what you're teaching is correct? What proof do we, as students, have? Further, as you gain more and more popularity, support and admirers, do you feel at risk of becoming a demagogue of your own ideas, or a self-absorbed "prophet"? It's an archetype that is prevalent throughout history.


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Doctor Peterson, I have watched many of your lectures and videos, and I find your material to be excellent, encouraging and should be shared as much as possible. However, from a philosophical perspective, why do you believe that what you're teaching is correct? What proof do we, as students, have? Further, as you gain more and more popularity, support and admirers, do you feel at risk of becoming a demagogue of your own ideas, or a self-absorbed "prophet"? It's an archetype that is prevalent throughout history.

A:

Doctor Peterson, I have watched many of your lectures and videos, and I find your material to be excellent, encouraging and should be shared as much as possible. However, from a philosophical perspective, why do you believe that what you're teaching is correct? What proof do we, as students, have? Further, as you gain more and more popularity, support and admirers, do you feel at risk of becoming a demagogue of your own ideas, or a self-absorbed "prophet"? It's an archetype that is prevalent throughout history.


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They were innovators and risk takers. Passionate about their craft! They have a solid and deserved place in history I believe.

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It depends on what you mean by "teaching" and "correct." I certainly do not think that I am providing any final answers. But I think I am correct in the manner that I teach. When I lecture, I am not saying what I believe to be the case but thinking on my feet, trying to extend and clarify my knowledge while also communicating. To the degree that I do that properly, I am modeling how to learn -- how to become wise. To the degree that I do that properly, what I am doing is "correct."

The danger of become your own imitator is clear. I think I would be more prone to becoming a demagogue if I wanted to be a demagogue -- if I wanted power of that sort. I don't. I could have had a successful political career, and people still call on me to do so. But I am more interested in sorting things out and helping other people do the same thing. I know there is danger in popularity. I try not to confuse myself with who people think I am or might be. I try not to make a fatal mistake and consider it a miracle currently that the house is not falling apart in pieces around me. I am grateful that people find what I am doing useful. That's what I was hoping for. Hopefully the monster that is forming around me -- so to speak -- won't eat me.


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It depends on what you mean by "teaching" and "correct." I certainly do not think that I am providing any final answers. But I think I am correct in the manner that I teach. When I lecture, I am not saying what I believe to be the case but thinking on my feet, trying to extend and clarify my knowledge while also communicating. To the degree that I do that properly, I am modeling how to learn -- how to become wise. To the degree that I do that properly, what I am doing is "correct."

The danger of become your own imitator is clear. I think I would be more prone to becoming a demagogue if I wanted to be a demagogue -- if I wanted power of that sort. I don't. I could have had a successful political career, and people still call on me to do so. But I am more interested in sorting things out and helping other people do the same thing. I know there is danger in popularity. I try not to confuse myself with who people think I am or might be. I try not to make a fatal mistake and consider it a miracle currently that the house is not falling apart in pieces around me. I am grateful that people find what I am doing useful. That's what I was hoping for. Hopefully the monster that is forming around me -- so to speak -- won't eat me.

A:

It depends on what you mean by "teaching" and "correct." I certainly do not think that I am providing any final answers. But I think I am correct in the manner that I teach. When I lecture, I am not saying what I believe to be the case but thinking on my feet, trying to extend and clarify my knowledge while also communicating. To the degree that I do that properly, I am modeling how to learn -- how to become wise. To the degree that I do that properly, what I am doing is "correct."

The danger of become your own imitator is clear. I think I would be more prone to becoming a demagogue if I wanted to be a demagogue -- if I wanted power of that sort. I don't. I could have had a successful political career, and people still call on me to do so. But I am more interested in sorting things out and helping other people do the same thing. I know there is danger in popularity. I try not to confuse myself with who people think I am or might be. I try not to make a fatal mistake and consider it a miracle currently that the house is not falling apart in pieces around me. I am grateful that people find what I am doing useful. That's what I was hoping for. Hopefully the monster that is forming around me -- so to speak -- won't eat me.


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how would you design a next generation game system to fix the growing latency/lag between button press and screen response?

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Dr. Peterson, huge fan, been binging on your lectures for a while. What is your opinion on pornography, and masturbation in general? A lot of your supporters are also members of the /r/nofap community that completely obstain from masturbation, as they see it as a part of sorting themselves out and becoming the best human being they can be. Just curious.

Also, if you, or anyone else is interested, there is a discord chat server dedicated to discussion you and your works, you can join with this link: https://discord.gg/RB5c5Bg


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Dr. Peterson, huge fan, been binging on your lectures for a while. What is your opinion on pornography, and masturbation in general? A lot of your supporters are also members of the /r/nofap community that completely obstain from masturbation, as they see it as a part of sorting themselves out and becoming the best human being they can be. Just curious.

Also, if you, or anyone else is interested, there is a discord chat server dedicated to discussion you and your works, you can join with this link: https://discord.gg/RB5c5Bg

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Dr. Peterson, huge fan, been binging on your lectures for a while. What is your opinion on pornography, and masturbation in general? A lot of your supporters are also members of the /r/nofap community that completely obstain from masturbation, as they see it as a part of sorting themselves out and becoming the best human being they can be. Just curious.

Also, if you, or anyone else is interested, there is a discord chat server dedicated to discussion you and your works, you can join with this link: https://discord.gg/RB5c5Bg


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Love this question. I HATE latency in any form. Unfortunately I think wired control is only safe option.

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I think that pornography entices people away from life. So that's not good. It's a quick, easy, low quality solution to a complex problem. I can't see its use as something that increases integrity and promotes strength.


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I think that pornography entices people away from life. So that's not good. It's a quick, easy, low quality solution to a complex problem. I can't see its use as something that increases integrity and promotes strength.

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I think that pornography entices people away from life. So that's not good. It's a quick, easy, low quality solution to a complex problem. I can't see its use as something that increases integrity and promotes strength.


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would an integrated system like Switch be able to reduce latency at least while in portable mode, or are there still disadvantages to using LCD vs CRT?

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Should every aspect of one's life promote strength? Is there room for weak indulgences?


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Should every aspect of one's life promote strength? Is there room for weak indulgences?

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Should every aspect of one's life promote strength? Is there room for weak indulgences?


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Portable mode on twitch is fine. Screens refresh fast enough so that's not the issue. It's controller latency that is bad, and any slow down/bog in the engine that is bad. Which make the controller less responsive.

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I think there's room for indulgence, that I don't think that that's the same as saying that there's room for weak indulgence. Why do something if it makes you weak? Unless you wish to be weak...


