Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Codgitator on economics

I find myself in a similar situation to his. I understand the problems that come with a purely profit-driven approach to business. But I also understand the failings of socialism, and at least some of the complexities and realities of economics - enough to know that screaming 'A living wage!' isn't a recipe for economic progress. On the other hand, I also know that the economists themselves don't seem to know as much as they like to pretend they do.

Either way, the whole exchange reminded me of Cave Johnson's business experience. I have to admit, he came up with a great solution to his economic problems. Now, to find a way to make this work...


4 comments:

malcolmthecynic said...

MarcAnthony here. I will love you forever for referencing Portal.

Soon on my blog I'm going to do an in-depth, several part literary analysis on the superbly written Portal franchise, so if you like Portal you can come and check that out soon. One of the best written game franchises of all time.

Crude said...

Really? Well, I'll check it out.

I was talking to a friend yesterday about the Portal series in fact. I really liked both, but I think there was a sizable shift in GladOS's personality from 1 to 2. In 1, she comes across as dangerously bonkers. In 2, she's just a sarcastic bitch. Still an entertaining character with a very interesting backstory, but not the same girl. Maybe the reboot was responsible.

malcolmthecynic said...

That's one of the things I'm going to explore. I think that was one of the most interesting things about Portal 2, actually. I thought it was very well-written. GLaDOS goes through this transformation, but is still recognizable as GLaDOS.

I think it's that she's no longer constrained by the morality core, and she's REALLY angry at Chell. But even though she's less dry than before she's still playing these mind games with Chell as opposed to Wheatley who starts using these blunt, stupid insults.

She no longer has to pretend that she's harmless, so now her invective just gets really cruel. The best thing about her, though besides Ellen McLain's vocal performance, is her character arc in Portal 2. All three main speaking characters undergo superb character development, GLaDOS included, and it's extremely well-written and well acted.

Anyway, I'll get more into this on my blog later.

Crude said...

Oh, I agree it's supremely well-written. And the change in personality could definitely be attributed to the fact that Portal 1 GLaDOS was saddled with three different cores that were affecting her personality.

Looking forward to it!