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Find the dissenters

By on October 14, 2011
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I’ve started looking really hard for people who disagree with me.

I blog a lot about games. I’m the free-to-play guy talking to console developers about how it is the future. I am convinced.

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But I find that I learn, and think, and listen a lot more when I am talking to the sceptics, not the converts. They force me to challenge my own views, to become more sophisticated in my thinking, to give better advice and have better perspective.

Once you’ve formed your view of something – business, politics, game design, whatever – go look for the dissenters. One conversation with them will teach you a lot more than a hundred conversations with people who agree with you.


The image is from Wikipedia, and shows the English Dissenters who held different views on religion from the Church of England.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve:
  • cliff harris

    Hi nicholas 😀

  • Magnus Söderberg

    I would like to talk with you about games, but i guess i wouldnt be any good as i have so far agreed on every blog post i have read on your blog.

  • Guest

    Well, seems like I’ve been doing my job. You’ve still never explained why you think games designed to be manipulative people at the cost of financial and personal health are acceptable. Everybody knows cigarettes will give you cancer- you’re still allowed to make that decisions but you know the facts. Same is not true for stuff like Zynga games. Any opinion on that besides quotes from vaguely relevant philosophy?

  • Mark Cooke

    Now that Sony has announced F2P on Vita it seems clear consoles will follow soon too. When do you think we will see the first console AAA quality F2P game?

    And I wonder – do the economics of that even make sense given the smaller addressable market size of dedicated consoles? Clearly on Facebook and mobile the answer to that is a definitive yes but I’m curious about the use of the business model for games with much larger up front development costs.