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I think there's room for indulgence, that I don't think that that's the same as saying that there's room for weak indulgence. Why do something if it makes you weak? Unless you wish to be weak...

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I think there's room for indulgence, that I don't think that that's the same as saying that there's room for weak indulgence. Why do something if it makes you weak? Unless you wish to be weak...


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There is also the fact that modern TVs do an insane amount of processing, even in Game Mode, adding sometimes a ton of input lag (depending on the TV).

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Dr. Peterson, like many I find your analysis on creation myths fascinating. Do you have any similar thoughts regarding end-time myths like Revelations? Thank you


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Dr. Peterson, like many I find your analysis on creation myths fascinating. Do you have any similar thoughts regarding end-time myths like Revelations? Thank you

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Dr. Peterson, like many I find your analysis on creation myths fascinating. Do you have any similar thoughts regarding end-time myths like Revelations? Thank you


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Yeah right - you have to be careful on TV selection indeed, but less and less of an issue with latest crop.

A:

Revelation is, in my opinion, the first-person account of an experience with hallucinogenic mushrooms.


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Revelation is, in my opinion, the first-person account of an experience with hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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Revelation is, in my opinion, the first-person account of an experience with hallucinogenic mushrooms.


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NFL Blitz 2000 Gold coin-op $50 bets, shutouts paid double. Pretty sure I won that year long competition. That's what you recall too?

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Is this coming from experience as someone who has experimented with hallucinogenic mushrooms (or other psychedelics)?

Can a mystical psychedelic trip be akin to the descent into chaos/the unknown with the potential of finding truth and then coming out the other side at a place of higher order?


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Is this coming from experience as someone who has experimented with hallucinogenic mushrooms (or other psychedelics)?

Can a mystical psychedelic trip be akin to the descent into chaos/the unknown with the potential of finding truth and then coming out the other side at a place of higher order?

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Is this coming from experience as someone who has experimented with hallucinogenic mushrooms (or other psychedelics)?

Can a mystical psychedelic trip be akin to the descent into chaos/the unknown with the potential of finding truth and then coming out the other side at a place of higher order?


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Doh! Actually, I do admit to losing that! Disaster.

A shame we never got the Hot Spot NBA Showtime gambling mini game out into the marketplace! That worked great!

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It's not akin to it. It is precisely that.


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It's not akin to it. It is precisely that.

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It's not akin to it. It is precisely that.


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Hey Mark - Long time fan here. I'm wondering why you never did a "got robbed" quest in Cafe World? Really feel like that is the one thing the franchise lacked. Does that keep you up at night?

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Dear Dr. Peterson,

In my literature of the mind class we are beginning a discussion on fairy tales. The first question we were confronted with was "are fairy tales misogynistic?" The majority of the class responded in the affirmative, citing the frequent depiction of women in a helpless or lower stance compare to the man. I responded in the negative, with several claims as to the great goals of different stories. My question to you is: are fairy tales misogynist? And if so, should authors restructure these tales to reflect different, arguably more contemporary structures of society? Thank you very much.


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Dear Dr. Peterson,

In my literature of the mind class we are beginning a discussion on fairy tales. The first question we were confronted with was "are fairy tales misogynistic?" The majority of the class responded in the affirmative, citing the frequent depiction of women in a helpless or lower stance compare to the man. I responded in the negative, with several claims as to the great goals of different stories. My question to you is: are fairy tales misogynist? And if so, should authors restructure these tales to reflect different, arguably more contemporary structures of society? Thank you very much.

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Dear Dr. Peterson,

In my literature of the mind class we are beginning a discussion on fairy tales. The first question we were confronted with was "are fairy tales misogynistic?" The majority of the class responded in the affirmative, citing the frequent depiction of women in a helpless or lower stance compare to the man. I responded in the negative, with several claims as to the great goals of different stories. My question to you is: are fairy tales misogynist? And if so, should authors restructure these tales to reflect different, arguably more contemporary structures of society? Thank you very much.


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Doh! Hey - that idea would have totally worked and exactly what the product needed. Seriously. And you know it too.

A:

Don't discuss the deeper meaning of literature with people whose primary concern is whether or not the literature in question conforms to this week's obsession with identity politics.

That's the correct answer to your question.

Authors should leave stories they didn't write alone and go write their own classics -- if they can. Some fairy tales are ten thousand years old. Anyone who thinks they can write something for the ages is welcome to try.


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Don't discuss the deeper meaning of literature with people whose primary concern is whether or not the literature in question conforms to this week's obsession with identity politics.

That's the correct answer to your question.

Authors should leave stories they didn't write alone and go write their own classics -- if they can. Some fairy tales are ten thousand years old. Anyone who thinks they can write something for the ages is welcome to try.

A:

Don't discuss the deeper meaning of literature with people whose primary concern is whether or not the literature in question conforms to this week's obsession with identity politics.

That's the correct answer to your question.

Authors should leave stories they didn't write alone and go write their own classics -- if they can. Some fairy tales are ten thousand years old. Anyone who thinks they can write something for the ages is welcome to try.


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Stupid question from someone that spent way too many quarters back in the day:

What happened to your hair?

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Hello Dr. Peterson,

Two questions if I may:

If Jesus is the archetypal hero, whom which there is no person more heroic, then who is the antithesis? This question stems from my having read just a chapter into M.o.M and derived it from the concept of existence as a forum for action. Should the historical Jesus have actually acted as the most-hero, then I imagine the most-villain must also exist to act out the part.

Edit: DO you believe this antithesis will manifest itself as Jesus may have?

2nd question: Is Jesus Lord?

Thank you for your time


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Hello Dr. Peterson,

Two questions if I may:

If Jesus is the archetypal hero, whom which there is no person more heroic, then who is the antithesis? This question stems from my having read just a chapter into M.o.M and derived it from the concept of existence as a forum for action. Should the historical Jesus have actually acted as the most-hero, then I imagine the most-villain must also exist to act out the part.

Edit: DO you believe this antithesis will manifest itself as Jesus may have?

2nd question: Is Jesus Lord?

Thank you for your time

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Hello Dr. Peterson,

Two questions if I may:

If Jesus is the archetypal hero, whom which there is no person more heroic, then who is the antithesis? This question stems from my having read just a chapter into M.o.M and derived it from the concept of existence as a forum for action. Should the historical Jesus have actually acted as the most-hero, then I imagine the most-villain must also exist to act out the part.

Edit: DO you believe this antithesis will manifest itself as Jesus may have?

