August 2021

Open source gaming is a goon cult

After having experienced my "Open Source Games Groundhog Day" in my recent blog post I felt that somehow it feels similar to some phenomenon I witnessed before many times. Then it dawned on me and it is a goon cult, you know one of those vaporware projects, that never get finished, but keep making promises and their delusional overloyal fanbase will eat it up and stick to it and keep pouring money into it.

Before anyone argues "But free software is not commercial" I say, yes and no. The non-commercial or pseudo non-commercial part, makes it harder to detect as a goon cult, because normally a goon cults primary objective is to milk money from its cult members, but even without the money aspect, all the other mechanics can still apply, similar to me running a business, even though it is not commercial, but it operates in the same realm and after the same rules as a commercial business. Therefore I concluded that there also are non-commercial goon cults.

The most well known goon cult is probably Star Citizen, that originally wanted 500 000 Dollars in funding and release their game in 2014 and well we have 2021 now and they have 320 Million in funding and still not released what they supposedly were to release, so there is obviously something wrong here, but people cannot figure it out, because they are in a cult where they have become delusional and if you criticize it you will get banned. Of course there were other game projects, that took that long to develop, but they either never released or released after that long time and they delivered what they promised, not so with a goon cult, a goon cult will keep making more and more promises, raise the bar every time and then never deliver. The difference between a real project and a goon cult is, that a real project has a definitive time and/or money limit and they need to definitively deliver or definitively not deliver, but a goon cult has no time or money limit and it will never definitively deliver or definitively not deliver, it will always be in limbo and their fans will be in limbo as well, trapping their money and soul there, never to be released and most cult members hardly ever make it out there alive.

It is kind of evil, if you think about it and the wasted money is not even the worst part, the worst part about it is probably the wasted time, hopes, dreams, effort, progress etc of people that were promised something, kept waiting and then got nothing. I also think the main goal of a cult is to capture peoples souls, the money is more of a side effect and some cults are not even after the money so strongly, at least not in the beginning or when they are still weak. As our culture and technology progressed cults revolving around software and especially video games came to be, since that was where most people are nowadays, it has become number one pastime of people and therefore became a lucrative place to start a cult.

The open source gaming cult is a rather small cult and it hardly makes any money, though some niches probably do make some money, but it is still a cult and regarding making promises and never delivering they are even one of the best I mean worst candidates. While Star Citizen is developing for over a decade now and not delivering the real product or what they promised to deliver 7 years ago, they at least develop a bit and deliver something, whereas the open source gaming community does almost no development and delivers almost nothing and that for way over a decade, like 15 or 20 years.

The open source game "developers" community keeps making promises that there will be progress, new games, upgrades to new tech and new users, but it has never happened in all my lifetime. If you look at it with a bit of experience in game development and a bit of common sense you can quickly figure out, that their approach is almost certain doomed to fail, as they refuse to adapt to new tech intentionally and instead keep modding some games that have been open sourced around 15 years ago, which were already far behind commercial titles when they were open sourced. Basically what they are doing is playing with the garbage that commercial developers have given them, it is called a source dump, where they figured that their software is worthless to them anyway so they can open source it and get some publicity for it how moral and humble they are in making it open source, but in reality it is mostly useless anyway, which is the prime reason they are doing it. The other big reason for source dumps is that the company hopes that some kind of community will maintain it at least and maybe develop something out of it, but this has not happened for the most part in the open source game developer scene and where it has happened, they split their effort up into separate projects and did not care to develop the engine in general so others can benefit from it.

I was even part of this goon cult for a bit, though I was mostly watching it from the outside hoping that soon there will be some game that I can play, make levels and mods for, but it never happened, that is why I made my own game after wasting years of my time waiting, because the stupid goon cult made promises that soon they would deliver. In the past like around the year 2000 when game modding began on games like Half-Life, Quake and Unreal there were no open source alternatives or at least no meaningful ones, so for a long time there was just nothing else to work with, but it was not that bad, because the modding community was fine and the games were partly abandonedware anyway, so the developers did not care people using their games for mods. However this changed soon as the companies behind the games realized that they can capitalize on the modding community and bought off some of the most promising developers and in the same time closing their games again more with proprietary features, so it would be harder for people to create mods and even if they created mods, they would get less of a fanbase, because the company behind it would already gather most of the fanbase through their superior marketing budget and abilities.

