hi, I’m leeroy lewin of the starlight scholars. I write my stuff on my own wordpress, which is vextroforever.wordpress.com. follow @jrpgsaredead if somehow you aren’t, that’s really what I want to plug. we’re doing work that comes out of a want and a care and maybe a desperation, I think it’s really exciting. shout out to anyone doing that sort of work, honestly and earnestly.
if you ask me personally what grinding is, well, I’m going to say that grinding is something exploitive and unholy. I’m sort of joking, but I think as a baseline it’s disrespectful for the player’s time. it’s going to communicate a message that doesn’t really become enhanced by participation, it’s only after detaching from the reward loop that it can be examined. I don’t think indulging in the reward loop from time to time is as harmful as it is unsubstantiative, it’s just not a challenging use of time, and it doesn’t relax me as much as agitates me. that’s only considering grinding as thing that exists for one game, for one purpose, which it absolutely doesn’t.