2nd question: Is Jesus Lord?

Thank you for your time


Q:

My hair! I was crazy. Had the big Robert Plant thing going on. One day someone said I'd look younger if I cut my hair - I looked around at other guys with long hair and said "ugh - you're right". And whacked it off!

A:

Satan.

And it depends on how you define "Lord."

Archetypally? By definition. Hence the mythologizing of the historical figure.


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Satan.

And it depends on how you define "Lord."

Archetypally? By definition. Hence the mythologizing of the historical figure.

A:

Satan.

And it depends on how you define "Lord."

Archetypally? By definition. Hence the mythologizing of the historical figure.


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What was your favorite platform/language to develop in? What is your development philosophy (TDD, MVC etc.)?

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Is Joseph Campbell underrated or overrated? Why?


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Is Joseph Campbell underrated or overrated? Why?

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Is Joseph Campbell underrated or overrated? Why?


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I actually preferred programming and debugging in assembly language because I knew the performance would be optimal, to slam as many things onto the playfield as possible, and was simpler knowing there weren't other threads occurring with black box code chipping away and causing problems. Those days are over of course, by I still love/prefer those days. I also liked fact that most other developers weren't taking advantage of the hardware as well as Assembly programmers could/were.

As for dev philosophy - I'm working with one of the best Producers in the business at Zynga San Diego - Carlos Barbosa - and his philosophy was largely hones at EA - so we have 1 pagers for new features, collaborative discussion with all disciplines, estimate overall effort required, and then try to Engineer mock up the feature (gameplay or otherwise) without much art, and have artists create real art as mock is materializing. Designer, Artist, Engineers working closely. TDD's aren't needed on majority of features we do.

The key is Production allows for iteration, as that is where the best games and features derive from.

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Hey was a very effective popularizer of Jung's ideas. Over-rated, if considered as the original source, which he was most definitely not. Under-rated, as effective popularization is extraordinarily difficult.


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Hey was a very effective popularizer of Jung's ideas. Over-rated, if considered as the original source, which he was most definitely not. Under-rated, as effective popularization is extraordinarily difficult.

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Hey was a very effective popularizer of Jung's ideas. Over-rated, if considered as the original source, which he was most definitely not. Under-rated, as effective popularization is extraordinarily difficult.


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what is the weirdest copy protection scheme you've seen; also are there any easter eggs you know of in games that have not been discovered yet?

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Thank you for doing this AMA! Can you go into detail about what you find objectionable about moral relativism? Secondly, can you describe how you see post-modernism and what its biggest faults are? Thank you!


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Thank you for doing this AMA! Can you go into detail about what you find objectionable about moral relativism? Secondly, can you describe how you see post-modernism and what its biggest faults are? Thank you!

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Thank you for doing this AMA! Can you go into detail about what you find objectionable about moral relativism? Secondly, can you describe how you see post-modernism and what its biggest faults are? Thank you!


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Not sure about copy protection - and it's tough on Easter Eggs now a days! When Jam came out, people would post usenet pages onto sides of cabinets, because rarely did anyone have access. Not today.

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I believe in the existence of evil.

Postmodernists notice the complex problem of the ever-present subjective interpretive framework and then, instead of facing the problem squarely, assume that there is no world. They take the easy way out, intellectually. Then second-rate intellects hijack their work to justify their refusal to take responsibility as individuals.


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I believe in the existence of evil.

Postmodernists notice the complex problem of the ever-present subjective interpretive framework and then, instead of facing the problem squarely, assume that there is no world. They take the easy way out, intellectually. Then second-rate intellects hijack their work to justify their refusal to take responsibility as individuals.

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I believe in the existence of evil.

Postmodernists notice the complex problem of the ever-present subjective interpretive framework and then, instead of facing the problem squarely, assume that there is no world. They take the easy way out, intellectually. Then second-rate intellects hijack their work to justify their refusal to take responsibility as individuals.


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Oh man, I spent countless hours playing NFL Blitz and NBA JAM!

Could you ever have predicted how far games have come in the past 20+ years? How do you feel about the roadmap for the future of gaming?

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90% Male - 10% Female visit your You Tube videos. What type of female do you think make up that 10%?


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90% Male - 10% Female visit your You Tube videos. What type of female do you think make up that 10%?

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90% Male - 10% Female visit your You Tube videos. What type of female do you think make up that 10%?


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Yeah, a game like NBA Jam was made by a handful of people and made a Billion dollars, and now it takes 100's, across many disciplines, to make a top selling console title. Team sizes have expanded way beyond my dreams. We're destined to mirror film business - big budget blockbusters, and independent smaller projects that can also breakthrough. The future of social and connected play is huge. Still in infancy!

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Amazing, beautiful accomplished women with impeccable taste in lecturers.


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Amazing, beautiful accomplished women with impeccable taste in lecturers.

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Amazing, beautiful accomplished women with impeccable taste in lecturers.


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Remember this interview? I read that as a lad back in 1982, thinking how cool it was to design your sprites on graph paper.

https://archive.org/stream/Electronic_Fun_with_Computer_Games_Vol_01_No_01_1982-11_Fun_Games_Publishing_US/Electronic_Fun_with_Computer__Games_Vol_01_No_01_1982-11_Fun__Games_Publishing_US#page/n29/mode/2up

p.s. Congratulations on rolling Turmoil! I hear you're the industry's hottest designer! :D

p.p.s. no kiddin', Turmoil is an essential 2600 cart. A magnificent adaptation of Tempest given the limitations of the 2600.

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What is your opinion on climate change?


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What is your opinion on climate change?

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What is your opinion on climate change?


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OMG! Wow. Thanks for finding - hadn't seen that. Funny.

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I'm Canadian. Anything that makes winter warmer is fine by me.

Seriously: We'll solve it before it gets dangerous, to the degree that it's man-made. Assuming we don't let everything go to hell in a handbasket first.


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I'm Canadian. Anything that makes winter warmer is fine by me.

Seriously: We'll solve it before it gets dangerous, to the degree that it's man-made. Assuming we don't let everything go to hell in a handbasket first.

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I'm Canadian. Anything that makes winter warmer is fine by me.

Seriously: We'll solve it before it gets dangerous, to the degree that it's man-made. Assuming we don't let everything go to hell in a handbasket first.


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In your arcade games and mobile games do you as developers acknowledge the incentive you have to make the game difficult / cumbersome in parts to push the player to spend money?

I feel like the free to play monetary platform puts the money and fun aspects completely at odds with each other in most implementations and it has completely soured me to most games that use it. What's to stop you from adding obstacles or monotony to make more money?

