Originally Posted by GnomeDigest
Its always power. Authorities just dress up their justifications for that power differently. Justice, Honor, and Order are just the excuses power uses to justify itself to the masses that do not have power outside the rare instances they organize in mass.
Mmm in many cases, yes. There are, however, rare exceptions, but they are quite rare.
The best known method of governing a body to this point is... is... get ready for this...
Communism with an enlightened despot in charge.
No, really, s'tru. Of course, there's strict limitations upon that. The largest group it's ever been known to work with was of a self contained research group of scientists, and only had a total population of about 40 people. Problem with both communism and an enlightened despot, is they assume zero corruption, and if one person starts to abuse the system, everything falls apart.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, which sadly means that giving one person all the authority in the world, no matter how good their intentions are, eventually turns nasty.
There are reasons why there are limitations on how long someone can stay in term in most democracies, and reasons why dictatorships can sometimes work.
Iraq was held together because it needed one person to rule over a bunch of different tribes who hated each others guts with a burning passion and refuse to accept the authority of each other, and giving them a democracy simply isn't going to work, because they'll just keep killing each others elected officials. There are hatreds that go back hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years at work, and those don't magically poof overnight just because you asked people to play nicely.
As such, sometimes you have to hold them at gunpoint and tell them that if they don't play nice, they're all screwed.
It's not a nice world we live in sometimes, and people really do go out of their way to fight each other over the smallest excuses. Sometimes the exertion of power is the only way to force people to stop killing each other, as bad as that sounds. It's why there is such a thing as a "peacekeeper missile", and why nuclear weapons are used as a deterrent, and are probably what saved the USA and the Soviet Union from all out war. If they didn't have nukes hanging over their heads, that would have been an absolute mess.
Still, you control people to get them to put aside their standard tendencies to be cruel to each other. Sometimes this comes in the form of religion, other times it shows up in the form of a common goal, or a cultural icon.
The real trick, is to ensure they don't realize that they're being led, and make them think they behave nicely of their own volition. As soon as they feel boxed in or caged, that they have no choice in the matter, they get upset, and begin to lash out for some odd perceived sense of "freedom".
Go read through some history textbooks, there's some really creepy stuff in there, especially like what led up to the first world war, and subsequently the second. The causes of what made these events happen in the first place are likely even more interesting than the events that took place during them, at least for me, since you get to see examples of mob mentality and leader's minds at work.
Sacrifice the world and let it all burn, just to win an election year.
In any case, you're right, to a degree. Justice is rarely just, Honour is rarely honourable, and Order that's imposed at gunpoint isn't really order at all.
Originally Posted by srsizzy
Huh, didn't think that was a possibility. Lucky dude, I guess.
Personally was working on a huge design/lore writing project to try to show what I have to offer and still have a great chance of not being noticed on the forums due to how much traffic shoves things off of the first page. More qualified for Creative Writer/Designer than Content Designer, but still.
Well then, keep working at it! =D
No, seriously, I'm not joking! One person's benefit does not necessitate that another fails in their place. Riot's swelling in size faster than most any other game company in the world right now, and they could use good writers still, I'm sure =3
Keep in mind that I'm also more qualified for being a Creative Writer, but it doesn't mean I'm limited to such. Use the information you have from one thing to broaden your capabilities.
Grab a teach yourself C++ or Python handbook, get a copy of Maya or Mudbox and toy around with it until you get good at it, find a sound editing program and come up with new music. Most of these things are skills, rather than just talents. Talent can help you learn things more quickly, but skills are still able to be taught, and learned, even if you're not particularly talented in them, it just takes longer.
Regardless of what you do, keep working on something you love doing. Whether I get a job at Riot, or not, is irrelevant to my pet projects. I'm still going to keep working on my writing, I'll still keep working on my guide to help other people design their own champion concepts better than they're capable of right now.
Expand your horizons to give you extra tools to do something you want to do. Personally, I wanted to do world design, and then I discovered that it's a rather complex road to get there. They suggest level design, first, and character design. These also suggest 3D modeling, animation and so on, which involves 2D animation, which involves a dozen other smaller things down the line.
So... I took a course in 3D animation to get started on things. It blew through a year and a half of my life, and a good $40,000 in debt, but I've found my life to be richer because of it, because I'm now actually capable of working in multiple fields outside of just "Creative Writing", which, although it's needed in the games industry, it's not exactly valued or prized, as it's hard to put a price tag on how much money good writing rakes in to a game.
Most indie developers won't even touch a writer, and will just throw up stuff that would make even preteen fangirls writing steamy Twilight fanfics cringe at how bad it is, and even the larger companies often gloss over it because it's not something that really screams out "Cha-ching!" like a cash register or fancy graphics are known to do.
Anyway, keep your passion in your heart, but be willing to expand to other, related areas, in order to work your way into it.
Don't give up on something you love doing, no matter how many times you get rejected. The games industry has a nasty-high rejection level for new entry level positions, and the chances are you're going to get told "No" a lot of times, and no reply at all, even more, long before you get to hear a single "Yes".
If you're not busy doing work, work on being busy at getting better at doing something you'd like to do for work for a living, even if it's in a round about manner.
If my current aspirations fall though, no biggie, I'm still working on redoing my animation demo reel from scratch, and I'll try again with a new set of tools at my disposal.
The... lack of money kind of sucks until then... and you may need to compromise in the meantime, but whatever you do, don't give up! =3
If it's worth doing, it's worth suffering through a great deal of hardship to do it. Fight for what you want, and keep racking up additional skills, or perfecting the ones you have further, until you get something that can wedge your foot in the door ^.^
Anyway, if you're really looking at creative writing, hop down to the fan fiction forum and start helping them out there. They could use more good writers to aid them in their works, and I've been distracted with an ear infection the last few days so haven't been there to lend that much support as of late, which is unfortunate, since I'd like to help out more than I have.
If you have the capacity to write well, then put it to use showing someone else how to do so as well; after all, the quickest way to learn, is to teach.
Also... the fan fiction form moves very, very slowly, with the front page only cycling every few days or so. That should help you get a bit more attention, if nothing else ^.~
You'll do fine if you try, so don't give up. Or I will send bloody ninjas. That's right. NINJAS. Wait, inverse law of ninjas... alright. I will send A NINJA. Singular. And they will garotte you with your cordless mouse (don't ask how, it's a freaking ninja) until you accept to follow your dreams.