More than a game
reflect our stature as ‘successful’ mayors. When any aspect of the
game falls into decline, we are faced with complaints and advice
whether we solicit them or not. Even the cheat codes for SimCity
communicate the extent to which the player is being asked to accept the values and judgements of a particular ideological system.
In order to access a cheat that will enable purchases to be made
with no cost (in Simoleons, at least), the player must access the
commandline and type in the phrase ‘i am weak’.
That god games present us with the simultaneous
Weak empire to weak nation-state around Nagorno-Karabakh
Jan Koehler and Christoph Zürcher
developed into the new and
mighty normative transcript of the national cause, publicly administered by
the Karabakh Committee.
On the oﬃcial level a taboo had been broken in Stepanakert by formally absolutely legal means: the irrelevant and powerless institution of a local Soviet
had, like a zombie, come to life and dared to place a nationalist demand,
bypassing (and eventually even ‘bringing to heel’)13 parallel local CPSU and
executive control (the RAIKOM and IZPOLKOM) against the traditional topdown commandline. There had been territorial administrative changes
). Feenberg’s version of re-aestheticisation rests on an assumed correlation of a particular aesthetic (naturalistic modernism) with progressive social and political forces, so that he approves design principles that amplify the symbolic dimension of technology, turning computers into a ‘communications medium’, and condemns those that would present the computer in a more austere fashion, perhaps with commandline interfaces requiring expert programming knowledge. The latter kind of design would, he argues, withhold it from mediations that involve symbolic meanings