Lately I feel like most mobile games are just trying to rip me off. Make the game fun enough to get you hooked and then go full Skinner box and milk them for all you can. Even if it is 100% ad driven I just know that in some conference room somewhere they are deciding how many / how often they can display an ad that the user will either willingly suffer them or pay to remove the annoyance.

At this point I'm more likely to just buy a game outright because I don't trust game developers not to do this to me.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! It is a real joy for many here. :)

i) I recently had the either revelation or strong illusion that my personal character was in such disarray, it was truly beyond repair. I simply have too many deeply seeded and complicated bad "habits", ill call them, and they have affected my surroundings in so many ways, that i couldnt even hope to ever identify them all, let alone fix them. What are we to do when we find ourselves in this situation? Practically speaking

1) Can you comment on the inversion of the Judeo-Christian myth, espoused by Satanists and various esoteric groups, where God is depicted as an Evil Tyrant/Demiurge, and Satan the great emancipator, who gave us free will via the tree of knowledge?

2) When someone "accepts Christ into their heart" (in conjunction with the beleif that Jesus was a historical figure who was also God, rose from the dead, and has personal relationship with them), what is really taking place?

3) How can we best protect our future chldren from post modernism, without being overprotective?


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Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! It is a real joy for many here. :)

i) I recently had the either revelation or strong illusion that my personal character was in such disarray, it was truly beyond repair. I simply have too many deeply seeded and complicated bad "habits", ill call them, and they have affected my surroundings in so many ways, that i couldnt even hope to ever identify them all, let alone fix them. What are we to do when we find ourselves in this situation? Practically speaking

1) Can you comment on the inversion of the Judeo-Christian myth, espoused by Satanists and various esoteric groups, where God is depicted as an Evil Tyrant/Demiurge, and Satan the great emancipator, who gave us free will via the tree of knowledge?

2) When someone "accepts Christ into their heart" (in conjunction with the beleif that Jesus was a historical figure who was also God, rose from the dead, and has personal relationship with them), what is really taking place?

3) How can we best protect our future chldren from post modernism, without being overprotective?

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Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! It is a real joy for many here. :)

i) I recently had the either revelation or strong illusion that my personal character was in such disarray, it was truly beyond repair. I simply have too many deeply seeded and complicated bad "habits", ill call them, and they have affected my surroundings in so many ways, that i couldnt even hope to ever identify them all, let alone fix them. What are we to do when we find ourselves in this situation? Practically speaking

1) Can you comment on the inversion of the Judeo-Christian myth, espoused by Satanists and various esoteric groups, where God is depicted as an Evil Tyrant/Demiurge, and Satan the great emancipator, who gave us free will via the tree of knowledge?

2) When someone "accepts Christ into their heart" (in conjunction with the beleif that Jesus was a historical figure who was also God, rose from the dead, and has personal relationship with them), what is really taking place?

3) How can we best protect our future chldren from post modernism, without being overprotective?


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Totally understand your mindset. We all have to walk a fine line - a game for the masses can be free, can be fun, and can support players who want to spend for additional experiences. Many games are doing it properly. It is a business, but when you look at Wizard of Oz Magic Match, there are hours and hours of fun, beautiful music, graphics, and innovations, all experienced for free. And yet some players will happily spend a but here and there to advance more quickly. But it's never required and players can also be at end of content without any spend.

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It is very frequently the case that someone's personal character is in terrible disarray. That's what Jung described when he discussed the confrontation with the shadow side of the psyche. It's no laughing matter. It's a terrible realization.

Start by fixing the things about yourself that you can fix. Pick the low-hanging fruit. Even if you can't put yourself back together completely, you might be able to generate a functional wreck out of the pieces. That's better than nothing.

It's also the case that improvement begets improvement. So even if you are in a deep hole, you might be able to escape faster than you think, if you are willing to let go of the things that are holding you down.

Dig up, stupid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97zJxKEqAk


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It is very frequently the case that someone's personal character is in terrible disarray. That's what Jung described when he discussed the confrontation with the shadow side of the psyche. It's no laughing matter. It's a terrible realization.

Start by fixing the things about yourself that you can fix. Pick the low-hanging fruit. Even if you can't put yourself back together completely, you might be able to generate a functional wreck out of the pieces. That's better than nothing.

It's also the case that improvement begets improvement. So even if you are in a deep hole, you might be able to escape faster than you think, if you are willing to let go of the things that are holding you down.

Dig up, stupid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97zJxKEqAk

A:

It is very frequently the case that someone's personal character is in terrible disarray. That's what Jung described when he discussed the confrontation with the shadow side of the psyche. It's no laughing matter. It's a terrible realization.

Start by fixing the things about yourself that you can fix. Pick the low-hanging fruit. Even if you can't put yourself back together completely, you might be able to generate a functional wreck out of the pieces. That's better than nothing.

It's also the case that improvement begets improvement. So even if you are in a deep hole, you might be able to escape faster than you think, if you are willing to let go of the things that are holding you down.

Dig up, stupid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97zJxKEqAk


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You made sneakers huh? Probably the first ever game I played on my Great Aunt's Apple II! I still play it on Archive.org.

Anyway, I'm wondering if you have any secrets with Activistion games for Atari 2600? Any Easter Eggs, special hints? My second system! Hope you had a good Birthday on March 22nd, a few days back. I know that thanks to a Game Pro for NBA Jam!

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Hey Jordan.

One of my favourite topics that you cover is your interpretation of the story of Cain & Abel. You’ve said that: “Before a creature becomes self-conscious there is no distinction between good and evil... With the dawning of self-consciousness, there seems to be the emergence of a moral sense that’s essentially unique to human beings.”

You’ve referenced in another video the phenomenon of wolves exhibiting something to the effect of mercy when an alpha ‘defeats’ a wolf that contests his position as the pack leader. Do you think that what appears to be this sort of ‘moral compass’ in wolf culture is then an emergent property of self-consciousness? Or, perhaps, something more like proto-rationality? Neither? What do you think this phenomenon says about human morality considering we often attribute our morality to our rationality (perhaps incorrectly)?


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Hey Jordan.

One of my favourite topics that you cover is your interpretation of the story of Cain & Abel. You’ve said that: “Before a creature becomes self-conscious there is no distinction between good and evil... With the dawning of self-consciousness, there seems to be the emergence of a moral sense that’s essentially unique to human beings.”

