Forecasts are for Chinese energy use to rise substantially over the coming decade and a half, and unless the pollution can be brought under control, the country could face a doubling or tripling of the already-critical levels of smog.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown

What does it mean to honor a fictional character?

I wrote previously about the parameters of acceptable loss … about what made the difference between a loss that I was willing to accept and one that I felt forced me to reload. I looked at the question in terms of comparing a lost soldier’s value as either a character or a pawn — their gameplay versus narrative value.

Recently, Tycho of Penny Arcade wrote about watching Gabe play Firaxis’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown, noting how if Gabe lost any soldiers, he wouldn’t “dilute their sacrifice with a reload.” But what does that even mean? We have some sense of what it means to honor someone, to act with respect, to keep your word, etc. But just how these ideas apply to fictional characters is not entirely clear.

One option would be to use the word’s other definition, as in…

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