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Sunday, Jul. 24th | 07:14 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/magazine/the-brilliance-of-dwarf-fortress.html?_r=3&ref=technology&pagewanted=all

So, like...

To me this reads like a tragedy. Not, like, a deeply moving one - the dude IS getting paid by strangers to live in his own filth and compulsively code his dream/nightmare/white whale game more or less indefinitely - but a tragedy nonetheless.

Here is a socially maladapted kid, who grew up in an environment that didn't support the development of his social skills, who's now a shut-in that does nothing but drink soda, code, and make crayon drawings. Who makes devastatingly saddening comments about things like "the novelty of community."

novelty

of people

interacting together and sharing resources and human capital

novelty

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