You’ve referenced in another video the phenomenon of wolves exhibiting something to the effect of mercy when an alpha ‘defeats’ a wolf that contests his position as the pack leader. Do you think that what appears to be this sort of ‘moral compass’ in wolf culture is then an emergent property of self-consciousness? Or, perhaps, something more like proto-rationality? Neither? What do you think this phenomenon says about human morality considering we often attribute our morality to our rationality (perhaps incorrectly)?

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Hey Jordan.

One of my favourite topics that you cover is your interpretation of the story of Cain & Abel. You’ve said that: “Before a creature becomes self-conscious there is no distinction between good and evil... With the dawning of self-consciousness, there seems to be the emergence of a moral sense that’s essentially unique to human beings.”

You’ve referenced in another video the phenomenon of wolves exhibiting something to the effect of mercy when an alpha ‘defeats’ a wolf that contests his position as the pack leader. Do you think that what appears to be this sort of ‘moral compass’ in wolf culture is then an emergent property of self-consciousness? Or, perhaps, something more like proto-rationality? Neither? What do you think this phenomenon says about human morality considering we often attribute our morality to our rationality (perhaps incorrectly)?


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Yes, Sneakers was my first game. And it was a pretty big hit and as other games were doing back in the day, it broke new ground in terms of what the Apple 2 could deliver visually, etc.

Not sure of any Atari 2600 Easter Eggs still floating around, but that was a great system to make games for. Super fun even with 128 bytes of RAM!

Thanks for the birthday greetings! I should have done the AMA on 0322 to match my MJT code perhaps!

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I think it is a behavioral proto-morality. The wolves act "as if" they recognize each others' value. But they are not following a rule, or abiding by a principle. They are manifesting a behavioral regularity. It is in the observation of such regularities, within their own species, that human beings have "discovered" morality proper (and were therefore able to represent that morality in story and with lists of rules).

It is a great mistake to assume that morality was derived from rationality. It built itself from the bottom up over hundreds of millions of years. Rationality played its part, but certainly did not serve as the fundamental source.


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I think it is a behavioral proto-morality. The wolves act "as if" they recognize each others' value. But they are not following a rule, or abiding by a principle. They are manifesting a behavioral regularity. It is in the observation of such regularities, within their own species, that human beings have "discovered" morality proper (and were therefore able to represent that morality in story and with lists of rules).

It is a great mistake to assume that morality was derived from rationality. It built itself from the bottom up over hundreds of millions of years. Rationality played its part, but certainly did not serve as the fundamental source.

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I think it is a behavioral proto-morality. The wolves act "as if" they recognize each others' value. But they are not following a rule, or abiding by a principle. They are manifesting a behavioral regularity. It is in the observation of such regularities, within their own species, that human beings have "discovered" morality proper (and were therefore able to represent that morality in story and with lists of rules).

It is a great mistake to assume that morality was derived from rationality. It built itself from the bottom up over hundreds of millions of years. Rationality played its part, but certainly did not serve as the fundamental source.


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i always assumed the little shooting guy in Sneakers looked like a penis with arms by accident. what were you really going for?

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Dr. Peterson,

Thanks so much for doing this AMA! I came across you on Joe Rogan's podcast, and when you started talking about myth and religion, really caught my attention! I've been listening through some of your lectures, and enjoying them a ton. That said, here's my questions:

1) What are your thoughts on the Blanchard's taxonomy of transsexualism? Additionally, what do you think, clinically, is the best way of treating people with sexual dysphoria?

2) What do you think about performing religious ritual on a regular basis; i.e. prayers, Eucharist, fasting, following a certain calendar, etc... Does you think think these are similar to myth in being a source of Truth for us, or are they too institutionalized and too recent a creation in human history to be worth much?

3) A bit personal, but if you're interested; are you a part of a church or Christian community? I'd imagine your unorthodox views might make it difficult to be part of one. Does you see value in going to a church regularly?


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Dr. Peterson,

Thanks so much for doing this AMA! I came across you on Joe Rogan's podcast, and when you started talking about myth and religion, really caught my attention! I've been listening through some of your lectures, and enjoying them a ton. That said, here's my questions:

1) What are your thoughts on the Blanchard's taxonomy of transsexualism? Additionally, what do you think, clinically, is the best way of treating people with sexual dysphoria?

2) What do you think about performing religious ritual on a regular basis; i.e. prayers, Eucharist, fasting, following a certain calendar, etc... Does you think think these are similar to myth in being a source of Truth for us, or are they too institutionalized and too recent a creation in human history to be worth much?

3) A bit personal, but if you're interested; are you a part of a church or Christian community? I'd imagine your unorthodox views might make it difficult to be part of one. Does you see value in going to a church regularly?

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Dr. Peterson,

Thanks so much for doing this AMA! I came across you on Joe Rogan's podcast, and when you started talking about myth and religion, really caught my attention! I've been listening through some of your lectures, and enjoying them a ton. That said, here's my questions:

1) What are your thoughts on the Blanchard's taxonomy of transsexualism? Additionally, what do you think, clinically, is the best way of treating people with sexual dysphoria?

2) What do you think about performing religious ritual on a regular basis; i.e. prayers, Eucharist, fasting, following a certain calendar, etc... Does you think think these are similar to myth in being a source of Truth for us, or are they too institutionalized and too recent a creation in human history to be worth much?

3) A bit personal, but if you're interested; are you a part of a church or Christian community? I'd imagine your unorthodox views might make it difficult to be part of one. Does you see value in going to a church regularly?


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Funny. No, just programmer art! Was trying to make a creature with tennis shoes on and stomping up and down.

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Or, I could paraphrase something in the New Testament: It matters more what comes out of your mouth than what goes into it.


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Or, I could paraphrase something in the New Testament: It matters more what comes out of your mouth than what goes into it.

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Or, I could paraphrase something in the New Testament: It matters more what comes out of your mouth than what goes into it.


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What is the Citizen Kane of video games?

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Why do you think ideological thought is pushed so heavily at the universities?


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Why do you think ideological thought is pushed so heavily at the universities?

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Why do you think ideological thought is pushed so heavily at the universities?


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Zelda: Link to the Past

Super Mario Brothers on N64 and GTA really changed the game.

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1/3 laziness, 1/3 ignorance and 1/3 malevolence. Laziness: it's easier to apply a doctrine to everything at once than to think through complex issues; Ignorance: the less you know about a problem the easier you think it is to solve; Malevolence: it's great to find the enemy in others so that you have someone against who to direct your resentment.


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1/3 laziness, 1/3 ignorance and 1/3 malevolence. Laziness: it's easier to apply a doctrine to everything at once than to think through complex issues; Ignorance: the less you know about a problem the easier you think it is to solve; Malevolence: it's great to find the enemy in others so that you have someone against who to direct your resentment.