So it looked hopeless for me wanting to do game development and I mostly gave up on it, especially since the competition already made technologically far superior games, that I did not even want to touch Quake engine based games anymore, because how inferior they were. This is also the first time I realized that open source software is important, because if you mod a proprietary game, it will eventually get outdated and you have to buy the new game and start all over again and that given that the original game even allowed modding, which in most cases were not the case and where it was the case it was only possible very limitedly, because well it was not open source. Sadly at that time there were no open source engines available to use, well they were, but they were far inferior to what was available commercially and they were really hard to use, since they were just source dumps and it was not a game or game engine intended for the end user.

After waiting a few years in limbo with no hope I realized that after a few years people managed to make open source games based on the open sourced Quake engines, well not real games, it is more them trying to reverse engineer and rebuild the games originally made with them, so their result was not very appealing to a regular gamer. So I never took that open source game development scene very serious, since hey why would I bother to play an open source Quake ripoff that is worse than the original, when there are already games like Crysis out there, that are so far superior, that anything below that feels too boring to even touch, so for me an open source alternative at least needs the possibility that with a lot of effort and time it will eventually at least remotely match the quality of commercial titles.

And this is where the goon cult seemed to go into full force. I mean think about it, there are only a few options you have if you are faced with an almost hopeless situation and an almost unbeatable enemy in form of big corporations with near infinite money and manpower: 1. You admit reality and admit defeat, 2. You admit reality, admit defeat, but try to do something about it. Our you can do 3. Ignore it, go into denial, pretend it does not exist, then go into delusion, thinking you can make it, even though you never make it and rinse and repeat.

I hear the same replies of those delusional open source pseudo developers when I tell them, what they are doing is pathetic bullshit and will never lead them anywhere, especially when the competition is already way beyond them. They will answer "Oh we will make it", "We are doing fine, look we are popular" (pointing at their fellow cult members), "We will encourage others to do the work", "Soon it will progress" or they will just deny technical progress and claim it does not matter and "originality" and "gameplay" is all that matters, even though they are probably the worst in being original and doing good gameplay. I remember some marketing guy saying "Marketing works the following, you pick a few facts about your business that are the worst and then you advertise with them as they were the best thing" and it is exactly what the open source community is doing.

Amazingly some of the communities or project are very popular give then fact, that all they do is providing inferior products, making empty promises and provide no progress over many years. What angers me the most is, that they waste all this manpower and resources on doing bullshit projects, often having over 10 people or sometimes over a 100 people working on some game, for many years, even though what I managed to build with hardly any prior experience looks way better than that. What angers me even more is, that they do not even care to have a good user experience, like a nice looking game with up to date graphics and mechanics and instead keep playing something on the technological level of like two decades ago.

It is hard for me to understand this, why would anyone intentionally chose inferior games to play, but I noticed that in the gaming community there are a lot of goon cults, who worship a certain game or company, praise it as their god and ignore the outside world and the open source gaming community is one of the worst offenders in that regard. They probably are not even what they are because they want to advocate for open source, but they are remnants of an older goon cult that originated from the commercial game that was open sourced and now those goons try to resurrect their god from the past and they want to worship (play) it until eternity, because everything else would be heresy, because their game was the best game that ever existed and there can not exist a game next to it, everything else would be heresy.

A common theme amongst cults is that they are in their own kind of reality bubble and they refuse to accept the real objective reality outside, but the worst part is probably that they try to recruit normal sane people into their cults aka their reality bubble preventing real progress in reality. It seems almost absurd to me, that I have to think so much about stupid video games, because those retards are trying to destroy even video gaming. It is like they hate fun and they try to prevent everyone from having fun as much as possible, reality is already shit and not fun and they don't seem to be satisfied with that, they try to destroy any forms of escapism as well, so there is no where to go where you can escape from reality and simply have fun.

In the past I thought the open source gaming community is at least good for something, but it seems they are good for nothing, except a few projects maybe, it would probably be more productive to just destroy all of it and start from scratch. Even worse is that they even seem to waste my time, by promising me to at least play my game, if I help them compile it or fix the supposed problems they have in running it, or implement features just for them and if I fulfill all their demands, wasted countless hours of my time, instead of simply playing with me, they just leave. It seems not good enough for them to waste their time, they also try to waste my time, even though I'm not in their cult.

