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Quality vs Profitability

Understanding the sad state of the world by looking at computer games

Josh Strife Hayes talks about computer games and is especially talented at making complex ideas simple and important thoughts salient.

He recently released a video, What Went Wrong with Gaming?, that is worth watching even if you care nothing about gaming.

It explains how the world went astray as the best to make the money went from providing the best experience for the users, to being unrelated, to ultimately being completely at odds with providing the best experience.

He makes it easy to understand the evolution of predatory strategies, their mechanics, and their impact. There are analogous problems outside of gaming, eCommerce, and much of modern life. Hayes' list is far from exhaustive for the non-gaming world but still instructive.

That said, I still haven't (yet) figured out how to incorporate it into my blog. Maybe I should watch it again (smile).

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

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