How Idealism Will Be the Death of Us (And How It Already Has Been)

Google defines idealism as “the practice of forming or pursuing ideals, especially unrealistically.” Generally, in the English language, idealism is considered to be a somewhat optimistic world-view. Idealists are people who hope for the best case scenario – one of the synonyms Google gives for “idealist” is “wishful thinker”. 

So how does optimism and expecting the best cause billions of deaths over the course of humanity, destroy entire races, cities, and religions, and slow the spread of knowledge in the world? 

Simply put, it is because idealists and the practice of idealism do not consider ramifications to their actions. They are blinded by the Utopian best-case scenario to the point where they do not see the worst-case scenario. 

Some of the world’s greatest villains were idealists. Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Pope Urban II (the Pope who called for the Great Crusades to begin) are some that come to mind. These men were by no means unintelligent; Lenin and Hitler were both prolific writers and all men were dedicated readers. They all worked with other intelligent people to create theories for the success of the world, and all three dedicated themselves to their respective causes. However, the plans of all three completely backfired. Pope Urban II caused the greatest genocide up until then, and remained as the greatest genocide until Hitler caused a greater one. Lenin thrust his country into a totalitarian regime dominated by elites, the full opposite of what he envisioned.  

I would personally argue that these men were not as evil as their actions seem to speak. Rather, it was their inability to recognize the possible ramifications of their theories and plans that caused hundreds of millions of deaths. 

Successful companies and countries do not have people at the helm who are pure idealists like Urban, Hitler, or Lenin. Even Kim Jong-Un, regarded as the most idealistic and radical leader of any country in the world, displayed a sliver of pragmatism when he called for peace  a few months ago. Still, it cannot be denied that his country is failing and falling apart due to the communist idealism that dominates North Korea.

The future of the world depends on the suspension of idealism, but unfortunately the ideals of communism and extremist religion continue to threaten the well-being of the world. 

Fortnite and the Free-To-Play Model: Why It Works

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Fortnite is without doubt the most popular video game in the world right now- the game consistently attracts the most viewers on the video game streaming platform twitch.tv, and although the game is completely free to download on mobile, console, and PC platforms, according to Superdata.com, Fortnite generated the most digital revenue for any game in April 2018 on Console platforms, and generated the fifth most revenue on the PC platform. Throughout all platforms, Epic Games made $296 million in the one month. The question arises: how can a game that is completely free to play and fully relies on in-game purchases generate more revenue than a game like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) — a game that costs $15 to download, and has a flourishing in-game purchase system as well? (According to Superdata, Counter-Strike was 10th in revenue on the PC Platform.) 

The answer is simple- accessibility. Many people watch and enjoy pros playing Fortnite and CS:GO alike, yet most are more hesitant to play and try the game for themselves if the game requires financial commitment or not. For those interested in Fortnite, stepping into a lobby requires no more than a click of a button. If a user doesn’t enjoy Fortnite, they can quickly uninstall the game with nothing lost but time. 

 

As a result, Fortnite attracts far more players than CS:GO does. While CS:GO’s all-time peak for concurrent players online was 850,000 in March of 2016, Fortnite peaked at 3.4 million users in March 2018. Past then, Fortnite’s creative skins, emotes, pickaxes, gliders, and battle passes make in-game purchases compelling to users, for no other reason than to make their Fortnite avatar look fly