It follows the same pattern as their cult, they make promises and then never fulfill them, then make more promises, then not fulfill them as well and so on. They are like "If you do this and that, we will contribute to your game or we will play it", then I do what they demand and they never keep their promises, like never ever. If I would talk to them they would reply like "Oh that is because you are not popular, because you are not nice" but that is all bullshit, since when I worked with other developers or people from the real world, not from such a goon cult they often instantly delivered or kept their promises, since it is no big deal.

Now I know that this is a symptom of narcissism, because the narcissist thinks he is the greatest and he is doing you a favor, even though he is not doing a favor for real and you are doing him favors all the time, but the narcissist cannot see that, in his world he is always the greatest even though he is not. I think cults are just a symptom of great narcissism, they often have a very narcissistic leader that is very delusional, so much that he really believes his own lies and at the same time so confident with it, that hardly any of their followers can see through it. Another of my observations about narcissistic cult leaders is that they are often incompetent and hardly ever do anything, yet still think they are doing it all and are entitled to everything, but a real expert on the field on the outside will easily identify him as the bullshit artist he is.

Narcissism is possibly the most destructive force in our world now and sadly are becoming the most destructive force in the virtual world as well.

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Why the left can't meme

Some time ago I noticed that leftists cannot meme, which is a meme in itself "The left can't meme" and I did some research on it, if there is a leftist that can do meme and I could not find a single one, well they do try to meme, but they are all not funny, they really seem to have no clue of memes and it really made my wonder why that is and I finally found the answer.

I just wanted to go into a long rant, but then I noticed on the meme page there is an image of one of the earliest mentions of the meme that says "Our memes work, because they are actually true, and it's the reason the left can't meme" - This is basically already the prime reason and total explanation why the left can't meme, the right is right and the left is wrong. It sounds very simple, but still hardly anyone seems to understand it, maybe because it is too simple and obvious to be true, that is why I will go into it deeper now.

To understand why the left can't meme one needs to actually understand what the left is, what the right is, what a meme is, how a meme works, why it works and why the left cannot understand it.

The explanation I found out is that the left can't meme, because they cannot understand what a meme is and how it works. First I thought memes work, because they are so simple, obvious and true, like satire and because of that everyone instantly understands them and that is the reason why they are so funny, but then I figured that leftists don't seem to understand them at all and also many normies I know in real life also don't know about memes.

So the primary issue does not seem to be that the left can't meme, but that they don't understand memes and that many, maybe even the majority of humanity can't even understand meme or even know memes exist. It was quite a shocking revelation to me to find out what I thought is normal on the internet is not even known about in the real world or by leftists. Now as it seems we have a lot of work to do to explain all those issues, it is always hard to decide for me which route to go explaining a thing in an article, since I could just blow the truth or final conclusion right in front and then explain, or build up to it and then reveal the truth. Building up to the truth will help people understanding it more, because there are often pre-requisite things to know to figure out one thing, so confronting someone with the final conclusion actually does not do any good, maybe even turn them off. However with this topic it is, that it seems that there is a group of people who instantly gets it, even though they don't know why they get it or how they get it and then there is a group who instantly not gets it and they also don't know why or how.

Since I don't know where to start I will start explaining what a meme is, how it works and why it works. A meme or meme is a single often simple thought, like a mind virus that spreads across humans which become infected by the meme and then also spread it, given it falls on fertile ground. A meme on the internet is often expressed as a single or multiple images, often combined with some text, similar to a caricature comic. Speaking of a caricature comic, it is actually very close to a meme, so if anyone does not understand a meme, he can think about that as an equivalent.
How does this meme work? Well it shows you reality in a caricature way, it is simple a depiction of reality, but exaggerated so that it becomes more obvious, then sometimes some text that explains it or explains the conclusion to you. From that we can understand that it seems that a meme must be based in truth to be a meme, which would confirm the prime reason I already mentioned right at the start. We figured out that it seems memes must be based on truth to work, but that does not explain why they work yet, to find that out, we must observe what happens in the viewer when he is seeing a meme. So someone is looking at an image that is showing some aspect of reality and the viewer will see something depicting reality and because it is so simple, obvious and often exaggerated it will be burned into his memory to be remembered, like re-mem-bered, that is where the word comes from, he gets mem-ed and then he will re-mem the mem, that is how the virus spreads.
However this is not an effective meme yet, to make a meme effective, it needs to be exaggerated or satire and it needs to be funny and ideally related to some topic that is known in our current world, like a political topic that is talked about a lot, which would have already charged up the mem with energy. A meme consists of information, it is what the meme is, the meme DNA basically and then it requires energy so it will spread, energy is given to the meme when people see, understand and spread the meme.
This still does not explain why or how a meme works or why it is so funny, to make it short, the reason is self reflection and it happens in the viewers brain, given that he is intelligent enough and not mentally ill in some way that makes him unable to do self reflection. Well not directly self reflection necessary, but I could not find a better word for it, it is more of realization of reality. Why is that funny? Well it is actually also the reason why comedy is funny, a comedian often tells something from his life, then tells you how he does self reflection on it aka making reality more obvious to you, so you also understand reality and induce self reflection in you as well and as you come to the same conclusion or become enlightened as well, you will laugh, because how could you not see it all the time before, just after you did self reflection you figured it out and the comedian helped you with it.

