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True Rigor

True Rigor is productive, being distinguished in this from another Rigor which is purely formal and tiresome, casting a shadow over the problems it touches.

- Émile Picard, 19th century mathematician

                              the first decade of the second millennium AD: another hindered human age of need, speed, and greed. The decline began when Microsoft invented the Xbox 360 along with in-game achievement incentives. Participants could now complete predefined lists of objectives for subsequent public display on the global computer network. Motivated by a newfound obsession with irrelevant tally marks, modern players soon devolved.

          The Lord of the Rigors concept is an altruistic pursuit of personal gratification through the lens of Difficult video games. Often, the only tangible reward of Hard Mode is the satisfaction of endurance. Witness a rare opportunity, best epitomized by an optimistic hobbit:


... he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

- J. R. R. Tolkien. The Return of the King. HarperCollins, 1955.

          Lord Rigor wields the torch and knows the path. Inherit the mantle of the pre-internet gaming forebears in order to, once again, journey through the dark demanding passages of these ancient halls...


Embrace True Rigor.

Choose Hard Mode over easy mode.

Overstep instant gratification and realize personal gratification. 

- Lord Rigor

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