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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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Chapter 12. Random Sour Observations

You would never guess it from my comments in this book, but I have a reputation for, shall we say, outspokenness. That reputation is mostly on the mark, although it is often colored by the anger of those whom I have skewered. My particular talent is not for detecting problems—anybody can bitch—but rather for phrasing my criticisms in a style that hits hard. I hold euphemism and tactful ellipticity in contempt; integrity demands the expression of the truth in the clearest and most compelling terms. I am no heartless monster; in discussions of a personal nature, the feelings of my interlocutor are my primary concern. But in the world of ideas, feelings have no place. I would abandon a discredited idea with ...

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