What does this all have to do with right and left, or leftism? Well a leftist hates reality, because it offends him, that is what leftism is all about, they pick something from reality they do not like and think it should be different and then blame it or blame people for it. For example "Oh the rich people are evil, because they are rich, but in reality I should be rich, reality is unfair and reality should be different". Maybe you can guess already what I'm about to say, I mean imagine showing a person that already hates reality a meme that is an exaggeration of reality, of course he will hate it even more than reality, so mentally he is already repulsed from even looking at the meme, yet even understanding it, he does not want to understand it, because it makes him feel bad.

All the leftist now "understands" from a meme is, that it makes him feel bad, so he thinks about things that make you feel bad and he concludes that memes must be some kind of thing that is designed to insult him, be mean to him or bully him, so in the worldview of a leftist a meme is something mean that makes you feel bad.
A leftist therefore does not understand reality, he does not understand context, he does not understand self reflection, he does not understand humor and he ultimately does not understand memes, all he thinks of is that someone is being mean to him and he feels bad, so he thinks a meme is just something that is mean and makes you feel bad.

That is why the left can't meme, they just try to be mean to others, express their hatred and want to make others feel bad, because they think it is their right to take revenge for someone being supposedly mean to them, while in reality the only thing that is being mean to them, is themselves not understanding reality and not being able to do self reflection.
Therefore leftist memes are just about being mean and about hatred, that is why they are ultimately not funny and never funny, not even a single one of them, no matter how hard they try, even if they come up with the best memes, the best jokes, they will still insert their hatred into there and this then makes it not funny and not a meme, since it is not fun to bully others, fun is to do self reflection and also be able to laugh about yourself.

The left not understanding memes and getting angry when seeing memes actually makes memes and memeing even more funny and may even be the primary reason memes work so well, similar to political caricatures working so well. In times of censorship and tyranny critics have to revert to comedy to do criticism, because real criticism is made illegal and a meme is kind of a modern more effective version of that. I just noticed that the same may be true for trolling, as trolling seems to be the same as memeing and it is funny for the same reasons, but I may write about trolling another time.

Luckily the left did not do well in the memes, so that the leftist fake memes don't spread, but they managed to spread fake comedy very well and convince people that their fake comedy is real comedy.
I just realized that memes, comedy and trolling are basically the same thing and that for each there is a real version, which is doing self reflection and then there is a fake version which is just bullying others. Fake comedy would be to make fun of others, which is sadly relatively widespread in our society now, same goes for trolling, as most people now think trolls are just trying to insult others, but that is not trolling, trolling is showing people reality and make them do self reflection, but if they fail to do self reflection it is actually funny for the troll, because people failing to do self reflection will embarrass themselves, which is the same as leftists embarrassing themselves while trying to meme and failing, it seems memeing, trolling and comedy are very closely related.

It seems that humanity is divided into people following truth (those who can understand memes and can meme) and those who follow the lie (those who cannot understand memes and therefore cannot meme). Memeing is self reflection and if you cannot do self reflection you cannot meme and also cannot understand reality or yourself, that may be why I experienced most people in real life outside of internet culture not knowing or understanding memes. If you read this to the end you are very likely one of those following the truth and you already had the truth inside you, but now you may understand even better why things are like they are. Regarding those others, I had not much luck trying to teach self reflection to them, but they need it the most, so keep memeing them, it is the real holy war of truth, they already tried to ban memes, this proves it is working and they have no defense against it other than simply making it illegal.

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Open Source Games Groundhog Day

Most people probably remember the old movie "Groundhog Day" where the main protagonist was trapped in a time loop being forced to experience the same thing over and over again.
When browsing the supposedly open source games community websites I had a similar experience after noticing they constantly put up "new" news that are somehow identical to the "old" news all the time.