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1/3 laziness, 1/3 ignorance and 1/3 malevolence. Laziness: it's easier to apply a doctrine to everything at once than to think through complex issues; Ignorance: the less you know about a problem the easier you think it is to solve; Malevolence: it's great to find the enemy in others so that you have someone against who to direct your resentment.


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What do you think of Monkey Island's tone, and interface?

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  1. In my experience, having ambitious, meaningful plans often generates stress and overexcitement that interfere with their realization. What would you recommend as a remedy to that and, in general, what is your advice on actual day-to-day carrying out of such plans?

  2. In your lectures, you often talk about the importance of paying attention. Attention is also an important theme in Buddhism, and in fact developing attention through meditation (shamatha) and then applying it to aspects of one's experience in order to gain insight (vipassana) is said to be a key factor in achieving enlightenment. What are your thoughts on that and were you aware of this connection?

  3. Another theme that you often return to in your lectures is the phenomenological manifestation of meaning. How in your experience does one distinguish between what is genuinely meaningful and what is simply beautiful, or just makes a particular strong impression on the mind? Is it primarily a matter of ethics?


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Dr. Peterson sorry if this query sounds a tad bit too technical but there are very less people who advice young upcoming psychologists on these matters, so i am writing to you. I am 24 years old and I have recently completed my Masters in Social and Personality Psychology and i want to pursue my PhD. from a university in U.S. or Canada. I have been interested in the exact topics that you discuss in your personality and maps of meaning classes since i was 18 (that's when i had found Frankl and Camus and also found social psychological studies like Milgram experiments and Zimbardo prisoner-guard studies). As someone who is obsessed with these topics i want to pursue it as an active research interest and also maybe translate it into a PhD. degree. But do you think it's worth pursuing a PhD. in an U.S. or Canadian universities anymore ? (I live i an another country..so going and studying in an U.S. or Cannadian University is mostly likely going to cost me a considerable amount too..) And also what advice would you give to people like me, who are interested exclusively in the topics that you discuss and want to pursue academic research projects on these very topics ? Thank you

A:

Dr. Peterson sorry if this query sounds a tad bit too technical but there are very less people who advice young upcoming psychologists on these matters, so i am writing to you. I am 24 years old and I have recently completed my Masters in Social and Personality Psychology and i want to pursue my PhD. from a university in U.S. or Canada. I have been interested in the exact topics that you discuss in your personality and maps of meaning classes since i was 18 (that's when i had found Frankl and Camus and also found social psychological studies like Milgram experiments and Zimbardo prisoner-guard studies). As someone who is obsessed with these topics i want to pursue it as an active research interest and also maybe translate it into a PhD. degree. But do you think it's worth pursuing a PhD. in an U.S. or Canadian universities anymore ? (I live i an another country..so going and studying in an U.S. or Cannadian University is mostly likely going to cost me a considerable amount too..) And also what advice would you give to people like me, who are interested exclusively in the topics that you discuss and want to pursue academic research projects on these very topics ? Thank you


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Those early adventure games, from Lucas and others, definitely showed there's a market and yearning for narrative based interactive games. I didn't play a lot of them, as I definitely focused on quick reflex action style games, so can't comment on tone and interface.

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I was and am aware of the connection. If you pay attention to something, you allow it to speak to you. That will change the way you see the world. Each change in the way you see the world is, however, a little death (and sometimes more than a little). So it's easy to be resistant to it. But it's better to prune your own branches. You'll bear more fruit that way.


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The utility of pursuing a Ph.D. depends to a great degree on the knowledge, intelligence and integrity of your advisor. Find someone who is doing great work. Work with him or her. Read everything you can. Make yourself into a credible researcher. All of that is certainly still possible. But the advisor/student relationship is paramount.

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The utility of pursuing a Ph.D. depends to a great degree on the knowledge, intelligence and integrity of your advisor. Find someone who is doing great work. Work with him or her. Read everything you can. Make yourself into a credible researcher. All of that is certainly still possible. But the advisor/student relationship is paramount.


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Pertinent Question: Why the Wizard of Oz theme? Why now of all times?

Less Pertinent Question: What's your ultimate video game idea you've always dreamed of working on?

A:

Dr. Peterson sorry if this query sounds a tad bit too technical but there are very less people who advice young upcoming psychologists on these matters, so i am writing to you. I am 24 years old and I have recently completed my Masters in Social and Personality Psychology and i want to pursue my PhD. from a university in U.S. or Canada. I have been interested in the exact topics that you discuss in your personality and maps of meaning classes since i was 18 (that's when i had found Frankl and Camus and also found social psychological studies like Milgram experiments and Zimbardo prisoner-guard studies). As someone who is obsessed with these topics i want to pursue it as an active research interest and also maybe translate it into a PhD. degree. But do you think it's worth pursuing a PhD. in an U.S. or Canadian universities anymore ? (I live i an another country..so going and studying in an U.S. or Cannadian University is mostly likely going to cost me a considerable amount too..) And also what advice would you give to people like me, who are interested exclusively in the topics that you discuss and want to pursue academic research projects on these very topics ? Thank you


Q:
  1. In my experience, having ambitious, meaningful plans often generates stress and overexcitement that interfere with their realization. What would you recommend as a remedy to that and, in general, what is your advice on actual day-to-day carrying out of such plans?

  2. In your lectures, you often talk about the importance of paying attention. Attention is also an important theme in Buddhism, and in fact developing attention through meditation (shamatha) and then applying it to aspects of one's experience in order to gain insight (vipassana) is said to be a key factor in achieving enlightenment. What are your thoughts on that and were you aware of this connection?

  3. Another theme that you often return to in your lectures is the phenomenological manifestation of meaning. How in your experience does one distinguish between what is genuinely meaningful and what is simply beautiful, or just makes a particular strong impression on the mind? Is it primarily a matter of ethics?

A:
  1. In my experience, having ambitious, meaningful plans often generates stress and overexcitement that interfere with their realization. What would you recommend as a remedy to that and, in general, what is your advice on actual day-to-day carrying out of such plans?

  2. In your lectures, you often talk about the importance of paying attention. Attention is also an important theme in Buddhism, and in fact developing attention through meditation (shamatha) and then applying it to aspects of one's experience in order to gain insight (vipassana) is said to be a key factor in achieving enlightenment. What are your thoughts on that and were you aware of this connection?

