Future of Video Game Design – Jason Rohrer’s Programming Online Games – Esquire

Future of Video Game Design – Jason Rohrer’s Programming Online Games – Esquire: “A lawn has a wound response. Most people don’t know that. Cut a lawn and it emits harmful hydrocarbons, like a car. ‘Here we go,’ Rohrer says, flipping through his files. ‘ ‘Air Pollution and the Smell of Cut Grass.’ I have a scientific study.’ In fact, he has a whole stack left over from his 2005 court case. That year, the Village of Potsdam arraigned Rohrer for an ordinance about lawn height. Rohrer pleaded not guilty. He recruited an expert witness to testify to the salutary environmental effects of natural meadows, and he wrote a nine-page brief enumerating how the village was violating his right to free expression. The prosecution asked him if he couldn’t just grow the meadow in his backyard and not in the front. Rohrer said, no, that would defeat the whole point. He argued that ‘our ability to speak with our landscape would be drastically reduced if our desired landscape was restricted to our backyard, since very few people could see it.'”

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