First I thought I came across an old article/video with lists like "The top 10 best open source FPS" I watched it out of curiosity to see, if they finally did include my game, that is obviously superior to any of those old quake ripoffs, then I noticed, no they did not include it, so I thought it must be an old video, but I could not believe it when I looked at the date, it was from 2019, 2020, 2021, it was all up to date, even though the content remained the same as many years ago. Then I began digging a bit and watched other videos and their new articles/videos were in most cases identical to their old articles/videos. In most cases the number of open source games in existence in total is not even enough to fill a top 10 list or even top 5 list sometimes, so they add into it some obviously not open source freeware games or pseudo open source games, to make up for the missing titles, but always making sure to never include my new and more up to date game in it.

I really wondered what goes on in the heads of those people are they batshit insane or so? How can you write the same article or make the same video every year suggesting people the "new" titles of the great open source game development movement, but then never listing any new titles, but instead list the old onces again and even add some non open source, abandoned or even vaporware titles in there to fill up the the list. Well for a part I know why they don't list any new open source games, because they don't exist, but even in the very rare occasions they exist, they just ignore them and no it is not just me who gets ignored, there is also a few other game developers that constantly get excluded from those articles or lists.

It is not just one Deja Vu where I experienced the same thing twice, no it is like that for as long as I can remember. In the very past open source games did not exist for the most part, then at some point the Quake engine was open sourced, after that a bunch of people took it and developed a bunch of Quake arena ripoff games, they hardly ever managed to develop something that could match the original games in quality, because the assets and the brand was still proprietary, so their supposed open source Quake was only partly open source aka not open source at all, yet they still celebrated it as a big victory for open source gaming. They kept ignoring the fact, that the original game was never open source to begin with and advertised their efforts that "soon", they will be able to have fully ripped of, I mean reproduced, I mean produced an open source game that is just like the original one. The years went by and nothing ever really progressed and they kept claiming all their new titles coming up and "soon" they will be a real game, which never happened. Now like 10-15 years later I can go online to check their progress and they are still developing things that were already like that last year, over last year, over over last year, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, sometimes even 15 years ago, yet they are not realizing they are not making any significant progress, as if they were stuck in a time loop and only I'm going forward realizing it, it is really crazy.

When I then go and suggest to them "Hey the outside world has progressed a lot in the meantime and a fully modern open source game engine with modern technology is now open source and all their stuff has become obsolete for quite a while", they just pretend it does not exist and keep doing their Groundhog Day thing. It is truly insane. The top comment on their "Top 10 open source FPS games" even said "all of them are Quake" and it is true, every open source FPS ever made is a copy of Quake, well some are not, but they tend to actively ignore them, they cannot perceive anything that is not Quake, they also cannot progress it into something more advanced, since it would not be Quake then anymore.

Also in other game genres the open source games news is like Groundhog Day, every year the same news, the same lists, the same reviews, the same promises that "soon" everything will be different, but it never happens in reality. It goes on as long as I can remember, probably around 15 years now. I watched the scene for years hoping that "soon" they will produce a new project that is more modern or at least has some progress that I can join, so I can develop nice levels for, but for years I just watched and nothing ever happened, then I began using the Torque3D engine and did the same thing there, waited for years hoping someone would start a community project that I could join, nothing ever happened, they seemed to have their own Groundhog Day, where it was the same news ever year, never making any progress, then I finally began and quickly finished my own game, released it, people played it, yet the open source community still keeps on going for years not even accepting that my game exists or games other people made in case anyone tries to argue with me about my supposed bad personality, supposed bad skills or whatever.

There is more to it, there is like a group of people cut off from reality, being stuck in their own time loop, never progressing or even considering anything outside exists and if you suggest them that something new exists in the real outside world, they often get very angry. A professional psychologist doctor would correctly diagnose this as a delusion, a known form of reality distortion where a patient things something is reality that is obviously not reality to anyone else, yet they refuse to accept reality and keep believing in their fantasy, but sadly no doctor is taking care of them.

Some people asked me why I do care so much about that, well really simple, I like computers, I like virtual worlds and especially games, it is an amazing technology that allows you to create complete worlds, not just a 2D drawing but a 3D world that you can enter and experience, imagine all the artistic possibilities. In the past modding days one thing I liked the most was, to try out levels and mods made by other people so I could experience something NEW every day, it was a really amazing time, even though the technology was very primitive and I always wished the technology would be more advanced so people could create better and more content. Now however the technology has advanced rapidly, but it seems the humans did not advance and most people are stuck somewhere in a time loop in the past, refusing that new things exist, refusing that progress exist and try as hard as they can to stay in their virtual reality as they have gotten to know it at some point in the past.