  3. Another theme that you often return to in your lectures is the phenomenological manifestation of meaning. How in your experience does one distinguish between what is genuinely meaningful and what is simply beautiful, or just makes a particular strong impression on the mind? Is it primarily a matter of ethics?


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Wizard of Oz has an incredibly strong and loyal fan base that loves the match-3 genre. And when you look at Las Vegas, the Wizard of Oz slots title is one of the strongest. Perfect demographic. The playes simply love the game.

Someone referenced it above, but I have an idea for a social fishing game I think would go crazy. One day...

I have a few projects I'm gearing towards - and all include lots of action and connected play by many.

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The utility of pursuing a Ph.D. depends to a great degree on the knowledge, intelligence and integrity of your advisor. Find someone who is doing great work. Work with him or her. Read everything you can. Make yourself into a credible researcher. All of that is certainly still possible. But the advisor/student relationship is paramount.


Q:

I was and am aware of the connection. If you pay attention to something, you allow it to speak to you. That will change the way you see the world. Each change in the way you see the world is, however, a little death (and sometimes more than a little). So it's easy to be resistant to it. But it's better to prune your own branches. You'll bear more fruit that way.

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I was and am aware of the connection. If you pay attention to something, you allow it to speak to you. That will change the way you see the world. Each change in the way you see the world is, however, a little death (and sometimes more than a little). So it's easy to be resistant to it. But it's better to prune your own branches. You'll bear more fruit that way.


Q:

Are there any secrets that were left on the cutting room floor in Blitz and Jam that you wish were left in?

Also, what are your thoughts on the NFL Blitz reboot from a few years ago. Do you feel like the game captured the magic the original did?

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How do you pray? Do you go to church?


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How do you pray? Do you go to church?

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How do you pray? Do you go to church?


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Re the EA remake - I was working on that project with the talented EA Tiburon team, where the Madden engine was adjusted to accommodate the lickety-split 60FPS action of Blitz. I departed for Zynga prior to the title completing. In the end, it didn't pan out or live up to the expectations I'd had or potential. We had toyed with it being a free to play title that was only head to head - which could have worked IMO.

As for other secrets in the Blitz and Jam series - back in the day we didn't have the "ship it" pressure that Studios have today - so we were actually able to get everything into the game that we wanted.

For NBA Showtime, we did develop a connected mini game Pop a Shot mode, ala Golden Tee Golf, which never gt released. It was fun challenging, and could have been a game changer at the arcade level.

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I pray that I don't make a fatal mistake.

No. In my experience, the ministers are too-frequently lying. I can't stand to hear them say words they don't believe. Not when I know what the words mean.


Q:

I pray that I don't make a fatal mistake.

No. In my experience, the ministers are too-frequently lying. I can't stand to hear them say words they don't believe. Not when I know what the words mean.

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I pray that I don't make a fatal mistake.

No. In my experience, the ministers are too-frequently lying. I can't stand to hear them say words they don't believe. Not when I know what the words mean.


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back in the day we didn't have the "ship it" pressure that Studios have today - so we were actually able to get everything into the game that we wanted.

Boy I'd kill to see that in an AAA studio these days. There's been way too many games ship unfinished lately.

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Before I get to the question I just wanted to say thank you. I think what you have to say about open discourse and totalitarianism is extremely important, especially given the widening gap between the left and the right. You've also helped me out of a slump of rather life-destroying nihilism, so I can't express my gratitude enough with regards to that.

In this video (I lost the time stamp of the specific quote, I apologize) you give a Nietzschean/Darwinian definition of truth: "truth serves life." When you elaborated on this definition of truth, you said "if a truth makes you insane, then it's not a truth - there is something wrong with it." Given this definition, if refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns makes somebody's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity or suicide, does it follow that refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns is not acting in accordance with truth?

I wanted to ask you that question in the spirit of challenging all ideas when you came to McMaster last week, but I was unfortunately prevented from doing so.

If you have time for a second question, I have one about the people that influenced your thoughts on totalitarianism. Could you explain what led you to take Hannah Arendt's definition of totalitarianism - as well as the charges she makes against Stalinism - and apply it to all of Marxism? Are ideological Marxists inherently totalitarian because their belief system commands them to serve the law of history?

Edit: damn, I should have put the totalitarianism question first


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Before I get to the question I just wanted to say thank you. I think what you have to say about open discourse and totalitarianism is extremely important, especially given the widening gap between the left and the right. You've also helped me out of a slump of rather life-destroying nihilism, so I can't express my gratitude enough with regards to that.

In this video (I lost the time stamp of the specific quote, I apologize) you give a Nietzschean/Darwinian definition of truth: "truth serves life." When you elaborated on this definition of truth, you said "if a truth makes you insane, then it's not a truth - there is something wrong with it." Given this definition, if refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns makes somebody's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity or suicide, does it follow that refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns is not acting in accordance with truth?

I wanted to ask you that question in the spirit of challenging all ideas when you came to McMaster last week, but I was unfortunately prevented from doing so.

If you have time for a second question, I have one about the people that influenced your thoughts on totalitarianism. Could you explain what led you to take Hannah Arendt's definition of totalitarianism - as well as the charges she makes against Stalinism - and apply it to all of Marxism? Are ideological Marxists inherently totalitarian because their belief system commands them to serve the law of history?

Edit: damn, I should have put the totalitarianism question first

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Before I get to the question I just wanted to say thank you. I think what you have to say about open discourse and totalitarianism is extremely important, especially given the widening gap between the left and the right. You've also helped me out of a slump of rather life-destroying nihilism, so I can't express my gratitude enough with regards to that.

In this video (I lost the time stamp of the specific quote, I apologize) you give a Nietzschean/Darwinian definition of truth: "truth serves life." When you elaborated on this definition of truth, you said "if a truth makes you insane, then it's not a truth - there is something wrong with it." Given this definition, if refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns makes somebody's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity or suicide, does it follow that refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns is not acting in accordance with truth?

I wanted to ask you that question in the spirit of challenging all ideas when you came to McMaster last week, but I was unfortunately prevented from doing so.

If you have time for a second question, I have one about the people that influenced your thoughts on totalitarianism. Could you explain what led you to take Hannah Arendt's definition of totalitarianism - as well as the charges she makes against Stalinism - and apply it to all of Marxism? Are ideological Marxists inherently totalitarian because their belief system commands them to serve the law of history?

Edit: damn, I should have put the totalitarianism question first


Q:

Yes, that is one of the key problems in the business. Not knowing how to bite off the right chunk that can actually launch as polished product. Live-ops is key!

