If you look at the success of Western society the past two centuries, over most of the rest of the world, one of the key components, the building blocks of that success, is property rights of the individual protected by law. I believe the phrase in Americanish goes something like, “possession is 9/10ths of the law.” You have an entire Amendment in the US Constitution almost entirely dedicated to the subject, so on and so forth. You can see the importance of those rights in a recent TED Talk given by historian, Niall Ferguson (see embedded video), as he candidly discusses the decline of Western civilization and the ending of the Great Divergence.
Well it’s be rumored for months now – ever since a couple of screen shots were leaked back in June. But this morning Game Informer made it official by unveiling their December 2011 cover. Rainbow Six is back, and from the looks of things, better than ever. Once again, Ubisoft Montreal is at the helm for the next outing of Team Rainbow. But as has been rumored in months past, some major changes are in store for fans of the venerable tactical-shooter series. Ubisoft Montreal seeks to create a shooter with a heart. And with that comes a lot of responsibility to get certain things that games usually do not concern themselves with, right. But also arises the opportunity to take gaming somewhere they rarely ever go, and most specifically shooters, somewhere they have never been before. Inside the human condition. (more…)