The open source gamers or developers can probably be simply divided into the following timelines Doom 1, Quake 1, Quake 2, Quake 3 and a few hardcore people even managed to reach idtech4 engine aka Doom3 engine but this is really rare as only 2-3 projects have ever used it and after that idSoftware stopped releasing their games or I mean only their engines as open source, probably as they noticed, nobody is developing them any further and it is useless, as people only try to rip off their games with it and so the world ended for the Quake fanatics and everything beyond that time does not exist to them anymore and instead of progressing, they just claim to progress, but in reality just go into a time loop experiencing the "progress" from the old days over and over again.

However some people seemed to have escaped the timeloop of eternally being backwards and starting using new technology, new game engine and make "new" games, but then something weird happen, instead of really achieving something greater they tend to try to reproduce their old Quake like games just in "modern" engines or at least something retro and then try to label it as "innovative indie games" or market it to the mobile game market.

It is really weird to me, if my current self could have told me old self 20 years ago that his will happen I would not have believed myself. In the past I thought "Oh in the future we will have photorealistic games, that are fully interactable and there would be no more limitation on detail and size and possibilities and everything will be massively multiplayer" and if my self from today would have told my past self that "Well I come from the future and I have to tell you that 20 years in the future, Technology has indeed progressed, but a large portion of people still use what you use today and they refuse to use the new technology and actively try to pretend that technical progress did not happen. Even more so, they are still developing games that are what you have now, sometimes even worse and claim it is progress and claim nothing else ever existed and if anyone does claim so, he will be declared a heretic and ignored" then I would not have believed that and would have said, that his is insane, it would be impossible, why would people in the future refuse the future exists?

In the past we wanted to go back to the future, because in the future everything was supposedly better and cooler, but now where we live in the future where things are better or at least partially better or at least should be better in theory, people for the most part pretend that the future does not exist and instead they claim the future is the past and nothing else ever existed. People from today now want to go back to the past, because supposedly in the past everything was better and cooler. I as a sane human being however can remember the past and I can remember what we thought in the past and from that I can conclude that something does not add up here.

For the most part I think this phenomenon is just a typical state of denial, which seem to have become rampant in modern times, it seems to me like that the more technology progresses the more people get stuck in a time loop of denial where they claim nothing beyond that ever existed and they want a world where they wake up and everything is the exact same as the last day as the last day as the last day etc. While in the past where technological progress was slower many people wanted a world more advanced so much that they denied the reality in the past and tried to live in a delusion of a better world, while this still was technically probably also a delusion, at least it was a vision of a better world and trying to strive to improve yourself and things, which I would think is somewhat sane.

Ironically those same people that are in denial of modern progress accused me of being like them when I suggested once that I want to bring back the good old times, they claimed I was like them living in denial of the future and wanting to go back to the past, not realizing I just wanted to bring back what was good in the past and combine it with what is better now. They however want to be backwards for real or combining the disadvantages or today with the disadvantages of the past to create a totally insane reality. SO those people in denial are totally backwards, they claim they are not doing what they doing, but you are supposedly doing what they are doing and you are bad because of it, even though they are actually doing the bad behavior and not you.

It seems to me that most humans cannot handle progress and for the most part would just use the technology to destroy themselves rather than to improve on anything. Another thing that makes me wonder is that most humans do not seem to have a concept of time and progress, they do the same thing over and over again, often for years, getting the same results, never getting anywhere and still believing they are getting anywhere even though they are not getting anywhere.

This Open Source Groundhog Day experience made me once more realize this, I as a sane human being, progressing through time normally from the past to the future, progressing in my skills, abilities, knowledge, everything etc sometimes come back to visit people I came across in life before and I notice they are exactly the way they were years ago, doing the same things, as if they were frozen in time. Maybe the NPC theory is true, because in video games it is similar, on your adventure you come across NPCs sometimes building things, but never getting anywhere for real, since they are just made believable enough for the moment as a background actor, but on closer inspection they are not programmed deeply enough as a main actor or if you come across them again later in the game, they are still the same. Or maybe I'm a super hero with the super power that I can travel through time, from the past to the future, while everyone else can only exist in a short time loop and progress is only done through putting new people in new time loops.

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