A:

I'm glad to hear that you've escaped the purgatory of nihilism. It's a very difficult trap for intelligent, critically minded people to avoid. But it's a cop-out, too, because nihilism means that you don't have to take responsibility for anything.

Generally, I can't answer questions that involve very detailed hypotheticals, because the Devils always in the details. So I could say, if I refused to use a gender-neutral pronoun and that made someone's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity then it would be a mistake, in all likelihood. But that's a very unlikely outcome, and I presume I would be perspicacious enough to pick that up when I was communicating with the person, who would likely be in a substantial amount of distress, if they he or she (or they) were that fragile.


Q:

I'm glad to hear that you've escaped the purgatory of nihilism. It's a very difficult trap for intelligent, critically minded people to avoid. But it's a cop-out, too, because nihilism means that you don't have to take responsibility for anything.

Generally, I can't answer questions that involve very detailed hypotheticals, because the Devils always in the details. So I could say, if I refused to use a gender-neutral pronoun and that made someone's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity then it would be a mistake, in all likelihood. But that's a very unlikely outcome, and I presume I would be perspicacious enough to pick that up when I was communicating with the person, who would likely be in a substantial amount of distress, if they he or she (or they) were that fragile.

A:

I'm glad to hear that you've escaped the purgatory of nihilism. It's a very difficult trap for intelligent, critically minded people to avoid. But it's a cop-out, too, because nihilism means that you don't have to take responsibility for anything.

Generally, I can't answer questions that involve very detailed hypotheticals, because the Devils always in the details. So I could say, if I refused to use a gender-neutral pronoun and that made someone's mental state deteriorate to the point of insanity then it would be a mistake, in all likelihood. But that's a very unlikely outcome, and I presume I would be perspicacious enough to pick that up when I was communicating with the person, who would likely be in a substantial amount of distress, if they he or she (or they) were that fragile.


Q:

What is the best alcoholic beverage to drink while playing a video game?

A:

Easy - Bombay Sapphire & Tonic. Easy to quickly grab and get quick sips.


Q:

Greetings. Ever since I played "Beer Run" in my early childhood, I have been fascinated with that unusual little game. For some reason, whenever I get the itch to pull out an AppleII emulator, it's one of the first games I turn to. While I won't say the game is unique among early 80s AppleII games in how it causes me to wonder at its design philosophy, it's still one of the most curious.

This is the only chance I'll have to ask these questions so here goes.

  • What's up with the single-footed walk of the protagonist?
  • What's up with the odd, sliding gait of the bouncers?
  • Does the game change at some point? For example, if one continues to use elevators to go up?
  • Was this game inspired by Space Panic aka Apple Panic?
  • Any anecdotes you have about the creation of this game? (Bet you weren't expecting anyone to talk about it.)

Thank you in advance!

A:

Beer Run! It was the 2nd game I ever made, after Sneakers, and I'm not a good artist - so all the art is programmer art! Including the walking animations. I tried! The game just loops after the Blimp picks you up and you get to 2nd building. I was learning new things and pushing the limits of the Apple 2 as far as they had gone at that stage, so scrolling and blending characters into the background were key efforts - and the huge Blimp and rope dangling!

Thanks for playing and remembering that game!


Q:

So I have this fishing game idea, Mark. It involves finding one fish worth a lot of money. Whatcha think? :)

A:

Hey! I'm telling you - there is a $1,000,000 fishing idea that will happen! And you know it!


Q:

What do you think of The Cure? A lot of people write them off as a phase in the 80s but to me they're extremely influential across multiple genres like synthpop, gothic rock, post-punk, etc.

A:

The Cure was awesome. Definitely influential and ahead of their time. Huge fan base still.


Q:

Hey Mark!

Love your work, even if I can never forgive you for purposely making the Bulls suck in the clutch in NBA Jam. But alas, bygones are bygones.

Question: How did you get Neil Funk to do all of the announcing on NBA Hangtime? What was he like to work with in the studio?

Thanks!

A:

NBA Hangtime still holds up today too! The team fire mode was very strategic, and the variety of action was super high. And the create-a-player characters were a blast.

Neil was a pro and easy to work with, but didn't quite have the same flair as Tim Kitzrow!

And, as for the Bulls - yeah they sucked then and still do. I couldn't help myself there in Chicago surrounded by Bulls fans, and being from Michigan. So I had to do something to level the playing field. The Pistons had the Jordan Rules, Midway had the Turmell NBA Jam rules!


Q:

Any chance we can get the old games with updated rosters? I love the way Blitz used to play. The remake within the past few years was... so so. Not bad, not great. Felt more like Madden arcade than Blitz.

A:

EA owns the rights - I hope they do!


Q:

Do you think a video game could be more character/narrative driven, instead of mission driven? e.g. Could there ever be a Glengarry Glen Ross video game?

A:

Oh yes for sure narrative is of growing importance and already the blockbuster titles I feel are driven from that side on consoles. Mobile, not so much. It doesn't feel like as proper to have that as focus IMO.


Q:

Why do you think Zynga never really succeeded on mobile after killing it on facebook?

A:

Zynga did kill it on FB, and we got a slow start on mobile because we lingered on web too long. But with WWF, Poker, CSR 2, FV, our Wizard of Oz slots and match-3 titles, we are doing very well on mobile. Growing, succeeding, and more on the way. Live-ops is key to mobile success, and Zynga is stellar at that due to FB app history.


Q:

If you were to make a board game what would it be?

A:

CityVille board game - let each player develop their own hub or structures, players cruise through and interact.


Q:

Hi Mark,

How close do Game Designers work with Gaming Writers ? I'm curious to understand the work relationship more. I'm a Writer but I don't hear much talk at the conventions (E3 etc) on the Writers and/or teams that actually write the storylines for the games. Any insight?

A:

Depends on the game. We had a writer all the way back on NBA Ballers, and of course some games have full time writers. There are opportunities for sure. Even a game like Gardenscapes, has a full time writer crafting not only the quests, but helping with overall narrative/fiction of game.


Q:

Any tips for someone trying to get into the industry?

A:

Depends on your discipline (art, engineering, production, audio, PM, etc.) but the best place to start IMO is Gamasutra.com

It covers the industry challenges, products, openings, and trends. So much to learn on there.


Q:

I've heard of private builds of NBA jam with different announcers and players. the NBA has one, for instance? in a boardroom somewhere where the players are their employees?

did you have a hand in the making of these modifications?

A:

Yes, made a few custom versions for people. But the NBA one might be a consumer title in a cabinet.