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Thu, Aug. 4th, 2005, 05:03 pm
How Rude!!!

So, I was pretty excited about this ludium, the game that's also a conference that's also a game. It sounded like a lot of fun and I guessed a lot of really interesting people would be there.

Well, guess what? A lot of really interesting people will be there - on Thursday and Friday, by invitation only. And what did the rest of us poor shlubs rate? An invitation to come on Saturday and pay to watch the participants present the work they did at the fun part of the conference. That's right, folks. These geniuses expect us not only to come out to Indiana for a single day in order to play B-listers, but they also expect us to pay through the nose for the privilege. $500 for one day? What the hell is this?

Look, there's nothing wrong with having a closed-list conference. I've been to a few and been not-invited to a few. It's usually not a big deal. This, on the other hand, seems calculated to rub the attendees' superiority in the faces of those who didn't rate an invite. It is mean, and nasty, and guaranteed to piss off the scholars, builders and researchers who didn't make the A-list.

Am I being overly vitriolic? Check out the site, and you tell me.

Thu, Aug. 4th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
kniedzw

Yeah, that's bullshit.

I mean, you'd be welcome to crash with us, but it's still bullshit.

Thu, Aug. 4th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
dificultosa

It looks like they don't want people to come. The attendee list read very white bread male (mostly from their own school as well), which sort of flies in the face on their claim of investigating social justice interests. Also, it's in Indiana, that alone screams 'we want no one here'. I can understand it might be hard to organize something like this with people that would be all over the place, but your vitriol is still well-placed.

Thu, Aug. 4th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
bneuensc

What's weird is that I'm in Bloomington, studying games (though at a fairly low level -- I don't have my masters yet), and I haven't heard a word about this before now.

Fri, Aug. 5th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
boffo9

$500 to watch people do this stuff?

Jess, the problem is that you are in the wrong business. Obviously, organizing these things is a great way to clean up.

That said, I remember the dot-com days when a 2 day seminar on somebody's pet garbage theory of 37-73 cycles (which meant that a 37% loss is ALWAYS followed by a 73% gain - no matter the context or the circumstances) cost $2999 to attend.

Fri, Aug. 5th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
volcanicglass

lol, I think you win this week for rude academia. Congrats! Please take this replica of a hand giving you the finger as your prize. Enjoy. =P

Fri, Aug. 5th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
kelemvour

> scowls <

Let them sit on their Paridigms and rotate till they vomit...

They obviously don't want you or anyone else and frankly You don't need them.

> Scowls more <
~ RDC