Avoiding creativity, robot “love” and game addiction

Three more reads for your evening pleasure.

Avoiding creativity, robot “love” and game addiction
I’ve no idea what she sees in him.

How to avoid creativity

I feel horribly seen by this piece…

Advice for How To Make Sure You Never Create Anything
Are you sometimes at risk of creating? Personally I, from time to time, come very close to writing something, so my advice here is geared towards that. However, it can hopefully be extrapolated to help you if you’re tempted by other creative endeavours as well. If you get an idea while writing a post, you should always finish this new idea before finishing the original one. This, of course, cascades to new ideas you get while working on the second one, etc. This also applies to expansions within an idea. You can always increase the scope of a project! Let every piece of work be your Magnum Opus. However, if as much as a single piece of your idea doesn’t materialise quite like how you wanted it to, scrap the entire thing. No matter how much work you’ve put into it, and no matter how much value there’s still left. Don’t post anything, unless you’ve covered every nuance, use case and possible objection. Don’t post ideas or thoughts — post rigorous conclusions. You can’t mention a concept/item without also explaining everything about it, in case someone isn’t familiar.

Maybe fancying a robot isn’t a healthy thing?

Turns out that the men most inclined to do the horizontal tango with a robot aren’t necessarily the most well adjusted of individuals.

I know. Imagine the surprise.

Scientists Just Found Something Dark About Men Who Want to Have Sex With Robots
Men who hold virulent misogynistic opinions against women are more likely to express interest in having sex with robots.

The men hiding their game addictions from their family

This is a sobering story about how the ludic loops of loot boxes and games can trap people into really unhealthy patterns.

This was actually Jamie’s final project at City on his MA, and I was his supervisor. So glad to see it published.

Meet the men hiding their FIFA Ultimate Team addiction from their families
Despite increasing scrutiny on lootboxes, players are spending thousands on EA’s Ultimate Team packs - and keeping it from people close to them.