This topic is about stupidity of people, in general. It increases, and last several years, it increases faster and faster. I worry what will be the end of this process. After all, some wits are needed to survive. Whatever way to look at it, both personal and collective. I wonder what people here have to say about this. If anything. Especially NMA old-timers. In particular, am i right to be worried about this. Here's why i am asking and what i think myself, if you wish to know. See, i am playing F2 lately, and there are guides for it which i refer to for certain details. And so, there is that one "nearly-ultimate" guide, which i like very much. It was made years ago, and it doesn't spoon-feed its readers, respecting their freedom and assuming they are not dumb and will figure out trivial things themselves. And its style, overall, reveals one intelligent author behind all its text, too. But just few minutes ago, i accidentally found another guide, made less than 2 years ago. This another guide itself mentions how players became way less able to play the game, noting that unlike modern games, F2 "does not hold your hand". Noting that "many people have trouble beginning F2". And yet the guide itself has lots of silly bits and even plain wrong statements about the game, and its overall quality - especially in compare to the above mentioned nearly-ultimate guide, - is like pityful. Example. "You will soon reach game level 12, at which point you will have your first opportunity to choose from the Perks that raise your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes. Later quests give better rewards if you spend a Perk to raise your Intelligence to 7". This is a quote, verbatim. What kind of person wrote this? "Game level 12" instead of character level 12; "you will have your first opportunity to" instead of simply you can - 5 more words which are simply dead weight in the sentense; and then there is this seriously stupid advice about spending a perk for +1 INT - stupid because doing this via a perk instead of having higher INT from the start means getting less skill points for all levels prior to 12, and there is always some other stat which could be reduced by 1 from the start to get +1 INT from the start; further, the author of this "guide" recommends to start with INT=6 and ST=6, and starting with ST=5 (to have INT=7) is like a no-brainer, even if using that perk at level 12 (which would be used to raise ST to 6, for the same result, except having more skill points prior to level 12). Or better, not using it at all, since starting ST=5 is exactly enough to have permanent ST=10 using items available in all versions of the game. And earlier in the guide, the author even notes quests _before_ getting to level 12 which require INT=7 for best results - which, of course, any player following his guide to the letter won't have, starting with 6... I could go on and on about such stupidities in this guide, but i think you get my drift. And the guide overall is exactly "holding player's hand" - about 98% of sentenses in it (probably more) are exactly "go here, do this, then go there, do that" style. It is as if the author of the guide deems it right and proper to do it - to further stupidify players by doing exactly same thing "modern games" do... In Fallout 2, there is that old Interplay logo: "for gamers by gamers". Reading this "latest" guide for F2, though, this crossed my mind: "for idiots by idiots". This sure scared the hell outta me. Because if i noticed, so clearly, how others' intellect deteriorates, then how do i know if mine doesn't? I bet it is always a subtle thing for "oneself"... Can notice it in others at times, but hardly about our own. And if the thing is so widespread and so intensive as beginning of this latest guide mentions, then may be we all are going that way, some folks faster some folks slower. If so, then it can't end well - for us all and for each of us in particular. Especially if we remain oblivious to the process. Can't counter-act, anyhow, something which you're not even aware about, i mean. Please, discuss.